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This is Martha Thomas, head of customer care for Tree of Life Beauty. Welcome to our weekly newsletter, where we discuss important ways to age gracefully, “how-tos” for keeping skin healthy as you age, and so much more about your skincare regimen.
This week we will discuss “Can Hummus Fight Wrinkles?” If you missed any of our past newsletters, you can find them here on our blog.
Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be discussed with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.
May 13 is International Hummus Day! It’s a day to eat and enjoy all your favorite types of hummus, tweet using #hummusday, and even attend a hummus event near you. It’s a day to join the “millions around the world celebrating their love for delicious hummus.” (Here’s the International Hummus Day official website.)
But what does this have to do with skincare and beauty?
Today I am here to shock you by telling you that hummus—yes, delicious hummus—can actually help eliminate wrinkles and protect your skin from long-term sun damage!
Traditional hummus contains lemon juice, olive oil, and chickpeas, which work together to fight wrinkles and rejuvenate skin in a powerhouse of organic transformation.
Lemon juice has a high level of acidity, which can act as a natural antioxidant and astringent. Antioxidants protect skin from free radicals, which damage the skin. Astringents lift and tighten skin, which can help skin cells regain elasticity, thus minimizing lines and wrinkles. In this way, the lemon juice in hummus can give your skin an exciting, citrusy boost!
(The benefits of lemon juice work best when applied directly to the skin. Consuming lemon juice primarily works as an antioxidant, not an astringent.)
Olive oil is at the heart of natural beauty. You may have read our many articles raving about the effects of olive oil for natural radiance. Olive oil helps skin retain moisture and preserve elasticity—the two most important factors in fighting wrinkles long-term! Olive oil is so moisturizing, in fact, that it has even been proven to eliminate dandruff (dry, flaky skin on the scalp).
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that fight against skin damaging radicals. It contains vitamins E and A that moisturize, repair, and protect. Our Ultimate Age-Defying Serum includes an olive oil-based ingredient because of the many remarkable effects of this versatile oil!
Chickpeas (the backbone of hummus) have nucleic acid, which fights the aging process. Nucleic acid also regulates cell structure and balances hormones, which boosts the skin’s process of cell rejuvenation.
Chickpeas contain manganese, a chemical element that promotes healthy production of skin cells. Manganese also contains nutrients like folate and vitamin B, which further work to energize your skin and keep it vibrantly youthful.
Natural chickpeas also contain a high amount of niacin. Niacin is a form of vitamin B3 that works to prevent dehydration and water loss. The more hydrated your skin, the less wrinkles you have! Our niacinamide serum works in a similar way to moisturize and plump skin cells, boost collagen, and even out skin tone.
(P.S. Chickpeas are a great natural cleanser and can help reduce age spots or problem areas on the skin.)
Other Benefits of Hummus
There is a significant list of hummus’ health benefits that make it a natural powerhouse when consumed or applied topically:
P.S. Always talk to your doctor before changing your diet. Although these are great potential benefits, eating hummus will not cure ailments without the aid of a physician.
How To Use Hummus
Most of these benefits can come from eating hummus. For example, the niacin in chickpeas is a great way to prevent full-body dehydration, leading to higher energy levels and better overall health.
However, you can even apply hummus directly onto your face! This will “shock” your face with all of the hummus-y benefits without having to wait for your body to digest and absorb all the ingredients. Hummus is filled with all-natural goodness, so it shouldn’t hurt your face (unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients).
Apply a thin coating of hummus on your face, avoiding the mouth and eyes. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. (You may want to rinse in the kitchen sink, so it doesn’t clog the thinner bathroom pipes.)
Contact us to let us know about your hummus mask for the chance to be featured on our blog and Instagram!
The Bottom Line On Hummus
Hummus is a natural, delicious way to help combat wrinkles and sun damage. Apply it directly on your face for a blast of rejuvenation, or eat it for a full-stomach of healthy benefits.
At Tree of Life, we love natural solutions—especially yummy ones! Hummus can be a great addition to your age defying beauty pantry.