You already know how good chickpeas are for your body. Seriously, hummus ruled my world when I was in college. I couldn’t get enough, and I was reaping all the healthy benefits of those lovely little legumes. Not only are they loaded with protein, fiber, and Vitamins A, B, and K, chickpeas are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties, boosting your body’s intake of manganese and folate.
With a resume like that, it was only a matter of time before I whipped up a chickpea recipe that I could slather on my skin. I started my chickpea beauty experiments by using dried beans I got from the bulk section of the grocery store. Sometimes I’d soak the beans and sometimes I’d boil them then throw them in a food processor to prepare them for whatever recipe I was concocting. Then I discovered chickpea flour.
You guys! I never thought to use chickpeas, let alone, flour in a skin care recipe before, but let me tell you, I’m so glad I did. When applied externally, chickpeas help in the fight against acne, dark spots left behind by acne, wound healing, and even unwanted hair removal. Say what?!! Anyway, chickpeas have been doing some amazing things for my skin, and the best part is that it’s texture lends itself perfectly to homemade skin care recipes. Fall in love for yourself with these 3 chickpea beauty recipes!
Chickpea Almond Sugar Body Scrub
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 3-4 tbsp sweet almond oil
- 2 tbsp chickpea flour
- combine the chickpea flour and sugar in a small mixing bowl
- slowly add in the sweet almond oil (the less oil you use, the drier the scrub will be)
- use as you would any other sugar scrub
Super Gentle Chickpea Face Mask
- 1 cup of chickpeas
- 1 tbsp honey
- place chickpeas in boiling water for about two minutes
- drain, but don’t discard that water just yet!
- put the now softened chickpeas in a blender with the honey
- blend and apply this paste to your damp face
- leave on for 5-10 minutes
- rinse with tepid water
Remember that boiling water you drained from the chickpeas? Well it’s full of antioxidant goodness! To make a simple toner, just add a few drops of rosehip seed oil to about 4 tablespoons of the chickpea water. Apply with a cotton ball or transfer the mixture to a spray bottle to mist your face before moisturizing.