If you have ever wondered why women in India or China appear so youthful with fresh, wrinkle-free skin…one of the main reasons could be due to their use of guava leaves in their skincare routine.
Rich in essential nutrients, guava is a tropical fruit known for its amazing health benefits. Yet many people don’t realize that the leaves are just as powerful as the fruit itself.
Popularly used in South America and Asia, guava leaves have been scientifically proven to have anti-cancer properties that can destroy free radicals, otherwise increasing the body’s aging process.
As a rich source of antioxidants, guava leaves can improve the overall quality of skin while its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents provide natural pain relief.
Guava has a powerful range of healing properties meaning it’s great for anyone wanting to lose weight, lower their cholesterol, improve digestion or the symptoms of diabetes.
Many studies show that guava leaves are great at reducing allergies and treating wounds and infections. It can even prevent hair loss! No wonder it’s so popular in holistic health circles.
Guava’s Anti-Aging Abilities
Guava leaves are fantastic for healing a variety of skin issues including acne, atopic dermatitis and wrinkles. Worried about spots spoiling your complexion?
Guava leaves can lighten blemishes and reduce redness, thanks to its anti-bacterial components that kill bacteria and fight inflammation.
One of the main benefits for mature women is that guava leaves contain potent free radical scavenging properties that can diminish the appearance of wrinkles and help to tone the skin.
A good source of Vitamin A and C, guava can help to fight visible signs of aging. Its wide range of vitamins include Vitamin B2, E, K, along with calcium, copper, fiber, folate, iron, manganese, phosphorus and potassium that can promote good skin health.
Improved skin texture including reduced smile lines or crow’s feet is another major advantage of using guava leaves as part of your skincare and beauty routine.
How to Use Guava Leaves In Your Skincare Routine
You may be wondering, ‘Why have I never heard of guava leaves until now?’ the answer is that this all-natural solution is most effective when prepared fresh and added directly onto skin.
This means that manufacturers would struggle to get a potent guava leaf skincare product onto the shelves as it’s most powerful when fresh and not preserved.
Guava plants are also not commonly found in the West and require certain climates to grow. Yet in South America and Asia it’s seen as a natural remedy for many health ailments.
Create Your Own Anti-Aging Guava Leaf Mask
It’s easy to create your own anti-aging guava leaf face mask. Crushing guava leaves with a mortar and pestle then applying the mixture to skin is highly recommended. Use a fresh solution of guava leaves for best results.
- 5-6 guava leaves
- Wash the guava leaves thoroughly under running water. Boil to a cup of water.
2. Boil the guava leaves until the water gets brown and gains density. Turn off the heat and leave the water to cool.
3. Using a cotton pad, apply the guava leaf mixture onto the face. Leave to stand for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat the face dry.
Super Moisturising Guava Leaf and Turmeric Face Mask
Turmeric contains powerful curcuminoids that contain anti-inflammatory properties, while lemon has a cleansing and anti-bacterial effect on skin.
- 5 young guava leaves
- A strain of mint leaves
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ lemon
- Thoroughly wash all the leaves and place into a blender with half a teaspoon of turmeric. Squeeze in the lemon juice and mix well until a smooth paste is formed.
2. Apply the mask evenly onto the face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
3. Use this face mask 2-3 times a fortnight for best results and to achieve a smoother complexion.
Where to Find Guava Leaves
Guava tea leaves can be bought from most Chinese supermarkets, online health shops or Amazon.
Give yourself the gift of guava leaves by using them as part of your natural anti-aging skincare routine and see for yourself the difference it makes to reducing lines and wrinkles – leaving you with a radiant and smooth complexion.