Find out more about how you can get beautiful, glowing, and healthy skin by creating your own DIY skincare recipes that utilize Kaffir (Makrut) lime leaves!
[*PLEASE NOTE* Any new foreign substance can be irritating to skin! Always try out a small amount on your forearm or neck and slowly increase the amount you use. Some people can experience dermatitis from the oils of Makrut Lime leaves, and as always, sunlight can cause photosensitivity with these oils on, so avoid direct sunlight exposure!]
Kaffir lime leaves, also known as Makrut lime leaves, are the secret ingredient in many delicious Thai and Indian recipes. This is especially true of curries, thanks to their incredible aroma and powerful citrus flavor.
But, did you know that these leaves provide a ton of other household uses?
In some parts of the world, the lime is also a top ingredient in health and beauty products. Prized for its vitamin and antioxidant benefits, this humble plant is an awesome alternative to the harsh chemicals found in many store-bought solutions.
So, if you've got some extra lime leaves on your hands, hold on to them! They make excellent and easy-to-use addition to your skincare routine.
Want to know more? Keep reading for our top tips and favorite recipes for DIY skincare using kaffir lime leaves.
DIY Skincare Using Kaffir Lime
While it might sound strange at first, you'll want to focus on the kaffir lime leaves, not fruit, for skincare.
And, if you're new to DIY treatments, remember that you should patch test all homemade products before using them. Choose a sensitive but hidden area like the inside of your wrist or behind an ear for starters.
This soak and scrub works best on hands and feet, but can also be used on elbows and knees, or any rough patch of skin.
First, fill a bowl large enough to fit both of your feet with freshly crushed kaffir lime leaves. You can smash your leaves using a simple mortar and pestle, or roughly chop them and massage them with your hands after.
Then, add a tablespoon or two of natural, coarse sea salt or Himalayan salt and enough warm water to cover. Soak the affected area of your body in this mixture for ten minutes, or until it begins to cool. This will loosen dead skin and moisturize.
Lastly, use the salt and lime mixture from the bottom of your bowl to scrub away rough spots. As you exfoliate, your skin will start to feel shiny and smooth.
Rinse away any remaining lime leaves or salt, and let your skin air dry.
If you're tackling oily or acne-prone skin, the kaffir lime's antibacterial properties can help reduce redness and irritation, shrink pores, and improve your skin's overall appearance.
Start by crushing and boiling fresh kaffir lime leaves. You'll want to cook your leaves for long enough that they release their essential oils. It's easy to tell when this happens because your whole kitchen will smell like fresh limes.
Once you have created your lime leaf extract, continue cooking it until the liquid has reduced and darkened. You'll want to finish up with around one cup of liquid.
Then, combine your lime concentrate with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or witch hazel. Store this mixture in the refrigerator and use it like a toner or astringent as needed.
Start Using Those Lime Leaves
Now that you've got our favorite basic recipes for DIY skincare using kaffir lime, you're ready to try an at-home treatment or two.
Use the freshest kaffir (makrut) leaves possible to preserve the most antioxidants and vitamins. And, don't forget to spot test these beauty treatments before using them on your skin, especially if you are prone to dryness and irritation.
Ready to try it out for yourself? Order some kaffir (makrut) leaves today!