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Revitalise your skin and hair with wheat germ oil

Wheat germ oil has high antioxidant and regenerative properties which makes it a perfect addition to any beauty regimen.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : March 19, 2015 10:19 AM IST

Wheat germ oil can work wonders for your skin and hair. It is extracted from the germ of wheat grain and is available in several medical and grocery stores. Its high antioxidant and regenerative properties make it a perfect addition to any beauty regimen. The oil can be used at home by adding it to a variety of packs and masks. Here are ways you can add wheat germ oil to your beauty routine.

Beats acne

Wheat germ oil has incredible antioxidant properties which work wonders for treating acne. It is also antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature that acts as a natural barrier against the toxins and soothes the skin. Also, try these effective face packs to beat acne.

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How to use:

  • Take a few mint leaves, some rose water and grind them to a smooth paste.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil to it.
  • Apply the mix onto the affected area.
  • Rinse off after 10 minutes (you could also leave this overnight).

Prevents wrinkles

Regular application of wheat germ oil can prevent signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines. The oil contains vitamin E, phospholipids and linoleic acid, all of which stimulate the production of collagen and improve the elasticity of the skin. Follow these tips to prevent wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

How to use:

  • Peel 2 carrots and boil until they are tender.
  • Mash the carrots properly.
  • Add 1 teaspoon wheat germ oil to the carrots and combine the mixture well.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for about an hour.
  • Apply the mixture on your cheeks, the area surrounding your eyes and your chin.
  • Allow it to settle for half an hour, then rinse it with warm water.
  • Use this pack 3 days a week to see visible results.

Lightens stretch marks

Wheat germ oil is one of the best sources of vitamin E which moisturises the skin and smoothens wrinkles. The amino acids in the oil improve the elasticity of the skin and reduce the severity of stretch marks. Here are 6 home remedies that can lighten stretch marks.

How to use:

  • Simply cut a lemon, squeeze out the fresh juice and combine it with 2 tablespoons of wheat germ oil
  • Now rub it gently onto the affected skin.
  • Keep for about 10 minutes and then rinse off with a little warm water.
  • Repeat a few times each day to diminish the appearance of marks.

Heals scars

The fatty acids present in the oil repair the damaged tissue and enhance the cell membrane. The compound 'allatonin' present in the oil eliminates the inflammatory lesions on the skin.

How to use:

  • Mash an avocado into a thick paste.
  • Now add 2-3 tablespoons of wheat germ oil to it and mix it well.
  • Apply this pack on your face and wash it off after 20 minutes.
  • Regular use of this pack will yield positive results.

Conditions the hair

Wheat germ oil can moisturise the hair while adding shine, strength and softness to the hair. It increases blood circulation on the scalp and also protects the ends of the hair from thinning and splitting. Also, try these egg packs for shiny and healthy hair.

How to use:

  • Mix 4 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of wheat germ oil.
  • Massage it in the scalp and hair from the roots to the tips.
  • Allow it to stay for 2 hours and rinse it off completely with a mild shampoo.
  • Using this twice a week will add that extra shine to your hair.

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