- What Is Flaxseed?
- What is Flaxseed Gel?
- What Are The Benefits Of Flaxseed Gel For Hair and Skin?
- Before and After Photos: 5 Days Using Flaxseed Gel on Our Skin And Hair
- How I Applied The Gel To Hair:
- How I Applied The Gel To My Skin:
- How Do I Use Flaxseed Gel?
- What do I need to make Flaxseed Gel For Hair and Skin?
- How To Make Flaxseed Gel (Recipe)
- For More Ways to Get Healthy Skin Read:
- FAQs About Flaxseed Gel
Flaxseed gel is a natural beauty product and has many benefits for hair and skin when used consistently.
My family and I consume flaxseed quite frequently for its dietary health benefits.
Lately, I have been incorporating flaxseed into my nighttime skin routine and my and my daughters’ haircare routines and am loving the results!
And like us, most people know of flaxseed as a nutritionally rich vegan food item that is often sprinkled over yogurt, mixed in smoothies, or as an egg replacement when cooking.
But did you know that flaxseed is one of the single most versatile vegan food sources found on earth?
Not only is it a healthy pantry staple for cooking and baking, but it is also used for treating wood, a raw material for textile making, and as you are about to discover – one of the best natural beauty products when made into a gel!
What Is Flaxseed?
Flaxseed comes from the flax plant also known as Linum usitatissimum. In modern times the plant is grown for its seeds so that it can be ground into meal, pressed for oil (linseed), to use as an additive in wood finishing products, used in dietary supplements.
The seeds come in two varieties/colors – yellow (golden linseeds) and brown – both of which are high in omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA).
The flax plant is quite beautiful, with long stems and pale blue flowers with five petals.
This ancient flower was even used as far back as the Upper Paleolithic Age (Late Stone Age) to make textiles, linen more specifically.
Mummies in ancient Egypt were embalmed using linen manufactured from flax!
What is Flaxseed Gel?
Flaxseed gel is the result of flaxseed soaked in water overnight and then boiled until a gel-like consistency is made, usually within 5-10 minutes.
The gel is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants, making it a beauty powerhouse for the hair and skin.
And the best thing about it – is that it is one of the easiest, at-home D.I.Y. natural beauty products you can make with no special tools, equipment, or ingredients!
What Are The Benefits Of Flaxseed Gel For Hair and Skin?
Flaxseeds contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and fats that may benefit the health and appearance of both hair and skin.
The table below shows how the hair and skin benefit from the topical application of flaxseed in gel form:
|Gel Component||Action/Benefits For Skin||Action/Benefits For Hair|
|Thiamine (B1)||good for relieving red, irritated, acne-prone, or dry skin. It also improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles||prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth|
|Riboflavin (B2)||help improve skin tone, make skin more radiant and balance natural oils||activates vitamins B6 and niacin (B3) to stimulate hair growth|
|Niacin (B3)||helps to improve the condition of the skin, by treating rosacea, acne, eczema, dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, sun-damaged, aging, and dry skin||improves blood circulation and brings oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles to stimulate growth|
|Panthothenic Acid (B5)||helps to restore the skin’s natural hydration balance and repairs damaged skin||strengthens hair follicles by bonding the hair|
|Vitamin B6||lessen the effects of hormonal imbalance, which can lead to hormonal acne breakouts and redness||supports healthy hair growth by ensuring hair cells have access to the amino acids (building blocks of protein) needed to make hair proteins|
|Biotin (B7)||helps to produce fatty acids that nourish the skin, and help oil glands function properly.||stimulates keratin production in hair and increase the rate of follicle growth|
|Folic Acid (B9)||may help reduce the appearance of age spots and other skin discoloration||helps to promote hair growth, add volume and prevent premature greying|
|Vitamin C||promotes collagen production and is an antioxidant, protecting skin cells from free radicals||helps to build hair protein (collagen) and assists in the absorption of iron to keep hair strong|
|Calcium||regulates sebum production to keep skin hydrated||promotes hair growth|
|Iron||helps make your skin glow by activating B vitamins||helps boost circulation and carries oxygen to the roots to encourage hair growth|
|Magnesium||detoxifies||strengthens scalp and hair follicles|
|Potassium||supports new cell growth while healing scars and blemishes, smooths wrinkles||prevents dry scalp and flaking|
|Zinc||has anti-inflammatory properties to help fight acne, rosacea, eczema, and skin ulcers||aids in hair tissue growth and repair and normal function of the oil glands around the follicles|
Before and After Photos: 5 Days Using Flaxseed Gel on Our Skin And Hair
These photos of my daughter’s hair were taken first thing in the morning after she had woken up.
The first photo was taken before using the flaxseed gel and serves as a reference as to how her hair looked every morning.
The second photo was taken the first day after I applied the gel to her hair the night before.
The third photo was taken the morning of day five.
Even though she had “bedhead”, her curls were visibly more defined and felt soft and more moisturized.
How I Applied The Gel To Hair:
I applied an ample amount of gel to her hair, making sure all strands were evenly coated and combed through. I repeated this every evening after shampooing for four days.
The last photo was taken the morning of day five and I am convinced the flaxseed gel has improved her hair texture by increasing the moisture levels.
Thoroughly impressed with what I saw, I have decided that this will continue to be her healthy hair routine for the foreseeable future.
The first photo is taken of the left side of my bare face.
You can see that I have signs of hyperpigmentation and some mild texture issues.
How I Applied The Gel To My Skin:
I applied a generous amount of the flaxseed gel to my face using just my fingers every evening for five days as a mask left on for 45 minutes to an hour. I then rinsed thoroughly with lukewarm water and patted my face dry before applying my regular night cream.
The second photo was taken on day 5 and I did notice less redness, that my hyperpigmentation looked slightly lighter, and my skin had a bit less texture.
Although my skin results were not as dramatic as my daughter’s hair, I did notice enough of a difference to want to continue using the gel as part of my healthy beauty routine.
Not bad for less than a week!
How Do I Use Flaxseed Gel?
Flaxseed gel can be used to improve the health and appearance of both hair and skin through its moisturizing and healing properties.
Uses for Hair (application):
- styling gel – the level of hold can be increased by using more flaxseed in the gel recipe (see below)
- moisturizer – because flaxseed gel is a natural humectant, moisture is drawn in and retained when applied to damp hair (for best results do not rinse out, but you may do so with cool water only)
- growth stimulator – massage gel into the scalp while damp to increase circulation and provide nutrients to the follicles
Uses for Skin (application):
- facial mask – for moisture, anti-aging, oil control, and acne-fighting benefits leave gel on the skin for 15-20 minutes or until it dries, then rinse (there is no added benefit for leaving the gel on longer or overnight as the skin has already absorbed the nutrients)
What do I need to make Flaxseed Gel For Hair and Skin?
As I mentioned earlier, this gel is the easiest process to make such an effective and versatile beauty product at home with minimal cost.
All you need to make this flaxseed gel is:
- flaxseed – golden and brown flaxseed work equally well and have very similar nutritional chatacteristics
- bowl – to soak the flaxseed in water overnight
- water – for soaking and boiling
- pot and stove – to heat the soaked flaxseed
- knee-high or stocking – to strain and separate the gel from the seeds
- jar with a lid or other airtight container – to store the gel
How To Make Flaxseed Gel (Recipe)
The process of making flaxseed gel although quite simple takes a bit of patience.
It is worth it, however, and I suggest you make a good amount of it once you find out that it truly is a great addition to your healthy beauty routine.
Take 1/4 cup flaxseed and place it in a bowl with 2 cups of distilled water. Stir and soak overnight.
Transfer the flaxseed with the liquid to a pot and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool for 30 minutes.
Using a sieve or knee-high stocking or pantyhose, separate the gel by straining it into a sterilized container.
For More Ways to Get Healthy Skin Read:
FAQs About Flaxseed Gel
Is Flaxseed Gel Good For Skin?
Flaxseed gel contains ingredients that benefit an array of skin types and concerns.
Below is a quick guide to skin types and benefits:
|Sensitive||improves the skin barrier, reduces redness|
|Dry||moisturizes, reduces dullness|
|Oily/Combination||manages sebum (oil) production|
|Acne-Prone||reduces inflammation, promotes healing|
|Aging||aids in moisture retention and plumps fine lines and wrinkles|
|Hyperpigmentation/UV Damage||exfoliates and brightens|
Is Flaxseed Gel Good For Hair?
Flaxseed gel contains ingredients that can treat and benefit various hair types and concerns.
Below is a quick guide to hair types and benefits:
|Dry||moisturizes and heals|
|Oily||regulates oil production of the scalp|
|Damaged||adds moisture, seals hair follicles|
|Thinning||stimulates hair follicles, helps to prevent hair loss|
|Flaky Scalp||exfoliates, moisturizes|
|Curly||defines curls, moisturizes|
Will Flaxseed Gel Work For Acne Scars?
Yes, flaxseed gel will help to heal acne scars as well as lighten old and new ones. As a natural exfoliator, it helps to get rid of dead skin cells and skin appears visibly less pigmented thanks to B vitamins like niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, and folic acid.
Can I Leave Flaxseed Gel on My Face Overnight?
Yes, you can leave flaxseed gel on your face overnight but your skin may feel tight from the dried gel. However, it may not be optimal if you want to avoid discomfort or irritation as a result of doing so.
Can I Leave Flaxseed Gel On My Hair Overnight?
Yes, you can leave flaxseed gel on your hair overnight but you may experience residue if you apply too much. If you plan on using it as a “leave-in” conditioner, try diluting it with water or applying less to avoid this.
Flaxseed Gel Hair and Scalp Mask (All Hair Types)
- whisk or spoon
- wide-toothed comb
- conditioning cap (optional)
- towel (optional)
- Add all of the conditioner ingredients to a bowl and whisk or stir until well combined.
- Apply the mixture to the hair, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. Massage scalp in circular motions.
- Distribute the conditioner evenly throughout the hair using a wide-toothed comb. Leave the conditioner in the hair 30-45 minutes.
- Rinse hair thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Warm Towel Wrap (For Maximum Conditioning)
- Cover the hair with a plastic conditioning cap or plastic wrap after conditioner application.
- Wet a towel and wring out the excess water. Place the towel in a microwave and warm it 45 seconds to one minute. Carefully remove the towel from the microwave and allow to cool if it is too warm to handle.(Alternately, you can wet the towel with warm water and skip microwave step.)
- While the towel is still warm, wrap the towel OVER the plastic cap and allow the conditioner to penetrate at least 30 minutes.
- Rinse hair thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- Flaxseed Gel contains Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and vitamin E to strengthen and moisturize the hair.
- Manuka honey has significant antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Its high content of amino acids and B-complex vitamins that nourish the scalp and rejuvenate the hair follicles. Plus it is a natural humectant, able to attract and retain moisture to smooth dry and dull hair without weighing the hair down.
- Tea tree oil soothes itchy scalp, reduces dandruff and flaking, and prevents excess oil production. It improves blood flow and allows nutrients to reach hair follicles, balances scalp pH, and stimulates the hair growth cycle.
- For best results, make the conditioner on as needed basis, however due to its antimicrobial properties, it can be stored up to one month if when stored room temperature in an air-tight container.
Have you used flaxseed gel for your hair or skin?
If so, what were your results? Would you recommend it?
Leave some tips in the comments!