Throughout the world, beer may be one of the most popular alcoholic beverages, but used topically it can be highly beneficial for skin and hair as well.
Beer is a humectant, which means it attracts and locks moisture to the skin. Adding beer to a bath is a practice that began in the Middle Ages. Even today, there are spas that offer beer baths and facials.
A simple natural beer is made with a combination of malted grains, hops, brewer's yeast and water. Malted grains, such as barley, are rich in starches and enzymes. When the malt is mixed water and heated, the starches are converted to sugars. When yeast is added, the sugars are transformed into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The result is beer with a lot of bioactive components.
The malt and yeast in beer are rich in B complex vitamins, biotin, pantothenic acid, and trace minerals, which help make skin smooth and supple. Beer has been used to freshen the skin, balance natural skin oils, and help acne, eczema, and other skin conditions.
The vitamins, minerals, saccharides, yeast and hops help make beer a natural cleanser. Using beer as a face mask may help reduces acne and pimples.
Well known for its conditioning properties, beer creates a gentle, fluffy, moisturizing lather.
In hair care beer helps tighten the cuticle of the hair shaft adding luster, body, and bounce. The malt hops that go in the making of beer are a rich source of protein which can help decrease frizzies and increase shine. The yeast and vitamin B content in beer can also ease dandruff.
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