Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Onions are known to be a good source of vitamins, dietary fibres, phytochemicals, antioxidants, flavonoids. There are other health benefits that are associated with onions along with beauty benefits. Learn about the 10 wonderful beauty benefits of onions for your skin and hair health.

10 Ways in which Onion Can Benefit Your Skin and Hair Health

Onions have Anti-Aging Properties

Onions are known to contain antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, and E. Onions also have phytonutrients and phytochemicals, which are antioxidants and are important for keeping the skin young and healthy. The antioxidants present in the onions are responsible for preventing oxidative damage to the skin and also fight against the free radicals of the body. Onions are also responsible for reducing the risk of skin cancer apart from other types of cancers. One of the wonderful beauty benefits of onions reducing signs of premature aging. Common symptoms of aging are skin blemishes, dark spots, wrinkles, age spots and fine lines; and onions helps fight these signs of aging and help a lot in maintaining skin health.

Additionally, onions are also rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Onions also have quite a lot of water content, which helps in keeping the skin healthy and moisturized. There is sufficient nourishment that is provided by the skin cells from the onions. When onion juice is applied topically on the skin, it helps in improving the overall appearance of the skin while simultaneously making it supple and soft.

Onions Help in Treating Acne

Millions of people around the world are affected by acne. The causes of acne cannot be pinpointed, but it is believed to become worse when the skin pores are clogged. Pores are commonly blocked by pollutants like dust, microorganisms, skin debris and pollutants. Onions have been found to be highly effective when it comes to fighting acne. Onions have properties that are antimicrobial, antibacterial and also anti-inflammatory in nature. Because of their antiseptic nature, the skin is kept safe from clogging and also reduces the risk of having skin infections apart from acne.

In order to use onions to treat acne, mix 1 tablespoon of onion juice with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply on the face. Keep this onion mixture for 20 minutes or till it dries before washing with water. Other than the topical application, onions can also be eaten regularly to reduce the risk of treating acne.

Onions Help in Lightening Skin Complexion

Yet another wonderful beauty benefit of onions for skin is that they help in lightening and brightening the skin complexion along with making the skin soft, supple and radiant. Apart from eating onions, onions can also be applied on to the skin topically in order to achieve skin lightening.

In order to achieve skin lightening, take some fresh onion juice about 1.5 teaspoons and mix it with 2 tablespoons of gram flour. Then, mix the ingredients together in order to form a thick paste. Milk can also be added if you want. In case you are one of those people who are not comfortable with the smell of onions, make sure to add some lavender oil in order to mask the smell of the onions. Apply this onion paste or face pack all over the face and allow it to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Take a cotton swab that is soaked in milk and remove the onion face pack by massaging the skin in circular motions. This is effective as an exfoliant, as it helps to get rid of dry skin cells from the skin thereby lightening your complexion.

Onions Help in Reducing Dark Spots and Pigmentation

Onion is believed to be effective in reducing skin pigmentation and dark spots when it is used regularly, irrespective of whether it is consumed topically or consumed as food. There are several important nutrients, which give this effect such as vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, phytonutrients, and phytochemicals. The vitamins and minerals present in onions nourish the skin; whereas the free radicals are stabilized by the antioxidants contained in onions.

To reduce dark spots and pigmentation on the skin, mix equal quantities of onion juice and yogurt and use this as a face pack. This onion and yogurt face pack helps in treating skin pigmentation. In case the smell of onion is repulsive, then add some lavender oil or any other essential oil of your choice. The onion pack needs to be applied on the face by gently massaging it in a circular motion for around 10 to 15 minutes. Upon using it regularly, it is possible to get rid of dark spots as well as pigmentation, which can also make the skin soft and supple.

Onions are Effective in Exfoliating the Dead Skin Cells

Onions are wonderful skin exfoliators, which have the ability to make the skin lighter by getting rid of dead skin cells and dark skin cells. Onions act as a natural skin scrub, which is also capable of improving the inner glow of the skin. In addition to antioxidants, there are other nutrients such as vitamins, flavonoids, minerals, and phytonutrients present in the onions, which are important in keeping the skin healthy by providing nourishment to the skin.

In order to use the onion as a natural bleach and exfoliator, mix 1 teaspoon of fresh onion juice with 1 teaspoon of gram flour and half-a-teaspoon of milk cream. Use these ingredients are mixed together and as a face pack for at least 4 weeks. Onion juice is known for making the dark elbows lighter when onion juice is rubbed on it or freshly cut onion slices are rubbed on the elbows, provided the skin is not allergic to onion juice.

Onions Give You Soft Lips

Another wonderful beauty benefit of onion is that it can make the lips soft and healthy and help in dealing with dark and dry lips. Mix some freshly squeezed onion juice with vitamin E and apply on the lips at night every day. Do this regularly to get soft and healthy lips.

Onions Help in Skin Rejuvenation

Onions are also used in making natural skin packs, which are obviously pocket-friendly and can be used to rejuvenate the skin and keep it healthy. Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh onion juice with half-teaspoon of yogurt and some gram flour. Mix it till it becomes a fine paste and apply to the skin. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before washing with warm water. This onion remedy will help in making the skin rejuvenate health. It is also due to the vitamins and minerals that are present in the onion that this onion face mask keeps the skin soft, moisturized and hydrated.

Onions Help in Treating Stings and Bites

Stings and bites of bees and bugs can be very painful and it is recommended to treat them with onions as they provide relief from the pain. A sliced onion should be placed on the affected area to reduce the itchiness, pain, swelling and inflammation in the affected area. It helps to take the pain away as an onion has anti-inflammatory properties.

Onions Help in Treating Thinning of Hair

Onions have wonderful beauty benefits for your hair health too. Onions are excellent for treating the hair, especially if you are suffering from thinning hair. Mix some freshly juiced onion with half-teaspoon of honey and some essential oil. Apply this onion mixture on the hair and leave it overnight and wash your hair the next morning. Do this onion remedy at least 3 times a week to help treat thinning hair and get thick and lustrous hair.

Onions Help in Treating Dandruff

Irrespective of how much you treat dandruff, it always comes back. If you are looking for a natural solution to treat your dandruff, then do avail of this wonderful beauty benefit of onion juice for healthy and dandruff free hair. Mix some onion juice with dried lemon peels and some yogurt. Blend them together to make a fine paste. Use this onion mixture as a hair pack for treating dandruff as well as providing nourishment to the hair.

Apart from these reasons, onions are also known to promote hair growth, maintaining the colour of the hair and treating hair loss

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

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Last Modified On: September 19, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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