DIY Quince Moisturising Gel And Face Mask

Quince are rather uncommon these days, but if you get your hands on them you can make tasty marmalade from the flesh, tea from the peels and use the seed to moisturise your face. Here in Germany it's very hard to find quince in a store, but last year a good friend brought me some from their farm and told me that it can be used in skin care.
If you can't get your hands on fresh quince, you can look in health food stores for quince juice or dried quince (often sold as a tea).

Quince Seed Gel

The quince looks like a pear, and in the middle are seeds similar to those of a pear. If you soak a couple of seeds in a tablespoon of hot water for a few hours, you get a clear gel similar to hialuron. I like to use the gel directly on my face, and layer an oil or a moisturiser on top. I found that I can soak the seeds 2-3 times.

This quince macerate not only hydrates the skin but is also anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent. This macerate has been traditionally used for soothing the nipples by nursing women.

A very interesting thing about quince is that it does not absorb pollution from the environment, it remains "clean". It is full of several hydroxy acids, minerals like potassium, calcium, iron and vitamins B, A and C. The zinc helps wounds to heal faster. It is anti-ageing when used regularly. It is a great cleanser for skin with acne or skin that is irritated.

Quince Face Mask:

Mix 2-3 spoons of blended or grated quince flesh with a spoon of honey. If your skin is oily add a dash of cider vinegar. Apply on the face and wash off after 5-10 minutes.
If you can only get your hands on quince juice, mix it with clay or soak a sheet mask in it.

The fresh or dried pieces of quince can be made into an infusion simply by pouring boiling water on it. This can be used as a toner.

Have you ever tried quince? Or quince jam? Let me know if you try any of the above recipes!

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