Ah, maple syrup. It's Canada's pride and joy, with the province of Quebec being the world's largest producer of it. But it's so much more than just an essential sweetener for pancakes and waffles - it's also a revolutionary ingredient used in many beauty regimens.
For example, maple syrup could be used to make a really effective face and hair mask. It prevents disease due to its antibacterial properties, it helps to fight wrinkles due to its anti-aging properties and has several beneficial components like manganese, riboflavin, zinc and calcium. Combined with other ingredients, a maple syrup face mask is the best defence against skin wear-and-tear and will help you achieve the healthy skin you've always wanted.
You can make different types of masks with maple syrup, and they're all really simple to make:
Aloe vera and maple syrup face mask - Mix 1 teaspoon of maple syrup with 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
Strawberry and maple syrup face mask - Mix 2 mashed strawberries with 1 teaspoon of maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Morning maple syrup face mask - Mix 1 tablespoon of warm milk with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 3 tablespoons of finely ground oats.
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Each of the face masks should be applied to a clean face and left on for 15 to 20 minutes. It will feel a little stiff, but it can be washed off with warm water. Apply a moisturizer of your choice afterwards for the best results!
You can also use maple syrup to create a conditioner for your hair! Just mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 4 tablespoons of maple syrup, microwave for 15 seconds, and comb the mixture into your hair. After leaving it in your hair for 20 minutes covered in saran wrap, rinse an shampoo your hair and you'll come out with silky new locks to show off.