When I think of Kaffir Lime I instantly think of the variety of curry recipes from Thailand. Some famous and notable beauties from Thailand include The Social Network star Brenda Song who is a Hmong-Thai-American actress and California native. Miss Thailand Universe Fonthip Watcharatrakul won Best Costume and Most Photogenic in the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant held in Las Vegas.
Kaffir lime (Citrus Hystrix) is a green lime fruit that is known for it’s bumpy, “wort”-covered, look and feel to it’s skin, not to mention distinct astringent/citrus taste. In addition to cooking, kaffir lime is used for medicinal purposes and has been making it’s way to the beauty market. People in Thailand used this abundant fruit in addition to their shampoo because they believe it aids in the growth of thick, shiny, hair. This is probably because the acidic properties in this fruit can act as an astringent which would provide additional cleaning, thus, eliminating any dulling residue. In addition, a clean and healthy scalp would likely be a great aid in hair growth because follicules coated in product would have a harder time producing hair.
- To use as an astringent; add 2 parts rosewater to 1 part kaffir lime juice.
- To use as a facial mask treatment; apply a thin layer of kaffir lime juice, let it sit on your face for 5-10 minutes. While you are waiting, put a tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl and squeeze a teaspoon of lime juice in the bowl to create a paste. Initially when the juice first hits the baking soda, there will be a foaming action. after the foaming subsides apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for twenty minutes. Wash face as normal and moisturize. Do this two to three times a week as your exfoliation treatment.
- Kaffir Limes are not as acidic as lemons. This is good for those who have tried making their own homemade astringent with lemons and found it was too strong.
- For those with acne-prone skin, suffering breakouts, desiring to eliminate acne scars, want a microdermabrasion effect; adding baking soda to the lemon juice will help create a paste that exfoliates and removes dead skin cells.
- I happen to have a kaffir lime tree in my yard so it’s very accessible. If you don’t have access to this, just note many fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, limes, and lemons have astringent properties. Just note that acidity levels vary with each fruit and vegetable. For example, Kaffir lime is not as acidic as lemons but more acidic than cucumbers.