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HOMEMADE NATURAL SKIN CARE TIPS
Ask any Indian woman on DIY skincare and she’ll have a tip or two to share. Most of these home remedies have been passed down through generations and are greatly valued even today.
In fact, mothers, aunts and grandmothers say that the secret to healthy skin lies in their kitchen and not in countless beauty products available today. However, the good thing about organic skincare is that it suits all skin types. Most of these home remedies are largely influenced by Ayurveda, an ancient branch of Indian science on health and general well-being. Life today is fast-paced. It doesn’t allow you to spend enough time in your kitchen. Nevertheless, if you scout enough, your kitchen is like a mysterious mall for beauty products!
While Indian skin already has a high tolerance (thanks to our genes), the current lifestyle, climatic conditions and pollution make routine skincare more demanding. Fortunately for us, age-old skincare recipes and secrets based on Ayurveda come as saviors. From getting radiant skin to preventing breakouts, our ancient beauty regimens from the kitchen can take care of all skin and hair issues (thank you, Granny!)
DIY Indian Skincare Tips
The numero uno on the common kitchen ingredients list - Turmeric has been used for centuries for its medicinal and healing properties. Using turmeric paste on the skin is known to reduce dullness, and fight acne, dark spots and wrinkles. For best results, use this face pack once a week and feel the difference in your skin texture.
Just take a teaspoon of turmeric and mix it with a tablespoon of yogurt or rosewater and gram flour. Apply it to your face and neck area. Massage for about 15-20 minutes in slow circular motions before washing off.
Sandalwood is one of the best natural ingredients you can use on your skin, especially during summer. It is an antiseptic too and is known to heal cuts and wounds or heal any skin allergies and rash.
Mix 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder with either honey or milk. Apply this to your face and neck area and let it dry. This helps remove accumulated dirt and improve your skin texture.
3. Multani Mitti (Clay of Multan or Fuller’s Earth):
Multani Mitti is a perfect face pack for teenagers hitting puberty. It is an amazing ingredient for those suffering regular break-outs on the skin due to hormonal fluctuations. But even if you are not a teenager you can apply this to your face regularly.
Fuller’s Earth deeply cleans your pores, removes accumulated dirt and removes dark circles, pigmentation, pimples, and reduces dullness of skin. Due to this, it is considered a very effective skin cleanser for people with oily skin.
Mix a tablespoon of fuller’s earth with rose water or honey and apply it to your face. Leave it to dry for about 20 minutes and then wash off. Use this twice a week for the best results.
4. Neem (Indian Lilac):
Neem tree is also known as Indian Lilac is a common herbal plant in South Asia. Neem leaves are extensively used as natural skin and hair care routine in India. Elaborating the numerous benefits of Neem would require a new article altogether. Neem leaves have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Neem paste can be safely applied to treat allergies, skin rashes, acne and wounds. Consumption of neem leaves is known to cure ulcers, prevent cancer and keep blood pressure and sugar levels normal.
Grind some neem leaves and make a paste of it. You can use this paste directly on your skin or mix it with either honey or turmeric. Wash your face and apply this paste, and leave it for about 20 minutes. This particular face pack is good for those who have frequent outbreaks of skin like boils, pimples or blackheads. You can apply this paste directly to the affected area until it heals.
5. Aloe Vera:
Everyone loves Aloe Vera, it is another common ingredient in an Indian skincare routine. In fact, Aloe Vera is widely used everywhere across the world in treating various skin problems. Known as a skin elixir, Aloe Vera is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, E and beta carotene.
This rich chemical composition makes it a kind of one-stop solution for most skin problems. Also, this plant is surprisingly easy to grow at home. Since it belongs to the cactus family, it doesn’t require regular watering. But do keep it away from direct sunlight.
You can use aloe vera gel as a face scrub by mixing it with a tablespoon each of gram flour and yogurt and washing it off after 15-20 minutes. The gel may also be blended with sandalwood powder or Fuller’s Earth. The rich Vitamin E content of Aloe Vera makes it a highly effective natural moisturizer and keeps your skin hydrated.
6. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is widely used in cooking as well as for skincare purposes in India. It is rich in fatty acids and naturally hydrates skin and hair. Coconut oil is best for those with dry skin, it can be used during harsh winter days to prevent dry lips, knees and elbows and cracked heels.
Rub it on your body before going to sleep only to wake up with smoother skin the next morning. However, keep in mind that coconut oil may clog pores. So, it is ideal for dry and flaky skin.