Natural beauty is appreciated the world over. There are different aspects linked with being beautiful. One such link is people who are blessed with beautiful skin. Most people firmly believe that beauty is skin deep. Yes, literally too!
How healthy, radiant, hydrated and glowing your skin looks, says a lot about your natural beauty. Many people feel that real beauty doesn’t need any makeup or touch-ups to look good. If your skin is healthy, you’re good to go anywhere without any trace of makeup. Talking about skin, Indian beauties, unarguably, are the owners of the most naturally beautiful skin in this world. Here’s a sneak peek – Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Priyanka Chopra – these few names are just the tip of the ice berg.
However, the ever-changing weather conditions, high pollution and stressful lives call for the need of an intense skin care regimen. The more you care for your skin, the healthier and radiant it will be. No two women have the same type of skin and each type should be taken care of in a different way.
Indian Skin Care Tips From Your Kitchen:
Indian women possess luscious pouts that are often prone to cracking and chapping. Indian women also experience cracked heels during winters. You can use ghee for curing both your chapped lips and cracked heels. Here’s how:
a. For Lips: Right with onset of the winter, your lips start cracking.
Solution: Clarified butter or ghee. This creamy delight helps in hydrating lips like no other lip balm. Your lips get a velvety smoothness and a radiant shine too.
b. For Heels: Winters or very dry summers call in the problem of cracked heels.
Solution: Clarified butter or ghee. Rich with saturated fats, ghee has the innate ability to quickly heal the cracks on your heels too.
2. Turmeric powder:
Pure turmeric is well-known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. And here is a list of ways you can put these qualities to good use for your skin.
- Fight Acne: Turmeric has been widely used to thwart off acne breakouts. Exfoliate your oily skin with a mild scrub prepared by mixing this powder with lemon juice to solve the problem.
- Prevents Growth Of Facial Hair: South Indian women, in earlier days, used to apply a fine paste of turmeric powder mixed with water. They did this daily while bathing to prevent the growth of facial hair.
- Prevents Under Arm Hair Growth: This tip can totally relieve you from waxing your underarms. Regular application of haldi or turmeric can prevent your underarm hair growth. Plus, it can also help in preventing infections and thwart off odour.
- Fights Dark Circles And Wrinkles: Prepare a paste of this turmeric powder mixed with buttermilk and sugarcane juice. This when applied to under eye regularly, helps keep away dark circles and wrinkles.
Most of us are not even aware of the fact that our grand moms used honey for keeping their skin young and rejuvenated. Here’s how you can use honey for keeping your skin young.
- For Dry Skin: Honey, known for its moisturizing properties, is a blessing for Indian women with dry skin. Regular application can not only solve dry skin problems, but also add a shine and glow to the face. It helps keeping all fungal infections and other skin problems at bay.
- Anti-Ageing Properties: Be it your lips, face or cracked heels, apply honey and see the difference. Packed with antioxidants, honey is a quintessential part of an Indian woman’s anti-ageing skin care regimen. Use it yourself to believe in what we just said.
- Eliminates Free Radicals: Along with soothing out fine lines and wrinkles, and moisturizing the skin, it helps in fighting against infections and eliminates free radicals that cause skin to age.
- Fights Bacteria: People prone to bacterial acne outbreaks should apply honey regularly to obtain relief from the same.
4. Coconut Oil:
Sincetime immemorial, we have always looked at coconut oil as good for hair. But coconut oil has many benefits for skin too. Here are few simple ones you can use on a regular basis.
- Makeup Remover: I just see no point in spending hundreds of rupees on those costly makeup removers which only add to our skin problems on a longer run. Use coconut oil as a makeup remover. Just apply about a teaspoon of coconut oil on your skin, leave for about two minutes and wash off with a mild cleanser. Coconut oil has innate moisturizing and exfoliating properties.
- Exfoliating Agent: Use coconut oil along with baking soda to prepare a mild exfoliating agent. Regular application of coconut oil on your skin will help you gain a radiant, younger-looking and supple skin. This applies to even those who have oily skin.
- For Oily Skin: The sole thing you need to do if you have oily skin – just apply very little of this oil and steam so that the oil gets completely absorbed.
- Hydrates Skin: Just mix about 2 tbsp of coconut oil to your warm bath to keep your dry and itchy skin hydrated. Regular application of coconut oil is known to render soft, luscious lips too.
- Fights Dark Circles: If dark circles are troubling you, don’t worry. Just dab a little coconut oil and subtly massage into the eye area. Follow this regularly for about two weeks and you will see the result for yourself.
Lemon is one of the most reliable ingredients of the Indian skin care regimen. And the reasons listed below will tell you why!
- Fights Acne: The natural antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties of this yellow-skinned fruit are beneficial for those who have acne and pimple-prone skin. Get rid of your blackheads with a simple mixture of lemon juice and honey.
- Removes Stretch Marks: If your stretch marks bother you, take the help of this simple juice. Apply it regularly to lighten the stretch marks. This skin lightening property of lemon can also be put to use for owning a more radiant complexion.
- For Chapped Lips: This is a time-tested overnight beauty regimen for chapped lips. Apply it just before you hit the bed only to find your cracked lips healed the next morning.
- Fights Ageing: Slow down the ageing process by delaying the onset of fine lines and wrinkles with regular use of lemon juice, internally and externally.
Ginger is one of the tastiest spices that come with a host of benefits for the skin, thus making it an essential ingredient for Indian skin care.
- Fights Hyperpigmentation: Regular application of freshly squeezed ginger juice for about 10 days is known to be a good antidote for hyperpigmentation.
- Fights Acne:
a. Natural Cleanser: Packed with anti-inflammatory properties, the juice of this spice helps in easing your acne worries. A great natural cleanser, ginger juice can be applied regularly by those who have acne and pimples to clean and unclog their skin.
b. Face Pack: You can also use a ginger mask and use it once a week to prevent acne and pimple breakouts. Prepare a mask by blending dry ginger powder and dehydrated milk powder. Apply it and wait for 15 minutes. Wash off and apply a moisturizer.
- For Radiant Skin: Ginger, when dried and powdered, can be used to eliminate impurities, tone the skin and hydrate it, leaving it radiant and glowing. Just prepare a concoction by boiling two teaspoons of dry ginger powder in about four cups of water. Allow the concoction to reduce to half. Cool, strain the mixture and mix in about 5 to 6 drops of rosemary oil. Mix well and store it to be used regularly for glowing skin.
- Fights Ageing: Packed with 40-plus antioxidant-rich compounds, Indian women can prevent premature skin ageing by using ginger. Detoxify your skin and boost the circulation levels to replenish the skin with nutrients essential for long lasting, youthful, glowing skin. The antioxidants fight against free radicals and maintain the elasticity and suppleness of the skin, thus delaying premature aging.
7. Black Pepper:
This pungent spherical spice is a powerhouse of antioxidants. Here is how you can put it to good use.
- Fights Ageing: Black pepper is a wonderful aid for your fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Include it in your diet daily to eliminate the premature onset of these aging signs.
- Exfoliates Skin: You can crush these black balls and use along with curd as a natural exfoliating agent.
- Detoxifies Skin: Black pepper helps in detoxifying your skin, improves circulation levels and thus, makes sure that your skin is replenished with essential oxygen and nutrients.
- Fights Acne: A natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, these spice balls can be used regularly by those who are prone to acne and pimple troubles.
- Lightens Skin: Are you in search of a natural skin lightening agent? Use finely powdered black pepper along with honey regularly for a radiant complexion.
8. Sesame Seed Oil:
This oil is also called gingelly oil or til oil. It is a store-house of anti-inflammatory agents, anti-oxidants and moisturizing agents.
- Heals Inflammation: Packed with anti-inflammatory properties, regular application of this oil has been proven to heal your allergic inflammations. This property of til oil can also be used to heal fungal infections affecting your skin during cold weather.
- Cleanser: A natural storehouse of antioxidants, this oil can be applied regularly on your face to detoxify it. Wash off with a mild cleanser for complete cleansing and care. A mixture of sesame seed oil along with water and apple cider vinegar can be applied at night and washed off the next morning for radiant, pollution-free skin.
- Moisturizer: Along with healing cuts and abrasions, this oil has natural moisturizing properties. Thus, it has been a favourite among grandmas for keeping their skin supple and glowing.
- Fights Ageing: The antioxidants, as mentioned above, help in eliminating the free radicals triggering the premature onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Thus, daily external application of this golden-hued oil ensures youthful skin.
- Heals Cracks: The cracks in your feet can now be eased by applying this oil for about two weeks. Make sure you pull up your socks to cover the heels and safeguard your bed from the oil.
9. Gram Flour:
Besan, as it is commonly known in India, has always remained a favourite ingredient in the Indian skin care routine.
- Cleanser: My grandma always advised me using gram flour along with turmeric powder for cleansing the skin. And the results are really awesome!
- Exfoliates Skin: Apart from being a good cleanser, you can make use of this flour as a mild exfoliating agent to get rid of your blackheads and cleanse your clogged pores too.
- Removes Tan: Save the money you spend on your sun tack packs for something else. Just prepare a pack by mixing 4 tsp gram flour with 1 tsp each of lemon, yogurt and turmeric powder. Apply to your cleansed face and wash off with cool water after the pack dries. The good news is that this pack can be applied daily without any side effects.
- Lightens Skin: Those who wish to lighten their skin tone can also take the help of besan. A paste prepared by mixing 1 tsp each of milk and lemon juice with 4 tsp of this cream colored powder can be applied regularly to lighten dark spots and reveal glowing skin. This can also be used for preparing an instant fairness pack. 3 tsp gram flour, 1 tsp of cream and 1 tsp ground orange peel – just mix these ingredients, apply and wash off for instantly fairer skin.
- Fights Pimples: Packed with antibacterial properties, it makes a wonderful friend for those suffering with pimple troubles. Regular application of a mixture of besan and fenugreek powder is known to aid in eliminating unwanted facial hair.
Milk is the best source of calcium and is good for your bones and teeth. But, can milk be useful for Indian skin care? Yes, indeed!
- Cleanses Skin: Milk is a natural cleansing agent. Just mix about 2 teaspoons milk with 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp lemon juice. Apply this on your face, leave for 15 minutes and wash off for clean and clear skin.
- Pack For Glowing Skin: Milk can be used along with ground almonds and olive oil, and applied as a face pack for instantly glowing skin. Prepare a paste by adding milk to about 1 tbsp ground almonds and 1 tsp crushed orange peel. Add about 2 to 3 drops of olive oil to this mixture. Apply this mixture and allow it to dry for about 20 minutes. Wash off and follow with an ice cube rub for awesomely glowing skin.
- Pack For Dry Skin: Milk is a blessing for those with dry skin. A mask prepared by adding milk to 1 mashed banana and honey can be applied to dry skin. Allow the mask to dry completely before washing off. Massage the washed off skin with a little milk to complete the moisturizing process.
- Exfoliates Skin: Milk can also be used as an exfoliating agent to get rid of dead skin cells. Lactic acid present in milk has natural exfoliating properties. Dissolve a pinch of salt in boiling water. Add 3 cups of milk to it, keeping aside the cream. Add about ½ a cup of lukewarm water and allow the mixture to stand for 20 minutes. Apply on your body and scrub off the dead skills with the help of a loofah. You can use this milk scrub twice a week for good results.
So it’s been proved that Indian kitchens are storehouses of beauty remedies. You don’t even need to worry about different skin types. There is no end to the way you can use an ingredient – cleanser, exfoliating agent or as a face pack. So, the next time you wish to buy a cleanser, toner or face pack, just re-think. Why not try these natural ingredients for your skin care from the kitchen? They are light on your pocket yet give you fabulous results. Find the perfect kitchen ingredient for your skin type right away and start using it as part of your skin care routine. Tell us which one worked the best for you!
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