15 Effective Ayurvedic Face Packs For Glowing Skin

Medically reviewed by Vd. Naveen Sharma, Ayurveda Physician
by Ramona Sinha

When it comes to skincare, it is best to go back to nature. Most of us do not want to use any chemical-laden products on our skin and look for natural ways to keep it healthy. This is where Ayurveda can help.

Ayurveda is the ancient science of healing and a reservoir of many best-kept beauty secrets of nature. If you are looking for natural ways to take care of your skin, we have a list of easy-to-prepare face pack recipes that can help. Take a look.

Best Ayurvedic Face Packs For Glowing Skin

Note: Although these recipes involve natural ingredients, it doesn’t make them entirely safe for you. You can be allergic to any ingredient. Hence, do a patch test before trying these recipes.

1. Turmeric And Besan Face Pack

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (1). It is also known for its skin brightening effects. Besan is a good exfoliant and helps in maintaining the pH balance of your skin.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • ½ tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients and make a thick paste.
  2. Apply it to your face and neck.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off.

How Often You Should Do This

Two times a week.

2. Marigold Flower Face Pack

Marigold is widely used in Ayurvedic face packs for its healing effect. A study done on human fibroblast cells (cells that produce collagen) found that due to the high levels of polyphenols, marigold extracts can prevent photoaging and degradation of the fibroblast cells, thereby maintaining healthy skin (2).

You Will Need

  • 2 marigold flowers (crushed)
  • ½ tablespoon yogurt

What You Have To Do

  1. Crush the marigold petals and add curd to make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your face and neck and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Three times a week.

3. Sandalwood Face Pack

Sandalwood oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and may potentially help in inhibiting pigmentation related to aging and UV exposure and the growth of S.aureus (bacteria that cause acne and pimples) (3).

You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops of sandalwood oil
  • 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (jojoba or sweet almond oil)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix two to three drops of sandalwood oil with a teaspoon of the carrier oil.
  2. You can add a teaspoon of honey to this mixture.
  3. Blend well and apply the face pack.
  4. Allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Two to three times a week.

Note: Before using any essential oil, a patch test is mandatory.

4. Honey And Lemon Face Pack

Honey contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants (flavonoids), and certain enzymes that make it a good anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, healing, and cleansing agent. These properties of honey help to keep your skin healthy and prevent acne (4). Lemon contains vitamin C and citric acid. Many skincare enthusiasts swear by the brightening and astringent effect of lemon.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
  • A few drops of lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix 3-4 drops of lemon juice in a teaspoon of honey.
  2. Apply all over your face. Avoid the area around your eyes.
  3. Wash it off after 20 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Two to three times a week.

Note: Lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive. Hence, make sure you apply sunscreen before stepping out.

5. Lavender Oil Face Pack

The topical application of lavender oil promoted collagen synthesis and wound healing in a rat study (5). Hence, applying lavender oil may help make your skin plump and healthy (by boosting collagen production).

You Will Need

  • 3-4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon avocado or jojoba oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Dilute two to three drops of lavender oil in a teaspoon of avocado or jojoba oil.
  2. Massage the blend on your face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Wash your face with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Three times a week.

Note: Do a patch test before using lavender essential oil. Also, store it in an airtight bottle, away from sunlight, as oxidized essential oils may cause skin irritation.

6. Neem, Tulsi, And Turmeric Face Pack

Applying neem oil may reduce signs of skin aging. According to a study, topical application of neem oil on mice skin improved type 1 procollagen and elastin production and helped in reducing skin aging (6). Tulsi has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects that aid skin healing and keep it healthy (7).

You Will Need

  • 4 tulsi leaves
  • 3-4 neem leaves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a paste of the tulsi and neem leaves.
  2. Add a pinch of turmeric and a teaspoon of yogurt to the paste and mix well.
  3. Spread the mask on your face. Let it dry.
  4. Wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Every alternate day.

7. Rice Flour And Sandalwood Face Pack

Coarse rice flour can be a great substitute for store-bought scrubs. This face pack will help remove dead skin cells from your skin and brighten it.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 2-3 drops of sandalwood oil or ½ teaspoon sandalwood powder
  • 1 tablespoon rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your face and massage for 5 minutes.
  3. Let it dry for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Wash it off.
  5. Follow up with a moisturizer.

How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

8. Oatmeal, Turmeric, And Sandalwood Face Pack

Colloidal oatmeal (boiled oats) can cleanse your skin thoroughly. It contains saponins that can effectively remove all impurities from the skin. It also reduces skin inflammation (8). Along with turmeric and sandalwood, it makes for an excellent face pack to keep your skin healthy.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon boiled oats
  • 2-3 drops of sandalwood oil or ½ teaspoon sandalwood powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Rosewater

What You Have To Do

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your face and massage it on your skin for 5 minutes. Let it dry.
  3. Wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Two to three times a week.

9. Turmeric, Besan, And Milk Face Pack

This herbal face pack can fade blemishes by exfoliating your skin and removing dead skin cells. Besan and turmeric work together to reduce tanning and make your skin bright, while the lactic acid in milk keeps it soft.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the paste evenly all over your face.
  3. Massage gently and let it dry.
  4. Wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

10. Aloe Vera, Lemon, And Honey Face Pack

Aloe vera face pack can help prevent acne. It promotes collagen and elastin production by stimulating the fibroblasts in your skin. This improves skin quality and health (9). Together with lemon and honey, it can brighten the skin and keep it soft.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the aloe vera gel, lemon juice, and honey in the specified quantities.
  2. Apply the pack to your face. Avoid the eye area.

How Often You Should Do This

Two times a week.

11. Tomato And Multani Mitti Face Pack

Tomato contains lycopene that can protect your skin from UV ray damage (10). Multani mitti or Fuller’s earth has skin-cleansing properties. It removes dirt and impurities to keep the skin bright.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon Multani mitti
  • 2 tablespoons tomato juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the Multani mitti and tomato juice in a bowl until you get a fine paste.
  2. Apply the face pack and let it dry.
  3. Wash it with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Two to three times a week.

12. Amla (Gooseberry) Face Pack

A study found that amla or gooseberry might promote procollagen production and improve skin health. Amla was found to have skin tightening and firming properties (11).  It suggested that amla extracts could have therapeutic and cosmetic applications.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon gooseberry paste (amla)
  • 1 tablespoon curd

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the amla paste with curd in a bowl.
  2. Apply the paste to your face. Let it dry.
  3. Wash with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Two to three times a week.

13. Yogurt And Turmeric Face Pack

This face pack helps to calm your skin, brighten it, and keep your skin healthy and supple.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix two tablespoons of yogurt with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  2. Apply the paste to your face. Let it dry.
  3. Wash with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Two to three times a week.

14. Mulethi (Licorice) And Milk Face Pack

Licorice can reduce sun-induced pigmentation. It contains glabridin, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pigmentation (12).

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon licorice powder
  • 2 teaspoons milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix a teaspoon of licorice powder with two teaspoons of milk.
  2. Apply the paste to your face.
  3. Wash with water once the pack dries.

How Often You Should Do This

Two to three times a week.

15. Fuller’s Earth And Honey Face Pack

Fuller’s earth or Multani mitti helps to cleanse your skin. It absorbs oil and dirt, removes dead skin cells, and brightens the face. Along with honey, it keeps your face clean, soft, and bright.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon Fuller’s earth
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Rosewater

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix a tablespoon each of Multani mitti and honey.
  2. Add rose water and mix well until you get a paste-like consistency.
  3. Spread the pack on your face evenly and let it dry.
  4. Wash it off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Two times a week.

These Ayurvedic face packs are easy to prepare, and the ingredients are readily available. If you are looking for a natural way to keep your skin healthy, you can try out these recipes. However, ensure you do a patch test to check if the ingredients suit your skin. In case of any allergic reaction, consult a doctor immediately.

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.
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