7 Spices, 7 Remedies: Beauty Secrets From Your Kitchen!
Sharon AlphonsoLifestyle and Beauty Writer, POPxo
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No Indian kitchen is complete without its dabba of roasted and fresh spices. It’s these very spices that add flavour and soul to a particular dish. However, apart from using them while cooking, did you know that they make for fabulous beauty ingredients as well? Making a natural beauty product using these selected Indian spices that can improve the texture of your skin, fight acne and make your hair stronger. So ladies, are you ready to put these to the test? Here are 7 Indian spices that help enhance your beauty - naturally! (Try them out today!)
1. Keep The Wrinkles Away With Turmeric
Did you know that turmeric is packed with antibiotic, anti-ageing and antiseptic properties? If applied to the skin, it could have positive impact! While it improves skin complexion, it also keeps the fine lines at bay.
Step 1 - Take a spoonful of turmeric powder and drop it into a bowl.
Step 2 - Now, add one tablespoon of honey into the bowl and mix it with the turmeric till it turns into a thick paste.
Step 3 - You can use a brush or your fingers to apply it on your face, arms and legs.
Step 4 - Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with chilled water.
2. Ginger Can Help Fight Pigmentation
Skin blemishes and annoying sun tan are a few things we want to know how to get rid of quickly! While you may think the salon lady has the answer, you’re mistaken - you just need ginger in your life, girl. Ginger can help rejuvenate your skin and improve your complexion.
Step 1 - Grate one stick of ginger and pour its shavings into a bowl.
Step 2 - Now, pour a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice into the bowl.
Step 3 - Mix all the ingredients well and apply it directly to your face.
Step 4 - Spread the gooey liquid all over your face, and give your skin a good massage.
Step 5 - After 5 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water.
3. Garlic For Gorgeous Hair
Is your hair starting to look dull and feel brittle? If it is, you’ve got try using garlic. You see, garlic pods as tiny as they are, they’re packed with vitamin C and amino acids which help re-energize hair follicles and repair hair damage. If you must know, it promotes hair growth too!
Step 1 - Take a handful of garlic pods and dip them into a bowl of olive oil.
Step 2 - Leave them to soak in the oil for a week.
Step 3 - After a week, you can discard the pods and use the oil for your hair.
Step 4 - Heat the oil for a couple of seconds, and apply it on your scalp and give yourself a good head massage
Step 5 - Let it stay on your hair for about 5-8 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
4. Black Pepper To Ban Blemishes And Acne
Do you want to get rid of blemishes and acne naturally? If that’s a nod, get ready to make the best use of black peppers. From a beauty ingredient perspective, black peppers are great for skin exfoliation. It loosens pores, clears acne, removes blackheads and scrubs away oil and bacteria.
Step 1 - Make a paste using a teaspoon of black pepper powder and chilled yogurt.
Step 2 - Gently apply it over your pores and acne using your fingertips.
Step 3 - Wait till the mask hardens and wash it off with cold water after 10 minutes.
5. Coriander Seeds For Brighter Eyes
For bright and healthy eyes, coriander seeds is what you need. They contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help reduce itchiness and redness of the eyes. It also cures tired and puffy eyes.
Step 1 - Pour a tablespoon of coriander seeds into a glass of water and leave it overnight to soak.
Step 2 - The next morning, use the water as eye drops.
Step 3 - Keep it on for half a second and wipe it off with a damp hand towel.
6. Get Kiss-Ready Lips With Cinnamon
Believe it or not, but one of the main reasons for dry lips is poor blood circulation. Luckily, daily usage of cinnamon as a beauty ingredient helps speed it up. The heating effect of cinnamon helps push the blood to your skin and gives it a radiant look. This will benefit you immensely if you chapped and dull lips.
Step 1 - Crush two big sticks of cinnamon till it turns to powder.
Step 2 - Mix it with your lip scrub or Vaseline and apply it on your lips.
Step 3 - Leave it on for half an minute and wash it off with lukewarm water.
7. Cloves Can Give You Clearer Skin!
No Indian dish is complete without adding cloves to it. However, the same can be done for your beauty regime. This dried spice contains eugenol and antiseptic properties that heal skin, fight bacteria and remove blemish marks.
Step 1 - Crush a couple of cloves and pour its powder into a tiny container.
Step 2 - Add a tablespoon of honey and a couple of drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Step 3 - Mix all the ingredients well and apply it to your face.
Step 4 - Leave it on for about 5 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.