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The BEST Skincare Tips For Indian Girls (Your Nani Was Right!)

Priyanka Ghura

Beauty Editor

Indian women are known all around the world for their natural beauty, and we’re proud of it. Hell yeah! But with our climatic conditions and increased levels of pollution, our skin needs a little more than the usual cleanse, tone and moisturize routine. And it turns out that age-old beauty routines which are part of our culture can really work wonders for a clear, bright complexion. We’ve all heard of these, but have never really given them much thought till now. Here are a few tips for Indian skin to help pamper it and make you look absolutely radiant. Hello, gorgeous!

1. Rose Water To The Rescue

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Forget about chemically laden toners that are so harsh on our skin. Good old rose water was what queens and princesses used for amazing skin. Apply it with a cotton ball or spray it on your face to tone, refresh, brighten and soften your skin. Keep it in your fridge to really enhance its soothing and refreshing effects. Rose water smells amazing, is great for sensitive skin too and is so inexpensive.

2. Extra Exfoliation

Indian skin is known to be a bit oilier than other skin types, so it’s important to be particular about exfoliating to unclog pores, especially with the kind of pollution around us. A sugar scrub like Oriflame Milk and Honey Sugar Scrub (Rs. 370) or anything that is organic like from Forest Essentials or Fab India is great.

3. All You Need Is Turmeric

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Us Indian girls are well aware of the powers of turmeric - there’s a reason why we have a special haldi ceremony before our wedding. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent qualities, which basically means it’s amazing at fighting acne, brightening your skin and leaving it soft. A paste of besan (gram flour) and a dash of haldi mixed with rose water and even milk can give you an enviable complexion, and it also reduces hair growth if used as a scrub. It’s a great home remedy for your skin as well as to fight facial hair.

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4. The Best Way To Bust Blackheads

Lemon is a natural skin brightener and exfoliator thanks to its acidity. Slice a lemon in half and rub it over your face to de-tan, brighten your skin and get rid of those annoying blackheads. You can also mix it with honey for a fantastic skin pampering session. Honey is one of the best natural moisturizers around and has anti-aging properties; by combining the two you will have smooth, nourished and young skin always - you natural beauty, you!

5. SPF Is A Must

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You don’t need to be a genius to know that India has a tropical climate, which means it’s pretty sunny almost all year round. That basically means that we need extra sun protection compared to others - and no, not just during summer. Plus, Indian skin burns quite easily, so that’s all the more reason to be extra particular about sunblock. Slather it on like your life depends on it and use one with extra high protection to ensure your skin is safe under our intense sun.

6. Coconut Oil Will Never Go Out Of Style

Coconut oil has been an essential beauty ingredient for Indian women for as long as we can remember, but it’s as amazing for skin as it is for our hair. Use it as a makeup remover instead of splurging on costly ones. Leave it on your face for a couple minutes and wash off to take off stubborn makeup while hydrating your skin. Use it on your skin to moisturize dry skin as well for soft, lush lips. You can also massage your eye area with it to fight those dark circles - do this regularly and see them disappear.  

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Published on Jan 29, 2016
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