Indian women are renowned for being beautiful as well as for our ancient beauty secrets that are all natural. So instead of splurging on countless potions and designer concoctions, why not take inspiration from our ancestors with these age old beauty secrets for flawless, glowing skin. These have withstood the test of time and actually work to give you the skin you’ve always wanted. Your grandma will be so proud!
Pimples? Dull skin? It doesn’t matter what your skin woe, it’s always a good idea to try a face pack of Multaani Mitti. Also known as Fuller’s Earth, it works as a natural cleanser, exfoliator and brightener. You can mix it with tomato juice, rose water, sandalwood, yogurt or even good old water – it’s up to you! We guarantee you’ll notice visible differences in your complexion.
1. The Magic Of Multaani Mitti
There’s a reason why there’s a whole ceremony dedicated to haldi before you get married - to ensure you look breathtaking on the most important day of your life! Turmeric is amazing, no doubt about it. If you haven’t tried it then we don’t know what you’re waiting for. Do your skin a favour and apply a turmeric pack stat. Mix it with gram flour (besan) if you like or even milk or tomato juice. It has the power to fight acne, dullness, wrinkles and can even lighten stretch marks.
2. Hello, Haldi!
3. Romantic Rose Water
Girls, a bottle of rose water lying around will always come to your rescue, even if you have sensitive skin. Use it as a toner or cleanser as it is excellent at removing dirt, oil and pollution and unclogging pores. It also cools the skin, which helps keep it clear and radiant. Plus, it prevents ageing and helps keep the skin firm. It’s perfect for a day when your skin needs a pick-me-up.
4. Good Ol’ Cold Cream
Okay, it’s not something you can make yourself at home, but a simple, affordable bottle of cold cream can do wonders for your skin and it’s not chemical-laden. It’s a fuss-free way to intensely moisturize your skin for well-nourished skin that is soft and supple. We hope you have one lying around always. And no, you don’t need to use it in the winter months only. A little extra hydration for your skin any time of the year is never a bad thing.
5. Yummy Yogurt
Give yourself a summer facial all year round given our tropical climate. Yogurt is not only delish but is super cooling for your skin and it’s also rich in protein. Eating a whole bowl can give you that glow from within and applying it topically can light up your complexion too. It reduces acne, is super hydrating, anti-inflammatory, removes dead cells and also reduces fine lines. It’s the easiest thing to just smear some on your face on its own.
6. Oh Honey!
Honey is yum, easily available and inexpensive - and it’s fabulous for giving you a dreamy complexion. It’s well known for it’s super moisturizing properties to give you soft skin while keeping wrinkles at bay. It’s no wonder Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey, it’s the perfect combination to remove impurities and give you velvety smooth skin. It’s a well-known secret for keeping you looking forever young.
7. Bangin’ Besan
A common name in any Indian household, besan (gram flour) is an epic wonder for giving you an enviable glow. Apply a mask of gram flour mixed with yogurt to form a paste and use it to scrub your skin. It’s a natural exfoliator that will give you a seriously lit up complexion. You know what’s the best part about it? This is a great home remedy for getting rid of unwanted hair – on your face as well as on your body!
8. Tulsi And Neem
Both of these herbs are astringents and are fantastic for banishing pimples and their marks. If recurring acne is driving you crazy then take some leaves of either of the two and crush them to form a paste. You can mix it with milk or rose water and apply to your face. It’ll clear up your skin in no time and give you that flawless complexion that you’ve been dreaming of.
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