Did you know that Cleopatra used to bathe in milk? Ever wonder why she did that? She looked like a fountain of youth until the very end! And like most of our grandmothers and ancestors, they shared the same secrets – An all natural beauty regime. No matter how many products you use on your skin, they’re never going to come close to using good ol’ au naturale home remedies. In fact, natural ingredients are much gentler on the skin and they offer the same benefits as most OTC products. So why subject yourself to harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients when you could be using natural, organic ingredients from the comforts of your very kitchen? What if I told you that all your skincare woes could be resolved by making a quick trip to your pantry? Would you believe me?
My grandmother used a mixture of turmeric and gram flour to wash her face until the very end! She had better skin at 80 than I did at 25! What was her secret? Turmeric, gram flour and raw milk! There are so many ingredients in your kitchen that you can use to quickly whip up a fresh face pack.
|Turmeric||Antibacterial, brightening, heals blemishes, anti-inflammatory, lightens pigmentation and tanning|
|Yoghurt||Moisturising, exfoliating, brightening|
|Honey||Antibacterial, moisturising, soothing, acne prevention|
|Rose Water||Anti-inflammatory, soothing, pore cleansing, anti-aging|
|Cucumber||Brightens, soothes, tones, de-puffs, lightens tan|
|Aloe Vera||Heals cuts bruises and scars, moisturising, treats acne, soothes irritation, fights aging|
|Gram Flour||Exfoliates, brightens, lightens tan, heals acne, reduces oily skin, hydrates dry skin, removes facial hair|
|Raw Milk||Softens skin, clears pores, cleanses skin, lightens uneven skin, exfoliates dead skin, soothes sunburns, lightens acne scars|
|Tomato||Tightens pores, brightens skin, natural sunscreen, astringent, fades scars, tackles pigmentation|
|Olive Oil||Hydrates dry skin, boosts glow, anti-aging|
|Pudina||Anti-inflammatory, soothes irritated skin, heals cuts bruises open wounds and acne scars, reduces acne, tones skin, gets rid of blackheads, lightens dark circles|
|Avocado||Moisturises skin, relieves inflammation from psoriasis and eczema, cures acne, promotes healing, anti-aging|
|Orange Juice||A powerhouse of Vitamin C, brightens skin, lighten pigmentation, fades blemishes|
|Potato||Natural skin bleaching agent, lightens blemishes and pigmentation, lightens dark circles.|
|Oatmeal||Exfoliates, hydrates, softens|
|Rice flour||Brightens, tones, lightens skin and boosts glow|
Oatmeal has exfoliant properties that help scrub off dead skin cells, dust and grime. You’ll also notice that it absorbs excess oil and helps even skin out as well. Cheers to having happy, clear skin in a month’s time!
Step 1: Add 1 big spoon of oatmeal grains into a container.
Step 2: Follow it up with one tablespoon of cucumber juice and milk.
Step 4: Add 2 teaspoons of fuller’s earth and blend all the ingredients carefully.
Step 5: Mix till it becomes a thick paste and gently apply on your neck and face.
Step 6: Wait for 40-50 minutes before washing it off.
Apply it on your face twice every alternate week for good results.
Battling with dry skin and fine lines? You may need natural olive oil in your life. It contains vitamin D, C, E and certain antioxidants that help repair damaged skin cells and improve the skin’s complexion.
Step 1: Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a bowl.
Step 2: Add the juice of half a lemon and stir using your finger.
Step 3: Apply it to your face and give your skin a good massage.
Step 4: After 25 minutes, wipe it off using a warm, damp cloth.
Do this every alternate day for a month for best results.
As compared to white sugar, brown sugar is better because it’s smaller in size and is much gentler on the skin. Plus, it scrubs off dead skin cells and gives the skin a clearer, smoother appearance. If you suffer from dry, dull skin use this face pack cum scrub once a week and you’ll be left with soft, supple skin.
Step 1: In a bowl that already contains lemon juice, add 2 large tablespoons of brown sugar.
Step 2: Allow the sugar crystals to melt for a few minutes and gently dip your fingertips into the solution.
Step 3: Apply it your face by massaging and giving your skin a good scrub.
Step 4: Use warm water to remove the pack and don’t forget to pat dry. Moisturize after.
Do this once a week for soft, smooth skin.
Another fabulous natural ingredient used for treating oily and dull skin is pudina! Including these minty leaves in your homemade face pack will help soothe infected skin and strengthen tissues. You’ll have bright, happy skin in no time!
Step 1: Take a bunch of pudina leaves and mash them up.
Step 2: Toss the mashed leaves into a bowl and add 2 spoons of rose water.
Step 3: Dip a brush into the cool liquid and slowly apply it to your face.
Step 4: Wait for half an hour before you wash it off with cold water.
Try this once a week for positive results.
If you have oily skin or a little peach fuzz on your face, a face pack using gram flour, turmeric, milk and lime will rid you of all your worries. Gram flour works like a charm to get rid of excess oil from your skin and when you rub it off your skin, it also helps get rid of facial hair. Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and brightener. It will help get rid of any acne, blemishes and blackheads.
Step 1: Add a tablespoon of gram flour, a pinch of turmeric into a bowl
Step 2: Add half a tsp of lemon juice
Step 3: Add half a tablespoon of milk or yoghurt and mix well
Step 4: Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. To get rid of facial hair, once the face pack is about 80% dry, rub it off in upward circular motions. Moisturise well once you rinse your face.
Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you could do this once a week for best results.
If you want soft, radiant skin, you’ve got to give orange juice and milk powder a chance. Believe it or not, but milk powder is a rich source of vitamin A, C and B6, calcium, lactic acid and potassium. It helps brighten your skin and fade away any tan. Orange juice too is no less, it helps to brighten and lighten dull skin with its potent vitamin C content. Vitamin C is essential to lighten and brighten your skin, fade blemishes get rid of tan. Gram flour will thicken the mixture and make it easy to apply. It’s also highly beneficial for people who have oily skin.
Step 1: Pour a cup of fresh chilled orange juice into a bowl. You can go ahead and drink a fresh glass of juice while you prepare the face mask!
Step 2: Add a tablespoon of milk powder and gram flour into the bowl.
Step 3: Mix the ingredients together and apply the mask to your face.
Step 4: Once it thickens and hardens, wipe it off with a chilled soaked towel.
Apply this once every week to keep your skin bright and tan-free.
Aloe vera gel as it is loaded with minerals, vitamins and active compounds. It helps in keeping your skin hydrated and fresh. It heals any scars, wounds and blemishes. Mix a little bit of turmeric powder into the aloe vera gel and you have prepared a potent zit-zapping, healing, brightening face pack. It will heal blemishes, cure acne, hydrate skin, get rid of blackheads and whiteheads and lighten your tan. You will be hooked onto using this homemade face pack once you start seeing results!
Step 1: Use fresh aloe vera gel straight from the plant. Slice open a leaf and scoop the gel into a bowl.
Step 2: Add a pinch of turmeric and drizzle some honey over it.
Step 3: Apply the pack to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse off using lukewarm water.
Once at night and once in the morning before a shower for best results.
For that healthy radiance, you must give your skin the nourishment it deserves. Carrot juice and honey drops are perfect for the skin because it makes it baby soft and banishes any early signs of aging. Why honey?! Simply because it has antibacterial properties and prevents acne and pimples. Carrots on the other hand, contain vitamin C, A and K, which help improve the skin’s texture.
Step 1: Pour 2 cups of carrot juice into a bowl.
Step 2: Add a tablespoon of honey to the juice and give it a good stir.
Step 3: Dip your fingers into the bowl and apply the orange paste to your face.
Step 4: Wait for 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water after.
Do this once a week and you’re good to go!
If you have oily, tanned skin, tomatoes will benefit you immensely. Due to their acidic nature, you won’t ever have to deal with acne or pimples. Packed with vitamin A and C, tomatoes help de-tan, reduce oiliness and give the skin a healthy glow.
Step 1: Take the pulp of a couple of raw tomatoes.
Step 2: Zest a lemon and sprinkle its peels all over the pulp.
Step 3: Add a few lemon drops and mix well.
Step 4: Gently apply the face pack to your skin.
Step 5: Once it hardens, you can wash it off in 15 minutes.
Try this twice every week to get rid of your tan!
Who would have ever thought that potatoes would be so cool, right? In fact, these babies contain enzymes and bleaching properties that help heal and brighten skin. You’re going to have soft skin in no time with this face pack!
Step 1: Peel 1 big potato and mash it up.
Step 2: Place the pulp in a container and add 1 large tablespoon of curd.
Step 3: Spread the chilled paste on your face and leave it on for a good 45 minutes.
Step 4: Wash it off in lukewarm water.
Try this fab face pack thrice a month for bright, radiant skin.
Did you know that avocados are rich in antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that help give skin a radiant glow? This concoction is beneficial when both, consumed and applied to your skin. If that’s not awesome enough, you must know that bananas too are packed with potassium and vitamins that help promote healthy, smooth skin. When you mix both ingredients, you’re left with a nourishing face pack. Toss all the ingredients into a blender to get a smooth face pack.
Step 1: Toss 1 avocado and 1 banana into a blender.
Step 2: Add half a cup of water and blend it until you get a smooth paste.
Step 4: Apply it to your face and wash it off with warm water after 20 mins.
Depending on your skin type, do this once a week or once a fortnight. Your skin will be left with an instant glow after you use this face mask!
Rice flour and rice water have been used for centuries in Asian culture. Rice flour is known to brighten, tone and lighten the complexion leaving behind a gorgeous milky glow. Use rice water as a toner or use it mixed into a face pack – the end result will be the same. Soft, exfoliated and glowy skin.
Step 1: Take a tablespoon full of rice flour into a bowl and add a pinch of turmeric to it
Step 2: Soak a hand full of white rice in a bowl and let it sit for 20 mins, use that rice water in your face pack
Step 3: Apply the mixture onto your face, neck and body and let it dry. Rub it off in circular motions using lukewarm water.
Your skin will feel soft, bright and completely rejuvenated! You can do this as often as you like.
Cucumber lightens, brightens, tones, depuffs and soothes your skin. Think of it as a tall glass of water on a hot summer’s day. Use this face mask when you’re back home from a day out in the sun and you need to soothe and cool your skin.
Step 1: Peel the cucumber and cut out 2 thin slices and keep them aside. You will use these to cover your eyes.
Step 2: Puree the cucumber in a blender and use the pulp as a face mask. Alternatively, you could even strain the mixture and use the juice of the cucumber as a face pack on your skin.
Step 3: After 15 minutes, wash it off with cool water and moisturise
You can do this as often as you’d like. Use a chilled cucumber if you want to depuff your face.
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