These 5 do-it-yourself Indian skincare recipes will change your beauty routine for good.
Story by Shalini Singh
You don’t need to spend a fortune to get great skin – just raid the pantry. Stay radiant with these simple DIY Indian beauty recipes that are easy on the wallet and will help reduce pores, moisturize, and give you a radiant glow.
Slice a strawberry in half and gently rub it all over your face. Rub the slightly rough exterior of strawberry on blackhead-prone areas. Sit still and do not make any facial expressions while the juice is drying off. When the skin starts to tighten, rinse off with lukewarm water.
Benefits: Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids, which slough off dead skin cells and help in cell regeneration.
Cereal Dirt Killer
Take 2 tablespoon oats, 10 almonds, 2 tablespoon kaolin clay, 1 tablespoon dry shredded coconut and a few dried rose petals (optional). Put all these in a blender and grind to a smooth powder. Store this in a glass jar. Make a paste with water, rose water or milk to wash your face. Treat this cleanser like food and do not use a wet spoon to scoop out the powder.
Benefits: Oats contain saponins that gently remove dirt and oil from the skin without draining it of moisture. Almonds are rich in Vitamin E and have anti-ageing properties, and kaolin clay is rich in minerals and helps detoxify the skin.
Honey I Shrunk the Pores
This recipe is great for tightening the skin and reducing large pores. Take 1 tablespoon honey (Manuka is best), 1/2 teaspoon sugar, a few drops of lemon juice, and a few drops of vegetable glycerin. Mix everything together and dissolve the sugar using your fingers. Apply this mask to a clean face. Drape a towel around your shoulders and sit in one place if you don’t want to leave a syrupy trail around the house. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
Benefits: Because of its acidic nature, lemon juice is an effective pore shrinker. It also brightens and tightens the skin. Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and promotes the generation of new skin cells.
Take a small portion of a ripe banana and mash it using a fork or in a blender. Add 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, 1 teaspoon honey and a few drops of Vitamin E oil. Apply on a clean face and wash off after 15 minutes with lukewarm water.
Benefits: Bananas are rich in nutrients and vitamins that are good for the skin, like vitamins A, B and E, as well as potassium.
A Song of Ice
Boil 1 glass water with a few fresh rosemary and basil leaves. The water will turn slightly green. Allow it to cool naturally. Once the liquid is at room temperature, add 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin and mix well. Now pour it into an ice tray and freeze. Wrap one ice cube in a fine cloth (preferably muslin) and rub it all over your face after cleaning and before applying anything.
Benefits: Basil has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In addition, it is a great source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as manganese, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fats, all of which are important for the skin.
Important Note: Some people can be allergic to natural ingredients. Always do a test patch on your inner elbow and do not use if irritation occurs. People with skin conditions and women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding should consult their doctors before using the recipes.
Shalini Singh is a natural skincare enthusiast and loves experimenting with herbs and oils in her kitchen. Before moving to Vancouver in January this year, she operated her skincare studio in Mumbai, India. She makes natural cleansers and scrubs and can be reached at email@example.com.