Living in the sub continent has its perks and pitfalls – and we do what we can keep our skin and hair healthy in the extreme heat. Going to the salon for treatments is a good idea, but sometimes we just don’t have the time and have to make do with a home fix. We will now try to cover what you can do with household materials, food stuffs, and other pointers that are generally forgotten about.
When you’re out of time, which probably is most days of the week, you cannot dedicate too much time for a facial clean up – and you probably do so very quickly over the weekend. But we all know that may not be sufficient if you want your skin to be fair and healthy. Actually, you don’t even need to put too much effort into it, making simple face packs at home will repair damage, and give you the skin you desire.
That being said, healthy skin can easily be damaged again by the harsh sunlight and/or the dust and dirt of our surroundings. So, attempts must be made to protect what is already healthy, or else you’ll begin wondering why nothing you do seems to be working.
The following will cover some ideas on how to make home made face packs with very simple, easy to find ingredients that are probably already stocked at your abode.
1) Lemon Oats Face Pack:
Vitamin C is found aplenty in Limes and Lemons – it is known to have skin lightening properties. It is the reason why so many cosmetic companies use lemon extracts for their fairness creams. And coming to Oats – the breakfast porridge that is understood to make you slim – can also be used to clear skin from dirt and oils. This breakfast cereal is also hypoallergenic. Let us explain what you can do with these two foods.
Ingredients : 1 table spoon of Oats and Lemon Juice each.
a. You will need to cook about one tablespoon of oats. After cooking them, mash them and let it cool.
b. At this point in time, we need to add a tablespoon of lime or lemon juice – note that lemon juice affects women with sensitive skin (if that is the case, just dilute it with a little water).
c. Apply all of this onto your face by gently patting the mixture on your skin. Now, you can watch TV while you let it dry for about 25 minutes.
d. Wash it all off.
One line explanation : Lemon juice lightens skin and Oats exfoliate skin.
2) Honey Tea Face Pack:
Some of us just love the aroma of tea, and now we know our skin loves it too! You could simply fill a spray bottle with diluted tea water and spray directly onto your face. Whether it is black tea or jasmine tea, assam tea (without the milk) or mint tea, they all have positive effects on your skin. Antioxidants in tea will flush out toxins and radicals much like they do when you drink it. The extra antioxidants in honey and its innate antibacterial properties will further help keep your skin healthy and germ free.
Ingredients : 100ml of tea, two tablespoons of rice flour and one teaspoon of honey
a. Use a mixing bowl to mix all of the above, and apply the mixture gently on your face. Leave it to dry – the rice flour will help compact the mixture for ease of use.
b. Massage your skin after about 20min of drying time. You can massage you skin in a circular motion. This helps exfoliate your skin.
c. Wash it all off with water.
One line explanation : Tea and honey helps rejuvenate your skin and rice flour helps exfoliate it.
3) Tumeric Face Pack
This is the same ritual that brides go through before their big day. It is a tried and tested method, but we’ll just put it on the list in case you didn’t know what to do. Also, turmeric is known to inhibit facial hair growth, other than giving your cheeks a golden glow. (Do not use more turmeric than mentioned or your skin may absorb toomuch turmeric, making it look yellow)
Ingredients: Gram flour (Besan), one teaspoon turmeric powder(haldi) and milk
a. Using all the ingredients (after mixing, of course), apply the mask.
b. Scrub gently onto your face and let it dry.
c. You don’t need to wash it off immediately after its dry, but the longer you leave it on, the better.
One line explanation : Turmeric, Gram flour and milk are the usual suspects at a haldi night and works for everyone.
4) Turmeric + Tomato/Lemon Face Pack
The same mixture as the Turmeric Face Pack. Adding lemon juice gives you the an additional fairness solution and adding tomato helps with reducing skin irritation and redness (because tomatoes contain lycopene). Lycopene is also known to make skin younger by repairing damaged DNA due to the sun’s UV rays.
Ingredients : Same as (3) and 1 teaspoon lemon juice / tomato juice.
Instructions : Same as (3), except for the addition of lemon/tomato juice to the mixture.
One line explanation : In addition to the advantages in (3), lemon juice helps lighten the skin and the lycopene in tomatoes is an anti ageing compound.
5) Milk and Saffron Pack
The ever loved ingredient in pulao and biryani is also really good at lightening your skin complexion. It is, of course, fairly expensive, but if you do have a bit of saffron to spare, this is how you can use it.
Ingredients : 2 tablespoons of milk and a five-six saffron pieces
a. Put the saffron into the milk and keep it aside for a few hours.
b. Do a face clean ritual (from your normal routine) and then rub this mixture onto your face.
c. Let it dry for 20 minutes or so.
d. Wash with water
One line explanation : Saffron is one of the best natural ingredients for skin lightening.
6) Papaya and Mud pack
Admitted that a hygienic mud pack is not easily available lying around, but if you can find fuller’s earth or multani mitti, this combination would do wonders for your skin. There is a reason these two are already used in many beauty products.
Ingredients : Pulp of papaya and multai mitti (only about a tablespoon each)
a. Mix the above ingredients
b. Apply on your skin after you have completed your daily skin cleaning
c. Keep it on until it dries and then wash off with water.
One line explanation : Papayas and mud makes skin healthy!
7) Aloo / Potato Face Pack
Potato skin is really good as an exfoliating scrub – so don’t just throw away the skin while making your favourite potato dishes. Even potato juice helps heal tanned skin.
Ingredients : potato juice and/or potato pulp, and potato skin
a. Apply the juice and/or pulp onto your face as a mask and on all the sun-tan prone areas.
b. After drying, wash with water.
c. This can be repeated twice a day
d. The potato skins can be used as a scrub to remove dead skin cells and lodged dirt.
One line explanation : Potatoes are widely available at home and all parts of the potato can be used as a beautifying agent.
This makes up our list of home made skin lightening and skin care beauty tips. However, all your efforts can go to waste if you don’t protect your skin from the harsh UV rays of our subcontinent. So, as important as keeping your skin healthy is, shading it with the help of external agents is just as vital.
Make sure you apply sunblock before stepping out of the house. Even cloudy days have their fair share of UV rays running wild. There are many commercially available sun block creams and lotions – make sure you choose one with a high SPF rating.
I will be publishing a new article shortly about tips to protect yourself from UV. In the meantime, if you’re looking for other specific, please leave me a comment below and I’ll try my best to write about it!