Updated: Aug 28
Natural Skincare is the use of beauty methodologies that have been going on for generations and are being passed further. This type of skincare routine has no side effects and is great for nourishing the skin in the long run rather than instant benefits. You might remember your mother's ways to treat rashes, dry skin or acne by making a mixture from some or the other ingredients, those were some natural ways of skin care. Ayurveda has a solution to everything and so is for skincare too.
Here, we have come up with some natural skincare methodologies that you can try easily in the comfort of your home. And when we say at home, it doesn't just mean it is DIY but also that all the required ingredients are available right in your kitchen.
Turmeric, also known as Haldi in India, has been used in food and medicine for ages. Apart from this, turmeric is also used in Indian pre-wedding ceremonies as it is considered auspicious and provides remarkable radiance to the skin. Haldi as medicine has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Directions:- Create a mixture of one teaspoon of Turmeric powder and four teaspoons of pasteurized milk to form a smooth paste with decent consistency. Apply the mixture using a brush or your hand all over the face. Leave the mixture on for around 10 minutes then rinse off with plain water. Repeat the same procedure twice a week. A good alternative to this mixture is Ubtan with high turmeric content.
Advantage:- Turmeric contains a bioactive component called Curcumin that eliminates harmful radicals damaging the skin. This helps our faces to glow.
2. Multani Mitti
Multani Mitti also called Fuller's Earth is a popular skincare remedy. The ingredient is used to treat oily skin, acne and blemishes too. All these benefits are because it is an exfoliating agent that absorbs oil and wipes out dirt from the pores.
Multani Mitti is prepared by drying herbs like Neem, Turmeric, Banyan Bark, Fenugreek, etc. under the sun and then hand-pounding them.
Directions:- Mix a teaspoon of Multani Mitti and Yoghurt until it forms a creamy paste. Once done, let it rest for around 15 minutes and then apply it to your face. Leave the mixture for around 8 minutes until it partially dries and then rinses with warm water. If you have oily skin you can soak Neem leaves overnight and then mix its water in the mixture before application
Advantages:- Multani Mitti is an exfoliating agent and so it absorbs all the dirt and debris. This makes it a great option to fight against blackheads and breakouts.
3. Bitter Gourd Juice
Bitter gourd, popularly known as Karela in India is a vegetable that every Indian avoids. The reason lies in the name, it tastes bitter as a vegetable and the juice is more bitter. But though it may sound unappealing, Bitter Gourd is a very healthy choice for people.
Directions:- Peel 3-4 bitter gourds and clean out their seeds, then wash them under warm water. Now, chop these veggies into thin pieces and grind them in the juicer to extract their juice. Now, add a few drops of Lemon Juice to it and salt and pepper depending on your taste. Consuming it daily with breakfast would do maximum benefit.
Advantages:- Bitter Gourd boosts the immune system and helps improve digestion. It also purifies the blood and hence the skin retains its natural glow.
After Bitter Gourd, it's time to revive the taste buds and so let's talk about Honey. A sweet condiment that's an amazing cooking ingredient and a popular tea sweetener too. And you probably didn't know but apart from its external medical use, honey also has some psychological uses. Honey acts as an anti-depressant and anti-convulsant too.
Directions:- Moisten your face and neck and then evenly apply honey all over it. Massage with your fingertips and then leave it for about 10 minutes. Gently rinse it with lukewarm water. Repeat this 3-4 times a week for best results.
Advantages:- Honey has antimicrobial properties and hence its regular use will reduce blemishes and speckles. Honey is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it boosts collagen and also brings a glow to the skin. It also rehydrates the pores and cleanses them too.
Sandalwood or Chandan as Indians call it is popular for its mesmerising smell and skin-benefiting properties. It has a superior place in Ayurveda and has been considered sacred in Hindu scripts. Sandalwood paste and oil are great anti-oxidants and provide a radiant glow and hence are used for facials.
Directions:- Create a mixture using two teaspoons of sandalwood powder and two tablespoons of rosewater to make a smooth paste. Apply the paste to the face and neck using your hand and leave it for about 15 minutes. Rinse it with lukewarm water. Repeat the same at least twice a week.
Advantages:- Sandalwood acts as a great antiseptic, it's great for retaining moisture and also purifies the skin. It also contains anti-oxidant properties and hence is known to reduce pigmentation.
Hereby, we can conclude this blog by raising awareness to shift toward nature. We have taken birth from nature, and the same has the solution to all our problems. Artificially created chemical-rich medicines are destroying our health and lifestyle. Ayurveda has treatment for a wide range of diseases and its regular following gives long-term relief.