10 Essential Homemade Beauty Tips for Fair Skin
The rising pollution levels, overwhelming stress and unhealthy life choices all take a toll on your face. Dark spots, baggy eyes, patched, dry skin and acne- we’ve all been through these issues and worse. If you like me have lost all faith in the cosmetic products out there, then this guide is for you. A majority of the brands are replete with chemicals that do more harm than good. Homemade remedies and treatments are a better alternative any day. Without any further ado, here is a list of 10 essential beauty tips that you can try today for fair, radiant and flawless skin;
Turmeric Face Mask
Turmeric is a tried and tested homemade ingredient, passed down generations as an effective antiseptic. And the fact that it is flavorful, vibrant spice- makes it a popular kitchen ingredient for most households. For preparing the turmeric face mask, you can either mix it with gram flour and yoghurt or add some tomato juice. Mix a tablespoon of turmeric in a cup of gram flour and yoghurt until it reaches a thick paste-like consistency. Apply it on your face, leave it for some time and then wash off the dried mask with lukewarm water. Repeat this process once a day to lighten skin tone and clear your complexion.
Lemon and Oats Scrub
Lemon is a good source of Vitamin C. The citrus element works wonderfully as an antioxidant. It clears all the dark spots and marks on your skin, effectively flushing out the toxins. And lemon juice, when combined with hand-rolled oats, makes an excellent everyday scrub. Mix a cup of oats with some lime juice and water to prepare the scrub. Gently scrub your face with this mixture in circular motions. You can even use it on your neck to remove all the dirt and grime off your skin.
Aloe Vera- the Wonder Herb
Aloe Vera is an ingredient that is readily available and suitable for all skin types. The plant also cures burns, skin irritation, acne, scars, and any other skin-related issue. You can even grow Aloe Vera in your kitchen garden or the backyard. The plant needs little to no maintenance and looks very pretty as well. Even organic cosmetic products with Aloe Vera extracts might prove useful. However, I would recommend that you use pure Aloe Vera extract, and mix it with honey, lime juice or rose water for radiant, light and blemish-free skin.
Honey for Golden Glow
Honey is not just a sweetening agent and a healthy replacement of sugar. This common kitchen ingredient also works well as a cosmetic product. Honey is as an antiseptic agent, useful for treating burns and cuts on the skin. Other than that, you can also apply honey on your skin for that extra oomph and glow. Mix some 1-2 spoonful of honey in a cup of milk. Dab the mixture on your skin gently with a cotton ball. You can also rub it over your cheeks and on the bridge of your nose in circulation motions. Honey reduces acne growth, moisturises dry skin and also removes the excessive oils from your skin.
Dairy Products for Milky White Complexion
Milk and yoghurt when combined with ingredients like saffron, honey and turmeric make amazing exfoliating, cleansing agents. You can even apply cold raw milk on your skin with a cotton ball. It opens up the pores and removes the impurities effectively. Yoghurt, when mixed with orange peel, makes your skin soft and supple. Hung curd is also a great alternative that you can try out. It prevents discolouration, removes tan and also reduces the signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. Dairy products should also be incorporated in your daily diet for more effective results.
Cucumber for Proper Hydration
Cucumber is a well-known roughage, recommended by many dieticians for improved digestion. Rich in fibre and water content, cucumber is a great hydration agent. Ever wondered why most beauty parlours put cucumber slices on your eyes as part of your spa session? Well, cucumber acts as a cooling agent. It reduces inflammation, skin irritations and rashes. Applying cucumber juice on the skin reduces dryness, cleanses impurities and opens the skin clogged pores.
Potato for Dark Spot Reduction
Potato is rich in vitamin C and is a very versatile and popular vegetable available in most homes. Putting potato slices underneath your eyes can reduce the fine lines and wrinkles. It also decreases the brown spots, suntan and dark circles of your skin effectively. You can incorporate in your daily skincare routine for best results.
Olive Oil and Sea Salt for Exfoliation
Exfoliation is a process where you gently run the skin to remove the layer of dead skin cells and dirt accumulated on the surface. Most cosmetic brands and body washes claim to be excellent scrubbing and exfoliating agents. However, we all know, these products are full of chemicals and adulterants that do more harm than good. It is always better to prepare your bath scrub at home using organic ingredients. Sea salt, when mixed with olive oil, can be used for a luxurious warm bath. It leaves your skin supple, soft, smooth and healthy.
Coconut Oil for Moisturizing
Coconut is another homemade, natural ingredient used as a cosmetic supplement. Applying coconut oil in winters is a great way to dispel the chilly weather and nourish your skin. The anti-bacterial, anti-septic properties of the oil protect your skin against bacterial infections. Coconut oil also works well as a makeup remover. What’s more, it doesn’t leave any side effects behind.
Papaya and Fuller Earth Mask
Papaya pulp, when mixed with fuller earth is a great face mask for summers. Beat the heat or dispel the winter patchiness with this fantastic combination. Apply the mixture on your skin, leave it on for an hour and then wash it off with cold water. Papaya gives you the beautiful glow, while fuller’s earth deep cleanses the skin leaving it fresh and youthful.