Your kitchen is full of natural beauty products that you can make ample use of without having to spend a lot from your pocket.
You don’t have to worry about side-effects either as these are all herbal remedies from your kitchen counter. Here’s a list of 10 ingredients that you can use to get beautiful skin and hair.
Yoghurt is easily available in most homes and can be made use of in homemade hair and face packs. It can do wonders for your hair and skin. Mix a tablespoon of yogurt with honey and lemon juice and apply it on your face and neck, washing it off with water after 15 minutes. This will cleanse your skin making it glow and brightening it as well.
For silky and shiny locks, take one cup of yoghurt (you can change the quantity according to the length of your tresses) and add an egg yolk to it. Mix it well and apply to on your hair. Keep it for at least 20 minutes and then wash it with cold water which will help get rid of the smell.
Milk is another common ingredient found in Indian kitchens. Mix milk with turmeric and apply it on your face and neck. The face pack makes your skin glow and provides better results if mixed with some sandalwood.
You can make a hydrating mask for your hair using milk and honey. Apply it on your hair and keep for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
Sugar is an excellent body and face scrub. Mix olive oil, lemon juice and honey apart from granulated sugar and apply it on problem areas like knees, elbows, and nail cuticles. It will make them softer after regular use.
Turmeric is used extensively in Indian cooking but can also be used in different ways – as face and body packs. You can apply turmeric powder mixed with coconut oil on cracked heels before taking a shower for healing cracks. You can also use it on burns for quick relief due to its antiseptic properties. Mix some aloe vera gel in it for better relief.
Get a fruit facial at home without having to cough up enormous amounts of money. Mash a banana and add some lemon juice and honey to it and apply on your face. it is good for ageing skin as it helps reduce wrinkles and lines. Orange peel is a natural bleach when used with milk. You can either rub it directly on your skin till it turns black to get a glow; or use it in a powder form.
Use tomato juice mixed with camphor on to your scalp for 30 minutes and wash it off . It can reduce dandruff.
Sea salt is a great, natural exfoliator for your skin. Make sure the salt block you use doesn’t have sharp edges. Now gently rub it on your skin to get rid of dead skin cells. Add it to the bucket of water you bathe in for smoother skin. You can also soak your feet in water containing sea salt for some time to get a natural mini-pedicure. Sea salt not only improves your skin, it also keeps ageing signs at bay and eliminates toxins.
Gram flour has been used for a long time for its skin benefits and is a solution to many of your beauty problems. Mixing it with turmeric, milk and lemon juice and applying it gives you a blemish-free skin. If you have oily skin, mix it with curd and apply.
Lentils are a common kitchen ingredient in every Indian home and now you can use it to make scrubs and packs apart from eating them. Red lentil makes an excellent scrub. Grind it into a fine powder, mix it with either honey or milk and apply the paste for 15 minutes.
Ginger is a popular ingredient used in many dishes. Grate some ginger and add mustard powder to it. Now mix it with lukewarm water and soak your feet in it. It gives a relaxing foot bath. Ginger also helps in getting rid of dandruff. Add some essential oil and lemon juice to ground ginger and apply it on your scalp. Keep for some time and then wash with water.
Tea and coffee
Morning and evening tea or coffee sessions are a popular ritual in Indian homes. Here are ways you can use it to beautify yourself. Wrap used teabags in a packet and refrigerate them. Put it on your eyelids for 15 minutes to relax your strined eyes and to get rid of puffiness.
Coffee can be used as a natural dye to color grey hair. It also adds shine to your hair. Use a strong, fresh brew, allow it to cool down and then apply it on your hair for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water.