Hello Pretty Ones!
Through my last posts, a lot of you have been asking me to share my skin care routine. Honestly, there is no specific thing that I do for my skin. It is just a trial and error process with different face packs and body scrubs. Along with that, like my mother, I always splash my face with plain water whenever I can and ALWAYS apply a drop of moisturizer at least, no matter what the season is. My skin is always moisturized.
Apart from that, we grew up applying myriad face and body packs which my granny or mummy used to make for us at home. Ignoring me and my sister’s loud protests, they used to catch hold of us and lather our faces and body with various ubtans every day before bath and we used to wash it off in just 5 minutes in protest! but since it was regularly done, those 5 minutes were enough I guess. Now, I really thank my granny and mummy for ignoring our protests then as me and my sister have totally problem-free skin now! ( touchwood!). Even now, I really do not like face packs which come in tubes and tubs as I always have a feeling that they are overpriced. Anyway, here is one pack which mummy regularly makes for us and we use it before our morning shower. It can be used both for face and body.
Here are the things required:
1. Masoor daal powder (easily available in markets, but you can substitute freshly-made paste of soaked masoor daal too).
2. Fresh aloe vera gel (the ones which come in tubs and tubes won’t do).
3. Raw tomatoes.
4. Ginger paste.
Take the aloe vera leaf and peel out the upper green layer.
Gently scrape out the gel from the leaf using a knife.
Add this gel to the masoor daal powder.
Now, take a bit of ginger paste and squeeze out the juice to the pack.
Next, take half a raw tomato and grate out the pulp to the pack. Remember, we need the juice as well as the pulp
Use your clean fingers to mix all the ingredients together.
Finally, apply this pack with gentle circular motion all over your face, neck, arms and legs.
Keep for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. You will get a squeaky clean feel! For dry-skinned beauties, mix few drops of coconut oil with a bit of milk and rub this mixture all over the wet skin after you wash off this pack. Keep for 5 minutes and wash off. Do not use face wash or soap after this.
Benefits of using this pack:
1. Masoor daal is one of the best known exfoliating and de-tanning agents. It removes tan completely even if used just for a week.
2. Aloe vera benefits are discussed extensively on the blog and so you must already know. In this pack, it provides moisturization and soothing effects
3. Ginger has many benefits in skin care. Read details in my “ginger infused face pack D-I-Y.”
4. Tomato again de-tans, minimizes open pores and reduces oiliness.
Oily skin beauties may stop here. The ones with normal to dry skin like me may proceed to the milk and coconut oil step. This will provide the final moisture boost to the skin. Regular use of this pack will make you glow like anything! I will be sharing more of my “secrets” in the coming posts!
Till then, keep smiling, keep glowing!
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