Vitamin C is known as an “all rounder” vitamin. Its beneficial for the proper functioning of all parts of the body including skin and hair. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is needed for producing collagen which is necessary to maintain elasticity of tissues and skin. Vitamin C in adequate amount can give you beautiful skin that’s free of blemishes and wrinkles. Regular use of vitamin C enriched face packs will give you younger-looking and beautiful skin texture because it is also rich in antioxidants which reduces damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C when topically applied will aid in cell renewal and clear off spots, scars, pigmentation, and dull skin gradually. No wonder its used in a majority of whitening/brightening creams, it works by aiding in cell renewal. There’s an amazing post on how you can make Vitamin C serum at home by Ekta here, its a must read. You can also make use of Vitamin C rich fruits to make homemade natural face packs, regular use of which will give you clear complexion with anti-oxidant and anti-ageing benefits. Let’s look at some of Vitamin C face packs.
This face pack was done as a DIY by Desi Mom and can be used as a scrub too. After keeping it on the face for 20 minutes and while removing, rub it in a circular motion, that’s the face pack-cum-scrub for you.
- 2 ripe strawberries.
- 1 tablespoon milk.
- 1 tablespoon oatmeal powder (rice powder can be used).
Mash the strawberries with a spoon, mix in the milk and oats and make it into a smooth paste. Apply on to the face and neck. Keep it on for 20 minutes and rinse off in circular motion.
2. Kiwi and Yogurt Face Pack:
Kiwi contains high amounts of vitamin C, E, and K which enhances collagen formation, replenishes skin, and has antioxidants. The black seeds of the kiwi fruit contain fatty acids called omega 3 which benefits the skin. Kiwi brightens up dull skin and has anti-ageing benefits. Yogurt is rich in Vitamin B1 and B2. It also contains vitamin A and E.
- 2 ripe Kiwi fruit.
- 1 tablespoon yogurt.
Mash the Kiwi fruit and mix in yogurt. Apply to face and neck and rinse off after 30 minutes. Do this weekly for bright skin and smooth texture.
I consider tomato as a fruit, so including it in this list. It has rich vitamin C content and combined with cucumber, it clears off tan, brightens skin, and acts as a skin whitening face pack.
- 2 slices of tomato.
- 1 slice of cucumber.
- A pinch of turmeric.
- 1 tablespoon of honey.
- Besan as needed.
Grate cucumber and mix it into tomato pulp. Mix in a pinch of turmeric along with honey and besan. Apply this pack on the face and rinse off after 20 minutes.
4. Orange and Fuller’s Earth Face Pack:
Orange is full of vitamin C and antioxidants and this pack with Fuller’s Earth is extremely good for oily skin. This pack brightens dull skin and brings glow to the skin.
- A few pieces of orange.
- 1 tablespoon Fuller’s Earth.
Mix the orange pieces and Fuller’s Earth together and apply on face until the pack dries off completely. Rinse off to radiant skin.
Papaya contains essential vitamins and antioxidants. The enzymes in papaya work well to lighten skin and to make the skin glow. Papaya is rich in Vitamin A and C and along with turmeric (kasturi manjal/ambi haldi), it works to remove tan and lighten skin tone. You can see results instantly and with regular use, tan clears off completely. The third ingredient which is honey, has skin moisturizing and healing properties.
- 4 cubes of ripe papaya (remove the skin).,
- 1 tablespoon of ambi haldi or kasturi manjal.
- 1 tablespoon of honey.
Take the ripe papaya cubes and mash them well. Mix 1 tablespoon of ambi haldi into the mashed papaya. Finally, add 1 tablespoon of honey to the mixture. Apply as a thick paste on to the face, keep for 20 minutes and wash off to reveal glowing skin.
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