In India, we all know about ubtans and beauty masks using some essential products like mutlani mitti, lemon, haldi, kesar and so on. These treatments are not only effective to achieve beautiful skin and hair but also cost-effective and chemical-free and without any side effects. I am listing down some popular and potent beauty secrets that are common to all Indian households, in various combinations. Take a look:
Saffron has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, hence its great for acne and pimple-prone skin. Saffron brightens up complexion and makes the skin radiant and beautiful. Saffron when used with milk as a face pack is a very effective whitening face pack. Check the most effective face pack made with kesar HERE.
We all know how extensively malai is used in India, for dry skin and for chapped skin in winters.It is even applied in the tummy button, overnight, as a cure for dry and chapped lips. This milk cream is obtained at home.This is essentially the top layer of boiled milk, which can be stored for few days and added to lemon and besan to make the most effective face pack for dry skin.
Sandalwood has a unique place in Ayurveda. In India, Sandalwood is used both in beauty and medicinal treatments. Women, right from centuries ago, used sandalwood for healthy and glowing skin. You can learn how to make sandalwood masks HERE and HERE.
Turmeric is a natural and inexpensive way to care for your skin. It is endowed with antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This is not only used to quickly heal wounds, for would-be brides for a glow, but haldi is used extensively used for adding to ubtans with curd, besan and lemon, in India. Turmeric is a popular choice for skin benefits in India.Learn many more beauty benefits of turmeric HERE.
Multani mitti/fuller’s earth
Fuller’s Earth is commonly known as Multani Mitti and its essentially Multan’s soil.Multani mitti is very rich in minerals and helps to absorb excess oil from the skin. It also improves blood circulation and exfoliates the skin. In India, this is the first choice as a face pack, for oily and pimple prone skin. Read many more fuller’s earth details and masks HERE.
Indian Neem is known to have countless benefits. An active ingredient in many a skin care as well as hair care product, neem has healing properties proven by science. Neem has a wide range of application in beauty treatments and this is the first choice for pimple-prone skin as neem acts as an anti-bacterial for skin. Neem is used in the form or oil, or powder or even added to bath water as an antiseptic agent. Learn beauty applications of neem HERE and HERE.
In India, Tulsi or the Holy Basil has been worshiped for thousands of years now.The prime reason for this is the health and medicinal benefits it has. It is the principal herb of Aurveda. This is an amazing herb for pimple-prone acne prone skin.This can be used as powder form, added to bath water in the form of the whole leaves, or can be boiled and strained as a toner.Learn beauty benefits of Tulsi in detail HERE.
Besan or chickpea flour has been used in Indian beauty treatments since ages unknown. Besan is extensively used in pre-wedding grooming, its either mixed with curd or used with turmeric and other ingredients as ubtan. This is an ingredient which is suitable for all skin types. You can learn about many besan beauty benefits and masks HERE.
Dahi or curd has amazing lactic acid benefits which softens skin in no time.Curd also removes tan when used on its own.It works wonderfully well with besan and turmeric and a dash of lemon. Homemade curd is extensively used in face packs in India. Learn many beauty application of curd HERE and HERE.
This has been used in powder form for shiny lustrous long black hair in India. Homemade shampoos are made using Reetha and shikakai powders and the harm of chemical-laden shampoos can be avoided in the same way.Learn how to make all natural homemade shampoo HERE.
Amla is packed with vitamin C and can be eaten with a pinch of salt to add some valuable vitamin C to the body. We also have pickled amla for added skin and health benefits. In India, amla hair oil can be store bought or can be made in the way HERE.
Lemon is an essential part in our beauty, skin care and health routines, lemon is an indispensable fruit to have at home.Lemon contains citric acid hence is great for treating acne. The vitamin C found in citrus fruits is the key to healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills bacteria known to cause acne. It is essential to all besan, curd ubtans or masks.Learn how to use lemon and more beauty benefits of lemon HERE and HERE.
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