5 home remedies for great skin
Try these traditional home ingredients to work wonders on your skin
- It is said in MatsyaPurana that with a paste of pippali (long pepper), several ailments can be cured. Add one teacup of boiling water to freshly-crushed pippali, cloves, basil (tulsi) leaves and rock salt crystals. Strain and cool. This herb-infused decoction can be used to cleanse and tone your face, especially if you have oily skin. Drinking the same concoction provides relief from cough and cold.
- To manage breakouts and acne, the use of natural ingredients is recommended as these do not strip the skin off its natural moisture. Mild Indian spices and ayurvedic cleansers like nagkesar, neem leaves, lodhra and multanimitti are effectively sundried and pounded into a mixture. When mixed with yogurt, this makes an effective yet mild cleanser.
- Adding buttermilk to your bath water in summer will not only keep your body cool, but also remove an undesired tan from the skin while making it supple.
- Applying a paste of sour curd, turmeric powder and ground chickpeas powder will rid the skin of dead cells and keep it supple without drying it out. This blend also maintains the pH balance of the skin while disinfecting it in warm, humid months.
- Exfoliate your skin and get an instant glow by applying a paste made from chironji seeds, almonds, a pinch of turmeric and one tablespoon of milk or milk cream. Leave the paste on your skin for 15 minutes and rinse off.
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