Your quick guide to looking naturally beautiful with these must-haves from your local market
Be it acne, unruly hair or even sunburn, your benevolent home kitchen has the perfect remedies for all these and more!
The mention of coconut oil invokes memories of school days when oiling our hair would make us scrunch our noses. But bless our mothers who forcefully oiled our hair because coconut oil is one of the most versatile moisturisers. While that’s the common usage of coconut oil, this little wonder has other manifold benefits too. “Coconut oil works as an amazing skin cleanser because of its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides that, regular oil pulling—an Ayurvedic dental technique of swishing oil in the mouth for about 20 minutes on an empty stomach—whitens teeth and improves dental hygiene,” informs Luke Coutinho, MD – Alternative Medicine and Founder of Pure Nutrition.
Turmeric is known for its antiseptic properties, but it can do a lot more than just heal wounds, thanks to its anti-ageing and antioxidant properties. Applying it on the skin helps to keep acne away and also arrests the ageing process. Turmeric also prevents tanning. “Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin, which slows down ageing and is anti-inflammatory. This reduces tanning and aids in glowing skin,” shares Dr Manjiri Puranik, cosmetic physician, InstaSculpt.
Neem is most beneficial when boiled in water and consumed daily. It helps to purify blood, which results in glowing skin. When applied topically, neem proves to be an excellent natural toner. “Being a potent blood and lymphatic tissue purifier, it’s your best home remedy for beauty. Either apply a thick paste of neem leaves to reduce pimples or consume it in liquid form to improve immunity,” shares Coutinho.
One of the most easily cultivated plants, aloe vera is infused with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and UV-resistant properties. It can be used as a moisturiser because when applied topically, it is quickly absorbed by the skin leaving it well-hydrated. It is especially effective in soothing sunburns. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain explains, “Aloe vera contains zinc, which is anti-inflammatory. So, applying fresh aloe vera gel to the burnt area soothes the skin and helps it to recover faster.”
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