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Homemade remedies for perfect skin

From nutrition to skincare, reap the many benefits of these wholesome ingredients that are found in every home. What’s more, take note of the skincare products that use food-based ingredients

SPILL THE TEA

This potent ingredient has long been celebrated for its benefits—whether consumed orally or applied topically. So what makes green tea such a global sensation? Mansi Chowdhary, Director, Body Cupid, informs, “For starters, green tea is rich in polyphenols that help fight skin inflammation. It neutralises free radicals, which are known to damage the structure of our skin. Further, green tea helps promote collagen production that results in supple-looking skin.”

IN-CIDER INFORMATION

Apple cider vinegar is gaining momentum as one of the most favoured ingredients—whether in food or as a grooming product. Suraj Vazirani, CEO, The Beauty Co, explains why this ingredient lives up to the hype, as he states, “It contains alpha hydroxyl acid, which helps remove dead and flaky skin from the body as well as the scalp. When used in a shampoo, it functions as an astringent and scalp cleanser that nourishes the hair follicles leading to healthy and shiny hair.”

MINT CONDITION

Be it to rejuvenate, soothe or heal the skin—the many benefits of mint have made it a treasured ingredient. Aishwarya Sawarna Nir, Founder, Global Beauty Secrets LLP, elaborates, “Mint extracts have antimicrobial properties that effectively cleanse and soothe the scalp, thus promoting good hair health from the root to tip.”

SWEET PARADISE

The sweet benefits of chocolate can now be reaped in skincare as well. Sobiya Moghul, content lead, Amazon Beauty, speaks, “Cocoa has flavanols (naturally occurring plant pigments), which are antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from UV damage resulting in increased blood flow. So say bye to sun damage and sun spots; instead, say hello to glowing skin if your body scrub, face pack or face wash has chocolate in it! This ingredient earns extra brownie points for its delicious after smell.”

SPICE IT UP

One of the most sought-after spices, saffron not only holds a treasured space in our kitchens, but also on our beauty shelves. Dr Taruna Yadav, Senior Ayurveda Expert, Forest Essentials, highlights: “Saffron or kesar is believed to enhance your complexion by improving blood circulation and brightening and hydrating the skin.”

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