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Traditional beauty remedies for the bride

We open the traditional book of beauty remedies for all brides- and grooms-to-be

Dr Rashmi Shetty, Aesthetic Physician and Founder, Ra Skin & Aesthetics

HER PICK: Turmeric (haldi) is an ingredient that has been used in skincare for centuries because of its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an integral part of the wedding ceremonies.


  • 2 heaped tsps gram flour*
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3-4 tsp raw milk

Smoothen the mixture and add more water/milk if required. Apply the paste on the face and neck. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes. Then take a little milk and rub the pack on the face for 3 minutes and rinse with cold water. (* Gram flour might not suit all skin types and may make the skin dry, so use a little moisturiser after removing the pack)

WORKS ON: It helps soothe acne-prone skin, helps fight infection and also lightens the skin.

Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra, Dermatologist and Aesthetic Physician, SkinAlive Clinics


HER PICK: Tulsi (basil) is rich in anti-oxidants and known to have anti-bacterial properties. Ingesting it on a daily basis has more benefits than any beauty regime.


  • 2 tsps basil powder ( tulsi )
  • 2 tsps neem powder
  • 1 tsp multani mitti
  • Few drops lemon juice
  • Few drops rose water

Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste. Clean your face and neck and apply the paste. Keep it on for 20 minutes. Now, wet your fingers and gently scrub your face in a circular motion for 10 minutes to remove all the dead skin cells and impurities to bring out the glow. Rinse with cold water.

WORKS ON: This can help reduce acne, inflammation and skin irritation. The anti-oxidants also help fight radical damage.

Dr Apratim Goel, Dermatologist and Laser Surgeon, Cutis Skin Studio


HER PICK: Saffron (kesar) is the most expensive spice of the world. Apart from its culinary usage, it is also used in a wide range of skincare and beauty products.


  • 4-5 strands of saffron
  • ½ cup thick cream milk
  • 1 tbsp sandalwood paste

Soak the strands of saffron in milk for an hour so that the milk develops a nice yellowish hue. Add 1 tbsp of pure sandalwood paste to it and mix well and apply on your face and neck. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse. Apply it once every day to get smoother, brighter and blemish-free skin naturally.

WORKS ON: Lightens tan and clears pigmentation.

Dr Bharti Magoo, Aesthetic and Anti-aging Physician, Golden Touch Clinic


Multani mitti (fuller’s earth) can improve the complexion, remove tan, blackheads and reduce pimples. It is also used in hair packs with different ingredients to get rid of dandruff, split ends and also in dry shampoos.


  • 2-3 tbsp multani mitti
  • Milk
  • 1 tbsp curd
  • 1 tbsp grated cucumber
  • 2-3 tbsp Bengal gram flour (besan)

Mix all the ingredients well and apply it on the face and neck. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and once it dries, wash it off with cold or warm water.

WORKS ON: It helps get rid of tan and acts as a cooling agent.

Dr Jamuna Pai, Cosmetologist and Founder of SkinLab

HER PICK: Sandalwood (chandan) is an extremely soothing and versatile beauty product. The benefits of sandalwood can be traced back to over 4,000 years, with multiple advantages, apart from its fragrance.


  • 1 heaped tbsp of sandalwood powder
  • ½ tsp of honey
  • Rose water

Mix these together to make a paste and apply. Rinse after 15 minutes.

WORKS ON: It instantly rejuvenates your skin making you look fresh and radiant.

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