Wedding season is just around the corner and we can sense the excitement in the air. Who doesn’t want to look good on their big day? But does that mean you will have to burn a hole in your pocket to look your best on the special day? May be not! You don’t have to splurge big bucks on chemical-based beauty products or salon treatments, because you can get beautiful and glowing skin naturally by using some kitchen ingredients. These humble ingredients found in almost every kitchen offer excellent benefits for your skin and beauty. They’ll be your best friends for the wedding season.
Applying banana on your face and other parts of the body helps in keeping them naturally moisturized. Bananas are rich in vitamins A, B and E and contain a high percentage of water. If you have dry and flaky skin, just apply raw banana on your face and leave it for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
The vitamin C in lemon helps in reducing the blemishes and acne scars. Drinking lemon water and using lemon in your face packs can help you get the natural glow you’re seeking. It also acts as a skin lightener. Mix together two teaspoons of Multani mitti with a dash of turmeric powder and half a teaspoon of sandalwood powder. Add one teaspoon of lemon juice and make a smooth paste. Apply it on your face and wash it off with tap water after 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Raw Milk
Raw milk has several nutrients that help soothe the skin and make it soft and supple. It has lactic acid that acts as an exfoliator to help attain smooth and glowing skin. You can apply raw milk directly on your face with cotton and rub it gently. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wash off.
Its anti-bacterial properties help prevent acne and break outs on the face. It is a rich source of antioxidants that help prevent skin damage and make your skin clear and soft. Honey also has bleaching properties that help fade pigmentation and scars, leaving you with an even skin tone. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey and juice from half a lemon until you get a smooth mixture. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water.
Yogurt is packed with lactic acid, an alpha hydroxyl acid that helps in dissolving dead skin cells. The gentle exfoliator not only helps in creating a natural glow, but also diminishes the effects of acne and pimples. The creamy texture of yogurt helps in preventing acne and reduces discoloration. Put two tablespoons of yogurt in a bowl and add one tablespoon of oatmeal and stir well. Apply it on your face and neck and massage in a circular motion. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Papaya is a beta-carotene rich fruit that is filled with powerful enzymes and phytochemicals that prove to be great for your skin. The enzymes help in slowing down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by combating free radicals. A nutrient called papain is present in papaya that has skin lightening properties and can further reduce the visibility of blemishes and scars. Take about one fourth cup of ripe papaya pulp along with one tablespoon of honey and half teaspoon of lemon juice in a bowl and mix until it becomes a paste. Apply on the face and leave it for 15 minutes. Pat warm water on the face to loosen the mask and then wash it off with cold water.
Tomato is rich in lycopene which is a very important antioxidant that gives this fruit some powerful properties. Lycopene helps prevent cellular damage and skin inflammation. Tomatoes help in unclogging pores, treat acne, soothe sunburn and revive dull skin. Slice two tomatoes and mash them until you are left with the pulp. Now, add a tablespoon of honey into the pulp and mix well. Apply the mask on the face and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.
These foods not only prove to be effective when applied on the skin, but also when they are consumed on a daily basis. Remember, that internal nourishment is as important as external care for good skin.