Rejuvenating creams, sculpting serums, anti-tanning facewashes, anti-pimple scrubs, undereye repair creams, brightening lotions, moisturizers, blackhead removal scrubs, sunscreens, peel off masks, night creams, day creams…Grrr! Had enough of these (and many more) types of skin care products? I know I have. You know what irks me the most? It’s not the fact that there so many kinds of products, but that each kind comes in so many different brands! What is a commoner like me to do in the face of such an arsenal of skin care products? This is what I end up doing – NOTHING! I don’t buy any product; I commit all possible skin care sins; I end up feeling alarmed at the possible skin damage I could be doing! Phew! As if life already doesn’t have enough things to fret over!
Why Is Skin Care So Important?
Well, we all know the basic facts about skin care and its benefits. Proper skin care ensures that skin remains taut, supple and young looking for a long period of time. It also makes sure that the ill-effects of skin damage are contained and/or reversed. But let’s face it – well cared for skin makes us not only look better but also feel better. The emotional impact of good looking skin is a big contributing factor in our overall self-confidence.
How To Choose The Right Products?
That is the million dollar question upon the ambiguity of which this multi-million dollar thrives. If you ask ten people, professional or otherwise, they will all tell you ten different must-have products for your specific skin type. As a result, you end up both totally confused and totally skin care challenged, or totally bankrupt from switching between products every now and again.
Fact is, innovative products notwithstanding, you needn’t look very far to cater to your skin care needs! You only need to open your eyes and mind to all those beautiful, colorful, versatile and aromatic ingredients hidden in your very kitchen! Here are some beautiful examples of how some kitchen products can be used to establish a DIY skin care routine.
Benefits Of Skin Care From Kitchen Ingredients
As opposed to OTC and commercial skin care products, kitchen products are:
• Hypoallergenic (barring rare cases)
• Cost effective (that’s cheap in polite terms)
• Easy to find (takes just a trip to the shopping mall)
• Easy to store (you’ve been storing them safely for years now)
• Easy-to-make remedies (a dash, a teaspoon and mix!)
• No harmful or artificial chemicals (100% Mother Nature certified)
Here Are 7 DIY Skin Care From Kitchen Ingredients
a. Turmeric :
This yellow, aromatic powder that’s found in every kitchen has strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. When used in a face pack or as part of a face scrub, it renders its medicinal qualities to the skin and gives it a healthy glow. Turmeric has unique skin brightening properties and can also be used in a full body scrub.
To make an instant glow face pack, add a pinch of turmeric to 3-4 tablespoons of gram powder (Chana Aata) and a dash of lemon juice. Apply it all over the face and neck for a gorgeous glow.
These sour treats yield sweet fruit when used wisely in your skin care routine. Lemon juice has natural bleaching and anti-tanning properties and is also a powerful astringent. It can also be used an effective anti-dandruff remedy. In addition to the juice, dried and grounded lemon rind is a powerful skin brightening addition to your face scrub or face pack.
For extreme tanning, slice a lemon and scrub it liberally and directly over your face. Avoid the eyes and lips, though. You will see an instantaneous reduction on the tanning. Further, sun-dry lemon peels and grind them to a powder in the grinder. Add a teaspoon of this powder to any face pack for instant brightness and glow. This works best for oily skin.
These wonders from the garden are loaded with lycopene, vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants. These are all ingredients of any commercial anti-aging cream! Tomatoes, whether eaten raw or used in face packs or scrubs, work wonders for your skin. The entire fruit (yes, tomato is not a veggie!) is equally useful – pulp, juice and skin.
While sitting idle, rub your face, neck hands and arms with slices of tomatoes. This will make the fine lines and age spots disappear. Further, if lemons are unavailable or irritate your skin too much, you can replace lemon juice in face packs with tomato juice.
When it comes to skin care, this fruit is a hidden wonder. The more ripe the banana, the better it works for the skin. So before you scrunch up your nose at those brownish-yellow overripe bananas and discard them, know that they are a sure-shot remedy to tanning and pigmentation. A surprise package that ripe bananas offer is that they can be used to remedy dandruff and an itchy scalp as well.
To get rid of tanning almost instantly, simply mash up an overripe banana and scrub the pulp over the affected area till the banana dries up. Wash the skin with cool water and see the amazing anti-tanning action. Further, to use it for remedying dandruff, mash a ripe banana and add a dash of lemon juice to it. Apply it as a mask over your scalp (this one works only on a shaved head, though. Don’t try it on an unshaven one!)
An ingredient present in every home at almost all times, curd has almost magical soothing, smoothening and anti-dandruff properties. Owing to its milk-based structure, curd is highly beneficial for dry skin. The thick part of the curd can be used in face packs, while the watery part can be used to replace water or rosewater to mix face packs and scrubs. Though, people with oily skin should use it with caution.
For treating even the most stubborn dandruff, add a tablespoon of mustard oil (Sarson oil) and a dash of lemon juice to a bowl of curd and mix briskly till the mixture turns yellowish. Apply this all over your scalp (shaved or unshaved). Leave it on for about 20 minutes and wash off with your regular shampoo. You will see a huge difference in just 2 uses.
This sweet gift of Mother Nature does more than just cutting calories. It has wonderful anti-aging and anti-tanning properties. It also acts as a natural toner and moisturizer for dry skin.
Take about a teaspoon of honey and lightly massage it over your face, neck and hands. Allow it to dry for about 3-5 minutes and wash it off with cool water. You skin will regain its lost suppleness and hydrated look for days. For oily skin types, add a few drops of lemon juice to get the same effect.
There you have it, just a glimpse into the marvelous apothecary nature has placed right in your kitchen. Explore more ingredients and their unique properties by experimenting and prepare a personalized, 100% natural skin care routine for your specific needs.