Who doesn’t like to have glowing skin and beautiful lustrous hair? Like most even I admire them too however, I’m not a big fan of chemical-based products. Staying natural is my agenda when it comes to taking care of my skin and I try limiting the use of any cosmetic product to the extent possible. Being a working professional I don’t have enough time to visit salons regularly nor do I like it.
Here are a few homemade recipes I personally follow on regular basis and I can vouch for their effectiveness-
For skin –
- 1. Lemon and honey mix – I’m very particular about what products I put on my face since my skin has easy breakouts. My go-to routine involves mixing lemon and honey in equal proportions and applying it to my face for 15 – 20 minutes before I take shower. I then wash it off with lukewarm water. Lemon juice acts as a bleaching agent and honey adds the shine to the face. I do this twice a week and it adds a natural glow to my skin.
Pro-tip – Avoid using facewash after this to protect your skin.
- 2. Tomato pulp – While I prefer lemon and honey for my face, I use tomato pulp to reduce the redness and tan marks on my body. Simply cut a tomato into two halves and grate it to get the pulp. Apply it to every part of your body and let it be for 15 – 20 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water in the shower followed by mild liquid soap. I do this twice a week.
- 3. Malai and turmeric mix – This is my homemade cleanser again used twice a week. I simply add a small pinch of honey to a spoonful malai and apply it evenly on my face using a spatula. After few minutes of running my fingers over my face for massage, I use a cotton ball to wipe it off. I then wash my face with a mild face wash to remove the excess oil left behind by the malai.
Pro-tip – You can use this mix for your whole body too.
- Rosewater and Glycerin – I have a glass bottle stored in my refrigerator which contains rosewater mixed with glycerine in equal proportions. This is my daily before bed moisturizer. I use this after my shower at night. It soaks the moisture in my skin and makes it soft.
Pro-tip – You can add more rosewater to the mix than glycerine to avoid the warm effects of glycerine especially during summer season.
Like skin, I use some easily available at home products for my hair as well.
- Banana and honey – I have dry and frizzy hair. Moreover, the weather of Mumbai makes it impossible to manage them. Two ripped bananas with one teaspoon of honey and at times mixed with olive oil is my favourite hair pack that comes to my rescue. I turn all of these into a fine paste in a mixer and apply it to my hair from roots to tips before shampoo. I then cover my hair with a shower cap for 30 minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly with water followed by mild shampoo. Bananas act as the natural conditioner and help in taming the frizz, honey adds to the shine. Since this is slightly tedious I try doing it twice – thrice a month.
You can apply a spoonful of the same mixture to your face as well for some glow.
- Onion juice – Yes it does sound unappetizing and might slightly smell if not washed off properly. But one cannot ignore the magic of applying onion juice to the scalp. My hair growth has been improving post using this remedy regularly. And it’s very easy to make as well (exactly why I follow it). Take two medium sized onions, peel them and grind them to a fine paste. Use a strainer to separate the juice from the pulp. Apply the juice to your scalp using cotton balls or some hair sprayer. Post application leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off with some shampoo.
- Curd – Curd helps me keeping dandruff issue at bay. I use hung curd and apply it to my scalp for 30 minutes and wash it off with shampoo. I usually do this once a month or whenever I feel the need.
The best part about these recipes is the ingredients are easily available in any kitchen or the nearest chemist and most importantly they do not bind you to sit at one place. I finish up my other daily chores while the recipes work on my skin or hair.
I hope they turn out to be as effective for you as they do me for being beautiful is no crime.