Apparently, “It’s what’s under the skin that counts,” however, in reality, this is not always true. To a lot of people (including me), the idea of “Beauty if only skin deep,” is not a very nice one, not if you have a troublesome complexion, and beauty is only “skin deep” to you, because it’s buried underneath all those clogged pores. So, what’s the solution? What do you do when the skin care aisle at the grocery store or local pharmacy has become your best friend, and you still cannot fix your skin problems? What do you do when the products you use make your skin burn or your face dry out because of the harsh ingredients they contain? Go organic, of course!
Here are some home remedies used by Indians, for a clean, healthy complexion:
1) Milk wash: Take a small pot, fill it halfway with milk. Next, boil the milk. A filmy layer of the milk should form at the top. Once this happens, turn off the stove; then, scrape the top layer off and put it on a plate or in a container of some sort. Make sure the layer is not hot, scalding, or harmful. Make sure it doesn’t burn or irritate you. Make sure it is cool enough to put on your face. Then, put it on your face and massage it all over your skin. After massaging, wash it off.
2) Chick pea powder mask: Take a tablespoon of chickpea powder (You can find this on amazon or probably at your local Indian store. Just search it and you’ll find it. There are lots of other places that carry it.) Mix it with milk or water- just enough to make it into a paste. Smooth the paste all over your face, and then leave it for about ten minutes. Then, wash it off. Your face is probably going to be/feel dry, so you might want to put moisturizer on after you wash off the mask. Make sure the moisturizer is not too heavy. Something light and gentle like Cetaphil or Aveeno is good.
3) Turmeric powder mask: Take a tablespoon of turmeric powder (again, you can find this at amazon, your local Indian store, and evidently Kmart sells it too), mix it with a little water, as much to make a paste. Then, smooth it all over your face. Wait for ten minutes. Then, wash it off. Again, you might want to put moisturizer on after you wash off the mask.
There you have it. These are simple, easy-to-make remedies that don’t take up a lot of time. Ingredients are easy to use, and easy to buy in large quantities so you can use them again.
Note: These remedies are suggestions. I am not stating that following these remedies is what you have to do or the only thing you can do for your skin. I am just letting you know that these remedies are available and how to make them. Furthermore, I am not guaranteeing that these remedies will work for everyone. Everybody’s skin is different. However, I personally think the above wash and masks are effective.
Aveeno and Cetaphil were recomended by the author’s dermatologist