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Indo Beauty Secrets: Natural Skin Polishers

Let’s face it, we all want a flawless complexion, right? Well, we’ve all heard over and over again that drinking plenty of water is important, but just as vital is taking proper care of your skin. Our daily routine of cleansing our skin with chemical based cleansers can be doing more harm than we think by stripping the skin of its natural protective barriers. So, with the constant barrage of chemicals that our skin faces everyday, from pollution to harsh chemically-formulated products, using some of the natural remedies suggested below, using fruits and herbs. This will replace the necessary ingredients in our skin that are needed for its natural balance and thereby maintain its barrier that will keep pore-clogging, pimple-forming bacteria away.

Homemade Skin Polishers

In India, where a tropical climate means more oily skin and therefore a tendency to collect dust and grime, women have used homemade skin polishers for a long time. Below are a few tried and true skin-beautifying secrets from India. The following potions can be easily concocted from ingredients that you already have in the kitchen or can be easily found at any Indian grocery store.

• Mix equal amounts of the juice of a cucumber, rose water, and lime juice. Wash your face, apply it and leave on overnight. Rinse off in the morning. This helps to keep breakouts under control. Lime juice is an exfoliating agent, so this tonic will help to clear up existing pimples as well as prevent new pimples and keep blackheads from forming. This exfoliating tonic can also be used to soften rough areas like the elbows and knees.

• Take equal amounts of turmeric powder and wheat flour and make a paste with sesame oil. Turmeric powder has anti-bacterial properties which will aid in killing pimple-causing bacteria. Sesame oil will act as a heavy moisturizer, therefore this mixture should not be used if you have very oily or acne-prone skin. In addition, this mixture has also been shown to remove unwanted hair.

• Take 30ml of cabbage juice and mix one teaspoon of honey in it. This mixture, if applied regularly to the skin, has shown to keep wrinkles away.

• Regular application of the juice from mint leaves onto clean skin has shown to keep skin even-toned.

The following exfoliating scrubs are a good way to slough off dead surface cells from the skin. Here are some ayurvedic skin-polishing recipes to rejuvenate your skin.

Orange radiance facial scrub—this gentle fragrant polisher will make your skin soft and radiant.

1 tsp. dried orange peel
1 tsp. oatmeal
3 tbsp. Rosewater

To make dried orange peel, finely grate orange peel and allow it to dry naturally in the open air until dry and brittle; in wet weather it may be more practical to dry in an oven at a low setting. Mix all the ingredients together, then gently rub on to the face and neck using gentle circular movements. Wash off after 15 minutes.

• Pineapple refining facial scrub—the enzymes from the pineapple in this mixture will soften and smooth the skin while the ground almonds slough off old skin.
1 tbsp. Chopped fresh pineapple
1 tsp. Ground almonds

Simply mix the ingredients together and rub on to the face and neck using gentle circular movements, paying special attention to areas prone to excess oil, such as the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). Wash off after 15 minutes.

With these easy-to-make mixtures, if used regularly, you will be on your way to a beautiful goddess-like complexion. –VEENU KUMAR