Ayurveda is an ancient healing system, developed more than 3000 years ago by the sages of India. Rich in beauty rituals and self nurturing practices, Ayurveda believes in healing from the inside out. It uses herbs and ingredients from nature for remedies and remains one of the country’s traditional health care systems. Mother Nature has blessed us with some herbal cures that are not only free from chemicals but good for our skin in the long run. Though I love using the market products whenever I’m in haste, but I never forget that they are loaded with chemicals and their prolonged usage may lead to skin ageing. If you are a makeup junkie, it’s always best to keep your skincare as natural as possible. Here I’m sharing an indulgent and nourishing skincare recipe that fosters radiant and glowing skin. Try and you’ll love pampering yourself with the depth and beauty of this Ayurvedic skincare tradition. This recipe can be used both as mask and exfoliator depending upon the desired results.
Even ‘Quantico‘ star and former Ms World Priyanka Chopra swears by this skincare recipe!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Gram flour (Besan)- 1/3 cup
- Yoghurt- 3 tbsp
- Sandalwood powder- 1 tbsp
- Freshly squeezed lemon- 2-3 drops
- Turmeric- 1/2 tbsp
- Raw Milk- If required to dilute a bit
HOW TO MAKE THE SCRUB:
Take all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them together. Add yogurt and lemon to this powder to make a smooth paste. You can add some milk to this scrub if your skin is very dry.
For scrub – Apply the mixture to your face and body scrubbing gently in a circular motion. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Wash with cool water afterwards.
For pack – Dilute the mixture and make a paste by adding some milk. Apply a generous amount using a brush on your face. Let it dry for 20 minutes and rinse it off with cool water.
BENEFITS OF THIS MAGICAL SCRUB:
Gram Powder– Besan or gram flour has healing, anti-ageing and exfoliating properties. It helps fight pimples, fades acne scars and balances skin ph level. It is also known to remove facial hair and blackheads if used twice a week for a month.
Yoghurt– The lactic acid in yoghurt helps dissolve dead skin and tightens pores. It has moisturizing and soothing properties that helps in fighting skin pigmentation
Sandalwood – Also known as ‘Chandan’, this fragrant remedy works like a magic in treating skin diseases like Eczema, burns or swelling. It is a great aid in warding off wrinkles and sagging skin. Prolonged usage is known to make skin poreless, glowy and youthful.
Lemon- Lemons are antibacterial and anti-oxidants that help in revitalizing dull skin. The citric acid in lemon helps remove the dead cells off your skin and maintain skin softness. Rich in vitamin C, Lemon can also help in treating blackheads and uneven tones. Lemon should always be diluted and best to use in masks and packs to reduce its acidity.
Turmeric- This bright yellow, orange spice gets its cosmetic benefits from curcumin, a bioactive component. Turmeric is the holy ingredient of this recipe which contributes to the golden youthful glow! Turmeric contains anti oxidants and anti inflammatory components that can help decrease inflammation and skin redness. It also has excellent exfoliation properties which can clear up your face from acne breakouts and slow down cell damage. For years, Indian brides have been using this magic ingredient in their scrubs to purify their skins and get that golden glow! No wonder why it’s called the ‘Saffron’ of India.
Raw Milk- It is one of the richest sources of moisturizing ingredients in cosmetics and skincare. It works as a natural toner and skin cleanser for all skin types. It deeply cleans the pores and gives you glowing skin that is soft to touch.
PRECAUTIONS: Please make sure to do a patch test a day before the application, just in case your skin might be sensitive to any of these ingredients. Turmeric should always be used in a small quantity since it can temporarily stain the skin if used in excess. If your skin is sensitive and has some active acne, use this recipe as just a face pack instead of rubbing it off as a scrub.