Beauty Skincare

Kitchen Confidential – I

When you think of quick rejuvenation for your skin, head to the kitchen, not the salon or a store.

Having fabulous skin is everyone’s dream—it’s plays the most significant role in your appearance and it’s what makes you truly stand out. But, our hectic work schedules, stressful lifestyles, erratic sleep patterns, improper diet and the environment often play havoc with our skin, leading to a host of issues such as acne, wrinkles, dryness, etc. While there are tons of professional products and services you can try to remedy this, there are plenty of skin solutions that can be found closer home—right in your kitchen! Yes, raid your kitchen cabinet and fridge for great ingredients, whip up a good D.I.Y face mask, and watch your skin transform with these natural ingredients in the safest manner possible. Read on for our recipes of natural home remedies for beautiful skin. They will help combat some of the most common skin issues that you may be facing, all in a matter of minutes.

Pollution never looked good on the skin:
Dirty, polluted air makes it difficult for the skin to breathe, and leaves it irritated and dehydrated. Dull, flaky skin and clogged pores are everyone’s nightmares.

Tackle pollution with:
– Olive oil
– Almonds
– Green tea powder

Benefits: Almonds are rich in vitamins, fatty-acids and minerals, which nourish the skin to keep it soft and supple, thus boosting natural beauty. It acts as a good exfoliator for the skin. It’s gentle but at the same time, removes all the dirt and grime from your face. Olive oil is another ingredient that is rich in vitamins. Its anti-oxidant properties help moisturise skin and fight skin bacteria. Amp up the protection by adding green tea powder to the mix, which is known to protect the skin from inflammation and also has a calming effect.

Procedure: Add a crushed handful of almonds and some green tea powder to a bowl of olive oil to make a paste. Apply this paste on your face for 20 minutes and then rinse it off.

It’s time to ban the tan:
If you’re someone who is out and about in the sun for long hours, then this one is for you. When exposed to too much sun, your skin can appear dull, dark and unappealing, and can also get damaged. Fret not for following this easy D.I.Y face mask should help you get rid of that stubborn tan.

Tackle the tan with:
– Papaya
– Tomato

Benefits: Papaya contains ‘papain’, an enzyme which promotes skin renewal. It helps to lighten the skin tone, reduces sun tan and also prevents premature signs of ageing. Tomato also works as a natural astringent that helps tighten the skin, fade sun tan, scars, and blemishes, leaving the skin glowing.

Procedure: To make this mask, take the pulp of the tomato along with that of papaya and make into a paste. Apply this paste onto the affected areas and leave it for 20–30 minutes. Rinse off once dry.

Hydrate, to glow from within:
Keeping your skin well-hydrated helps it stay free from toxins, and gives you that lit-from-within look. It improves the overall appearance of your skin, making it plumper and resilient to damage. Apart from drinking lots of water and eating the right foods, you can rejuvenate and hydrate your skin naturally with this face mask.

Tackle dehydration with:
– Aloe vera
– Cucumber

Benefits: Aloe vera, though mainly used for tanned and sunburnt skin, is also a good remedy to hydrate the skin. The leaf of an aloe vera plant contains a plethora of anti-oxidants including vitamin E, C and beta carotene which help keep the skin firm and hydrated. Add to this cucumber, which due to its high water content, cools and cleanses the skin and keeps it hydrated.

Procedure: To make this simple mask, take half a cucumber and blend until watery. Add 2–3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and blend both ingredients together until smooth. Apply this mask evenly onto your face. Rinse off after 30–40 minutes. Your skin will feel completely refreshed and hydrated.