The best kitchen ingredients for skin and hair care.

Caring for your skin during the entire year, irrespective of the season, is a necessity for every woman.  You know how neglected skin appears: dull, undernourished, lustreless, lacking any vitality and sheen.

Opting for readymade skincare treatments or salon treatments can often prove to be harmful to the skin and also a costly affair. What with the kind of chemicals that are used and the brands they belong to, skincare and beauty products often turn out to be money down the drain.

Instead, how about some easy and cheap skincare routine that you can follow at home? How about using ingredients that do not contain any harmful chemicals, and which are prepared by YOU?

Let me share with you all a few homemade skin care recipes to use all year round for a soft, supple and healthy-looking skin.

And, these are not time-consuming, either!

Homemade skincare recipes


1.For hair and body massage:

Virgin coconut oil:

Virgin coconut oil is a magical, versatile beauty and healthcare product. Not only does it keep your hair shiny, strong and beautiful, it also moisturizes your skin and leaves it feeling well-nourished.

All you need to do is massage some oil on your face and body half an hour before you shower.

Hair oil recipe:

For a hair oil that helps reduce hair fall and dandruff, here’s a recipe that’s easy to make and works beautifully.

Virgin coconut oil/Coconut oil – 4 tbsp

Curry leaves – 8 to 10

Fenugreek seeds – 2 tsp.

Heat the oil in a pan. Add the fenugreek seeds and once they turn brown, add the curry leaves.

Let the curry leaves turn crispy before turning off the burner.

Allow the oil to cool and store it in a glass jar with an airtight lid.

Apply this oil twice a week before shampooing.

You may also add roasted fenugreek seeds powder to the henna you apply to your hair for extra conditioning and soft hair.

Coconut oil for homemade hair and skin care recipes

Coconut oil:

In case you have dry skin, try applying your usual coconut oil to your damp skin just after the shower. It spreads well, gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t give you the oily feel, at all!

For this, you can use the usual coconut oil you will find at your grocery store. It also comes cheaper if you want a low-budget skincare routine.


You can also use ghee, or clarified butter, to massage your skin with. It’s a natural ingredient that will definitely soften your skin and won’t even harm your gentle skin in any way as it’s chemical-free.

You could use it during a facial, apply it on chapped lips and consume it to give your body the much-needed good fats.

2.Recipe for homemade moisturizer:

Did you know that honey and ghee make for the best face moisturiser for dry skin?

Mix well a spoonful of ghee and half a spoon of honey.

Apply it on your face and neck and gently massage for a few minutes using circular movements.

After the massage, leave it on your face for 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a towel dipped in warm water.

Then, wash your face with a mixture of gram flour (besan)  and curd and splash your face generously with cold water.

Feel the difference!

3.Body scrubs:

Long ago, I used the readymade apricot scrubs to scrub away the dead skin cells for a smooth, pampered skin. Later, I realized how the coarse particles of the scrub could actually damage my skin over time, especially the facial skin. So, I thought of switching over to a homemade skin care recipe.

Gram flour / Besan:

Gram flour makes for the perfect facial and body scrub. It is fine and non-abrasive and also skin-friendly. This has been used in my family since generations.

I add half a spoonful of methi (fenugreek) powder and a spoonful of curd to besan and use it to cleanse my face and neck every day. At times, I use it as a body scrub, too.

Curd is very good for dry skin. For oily skin, you may try milk and gram flour. 

You could also add to it a pinch of turmeric and also some cream if your skin feels too dry.

Orange peel powder is also one of the best ingredients you can use for your homemade skincare recipes.

Recommended Reading: Tried and tested benefits of Orange Peel Powder

If you wish to use the Multani Mitti, or Fuller’s Earth, do check the brand and the manufacturing date.

Honey and cocoa powder:

This is a new combo that I discovered in a post on skincare shared by a doctor friend. Honey is one of the best moisturizers and when mixed with cocoa powder, makes for the perfect moisturizing facial scrub.

All you need is half a teaspoon of honey mixed with cocoa powder to make a paste. Apply it evenly on your face and neck and gently massage for a few minutes and wash off with cold water.

Shikakai Powder:

Now, I know, you might wonder why shikakai powder has been mentioned for skincare, so let me tell you, this was shared with me by my bestie and I vouch for its effectiveness.

Shikakai powder is fine, unlike the readymade scrubs which are often coarse and this makes it non-abrasive.

I bought the powder from a Patanjali products store. This way, I can be sure of its quality.

Take the required quantity in a bowl, add some water to make it into a thick paste and use it as a body and facial scrub, once a week. It gives you baby-soft skin at a far lesser price than what you pay at the salon!

Tips to remember:

  • Massage your face and body with coconut oil before you use this scrub.
  • Cold water is best suited for dry skin, as warm/hot water robs the skin of its natural moisture.
  • Pat dry after shower and, if you feel the need, apply some lotion, especially one that’s non-oily and light and preferably made using natural ingredients. I use the Himalaya Nourishing Cream, which is not oily and keeps the skin well-moisturized all day long.

4.Water for skincare:

Have you noticed how sometimes your lips feel dry at the corners? One of the reasons behind this is lack of water intake.

Whenever I feel my lips dry, I increase my water intake and in a day I feel the difference.

Water is the best solution for dry skin. It works its wonders from within which reflects on our skin. It can be quite tough, though, remembering to drink water regularly, especially in winters when we hardly sweat and don’t feel the need to hydrate, or when we spend all our time in an air-conditioned room.

An easy way out could be to set an alarm for every hour that will remind us to replenish our water levels in our body. It will not only help keep your skin from getting dry but also flush away the toxins and give a clear, healthy skin.

5.Care for your feet:

Apart from your face and body, your feet too bear the brunt of the dry weather. The ugly cracks that develop on the heels can mar the beauty of your feet.

Make sure to scrub your heels using a foot scrub or a pumice stone, in the morning and at night. It takes just a couple minutes and helps get rid of the dead skin.

Massage the heel with either a foot cream or Vaseline and cover it with your socks.

Kokum butter is an amazing solution for dry cracked feet. You will find it on Amazon store.

Follow this routine before the cracks on the heel deepen and start to bleed and walking becomes difficult.

It takes just a week to notice the difference and, now, you can also wear that strappy footwear you have been wanting to flaunt!

Skincare at home Vs. skincare in the salon:

Most of us prefer visiting the salon for our skin and hair care routines. A facial, mani-pedi, waxing, hair-cut, et al, at the salon, give us the pampered feeling.

Most of it is fine, too. But, I always believe that a facial done at home, by ourselves, is a lot better than one done by the beautician.

The reason being, we know our skin better, so we know what products are good for our skin. Secondly, when we massage our skin, we can gauge the pressure we need better than the beautician does.

The one time I went to a salon to get a facial done, I found it quite uncomfortable. The beautician applied far too much pressure saying that that is how the dead skin cells can be removed.

The skin on our face is really delicate and doesn’t need the kind of excess pressure while massaging. Neither is the skin so dirty that it needs to be scrubbed like we would scrub our bathroom tiles!



With age and a busy schedule, caring for our skin does feel like a task. So, the best way to incorporate it in our everyday schedule is by using ingredients found in the kitchen. Ingredients which don’t take a long time to work their magic on our skin, and which will ensure healthy skin and hair all round the year.



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Published by shilpagupte

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28 thoughts on “The best kitchen ingredients for skin and hair care.

  1. These are some really nice and useful tips. I have a very dry skin … like the one, they show in an advertisement, where the girl writes DRY on her hand. Yes, my skin is exactly like that. I am surely going to use and follow your tips. Thanks…

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    1. Oh, I understand! Try and avoid using soaps, even those that have glycerine in them, because apart from glycerine, these also consist of chemicals we know nothing about. Try and use home made body and facial scrubs and do apply coconut oil. That helps a lot. And, hydrate..Drink lots of water all day long.
      Take care!


    1. Awww! I know, oily skin can be a blessing in the dry winters. Moreover, because of the oil, your skin won’t look wrinkly. But, in summers it can be such a torture, what with the oil ,the sweat and the pollution! How do you manage?


  2. I have very dry skin too… And during winters I can use it like a chalkboard 😅 Besan and turmeric are my go to option too. Haven’t tried honey or cocoa yet. I do use a good mud face mask for acne… Imagine – dry skin and acne… All the good things right on my face 😅 love these tips… No wonder you have such excellent skin 😀

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    1. Haha! I love how you add a touch of humour to everything, even to those minor irritants! 😛
      Yes, besan, milk and turmeric are the best options. I have stopped using face wash, too. It may be prepared with natural ingredients, but it also has some amount of chemicals. And, rarely do those face washes prove to be helpful. 😦


  3. Great tips and just eaht I needed. I develop some cracks in the heels after Diwali, it’s because I reduce my water intake. So apart from Vaseline I am going drink more water too. Shikakai I always thought was for hair, I will buy it from Patanjali too, it’s nearby and use it. Usually I use homemade ubtans, but now I will scrub too thanks to your post.

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    1. I have heard a lot about aloe vera and so wish to get the plant someday. Its gel can be cooling and soothes the skin after waxing, too, isn’t it?

      Thank you for your suggestions, Vidya! ❤


  4. I used to use a mix of besan, curd and turmeric before getting married. It was fun to do these masks with my sister. My skin gets too dry all over so much that white dry patches appear on my hands and legs. More than winter, I blame it on my lack of neglect in taking care of my skin. This came as a timely reminder, Shilpa.

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    1. Hey! I am so glad you liked it and also could relate to it.
      Any skin care product we use has to have chemicals in it, which can have some or other effect on our skin. Following what our grandmothers taught us about using nature’s bounty is really the best way to keep ourselves safe.


  5. Thanks for sharing. I do follow mostly the same. I too believe in DIY recipes. Shikakai is something new for me in skin care. Will try. I never visit parlours or salons, instead do at home. Besan packs are my fav. I also use aloe vera gel for my skin care.

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  6. Though my skin is oily, but it does get a bit dry in winters. Water is my all-time saviour in winters which keeps my skin nourished, glowing, and healthy. Besides that I use a home-made moisturiser. My mother prepares it using glycerine, rose water, and lemon juice. I have been using it since years and it also makes my skin look younger. Do give it a try.:)

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  7. These are some great tips! I used to use besan to wash my face when I was younger, but it doesn’t suit me much anymore because I have oily skin! I’ve switched recently to using amla shikakai powder to wash my hair; I didn’t know you could use shikakai as a scrub!


  8. Oh the honey and cocoa combo is new for me as is the Shikakai powder for face scrub – must try them!!

    Totally agree with you on home care VS salon care – I only go for threading, pedicure and hair trim to the salon now. Rest is all at home – the savings are amazing, both of time and money 🙂

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