Skin care made easy

Sundays, for me, are cleaning days. Cleaning, de-cluttering, scrubbing – each of these activities gives me much peace of mind.

Sometimes, I scrub my home, and at other times, when I am in the mood to pamper myself, I scrub myself! I mean, I have a spa day at home, when I experiment with kitchen ingredients to prepare facial and body scrubs–natural beauty products, as opposed to ready-made ones–to rejuvenate my skin and add some cheer to my routine.

The benefits of using natural ingredients are:

They seldom have any side-effects, or leave any rashes on the skin.

They are available at home.

They are cheap compared to the branded ones.

They are skin-friendly. Rarely do we need to do a patch test before using them on our skin.

And, the scrubs need very little time to prepare–just two minutes!

There are a few face and body scrubs I have used since a long time now, and can vouch for their effectiveness.

Sharing today, two such scrubs that you can use as facial as well as a body scrub.


The grainy texture of semolina gently scrubs away the dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling baby-soft.

Yoghurt, or curd, is a natural moisturiser. The bacteria present in curd is the good bacteria that improves the complexion, softens the skin and is one of the best ingredients to use for dry skin.

I have dry skin, which is getting drier by the day. I stopped using ready-made face washes long back. For, however much they may promise to restore the moisture of your skin, they do have added chemicals that don’t make any difference. So, I use either gram flour (besan) with milk or curd to wash my face everyday.


Mix a teaspoon of semolina (rava) with curd–take as much quantity as you require. to make the paste.

Apply to face and neck and gently scrub in circular motions.

Our facial skin is delicate and doesn’t need too much pressure–the kind they use at a beauty salon.

Scrub for a few minutes and then wash off with cold water.

Pat your skin dry.

And, because you are using curd, you won’t need a moisturiser!


*This scrub can be used all over the body.

*You can use this everyday–either semolina+curd, or gram flour+curd, instead of a face wash.

*Add a pinch of turmeric to the gram flour. It gives a glow to your skin and also cures any nicks and cuts you might get while shaving your hands/legs.


This combination was shared with me by a beautician friend when I asked her for a manicure. She said I really didn’t need to spend any money on it. Instead, mix the ingredients and scrub my hands weekly!

The powdered sugar cleans away the dead cells, leaving the skin feeling smooth.

The lemon juice helps brighten your skin with regular use. And, being antibacterial, it helps fight acne.

Glycerine locks the moisture in your skin and helps keep it hydrated.


Take a teaspoon of powdered sugar, add the juice of half a lemon and add a teaspoon of glycerine to it to make the paste.

Apply it to your face/lips/hands/feet, and scrub gently.

Scrub for a few minutes in circular motions and with a light pressure.

Wash off with cold water.


*Chapped lips, blackheads on the nose, acne…all of these skin problems get solved if you use these scrubs regularly. In fact, you can feel the difference in just one use.

*As much as possible, use cold water to wash your face. Hot water robs the skin off moisture and dries it faster.

*Do not touch your face every now and then. We never remember which surface our hands have touched and might transfer all kinds of germs/dust to our face!

So, that’s all from me today. Do let me know if you have used these scrubs, or use any other scrubs.

Take care of your skin…take care of yourself!



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Published by shilpagupte

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34 thoughts on “Skin care made easy

  1. Shilpa, great tips, you know I am a sucker for kitchen made beauty products. Having said that you beat me to the post, I have been thinking about writing a post on body scrubs for quite sometime.. Maybe now I will come up with it and link this post of yours. 😊

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  2. You had to say not to touch the face so often; I’m not able to keep my hands off my face! πŸ˜€ I used to apply besan and curd paste on my face earlier. Will start using it again. Didn’t know about semolina. I use lemon juice and coconut oil mix or sometimes just lemon juice. Again, consistency is my problem. πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve used a lot of these recipes, if I may call them that, when I was young – specially gram-flour and turmeric – we’d mix it with malai. You’re right about these scrubs having no side effects and they’re easy to make too with ingredients we already have at home. Thanks for reminding me of these Shilpa.

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    1. I discovered these recipes in college, Tulika, and was instantly hooked. I know it won’t transform me into some beauty queen, but it gives me perfect skin….which is a lot better than the beauty queens! πŸ˜›


  4. Shilpa,these are such easy to follow remedies, but I’ve just become lazy over the years, and despite wanting to incorporate them in my rituals for a while now, haven’t yet.

    Will tell you if I get cracking. πŸ™‚


    1. I, too, had gotten very lazy, Natasha. But, some time back I felt I needed to do something to divert my mind from the stress, and also take care of myself now…and what better than such interesting and wonderful activities, like beauty treatments at home, free of cost! πŸ˜›

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  5. Your Sunday self pamper rituals remind me of the yesteryears. Now I do not even realise how my Sundays vanish off. I try to do something for the face with besan + haldi + lemon juice and that is all I do. I can’t use curd because of oily skin so lemon juice helps. I have to try semolina but instead of curd I will add milk. Let me see how it goes. I will also try to keep in mind the sugar+lemon juice for the hands and feet.

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    1. It was in college that I learned all about beauty and stuff. I used to go crazy experimenting with things from the kitchen much to my brother’s amusement. Over the years, Life took over and I forgot about it all. There were more pressing issues that needed my attention. Couple years ago, I started it all over again and feel good that I did. It hardly takes much time, really. I can’t even imagine spending more than 10 to 15 minutes in any of my so-called beauty treatments! πŸ˜›


  6. To yehi hai aapki sundar twacha ka raaz, Shilpa ?! πŸ™‚
    Honestly, all we need is to spare a few minutes for these simple pamperings at home that hardly costs anything and still, we need reminders!!! Where has life come to? Thank you for giving us the reason and the push to get back to indulging in some much-needed self-love. I’ve forgotten about these rituals…seems like pichle janam ki baat!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  7. I am going to try these, as they seem easy and doable. And I need that in my life, because I am super lazy when it comes to skin care. Thank you for sharing, Shilpa!

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    1. I use these for the time they take, which is hardly any. I can’t imagine myself spending hours on any kind of beauty treatments, neither products that contain god-knows-what-chemicals.
      I am glad you liked the tips, Shantala! ❀


  8. These special pampering sessions make one feel so good. I find them very relaxing. Sugar plus glycerine is an awesome exfoliating combo. It was my goto scrub a long time back. Of late I love besan, turmeric and lemon paste. An effective way to get rid of acne too. Haven’t tried semolina yet. Will try next πŸ˜€

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  9. i could use this… unlike the regular dry skin which itself is so annoying, I sadly have the pathological worst extreme of dry skin that leaves my arms and legs a mess and gives me major body complexes. So definitely don’t mind giving it a try especially as I seem to have most of the ingredients.

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