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.
SEMOLINA + YOGHURT:
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.
SUGAR + GLYCERINE + LEMON JUICE:
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!