You you don’t need to spend an entire day at the spa and burn a large hole in your pocket to look like a Bollywood diva! Everything that you will ever need to get glowing skin and silky tresses you can find right on your kitchen counter and in your refrigerator cabinets.
Take a look at these 12 home made concoctions that will make you look at your everyday kitchen ingredients like they are from a modern day organic spa.
Fair and lovely tuber
Potato slices work in much better ways than being fried as chips. Place a few thin raw potato slices or cotton balls soaked in potato juice over your eyes for about 15-20 minutes before sleeping. Do this consistently for a couple of days and you will notice a visible reduction in dark circles and puffiness around your eyes. Also potato and lemon juice mixed together is one of the best de-tanning products you can ever lay your hands on.
A banana a day
A face pack made with mashed bananas, lemon juice and honey can help refresh your skin and keep it that way through the day. Bananas are rich in potassium and work wonders for hair. Apply a paste made of mashed bananas and some yogurt to your hair and wash it off with a mild shampoo after about half an hour for shiny tresses and strong hair follicles.
Oats, yogurt and honey with a hint of turmeric acts as a great scrub and exfoliator for your skin. Gently rub this mixture on your skin and leave it for about 20 minutes before you wash it off with a gentle face wash. The ingredients of this face pack are so natural you can literally blend it into a delicious healthy smoothie.
Use rose rose
Rose water is a fabulous beauty ingredient to use in the scorching summers. Soak some small cotton balls in rose water and place on eyes before you sleep. It helps relax and ensures a good night’s sleep. Rose water mixed with talcum powder is a good home remedy for prickly heat and rashes.
Spa in your kitchen
Rub a few drops of olive oil on your face after a bath and then simple rinse it off with lukewarm water after a few minutes. In this one simple step you get skin like you’ve spent days in the spa. When mixed with a few drops of lemon juice and a pinch of powdered sugar it helps remove black heads and wrinkles.
Glow baby glow!
A besan and haldi face pack has always been a fool proof classic Indian gharelu nuskha for glowing complexion. Make a paste using gram flour, turmeric, rose water and lemon juice and gently rub this on your face and body. It removes dirt and grime with dual benefits of being a natural scrub and fragrant soap.
Anti-aging potato pack
Your kitchen is actually full of natural moisturizers. Yogurt mixed together with a hint of potato juice applied on the skin gets rid of dryness and also reduces signs of ageing. Potatoes and yogurt together are rich in starch, vitamin C & B6 and antioxidants which help get rid of scars, blemishes and wrinkles.
When life gives you lemons
Lemon juice mixed with cucumber juice is a great mask for lightening skin and lightly exfoliating it. Especially if you have oily skin and creams from the market leaves it feeling sticky and oilier. Why use chemical laden skin whitening products when you have a sure shot solution sitting right in your fridge.
You say tomato
While most face masks are for people with dry skin, a tomato mask works brilliantly for people with oily skin. Tomato juice or pulp with a few drops of lemon juice and honey gives your face an instant glow. It helps get rid of tans and dead skin and revives your original skin tone.
Anda ka funda
Eggs are the best conditioners you will ever need to get your hair all silky and shiny like in a shampoo add. Just massage a mixture of eggs mixed with olive oil, crushed fenugreek seeds and a dollop of yogurt on your hair and scalp for half an hour before washing. This takes care of a host of hair problems like hair fall, dandruff, itchy scalps, split ends and rough hair.
If you’d rather stick to having eggs sunny side up on a plate with toasted bread than in a smelly pack on your head go for avocados instead. Avocado pulp mixed along with some olive oil massaged into your scalp and hair works wonders in repairing damaged hair minus the icky odor.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beer holder
Why go for a chemically processed beer shampoo or a face wash when the real thing works just fine. A couple of splashes of beer in all its natural glory make your skin shiny, soft and moisturized. For the hair it works as a fabulous leave in conditioner. Plus there is absolutely no problem if you accidently or knowingly gulp some!
Hopefully with these all natural home remedies at your disposal you will find yourself looking your glamorous best - no matter how busy a mom you are!
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.