Since times immemorial, women have tried to improve upon nature by devising various ways and means to make themselves look more attractive. Our grandmothers did not have beauty salons where they could go for beauty treatments. These beauty aids, which have been handed down to us, are time-tested recipes, pure and harmless. Therefore, instead of wasting time and money on expensive beauty salons, try these home-brewed beauty aids and you’ll be surprised with the results! These beauty recipes and homemade remedies are safe and pure ingredients – no skin irritating chemicals! They are natural ingredients and lubricants with rich vitamin content in them – everything required to make the skin young, beautiful and alive.
Before you embark upon the program of looking after your skin, you should know the type of skin you have. You can broadly classify the types of skin into normal skin, combination skin, oily skin, dry skin and sensitive skin. Now find out into which category your skin falls and give it the treatment as indicated below. Remember it is very important that you use the correct treatment for your type of skin. Here’s how to take care of your skin with simple home remedies :
1. Normal Skin
This type of skin has a clear, fine-textured, supple and smooth surface which is neither greasy nor dry. It glows with an inner health which stems from good blood circulation and excellent health. The only care it requires is cleaning it twice a day with a mild baby soap and water. At night, to keep your skin’s normal moisture balance apply a thin film of mild moisturizer.
2. Combination Skin
Combination skin is a combination of both oily and dry skin. There is a greasy center panel consisting of nose, forehead and chin and a dry panel consisting of cheeks, mouth and the areas around the eyes. Treat dry areas with mild cold or moisturizing creams and greasy patches with regular application of mild astringents.
3. Sensitive Skin
A sensitive skin is a thin or a fine-textured skin. It reacts quickly to both heat and cold, therefore, it sunburns and wildburns easily. If you have this type of skin, use sun screen lotions and creams. Wash your face with mild baby soap, rinse thoroughly and pat the skin dry with a soft towel, do not use a rough towel. Never use any makeup or perfume without first trying a little of it on the inside of your wrist to see the reaction of your skin to it. This is because very few cosmetics agree with a sensitive skin. Every night apply mild moisturizing cream on your face before retiring for the night.
4. Oily Skin
Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores, pimples and other blemishes. If you have an excessively oily skin, take a diet rich in proteins but restricted in sugar, fluids and salt. Also take plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits. Pork and fried and highly seasoned foods should be avoided.
Besides taking internal care of yourself, you should also take equal care of yourself externally. Half an hour before taking a bath, apply on your face half teaspoon each of lime and cucumber juice mixed together. This not only helps keep oiliness away but also helps in refining the pores of the skin by acting as an astringent, thereby preventing acne. You must have experienced the problem of your makeup becoming patchy either on the forehead, chin or nose due to excessive oiliness in these areas. To avoid this, apply little cucumber juice on these parts of your face, dry thoroughly and then apply your makeup.
To cure pimples, black heads, dryness of the skin and to prevent wrinkles, apply a paste of methi leaves daily at night on the face and wash with warm water. You can also alternatively, make a paste of Fuller’s earth (Multani Mitti) and rose water and apply on the face for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, rinse of with luke warm water. If you have pimples of your face, apply sandalwood paste on them. Rub a piece of sandalwood on a clean marble stone, using a bit of rose water or cucumber juice to make a paste.
5. Dry Skin
Dry skin has a parched look caused by its inability to retain moisture. A dry skin is a fine textured skin prone to wrinkles and chapping. It is often a greater problem in cold weather than in warm weather. Use a mild soap for cleansing the skin. Follow a bath or a shower with a mild application of baby oil. Massage your face with mild moisturizing cream every night before retiring to bed. be generous with the cream in the areas surrounding the eyes. Avoid coming in contact with highly alkaline soaps and detergents like washing sodas and powders. Every morning 15 minutes before taking your bath, mix with an egg yolk, one teaspoon each of orange juice, olive oil and a few drops each of rose water and lime juice. Another beauty mask is made up of one egg mixed into one teaspoon of honey, half teaspoon of olive oil and a few drops of rose water.
if you can afford it, once a week take a milk bath. It will not only nourish your skin but at the same time it will also soothe your tense nerves and refresh you. Warm your bath water and put in 250 grams of powdered milk, half tablespoon of almond oil and a few drops of your favorite perfume. Then just lie in it and let your mind wander while the foam works wonders on your skin.
If your lips chap, peel or crack, then the best remedy is to massage them with a little cream of milk to which few drops each of rose water and lime juice has been added every night before going to bed.
Before applying lipstick, use a soft piece of towel for removing rough bits of chapped skin and rub a piece of raw beetroot gently on them. After applying lipstick, add a little vaseline to keep your lips soft and pretty.
6. Chapped Skin
Chapped skin has a rough texture which sometimes causes the skin to crack. If the cracks develop on your skin then everyday at bedtime, take the white of an egg, mix in one ground almond and apply on the face. When the skin feels dry, wash off with water and apply mild nourishing cream. Also avoid the use of soap completely, because soap dissolves the fats from the skin and takes them away from the surface. Instead clean your skin with gram flour made into a paste with milk cream. Half an hour before you take your bath, massage yourself either with warm olive oil, mustard oil or coconut oil. After bathing, blot yourself dry. Do not rub vigorously with a bath towel. Apply mild cold cream every night before sleeping. It is a good idea to use cold or nourishing cream every night after crossing the age of 25 if you want to cherish the youthful loveliness of a flawless complexion.
If you have developed scales, the best remedy is to take a saline bath. Add six pounds of table salt or rock salt to 25 gallons of warm water in a tub. Soak in this water for about 15 to 20 minutes twice daily. Blot dry, then massage gently either with almond oil or olive oil. This simple treatment often brings about a great reduction in chapping and scaling. At the same time, it gives considerable relief from itching. But this treatment should only be taken if you are in good physical health.
7. Withered Skin
This type of skin has a very rough texture usually full of wrinkles. It is mainly due to over-exposure to extremes of climate such as too much sun or too much cold. To protect yourself from falling a victim to such a skin, always use sun-screen lotions or creams whenever you go outdoors for any length of time. Do not use soap. Always clean your face with milk cream. It would be a good idea to dispense with soap completely. Use moisturizing cream at night. In the morning, half an hour before taking a bath, take an egg white and mix in one tablespoon of honey and one-fourth teaspoon of carrot juice. Remove with cotton-wool soaked in warm water after half an hour. This will remove roughness and wrinkles from the skin. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to the water in the tub before taking your bath. Use moisture-laden makeup base in all the seasons and a creamy lipstick.
These hand-me-down beauty secrets from our mothers and grand mothers are the key to healthy, glowing and beautiful skin – a skin you will be proud of. 🙂