India has all types of people living in all kinds of places from a dusty dessert to tropical forests. And the tips I am going to share with you all are coming from the era when princesses used to bathe in milk. So that is about 3000 years ago I am guessing. The secrets are old and proven. Herbal beauty remedies are the most natural way that does not even harm your skin and yet makes you look beautiful and presentable. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients then you shouldn’t put them on your skin. For healthy and natural beauty tips you don’t have to look further, even though I was born and raised in the America, I still learned from my mother and grandmother on how to look good naturally. Sleep on time, as proper rest is very important for skin to replenish, rejuvenate and look healthy. Try to wake up before sunrise, as it is very healthy. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day and having a healthy diet are very important. Before brushing my teeth I drink a litter of warm water.
Turmeric: This is an ingredient used by our ancestors and is still considered one of the best skin lightening agents. Prepare the mask by combining 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 3 teaspoons of fresh lime juice. Apply over the exposed skin and keep for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. You should be careful while using this, as turmeric can stain your clothes. People with sensitive skin can dilute this with a little amount of water. The results are glowing skin.
Another face mask for acne prone skin uses sandalwood and turmeric powder mixed with yogurt. This mask has anti-septic properties. It makes your skin smooth, soft, acne-free and even toned. Mix the ingredients until your desired consistency forms and apply it. Wash it after 10-15 mins.
Aloe vera: Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel. The gel when applied to the skin softens dead skin cells leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. It also delays visible signs of ageing like fine lines and appearance of wrinkles. I am not an “ANTI-AGING” person, ageing is a part of life and I am NOT against it. I believe that you are more beautiful when you can embrace your winkles and age spots.
QUICK TIP: Body moisturizers should be applied right after bathing or showering while the skin is still damp. Apply the moisturizer in a circular motion to help promote circulation for a healthy glowing skin. Use oil or thick moisturizer on the dry, rough areas of your skin, such as feet, knees, and elbows
Rose water: Rose water is a natural ingredient, which works wonders on the skin. It’s also rich sources of antioxidants, which can help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue. After shower, treat dry skin; moisturize the skin right after shower. Mist rose water on damp skin for a wonderful glow. Refreshed skin, the astringent properties of rose water helps to tighten and brighten the skin for a dewy glow. Mist the rose water to refresh, hydrate and nourish the skin throughout the day. Here is an overnight beauty tip, before going to bed to deep clean the skin and enhance the skin tone. The aroma of rose water helps to relax and calm the mind for a better sleep.
Kajal: Ancient Indian women used Kajal (homemade natural eyeliner). It was made from castor oil, coconut oil, almond oil and black mustard seeds. This made your eyes brighter/whiter, it improved vision and stimulates the growth of eye lashes. I do not have a recipe for this but it can be purchased in a natural food or beauty store.
Oils for Hair: For centuries, Indian women have massaged their hair with oils to encourage long, shiny locks. Here is my article on MBG on Head Massages.
Milk: A milk bath is a bath which contains milk, typically in a powdered form which hydrates as it settles. People have been bathing in milk for centuries to improve their skin; historically, people believed that milk made skin whiter and firmer. Milk baths also help to clean the skin, provide natural exfoliation, and tend to soften and smooth the skin, especially when milk baths are undertaken on a regular basis. Cleopatra is probably the most notable historical figure who used a milk bath, allegedly submerging herself in a bath of milk and honey on a regular basis. Generally, a milk bath is very mild, making it suitable for all skin types, and it is followed with a shower to rinse off and a coating of moisturizer to seal in the benefits of the milk. Here is a simple way to make your bath: Pour 1-2 cups of milk and 1/2 c. honey under running, warm water. 10 drops of any essential oil of your choice (I love lavender) Swish around to mix, and hop in.
Ayurveda advises that do not put anything on your skin that you cannot eat. All of the face masks are actually edible. Many people think that being beautiful will make us happy but it is really the other way around. You will be beautiful when you are happy from the inside. Try to walk past a crowd of people with a frown on your face or a beautiful smile and you will notice the difference. I truly want to stop using cosmetics and embrace these ancient secrets. And to be honest, the one that I have already embraced have worked WAY better than anything of the store bought $100 creams. Don’t get me wrong I do occasionally use fountain and eye makeup with attending weddings or other events, but it’s all natural and very little.
Are you willing to do that? Can you give up the cosmetics and embrace natural ingredients that work like magic? I will certainly try my best :)