We are all well aware that jars and bottles of products can work wonders for our skin. However, sometimes we don’t have the money for expensive skincare, and sometimes we feel wary of the chemicals. In either case, there are some delicious fruits and veggies in the kitchen which make for great skincare ingredients. Here, we tell you how to make great face packs and hair masks with them.
Mattifying and exfoliating strawberry face mask
Did you know that strawberries aren’t just yummy to eat, but contain antioxidants like Vitamin C? Mashing this sour fruit and applying it on the face for 20 minutes or so is great for oily skin because its acidity helps soak up all that extra grease. Plus, if you have build up-prone oily skin, you can also massage the paste onto your face after it’s a little dry and let the seeds exfoliate your skin.
Gooseberry (amla) and fenugreek (methi) scalp pack
Most desi girls have grown up hearing about the benefits of amla for the hair. This Vitamin C-rich fruit is therefore a common component of most Ayurvdedic hair remedies. Excellent for thickening hair and helping it grow, amla makes for a good scalp mask. To make it, blend dried amla in the food processor. Now, boil fenugreek seeds in water, then mix that water with amla powder. Apply this to your scalp like a hair spa mask. It’s supposed to work wonders for hair fall.
Papaya pack for acne and blemishes
Even though it can be pretty smelly, papaya is amazing for the skin. Pureeing a papaya’s pulp is great for those who have a lot of acne marks because this fruit is rich in enzymes which gently exfoliate and help renew skin. This helps even out blemishes. Do one simple papaya mask for 20 minutes a week and see the difference!
Cucumber and egg white mask for tightening skin
The best way to make this mask is to take a small cucumber’s pulp and peel, and puree them in a blender. Then, combine it with lightly whisked white of one egg. Combine the two, chill it in the fridge for five to seven minutes, and then apply it on cleansed skin. Wash it off twenty minutes later, and your skin will feel tight and pores will look less prominent.
Tomato and yoghurt face mask for brightening
Instead of rubbing harsh lemon juice on your face to remove a tan, try this relatively safe alternative to brighten skin, not whiten it. Ideal for buffing off dead skin whilst providing moisture and a glow, this tomato and yoghurt mask can be made by mixing one spoon of thick yoghurt with one whole small tomato in the blender. The resulting paste should be massaged into the skin like a peel is, and then left on till the mix dries. After rinsing off, your skin will look even-toned and glowing.
Banana and avocado mash to make hair soft and shiny
In case you didn’t know, bananas are rich in fats and carbohydrates which improve the strength and elasticity of hair, making it less brittle. Combining this with thick, fatty avocado does wonders for nourishing your locks. Now, we know avocados are expensive in India, so we don’t insist that you use one. Using avocado oil instead can also give decent results.
Orange and honey glow mask for dull skin
We have previously talked about how orange juice makes for an excellent skin toner. But, did you know that the paste made from blending a whole orange–peel included–helps give skin an extra dose of Vitamin C? When combined with honey and applied on the skin for half an hour, this puree turns dull skin into glowing and radiant. Using this regularly also helps reduce dryness and dullness, making your skin look less patchy and uneven.