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Dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines are some of the age-related and hormonal problems that many women keep battling with. They bring the prescribed medicines, antibiotics and cosmetic creams, all to their shelves; but find it impossible to solve the problem.
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Do you find yourself battling with the signs of ageing on your skin as well? Well, then here are a few homemade masks, face packs and scrubs that you can try to make those marks and wrinkles a thing of the past. And, the ingredients would not only be easy-on-your-pocket, but would also be easily available in your very kitchen cabinet. So, read on to know all about them.
One of the world’s favourite ingredients to turn back the clock is cucumber. A rich source of phytonutrients and electrolytes, cucumber is the best medicine for treating age-related skin problems. Cucumbers are loaded with the mineral silica, an essential component for healthy connective tissues that tightens the skin cells. Lemon acts as an exfoliator and a bleaching agent, and also tightens the skin. Lemon juice can also help reduce the smell of egg too. Egg white is rich in proteins, which regenerates and hydrates the skin. Egg white also contains astringent-like properties that improve skin's elasticity.
Puree cucumber and egg whites together, and add some lemon juice to it. Before applying, wash your face off the dirt and impurities. Then, massage it all over the face and neck for some time. Leave it for 15 minutes. Use cold water to wash off the paste.
Avocado with its incredible amount of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, is no doubt called a nutritional powerhouse and a magic fruit. Avocados effectively slow down the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, having an abundant amount of zinc, protein, and phytochemicals like beta-carotene, glutathione and lutein, this natural wonder improves the texture of the skin. You can easily say good bye to dry and cracked skin, wrinkles, and acne with this fruit. The antioxidants and amino acids present in the fruit improve the skin's metabolism and toxin elimination. Another potent source for beautiful and fresh skin is wheat grass. Being rich in amino acids, wheat grass rejuvenates tired and dehydrated skin. It also plays a major role in lightening redness, scars and pigmentation, with its antiseptic properties.
Blend half a cup of avocado with wheat grass to form a smooth mixture. Also, add a few drops of honey to it, and make a thick paste. Apply the pack on your face. Leave it until the face pack dries and then, rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. Do this consistently at least once a week and save your skin from those disturbing and damaging creases.
Ageing skin benefits greatly with blackberry, which is loaded with omega acids and vitamin C. It not only clears skin off pimple marks, but also helps skin to get rid of dark spots left behind by them. Another beauty ingredient that can emerge from your kitchen easily is walnut. One of the best sources of vitamin B and vitamin E, it is a natural antioxidant that helps in fighting free radicals created in the body due to stress.
To prepare this scrub at home, mash equal quantities of blackberries and walnuts into a smooth paste. Add a few drops of water if required, and leave the paste to sit for a while. Apply the paste to moistened skin and slowly massage it into your skin with your fingers. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Finish by applying a toner or cleanser.
Oatmeal helps to fade away stubborn acne marks and age-related damages. Brimming with vitamins, minerals and lipids, it adds moisture to the skin and cures discolouration. Oatmeal also contains both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help in fighting cellular damage. Another kitchen staple to shrink your pores is tomato, which is excellent for sensitive skin and helps treat a variety of skin disorders. Tomato juice is an excellent astringent and works as a natural sunscreen. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which has antioxidant and anti-ageing properties that help to get back the lost glow. Curd is a perfect cooling remedy for tanned skin. When applied, the lactic acid in yoghurt helps dissolve dead skin and improves skin elasticity. It also reduces discolouration and tightens the pores, so that you get ageless and younger looking skin.
Take equal parts of the ingredients mentioned above and blend them together to form a creamy paste. Apply it as a mask all over your face and neck area. After leaving it to dry for 15-20 minutes, scrub it well over your skin. Rinse it off with normal water.
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Always a viable option for healthy and beautiful skin, almond contains moisturising properties and minerals like potassium, folic acid, and a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E. It fights cells that make you look old and mature, and cures skin impurities. This dry fruit is also rich in proteins, which are the building blocks for skin. Almonds also have magnesium that reverses the effect of stress hormones, hence making your face stress-free and glowing. The soft and pulpy fruit, kiwi has an amazing effect on skin too. It contains lots of antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients that bring natural glow to your face. Components like potassium and fatty acids in kiwis also make the skin healthy.
Make a paste of a handful of soaked almonds and half a cup of kiwi fruit. You can also add a few tablespoons of milk and mix it well to get a smooth pack. Apply the mixture properly on your face. Place two thin slices of kiwi over your eyelids for a more relaxing experience. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water, and pat dry with a towel.
The effect of banana on skin is not something any woman can ignore. Poor man’s fruit as it is said, is actually rich in vitamins A, B, and E, and hence works as an anti-ageing agent. With high levels of vitamins C and B6, it plays a crucial role in maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Banana lends radiance and prevents age spots from forming. It also acts as a natural moisturiser. Another beauty treasure is milk. Milk bath has been around for centuries. It hydrates and replenishes your skin. Milk contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which is an effective remedy for shrinking pores. It is also believed that lactic acid, one of the chemical compounds found in milk, acts on the deeper layers of the epidermis, promoting the removal of dead cells. No wonder, Egyptian queen Cleopatra bathed in milk to keep her skin beautiful and soft.
Mix a banana with raw milk and a tablespoon of cream. Apply it evenly on your face and neck area. For best results, wash off the face pack after 15-20 minutes. You can add honey to keep your skin moist and hydrated.
Rice flour is again very effective against signs of ageing. It helps in treating blemishes, acne, wrinkles and pigmentation. Its natural oil-absorbing properties instantly firm up sagging skin. Rice contains ferulic acid and allantoin, which help repair the dull and mature skin. Curd has been an age-old solution for all skin problems for a long time. One of its components, lactic acid helps to reduce the occurrence of acne, and is a natural skin cleanser. Another amazing ingredient that you can add to your beauty regime is rosewater. It helps to soften your skin, and gives it a naturally healthy glow.
Make a paste of uncooked rice flour by mixing it with curd and rosewater. Apply the paste on your face and gently massage in circular motion. Let it stay for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse it with fresh water.
Coffee is good for our skin because of its richness in caffeine and antioxidants. The antioxidants fight against the pathogens and remove dead cells damaging our skin. It improves skin’s elasticity. Caffeine is also known to possess anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the inflammation of the skin. The most important benefit of the coffee face mask is that it can repair the damages done by the UV rays. It helps in regenerating new cells. Considering it’s multiple and diverse benefits, a coffee mask is one of the best anti-ageing masks you can prepare in your kitchen.
Take one tablespoon of coffee, cocoa powder and coconut oil each. Take a glass bowl and mix coffee and cocoa powder in it. Pour a few drops of coconut oil to make a paste. Apply the paste on your skin, let is sit for a while and wash it off after 15-20 minutes.
Aloe vera is also known for its anti-ageing properties. It helps in keeping wrinkles and age spots at bay. It helps in moisturising your skin, keeping it hydrated, rejuvenated and glowing. It is a rich source of natural antioxidants which improve your skin and hair. Right from tanning to pigmentation of your facial skin, to make your hair stronger, there can be no substitute for aloe vera.
The best part of aloe vera pack is that it requires little effort. All that you need to do is find an aloe vera plant, cut the leaves, carefully peel off the cover, and extract the gel out of it. Simply apply the gel on your face, or your hair, and rinse it off after half-an-hour.
Each of these ingredients has amazing magical properties. Strawberries with their anti-oxidants, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties accelerates the anti-ageing process, cures burns and helps the skin in UV protection. Because of its richness in alpha-hydroxylic acid, strawberries also help in removing dead cells. Also, yoghurt contains lactic acid which helps in exfoliation of dead skin cells. It also contains probiotics, so it’s amazing to heal blemishes. Honey, on the other hand, naturally hydrates the skin and is rich in antioxidants and has anti-microbial properties. Clearly, a combination pack of the three becomes indispensable when it comes to looking good for your age and not older.
Mash a few strawberries and mix them with 1 tablespoon each of yoghurt and honey. Make a proper paste out of it apply it on your face and rinse it off with cold water after a few minutes to reveal clear and rejuvenated face.
So, go ahead and use these homemade remedies to cure all your skin problems and to get back that youthful glow. In addition, do not compromise on your lifestyle and healthy habits. Eat healthy and exercise regularly to keep your skin fresh and young always!