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There is a dependable blackhead slayer right there in your home. It is dirt cheap and easily available. Wondering what it is? Well, we are not giving up on your searching capabilities yet. So, we will give you a hint- this tiny little blackhead slayer is in your kitchen.
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Yes, you are quite close to your prize-reach up and grab that small jar of whole black peppers. Actually, it is not just black pepper, but the whole spice rack in your kitchen that can be put together to give you flawless skin and luxurious hair. Come, let us discover this hidden beauty treasure with some of the most readily available ingredients in your spice rack.
A culinary staple and available in almost every Indian household, it is a power-packed solution towards getting flawless skin. This bright and beautiful marigold-coloured spice has both, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It even reduces acne flare-ups, inflammation, and fights breakouts. The antioxidants present in turmeric attacks the free radicals, thereby giving you a fresh and youthful look. No wonder our ancestors already knew about this miraculous “glow pack”, which is why an Indian marriage is incomplete without the haldi ceremony.
Quick Fix: Combine turmeric, sandalwood powder and chickpea flour with a little bit of rose water or orange juice to get fair skin. Your favourite hair oil and a pinch of turmeric can also help you deal with dandruff. Remember to use kasturi turmeric, if you do not want to get yellow stains.
Cocoa brown in colour, this highly aromatic spice is one of the main ingredients of the famous garam masala powder. But, did you know that this common spice from your kitchen can be used in a number of homemade beauty recipes as well? This fragrant spice is rich in calcium, iron, manganese, fibre, and it is also a good source of essential oil. There are many beauty uses of cinnamon like preventing acne and wrinkles, stimulating hair growth, and tightening of pores. It also acts as a skin scrubber, and a lip plumper.
Quick Fix: Take some cinnamon powder, squeeze out a few drops of lemon and apply it all over your pimples as well as blackheads. Wash off your skin with water once it dries up. Use some cinnamon with petroleum jelly for plumper-looking lips.
You sure know how to spice up your omelette with crushed black peppers, but did you know that it is an effective blackhead slayer as well? Not only that, it also acts as a great scrub for your skin and its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties keeps your skin free of acne. And if you have dandruff, black pepper powder can help you get rid of that too.
Quick Fix: Take a small amount of freshly ground black pepper and add a tablespoon of curd or honey to it. Apply the scrub gently on your blackheads, keep it on for five to ten minutes and then wash it off. Get rid of your dandruff with a combination of black pepper and curd. Take two spoons of freshly ground pepper and add it to a cup of thick curd. Apply this mix to your scalp (not hair) and rinse it off after an hour.
This bitter tasting seed, used in a variety of Indian dishes, can be your quick fix to many homemade beauty recipes. Fenugreek seeds, also known as methi daana, are rich in proteins, Vitamin C, fibre, iron, potassium, lysine, L-tryptophan, and alkaloids. A large amount of proteins, nicotinic acids, and lecithin are highly effective in strengthening your hair, improving hair growth, and adding lustre and bounce. Fenugreek’s antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-ageing properties are excellent foods for the skin as well.
Quick Fix: Take a handful of fenugreek seeds and grind it in the mixer to powder the seeds. You can also use fenugreek powder readily available in the market. Add coconut milk to the powdered fenugreek and apply it on your scalp. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo after half an hour. You can also use the powdered methi to make a paste with a few drops of rose water and turmeric for a glowing face pack.
When it comes to beauty uses of spices, how can we forget saffron, one of the most expensive spices in the world? It has the magical ability to lighten skin complexion, which is why it was a well-known beauty ingredient in ancient times. Saffron face packs have excellent beauty benefits and with regular use, it can give you younger-looking and fairer skin.
Quick Fix: A face pack consisting of milk, turmeric, rose water, and saffron has all the right ingredients to lighten skin colour. You can also substitute turmeric for sandalwood powder. This pack works great for treating suntan, pimples, and acne, and is best suited for the sensitive and oily skin.
We bet you did not know about all the beauty benefits of these ingredients before. Have we missed out on something? If yes, do let us know in the comments section below.