What if we said there are some simple DIY recipes that you can do at home to get gorgeous skin, everyday? It’s true.
Skincare is about discipline and using the best ingredients for your skin. While having a solid skincare routine is the way to go, you can always supplement it with simple(and indulgent) recipes which both nourish your skin and relaxes your mind.
Are DIY recipes good for the skin?
The right DIY recipes are great for your skin. When done consistently, they can help improve your skin tone and texture. Here are some things you should know before you jump into DIY skincare recipes
- Only use gentle ingredients for your DIY skin recipes. Don’t mix acidic or reactive substances to apply on your skin.
- Always patch test: Everyone’s skin is different. What works for someone else may not work for you. As for skincare products, always do a patch test of your DIY recipes, preferably behind your ear to avoid any bad reactions or mishaps.
- Do not leave it on the skin for too long: Follow the instructions on DIY recipes exactly and never leave any recipe on for more than 20 minutes.
- Enjoy the process: As for skincare, it is aimed at relaxing both body and mind. So enjoy a cup of tea, put on a movie or just sit idly in the verandah watching the trees and freeing your mind.
What are some home remedies for pitta skin?
Pitta or sensitive skin is marked by a greasy T-zone. T-zone is the area that covers your forehead and centre of your eyebrows all the away up to your chin. The rest of the face is typically normal or dry skin.
The dilemma here is figuring out whether to use a product for oily or dry skin. Well, we say none. As your skin is a combination of dry and oily, your products must be meant to maintain this delicate balance and help improve the skin texture.
Here are some great remedies you can DIY at home
Cucumber juice and honey
Soothe your skin and regain oil balance on your face with this potent and relaxing cucumber honey mask. Here’s how you can make this one:
- Blend a peeled cucumber
- Add honey to the mixture
- Apply on face in a thin layer
- Wash off when dry
Multani mitti or bentonite clay mask on T-zone only
Multani mitti is great for drying out excess oil from your skin. You can mix multani mitti with simply water or rose water and lather on your face or T-zone. Wait till the mixture dries and wash off for glowing skin.
Best home remedy for skin allergy and rashes
If you suffer from dandruff, the first rule is to never use your body or hair towel on your face. Dandruff spreads in a jiffy, so keep a dedicated towel to pat dry your face.
Never pick, prod or pop your rashes or pimples. Let your body do it’s job and do not disrupt the natural healing process of the body. Picking pimples is the number one reason for spreading of pimples on the skin. This is due to bacteria being transferred all over the face from the open wound.
If it’s dry skin, your best bet is to apply natural oil like coconut oil or olive oil right after your shower to retain maximum moisture. It’s a great trick for glowing skin.
Here are some easy and effective DIY masks you can use for allergies and rashes.
Apple cider vinegar
Make a light coat of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water and apply on your skin where the rash is present. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off. Repeat this step regularly and your rash should fade away.
Colloidal oatmeal mask
Oatmeal is a great moisturiser and helps soothe your skin.
Soak some oatmeal in water for 10 minutes. Along with water, run it in the blender to make a smooth paste. You can add in honey for extra anti-bacterial effect. Apply a thick layer on your skin. Wash off when dry.
Tea tree oil
This is a very potent ingredient and a great remedy for acne. But let us warn you never to use tea tree oil directly on your skin. Since it’s a strong oil, you should dilute it down in a carrier oil in the ratio 1:12 before you apply on your affected area.
For more remedies to soothe rashes and irritations on the skin, we recommend our “Youthful skin secrets for your 30s blog.
How to reduce pimples for oily skin?
Pimples are most often directly related to oily skin, clogged pores or hormonal issues. The first step to reducing pimples is to know what is triggering them. Based on this, you may need to change your skincare routine, apply products that help reduce pimples and use remedies to reduce the effect of pimples.
Along with you treatment, we recommend some amazing and time tested home remedies that you can do to reduce pimples.
Aloe vera face mask
One cannot ignore the various benefits of the humble aloe vera plant for the skin. Whether you‘re directly applying aloe from your garden, or using products with aloe vera extracts, this is a great healer for pimples.
Applying aloe vera on the affected areas twice a day can help soothe the redness and numb the pain in the area.
Lemon and honey mask
If you have really stubborn pimples that take forever to leave your face, this is the mask that would expedite it. Here’s the recipe:
- Squeeze a medium sized half lemon in a bowl.
- Mix in a teaspoon of honey
- Apply the mixture onto face especially the affected area.
- Leave it on for 5 minutes.
- Clean with a damp washcloth.
As relaxing as green tea is to drink, did you know it’s a great active for your skin as well. Here how you can quickly make a green tea face mask to reduce pimples.
- Cut open a green tea bag
- If the leaves are too big in size, run it in a blender
- Mix with water and honey
- Apply the light mix on face and neck
- Leave on for 15 minutes
- Wash off with warm water for healthy skin.
- We have curated a great list of DIYs you can do for various skin concerns. Read now.Sugar to gram flour, the best of DIY remedies for glowing skin at home
Home remedies for glowing skin
DIYs are cheap, effective and fun ways to keep your skin healthy & full of life. Here we have some great masks you can use for your skin.
Papaya is one of the best things you can use on your skin. Papaya has carotenoids, which are amazing antioxidants for your skin. Applying papaya can help fight signs of ageing by reducing the impact of free radicals and collagen damage. Here’s how you can whip up a simple papaya mask.
- Take a fully ripe papaya slice
- Mash it to a paste
- Add full fat milk
- Apply the mixture on the face.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes.
- Wash off the mask to reveal moisturised, glowing skin.
This mask is safe to be applied on the skin up to 3-4 times a week. You can have a relaxed evening with this face mask on or don it and be engaged in work as well.
The glowing haldi mask
Nothing gives that perfect sunset glow like haldi. Turmeric is a centuries old ingredient that plays as important role in skincare as it does in food and treatments as well. Turmeric is a well known anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant ingredient. It is a great ingredient to address your skin imperfections, scars, tears and dryness and one of the best remedies for glowing skin.
Here’s a quick Turmeric-Gram flour mask recipe:
- Take a1/4 tsp of turmeric
- Add 1 tsp of gram flour
- Add water to the mixture and make a thick paste.
- Lather on face.
- Let it dry
- Wash of with a damp washcloth to reveal glowing skin.
Coconut oil hot massage for your skin
When your skin is dry and lack-lustre, something like a gentle massage is a great way to rejuvenate it. Massages or face yoga has many benefits for the skin. It includes increasing blood flow to face, draining the lymphatic system and dislodging accumulated dirt and dead skin cells. It is one of the oldest remedies for glowing skin.
For your face massage, one of the best oils to use is virgin coconut oil. This sweet smelling oil is a great lubricant for massages and contains lauric acid which helps reduce inflammation on the skin.
How to do a hot oil massage
- Warm up coconut oil in a water bath.
- Keep the oil in the warm water bath till your massage is over to retain heat.
- Use clean hands to gently massage your face in circular motion for about 10 minutes.
- Use gentle yet firm motions with extra care to forehead, cheeks and jawline as well as the neck for optimal results
- Finally, wipe off the coconut oil from your skin with a gentle cleanser.
Lemon juice-Sugar scrub
Here’s the elixir for glowing skin. One of the easiest scrubs you can whip up at home is the lemon and sugar scrub. It’s quite the strong scrub so we recommend you not to use it if you have active acne or skin injuries.
The thing with skin care is, if it stings, it isn’t right for your skin.
Here how you can make a quick lemon-sugar scrub
- Squeeze half a lemon in a bowl
- Add fine sugar powder in the mix. Coarse sugar can damage skin and cause microtears on your skin. So it should be fine sugar.
- Mix the ingredient and apply gently on face.
- Do no scrub violently, take it easy and go in soft circular motions on your face. Avoid the area surround the eyes, as it is sensitive and the skin here is thinner.
- Wash off just after to get smooth and moisturise skin.
For more tips to get glowing skin, do read our Dull, lifeless skin? Here are 5 quick tips to rejuvenate weary skin blog.
Spending the day in the sun? Here are some effective de-tanning recipes
Sun is the biggest no-no for your skin. Sun damage is the leading cause of skin ageing. Ageing due to sun damage is more often non-reversible.
Of course, these are some home remedies you can do to relive the affects of sun on your skin. Before you step out in the sun, here are our recommendations:
- Try to avoid harsh sunlight. If you need the sun, go for early morning hours or late in the day after 5 pm.
- Always wear sunscreen. Whether it’s a sunny day, rainy day or cloudy day, wear sunscreen on the skin and top it up as you go. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen all over the skin. Especially on neck, décolletage and hands, where the first signs of ageing pop up.
- Wear a hat or carry an umbrella when you step out at noon. Try to walk in the shade.
- Always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin round the eyes. They are delicate, and it’s best to prevent damage than try to reverse damage.
If you did get tanned and the melanin is giving you uneven skin, we have some quick home remedies you can try.
Sandalwood and coconut water
Sandalwood is known for it’s complexion boosting abilities for the skin. Combine this killer ingredient with coconut water, a great skin nourisher, and you have a soothing de-tanning mask. This is a favourite among home remedies for glowing face.
- Take 1 tsp of sandalwood powder
- Mix with enough coconut water to make a smooth paste.
- Apply it on the face with a flat brush. Let the mixture dry completely.
- Wipe off with a warm washcloth.
- Repeat the mask 2-3 times a week to get brighter and healthy skin.
Saffron in milk
We love this luxurious scrub for glowing skin. The exotic saffron is a beautiful smelling ingredient that works wonders for the skin. It’s a great brightening agent and helps bring down melanin on the skin. Here’s a simple everyday mask that makes you feel like Cleopatra herself.
- Put a few strands of saffron in warm milk. Leave it till the saffron extracts infuse with the milk.
- Apply the milk on face.
- Reapply the milk as it dries.
- Leave it on for as long as you wish.
- Finally rinse away with water and pat dry with a clean cloth.
Can you suggest some home remedies for skin allergy?
When faced with skin allergy, the goal is to relieve the symptoms, and soothe and nourish skin. One should be careful not to agitate the skin that is having a reaction. Some of the best ingredients to use include aloe vera, brahmi, almond oil and oatmeal. These ingredient help subside your skin issues without being too aggressive on the skin. Always consult a dermatologist if the rash persists.
How can I get clear skin naturally?
Discipline, organic products and a good diet is the key to clear skin. You can also employ some quick remedies for glowing skin. Here’s what you can do
- Have a good skincare routine for the skin.
- Use only gentle organic products like Brahmi’s skincare range on the skin.
- Drink lots of water
- Always keep the skin hydrated. This is the first step for glowing skin.
- Do not touch the face unnecessarily.
- Reduce stress in your life
- Apply simple DIY masks like papaya and honey mask and coconut milk and sandalwood masks for added glow.
- Invest in a great Face oil. Use an organic face oil for glowing skin like an apsara.