By Yogita Bharadwaj, Publisher
Hello everyone! When we speak of a glowing face, various brands come in our minds. There are a number of products floating around that claim to cleanse and exfoliate the skin leading to a glowing face. But hey! Are there any herbal options? When I say herbal, I am referring to our day-to-day products that sit on the kitchen bench. They work wonders on our skin and are safe to use on any type of skin.
- Honey: Honey can be used daily as a facial cleanser. It does an excellent job of cleaning skin and is extremely moisturizing. So it helps make skin soft and smooth. Honey is an excellent cleanser for every skin type. To wash your face with honey, squirt a small amount of honey (less than a teaspoon) into the palm of your hand. Rub the honey between your palms and then massage into your face. Wash with warm water.
Variations: Mix a little milk or cream with honey for a cleanser especially suited to dry skin. For extremely oily skin, try adding a little lemon juice to the honey.
2. Oil: Cleansing with oil has grown increasingly popular over the past few years. This is because cleaning your face with oil makes skin soft and radiant. Plus, it’s easy! Just apply oil to the face with your fingertips using circular motions. Let it sit for a few minutes, and wash off with warm water. For extra benefits, hold a warm washcloth close to your oil-covered face for a minute or two and allow the steam to open the pores. Castor oil is one of the most common oils used in the oil cleansing method, but other oils like coconut oil are also well suited to the task.
Grains: Grains gently exfoliate as well as clean the skin. You can create your own cleansing grains by grinding almonds, cornmeal, ground sunflower seeds, baking soda, rice bran or oats into a fine powder and mixing with liquid to form a paste. Suitable liquids would be:
• milk, cream or yogurt for dry skin
• lemon juice or water for oily skin
• water, honey, peppermint tea or glycerin for normal skin
Gently massage paste into skin, avoiding the eyes. Wash with warm water.
This type of cleanser needs to be made on an as-needed basis. However, the process can be expedited by keeping a jar of dry grains ready to be used as and when required.
Yogurt: Plain yogurt is a great natural cleanser. It is rich in protein, lactic acid, and fat, which all help detoxify as well as clean skin. Use plain yogurt with lemon juice to create a cleanser. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with approximately 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Use fingertips to apply yogurt to skin, massaging it to loosen any dirt or make up, then wash off with warm water.