Whenever I would visit India, my grandmother would always put together natural ingredient treatments for my skin and hair. These treatments are made with household items that we use in our everyday cooking, making it convenient and accessible.
When it comes to beauty, we tend to go for the over-marketed products that get slapped with big brand names and big price tags. Why? We figure if it is a big brand and expensive it must do what it advertises. What we don’t realize is that these products are packed with harsh chemicals, artificial colors, and fragrances that are actually very bad for our skin. These commercial beauty products can cause negative long-term effects on our skin and are even dangerous for our environment.
My grandmother never needed to buy products to minimize pores, heal dry skin, or have healthy and beautiful hair. For centuries, women have been using these natural remedies and avoided harsh chemical induced products and have the most beautiful skin to show for it.
I realize we live in a very fast-paced world where it seems more convenient to pick up a product and apply it, but we are potentially damaging our skin and hair. Natural ingredient treatments only take seconds to make; you don’t have to go out of your way to buy some of these items since they’re probably already in your home.
Disclaimer: Everyone has different skin types and different hair; what may work for me may not work for you.
In my culture, yogurt is pretty much part of our everyday routine. Not only do we eat it on almost a daily basis, but we also use it for its many beauty benefits.
Yogurt is a great facial moisturizer and can leave your face feeling smooth and fresh.
Mix together 4 Tbsp of yogurt, 1 Tsp of honey, and ½ Tsp of lemon juice to create a paste. Apply the paste all over your face and neck; let that sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water and pat dry.
Yogurt also works for treating acne, blemishes, and dark circles, something I struggled with quite a bit in my teenage years. For blemishes and dark circles, all you have to do is add 1 Tbsp of yogurt and ½ Tsp of lemon juice, then apply it with a cotton ball on your blemishes or dark circles. You will want that to sit for 10 minutes and then rinse your face with cold water.
For Acne, you will just need 1 Tsp of yogurt and dab the problem area with a cotton ball. I personally use a new piece of cotton for each acne spot to make sure I don’t make the acne spread.
Yogurt serves as an incredible conditioner for your hair, gets rid of dandruff, and helps prevent hair loss or hair fall. It is full of nutrients, which serves as an excellent source of nourishment for your hair.
Apply yogurt directly onto your scalp and massage it in as well as brush it through the strands of your hair. Clip it all up, put on a shower cap, let that sit for about 30 minutes, and then rinse your hair with a mild shampoo.
Milk doesn’t only provide several nutrients for our bodies but for our skin as well (I don’t recommend using milk on acne prone skin, it may cause some irritation).
Milk serves as a powerful facial cleanser that helps get rid of underlying dirt and oil built up on your skin. It is also great for soothing damaged or irritated skin. You just need to take a cotton pad and massage the milk gently on your face and rinse with cold water.
Turmeric is an AMAZING spice. I use it in almost all my Indian cooking and have 1 tsp of it daily to strengthen my immune system. Turmeric has so many benefits to it, except when you drop it; it’s extremely tough to clean up since it stains so easily.
I have used a turmeric face mask over a dozen times for a variety of reasons: it repairs your skin, helps with irritated or sensitive skin, and it clears and creates a healthy glow. I just take 1 Tbsp of yogurt with 1 tsp of turmeric and apply it all over my face and neck. Once that has dried for 20 minutes, rinse your face with cold water and pat dry.
Turmeric, like yogurt, is great for scalp issues such as dandruff and itchiness. It provides a natural source of nutrients that nourishes your scalp. I combine turmeric with olive oil and massage it into my scalp, let it sit for 15 minutes before I rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
Lemons are something I make sure I constantly have stocked in my kitchen. They’re full of nutrition, especially Vitamin C; it’s an antioxidant beneficial for healthy skin, hair, nails, and for weight loss. I drink lemon infused water every day as a great detox for my body.
Lemons can be great for fighting acne and serve as an anti-aging treatment. Take a piece of lemon and gently massage it onto your face and neck, let it set for 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water. When I use lemons for acne breakouts, I take a q-tip to the lemon and apply it on the problem area. I personally don’t like to take the lemon directly all over my face when I break out because it tends to cause irritation for me.
Lemons bring the richness and shine back to your hair, making it look young and healthy. Take the juice of 2 lemons and massage it into your scalp for 5 minutes AFTER shampooing, you want to make sure you do this to clean hair. Once you have applied the lemon juice, rinse with cold water.
I’d love to know your experiences with these treatments or if any other treatments worked for you as well. Enjoy!
-The Soulful Cook