Glowing Skin, Shiny Hair & Supple Lips: Make These DIY Scrubs, Masks & Balm at HomeLuke Coutinho
With the ever-changing seasons, your skin and hair demand additional care, hydration, and love. At You Care, we believe that skin and hair health doesn’t come only in a bottle, jar, or tube. It is an inside-out approach. Nurture your internal and external environment to let your natural glow shine through.
Before you hop from one chemical-laden product to another – pause and introspect for a moment. These can seep deep into your skin and do more harm than good. Here are some DIY natural and inexpensive scrubs, masks, and balms approved by our skincare experts that you can make at home. You do not need to rush to the local pharmacy because you will find most of the ingredients you need in your kitchen pharmacy.
DIY Body Scrubs
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- Add 2 tbsp of organic coffee powder, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, the juice of one whole lemon, and 1 tbsp sugar (crystals).
- Mix well and scrub your body with it gently for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse and bathe as usual.
- This scrub is an excellent exfoliant that removes dead cells and debris and gives your skin a fresh and radiant look.
- Coffee is rich in antioxidants that lower inflammation, reduce cellulite, and promote anti-aging and relaxation.
- Scientific studies suggest that caffeine can inhibit your DNA damage response against UVB rays.
- Studies also link coffee with promoting cell re-growth, boosting collagen, and improving skin elasticity.
- It boosts blood circulation, reduces swelling, and is a good de-puffing agent.
Neem and Rice Powder Scrub
- Add 1 to 2 tbsp of rice powder to half a cup of neem juice.
- Mix well and apply.
- Leave it on for five to 10 minutes.
- Bathe to rinse it off.
- The evergreen medicinal plant neem has been used as a traditional remedy across civilizations.
- Its antibacterial and antifungal properties help prevent skin infections, treat acne and control excess oil production.
- Highly anti-inflammatory, it soothes and hydrates your skin.
- Neem boosts your collagen production, reduces scars, and promotes wound healing.
- The antioxidants and vitamin E in neem promote anti-aging by reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation.
- A great exfoliating agent, neem can help you with stubborn blackheads and whiteheads.
- Rice powder protects you from the sun thanks to compounds like ferulic acid and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) (also found in sunscreens). It helps exfoliation, reduces oiliness, promotes wound healing, and treats acne and hyperpigmentation.
Homemade Face scrubs
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Amla rice flour face scrub
- Add 1 tsp each of amla powder, rice flour, and curd.
- Mix and gently scrub the skin for 10 minutes
- Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse.
- Amla is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C.
- It prevents premature aging by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
- It aids in acne management, reduces scarring, and lightens hyperpigmentation.
- It boosts your collagen production and improves your skin elasticity.
Kiwi coffee face scrub
- Add half a kiwi, 1 tsp of each sugar, and coffee powder. Mash well.
- Gently scrub for 10 mins. Rinse.
- Kiwi prevents premature aging and degeneration of skin (caused by overexposure to the sun).
- It is also moisturizing for your skin and helps brighten it.
- It is also effective in preventing acne, reducing sebum, and minimizing pores.
Masoor dal face scrub
- Soak 1 tbsp of coarsely ground masoor dal (red lentil) powder in 2 tbsp of curd for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Gently scrub the skin for 10-15 mins.
- Leave on for 10 minutes and then wash.
- Kitchen essential, masoor dal or red lentil is used widely in homemade scrubs and masks.
- Masoor dal works as an exfoliating agent to remove dead skin cells.
- It is effective in managing blackheads and whiteheads.
- An effective bleaching agent, masoor dal also reduces hyperpigmentation and lightens scars and dark spots.
- It also enhances skin texture and gives it an even tone.
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Avocado honey face mask
- Add 2 tbsp each of mashed avocado and honey
- Mix well and apply to your face and neck
- Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes
- Rinse with warm water
- Avocados are rich in vitamins E and C. It is also packed with antioxidants and healthy fats that keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.
- Organic and good quality honey has antibacterial properties that purify, brighten, and lock moisture.
Besan haldi dahi face mask
- Add 1 tbsp besan (ground gram flour), ¼ tsp turmeric, and 1 tbsp A2 milk yogurt.
- Mix well and apply to your face.
- Once it dries, try to massage gently and remove dried peels. It may help remove unwanted facial hair.
- This face mask works like the ancient ubtan.
- A classic home remedy loved and advocated by most of our grandmothers and mothers, this face mask works for pimples, tan, hyperpigmentation, and dull and dry skin.
- Besan is a natural cleanser with alkalizing properties that helps maintain your skin’s pH.
- It gets rid of dirt and excess oil without letting your skin dry out.
- It reduces redness, soothes allergies, and improves skin texture and tone. It is also effective in treating open or clogged pores and reducing whiteheads.
- Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory and loaded with antioxidants. It helps you attain a natural glow, promotes wound healing, reduces acne scarring, and effectively works for various skin conditions and flare-ups.
- Curd is loaded with Vitamin D, protein, probiotics, lactic acid, alpha-hydroxy, and zinc. It works as a natural exfoliator and moisturizer. It improves elasticity, tightens pores, slows down aging, lightens dark spots, soothes sunburns, and evens your skin tone.
- Add 2 to 3 tbsp of hibiscus powder, 1 to 2 tbsp rice flour (1-2 tbsp) or gram flour (besan), 1 tbsp of yogurt, 1 tbsp of honey (1 tbsp), and 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel (optional).
- Mix well to make a face pack. Apply for 15 to 20 minutes
- Rinse with water.
(Do not keep it for longer as it can dry your skin out.)
- Hibiscus works as a natural alternative to botox.
- It is a natural antioxidant that reduces damage caused by free radicals on the face.
- It moisturizes your skin, tightens it up naturally, and strengthens the connective tissues that tend to become weaker with age.
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Guava leaf concoction
- Add 4 to 5 guava leaves to 2 cups of water.
- Boil until the water reduces to half. Cool and strain.
- You can also add 2 to 3 tbsp mashed avocado or 2 tbsp hibiscus powder (optional).
- Massage this concoction on your scalp and the length of your hair using your fingertips.
- Leave it for an hour or two. Rinse with lukewarm water.
- It is an excellent remedy to arrest hair fall and give dull and limp hair volume, bounce, and shine.
- Loaded with vitamins B and C, guava leaves promote collagen production and hair growth by nourishing your hair follicles.
- They are also rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties to keep your scalp clean and healthy.
- Lycopene in guava leaves protects your hair from harmful UVB rays.
- Ensure your hair is product-free when you use this concoction.
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DIY lip balm
Make your own lip balm. Photo Credits: Pixabay
- Melt 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp of each castor oil, and shea butter using the double boiler method. (Place the bowl in a pot partially filled with water and simmer on the gas top on low heat).
- Stir it occasionally.
- Once the oils have melted, remove the bowl from the heat.
- Now add 10 to 12 drops of essential oil (lemon/orange/lavender) of choice, 1 tbsp organic raw honey, and 1/4 tsp beetroot powder.
- Mix it well and pour it into small containers with a lid
- Let it sit in the fridge or leave it outside overnight.
- Once the mixture solidifies, use your DIY lip balm!
- Coconut oil helps repair and moisturize chapped lips.
- The ricinoleic acid in castor oil helps retain your natural moisture.
- Shea butter is a healing agent for dry lips, too.
- Honey works as an exfoliator and can protect cracked lips from infection.
- Essential oils have an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect that soothes the swelling of cracked lips.
- Beetroot powder gives the lips a light pink pigment.
Let us know how these tips and DIY scrubs, masks, and balm helped you. Drop a heart in the comment section if you loved these as much as we did.
Disclaimer: Please do a patch test to check if these suit you. In case of sensitivity or allergy, you will notice a rash/redness/itching on the area. If you have no symptoms, you are good to go.
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