Some cultures just appear to have naturally amazing skin. Their faces never appear dull or overly shiny, but perfectly fresh; their bodies are always perfectly hydrated and free of dryness or painful itching; what, exactly, is it that makes some peoples more beautiful naturally than others? Well, depending on the culture and its locale, every group of people uses its very own DIY and natural products to keep themselves looking their best. The women of India are known for this – Indian women always have amazing skin. Here are their tips for keeping your own body looking its best, with natural ingredients only.
If you need to refresh and reinvigorate your skin, coconut oil should be your product of choice. The women of India use it on their scalp to increase circulation around the hair follicles, and all over their bodies in order to keep skin moisturized. Heat up a small dab of coconut oil, and rub it anywhere your skin feels dry; the oil will ensure you wake up in the morning with slick, smooth skin that’s itch-free.
You may know turmeric as a Chinese remedy for brightened, shining skin; it’s also a very popular skin care ingredient in India, too. Create a homemade skin paste out of turmeric, natural (sugar free) yogurt, and honey. Apply it to your face, or any other particularly needy patch of skin, for 15 minutes. Once you rinse it off and dry your skin, you’ll notice that it evens out any scars, marks, or signs of aging.
Tulsi is a plant, or herb, considered holy in the nation of India. Nicknamed “holy basil”, this leafy herb is considered a healer. Crush it up with a mortar and pestle, and add it to honey; rub this mixture on your face, and you’ll instantly infuse antioxidants into your skin. Once washed off, its effects linger as tulsi replenishes your skin cells, helps with moisture retention, and keeps healthy antioxidants in your skin.
Gram flour isn’t a product know to many beyond India – but it’s an incredible skincare secret. Also known as chickpea flour, this product is the perfect natural exfoliator. Grab a handful in the shower and rub into your wet skin, and you’ll find your skin refreshed and perfectly circulating once it’s rinsed off. It’s also an excellent acne cure, when combined with turmeric and lemon juice, as it helps eliminate excess oils.