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4 Homemade Natural Facial Cleansers

There are 3 steps to get radiant skin, they are cleaning, toning and moisturizing..

So the first and most important step to get beautiful and radiant skin in cleaning. We normally wash our face with face wash or cleansers that we get in stores. However we are already exposing our skin to so much of pollution. This makes our skin rough and dull.. And then we use other chemicals to clean our face…

We can not avoid our exposure to pollution, but we can definitely avoid use of chemicals to clean our face. Here are 4 best and simple natural facial cleansers. I was using Cetaphil cleanser, but it contains petroleum so I started using following cleansers for my skin. These does not contain ingredients that are in Cetaphil, however are really effective and chemical free.

1. Yogurt and honey cleanser: This is the best cleanser for sensitive skin and you can store this in refrigerator for few days.Yogurt contains lactic acid which exfoliates skin without damaging skin. Honey has antiseptic properties and it smooths skin naturally.

 

Yogurt and honey cleanser

Yogurt and honey cleanser

Recipe: Mix 1 tablespoon yogurt  and 1 tspoon of honey. take small amount and massage gently on face. Then wash with warm water and pat dry with napkin. This will leave your skin soft and supple.

2. Bengal gram flour and milk: Bengal gram is used for skin care traditionally. This recipe is best for dry to normal skin. Just mix gram flour with milk to make paste and apply on face. You can also add turmeric powder, it will give nice glow to your skin. Massage gently and wash off. You can also add yogurt instead of milk to make paste.

Gram flour and milk cleanser

Gram flour and milk cleanser

3. Yogurt and lemon juice: As I said yogurt has lactic acid, and lemon has citric acid. Lemon is always used for cleansing purpose. Add 1 tspoon lemon juice to 1 tablespoon yogurt. Mix well and apply on face. Massage for 2-3 minutes and wash with warm water. This cleanser is best for oily skin.

Yogurt and Lemon Juice Cleanser

Yogurt and Lemon Juice Cleanser

4. Oil and honey cleanser: This is best for all skin types, even for sensitive skin. You can store this in bottle and use it anywhere anytime.

Recipe:

  • 2 tablespoon baby oil (I used johnson baby oil)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-2 tspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel

Mix everything in bowl and whip using blender. And your face cleanser is ready to use.Take small amount on your palm and massage on face for 2 minutes and then clean. Tap dry your face with napkin.

Oil Cleanser

Oil Cleanser

Benefits:  

  • This recipe has oil which moisturizes and cleans skin.
  • Honey has antibacterial properties
  • Baking powder exfoliates skin
  • and Aloe vera gel smooths skin.

Note: You can also use coconut oil or olive oil instead of baby oil.

 

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Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub

Last weekend I decided to take a break from my daily scheduled and went out with my family to one of the water park in Mumbai. The entire day was awesome, but the only problem we faced was HOT climate. As we visited the water park in summers, all my family members had suffered from bad TANNING and ITCHING problems including me. So to get rid of this problem I thought of making a body scrub to remove dead skin and tanning.

As name says it has lemon juice in it, which helps to reduce tan and brightens skin.

 

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Benefits of Ingredients:

  1. Lemon juice:
    1. Exfoliant:lemon juice is rich in alpha hydroxy acids that help exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells. Removing dead skin cells allows the pores to breathe, promotes new skin growth and helps maintain skin’s elasticity.
    2. Skin Brightener: Lemon juice can brighten and lighten the skin naturally.
    3. Fight wrinkles: Lemon juice used in combination with honey helps to reduce wrinkles.
    4. Cures acne
  2. Sugar: You can check benefits of sugar for skin here
  3. Honey:
    1. Keeps skin glowing
    2. Brightens and lightens skin
    3. Makes skin smoother and softer
  4. Olive oil : View benefits of olive oil in my previous post.

 

Recipe:

  1. 5 tablespoons sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons salt
  3. 1.5 tablespoons honey
  4. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  5. 1 tablespoons olive oil

Grind sugar and salt.

Add lemon juice and honey and mix well

Add olive oil and mix well

Your scrub is ready to use. 🙂

Note: If you want to use it later, store it in refrigerator.


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Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub

I was just looking for some homemade scrub recipe and I came across this simple and effective solution, homemade coffee sugar scrub (this one is my favourite scrub recipe).

This does not contain any harmful chemicals or preservatives.

All the ingredients are easily available have so many benefits for healthy skin.. This scrub is just awesome, it makes your skin smooth and supple.

Coffee Sugar Scrub

Coffee Sugar Scrub

 

Ingredients Benefits:

This scrub can be made by 5 simple ingredients, of which few are optional.

  1. Coffee:
    1. Fights Free Radicals: Pollution damages our skin and free radicals causes premature skin ageing. The antioxidants contained in caffeine can attack these free radicals and eliminate them. This will improve the overall look of your skin.
    2. Reduces Cellulite:Caffeine can dehydrate fatty cells. This results in the water disappearing from the surface of your skin. This minimizes the appearance of cellulite, thus providing you with a smoother skin.
    3. Tightens Skin: Another added benefit of caffeine is that its topical use can tighten fine lines and smooth puffy skin.
  2. Sugar:
    1. Softens Skin: The benefits of sugar for your skin is not limited to exfoliation. If you use a scrub of brown sugar and olive oil, is it very helpful in keeping the skin soft and supple. If you feel that crystals of sugar will be too harsh on your skin, then use powdered brown sugar mixed with olive oil to soften your skin. Olive oil has Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids that naturally moisturise the skin. Brown sugar removes dirt and unclogs the pores.
    2. Skin Oil Balance: One of the major benefits of sugar for your skin is that it maintains the oil balance. Sugar contains two important components, glycolic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid. These components help to maintain perfect oil balance in the skin. They will not allow your skin to become too dry or too oily. So all you are left with is a healthy and radiant glow.
    3. Protection Against Toxins: Sugar has a natural anti-ageing effect on the skin. Sugar scrubs cleanse your skin and do not allow toxins to attack your skin cells. This in the long run slows down the ageing process and helps to keep your skin youthful much beyond your years.
  3. Olive oil:
    1. Provides moisture: When massaged on skin, this oil provides moisture and makes skin soft and supple.
    2. Anti cancer properties: As i said earlier, olive oil contains omega -3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which nourishes skin and makes skin healthy.
  4. Coconut Oil:
    1. Moisturizing, Anti Aging and Antiviral Properties: Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer that is beneficial to restoring dry or flaking skin. Coconut oil also helps to delay the occurrence of wrinkles because it contains antioxidant Vitamin E, known to protect skin cells from damage over time. The Vitamin E found in coconut oil soothes eczema, sunburn and psoriasis, and its antiviral and antifungal benefits even help to treat bug bites. Coconut oil contains 3 fatty acids: capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid. Each of these acids kill candida, a common cause of fungal infection on your skin.

Recipe:

  1. 2 tablespoon coffee powder (don’t use one you get with chicory, use pure coffee)
  2. 2 tablespoon sugar
  3. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  5. 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

 

Note: Instead of 2 different oils you can use only one oil.

grind coffee and sugar together, put this mixture in bowl and add oils and honey. Mix well.

Your scrub is ready to use. You can store this scrub in a dry container for later use.