8 Beauty Secrets To Steal From Your Grandma
Ever heard of that phrase "Old is Gold"? Yes, long ago we did not have the option to browse the internet for basic skin care and h...
1. Healthy Juices For Skin
I was a problematic child when it came to green vegetables at the dining table but thankfully I loved fruits, juices, and healthy smoothies. The combination of medium sized tomato, 1 carrot, 2 beets with honey, all blended smooth in a grinder or juicer and consuming it with the breakfast or empty stomach early in the morning would give you a flawless skin. I survived all my teenage life without a trace of a pimple and acne but ever since I stopped having this smoothie (along with the abuse of makeup products) the pimples and acne came in full form. It has been a year now that I had no breakout and a lot has been contributed by this healthy drink. Similarly, you can have fresh fruits and juices of your choice in the morning to keep your skin healthy and glowing from within.
2. Coconut & Fenugreek For Hair
Coconut and fenugreek is a terrific combination for the health of the hair. It is said that if you drop 2-3 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in a jar or bottle of 200-300ml of coconut oil and religiously apply twice a week before washing your hair, the tresses will be as smooth and healthy as it can be. Coconut oil nourishes and enriches the hair and prevents split ends while fenugreek seeds make the roots stronger, strengthen the hair, prevent breakage, encourage growth, add shine and gloss and also fight against scalp problems like dandruff.
3. Soapnut (Reetha) for Hair
Previously, there were hardly any branded shampoos available in the market and so our mothers and grandmother used soapnut (reetha) for cleansing the hair once a week. Reetha is an excellent, natural cleaner and washes the scalp of dirt, grime and oil instantly. It also prevents hair fall, dandruff and promotes hair growth. To use it on hair, just use this reetha liquid to wash hair. You can also boil the liquid down to a very thick concentrate if using it for hair.
4. Lemon, Honey & Coconut Oil As Cleanser
We might swear by our cleansing milk but in previous times, lemon, honey, and coconut oil were used as a cleanser. First, slice a lemon in half and pour 1 tablespoon of honey to it. Now, slather this onto the face in a circular motion for about 3-5 minutes. Now, simply let it get dry on its own. Once dried, apply coconut oil and massage for 1-2 minutes. Then, take a damp cloth and wipe off and you will have a cleansed and moisturized (non-greasy) skin. This also helps in removing sun tan instantly and brightens up the complexion.
5. Gram Flour (Besan) As Face Wash
Gram Flour helps the skin in various ways - from removing the sun tan, brightening up the skin, reducing oiliness, lightening pigmentation to cleansing skin and fighting breakouts. Thus, it is the easiest and cheapest way to cleanse the skin, just like face wash. It also has mild exfoliating properties that scrub off the dead cells without making the skin dry. Thus, use 2 tablespoons of Besan and make a paste of it with water. Apply this on the face and massage in circular motion. Keep it for 2-3 minutes and wash off.
6. Green Gram (Moong Dal) As Scrub
Moong dal or green gram is a remarkably wonderful face and body scrub. Simply make a paste of raw moong dal and apply it as a face and body scrub in a circular motion. Keep it for around for 15-20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. You will see how nourished and fresh your skin looks. Moong dal is rich in vitamins A and C that helps in giving a healthy glow to the skin. Also, it is packed with cell rejuvenating vitamins and enzymes that help to lock in moisture into the skin.
7. Ghee For Lips
While we splurged on lip balms and lip butter, our grandmothers used ghee to nourish and moisturize the lips and prevent them from getting dry. If you massage your dry lips with ghee for 5-6 minutes, you will see how hydrated and moisturized it feels. Also, it remains like that for several hours. With regular usage, you will also notice that it reduces your lip pigmentation to a large extent, giving you the perfect pink pout.
8. Glycerin For Hands & Feet
Long before the brands came up with hand and foot creams, our grandmothers taught us how to keep the hands soft, supple and nourished. Simply use glycerin along with rose water to keep the skin hydrated before sleeping and you would wake up with soft and hydrated hands. Similarly, for feet you can apply the glycerin directly (since it is thick it stays for a long time) which will nourish and moisturize your feet by the time you wake up in the morning.
Try out these amazing beauty secrets from your grandma and you will realize how wonderfully they all work!
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