Wheatgerm face mask shows good results when used for skin brightening and in improving skin texture by fighting the free radicals. Wheatgerm is the reproductive part of the wheat kernel that germinates and grows into a new plant. Wheat germ or wheatgerm has high nutrition count as it is the source of several essential nutrients, including vitamin E, folic acid, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, and magnesium, as well as essential fatty acids. Homemade face masks made with natural ingredients are better alternatives for expensive products.
Benefits of Wheatgerm for skin
Improves the texture of the skin eliminating the free radicals
Brightens the skin and makes it spotless
Heals dry and cracked skin
Has anti-aging properties
Reduces the appearance of acne scars
How To Use Wheatgerm in Face Mask
Wheatgerm can be used in powdered for or in form of oil. Both Wheatgerm powder and Wheatgerm oil are very effective on skin problems like scars, wrinkles, dry cracked skin etc.
Wheatgerm oil is extracted from wheat kernel and it is high in Vitamin E.
Homemade Wheatgerm Face Mask
Take raw wheat germ powder and water in equal parts.
Beat this mixture of wheat germ powder and water until the germ becomes soft and dilutes in water,
Add one tsp egg yolk .
Mix all the three ingredients till you get smooth mixture. Apply this mixture on the face.
Make sure the skin in covered evenly and completely. ‘
Let the mask sit for about 15-20 minutes. Remove the mask using a sponge soaked in lukewarm water.
Once the face mask is completely removed rinse your face with fresh cool water.
Use only raw wheat germ for this homemade face pack.
Wheat Germ Face Mask For Dry Skin
Take 1 tablespoon of Wheatgerm powder.
Mix it with 1/2 tsp of raw honey
Mix well to form a thick paste.
Apply it on the face and keep it for 10-15 minutes, then wash it off.
Using Raw honey in this face mask will show better results.
Wheatgerm Oil and Carrot Face Mask
Take 2 inch piece of fresh Carrot
Crush the Carrot to make a fine paste
Add 1 tsp of Wheatgerm oil
Mix Well and apply it all over the face, protecting your eyes.
Keep for 15-20 minutes and rinse off, you will discover a bright, fresh and glowing skin after washing your face.
Brightening Wheat Germ Oil Face Mask
Take 1 tsp of Shea Butter
1 tsp of Aloevera juice
1/4th tsp of Jojoba Oil
1/4th tsp of Wheatgerm Oil
- Apply a thin and even layer of the mask on the face.
- Check for sensitivity of your skin if you skin doesn’t show any allergy, itchiness and redness.
- Leave the mask on for 5 – 15 minutes.
- Rinse it off with normal water.
- Avoid direct contact with the eyes.
- Keep out of reach of children.
Packed with several vitamins and minerals, wheatgerm can prove to be a revolutionary ingredient in beauty and skin care products.
It is everyone’s desire to look and feel beautiful. Although the meaning of being beautiful is a matter of personal perception. Some believe in the inner beauty i.e beauty of soul and many believe in the external beauty. I feel you need both where inner beauty gives you a peaceful self the outer beauty gives you the confidence to survive and thrive in the modern world. The market today is flooding with beauty products that are labelled vividly. With increase in awareness about excessive use of chemicals and their side effects words like herbal, Ayurvedic, Paraben free, sulphate free, Natural Extracts, Organic and nonetheless Homemade is what people are attracted to. If these words really intrigues you then you must certainly try to make your own beauty products. Instead of getting yourself a storeboug ht homemade beauty products why not make your beauty products at home.
Homemade Beauty Products To Substitute The Store Bought Ones:
Natural Blackhead Remover
Blackheads is a tiny plug made due to accumulation of excess sebum in the hair follicle. It oxidizes and turns black/ dark in color. Blackheads are easy to remove and they can be removed with simple home remedies. While it is easy to remove blackheads at home you do need to be careful that you don’t damage your skin. To ward off blackheads you can either use a scrub or a peel of mask. Best ingredients to use in your Blackhead remover scrub are Honey, Oatmeal, Clay, Papaya
like consistency and then apply on your face. You can also combine cinnamon with honey to form a paste. Other options include cooked oatmeal, lemon juice, honey, turmeric and egg whites. Rinse your face after about fifteen minutes of application. Repeat use once or twice a week to remove debris from pores.
You can also make use of charcoal masks or take charcoal tablets to trap toxins in the body and reduce the risk of subsequent blackheads.
Face Pack For Glowing Skin
Face pack for glowing skin will help improve uneven skin tone and make your skin glow. There are different kinds of face packs, some of which include:
Gram flour + Turmeric Powder + Cow’s milk Raw
Papaya + Bentonite Clay + AloeVera gel + Almond Meal + Rosewater
Tomato Pulp+ Chiksa Powder
Masoora Dal (Orange Lentil) powder + Orange Peel powder + Turmeric + Honey + Rosewater
Mashed Banana + Honey + Curd
Choose a pack considering your skin type, allergies etc . Mix the ingredients and form a paste, apply it on your face and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Natural Teeth Whitener
Apart from brushing after eating, there are other natural ways you can use to whiten your teeth, some of which include:
Activated Organic Charcoal Powder + Cinnamon Powder
Coconut oil pulling
Activated charcoal tablet
Lemon or orange peels
Apple cider vinegar
Strawberries and healthy foods
Natural teeth whitening can be tricky as there are not many trustworthy commonly known remedies. Most popular remedies for natural teeth whitening mostly involve Baking Soda, and internet is flooding with articles teaching you how to use baking soda for teeth whitening, but excessive use of baking soda may lead to enamel damage.
Homemade Natural Perfume
Homemade perfume may come as a surprise as it is not very popular among the DIY buffs. But it is possible to make your own perfume at home all thanks to the essentials oils. The trick that works is to make effective use of essential oils. The basic ingredients for a simple yet fragrant homemade perfume will require glycerin, essential oil and filtered water, ingredients are required you to be mixed in adequate quantities and transferred to a spray bottle.
Try out the Homemade Woodland perfume Using Essential Oils
Things You Will Need
Organic Fir Needle essential oil, two drops
Organic Cedarwood essential oil, two drops
Organic Vetiver essential oil, one drop
Organic Bergamot essential oil, one drop
Organic jojoba oil (Carrier Oil) 1/4 Cup
Simply drip all the essential oils into a bottle, mix, and then add the jojoba oil and mix again. You can adjust the measurements to suit your need. Apply this perfume behind your ear, a drop on your neck using a cotton bud.
Charcoal Face Cleanser
Charcoal face cleansers will help pull out impurities on the face naturally. Many face cleaners out there contain harsh chemicals that can damage your skin in the long run. However, with a charcoal face cleanser, you can worry less about that. Activated charcoal is made from carbon-infused with oxygen, and it helps to tighten the pores and smoothen the skin. It also eliminates harmful effects and irritations on the skin.
Homemade Charcoal Cleansing Face Mask
Things You Need
Orange Peel Powder 1 tsp
Sandal Wood Powder 1/2 tsp
Fuller’s Earth 1 tbsp
Aloe Vera Powder 1/2 tsp
Charcoal Tablets 2
Method : Mix all the ingredients and transfer to an air tight container. Keep it away from moisture to increase shelf life of the product.
How To Use
Take 1 tsp of the face mask and mix with clean water to form a paste. Apply a thin layer of the paste all over your face and neck. Allow it to dry and then rinse it off.
Now is the time to substitute your beauty products for daily use with organic products, to reduce your risk of potential side effects. The above homemade examples are just a few ways to get started. The all natural and holistic lifestyle is a long and pleasant journey. Start by making simple products like homemade face mask and Homemade Ubtans, once you get your hands on it you may start getting fancier and try your hands on Homemade Scrubs and Shampoos.
Activated Charcoal is known for its detoxifying properties, it is capable of attracting all the impurities and toxins towards it. This is why it has made a place for itself in the beauty products industry. It is however important to understand that activated charcoal does interfere with the absorption of anything that comes to its contact, and that includes medicines too. If you are on medication for any medical condition you must consult your medical practitioner before using Activated Charcoal, be it internally or externally.
Disclaimer : Recipes shared here are purely for information purpose only.This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease, please consult an expert before use.
Among the various hair problems that one faces, danduff is the most embarrassing one. White flakes falling off from the scalp are often spotted on victim’s shoulders. There are several factors can be held responsible for causing Dandruff. Stress, residues of cosmetic hair products, excessively dry skin etc. are a few to name.
How to Deal With Dandruff Naturally
When you find yourself suffering from dandruff, you must immediately become proactive and start taking measures that will stop the worsening of the condition.
- Wash your hair regularly (or more frequently)
- Start oiling your hair if you are not doing it
- Check your daily routine, sleep timely and sufficiently
- Avoid Stress
- Prepare this anti-dandruff hair pack and start using it right away
If the cause of dandfruff is only on the scalp like dryness of skin and poor scalp hygine, it can be treated with herbal remedies, but if the dandruff is occuring as a result of some underlying skin condition like eczema or Psoriasis, treating the causative factor is the ideal mode of treatement.
Herbal and Natural Remedies for Dandruff Treatment
The natural remedies usually involve the use of following
Herbal / Ayurvedic Hair Oils
Herbal Hair Packs
Natural Hair wash Powders
How To Make Herbal Anti-dandruff Hair Pack Powder
Bhringraj Powder – 100 gms
Neem Leaves Powder – 30 gms
Amla Powder – 50 gms
Hibiscus Flowers 4-5, if you dont have fresh Hibiscus flower petal you can also use Hibiscus powder but it should be pure.
If you are using all the ingredients in powdered form you can just mix everything together and store in an airtight jar. Keep this away from moisture.
For using fresh Hibiscus flowers you can grind the petals in a mortar and pestle and add it into the hair pack right before the application.
Benefits of Using This Homemade Anti-dandruff Hair Pack
Bhringraja: Eclipta Alba as it is Botanically referred, is called False Daisy in English and Bhringaraja in Sanskrit. It has been used in various Ayurvedic formulations that used in a treating a wide range of hair related problems like Hair loss, thinning of hair and dandruff. Bhrigraja is also used in treating severe hair conditions like Alopecia.
Neem Leaves : While Neem bark is an excellent remedy for Acne, Neem Leaves on the other hand have proven microbial properties that helps in getting rid of dandruff.
Amla : This indeed is a wonderberry, Indian Gooseberry as it is called in English and Amalaki in Sanskrit is extensively used in Ayurveda for curing a variety of Diseases. It is the richest source of Vitamin C and also a good source of Vitamin A. It is also a vital ingredient in several Ayurvedic Keshkalps. Amla is one of the three ingredients in Triphala. Amla fruit is dried and ground to fine powder (traditionally pounded) and is then incororated in Hair Oils, Hair masks and Natural shampoos. It is used for preventing premature greying of hair and as an anti dandruff ingredient in hair products.
Hibiscus Flowers have properties that are effective in dealing with dandruff and dryness of scalp.
Try this simple hair pack if you are combating dandruff, if you are allergic to any ingredient used in this herbal powder just avoid the ingredients.
India is a country that boasts on its rituals, culture, traditions and customs. We have a rich cultural and traditional heritage in almost all the aspects of human life, beauty being one of it. We love ubtans and oils, all homemade running down from generations and passed on to the genext. Be it Haldi ceremony during wedding when we apply Haldi Ubtan for bride and groom, or Abhayang Snan done one day before the grand festival Diwali, on the day of Narakchaturdashi, we cherish our traditions. Ayurvedic herbal bath powder, ubtan and homemade oils were the daily requirements in Royal India but today its glory is fading, the major reason being the shortage of time in our daily schedules.
Homemade Ubtans, Oils, Keshkalps (Hair packs) and bath powders are prepared and used in Indian homes since time immemorial, although the busy and competitive life of present day has changed the scenario and such things have now been reserved only for festivities and ceremonies yet the rituals are still alive and celebrated time and again with full zest.
Homemade Indian Herbal Bath Powder (Utne / Ubtan)
This recipe may resemble the “Sugandhi Utane“, the herbal Bath Powder applied before Abhayang Snan, but I do not claim it to be authentic, I am still searching for the authentic recipe and once I succeed in finding the traditional Sugandhi Utane (Ubtan) recipe, I will post it here. For now this recipe is given by an acquaintance, its an amazing bath powder that is nothing less than a treat for the skin.
“Utane” as its called in marathi or “Ubtan” in Hindi is a combination of herbs and spices that cleanses and nourishes the skin leaving it radiant and smooth. It is mixed with fragrant oils,rose water or milk and applied all over the body. You do not need any soap with this, the herbal bath powder is just enough to clean and enrich your skin.
Red Lentil Flour (Moong Dal powder / ata) 250gms
Sandal Wood Powder (Chandan Powder) 25 gms
Turmeric Powder (Ambe Haldi Powder) 5 gms
Camphor (Kaphoor ) 5 gms
Manjishtha Powder 25 gms
Orange Peel Powder 100 gms
Rose Petals Crushed 1 tbsp
Khas (Vetiver) 10 gms
How To Prepare
Mix all the ingredients and store in an airtight jar.
To use this fragrant bath powder, mix the ubtan with water or Rose water and apply all over the body, leaving the parts where the skin is too delicate and sensitive.
Gently scrub this ubtan on the skin, this will exfoliate and clean the skin. Rinse off with warm water. Now massage your skin with an aromatic / fragrant herbal oil. Use a natural soap for bathing, this will help removing the oil. If you are not going in for the oil massage, soap is not required while bathing as the Bath Powder works well all by itself.
Benefits Of Using Natural Homemade Herbal Bath Powder – Ubtan on Skin
Masoor dal is known for its skin brightening properties, Camphor and Vetiver adds fragrance and soothing effect. Vetiver also helps is reducing the appearance of dark spots and will also deals acne due to its antiseptic properties. Rose petals makes the bestows glow to the skin, Orange Peel powder removes spots and provides even tone to the skin.
The biggest plus point of using a bath powder is that it does not strip off the natural oils from your skin, thus leaving it supple.
Overall this herbal bath powder is quite therapeautic for the skin as well as the mind. The fragnaces removes negativity and relaxes the mind, and the other ingredients provides deep pore cleansing and exfoliation to the skin leaving it smooth, glossy and fresh.
If all the ingredients of this bath powder are not available to you, try the Masoor dal Ubtan it simple and has less ingredients, but an effective brightening mask.
Tired and disappointed with the in-effectiveness, overpricing, toxic load and side effects of commercial facial scrubs more and more people are now finding their new alternatives that beats all the cons of a commercially formulated face scrub. The present era is witnessing returning to the roots approach of people, which is very well apparent in the world of beauty products too, and this is what gives me a valid reason and a strong encouragement to write this post where in I will be discussing the basics of making homemade face scrubs with the exfoliants available in the kitchen.
Face scrubs, whether natural, herbal or cosmetic are used to exfoliate the skin using a technique called scrubbing, i.e gently massaging the scrub on the skin. By doing this we aim to ward off the dead cells from the surface of the skin and cleaning the clogged pores, allowing the skin to breathe. The scrub not only removes the dead cells but also helps the nourishment (present in the scrub itself eg. vitamin E oil) seep into the skin through the pores.
In the quest of making your own face scrub at home, you will be using the wonder ingredients present in your kitchen itself, all the ingredients used in the homemade face scrubs are purely natural and you do not need to make any extra effort in procuring them. And let me assure you that natural scrubs, even face packs for that matter are no less in terms of effectiveness, they will give you a natural spa experience and a soothing aroma that is your best choice.
Why Make Homemade face scrubs
when I have plenty of them readily available
The biggest plus point that makes homemade scrubs a winner is that it is NATURAL, it does not contain any unnatural, synthetic, and chemical ingredients that impose danger to your skin and even expose your skin to toxins after each use. Talking about the effectiveness, yes the homemade scrubs are excellent they work amazingly on the rough skin, leaving it clean and soft, dead cells free and well exfoliated.
Convinced ! Now How To Do It ?
The process of making a natural scrub begins with choosing your ingredients, the ingredients will usually depend on factors like the purpose of making the scrub, the availability of ingredients and your personal choice (considering the allergies too) and even your skin type. Once you have all the ingredients you will require other tools like mixing bowl, spatula or a spoon and a jar to store the batch. Now that you are fully armed you are all set to get your hands dirty.
The Basic Formula for Making Homemade Face Scrub Naturally At
1 part of Exfoliant
1/2 part of the Carrier Liquid
Add Ins to Jazz it up
The Exfoliant sloughs away the dead cells and clears up the pores by removing the clogged dirt and oil the aiding in prevention of breakouts.
Some Best Natural Exfoliants For DIY Scrubs Are
- Sugar : This is one of the most common exfoliant used in diy scrub recipes, other being the Salt. Use pure cane sugar to make your scrub.
- Salt : Salt seconds Sugar, sea salt is gaining popularity both in kitchen and in skin care products, they are used in a variety of bath salts, scrubs and exfoliators. They help retain moisture and provide smoothness to the skin. Much care should be taken while choosing the Sea salt for using it in a scrub. The salt crystals should have smooth edges, as sharp edges may scratch the skin, smooth crystals will gently slough off the dead cells without hurting the skin. If used harshly, Sea salt may cause stinging.
- Coffee : Coffee can help you in your battle against cellulite, it also helps to reduce water retention. A simple coffee and Honey scrub can help you fade out the stretch marks. Coffee is believe to reduce the appearance of cellulite thus it is among the most popular ingredients for making face and body scrubs and even several other spa treatments.
- Oatmeal : Oatmeal is probably the gentlest exfoliant and thus it ir perfect for sensitive skin. It has anti inflammatory properties and it can help to deal with the symptoms of aging.
- Baking Soda : This wonder ingredient has numerous benefits for skin, it is an excellent cleanser, it makes a perfect natural deodorant, can be used a anti-fungal foot soak to get rid of foot odor and is used as a scrub too. It is very good for combating oiliness of skin, it will maintain the pH level of skin and absorb the excess oil.
The Liquids (The Carriers)
- Honey : This ingredient is widely known as an alternate sweetener but you will be surprised to know the benefits of honey for skin and hair. It is a natural antibacterial ingredients thus can help in preventing breakouts, honey is full of antioxidants thus it promotes cell renewal and slows down aging of the skin.
- Carrier Oils : There is a wide variety of oils to choose from, it depends on your personal choice. Some commonly used oils to make face scrub are sweet almond oil, sesame oil and olive oil.
- Milk : We all know that milk has the ability to cleanse the skin ( as we have been using cleansing milk since forever ), but very few know that the Lactic acid present in the milk can easily remove dead cells from the skin. It is a perfect solution for bringing dull n dry skin back to life. The milk based scrubs should be made on for immediate use as you cannot store these scrubs
The Enriching Add Ins
Essential Oils : Essential oils are the highly concentrated, aromatic essences of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, resins and flowers. Some popular essential oils are Lavender, Rose, Tea Tree, Vanilla and the list goes on.
Cocoa : You can add melted chocolate or cocoa powder to jazz up your scrub.
Citrus juices and zest
Citrus fruits are rich source of Vitamin C, You can add few drops of lemon, lime, orange , Grapefruit juice or even the zest from the rind (peel).
To give a splash of fruity freshness to your DIY face scrub, add the pulp of seasonal tropical fruits like Mango, Papaya, Guava, Kiwi etc. etc. etc.
How to Make Homemade Facial Scrub
One you have chosen your combination of ingredients you just need mix the ingredient in a bowl and transfer it to the jar to sit in the shelf until you use it. Some points to keep in mind while putting up a homemade face scrub are
- Always use correct quantity to achieve the right consistency as we neither want our scrub to be too runny nor should it be too thick as it gets difficult to smear and scrub on face
- Choose right for your type okayyy I know it sounds like a spin off of Eat Right for Your Type , excuse me for that but this is the rule, you must know your skin type and choose the ingredients accordingly
- Avoid everything that can cause allergy
- Use clean containers to store the scrub as dirt and germs may cause the scrub go rancid soon
- If you are living in countries where the weather is usually hot, consider storing the scrub in a refrigerator.
How to Use Homemade Face Scrub
Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser to remove the dirt from the top layer of the skin
Take a small amount of your scrub in your fingers and smear on a segment of face eg. chin or forehead
Always work the scrub in upward – outward circular motion
Be very gentle while scrubbing, do not apply pressure and the dead cells will be removed by the granules and not by strength
Use the scrub not more than twice a week
Observe the effect of scrubbing on your face, if you feel your skin is not happy with it drop the regime
5 Everyday Homemade Face Exfoliator Recipes
Lemon Sugar Honey scrub
Coffee vanilla Scrub
Oatmeal walnut Olive oil scrub
Take equal quantities of oatmeal and walnut powder (ground walnut), add Olive oil till you get the desired consistency of a scrub and mix well. Let it rest for 2 hours to allow the ingredients amalgamate well. To make it more enriching add few drops of Vitamin E Oil.
Sea Salt + Lavender scrub
Sugar Milk and Honey scrub
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