Make home skin care products
This article is on home skin care and is the third of the series of articles. Skin needs care as it is the protective layer for the body. We should know that the complexion of one’s skin reflects the condition of the body. Maintaining a healthy skin using natural products is important. As the nature of a person varies, the nature of the skin also varies. The discussion is about the types of skin and the ways to maintain it. These practices can be followed at home with simple unprocessed ingredients, patience and dedication.
Every day we shower with soap and other synthetic products. They do provide cleansing effect and freshness, however, are they keeping skin healthy? Not really! This article provides information about home made scrubs, face packs, moisturizing agents, etc.
Some herbs are required to practice home skin care ideas; here are some of them.
• Sandalwood powder
• Nut grass (Cyperus rotundus)
• Triphala (Three Indian myrobalans)
• Sweet flag (Acorus clamaus)
• Lodh (Symplocos racemosus)
• Iron wood tree( Mesua ferrea)
• Dhub Grass (Bermuda, Bahama Grass) (Cynodon doctylon)
• Cuscus (Vetiveria zizanioides)
• Indian sarsaparilla or Lime silicate (Hemidismus indicus)
• Indian Gooseberry
• Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamamsi)
• Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
• Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
• False daisy or white Eclipta (Eclipta alba)
These herbs are available in the market and can be procured.
Type I SKIN: This type of skin is dry, furrowed, thick, poor sweating and cold in nature. It is also rough and some times scaly in nature. Most of the people who have this type of skin are malnourished because of oily food and vitamin deficiency. The persons with this type of skin, generally are irritable, have poor concentration, are depressed.
• Cleanse: Apply a paste made of powdered Fenugreek, Nut grass, Nutmeg, Spikenard and Aloe with either oil or water. If not all the ingredients are available, use as many as possible. Sesame oil mixed with fine powder of Nut grass could also be applied.
• Scrub: Make a paste of gram flour by combining any of the following: Fenugreek & Aloe, Nutmeg powder mixed with rose water or Turmeric powder with milk cream.
• Face pack: Use a paste made of Cumin seeds, Raisins or Fenugreek powder, Aloe and milk.
Type II SKIN: This type of skin is soft, thin, white, often light yellow shade, having more moles or liver spots, more sweating, smooth to touch, some times give bad odor and hairy. People with this type of skin are well built, have deep looks, easily angered, and independent.
• Cleanse: Apply powder made up of Triphala, Turmeric, Sweet flag, Lodh and Fenugreek. If all are not available take as many as possible. Warm Coconut oil mixed with Holy basil leaves.
• Scrub: Make a paste of Gram flour by combining of any of the following: Liquorice, False daisy or milk.
• Face pack: Use a paste made of Turmeric and sweet flag or Lodh, Fenugreek and Triphala or Indian sarsaparilla (Lime silicate), Holy Basil and Triphala.
Type III SKIN: This type of skin is soft, thick, white, less sweating, no odor, hard to touch, less hair, often develops self resolving patches. People with this type of skin are short, cool and calm, have smaller eyes, lethargic, reserved.
• Cleanse: Powder made up of Sandalwood, Indian Gooseberry, Spikenard and Cusus or paste made of powdered Holi basil, Chebulic myrobalan and Fenugreek or lukewarm mustard oil fortified with powder of Fenugreek seeds.
• Scrub: Make a paste of gram flour with mustard oil.
• Face pack: Paste made up of Sandal wood powder and Cuscus or paste made up of Indian Gooseberry and Spikenard or Fenugreek.
In general if above mentioned practices cannot be followed, here is a universal second option to follow. For face pack use Papaya, Green apple, Beetroot, Cucumber and fine Turmeric powder. For fine and shining skin use powders of Sandal wood, Cuscus, Lotus, Liquorice and Iron wood tree mixed with milk. Cleansing should always be done after massaging the skin with relevant oils.
I hope the above home skin care ideas are useful and helpful to all people. Start trying these solutions and see the benefits to the skin.
Also read on- Herbal skincare products
Dr. Deo is an expert Herbalist, a consultant and the author of this page.
All the information provided above and opinions expressed above should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. Any statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.