(By Florence Udoh)
Most chemical laden products available in the market are snatching away your skin’s natural radiance and glow. Some African women spend a lot of money on beauty products that only damage the skin. Tomatoes, lemons, gram flour and cucumber can make your face beautiful instantly. Get that glow back on your face with these natural beauty tips writes FLORENCE UDOH with an interview with a dermatologist at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr.Abiose Longe.
Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise Daily
The rule of thumb for flawless facial skin still remains a regular cleansing, toning and moisturising routine. When it comes to cleansing, rose water is the best cleansing agent. Take cotton wool, dab it with rose water and apply it on the face to feel fresh and clean immediately. Cleansing your face twice a day will prevent breakout of pimples. Always make it a point to follow your cleansing routine by toning. Tulsi water is a great nourishing toner and you can use it with a piece of cotton wool. Now, make a mixture of onion juice, multanimitti and honey. Use this as a natural moisturiser to bring back freshness and glow on your face.
Use lime juice as a scrub
Mix lime juice with sweet almond oil and sea salt. Use your fingers or a cotton wool and apply it on your face in a circular motion. This natural scrub will remove dead cells from your face, giving a radiant glow. Lime peel also aids in fading scars and pimple marks from the face.
Use besan (gram flour) to get rid of tan
To treat sunburns, you may apply a mixture of one spoon of besan (gram flour) and two tablespoons of curd on your face. Let it dry for half an hour and rinse off with cold water. This face mask is a great aid in making your skin clear, soft and glowing naturally. For sensitive skin, mix curd with this mixture and cleanse the sun-tanned skin with the paste.
Cucumber – A wonderful beauty aid
If you want a happy skin, then cucumber is the answer. You may improve your complexion by applying a paste of cucumber mixed with raw milk. It will take 15 minutes for cucumber juice to seep into your skin, then wash off with fresh water. It also helps in soothing and softening your skin.
Tomato – An antioxidant power blast
Tomatoes are great anti-oxidants. For wrinkle-free skin, mash two large tomatoes and apply evenly on your face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with cold water. To make a paste, use one-day-old curd and mix with a tomato pulp. Apply this face pack daily in the morning to reveal a brighter and sparkling fresh complexion.
Treat oily skin with tomatoes
Tomatoes are great for the skin as they have cooling and astringent properties. They are naturally acidic, so they help balance the skin and get rid of excessive oil. Evenly apply tomato pulp on your face. Let it dry for 15 minutes and wash your face with warm water.
Use cucumber and lemon for removing blemishes
To naturally remove blackheads and have a fairer skin, prepare a paste with equal amounts of cucumber juice and lemon juice. Apply this paste on your face and neck before taking bath. Let your skin absorb it for at least 10 minutes. With regular use, you will notice lesser blackheads and a fairer skin tone.
Natural face pack for dry skin
If you have dry and rough facial skin, prepare a paste of equal amount of mashed muskmelon, pumpkin, cucumber and watermelon. Blend the mixture with milk cream and apply it on your face. Leave the paste to dry for one hour and rinse it using plain water. It lifts away the dry skin, giving a fresh vibrant look to your skin.
How to close pores naturally
Cut an apple into thin slices. Place these on the face and leave for 15 minutes. These soak up the extra oil and help to close pores. You may even make paste of apple peel, honey, vinegar and a dash of multanimitti. Apply for 30 minutes and rinse off with rose water. Your skin will visibly tighten and will develop a healthy, radiant glow.
Pamper yourself with these basics
Water and good sleep are natural facial beauty enhancers.10 to 12 glasses of water per day and six to eight hours of sleep everyday is essential for your skin to revitalise and repair damaged tissues. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy, and remember to smile often and frown less. It will help in curing acne breakouts and other skin problems.
Restricting your consumption of oily and fatty foods, beside the use of the above mentioned beauty tips, would further ensure a naturally gorgeous complexion and spotless facial skin.