Beauty Food: 5 Beauty products from your Kitchen

They say- we are what we eat. By that metrics, I feel I am "Haldiram Bhujia" and Aglio Olio pasta as these are the two things that I find myself eating almost all the time.

On a serious note, food plays a very vital role in our beauty regime. It not just satiates our palates but is a great source of beauty and skin care too. Often we hear a new product launched in the market with a goodness of olive, XYZ and some other natural ingredient. However good that may sound but at the end of the day they are primarily chemicals with added flavours and nothing beats using a natural ingredient directly. 

You do not have to go far or spend additional to look beautiful. Instead, you can pick some of the widely available items from your kitchen and use as and when required.

Ghee: Ghee in its purest form is a perfect emollient and very good for Indian skins. When we were kids, my maternal grandma used it for my winter chapped lips and skin. She would take the purest of cow milk's ghee and apply it on my lips, hands and elbows. I would wake up to smoother and brighter skin next morning.

A word of caution, you may avoid using white bed sheets/clothes when applied ghee on your skin.

Turmeric: It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which also doubles up as a great skin purifier and cleanser. In ancient times, people would take turmeric flower and fruit, and blend it into a soft paste, mix it with milk and Kesar [Saffron] and apply all over their face and body before taking the bath.s

It will help making your skin glow and its antiseptic properties will keep it away from infections and inflammation. If raw turmeric is too yellowish for your skin, then mix it Besan [Gram Flour], curd or milk and use it as whole body ubtan.

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Besan: Talking about the besan made from the yellow pulse is like taking another turn to childhood memories. Taking an ubtan bath made with besan was an unsaid ritual at my home. You can toss other natural ingredients in it like honey, Milk/Yoghurt, Sandal Powder, Saffron, Oats or just water. It is only going to cleanse and soothe your skin, naturally. 

If bathing with is difficult for you on an everyday basis, then you may try using it for face wash and see the difference.

Eggs: Ah! one of the common food for singles, bachelor and kids too. Eggs are high in Protein and do wonder for your Hair and Skin. When it comes to food, a lot of fat conscious people avoid eating egg yolks. However, when it comes to beauty, egg yolks are as desirable as egg whites, especially for your hair. The egg is a great hair conditioner. Take a raw egg, break it, mix it with little castor oil or 2 spoons of beer and apply all over your hair. Leave it for at least 2 hours before shampooing. If you have very dry hair, take only egg yolks, mix with desi honey and apply. if possible, do keep a hot towel turban to let it seep in. 

What will you do with the egg whites? Well, you can separate and make a healthy omelette out of it or use it on your face as a mask.

Salt: Yes, you heard it right. I said salt. A lot of people use Salt in boiling water to do pedicure or soak their feet at home. Apart from that, you can also use it to whiten your teeth naturally. Take the salt, mix it with Mustard oil and brush your teeth with it. Rinse it thoroughly with water and see the difference.

With these tips, I hope to have saved you quite some time and loads of money from going to that parlour. Oh no, I am not against going to Beauty Parlours but when you have so many quick and steady fixes at home and that too at the comfort of your kitchen, why would you spend your hard earned money on the so called brands and their pocket burning products that charge you a premium for mere label and advertising?

Do try these tips and let me know your feedback. Off course, do not forget to check for allergies [if any] against any of these ingredients.

Be Beautiful, stay Beautiful

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