Flawless skin just seems like it’s too much to ask for. Stay up one night and you come face to face with dark, under eye circles. If you have an upcoming party that you want to slay it, you’re sure to spy a zit. Despite being regular with your basic CTM routine, religious with your sunscreen application and diligent with the rest of your skincare routine, patchy, pigmented and acne-prone skin seems to have permanently parked itself in your life.
If you, like us, have tried everything under the cosmetic sun to get beautiful skin, maybe it’s time to turn around and take your mom’s and grannies nuskhas some serious consideration. Yes, we are talking about natural beauty tips. These have been around in India for years and our moms will swear that they are super effective.
But like most things in life, good skin takes time and is in no way an overnight miracle. Here are some brilliant natural beauty tips for face to get that glow you've always wanted...
- Chilled tea bags for puffy eyes
- Papaya Face Pack for exfoliation
- Orange and yogurt face pack for dull skin
- Olive oil for dry hair
- Bananas for a DIY facial
- Apple cider vinegar for breakouts
- Raw honey for blemishes
Chilled tea bags for puffy eyes
Do you see puffy eyes and dark circles from having danced the night away? Chill, we have an instant solution to this problem. Tea is filled to the brim with antioxidants and has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. This help reduces puffiness and treats under eye bags and dark circles with ease.
BB Pro Tip: Steep 2 green or black tea bags in hot water for less than a minute and then place it in the refrigerator to chill. Once chilled, place 1 bag over each closed eyelid and leave it on for 5 to 15 minutes.
Papaya Face Pack for exfoliation
A lot of exfoliators contain abrasive ingredients that tend to be harsh on your skin, leaving it damaged. Papaya contains papain, a natural enzyme and pineapple contain bromelain, both of which help to naturally exfoliate the skin to leave it smooth and soft. Unripe papayas contain higher amounts of papain, making them the most beneficial.
BB Pro Tip: Scoop out a ¼ cup raw papaya and blend it with 1 tablespoon fresh pineapple to make a smooth paste. Apply this to your face and keep it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water. If you have sensitive skin, we strongly recommend a patch test.
Orange and yogurt face pack for dull skin
Living in the city makes your skin look dull, tanned and pigmented. Oranges are the best to help combat this issue. The fruit is rich in vitamin C and works as a great skin tonic. Yoghurt plays a major role in giving your skin its lost glow. When mixed together they fight skin discolouration and other signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. Yoghurt also moisturises the skin effectively.
BB Pro Tip: Grind orange peel powder and mix this in the yoghurt to form a smooth paste. Apply this paste to your face and keep it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Olive oil for dry hair
Olive is not just great in your salads, it also contains great beauty powers. It is impossible to have a bad hair day with a bottle of olive oil in your kitty. Olive oil uses is an essential hair care ingredient, and is especially amazing if you have dry hair, thanks to its amazing hair conditioning properties.
BB Pro Tip: Warm a little olive oil in a bowl and work it into your hair and scalp using your fingertips. Wrap your hair in a warm towel for around 30 minutes and then shampoo as usual.
Bananas for a DIY facial
This little trick will ensure that you never have to go to the salon for a facial. Bananas are rich in potassium and give you an amazing an all-natural, moisture-rich face mask for salon-like facial results. Bananas help hydrate and moisturise dry skin, making it soft and supple.
BB Pro Tip: Mash one medium banana and mix it with ¼ cup plain yogurt, two tablespoons of honey. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.
Apple cider vinegar for breakouts
Toning your skin is an important step that you should never skip and what better way to do this than using the natural, apple cider vinegar. Using apple cider vinegar as a toner helps reduce and heal breakouts. It mattifies your skin by effectively combatting oil and shine.
BB Pro Tip: Min equal quantities of unfiltered apple cider vinegar with water. Saturate a cotton ball with this mixture and apply it over breakouts. Leave it for 10 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
Raw honey for blemishes
If you are struggling with acne and acne scars, honey is the natural solution that you’ve been looking for. It has anti-inflammatory qualities that prevent swelling and redness that come from acne. If your skin is becoming dry due to acne treatments, then honey helps preserve moisture in your skin can prevent peeling and dryness of the skin.
BB Pro Tip: Dab some raw honey on blemishes, let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Mar 25, 2019
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!