From Pakoras to Dahi Baray to Chola chaat to lemonade – these items are all staples in your average iftar. While we can debate how great all of these items are for your health, one thing’s for sure: some of these ingredients can be excellent for your skin as well.
While we’re stuck at home unable to go to the spa, why not try and give some of these ingredients a chance to do wonders on your skin?
Have a look at the below ingredients that are just a cupboard or a refrigerator away from you and can give you that flawless skin that you’ve been looking for.
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Besan is more than just a crucial ingredient for your yummy pakoras. It does wonders for your skin and hair! One of the crucial advantages of besan for your skin is that it acts as a natural de-tanner. Try a DIY mask of besan which includes yoghurt, turmeric (Haldi), and lemon, and you can get rid of the tan on your skin with time.
Besan is also amazing for your hair! Mix it in with olive oil for a good hair mask to restore shine and get long thick long hair.
Aside from having them in Chola chaat, you take all the advantage of the nutrients in chickpeas and make yourself an anti-ageing mask. Chickpeas are loaded with fibre and special substances like manganese that aid in the reduction of wrinkles. All you need to do is boil some chickpeas, mash them up and add enough water to make a paste, leave it on for 15 minutes and wash with tap water.
Yoghurt is one of the prominent names on this list. It is full of probiotics and helps combat the majority of skin problems. It, not only moisturizes, but also fights acne, prevents premature ageing, relieves sunburn, and reduces discolouration.
Just whip it up and slather it on to your skin. Combine it up with other ingredients such as honey, lemon, or rose water to attain the best results!
Secondly, yoghurt is amazing for your hair. Just infuse it with thick oil and let the mask get rid of dandruff, soothes itchy scalps, nourish hair, provide shine, and a lot more. You can mix it with egg to get that shiny hair as well.
Imli is not only lip-smacking but also is perfect for brightening up dull skin. You can make a natural scrub with the pulp of boiled Tamarind and adding in with salt (preferably pink or rock salt). Scrub away rough skin and let the vitamins C and B3 give your skin that boost of a healthy glow.
Don’t forget that Tamarind can be slightly harsh on your skincare if not used appropriately; don’t use it raw. Boil it to the pulp and then use that on your skin. The boiled tamarind water is also great for oily hair.
While this magic ingredient completes more than half of your iftar dishes, it is also a natural astringent.
Just slice up a lemon, add it in sugar for natural scrub and apply on your lips to remove the hyperpigmentation on them or mix lemon with honey to acquire the flawless skin. You can also mix lemon and milk and apply that on your face with a cotton ball.
Honey has antibacterial properties, which means it’s great for all skin types but a necessity for those with acne-prone skin. It does magic even alone and is commonly used as a base for many masks. Since it is a natural ingredient, you can trade-in your sleeping pack for it instead and wake up to fresh skin.
Oatmeal or porridge is an excellent alternative for the health-conscious during iftar, but it’s also miraculous for sensitive or irritated skin. It’s relatively simple if you have any porridge leftover, just slather it on your face. The texture of porridge is already perfect for a natural beauty mask. It is also great to counter redness and inflammation.
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