Who would not like to flaunt a naturally glowing skin? To achieve such flawless skin, all you need is a handful of natural ingredients readily available to us. But, persistence is the key. It would be best if you made skin care part of your daily routine. Face packs keep the skin healthy; they not only deep cleanse your skin but also brings instant brightness to your skin. It unclogs the pores and helps in relaxing the skin. The signs of skin ageing, a concern for most people, can be slowed down using face packs.
Before using face packs, all you have to consider is that each one’s skin is different, and you should choose your ingredients for the face pack carefully. Not all ingredients give the same results for everyone. Also, while it is mentioned “face pack“, you pamper your neck too. No one would want their face glowing while their neck doesn’t.
Below are some face packs that you can use for a naturally glowing skin
Turmeric and Gram flour (Besan) face pack
As we all know, Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and skin brightening effect, while besan is an exfoliant. Mix turmeric and besan with milk/rosewater/curd and make a thick paste. Apply onto your face and neck. Wash off after 15-30 minutes.
Sandalwood and Honey
Sandalwood, with its cooling properties, soothes the skin, and honey, the humectant makes the skin soft and supple. This face pack is effective for acne and pimples. You can use this face pack once or twice a week.
Wild Turmeric face pack
Wild turmeric, or Kasturi manjal as it is commonly known, is light cream/brown in colour and gives a cooling sensation along with a radiant glow to your skin. You can try Shesha Ayurveda Musk Turmeric powder for authentic Kasturi manjal. Mix a little with water, make a paste. Apply onto your face and wash off after some time.
Turmeric face pack
Turmeric is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties and also as a skin illuminator. You can mix yellow turmeric with water/milk/curd and apply this paste to your face. As yellow turmeric causes staining, you can also mix it with gram flour/besan. Alternatively, one can use Shesha Ayurveda’s Yellow Kasturi manjal face pack; a blend of yellow turmeric, wild turmeric, orange, lemon, and Tulsi leaves increases the skin’s luminosity.
Honey and Lemon face pack
This face pack is an age-old face pack for glowing skin. Mix lemon juice with honey and make a mix. Apply it onto your face and wash it off after some time. This face pack not only illuminates the skin but also helps get rid of acne.
Betel leaf face pack
Betel leaf is highly beneficial not just for aiding in digestion but also for your skin. Betel leaf juice is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and is a natural remedy for melasma. You can either use betel leaf juice or grind the leaf into a paste and use it. This can be applied as such or mixed with Multani-mitti or honey or curd and used as a face pack.
Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) face pack
Multani mitti deep cleans and soothes the skin. The beneficial properties of Multani mitti are widely known. Mix multani mitti with rose water/milk/mogra water and apply the paste onto your face. Wash off after 15-30 mins. For authentic fullers earth or Multani mitti, try Shesha Ayurveda’s Multani mitti facial ubtan.
Papaya face pack
For an instant glow, try papaya face pack. The glow is due to the presence of papain in papaya, which eliminates the dullness of the skin and gives an instant glow. Mix mashed papaya, sandalwood powder and rosewater into a paste. Apply it onto your face and wash it off after a while. You can make this pack twice or thrice a week.
Moringa face pack
The new hype of the town. Even though the outside world knew about the effects of Moringa only recently, Ayurveda has emphasized it use even centuries back. A face pack with Moringa leaves powder, raw milk and honey. Make a paste, apply it onto your face, wash off after some time. This is a blemish blaster. Alternatively, you can also add mashed banana or avocados to create the face mask.
Saffron face pack
Saffron is best known from yesteryears to act against hyperpigmentation. It helps fade blemishes and improves skin health. Soak around 2-3 strands of saffron in a tablespoon of milk for 3 hours at the least. Dab this onto your clean face. Leave it as such for around 20-30 minutes and wash it off with cool water. If you wish to give more natural ingredients for your face pack, try Kumkumadi Suvarna ubtan from Shesha Ayurveda. It is a mix of all natural ingredients like pure saffron, organic lotus, hibiscus, rose petals, and other ingredients. Mix this with lukewarm water/ curd/ milk and apply to your face. Wash off with water.
Some thoughts to consider
Even though homemade and Ayurvedic face packs contain all natural ingredients, not all ingredients suit everyone. Do consider the following while using the same.
- Do not apply when your skin is burnt or has a cut or wound.
- People with sensitive skin must avoid using face packs containing citrus fruits.
- Even though these are natural ingredients, do not use most packs more than twice a week. This may do more harm than good.
- Always do a patch test before you introduce any new ingredient to your face pack.
Homemade or Ayurvedic face packs do not provide instant results like the ones available in the market. But it is a safe way to achieve luminous skin.
Disclaimer: Ingredients like lemon etc is not to be used on broken skin / sensitive skin. Patch test is a must.