Friday 3 July 2015

Getting more beautiful with Turmeric

I have a sensitive skin. I think at least a thousand times before applying any makeup or using any cosmetic. I was living in the hostel for some months. It was my best friend’s engagement and I wanted to look special. We have been friends for more than 10 years and she was more like my sister than a friend. I was glowing from inside and wanted to glow from outside also. I shared my worry with my room mate. She like others told me about a number of cosmetics. Then I told her that if any cosmetic would irritate my skin I won’t be able to attend the function and it would be the worse nightmare of my life. Then she told me some natural ways. She introduced me to the wonderful benefits of Turmeric "Haldi". I thought turmeric is one of India’s most widely used spices. Not only it is used to add color and taste to our food but also as a cosmetic that was news to me. My room mate said "Turmeric has been used as a beauty product over the centuries. There are some properties of turmeric that one can use to cure several common problems and get a flawless skin. “I had facial hair and cracked heels. I was very worried. My room mate asked me to relax. She asked me to arrange for gram flour and coconut oil/castor oil and turmeric powder. All of these were easily available and it did not take too long to collect them. Then she told me these solutions.

Remove Facial hair
Take gram flour add it to turmeric as a facial scrub to inhibit hair growth.

For Cracked heels
For smooth heels apply a mixture of coconut oil/castor oil and turmeric powder on cracked heels 15 minutes before you are planning to take a bath.

She told me that Turmeric is an excellent exfoliating agent and can help defeat the signs of aging. Take besan (gram flour) and turmeric powder in equal proportions and prepare a paste by adding water. Alternately this paste can be prepared in raw milk or even yoghurt. Apply it evenly on the body and leave it till it dries off. Wash it off with lukewarm water and scrub your face gently in circular motion to defeat the signs of aging.

One can use turmeric in combination with other ingredients to manage the wrinkle woes.
Add raw milk and tomato juice to rice powder and turmeric powder. Apply the paste and let it stay until it dries. Lactic acid present in milk will help peel off the dead skin cells.
One can also add turmeric powder in buttermilk and sugarcane juice. This will work the best for dark circles and wrinkles.
Turmeric-honey paste can be applied on the face and neck to help exfoliate skin and keep a check on pores.

Turmeric works wonder for the acne scars also, dab a mixture of turmeric and plain water and leave it on the marks for 15 minutes.

To control oil secretion, prepare a paste of sandalwood powder and ground turmeric with orange juice. Leave the paste on the face for 10 minutes and rinse it with lukewarm water.
Mixture of besan (gram flour) and turmeric in yoghurt/raw milk/water can help women lighten the stretch marks.

In case you accidentally burn your skin you can turn to turmeric for quick relief owing to its antiseptic properties. Prepare a mixture of turmeric and Aloe Vera gel. Apply it on the burn and notice how it heals the wound in no time.

There are no words to thank my room mate for these wonderful beauty tips. No wonder in marriage rituals haldi ceremony is performed for a healthy and auspicious start.
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