Top 5 Organic Ingredients that you should include in your daily skincare routine
Organic Ingredients: Indian households and DIY skincare go hand in hand. My mother and I spent our Sundays rubbing ubtan on our skin followed by garam tail ki champi (hot oil hair maalish/massage).
Maa would chase me all day to oil my hair with this mixture of oils (coconut, almond, olive) and massage my skin with ubtan (a paste made with turmeric, besan, milk, saffron and sometimes aloe vera).
As a kid all I wanted was those fancy body washes and creams that smelled like candy and I would run miles away from my mother’s homemade skincare treatments. It’s only now when I realise the importance of all this and thank maa for keeping me away from those harmful chemicals.
Now, I was told that one should be able to eat their skincare and so as a curious teen I experimented with all kinds of organic ingredients for my skin, from rubbing orange peels on my face (to remove dirt) to using fresh aloe vera gel (to soothe the skin after it got sunburnt in this Delhi heat), I tried it all.
It took me years of trying and testing, multiple hits and misses to figure out what actually works. It’s very important to know that not all organic ingredients are good for your skin and that it takes time to gauge what works best for you.
Top 5 Organic Ingredients
Here are 5 organic ingredients that work like magic. These are tried and tested recipes and the ingredients are things which you’ll most probably have lying around at home (if not, they’re easily available).
- Aloe Vera: The aloe vera plant contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin. One can easily pluck out a leaf and extract the gel and apply directly to the skin. This gel can be used with multiple other ingredients to make healing pastes that help cure wounds too. You need to be careful with the amount being used though, too much can cause minor damage to the skin.
- Rose Water: Nothing better than homemade rosewater, it’s super simple to make and is a great toner and mist. You can easily make this at home, store it in the fridge and keep using it throughout the day. It soothes skin irritation, reduces skin redness, helps prevent and treats infections, contains antioxidants, heals cuts, scars, and burns, enhances mood, relieves headaches etc. The benefits are endless. Check out the recipe below to make rosewater at home ,this process helps save a lot of time and money and is the best for your skin.
- Cucumber: Eating cucumber has amazing benefits for your body but putting it directly on your face helps in multiple ways too. This fruit contains mainly water and is extremely hydrating. Cucumbers have a cooling effect on the body and are high in antioxidants. The peel of a cucumber contains Vitamin C and Vitamin K, which is vital to achieve healthy, glowing skin.
For best results, cut a few slices in the morning and put them under your eyes, this will help in clearing any puffiness, dark circles and acne.
- Malai: This is great for helping with sunburnt and damaged skin. It not only moisturises the skin but also acts as a natural exfoliator and helps in eliminating the dead skin cells. For best results, use this with besan and make a thick paste which can be applied as a mask. Wash it off after 10-15 mins and you’ll have the softest skin.
- Milk and saffron: A combination that’s been passed down for years and is known for its moisturising properties. For best results, mix a few strands of saffron in a spoon of milk, you could also add a pinch of turmeric powder to this mixture and massage it on the skin. Let it dry and rinse it with cold water. Your skin will be left feeling bouncy and will give it a youthful glow.
Maintaining a regular skin care routine is extremely important. These organic ingredients and recipes work beautifully on Indian skin. Incorporate these in your skincare routine and notice the difference. Keep yourself hydrated through the day, eat healthy and workout regularly.