Flavour of the month

Clear skin is do­ing the rounds this sea­son. Hit re­fresh by ex­fo­li­at­ing your face with a blend of th­ese nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. BRINDA GILL teaches you the tricks.

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I t’s the per­fect rainy day — a light driz­zle, an in­ter­est­ing book and a hot cup of cof­fee. As you lie back on the couch, you re­alise that it’s been quite a while you’ve treated that beau­ti­ful face to the goodness of na­ture. Want to do some­thing more in­ter­est­ing? Raid your kitchen shelf for some or­ganic in­gre­di­ents that are sure to make you glow. Bud­get­friendly and nat­u­ral, home­made face scrubs are what we’re talk­ing about. Go ahead, give it a shot!

COF­FEE AND GLYC­ER­INE

Whether it is a hot sum­mer af­ter­noon or a cold win­ter night, it is that creamy frappé or a steam­ing cap­puc­cino that en­er­gises you within mo­ments. Ever imag­ined what this mir­a­cle in­gre­di­ent would do to your skin? “Ground cof­fee is full of an­tiox­i­dants that work won­ders for the skin,” says Rahul Kale, Direc­tor, Iraya. Make your own blend by adding a few drops of glyc­er­ine, known for soft­en­ing the skin, to a ta­ble­spoon of cof­fee pow­der and mix in a bit of rose wa­ter. A key in­gre­di­ent in many skin prod­ucts, glyc­er­ine re­tains mois­ture and is most effective when blended or di­luted with other in­gre­di­ents such as rose wa­ter. The scrub may be gen­tly ap­plied on a clean, moist face, mas­saged with the fin­ger­tips with up­ward strokes, and then washed off thor­oughly.

Ex­pert speak

The cof­fee pow­der-glyc­er­ine-rose wa­ter scrub can be used on all skin types in dry weather. How­ever, dur­ing the mon­soons, it should be avoided on an oily skin. “The mild abra­sive tex­ture of cof­fee pow­der will scrub off any dull skin, leav­ing you with a glow­ing ap­pear­ance. The cof­fee will also act as an en­er­giser for tired skin and puffy eyes, giv­ing you a re­ju­ve­nated look, with a firm skin tex­ture,” adds Rahul.

Top tip

“A few drops of an es­sen­tial oil such as vanilla may be added to the scrub for a more calm­ing ef­fect,” says Rahul. He sug­gests us­ing fine cof­fee pow­der in­stead of large par­ti­cles as they may cause ir­ri­ta­tion. It is also rec­om­mended to use veg­etable glyc­er­ine as it is de­rived from plant sources and con­sists of es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins, in­stead of the syn­thetic glyc­er­ine that is de­rived from pe­tro­leum.

CORN AND LAVEN­DER OIL

A per­fect sim­ple treat on a rainy day is bhutta — a freshly roasted spicy corn-on-the-cob. Did you know that a hand­ful of th­ese corn ker­nels also make for a won­drous fa­cial scrub? “Yel­low corn is a rich source of vi­ta­min A that is vi­tal for the main­te­nance of healthy skin. It also has vi­ta­min C and ly­copene, which are po­ten­tial an­tiox­i­dants that pre­vent skin dam­age and in­crease the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen for a smooth skin,” elab­o­rates Rahul. Ow­ing to its high vi­ta­min E, min­eral and an­tiox­i­dant con­tent, the scrub can work won­ders in re­mov­ing fa­cial acne scars as well as boost­ing cell gen­er­a­tion. Mix a few drops of aro­matic laven­der oil and you have a re­lax­ing blend to cleanse and nour­ish your face. The scrub is best ap­plied on a clean, moist face and neck, left for five min­utes, gen­tly mas­saged with up­ward strokes and then washed off thor­oughly.

Ex­pert speak

“A blend of freshly ground corn and laven­der oil makes for a per­fect home­made scrub. Its mild non-abra­sive tex­ture will gen­tly re­move any dull skin. Laven­der oil is a cir­cu­la­tory stim­u­lant that im­proves the health of cells.,” elab­o­rates Rahul.

Top tip

The sooth­ing scrub can be ap­plied on all skin types and is most ben­e­fi­cial for acne blem­ished skin and ma­ture skin. A tea­spoon of olive oil can also be added to the scrub for ex­tra nour­ish­ment. Both th­ese scrubs must be freshly made and used im­me­di­ately.

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