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.
Make a clean start!
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.