Simple and Instant Homemade Flour Based Face Packs for Flawless Skin

“What is the secret of your glowing skin”, asked her friend. Joey replied that there is no secret. But this made Joey think about her routine and what is that that is making her skin glow. She never gets a facial done in the salon, not applies cosmetics or skin whitening creams, seldom uses a face wash and does not understand the reason people use bleach on their face. And suddenly it dawned upon her that that was the secret of her glowing skin. She followed her mother’s grandma’s advice. Yes, she was alive till Joey was about 16 years. Her great grandmother never used cosmetics or even soap in her entire lifespan. She was healthy, beautiful and fun all her life.

With the changing lifestyle, people around the world have got so much exposure. And this exposure is troubling to their health and skin. The moment someone says that I got ‘x-y-zee’ skin treatment or facial done, it gets added to the list of the one who is listening. Friends, it does not matter if your feet are not pedicured or you have not got a hair spa. Go straight to the kitchen and treat your feet with something better than chemicals at the salon. Ah! I am deviating from the topic. Today, I will let you know the benefits of the humble flour in your kitchen. We use different types of flour in our cuisine and this very flour can also become a beauty ingredient. Let’s begin the unraveling.

1. Wheat Flour

You have been using the wheat flour almost daily to churn out the best bread for your lunch and dinner. But do you know that wheat flour is an awesome ingredient for your tan-removal face pack as well? It also helps remove oil and contributes to skin whitening. This is because wheat flour is rich in selenium, vitamin E, zinc and fiber. While selenium is an anti-ageing agent, fiber helps remove toxins from the skin.

To remove tan, apply a thin paste of wheat flour and water on your face, scrub it when it dries and washes it off. For oily skin, make a paste of wheat flour, warm milk, rose water and honey. Apply this paste and wash it off when it dries. For an even tone, make a paste out of wheat flour and milk cream. Apply this and rinse it off with lukewarm water after 15 minutes. Wheat flour does wonders on both consumption and application. Make your skin glow by adding fiber-rich wheat flour to your dishes and face packs.

2. Gram Flour

This is my favourite facial flour. I have been using it since I was a teenager. This flour has so many benefits that it will become difficult to list them all over here. You can even chuck soap and wash your face daily with plain gram flour. This flour helps fight acne, aids in tan-removal and moisturizes the skin. To cure acne, use gram flour with honey.

For tan removal, use it with lemon juice, turmeric powder and yogurt. For exfoliation, mix gram flour with rice flour and almond powder. Apply on your skin and scrub it after some time. For skin toning, use gram flour with rose water. For moisturizing the skin, a mixture of gram flour and olive oil works best while for removing fine facial hair, use gram flour with yogurt and turmeric powder. Let the pack dry on your skin and then lightly scrub it and wash it off. Gram flour is quite versatile both in the kitchen and in your beauty treatment. Several dishes come out well by addition of gram flour. Similarly, your skin will get a fresh makeover by using this flour regularly.

3. Millet Flour

Slightly coarse in texture, Millet flour is excellent as a scrub for the face. To use a scrub, mix around two spoons of this flour with three teaspoons of milk. Form an even paste and let it rest for about thirty minutes. Soaked flour is better for use. You can even add fresh yogurt in this mix. Apply on your face. Leave it for some time and scrub lightly. Wash with lukewarm water. You will notice a fresh and radiant skin with this application. There are different types of millet available in the market. While here I have mentioned about red millet flour, you can use the one that is available in your household.

4. Rice Flour

An excellent ingredient for your facial scrub, rice flour is an anti-ageing agent as well. When teamed up with other ingredients, rice flour facials keep skin smooth, silky and glowing. Rice flour helps remove dead skin cells and purifies the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. For exfoliation, mix rice flour with gram flour, some granules of sugar, honey and half a teaspoon of coconut oil. The consistency of this pack is quite thick as it is a scrub. It can be used for the entire body. To get a natural glow on the skin, blend rice powder with orange slices, apple pieces and cherries. Add some chilled yogurt to this paste. Apply it on your skin and leave it for around half an hour and rinse. To remove tan, use rice flour with cold milk and chocolate powder. Apply this paste and let it rest for twenty minutes before washing it off.

5. Corn Flour

You might be thinking that this lady has gone crazy going by the number of flour she is listing for beauty. But I promise you that the flours that sit in your kitchen to be prepared into something edible can also be used for your beauty. Now, I would list the benefits of corn flour for your skin. That corn flour helps absorb moisture in the recipes is a known fact. But you might not know that corn flour also helps absorb excess oil secretion on your skin as well. The texture of corn flour is such that it is an excellent cleansing agent if used accurately. Using corn flour in your face pack will help you in keeping your skin blemish-free and naturally glowing. Corn flour even helps in making your skin healthy and smooth as well. The reason corn flour works is that it is brimming with antioxidants, the much-required thing for skin. These antioxidants prevent ageing by fighting off free radicals. Presence of vitamin A firms up the skin whereas vitamin C heals the skin naturally.

To remove tan, mix corn flour with yogurt and honey. Let it rest for about 15 minutes after application. And then wash it off with lukewarm water. Do not forget to moisturize your skin post this. To remove blackheads effectively, mix a tablespoon of cornflour with 2 teaspoons of vinegar. To lighten the skin tone, mix corn flour with lemon juice and turmeric powder. By using this pack just once a week regularly you will get the results. Mix cornflour with rice flour and milk and honey for blemish-free skin. For a natural glow on the face, prepare an apt face mask using corn flour, baking soda, rose water and honey. To rejuvenate your skin, add coffee powder, oatmeal and a few drops of coconut oil to corn flour mask. Corn flour is very interesting flour. It is added to so many recipes and a range of different masks can be prepared with it. Next time, if you face any skin problem, make sure you first think about corn flour and how it can be used to make your skin healthy.

6. Arrowroot Flour

You must have heard about arrowroot flour or arrowroot powder. It is a thickening powder used in foods. A healthier option to corn flour, arrowroot powder is gradually gaining popularity. The flour is finer in texture as compared to corn flour and hence, is most suitable for beauty applications. It helps absorb excess oils secreted by the skin. The beauty of this ingredient is that just a little amount of it is enough.

To cure acne, mix a teaspoon of arrowroot powder with a tablespoon of honey and around 3 drops of lavender oil. Mix well and apply to clean skin. Let it rest for up to ten minutes and wash it off. To soothe your itching skin, prepare a mask out of a cup of oatmeal, a tablespoon of arrowroot powder and 6 cups of cooled chamomile tea or plain water. Let this mixture rest for some while before using. This pack is quite soothing for rashes, especially in children. To prepare a toner, take a cup of cooled chamomile tea and add three drops of tea tree oil with one-fourth cup of aloe vera gel and half a teaspoon of arrowroot powder. If aloe Vera gel is not available, replace it with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This mixture can be stored in a bottle. Shake it well before use. To use, just spray it on your face. Isn’t arrowroot flour great? It is actually a must for your kitchen and beauty.

Also read: 15 Skin of Fruits and Vegetables to Apply for a Glowing Skin

Why use household ingredients for skin?

In all my posts, I have been advocating the use of ingredients readily available at home in your beauty packs. The reason for this is that human skin is quite fragile. Rubbing the skin with chemicals turns out to be quite harmful in the long run. You might have heard about a sudden rise in skin diseases, especially cancer in the present age. This is all because of the chemicals in our food and on our skin. If you have teenagers at home, keep them away from chemical-laden face packs and rather ask them to use kitchen components. The beauty of these ingredients is that the use of chemicals in them is none to minimal. Further, they can be used frequently to get good results.

While I have asked here to use flours, you can also use pulses, different types of edible leaves, fruits, vegetables and spices and condiments for glowing skin. That’s what our elders did and without any doubt, they looked more beautiful as compared to us. Further, I would also recommend eating well. All the flours that I have mentioned here are also healthy. You should make a point to eat whole flours regularly. This would also reflect in the quality of your skin.

That’s all for this post, friends. I will be back with more such interesting recipes that enhance your beauty and are healthy as well. Till then, make sure that you eat healthily, apply healthy and stay healthy. If possible, I will check on you!

Top Easy and Simple Exercises for Your Face

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You walk a mile every day and have even enrolled for Zumba. You are one of those who never miss a beauty salon appointment and even apply everything they prescribe religiously. You are in your 30s but have vowed that your skin will never look the same as your age from now onward. You are the new-age informed person, who wants to do everything that you can for your body.

Wait here. Read slowly now. Do you know that you can take care of your skin, right at home, without taking your skin face the polluted streets, while you are on your way to that salon?

Here are some simple facial exercises that you do right here, right now, without any equipment. One thing that you will need, though, is a mirror. Face the mirror while performing exercises to make sure that you are doing the right thing. Also, dab a little moisturizer on to your face and some on your fingertips. This prevents your skin from tearing.

Let’s Begin with the Cheeks

You just need to smile. But, make sure that you smile as wide as you can. While doing this, you need to place your fingers on the top of your cheekbones. As you hold your smile, use your fingers to push down the cheekbones.

Let’s Exercise the Eyes

You need to close your eyes for this. Now, raise your eyebrows as much as you can. This step helps strengthen the muscles. Next, pull the muscles under your eyes as far as they can. It might seem tough in the beginning. Here, there is a caution – while performing this exercise, do not squint and keep your eyes wide.

Next, It’s the Turn of Forehead

Place your fingers on the eyelids. Then, raise the eyebrows. You need to do this at least ten times for maximum effect. The role of fingers is to keep the eyelids in place. You can do it without your fingers too, once your eyes get used to stay in place.

Exercise for Your Lips Too is Here

Ageing has an adverse effect on the lips too, especially the muscles around them. For exercising the lips, you need to wide open your mouth. Make the letter ‘o’ with your lips. You need to stay in this position for 3 seconds. Repeat. This needs to be done 10 times initially. You can increase the numbers when get used to it.

Do not Forget the Jawline

One of the first signs of ageing can be noticed near the jawline in the form of saggy skin. For this, you need to use your imagination. Pull the lower cheeks and the jaw line away from the mouth. Now, keep the mouth open but only slightly. Next, pull your lower half of the face as if you are grinning. You should do this at least 10 times.

Yes, the Nose Needs Some Workout Too

For this, open your mouth slightly and then lift the top lip towards the nose. Initially, practice it with both the sides. When you get used to it, do it only one at a time. After regular practice, you will find it easy to tackle one side at a time.

Are you Troubled with Your Double Chin?

Close your mouth. Do not talk. You need to look at the ceiling. Make an ‘O’ with your mouth. Now, make an ‘E’. Repeat the letters for as many times as it is possible for you. However, ten times is good enough in the beginning. You will feel a stretch in the area around the chin and upper part of the neck.

Here is an Exercise for Your Neck

You need to look at the ceiling with your mouth closed. Put the lower lip over the top one. This needs some practice. While doing this, you also need to smile as wide as possible.

Post Facial Exercise

After performing the facial exercises, make sure that you stretch your mouth and then relax. Now, take a deep breath. Hold it for a couple of seconds and then relax. Moisturize your face again. Pinch your cheeks. This is good for blush-like red cheeks as it stimulates blood circulation in your face.

Benefits of Facial Exercises

  • If performed carefully and regularly, it slows down the process of ageing.
  • It takes just 10 minutes of your daily routine but keeps your facial skin firm and fresh.
  • You will notice a difference in the muscles of your face – they become smooth.
  • It helps release the tension around the neck area.
  • Facial exercised gives you a natural glow on the face and a relaxed look.
  • Helps improve blood and oxygen circulation.
  • It stimulates collagen production.
  • Even diminishes a few years from your skin

People are hunting for replacements of surgeries and Botox treatments these days as the effects of them do not last forever. As opposed to them, facial exercises are natural, effective and even inexpensive, without requiring any major time investment.

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