Author: Bushra Ahmed
Today I am sharing my favorite, easy and affordable herbal facial with you that I often do on Eid or before any wedding or major function. It will brighten your skin by getting rid of dirt, extra oils and dead skin. It is suitable for all skin types.
Before all steps you need to wash your face with some good face wash and then tap your face with some tissue paper instead of a towel to keep your face damp and not stiff dry.
Ingredients: i) Gram flour (Besan)
ii) Rose water
Procedure: Take one tablespoon of gram flour and add water in it as required to make a thick paste. Apply this paste on full face and very gently massage in circular motion. Keep on rubbing this paste in circular motion on your face for a minute. Rubbing will help in eradicating dust and excess oil. After 1 minute of constant gentle rubbing, wash your face. It is best for summers as in summer our pores release sweat and oil more than normal.
Note: you can use this paste on daily basis as gram flour (basin) reduces tanning with its use, gives glow and brightness your skin.
Before scrubbing, steam your face. Steaming opens our pores.
Ingredients: i) Hot water
ii) Green tea.
Procedure: Pour hot water in a bowl and then put 1 tea bag of green tea, and let tea bag sit for like 3 to 5 minutes in the bowl. Then take steam for few minutes.
Ingredients: 1) one Potato
2) Rice flour
Procedure: Take a potato cut, 2 thin slices from potato and keep them aside in fridge. Then grind rest of the potato and squeeze juice from it. Add rice flour into the potato juice according to the requirement and then mix them well. Now very gently massage this paste on your face in circular motion. Specially apply this paste on the areas where you have white and black heads. After scrubbing for 2 to 4 minutes wash your face with plain water.
Note: Potato removes tanning form the skin, helps in reducing dark areas of our skin and helps in removing pigmentation and blemishes.
On the other hand, rice flour gives an instant fairness to the skin.
4) Facial massage oil
Ingredients: i) Aloe vera gel
ii) Almond oil
iii) Lemon juice
Procedure: Take half a teaspoon of aloe Vera gel. Then add few drops of almond oil. If you do not have almond oil, then you can use coconut oil or baby Johnson oil. Lastly add 4 drops of lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients.
Now apply this cream on your whole face and even on the under-eye areas. As this pate includes aloe Vera and almond oil that helps in removing dark circles. Gently massage this paste on your face in a circular motion and in upward direction as well. Always massage with the tips of your fingers. You can even apply this paste on lips. It helps in lightning your dark lips. Keep on massaging for about 6 to 7 minutes and clean your face with some wet cloth.
5) Facial pack:
Ingredients: i) Multani mitti
ii) Tomato juice
iii) green tea
Procedure: Take 1 tablespoon of multani mitti then add tomato juice as required and lastly add green tea as required to make a thick paste. Mix all the ingredients well. Apply this paste on your full face. Now place those potato slices on your eye that you placed in the fridge. keep the paste on your face for few minutes. Remove this paste from your skin as it slightly starts drying.
Note: Tomato juice is a good source of vitamin E and it keeps your skin hydrated. Mulatni mitti tightens the skin.
After removing facial mask always spray rose water on your face and then apply some good moisturizer on your skin to keep your skin smooth and nourished.
I regularly do this herbal facial at home and find it very effective, do try it and keep yourself away from chemical based facials to get natural glow for long time.