Skin care in your garden
All of us want to be blessed with beautiful age defying flawless skin. Skin is the most exposed part of our body and acts as a shield to protect our body from the environment. Thus we need to take utmost care of it. With increasing pollution, bad eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle our skin starts to age prematurely. Wrinkles, dark spots, acne and dehydrated skin are common problems women face today.
There are many cosmetics and skin treatments which are not only time consuming but also expensive. Visiting beauty parlours on a regular basis is hectic not to mention exorbitant. There is a way to make a beauty regime simple. Why not cleanse our skin and pamper it the homemade way? Look at all the plants around us – we don’t give them the importance they deserve. Plants have been used since time immemorial to nourish the skin and we should start looking at organic alternatives for skincare.
Aloe Vera dates back to 6000 yrs in Egypt when the plant was depicted in stone carvings as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs. It was known as the “plant of immortality”. Even now, it is sought after as a natural moisturizer with healing properties. A must have in your garden to treat kitchen burns, cuts and minor injuries, aloe vera is mild on all skin types and has no side effects. Its cleansing properties help to keep skin fresh and clean hence extremely effective for oily skin. It helps in reducing blemishes and acne too. For all those women who are buying anti-wrinkle creams, think about keeping a small pot of aloe vera on your window sill. The plant’s amino acid content helps reducing fine lines.
A wonder plant readily found in gardens is the Tulsi or the holy basil plant. It is not only popular for its religious significance but is also widely used for medicinal purpose. It’s provides instant relief for common cold and cough and guards against infection from insect bites. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and C, Tulsi acts as a blood purifier and stress reliever which allows the skin to breathe and glow naturally.
Another skincare remedy can be found in your refrigerator if you don’t have a garden. Pick up fresh ripe tomatoes not just to add tangy flavour to your food. Rub the pulp on your skin with a teaspoon of honey and see the instant glow. Tomatoes contain lycopene which is an antioxidant and hence works as a sunscreen from within. Crushed tomatoes with a spoon of yogurt help reduce sun tan.
Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, and they work as an excellent natural astringent. It works wonders on dehydrated skin if applied with honey. Lemon moisturizing masks lighten freckles and age marks and are also good for removing black heads.
Cucumbers and potatoes are well known skin lighteners – especially for the eye region. They both have astringent qualities which help decrease water retention around the eye area which causes puffy under eye bags. Potato juice also contains an enzyme which acts as a good skin lightener. Have faith in this timeless remedy because it really works!
Neem leaves are readily available everywhere so make use of them as they are fantastic for skin. The use of neem leaves goes as long as the Vedic Age. Neem soaps face wash and creams are readily available in the market. If u have a neem tree then just pluck a few leaves, boil it in water and use for bathing. This rids the skin and body of bacteria and germs and is excellent for a dry and itchy scalp. A paste of grinded neem leaves can be used for severe allergies and acne problems.
So let’s plant more trees in our garden. That will not only save our planet but also save our skin the natural way.