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An Ancient Secret for Glowing Skin

An ancient beauty secret or “nuschka” is revealed in this all-natural recipe for glowing skin.

Before there were make-up artists, spas, or beauty parlors, women in India came up with home made beauty recipes to exfoliate, soften and brighten their face and body, especially for special occasions such as marriage. These all- natural recipes enhanced their natural beauty and improved their skin tone instantly. These beauty secrets are becoming more sought after as women around the world are straying from using harsh and artificial chemicals on their skin. This recipe is gentle enough to use on a daily basis and will result in a beautiful and vibrant glow.

Chick pea flour (besan) is a soft yellow coloured powder available at most Indian grocery stores. Mixed most commonly with milk, water, yogurt or almond oil it helps to hydrate, soften, and cleanse the skin within a few minutes.


For clean and vibrant skin with an instant glow, follow this simple recipe:

•Take 3 tbsp. of besan in a bowl

•Add ½ tbsp. of turmeric powder (haldi)

tumeric powder

*Turmeric acts as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and instant skin cleanser. It can leave a yellowish tinge on your skin so use just a little bit for this recipe.

• Now mix the two powders. You can choose between water, milk, plain yogurt, rose water or almond oil. Use an adequate amount of any one of these to make a thick paste. Choose one ingredient for the desired effect:
-Water- hydrates the skin
-Milk or plain yogurt- softens and gives the skin a vibrant glow
-Almond oil- nourishes dry skin, but can leave an oily residue so use just a small amount


• Mix the contents well to form a paste thick enough to apply it on your face without it falling off. If the mixture becomes too thin, add more besan to make it more consistent.

• The mixture can be applied on the face, neck or all over the body. Let it dry for approximately 20 minutes then wash it off with luke warm water.

* A few women may be allergic to besan or other ingredients in the mixture. Just to be on the safe side, apply a small amount on the skin and check for any allergies once it dries. Allergic reactions, however, are not very common with this ancient “nuschka”.

Don’t forget to relax, light a candle, and listen to some comforting music. We suggest “Dakini” by Prem Joshua or something similar for an Indian style spa- like experience!



5 Ways Aloe Vera Can Help Your Skin

The aloe vera plant has been used in India for centuries in beauty, health, and medicinal purposes.  Its a common ingredient used in a lot of herbal medicines which are widely used throughout India and increasingly more so in other parts of the world. The cactus- like plant is grown in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, specifically. The juice from the aloe vera plant is even used in the treatment of ulcers, heartburn and other digestive disorders. Its very easy to find aloe vera beverages to drink in your local grocery store. Aloe vera gel also makes a wonderful alternative to using harsh creams with hidden chemicals on your skin.  Read on for 5 Ways aloe vera gel can be incorporated into your beauty regime!

aloe vera plant

aloe vera plant

1. Try it as a facial moisturizer

Aloe vera gel is great for your face to use as a moisturizer in place of other creams which generally contain a lot of oil or chemicals. Applying it prior to the application of make-up can prevent your skin from drying out. It also works well as an aftershave because its healing properties can help soothe small nicks that are often caused by shaving. Men can use it too!

2. Combat problems of skin aging

The vitamin C and E present in aloe vera gel can improve skin’s firmness, minimize fine lines and help with elasticity. Aloe vera is beneficial in stimulating the production of elastin and collagen which are necessary for preventing the aging of the skin. Plus it beats the price of some expensive miracle creams that are out on the market. One tip is to try using a little bit under and around your eye area where lines usually start to form or when you’re experiencing eye puffiness. Its very soothing and instantly relaxes your eyes.

3. Help control acne

If you suffer from the annoyance of acne, aloe vera gel is your friend! It has specific properties that kill bacteria plus it helps reduce skin inflammation. It also helps the skin to heal naturally with minimal scarring. Aloe vera gel is really good for oily skin types because it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling after application. Try mixing a bit of aloe vera gel with dry oatmeal for an all natural facial.

4. Reduce the visibility of stretch marks

Stretch marks can naturally appear due to a growth spurt, weight change, or pregnancy. These marks appear because of minor tears in the layers of the skin caused by sudden stretching. Aloe vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds when applied.

5. Treat a painful sunburn

Aloe vera gel can help reduce the pain that is felt on hot skin after a sunburn. The gel helps replenish and soothe skin that has become damaged and overheated. It helps the skin stay hydrated and supple so that it can heal faster from the sunburn. Slather it on after a day at the beach and your skin will instantly feel cool and calm.

Do you have any other tips on how to use aloe vera gel?

Natural Recipes for Facials

Our busy lifestyle makes it easy for us to grab a product right off the drug store shelf which may be convenient but its usually packed full of ingredients we cannot even pronounce!  There is no need for us to be using chemicals on our skin when we have so many natural options that can simply be found in our own kitchen.  To get gorgeous and glowing skin inspired by India, a country famous for its natural beauty tips, try any of these recipes twice a week for best results.

1. Mix together 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (greek-style is best), and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to your face and let it soak in for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. If you have oily skin, add a little more lemon juice, which acts as an astringent and clarifier.

lemon used in a facial

2. To combat blackheads, mix together equal parts of baking soda with water in your hand until it forms a paste. Apply and scrub in a circular motion for 2 minutes, then rinse. This is a great way to clean out your pores without using harsh exfoliants that can tear your skin if used incorrectly.

baking soda used in facial

3. Take an egg and separate the egg white from the yolk. Mix the yolk and apply to your face. If desired, add honey to the yolk, or use it on its own. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. The egg yolk acts as an antioxidant which will leave your face soft and glowing. The egg white can also be used in the same way on its own and will help tighten and refresh your skin.

egg used in facial

4. Combine about 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with water and mix it to form a paste. Honey can be added to produce a nice consistency and help the mask stick on your face. Apply and relax for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. Oatmeal is good for oily skin because it absorbs any excess oil and also acts as a natural exfoliant.

oatmeal used in a facial

Light a candle, turn on your favourite music and pamper yourself. Let it be your way of relaxing after a long and stressful day. Do you have any natural beauty secrets or recipes that you’d like to share? 

after facial