A recent report by the World Health Organisation issued a warning against many skin-lightening products that have mercury as an ingredient. Mercury, a popular ingredient in such cosmetics, the WHO warned, can cause health hazards ranging from kidney damage to skin rashes.
Commercially produced products are typically loaded with chemicals, and many unfairly withhold full information about what goes into their creams and shampoos. If you’re concerned about it, why not make your own beauty products at home. They are cheap, trustworthy and easy to make.
Easy-to-make beauty products
Add a teaspoon of water (enough to get it wet) to a teaspoon of baking soda. Put this in a bottle and store in refrigerator, and it will last you for a week. Before use, if required add a few drops of water and apply underarms. You’ll find that it acts as an effective antiperspirant agent, and keeps foul body odour away. Alternatively, you could also dust off baking like powder.
However, the flipside to using baking soda is that you can’t use it if you’re wearing a sleeveless shirt or dress, as it is likely to leave a white residue.
Pour some rosewater onto a cotton wool and apply underarms. This one works wonders to keep you sweat free and also lets out a mellow fragrance. Try it today!
Homemade facial cleanser
Brighten your skin naturally with this. Mix four teaspoons of honey and a teaspoon of lime juice. Pour this mixture into an airtight jar and store in the refrigerator. Pour some onto your palm and apply evenly onto your face, arms or any other part of your body you want to brighten. Leave for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water. This also works as a good facial cleanser.
Say goodbye to that expensive face-wash. Mix a teaspoon of gram flour and a teaspoon of milk or curd. Apply on face, rub gently and wash off with warm water. Voila, soft, clean skin is yours.
Home-made face scrub
Dry roast four teaspoons of green-gram dal and coarsely grind it in a mixer grinder. Store in jar. Before use, add a few drops of milk and lime and use as a facial scrub. This one gently exfoliates your skin, removing dirt, grime and dead cells. Use it twice a week before going to bed. Follow it up with one of our do-it-yourself facemasks (Coming up soon).
Coarsely grind oatmeal, mix milk and honey and use it to exfoliate your skin. This works well for dry, damaged skin. Try it today!
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