A Taste of India – Indian Republic Day!
We all know of these many listed beauty hacks but, did you know that these are actually ancient Indian beauty traditions? As India celebrates their National Republic Day let us take a look at these Indian Beauty Traditions that we ought to thank their country for!
For as far back as time can remember Indian Beauty Traditions have been almost the same – relying mainly on nature for their products (what we call organic now). They believe that if a product cannot be consumed then it is not meant for the body. Here are a few of these Indian Beauty Traditions that have now become famous worldwide!
Indian Beauty Traditions
Turmeric powder or saffron has been used for eons by the Indians. It is believed to have skin lightening powers, as well as, give you clear and glowing skin! It is not just used in creams, toothpaste and face packs but is also used in the food they eat!
DIY Turmeric Face Pack
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
- 3 Tbsp Curd
- ½ Tsp Honey
- Mix all the above products in a bowl and apply all over the face in a thin layer.
- Allow it to sit for not more than 20 minutes.
- Rinse it gently with warm water.
Note: Apply a thin layer to avoid staining your skin. If it does stain, you can always use a sugar scrub to remove the stain.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera, or as I like to call it, ‘the Miracle Plant’, is practically a staple in every Indian household! Have an injury? Use Aloe Vera! Skin issues? Use Aloe Vera! Want to boost your immune system? Use Aloe Vera!
You probably figured by now that you can use Aloe Vera for basically ANYTHING! So get your hands on an Aloe Vera plant. The best part is that since is originally grown in dry areas, it doesn’t require much pruning and care!
How To Use Aloe Vera
I have found that using the gel directly from the plant is the best way to make use of this miracle product! Simply cut a leaf, slice it in half and apply the sticky gel on your skin.
Note: It may get a little smelly so apply it before you sleep at night and wash it away in the morning.
Neem is used on irritated skin, rashes, and allergic reactions. It is also used to cure pimples! Neem is considered to be a religious artifact by many Indians and it is no surprise why! It is not just antifungal but is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.Even the juice of the neem plant can help with digestion, heart issues, diabetes, liver problem, skin ulcers and many other things.
Even the juice of the neem plant can help with digestion, heart issues, diabetes, liver problem, skin ulcers and many other things.
Neem Face Mask
- 1 Tsp Neem Powder
- 1 Tsp Gram Four (Besan)
- A little Milk
- Mix the powder and flour together in a bowl.
- Using the milk make a thick paste.
- Apply it on the face for 15 minutes.
- Wash with warm water and moisturize.
Henna is a part of all Indian Beauty Traditions! It plays a huge role during the wedding season as it is used in the mehndi applied on the hands and feet of the bride! But, henna has many more uses than just a way to create temporary tattoos on the body!
Many Indians use henna to cure scalp issues like dandruff, fungal infections, and wounds. You can also dye your hair using henna. Now you know how they have those long luscious locks!
DIY Henna Hair Mask
- 2 Cups Henna Powder
- 1/2 Cup Fenugreek Seeds
- 2 Tbsp Mustard Oil
- Place the fenugreek seeds the henna powder in two separate bowls and allow them to soak in water overnight.
- Grind the seeds into a paste in the morning.
- Add the paste and mustard oil to the henna mix, and mix well.
- Apply the hair mask for two hours and then wash off with a mild shampoo.
We have all heard of the millions of homemade face masks that include honey in them but did you know that honey has been a part of Indian Beauty Traditions for many years now?
Initially, it was only used as an antiseptic on wounds and consumed for colds and sore throats. But, nowadays it is used on acne, to lighten the complexion of the skin and bring out the natural highlights in one’s hair.
6. Clay (Multani Mitti)
Multani Mitti, popular known as Fuller’s Earth in America, is said to prevent acne breakouts and help even out one’s skin tone. It can also remove suntan and any other type of skin pigmentation.
It is also used reduce the level of oil on one’s skin and is said to have the power to give one fair skin (even skin tone).
DIY Fuller’s Earth Face Mask
- 3 Tbsp Multani Mitti
- 1 Tbsp Curd
- 3 Tbsp Gram Flour (Besan)
- Mix all the ingredients and apply to the skin.
- Allow it to dry and then rinse it off with warm water after 20 minutes.
Many people may cringe at the smell of curd but, did you know that curd has antifungal properties that can help cure dandruff, cure dry skin and is cooling to an awful sunburn?
How To Use Curd
Using cotton balls, apply the curd all over your skin to ensure that it is spread evenly. Wash it off after 15-20 minutes.
Note: It is important to remember that there is a difference between curd and yogurt, though it is mild.
Sandalwood is used mainly in the southern parts of India. It is perfect for dry skin, acne and is also the perfect way to obtain glowing skin! Yet, another product which is used by many brides as a part of their Indian Beauty Traditions, before the wedding day.
It also has a pleasant refreshing fragrance that is often used to make a house feel more alive.DIY Sandalwood Perfume
DIY Sandalwood Vanilla Perfume
- 2 Tbsp Grated Beeswax
- 10-16 Drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil
- 10-16 Drops of Vanilla Essential Oil
- 2 Tbsp Almond Oil
- Using a double boiler on low heat, melt the wax.
- Add the almond oil once it is completely melted and blend well. Once done, immediately remove it from the heat.
- Allow it to cool a little before adding the essential oils.
- Once blended, store in an air-tight container.
9. Coconut Oil
If you are wondering how Indians have such thick and silky hair, then the answer is simple – Coconut Oil! As a part of their Indian Beauty Traditions, mothers would apply coconut oil to their child’s hair every day before they left for school. This strengthens the roots and encourages strong long locks to grow!
In Kerela, it is also an important tradition to cook their food using coconut oil, which is actually quite healthy and can even result in a better digestion pattern and in weight loss!
10. Rose Water
It has become a popular trend now to use rose water to hydrate the face and to give you a natural glow. But, in India, rose water has been a part of the people’s lives for many years now.
To cure any skin irritation and to give the body and fragranced effect, add it to your bath. It is also added to tea to help soothe a sore throat!