It is a general practise to wash our face every now and then to feel fresh and relaxed. Even though we are aware and follow good natural skin treatments, we rarely think about natural face washing techniques. It is habitual to use any travel friendly face washes or soaps claiming to be “beauty products” and “natural” but yet filled with chemicals. We even have a mentality over face washing is a simple technique and does not require any special care. Thanks for our fortune, the natural alternatives exists and can be replaced to the market products. The main advantage of the natural alternatives is economical and has no restriction in its usage, while the market products (soaps and scrubs) have restricted uses in a day.
Gram Flour: Is there any Indian who is unaware of gram flour or the chickpea flour? It is an age old trick of mothers and grandmothers as a solution for beauty problems. We all know varieties of gram flour recipes are used for skin care. Apart from face packs it is a best substitute for face washes.
Store gram flour in an air tight box and scoop half a spoon of it. Add few drops of water and rub your face with the paste. It removes dirt, exfoliates skin, smoothes the skin texture and no chance of drying. It behaves thousand times better than your market face wash. The only drawback is its smell; you might feel awkward in your social life as it is natural flour smelling without any artificial fragrance.
You can cleanse your face as many number of times without any restriction. Make a routine of gram flour face wash while shower and before bed time. For dry skin and during winters, add a drop of your favourite oil to the paste before usage.
Peas: Dry handful of peas under sunlight for a week until it totally dehydrates and dries. Now blend the dried peas using a blender to make a fine powder. Store the dry pea’s powder in an air tight container. Mix few drops of water to a spoon full of powder and use for regular cleansing of face. It is also a great natural scrub which can be used on daily routine. Peas being a nutrient food are also an excellent food for healthy skin. It contains antioxidants which tightens and lifts up skin, deep cleansing and hydrates making them appear glow. Let the powder be grinded finely for the smooth action of skin.
Prepare liquid soap nut by boiling 4 to 5 soap nuts with one cup of water. Let the solution decrease to half, you will find the foamy bubbles at the top layer. Switch off the flame and allow cooling down. Now add a drop of coconut oil or any essential oil to the prepared solution and swirl well. Transfer the solution to a hygiene bottle.
Wash your face with a few drops of liquid soap nuts. It does not foam, but yes does the job of cleansing. You will find your skin clear and sharp with a natural nutty aroma.
Refrigerate the solution to avoid spoiling.
Buttermilk: Collect cold buttermilk in a container and rub it on your face. Leave it for 10 minutes, splash out water and pat dry. You can follow this while on shower instead of using soaps and face washes. Buttermilk deep pore cleanses skin and bleaches making your skin fairer and healthier. It so greatly moisturises skin that you will actually forget applying any moisturisers. Carry buttermilk face wash at least half an hour before you step out of your house so that the dairy odour fades till then.
The only drawbacks in using the natural alternatives is they are not travel friendly, their usage makes a mess and the absence of floral fragrance. You have to overcome these with your own methods or simply forget the cons making them use while at home.