When it comes to taking care of your skin, it is always advisable to use kitchen ingredients for safe and effective results. There is a natural ingredient that is easily and widely available that can be added instantly to your beauty regimen. We are talking about onions. Known for its strong flavor and tangy, pungent taste, the benefits of onions are as many as the layers it contains, and they extend far beyond their texture and taste. From reducing premature skin aging to controlling dandruff, here are a few reasons why you should stock onions in your kitchen for culinary and beauty purposes.
Benefits of onion for your health
Here’s how onion can help you take care of your beauty needs:
1. To illuminate your skin
Regular application of fresh onion can help you get rid of dull, lifeless skin and bring it back to life. The antioxidants and vitamins present in the vegetable give the skin cells a major beauty boost resulting in soft, glowing and supple skin. Indeed, the consumption of raw onion alone can purify the blood by eliminating impurities; resulting in healthy, glowing skin.
2. Reduce spots, patches and pigmentation
Onion is loaded with vitamin C which helps to treat dark spots, ugly spots, pigmentation marks, etc. Add a pinch of turmeric to a tablespoon of fresh onion juice. Massage your face daily and watch the magic unfold. Alternatively, you can mix a teaspoon of raw onion juice with an equal amount of chickpea flour and half a teaspoon of cream of milk. This serves as a very useful skin lightening pack.
3. Prevent the first signs of skin aging
Applying onion to your face can stimulate blood flow through skin cells, giving you firmer, younger-looking skin. Onion is packed with antioxidant-loaded vitamins A, C, and E that help counter the signs of premature aging caused by harsh UV rays. Take a medium-sized spring onion, cut it into small pieces and mash it. Dip a cotton ball in it and apply it all over your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. This will help reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the skin.
4. Tackle Acne Problems
Acne is a common skin condition that many women face. To start, you can simply massage your face with fresh onion juice or prepare an onion face mask with gram flour to ward off acne-causing bacteria. You can also take a tablespoon of onion juice and add a tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil to it. Mix well and apply on your skin. After 15 minutes, rinse with cold water.
5. Promote hair growth
Onion juice is also very beneficial for your hair. Onions being rich in sulfur, helps in the regrowth of hair follicles by improving blood circulation to the head. Massaging onion juice into the scalp is one of the best ways to stimulate hair growth and maintain a healthy and strong mane. You can also mix equal parts of onion juice and rose water to prepare a solution for your hair. Spray this mixture on your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it out.
6. Fight dandruff
Onion juice is also good for fighting dandruff problems. Simply apply raw onion juice to your scalp and hold for at least 20 minutes before washing off with shampoo. You can also mix onion juice with lemon juice and a scoop of yogurt to make a paste to cure dandruff.
Alternatively, take 3 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds and soak them in water overnight. The next day, grind them into a fine paste and add 2 tablespoons of fresh onion juice. Mix well and apply the pack on your scalp. Leave on for 25 to 30 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
7. Natural remedy to reduce head lice
The presence of sulfur in onions helps eliminate head lice. Grind 3-4 onions to make a paste. Transfer this paste to a sieve and press with a spoon to extract the juice. Now massage your head with juice and leave on for an hour before shampooing with lukewarm water.
These are just a few of the ways onions can improve your life. Go ahead and start using onions in your daily beauty regimen and ensure healthy skin and beautiful long tresses.