In Indian households, besan has remained an essential item of home remedies for skin care.
One of the most widely used cooking ingredients in India is besan or gram flour. The flour is obtained by grinding raw chickpeas. This flour is rich in proteins, vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids.
Apart from being used in many delicious food preparations, from pakodas to dhokla, besan is also very beneficial for the skin. In Indian households, besan has remained an essential item of home remedies for skin care.
Here are some tips for using besan at home for glowing skin.
1. Lighten acne scars: Take besan and turmeric in equal parts. Add a few drops of lemon and a teaspoon of honey and make a paste. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Then, rinse it off with lukewarm water.
2. Reduce tanning and skin lightening: Take 4 teaspoons of besan and add a pinch of turmeric, 1-2 teaspoons of curd and a few drops of lemon. You can add a pinch of salt to help with gentle exfoliation. Apply this mixture on your face and body and wash off after some time.
3. Oily Skin: Besan can act as a wonderful absorbent for oily skin as it absorbs oil from your skin and gives your skin a chance to breathe. It can also help moisturize dry skin. Take 2 tablespoons of besan, add a few drops of rose water and mix. Apply it on your face and neck for 15-20 minutes and rinse with cold water. If you have dry skin, replace rose water with milk or curd and add a teaspoon of honey.
4. Remove dead skin cells: Mix 3 tsp besan with 1 tsp ground oats/rice powder, 2 tsp cornstarch and milk. Apply it to your wet face and wash off after 10 minutes.
Although besan is harmless to the skin, it is advisable to do a patch test before applying any of the mixtures suggested above. Depending on various factors and skin types, the effectiveness of the blend may vary, and only after repeated use will you be able to see results.
(Disclaimer: The health tips shared in this article are based on common practices and general knowledge. Readers are advised to consult a doctor before following them at home.)
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