While potent, chemical formulas address a wide range of skincare concerns—including acne, eczema, and pigmentation—homemade blends have similar benefits to offer, minus the after-effects of applying harsh, synthetic products on the skin.
Investing in a market-sold potion that promises to bid adieu to your beauty woes requires an abundance of research, knowledge, and possibly a consultation with your dermatologist. However, age-old, tried-and-tested homemade recipes, prepared using effective ingredients that are known to tackle and eliminate specific skin ailments, are a safe and reliable route to flawless skin.
Cosmetic dermatologist, Dr Rinky Kapoor shares her nutrient-rich DIY body scrub recipe that is perfect for those suffering from recurrent breakouts.
¼ a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup of Chickpea Flour
1 tbsp of Dried Peppermint Leaves
10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
1) Blitz the above mentioned ingredients in a blender to obtain a smooth paste.
2) Generously apply the mixture on your body and leave it to dry for a few minutes before gently scrubbing.
3) Rinse away with lukewarm water afterwards.
Benefits of the Body Scrub
Chickpeas (popularly known as 'besan'), are a rich source of magnesium and zinc that help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, along with balancing out fatty acids in the body which increase the elasticity of skin. The nutrient-laden ingredient works to get rid of an uneven skin tone, acne spots, and free radicals. Its anti-inflammatory properties and potent antioxidants also combat zits and keep a check on sebum production, while maintaining the pH balance of your skin.
A mild astringent agent, peppermint leaves help get rid of dead skin cells, unclog pores, reduce skin inflammation, and rejuvenate your skin. The Vitamin A and C content present in the leaves work to minimise the appearance of spots and scars. Peppermint also serves medicinal properties and is often used as a herbal remedy for hives, rashes, poison oak, or poison ivy.
Apple cider vinegar consists of acetic acid and alpha hydroxy acid which serves anti-inflammatory properties by absorbing excess oil and unclogging pores. Tea tree oil, on the other hand, possesses antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective wound-healer.
Things to Keep in Mind While Trying Out a DIY Scrub:
1) If you possess a dry skin type, avoid exfoliating more than once a month.
2) Do a patch test to ensure that the concoction doesn't cause an allergic reaction on your body.
3) Dry brushing before scrubbing will increase the benefits of using a body scrub.
4) Ensure that you apply a generous amount of moisturiser on your skin, post application of a body scrub.
5) Store any DIY scrub in a clean, dry jar, away from direct sunlight.
Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.