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  • 30 January 2021

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8 Skincare Secrets You Need to Know - Passed Down Generations

Have you ever sat and wondered how does our mother’s and grandmother’s skin is always so radiant and flawless even without regular facials and clean-ups? I guess we all know the answers within ourselves. We all are well versed with the fact that when it comes to beauty advice, tips, or tricks, nothing can beat the advice of our mothers and their mothers as those are "tested by the ages". From glowing skin to smooth hair they have beauty hacks for all our problems. Even though they are not any dermatologists or specialists, they have the world's best beauty secrets in their storage. 

For ages, not just in India but mothers in every corner of the world pass their generations-old beauty secrets to their daughters. As told by them, in the olden days there was limited access to beauty products so every woman had to do their beauty treatment at home itself. Here we have listed 8 Skincare secrets that are passed down from generation and have to be preserved at all cost-

 

1.Ubtan Packs - Ubtans are the most preferred beauty hack in every Indian household. It is a blend of chickpea flour or a fine granular powder used to cleanse the skin. The addition of sandalwood, turmeric, rose water, or milk makes the bodypack which helps in brightening and exfoliating the skin and color tone of a person. One can also add individual herbs based on their skin’s requirements and even essential oils for their therapeutic benefits. Few other benefits of ubtans are -

  • Prevention from Acne
  • Removal of facial hair
  • Giving clear skin
  • Removing tan and dead cells

2. Yoghurt and olive oil - Greek yogurt isn’t just a food delicacy, but also an effective face mask too. Yoghurt contains natural lactic acid which works to clean out our skin pores and reduces blemishes while on the other hand olive oil hydrates the skin making it clean and fresh. People even use yoghurt on their skins as post-sun care to soothe burns. A combination of honey or lemon juice or tomato with yoghurt does wonders to the skin. Owing to its anti-bacterial properties it reduces acne on the face. 

 

3. Neem - Being an antioxidant-rich ingredient, it has been used in ancient Indian traditions and is considered to be a popular skincare ingredient till date. Consuming neem leaves as part of our diet is also known to help in purifying blood, giving skin a natural glow, and keeping it acne-free. Neem leaf can also be used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, upset stomach, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), fever, diabetes, gum disease (gingivitis), and liver problems, etc the list is endless. As multitasker neem performs many wonders for our body. 

4. Application of Argan oil - Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other fatty acids, argan oil is beneficial to our internal health and hydrates our skin and hair. It is sourced from the argan trees in Morocco and can be consumed or used topically. It has a handful of benefits such as -

(i) Protection from sun damage - Moroccan women have used argan oil since ages to protect their skin from sun damage. The antioxidant activity in argan oil helps in protecting the skin against free radical damage caused by the sun. As a result, this prevents burns and hyperpigmentation. 

(ii) Moisturizes skin - It is often found in lotions, soaps, and hair conditioners. It can be applied topically or ingested orally with daily supplements for a moisturizing effect. The credit goes to the abundance of vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble antioxidant that can help improve water retention in the skin.

(iii) Treats a number of skin conditions - Argan oil contains a large number of healing properties, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Both help in reducing symptoms for a number of different inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea.

(iv) Treats acne - Hormonal acne is often the result of excess sebum that’s caused by hormones. Having anti-sebum effects, argan oil can effectively regulate amounts of sebum on the skin. Contributing to the treatment of several types of acne and promoting a smoother and calmer complexion.

(v) Heals skin infections - One of argan oil’s traditional use is to treat Skin Infections. Argan oil has both antibacterial and fungicidal properties that give it the capability to help in treating and preventing both bacterial and fungal skin infections. 

(vi) Improves wound healing - Antioxidants are clearly a powerful force. The strong combination of antioxidants and vitamin E found in argan oil can be used to help wounds and cuts heal faster.

(vii) Soothes atopic dermatitis - Atopic dermatitis is a common skin condition with symptoms like itchy, red skin. Research has found that applying argan oil typically to the affected area can help treat symptoms. Vitamin E and the natural inflammatory properties found in argan oil both can lead to this soothing effect.

(viii) Anti-aging effects - Argan oil has long been used as an anti-aging treatment. Though it was only ever supported by anecdotal evidence, a recent study with postmenopausal participants was able to back up this claim. Researchers found that a combination of oral and cosmetic argan oil led to a significant increase in the elasticity of the skin providing effective anti-aging treatment.

5. Pearl powder - This precious ingredient has been used in China for thousands of years as a skin brightening agent and collagen booster. Pearl powder can be consumed orally or blended into skincare formulas and applied to your skin. It contains amino acids, calcium, and trace minerals and has many purported benefits for skin and health. Pearl powder has both internal and external benefits for the skin and body. It’s said to reduce the activation of tyrosinase, which is an enzyme that causes the production of melanin. Without this, skin appears more luminous, much like the sheen of a pearl. 

6. Massage with Coconut oil - Growing up in India, there’s a good chance one would've used this all-in-one beauty solution for a head or body massage. Coconut oil is intensely hydrating and can be used in multiple ways to moisturize the skin and hair. Using it as a hair treatment for frizz, and for double cleansing in removing the makeup at the end of the day or even for our cuticle health. Have dry elbows or chapped lips? Coconut oil works wonderfully for those as well. It is a type of fat that has been touted for its health-promoting properties. From decreasing levels of LDL cholesterol to improving brain function in Alzheimer’s patients, coconut oil is associated with a multitude of health benefits.

 

7. Use Epsom Salts - A compound of magnesium and sulfate it is a naturally occurring pure mineral salt. Exfoliating your skin with this would reduce blemishes and tanning from your body. As it can be easily absorbed in our skin, the addition of a little quantity in your bath water would help in muscle relaxing, nerve function, and prevent artery hardening. It also helps in blood circulation and cell oxygenation, improving our body's digestive and detoxifying capabilities. The magnesium and sulfate in our water help in promoting healthy skin. 

 

8. Proper Sleep - It is said beauty sleep is the secret of every woman’s beauty. Proper eight hours of sleep helps in healing the body to a large extent as at that time our body cells repairs and renew. It is the best time to revive the skin and hair. People who struggle for sleep or sleep less than 6 hours start looking aged and tired than they actually are. Natural oils like lavender rose and lily helps in deep and comforting sleep contributing to a fresh mind and skin.