An inevitable beauty woe, scars come and go throughout our life span. Be it a stubborn acne scar that refuses to lighten or a mark that serves as a dreadful reminder of a childhood accident, as we walk around proudly wearing our scars like badges of honour and flaunting our perfect imperfections, most of us do feel self-conscious putting our blemishes on display.
Before we know it, makeup comes to the rescue and turtle neck tees serve as cover-ups...and while it totally works as a temporary way out, there's gotta be a permanent solution!
Well, there is...
Ms. Pooja Nagdev, cosmetologist and founder of Inatur reveals 10 DIY remedies that make the best use of natural ingredients to bid adieu to unwanted scars.
Enriched with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, rosehip seed oil helps heal damaged and dehydrated skin instantly. It is a light textured dry oil that gets absorbed into the skin and does not stain.
Natural Glycolic Acid
Natural glycolic acid which is derived from apple extracts works wonderfully when it comes to eliminating blemishes and scars. Take four parts of water and one part of glycolic acid, mix it together, and apply the concoction over the required area. Keep it on for five minutes and rinse with cold water thereafter. Continue applying this paste once a week for 3 weeks and then once in a fortnight.
Carrot Seed Oil
While carrot seed oil can be applied directly to the skin, it may also be mixed with geranium and sandalwood essential oils. All together, these ingredients have regenerative properties for the skin and work extremely well in repairing ageing, damaged skin.
Most of us are well-aware about the numerous benefits of aloe vera. While gel-based solutions are readily available in stores, the best way to apply aloe vera is to extract and obtain the natural gel from the plant itself. Break the leaf from an aloe vera plant, scrape the translucent gel from inside and apply it directly on the scar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an all-round star ingredient that works for everything from cleansing solutions to skin care. To make an apple cider skin soother at home, take 45ml of apple cider and add 5ml of aloe vera juice, 5ml of honey and 50ml of water to it. Apply this paste to the required area three times a day for best results.
If you don’t mind the pungent smell too much, onion juice has fabulous properties that can do wonders for your skin and hair! Enriched with bioflavonoids like cephalin and kaempferol, onion juice has been known to reduce the appearance of scars after only a few weeks of daily use.
Baking soda balances the skin’s pH and is a natural exfoliator for your skin too. It exfoliates the dead skin cells without damaging the skin around the scar, leaving you with a refreshed, supple complexion. Mix 50ml of water and 20g of baking soda to form a paste. Apply this paste to the scar and scrub it on the affected area. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse with cold water. Repeat this process once every week.
Frankincense Essential Oil
This essential oil is infused with anti-inflammatory properties and is suitable for dry skin. Serving a regenerative purpose for your skin cells, it helps reduce the appearance of visible scars and stretch marks.
A summer favourite fruit found in abundance in our motherland, mango butter is native to India. It is rich in Vitamin C and Omega-9 acid which helps lighten visible age spots, resulting in firm, toned, plumper skin.
DIY Scar Treatment Massage Oil
You can now make your own scar treatment massage oil at home! Take 35ml of wheatgerm oil, 15ml of raspberry seed oil, 6 drops of frankincense oil and 10 drops of lavender oil. Blend the mentioned ingredients and store the mixture in a bottle. Apply this paste over the scar or wound twice a day.