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.