Gram flour or besan has been a part of the Indian diet for ages. Be it a besan ka chilla or kadhi, there are several dishes that are based on besan. Its high in protein and very versatile as an ingredient too. Not just your plate, besan can enjoy a place of pride in your beauty regimen too. Here are some things you should know about Besan as we approach Valentine's Day:
Besan really helps as a mild skin exfoliator for acne and also for rough, dry and dull skin.
It also helps smoothen the skin for those who have skin allergies – it is recommended especially to those who suffer from recurring skin allergies.
Besan with rose water is a wonder potion for people with normal skin. Mix besan with lemon juice and multani mittiif you have oily or acne prone skin.
Besan can be used as a simple home remedy for removing those hard-to-get-rid-off blackheads. Just mix besan with lime juice and gently scrub the area of your nose that is prone to blackheads.
For mature skin, besan mixed with kacha doodh (raw milk) and walnut powder is a powerful face pack.
Besan or gram flour is also great for cleaning up areas such elbows and knees. There could also be some dead skin collected in and around the hip area which can make them rough and dry. Use a mix of besan and lemon juice here every day before taking a bath. You could add a few teaspoons of kacha doodh too. Try this on a daily basis and you will see visible results.
Children, up to the age of 5 years, loose almost 400 milligrams of skin on a daily basis. However, with age we often ignore the importance of exfoliating our skin on a regular basis. Shedding of the superficial dead skin layers is crucial for a healthy looking skin; not doing so could lead to the skin looking dull and gloomy. This is where besan can work its charm. Follow these simple home remedies till the skin has a better glow. Gradually move to doing these once a week.
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One of my favorite DIY skin masks is made using benefit-rich turmeric. Turmeric has been all the craze for dietary reasons but did you also know that it can also help your skin?
Turmeric, traditionally known as Indian saffron because of its deep yellow-orange color, has been used throughout history as a condiment and textile dye. Turmeric also provides amazing healing benefits, not just inside the body, but for your skin. Indian brides have long used turmeric body scrubs and face masks to purify and cleanse their bodies as well as provide a healthy glow by brightening their skin right before their weddings.
Turmeric, a herb used as a main ingredient in curry, can benefit your skin as a home remedy for acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. It also reduces skin inflammation due to being high in antioxidants and slows down cell damage. As well, it can help reduce pigmentation that evens out skin tone.
What makes turmeric work so well? Turmeric has shown significant anti-inflammatory activity because of its volatile oil and its yellow or orange pigment, which is called curcumin. Curcumin, a phytonutrient, contains anti-inflammatory abilities that have been shown to be comparable to many drugs on the market today, but unlike drugs, curcumin produces no toxicity.
A turmeric face mask is an excellent exfoliating agent and very easy to make right at home with just a few ingredients. However, it is important to note that some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric after skin exposure. I recommend testing on a small area of your skin first. You may need to use a mild soap with water to remove the yellow stain that may occur. Be careful not to get it on your clothing as well, since it may stain.
With consistency, this turmeric face mask will give you glowing skin!
Turmeric Face Mask for Glowing Skin
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 1–2 applications
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of organic, raw, local honey
½ teaspoon milk or yogurt
[optional] 1 drop lemon essential oil or fresh lemon juice for additional skin brightening
Wash face and hands first to remove impurities and any make-up.
In a small bowl or jar, mix the turmeric powder with the honey, apple cider vinegar, milk or yogurt and optional lemon oil. Try to get a consistency that will stick to your face. Be careful not to make it too thin as it may drip.
Apply the mask carefully avoiding your eyes.
Allow the mask sit on your face for 15–20 minutes then rinse with warm water.
If you have any leftover, you can cover and leave in the fridge for your next application.
Egg yolk is made up of mostly water and fats, which makes it a great water-binding agent that locks moisture into your skin cells, leaving your face soft and supple. Egg-yolk face masks work wonders for people with dry or flaky skin. The nutrients in egg yolks work to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize dull skin.
Let’s discover the key nutrients in egg yolks that makes them great for skin:
After our beloved Maggi noodles, rice has become the latest to come under scanner for quality issues.
Allegedly, rice imported from China includes `plastic rice’ and it is difficult for ordinary people to differentiate between it and the real rice. It is believed that when plastic rice is ingested along with real rice, it creates trouble in the digestion system and causes severe gastric ailments.
However, despite all the huff and puff about contamination in rice, almost half of the world’s population cannot comfortably eliminate it from their households because it is an integral part of their staple diet.
But, even if you turn a blind eye towards the recent rice contamination episode, there is still something nastier about your staple food. There are several other contaminants found in rice that pose a severe threat to health. Here we list a few impurities found in rice that you should be aware of.
One of the most common contaminants in rice is a metal named Arsenic, which occurs naturally in soil and water. Rice, grown under water, is exposed 10 times more to the hazardous metal in comparison with other cereals. Constant exposure to arsenic can also lead to certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases and skin lesions.
Batching, popularly known as mineral oil, can be commonly found in jute sacks in which rice is usually packed. The oil is used to treat jute fibers to give it flexibility. During transportation, rice seeds get contaminated with the oil, making it unsuitable for consumption.
Bacteria from Aspergillus species produce harmful substances called aflatoxins which contaminate edible commodities like rice. Prolonged exposure to humid conditions favours the growth of these bacteria, leading to contamination.
Lead and calcium
Common contaminants found in rice such as lead and cadmium can be found in high quantity in milled rice. When consumed in large amounts, they can have deleterious effects on the body. Moreover, certain fertilizers contain cadmium in severely high amounts, which gets absorbed by rice grain through the soil.
Faeces of mice and rats
Before being supplied to wholesale and retail markets, rice grains are stored in godowns. Storage in basements and dimly lit rooms exposes rice grains to contamination by bacteria spread through faeces of mice and rats, and consumption of rice contaminated with these impurities can be a cause of life-threatening diseases like hantavirus-4.