Look around your kitchen for natural ingredients to work wonders on your skin and hair. Often, we have a party to attend or a ceremony where we need to look our best and we end up with very less time in hand. In such situations, homemade beauty recipes can help us a lot. If you are looking for an effective as well as economic way to get rid of those everyday beauty woes, look around the kitchen for red lentils, commonly known as Masoor dal in Ayurveda (India). Ayurveda has been backed by science since it came into being, and traditional Ayurvedic home remedies have been handed down over generations. The quintessential chickpea flour (besan) and Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) have always been looked up to when you need to maintain your skin, but there are other remedies equally effective which are not celebrated enough. One such ingredient is red lentil or Masoor dal.
Not just great in taste, red lentils can be used in your skin care regimen as well. Red lentils are enriched with essential vitamins and minerals and powerful antioxidants, and they altogether have magical effects on the skin. You can make a powder of red lentils and store it to mix it with numerous ingredients depending on the type of your skin to make amazing face packs, acne masks, and facial scrubs. Red lentils generally work as a bleaching agent and an exfoliator. Adding it to your regular skin care ritual can give you noticeable clarity, radiance, smoothness, and lighten spots, scars, and pigmentation as well. Use red lentils to gently exfoliate your skin and get a cleansed, clear skin. The water that you use to soak the lentils can be used in face packs and facial masks as they retain the essential minerals required by the skin. Read on to learn a few ways how you can use red lentils on your skin.
1. Tightening Mask
As you age, your skin tends to get loose. To age gracefully, red lentils can help! Just mix red lentil powder with milk and egg white in equal parts to make it a paste. Apply it evenly on the face and leave it to dry. Once it dries, wash your face, pat dry, and use a moisturizer. This mask acts as a powerful tightening mask that refreshes, rejuvenates, and tightens the skin.
2. Tan Removal Pack
Do not worry about tan lines anymore. For a perfect tan-removing pack, mix red lentil powder with powdered dry fruits such as walnut powder or just mix red lentil powder with chickpea flour. Mix it with enough water to make it a paste, apply it until it dries, and rinse your face. This pack removes tan effectively.
3. A Gentle Scrub
Red lentil powder can be mixed with milk to make a gentle scrub for the face. Scrub your face with this paste and let it dry. Rinse your face and then, moisturize well. This scrub helps in removing dead skin, pollutants, and excess oil and sebum that builds up in the skin. Milk has moisturizing properties that keep the skin smooth. Use this homemade scrub once a week to get rid of blemishes and uneven skin tone.
4. Red Lentils For Different Skin Types
Those people who have dry skin should mix red lentil powder with honey and rub it on the skin. This pack should be left on for some time and then, washed off. Those people who have oily skin can mix powdered red lentils with a few drops of water and white vinegar and apply on the face. People with normal skin type should make a paste of red lentil powder with curd and a few drops of white vinegar. White vinegar can always be substituted with lemon juice in these packs.
5. Anti-Acne Pack
To treat acne issues, the powdered red lentils should be mixed with the paste of soaked split black gram, glycerin, almond oil, and rose water. This paste works as an effective anti-acne face pack.
Note: Although red lentils can be used to remove blackheads and whiteheads, do not use it more than once a week to retain essential oils in the skin. Always use a moisturizer after every application of red lentil paste. If you have an extremely sensitive or dry skin, avoid red lentils. Do not apply red lentils if you have acne, rashes, and allergies, and always consult a dermatologist before its application.