How many creams rich in ingredients we apply on our skin every day, often without reading the INCI, the label that, by law, must contain the substances that make up a cosmetic product. However, it is possible to resort to ancient traditions and realize that, often, in just a few steps and with a few simple ingredients we can create very powerful cosmetics. Today we let us be inspired by the wisdom of Indian women who have always taken care of their beauty with what the earth offers them, herbs, spices and clays. So, incredible treatments for acne, oily skin, irritations and dull and opaque skin caused by external agents and pollution are created. Let's see some beauty remedies inspired by the ancient wisdom of India!
Multani mitti, or fuller’s earth clay, is a type of Indian clay, much finer than normal clay and highly absorbent (US Department of Health and Human Service). Nowadays you can easily find multani mitti in shops, even online, that are dedicated to beauty. Multani mitti is not only rich in mineral salts, it is also an excellent remedy to remove impurities and dead cells from the skin, it is anti-inflammatory, soothing and absorbs the excess of sebum (Waheed et al, Appl Radiat Isot, 2012). Given these characteristics, multani mitti is an excellent treatment for acne-prone skin, oily or sensitive skin but also for dull skin due to stress and pollution. This clay makes the skin bright, fresh and radiant, balances sebum production and also acts to calm irritation (Pal et al, The Open Dermatology Journal, 2017). To use this clay, mix it with water and apply on clean and dry face skin, leave on for 10 minutes and if it tends to dry, keep it moist by spraying a little water or hydrolat, then rinse.
Tulsi, or holy basil, scientific name Ocimum tenuiflorum, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family considered sacred in India. With Tulsi a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal tea is prepared, useful not only for body health but also for beauty (Jamshidi et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2017)! In fact, several scientific studies (Cohen et al, J Ayurveda Integr Med, 2014 - Yamani et al, Front Microbiol, 2016) report the use of tulsi as a helfpul treatment in case of acne, wounds, skin irritations, itching, enlarged pores and insect bites. In this case you can use the infusion. Bring a cup of water to a boil, remove from heat and add a tablespoon of plant. Let it brew for 10 minutes, then filter, let it cool down and apply directly to the area of the skin to be treated. For example, in case of acne you can use tulsi tea as a tonic before applying your usual face cream.