For generations, South Asians have been using their own secret recipes as part of their beauty routine. Many have grown up using coconut oil and turmeric as part of their regimen to clear up skin, grow healthy hair, and to get a dewy glow.
That’s why we asked people in the South Asian community to share their best-kept beauty secrets. Here are 10 tips you can steal for a better, healthier glow.
Henna, one of the most popular plants used for beauty in India, is often used on the hair to replenish and strengthen it. It is known to condition the hair and works especially well for split ends.
“I make henna packs with henna and coconut oil and apply it once a month,” says 32-year-old Toronto resident, Neha Sharma. “Makes such a difference!”
2. Coconut oil
There are so many ways you can implement coconut oil into your beauty routine, from using it as a shaving cream alternative to defrizzing your hair to removing eye makeup, Brown Girl magazine reports. But Mississauga, Ont. resident Anya Mahajan says she uses it for another benefit.
“I started using coconut oil on my hair, body and face. I’ve noticed my hair [has] grown stronger and shinier, my face feels supple, and my body is more hydrated,” the 23-year-old says.
Turmeric powder has long been used by South Asians to reduce blemishes, scars, acne and dark spots. Indian brides, specifically, tend to apply a turmeric mask ahead of their wedding to get a healthy glow.
To make your own mask, 28-year-old Mississauga native Reeya Suwal advises: “You will need two tablespoons of flour, half a tablespoon of turmeric powder, a quarter cup of yogurt, half a tablespoon of lemon juice and honey. Apply the paste to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. You can even add sandalwood to it.”
“My mum has been using lemon for brightening and exfoliating the skin,” says 21-year-old Torontonian Vanessa Ferns. “The acid helps remove blackheads and works like a charm.”
Lemon juice can also be used on the scalp to get rid of dandruff and flaky skin, as well as boost hair growth, Stylecraze reports.
5. Castor oil
It’s believed that castor oil has moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, Medical News Today reports. That’s why it’s so beneficial in beauty routines.
“Castor oil is a really useful moisturizer …
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel