It isn’t surprising that Besan or gram flour has long been used in India for its many benefits for skin and hair. In fact, it is a traditional Indian home remedy that is used right from the time when one is a child to becoming an adult when a lot of packs and scrubs using besan are utilized to take care of beauty issues right from acne to tanning to cleansing and exfoliating. Here I will take you through the various ways you can use besan for skin and give you recipes for packs and treatments that you can make and apply at home.
Beauty Benefits of Gram Flour
For Skin –
Reduce your Acne with besan
Acne is a persistent skin problem and those who suffer from it know how difficult it is to treat it. This chronic,
inflammatory skin disease causes pimples on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. Take charge of your acne problem by trying these home remedies.
Step 1: Mix equal amounts of besan and Haldi powder.
Step 2: Mix in a teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey in the powders and combine thoroughly.
Step 3: Apply a thin layer of this paste to your cleansed and damp face and neck, and leave on for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse with warm water.
Step 1: Make a smooth paste with 2 teaspoon besan, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons sandalwood powder and 1 teaspoon milk
Step 2: Apply evenly on your face and neck
Step 3: Wash off after 20 minutes with warm water.
This remedy helps lighten acne scars. You could also replace milk with lemon juice for a stronger scar-removing effect.
Lighten your Tan
Have your beachy picnics left you with a tan that you now want to lighten? Well, the reason that your skin gets tanned in the sun is that it starts producing melanin (the brown pigment that causes tanning) when it is exposed to the sun.
Well, while a tan always looks good, if you want to go back to your natural color, ditch the harsh chemical tan lighteners and try gram flour instead. With its multipurpose benefits, there is nothing quite like gram flour and the best part is that it is almost always available in your kitchen. Gram flour has been used for de-tanning and brightening one skin tone for centuries and its super cleansing properties leave your face looking its best ever.
Step 1: Mix 4 teaspoons gram flour with a pinch of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of curd and the juice of a lemon. The vitamin C in lemon will reduce pigmentation, while dahi will hydrate your skin .
Step 2: Add a pinch of salt for exfoliating benefits
Step 3: Apply to your skin and face daily and you will see results after prolonged use.
Tip: You could also substitute the curd with milk and use this paste all over your body to get beautiful, skin!
If your face looks like an oily mess with all the excess oil that your sebaceous glands are producing industriously, then, besan is for you. So, if you would prefer your skin to be a tad more matte, look no further than your kitchen for a jar of gram-flour. Gram flour packs work wonders in absorbing the excess oil and cleansing your skin as well.
Gram flour and rosewater pack
Step 1: Take two tablespoons of gram flour and add rose water (a natural astringent) to it till it becomes a smooth paste.
Step 2: Leave it on your face and neck for 20 minutes or till dry.
Step 3: Wash off with cold water.
Gram flour and honey face pack
Like gram flour, honey absorbs the excess oil from the skin while its ability to retain water ensures that your skin does not dry out.
Step 1: A Make a thick paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of gram flour with 1 tablespoon of honey and a little water
Step 2: Gently apply this paste all over your face and neck.
Step 3: Wait for 20 minutes or till dry and wash off. Do this treatment at least thrice a week
Tackle Dry skin
Are you wondering how I can make such contradictory statements, especially when we have just talked about how gram flour can help deal with oily skin? Well, that is one of the wonders of gram flour that it not just helps control oiliness but also tackles dry, scaly skin. When besan is mixed with milk cream (malai), it acts as a wonderful moisturiser. You could also add some olive oil or almond oil and get the same results.
Step 1: Mix gram flour and milk cream to make a paste
Step 2: Apply this to your face and neck
Step 3: Wash it off before it dries completely
Step 1: Mix together 1 tablespoon of gram flour with 2 drops of lemon, 1 teaspoon milk cream or olive oil and Â½ teaspoon honey.
Step 2: Apply the paste to your face and wash it off when it is partially dry.
Tip: You can substitute the milk cream with yoghurt made from full-fat milk
Exfoliating should be an essential part of your beauty routine because if you do not scrub away all the dead skin cells, the debris starts to pile up leaving your skin looking dull and lifeless. While there are hundreds of scrubs available in the market, there’s nothing like a good, homemade gram flour scrub to get the glow back on your face. And its environment-friendly as well.
Step 1: Combine 3 teaspoons gram flour with 1 teaspoon ground oats, 2 teaspoons cornflour and milk.
Step 2: Gently rub this on your damp face and leave on for about 10 minutes.
Step 3: Wash off
You can replace the oats with rice powder and almond powder for exfoliating benefits.
So are you trying these packs anytime soon or not? I feel with the party season going on, one must pamper oneself by trying out these amazing home-made packs. Do tell me about your favorite ones.
U.s.lima, lifestyle content creator