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4 home remedies to try for better skin

...And what to avoid

By Trisha Chawla  August 29th, 2017

It’s time you treat your skin to some TLC by brewing up a quick concoction in your kitchen. You’ll find that the humble ingredients in your pantry work just as well as your superfood-packed night mask to clear your skin and leave it with a natural glow. Dr. Jaishree Sharad, dermatologist to stars like Ranbir Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty, let us in on a few trade secrets on the home remedies that deliver and the ones that have a bad rap. From a pomegranate face mask to a papaya scrub, here’s everything you should be trying for glowing, acne-free skin:

4 home remedies you need to try

Try it if: You have dull skin

If you love sweet-smelling face masks, try this fruity one for glowing skin. “Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and C. Blend it into a juice and add ginger, curry leaves and then add honey to the leftover pulp and put this on for 15 minutes for natural, luminous skin,” instructs Sharad. 

Avoid: Lime, garlic and tomatoes

Sharad warns us against using home remedies like lime, garlic cloves and tomatoes which are used to brighten and calm inflamed skin. A lot of people go to Dr. Sharad to treat scars caused by the misuse of home remedies. Ingredients like lime can react to sunlight when used on the skin and cause phytophotodermatitis – a condition that burns the skin and leaves nasty marks. 

Try it if: You have a troublesome under-eye

Use a drop of coconut oil or desi ghee on your under-eye to treat fine lines,” says Sharad. Since the skin there is the thinnest, dab it on gently instead of rubbing it into the skin. “You can also cut an aloe vera stalk in half and apply the gel if you need to hydrate dry under-eyes,” adds Sharad.

Try it if: You’re tanned from a holiday

Beach vacations are great, but a fading tan? Not so much. Sharad recommends you treat the damage by gently rubbing a slice of papaya over your skin or simply by applying yoghurt all over. If you’ve got oily skin, make sure you mix turmeric with yoghurt so it won’t clog your pores. Don’t scrub hard or you’ll end up causing more harm to your skin.

Try it if: You have acne

Got a bout of adult acne or a huge, red zit just in time for a big event? “Mix a small spoon of turmeric with rose water to make a paste and spread it over the affected areas and rinse after 15 minutes. It’s an age-old remedy for redness or irritated skin since it has antiseptic and healing properties,” says Sharad. Make sure you don’t apply make-up for at least six hours after this or you might get a bitter reaction.