Mira Rajput Kapoor reveals her favourite home remedies for naturally glowing skin
They’re probably lying in your kitchen
A few months ago, Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput Kapoor announced they were expecting their second baby in the most Instagrammable way possible- a picture of their already-a-star baby Misha alongside a chalked drawing of balloons with the words ‘Big Sister’ written on it. Since then, the second time mom-to-be has been ticking of all the right boxes with her minimal approach to fashion and low-key beauty.
While that lit-from-within glow is a natural side-effect of pregnancy, Rajput-Kapoor has plans to maintain it for the long run. “All women play different roles in their life and it’s important to never neglect yourself,” she says. As she’s set to deliver her second baby, she tells us everything about her self-care routine that’s super simple to abide by.
ELLE: We all take our skin for granted in our 20’s. When did you realise the importance of a good skincare routine?
MRK: When I had Misha, I noticed my skin was drying up very quickly because I was probably not moisturising enough. Eventually, it bounced back to normal as younger skin repairs itself quickly. But as you get older, it’s easier to get lost in your lifestyle or with your kids and not pay attention to your skin or health. Take care of yourself, no matter what stage of life you are in.
ELLE: What does your beauty routine look like?
MRK: I have a ‘less is more’ policy, so my beauty routine is extremely fuss-free. In the morning, I rinse my face with a non-foaming cleanser and follow with a light moisturiser like Olay’s Radiance Cream. Most days, I step out without any make-up because I like to let my skin breathe. I hate that caked-up feeling from applying heavy foundations — that’s only for occasions that really require it. And don’t even get me started on false eyelashes. That heavy, fluttery feeling is the absolute worst. I do love home remedies though.
ELLE: Which are your favourite?
MRK: My mother was always big on home remedies. I used to get sunburnt in the strong Delhi sun and she would always apply raw milk to my skin to slough off dead skin cells and restore a glow. I follow this till date, but I have my own recipe now because I hate the smell of milk — I mix it with rosewater that calms the skin. Another one I really like is multani mitti. It’s the hero of my beauty cabinet as I mix it with different ingredients like papaya, milk and dried oranges to improve radiance.
ELLE: How are you taking care of yourself now that you’re ready to be a mom again?
MRK: The second time around, I ensure that I keep moisturising my skin and body to prevent dryness. I still do get stretch marks, like every other girl out there — it’s natural and a part of motherhood. I also keep my water intake up by drinking a glass regularly and include coconut water to keep the body hydrated from inside. Beauty is definitely more than what you put on your face. Eating right is very important and my mother has made sure I do. All those traditional ‘fatty’ foods like ghee and dry fruits are extremely essential for the body to gain its strength, especially a month after you deliver. I also have plans to take baby steps and start walking on the beach again. Hopefully, I’ll get started on some yoga to stretch out the muscles and sneak in some quality sleep too, though I don’t know how I’m going to get that right now.
Tried-and-tested home remedies you can add to your beauty ritual
Dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad on the skin remedies you can find in your kitchen cabinet.
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.