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If you have an oily skin type, then it is time for you take extra care of your skin. Summers can be harsh to your skin - the dry, humid heat leaves you with stretchy, leather-like, patchy skin, and huge pores. Furthermore, the constant sweating can make your skin oily, which may lead to various common skin-related problems like acne and pimples. In order to steer clear of the same, you can bring a bevy of kitchen ingredients to your rescue. Various citrusy fruits can come to great help in keeping oily skin at bay. One such citrus fruit is orange. Oranges are known to work like magic on the skin and can benefit the skin in numerous ways. When applied topically on the face, oranges have the capability of absorbing additional oil from the face.

Here Is A List Of 3 Orange Face Packs That Can Do Wonders For Your Skin:

Orange And Neem Face Pack

Things You Need:

Orange Pulp - 3 tbsp
Milk - 2 tbsp
Paste of neem leaves - 3 tbsp


To begin with, take a bowl and add neem paste and milk to it. Combine the two ingredients and add orange pulp to it. Once a paste-like consistency is attained, apply it on your face. You may apply it on your neck as well. Allow the pack to stay for around 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.

Orange And Besan Face Pack

Things You Need:

Besan Powder - 2 tbsp
Rose Water - 2 tbsp (optional)
Orange Juice (without pulp) - 3 tbsp


Take orange juice in a bowl and mix besan powder in it. Mix the two ingredients till a grainy paste is attained. You may even add rose water in this mixture as it will give your face a refreshing feel. Keep it on your face for 20 minutes. Once it dries off, wash it with cold water or dab some cotton balls in water and clean your face using them. For best results, apply this face pack thrice a week.

Orange And Oatmeal Face Pack

Things You Need:

Oatmeal - 1 tbsp
Orange Juice - 2 tbsp


Take a bowl and mix both the ingredients in it until you get a grainy scrub-like mixture. Apply it on your face in a circular motion and wait for 10-12 minutes. Rinse off your face with cold water.

So, without further ado, bring these skin-friendly face packs to your rescue and bid goodbye to oily skin.

These days, taking care of the skin has become no less than a task. This is primarily because of the continuous exposure to the sun and pollution which has led to numerous skin problems. From skin tanning to stubborn pigmentation spots, there is no end to the types of skin problems that are occurring these days. Pigmentation occurs when dark spots are formed on the skin making it look dull and uneven. In order to get rid of those stubborn pigmentation spots, we often resort to various BB creams, concealers and many other artificial creams. However, these chemical-based creams can do more harm than good to your skin. Hence, it is always better to go for natural ways while treating such skin conditions. Here we have got you some natural home remedies to get rid of those stubborn pigmentation spots. Read on to know more about them.

1. Potatoes

Potatoes are known for their anti-pigmentation properties. They are known to work quite well on pigmented areas and blemishes. You would require 1 raw potato and some water. Cut potato into half and dip the sliced part into water. Rub the potato slice on the affected areas in a circular motion for about 10 minutes. Wash off your face with lukewarm water. Repeat this procedure twice or thrice in a week for better results.


Yogurt has lactic acid which helps in shedding the dead cells from the skin. To diminish the pigmentation spots, you would require one tablespoon fresh yogurt. Apply the yogurt on the affected areas and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse off your face with some water.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil helps replenish the dead skin cells and also protects it from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Firstly, wash your face to remove any excessive dirt. Apply the coconut oil to your face and massage it well so that it penetrates deep down the skin's layers. Once you're done with the massaging, leave the oil on your skin for about 20-25 minutes so that the extra oil gets absorbed. Wash your face and repeat this method thrice in a week.

4. Papaya

Papaya has excellent exfoliating properties. It helps in eliminating the dead skin cells and promotes the growth of new cells by curing hyperpigmentation. To make a papaya face-pack for yourself, you would require 3 tablespoons of papaya extract, milk and organic honey. Take a bowl and add these ingredients. Mix well until they are properly blended. Apply it on your face and allow it to stay for about 20 minutes. Rinse off using cold water.


Sandalwood is great for your skin as it helps lighten the pigmentation spots to a great extent. To use sandalwood paste for your skin, you would require some sandalwood and rose water. Take a bowl, add both of these ingredients and mix well. Apply this paste on your entire face and leave for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water in the end.

So what are you waiting for? Bring these natural and chemical-free kitchen ingredients to your rescue and make the most of them! Disclaimer:

Gram flour has been used in recipes all over India since time immemorial. In fact, I can think of very few states that do not use this amazingly tasting and healthy flour in a variety of dishes, be it pakoras, kadhi, chillas or mithais. So many of us are also familiar with gram flour, or besan as it is more popularly called in India, as a beauty ingredient too. When used in the correct way, and for the appropriate skin-type, besan can work wonders to improve the quality of your skin.

Besan is a very versatile ingredient, and when mixed with certain other ingredients it can treat and take care of many skin issues. Not only can gram flour be used in masks for different skin types, it's also an important ingredient in many natural and homemade body ubtans that are great for polishing and nourishing the skin. Other benefits of besan include removing tan, removing patchiness on the skin and even removal of hair! Versatile and easily available in any grocery store, gram flour should definitely be one of the key ingredients on your beauty shelf!

Gram flour Hair Removal Ubtan
Firstly let me use this magical ingredient to make an ubtan for the body that helps reduce hair growth-

Things You Need:

Half a cup of besan
The juice of 2 lemons
1tsp turmeric
1tsp fresh cream
Water to make a smooth paste


Mix well and apply onto arms or legs.
When dried completely, rub in the opposite direction of hair growth. This is especially effective in young growing girls who have not entered puberty and should be done as a ritual 3 times a week.

Gram flour Mask- Dry Skin
If your skin is dull and dry and you want an instant wake-me-up mask, try this amazing mask and you will get hooked onto gram flour as an ingredient-

Things You Need:

3tsp besan
2tsp honey
1tsp fresh cream
A little milk to make a smooth paste


Mix all the ingredients and apply to clean skin and let dry.
When it has dried, dab with cold milk and scrub off to get smooth, soft and lighter skin in no time at all!

Gram flour Oily Skin Scrub
Most people who suffer from T-zone and oily skin problems do not know that gram flour when mixed with the right ingredients can not only reduce oily skin but also whiteheads and blackheads that can be a result of increased sebum production in the skin. Make the following scrub effectively to treat oiliness, blackheads and whiteheads-

Things You Need:

3tsp gram flour
2tsp red masoor lentil powder
The juice of half a lemon
Half a tsp of camphor powder


Mix with rose water to make a thick consistency scrub and apply onto clean skin.
When dry, dab with water and scrub off in a rotating manner very gently.
After removing this scrub, you can very gently squeeze out stubborn blackheads.

Gram flour Body Polishing Ubtan
The skin very often looks patchy, dry and dull and you yearn for a silky soft feel wanting to get rid of dead skin. This wonderful natural gram flour ubtan will help polish and nourish the body and leave it feeling like baby soft skin!

Things You Need:

Half a cup of gram flour
Half a cup of green moong lentil powder
Quarter cup of rice flour
Half a cup of orange peel powder
2tsb honey
2tsb fresh cream
2tsb almond oil
Full fat cream milk to mix to a smooth paste
8 drops essential oil of rose


Before bathing, apply this all over the body and let it become semi-dry.
Scrub off and rinse with water and the day you use this ubtan, do not use soap on your body.

Gram flour Neglected Area De-tanner Mask
I have always felt that we often neglect our feet, knees, elbows and hands and these areas are so important for a well-groomed look. Dark patchy areas like hands and feet look so ugly when left unattended. Travelling outdoors and driving can play havoc with the skin and a natural de-tanner with gram flour will work wonders! Apply the following-

Things You Need:

6tsb gram flour
4tsb yoghurt
Juice of one full lemon
2tsp almond paste


Mix well and apply to the hands, feet, elbows and knees. Let it dry and dab with milk when semi-dry and scrub off.

Most of us underestimate simple, easily available but highly effective ingredients. Use them wisely and to your advantage to see fabulous effects on your skin and I can assure you gram flour will be one of your favourites!

Do you feel that your skin texture is dry? If even after applying moisturisers and serums you are able to feel the dryness on your skin, then it's time you do something about it. Skin dryness can turn out to be extremely annoying at times as it causes unnecessary itching and dullness. Here we have got some remedies to your rescue! You can now cure your dryness with the help of super-easy butter face masks! These face masks will make your skin supple, glowing and fresh. Butter itself is a rich source of fatty acids and vitamin A which brings a natural glow on your face. Butter face packs have various skin benefits and can be used for all skin types. The vitamin E present in these face masks can keep pigmentation spots at bay. Read on to know more about these face masks.Butter and Banana Face Mask: This face mask combination will bring a natural glow on your face. To make this face mask, you will require 1 ripped banana and 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter. Take a bowl and mash the banana until a thick paste is attained. While mashing the banana, add melted butter or solid butter and mix it well. With the help of a cosmetic brush, apply this face mask all over your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once it is done, wash your face with cold water and apply some moisturiser or toner.

Rosewater and Butter Face Mask: This face mask is extremely good for keeping your skin healthy and helps in removal of dead skin cells. You will require 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon of rosewater. Mix these ingredients well until a thick paste is attained. Apply it on your face for about 30 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water later.

Cucumber and Butter Face mask: If you happen to suffer from skin redness, then this face mask will help you get rid of the same. Take half cucumber and make a puree out of it. Then take 2 tablespoon of cucumber juice and add unsalted butter to it. Mix the ingredients well and apply it all over your face for not more than 10 minutes. Later, rinse off with cold water. This face mask will also help you get a clear skin.

All these 3 butter face masks can do wonder for your skin. So try them right away!

We all know besan, also known as gram flour, is good for our skin. But, do you know besan can do wonders to your hair too? Yeah, you heard it right. From the ancient times besan is being used to treat various skin problems and hair issues. Besan has too many healthy nutrients in it, which is proved to be beneficial for your hair. It makes your hair strong and healthy, and give your tresses a flawless look.Some of them include:

- Hair growth
- Prevents hair fall
- Works as hair cleanser
- Controls frizz
- Fights hair dryness
- Works as a natural conditioner
- Prevents dandruff
- Gives you shinny and long hair
- Prevents split ends

With these amazing hair benefits of besan, you can have long, shiny hair. All you need to do is to regularly apply besan mask on your hair. There are various types of besan mask that you can use as per your hair type and problems.

Here are various types of besan hair masks:

1. Besan with curd hair mask

Besan mixed with curd is beneficial for your hair as this mixture boosts and rejuvenates the scalp, which results in hair growth. Curd contains antioxidants and beneficial bacteria that help prevent impurities and dirt from the scalp. If you often experience scratching and itching on the scalp, then you can add turmeric as well to the mixture. Did you know that besan and curd together act as a great substitute for shampoo and conditioner?

How to use:
1. Take some besan and mix it with small amount of curd.
2. Now, add turmeric in it and make a paste.
3. Apply the paste on your hair and leave it for 30 minutes.
4. After that wash your hair with lukewarm water.

2. Besan with olive oil hair mask

Olive oil is healthy for your hair and when it is mixed with besan, it gets even healthier. The mixture of besan and olive oil makes your hair long and strong.

How to use:
1. Take some besan and add some olive oil in it to make a thick paste.
2. Apply the paste on the roots of the hair and leave it for some time.
3. Before the hair turns extremely dry wash it off with lukewarm water.

3. Besan with almond powder hair mask

Besan and almond powder when mixed together gives you healthy, black and bouncy hair. It improves the texture of your hair, helps retain their natural colour, and gives volume to your hair. You can add vitamin E oil capsules in the mixture, if you are suffering from hair damage.

How to use:
1. Take some besan and almond powder and mix them together.
2. Now, add some lemon juice and honey to the mixture and make a paste of it.
3. Apply the mask on your hair and leave it for some time.
4. Wash it off with plain water.
5. Repeat this routine twice a week to see the results.

4. Besan with egg hair mask

If you are suffering from dull and dry hair, then this hair mask is perfect for you. Besan and egg together condition your hair and make them soft and silky. The mask is known to remove the dryness of your hair and makes them soft and glossy.

How to use:
1. Take some besan and add egg in it and whisk them together.
2. Now, add lemon and honey and mix them together to make a paste.
3. Apply the mixture on the scalp and wait for some time.
4. After that wash it off with lukewarm water.

5. Besan with mayonnaise hair mask

Mayonnaise is excellent for your hair and when combined with besan, it gives your hair the perfect therapy they want. This hair mask helps moisture your hair and make it frizz-free by deep conditioning them. This hair mask is also known to help in your hair growth.

How to use:
1. Take some besan and mix it with some mayonnaise.
2. Now, add honey in the mixture and make paste of it.
3. Apply the paste on your hair and leave it for some time.
4. After that rinse it off with plain water.

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