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Skin ligtening mask and scrub – Oats and banana

I often get asked about skin lightening creams and methods to lighten the complexion. I love and i am proud of the skin tone that me as a Indian have but pigmentation is a major concern hence  I’ve put together a natural skin care and mask that you can make using readily available materials  in your home.

The application of this mask could really help those with skin pigmentation, and could also be used as a part of your regular skin care regimen. These remedies are not intended to lighten your overall complexion – but I believe it could really help even out uneven pigmentation of skin.

Here is the first in series – Banana oats scrub and mask .

The recipe-

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Grind two table spoons of oats with cold milk and banana. To this add a pinch of turmeric (turmeric can stain the towel and also the outfit that you are planning to wear) and a teaspoon of olive oil.

Use this as a body scrub and face scrub. Leave it on for 10 mins ( will act as a mask ) and rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Oats for skin care –

It acts as a natural moisturizer by removing the dead skin cells. It contains beta-glucan that forms a fine film on your skin as well as penetrates deep into the skin to provide much needed deep moisturizing to your skin. Besides, it enhances wound healing and shallow abrasions and improves collagen deposition and activation of immune cells within the skin. Oats are known for their skin lightening effects as well as improving the skin tone and texture and smoothing out blotchy areas. Oats contain natural cleansers called saponins that can remove dirt and oil from the pores without causing irritation, thus leaving behind soft and silky skin as well as reducing pore size. Instead of facial scrubs, oatmeal can form part of your skincare regimen as it is effective in getting rid of dead skin cells that build up in the pores.

Banana for skin care –

Banana fruit has nutrients that are essential for the skin. They contain significant amounts of vitamin C and B6 which plays vital role in maintaining the integrity and elasticity of the skin.
In addition, the large amount of antioxidants and manganese present in banana protect the body from damage caused by oxygen free radicals which lead to premature aging of the skin. Banana is a great natural moisturizer for your skin. The Vitamin A and biotin present in banana restores the lost moisture and repairs the damaged, dull and dry skin . Banana contains generous amount of Vitamin C in it that help in maintaining the natural and youthful glow of the skin and also helps is getting rid of pigmentation.

Have a glowing  Sunday


Babita Jaishankar

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