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Moong and mint – for acne prone skin

It is Sunday, time to pamper yourself with some homemade concoctions for bright and calming skin . The ingredients needed are  –

1. Finely powdered whole green moong dal ( washed and dried )

2. 1 tbsp  Fresh mint juice ( just for the face pack )

3 . Few drops of olive oil ( just for the body scrub )

4. Organic turmeric

Why moong dal and mint for skin care ?

Moong dal  provides significant amounts of thiamine (vitamin B1), folate ( vitamin B9) as well as vitamin B5 and vitamin B6. Vitamin B 1 is an antioxidant that helps to increase blood circulation and protects  from the effects of aging. Vitamin B 5 has shown the capability to reduce oil formation and thus, reduces acne formation. It has also become very popular in skin care industry because of its ability to assist in retaining moisture.  It helps hydrate and hydrated skin appears plumper, healthier and shows signs of aging much slower. Vitamin B5 is also needed for healthy growth and production to fight eczema.

Vitamin B also serves as an effective skin lightening agent. With regular usage you can see your hyper pigmentation decreasing.

In addition to this, it contains high levels of the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc that cuts the excess oil that causes the acne .

Mint is great for acne and cools and calms skin.


Face pack –

Finely ground moong dal +pinch turmeric+ mint juice, mixed in buttermilk . Apply it and leave it for 20 min and wash it with lukewarm water .

Body scrub –

Ground moong dal + turmeric 1tsp+ olive oil . Use it as body scrub , in circular motion moving upward .

This pack is good for skin affected by hyper-pigmentation and is acne prone .

Enjoy and have a bright and cool Sunday .


Babita Jaishankar


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Skin lightening mask and scrub- Tamarind and turmeric

Sunday is a good time to spend time on your selves (I say this to my clients too).  This is my second blog in the series skin lightening mask and scrub oats and banana

Tamarind as skin care –

Tamarind is a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamin C, flavanoids, and vitamin  A, which help fight against the formation of free radicals  ( the main ingredients in any age-defying product) . Tamarind when applied on skin soothes irritation and inflammation. It lightens the skin and reduces dark spots and pigmentation ( along with few drops of lemon it also acts as instant bleaching agent ) . Tamarind contains natural fruit acids which help to remove impurities and dead cells giving a polished skin. It also contains AHA (alpha- hydroxy acids) which acts as an exfoliater. This body scrub along with turmeric is ideal for oily and acne prone skin due the antimicrobial properties of tamarind. But avoid the contact with eyes and skin and do not apply after shaving or waxing as it may irritate your skin.

Read more about it here.

Tamarind turmeric mask/scrub –

The raw ingredients – tamarind , turmeric and crystal sugar.

Warning –  Turmeric stains the skin and clothes yellow .



Tamarind and can be little harsh on the facial skin if used directly, so boil it in water and use the pulp.




Use the pulp and mix it with turmeric and water ( or curd can be used too )


To use it as a body scrub add crystal sugar to the mix .


Have a wonderful Sunday.


Babita Jaishankar


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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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WOW Honey ;)

When i am putting down skin care and hair care regime for my clients i generally prefer to keep it very simple and something that they can just grab from their kitchen shelf .  So let me tell you ” why ” honey

Honey – “natural” alternative to medicine

One of the most important attributes of raw honey in this context is that it possesses inherent antibacterial properties. This makes it particularly useful in treating burns, peptic ulcers, gastroenteritis, and infections. 

The properties that make honey such a potent antibacterial agent are high viscosity; low pH;  low availability of free water; and its natural ability to produce hydrogen peroxide.


  1. Honey inhibits bacterial growth by stopping it at the cellular level.
  2. Honey also generally has a pH value between 3.2- 4.5, making it a very acidic agent. Thus, most types of honey will inhibit growth of bacteria.
  3. Honey has a low availability of water for bacteria to use, being about 84% fructose and glucose. The 15-21% of water by weight in honey strongly interacts with the sugar molecules and, thus, there is very little left available for anything else (like bacteria).
  4. Honey also has an enzyme, glucose-oxidase that produces hydrogen peroxide. Fully ripened honey has a pretty low level of hydrogen peroxide and when you dilute the honey in water, this enzyme’s activity increases by a factor of up to 50,000, making it a very effective slow release antiseptic. This “slow release” effect is particularly helpful as it does not damage healthy tissue, rather these slow release, low doses kill only the germs, while leaving the healthy tissue unharmed.                                                                                   
  • Will keep you all posted on other things that you can grab from your kitchen shelf and look WOW :).             ——-   Love      Babita jaishankar                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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