A spotless skin and gorgeous mane is the dream combination for most girls out there. But environmental factors like pollution and the ongoing fast-paced sedentary lifestyle, characterizing unhealthy food habits, lack of exercise and insufficient time to take care of hair and skin woes has almost made it impossible to achieve a healthy skin and body.
Although, a few months back, we would have just made a short trip to the parlour to get some beauty treatment, but with the growing number COVID-19 infections, it seems almost next to impossible to even get out of the house without dire need. But what, if I tell you, there are a plethora of ingredients right at home which you can make use of to get radiant beauty without much effort. One such herbal ingredient with innumerable benefits is the humble Neem.
This miraculous herb has been a part of the healthcare industry for generations and most of us have grown up hearing about the miraculous properties and incredible home remedies the mighty neem has to offer. The holistic science of Ayurveda even tags neem as the ‘great acne-combatant' and a ‘bestower of healthy hair’. With close to 150 bio active components, regular intake of neem helps in controlling high blood sugar, regulating blood pressure and improving digestive health. So, right from adding directly to the food, making a concoction to drink or applying on the skin and hair as a paste, the versatile neem can be used in myriad ways. Even the gorgeous beauty Anushka Sharma, who recently delivered a cute little girl, vouches for a neem and yoghurt face pack for her blemish-free radiant skin.
So How Does Neem Help?
Imbued with antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties, neem is extremely beneficial to clear their skin of blemishes, acne, rashes, itchiness and a host of other skin problems. The abundance of Vitamin C, antioxidants in neem stimulates collagen formation and helps to smoothen lines and wrinkles. Apart from this it is also quite an effective hair care ingredient that not only stimulate dormant hair follicles to promote blood circulation but also minimise hair loss and helps in hair rejuvenation.
So, what are you waiting for? Just pluck a few neem leaves from your backyard tree and use it to whip up these easy-breezy cool beauty recipes or include them in your own fun way in your daily beauty regime.
DIY Neem Recipes
Neem And Aloe Vera Gel Cleanser cum Toner
4-5 sprigs of neem leaves
3 tbsp freshly scraped aloe vera gel
1 cup rose water
2 cups distilled water
2-3 drops of tea tree oil
Wash the neem leaves and boil them in water.
Strain the mixture to get the concentrated solution of neem extract.
Add rose water, aloe vera gel and mix to get a homogeneous solution.
Add tea tree oil and pour it in a pump-fitted container.
Store it in the refrigerator for future use.
How I Works:
This cleanser-cum toner is excellent for oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin. The antibacterial properties of neem help a great deal in keeping a check on breakouts like acne, pimples and black/whiteheads. Rose water and tea tree oil also helps in clearing excess oil and dirt from deep within the skin pores, whereas aloe vera gel moisturizes, nourishes and soothes the inflamed skin.
Neem And Turmeric Face Pack
2 tbsp neem leaf paste
2 tbsp turmeric paste
1tsp coconut oil
2 tbsp mashed papaya zest
Mix all the ingredients and make a thick paste.
Apply it all over your face and neck.
Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off with cool water.
How It Works
Imbued with antibacterial and antifungal properties, both turmeric and neem helps combat dryness of the skin and cleanse it properly without making it dry. The presence of papaya not only reduces blemishes and pigmentation but also brightens the skin and offers a radiant complexion.
Neem And Curry Leaf Hair Mask
3-4 sprigs of neem leaves
3-4 sprigs of curry leaves
2-3 tbsp coconut oil
1 egg white
1 tbsp curd
Wash both neem and curry leaves and make a paste of it.
Add coconut oil, egg and curd to the leaf paste and get a homogeneous cream-like consistency.
Apply this mask all over the hair strands and scalp.
Wait for 45 minutes.
Wash off with a mild shampoo and apply some hair serum.
How It Works:
This wonder hair mask is extremely beneficial for a gorgeous and glossy mane. The concoction of neem and curry leaf paste not only prevents dandruff and flaking but also treats other scalp infections, prevents hair fall and promotes growth of new hair. The addition of curd moisturizes and nourishes the hair and makes them soft and smooth whereas egg white makes the hair shiny and sleek.