It’s the season of Karwa Chauth and festivities, and there’s no doubt you want to look your best! So bookmark these natural remedies for your hair and skin.
Karwa Chauth is around the corner, and on this auspicious occasion, many of you would like to look your best for the occasion. While makeup and hairstyle can do the job, nothing matches naturally healthy skin and hair.
Give your skin and hair some TLC this Karwa Chauth using ingredients present right at home! We bring to you one hair pack and one face pack, both made with natural ingredients. Using these right before the D-day will ensure you look your best!
Here’s how aloe vera and bhringraj benefit your hair
Aloe vera is a succulent plant that is known for its health, beauty, and haircare properties.The plant thrives in dry climates and hence, as a natural mechanism, it is conditioned to store water in its leaves. This water when combined with the amino acids and complex carbohydrates present in the plant, make for a fantastic hydrating agent for the hair. As per research published in the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, the gel in aloe vera leaves cleanses the hair shaft efficiently, stripping off extra sebum (oil) and residue of the hair products used regularly.
As per beauty expert Shahnaz Husain, aloe vera gel is a powerful natural moisturizer and prevents moisture loss.
Bhringraj or false daisy is a herb from the sunflower family. It’s leaves are known to be beneficial for hair growth and helps strengthen the roots as well. It is a rich source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E and D, and these properties nourish the hair and prevent any damage due to dryness or application of chemical based products.
So, ready to make your bhringraj and aloe vera hair pack?
Here’s what you will need
- 1 medium sized leaf of bhringraj or 1 tsp bhringraj powder
- 1 medium sized leaf of aloe vera
Here’s how you can make and use the hair pack
Step 1: If using the bhringraj leaf, wash it and then grind it to make a powder. Now, cut the thorns on both sides of the aloe vera leaf and wash it, followed by grinding it.
Step 2: Mix the grinded aloe vera leaf and the powdered bhringraj leaf together in a bowl. Your hair pack is now ready!
Step 3: Part your hair in sections and apply the hair pack on your scalp, and the entirety of your hair. Do not forget to cover the full length and ends of the hair.
Step 4: Leave the hair pack on for at least 2 hours, and then wash it off using lukewarm water and shampoo.
So, ladies, get ready to strengthen and hydrate your hair. And here’s a vital tip – use this hair pack at least once a week to see optimal results!
Here’s how curd and hibiscus benefit your skin
When it comes to curd, it is perfect to deeply moisturize the skin while getting rid of dead skin cells. The lactic acid present in curd is believed to exfoliate the skin gently and even the skin tone. In addition, it can also feel very soothing on irritated skin.
Hibiscus, on the other hand, can provide your skin with a boost of vitamin C which is known to add glow to your skin, delay the appearance of fine lines and remove dead skin cells. In fact, research published in the journal Nutrients notes that vitamin C can greatly improve dermal health. We spoke to celebrity dermatologist and wellness expert, Dr Kiran Sethi from Isya Aesthetics, Delhi who said, “Topical vitamin C helps lends glow to the skin and prevents pollution damage along with mild pigmentation, boosting collagen, and preventing oxidative damage.”
Let’s prepare the curd and hibiscus face pack, shall we?
Here’s what you will need
- 2 teaspoons of curd
- 1 teaspoon of hibiscus powder
Here’s how you can make and use the face pack
Step 1: In a bowl, add 2 teaspoons of dahi and 1 teaspoon of hibiscus powder. You can either buy the powder from the market or dry the hibiscus flower and powder it at home.
Step 2: Mix the ingredients till a paste gets formed.
Step 3: Wash your face and apply the face pack on your skin.
Step 4: Let the face pack sit on your skin for about 15 minutes and then, wash it using lukewarm water.
So, ladies, add these to your preparation routine for Karwa Chauth and look absolutely stunning!