Have you tried beauty oils?

The use of beauty oils in India dates back to several millennia. References to beauty-enhancing oils can be found in ancient Ayurvedic texts that describe in detail how royals and elites used skin oils as part of their daily beauty rituals. Precious herbs such as saffron, manjistha (Indian madder) and lodhra (lodh) infused in a mix of oils, fresh cow’s milk, ghee and herbal roots are still used in Ayurvedic spas.

Here are some oils that are known to have beneficial effects on skin and hair.

Castor oil: Castor oil has been used for promoting hair growth since time immemorial in India. It is also used for thickening eyelashes. Just a tiny smear on the lashes at bedtime is enough to impart density to eyelashes. In many parts of India, women mix their kajal and soorma with castor oil to strengthen their eyelashes.

Almond oil: Almond oil is packed with therapeutic properties. An excellent skin tonic, it is highly beneficial for treating under eye dryness, dark circles and puffiness. Just apply a small quantity of almond oil around the eye area and massage lightly and gently. Leave on for 20 minutes and wipe off with moist cotton. You can feel the difference in just a few days.

Sesame oil: Sesame oil is best known for tightening facial skin, particularly around the nose, and decreasing the size of pores. It also gives you a radiant complexion.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is packed with so much goodness that it is often called nature’s gift to humankind. In its pure form, coconut oil is light and soothing for the skin. It is an excellent moisturizer and beauty treatment. In fact, virgin coconut oil is considered an all-purpose beauty treatment.

Kumkumadi oil: Kumkumadi oil is one of the most effective anti-ageing potions, with more than 15 highly potent ingredients, including saffron, sandalwood, turmeric, lotus pollen, vetiver and liquorice.

Nalpamaradi oil: Nalpamaradi oil is a skin brightening agent and a natural sunscreen. It is a mix of sesame oil, vetiver, turmeric, gooseberry and Indian madder.


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