A combination of live bacteria and/or yeasts, which is beneficial for your body and lives in it is called probiotics. Speaking in general, bacteria are constantly seen in a negative light which can cause illness. However, probiotics are made up of good bacteria which keep the body healthy. (Images courtesy: iStock)
How do probiotics work?
The role of probiotics is to maintain the body’s health as it keeps it neutral. The good bacterias present in probiotic makes you feel better by restoring the balance in your body. It also supports the immune system while helping you digest food easily. All it requires to maintain this balance in the body is to eat a diet rich in nutrition.
Probiotics in food
There are several foods that are rich in probiotics and are recommended to consume daily for a well-balanced body. Some of them are so common that you might have been eating them unknowingly. Some of the common foods that have probiotics in them are – yoghurt, buttermilk, sourdough bread, kombucha, tempeh, cottage cheese, fermented pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso soup.
Benefits of probiotics
It has been said earlier that probiotics stimulate the growth of good bacterias, thus it helps in improving the digestive system and immune system, which further helps in keeping various diseases at bay. Here are some of the common benefits of having probiotics daily.
Good for gut and helps in weight management
While gut bacteria play an important role in boosting metabolism, which is involved in everything from digestion to energy production and storage and even appetite regulation. As the microbes help in breaking down food, it is a good reason to include probiotics in the diet so that a healthy weight can be maintained.
Good for skin health
It isn’t just the gut, but probiotics work like magic on skin health. You can literally apply a few foods on the skin or just consume them to get the benefit of skin health. For example, a pack made of turmeric and yoghurt is suggested for clear skin. This is because the microbes present in yoghurt boosts the good bacteria present on the skin.
You may have always wondered the magic behind your grandmother’s healthy and glowing skin. Well, as they say, old is gold, especially when it comes to taking care of your skin and hair, purane nuskhe from our grandmothers were the best and the most effective. Whether it is to cure suntan, acne, dry skin or oily skin, she had the perfect solutions to all your beauty problems using natural homemade face packs. Let’s go back to them as healthier alternatives to our beauty regime.
1. Coriander leaves and turmeric powder face pack for blackheads
A face pack of coriander leaves and turmeric powder makes a great solution for excessive blackheads on your face especially on the nose. The pack helps in shrinking large pores. Coriander acts as a caustic to clean dirt, blocking the pores of your skin. Turmeric helps in pulling out excess oil in your skin pores.
How to make?
Blend coriander leaves with two teaspoons of turmeric powder to make a fine paste. Apply this paste on your face and keep it overnight. Wash it off the next morning with cold water. Follow this routine at least twice a week to get rid of blackheads easily.
2. Curd and gram flour face pack for dry skin
The curd and besan face pack makes for an amazing way to nourish dry skin and remove dead cells. Besan acts as a cleansing agent for the skin and curd has a moisturizing effect.
How to make?
All you need to do is to mix two tablespoons of besan, one tablespoon of curd, one teaspoon of honey and a dash of turmeric to make a smooth paste. Apply evenly on your face and leave it for about five minutes and wash it off with cold water. Try repeating this regime regularly. Curd is a natural moisturizer, honey cleanses your skin and turmeric works as an antiseptic that maintains the pH levels of your skin. All these ingredients put together will heal your dry skin naturally.
3. Multani mitti with lemon juice face pack for pimple scars
Multani mitti is known for its healing properties against acne and blemishes. Rich in magnesium chloride, it helps in reducing acne scars and keeps the skin clean. Turmeric is an antiseptic to maintain the pH levels of your skin and the acidic content in lemon extracts the dirt and keeps the skin germ free.
How to make?
Mix together two teaspoons of multani mitti (fuller’s earth) with a dash of turmeric powder and half a teaspoon of sandalwood powder. Make a smooth paste with lemon juice (add milk depending upon the skin type). Apply this face pack on your face and keep it until it dries off. Wash with cold water.
4. Saffron face pack for improving skin tone
Saffron is known for many healing properties. It is a rich source of iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, zinc and copper and vitamins including vitamin A, folic acid, niacin and Vitamin C. Saffron helps improving your skin tone and clears dull skin. It helps remove dark circles and fine lines. The face pack below with saffron will help increase circulation of blood bringing a perfect glow.
How to make?
To make a brilliant saffron face pack take about three to four strands of saffron and soak them in two teaspoons of water overnight (the color of the water turns golden yellowish). Now add one teaspoon of milk, dash of sugar and a few drops of coconut oil to the saffron infused water. Immerse a piece of bread in this mixture and apply this mixture on your face with this piece of bread. Keep this pack for about fifteen minutes before washing it off with cold water. Pat dry your face and repeat this at least two to three times a week to get the best result.
5. Fenugreek (methi) face pack to cool the skin
Fenugreek or methi is known for its cooling properties and to cure inflammation and discomfort caused by pimples. The antiseptic and antibiotic properties of methi seeds heal skin infections too keeping your skin hydrated and clean.
How to make?
There are two way to make a simple methi seed face pack- one is to boil a few methi seeds in one cup of water and when the seeds start to get softer, allow the water to cool down. Use this water all over the face by patting it with a cotton ball and leave it on for one to two hours. It will immediately give you a cooling effect and help redness on your face.
The other way is to soak two to three teaspoons of methi seeds overnight and grind them into a paste. Rub the paste on your face and allow it to dry before washing it off. You can store this face pack in the refrigerator for about a week.
6. Aloe vera face pack to remove sun tan and black spots
Aloe vera has always been known to be used in cosmetics and beauty concoctions since the times of Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. It was used as a treatment for various skin conditions and many internal disorders. The leaves have amazing compounds like mannans, lectins and polysaccharides among others. It is best used for removing sun tan and dark spots caused by the sun.
How to make?
Squeeze the aloe vera gel out of the leaves into a bowl. Add a few drops of lemon in the gel. Use your fingers to mix both the ingredients and apply it on your face. Keep it for around 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Do not apply any moisturizer post the application of this face mask as aloe vera itself is a great moisturizer.
7. Lemon and honey face pack or oily skin
Lemon is an excellent source for cleaning the skin, eliminating dead skin cells and reducing oil secretion. Honey has various antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help reduce oil secretion further avoiding pimples and acne from coming back.
How to make?
Mix lemon juice extracts and honey together in a bowl. Apply this mixture on your face and let it dry for about 15-20 minutes before washing it off. This will relieve you from excessive oily skin and make the skin supple and moisturized.
We absolutely love these face packs. Do let us know which one tops your list and if you would like to share any secrets from your grandmother’s treasure.