There are two things that Indian women can’t deny:
Most places in India experience a considerably long and scorching summer. You cannot obviously halt work because of the heat, but the truth also is the more you step out the more dull and tanned your skin tends to become.
Whenever my dadi would see my tanned skin, she would go on a rant about how I need to either stay indoors or use her gharelu nushka.
I had been putting off her request for quite some time but one fine day, I looked at myself in the mirror only to realize that my skin looked extremely dull and the glow from my face had vanished, despite using some of the best skincare products out there. That’s when I ran to her for help and she shared her recipe for that one face pack that she’s sworn by all her life.
Wondering what this magical face pack contains?
Well, it has besan for exfoliation, lemon for tan removal, curd to soothe the skin irritated from the scorching heat, and turmeric to bring back the glow. Excited by the promise of a glowing skin, I quickly whipped up this mask.
I washed my face about 20 minutes after application which is enough time for it to dry off and honestly, I could already see the results! I did, however, have to use besan face mask every alternate day for a week before I could finally get that glow I wanted. But with each application, I saw the tanning reduce.
As they say, grandmas know best! But, science backs up my dadi’s nuskha too
Lemon is known to be a good source of vitamin C which enhances the formation of collagen and is essential to keep the skin soft. A study published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry notes that applying vitamin C topically to the skin can prevent damage caused by sun exposure as well as pollution.
Another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine observed that there is some evidence showing that fermented dairy products such as curd can be extremely beneficial for the skin.
Turmeric, which Indians have used for years to combat skin problems, has a component called curcumin which is the magic fix for dermal issues. Multiple studies published from the US National Library of Medicine note that there is definitely a connection between turmeric and the improvement in skin conditions.
Plus yogurt has lactic acid that gently sloughs off dead skin cells and besan acts like a gentle physical exfoliant.
So, yes, tanning is a horrible side-effect of the great Indian summer that can really make the skin look dull; but it is definitely something that can be dealt with using this ghar ka nuskha.