I do belong to the ‘look presentable at all times’ school of thought. But I also happen to be a believer of the ‘steer clear of make-up and let your skin breathe’ ideology. This is exactly how I reached the middle ground of using a natural, harmless kitchen ingredient to sport pink cheeks and lips even at home—minus the use of any cosmetics, of course.
I have to admit that taking this natural course hasn’t just enhanced my at-home look, but has also helped improve my skin in ways more than one.
Here’s unveiling the mystery ingredient for you all:
Beetroot for the win
Years ago, I came across an interview by Malaika Arora in which she said she relied on beetroot for a natural tint on her cheeks. Years later, I finally decided to give it a try.
This vegetable leaves colour even on the salad plates, so you obviously know that it contains a pigment. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the ones responsible for its redness and they worked their magic on my skin too, leaving my cheeks and lips looking naturally red.
The application is easier than using a cosmetic tint
I didn’t even bother grinding the beetroot to extract its juice or mixing it with a dozen other ingredients like honey and curd to get a glowing skin. All I did was to rub a slice of the vegetable on my cheek and lips after washing my face.
The number of applications usually depended on how many of those natural touch-ups I needed. But doing it once a day on most days worked just fine if I stayed indoors.
A healthier skin was its best side effect
Firstly, all things dark on the face—from the dull complexion to pigments to blemishes to dark circles—started blurring after almost a month of daily application of beetroot. This wasn’t the aim though, but I realised later that beetroot is a rich source of vitamin C, which shows its effect on the darkness. I wouldn’t say it magically disappears, but the difference is considerable.
Plus, it helps remove dead cells too, giving a brighter, smoother skin, which was, to be honest, visible right after the first time I rinsed it off my face.
In fact, its anti-inflammatory properties even helped soothe my acne.
My pink lips were also baby soft
Beetroot’s natural red pigment not only gave me the tinted lips that could give Benefit Cosmetics’ Benetint a run for its money, but it also made my lips soft and supple—thanks to the colouring pigments betanin and vulgaxanthin. They possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can lighten the pigmentation on your lips and make them softer. All this, within the first week of regular application. Plus, it saved my lips from the chemicals present in lips balms. Win, win, I say.
So, what are you waiting for? Get that humble veggie out of your refrigerator and use it for your skin woes.