Ancient Indian Beauty Secrets to Try at Home

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Ever wonder why the skin of Indian women looks lit from within? Or how their tresses always look shiny, bouncy and full of life?

It’s no surprise that India is one of the first civilizations to harness the power of herbs and spices, creating natural beauty products that truly work. You will never use store-bought skincare products again once you try these amazing Indian beauty tips:

Raw Coconut Oil

Indian women have been using raw coconut oil for thousands of years to hydrate skin and keep the hair silky and shiny! It’s also used in oil pulling to draw out toxins in the mouth. Oil pulling is a traditional practice in India, wherein a spoonful of coconut oil is swished in the mouth for at least 20 minutes to remove impurities. The practice is meant to whiten teeth, eliminate bad breath, purify the skin and achieve youthful, glowing complexion!

Coconut oil is an excellent hydrator too. It moisturizes deep within the skin layers, keeping the skin and scalp healthy! It even deep conditions the hair and promotes better circulation! Indian women would apply a few drops of coconut oil all over the body as a moisturizer.


Although turmeric is more popular in cooking, this herb is also used in ancient India to reduce breakouts and restore luminosity. It’s so effective in keeping the skin clear and smooth that Indian brides would apply turmeric paste on their face the day before the wedding. The ritual is meant to guarantee flawless skin the next day. And Indian brides are renowned for their lengthy beauty rituals to ensure perfect skin on their wedding day.

To create a homemade mask, add turmeric powder to a spoonful of yogurt and a teaspoon of honey to create a thick paste. Apply liberally all over the face and let the mask sit for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water and be amazed at your glowing complexion!

Rose Water

As the name implies, rose water is made up of distilled water and rose petals that are plucked fresh just before the sun rises. The liquid is spritzed on the face and all over the body to refresh and moisturize the skin. You can also use rose water to calm irritated skin or brighten the complexion. Because it smells amazing, a few spritz of rose water helps relax the mind too! We recommend putting your DIY rose water in the fridge and spritz away whenever you need a quick pick-me-upper!

Tulsi or Holy Basil

Tulsi is prized in ancient India for its powerful healing properties. It’s loved by Indian women for its amazing abilities to delay the signs of aging! Tulsi is loaded with phytochemicals and antioxidants that neutralize oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is one of the main causes of skin aging.

Just grind a handful of tulsi leaves using mortar and  pestle to make a paste. Add a tablespoon of honey and mix well. Now apply this aromatic face mask on freshly cleansed face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off and say hello to radiant, luminous skin!

Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Amla is another medicinal plant with impressive beauty benefits. This berry is packed with a concentrated level of vitamin C. It helps clear acne, reduce inflammation and reveal fairer, clearer skin. Amla can be used to restore shine and vitality on dry, brittle and severely damaged hair!

To use amla berry as a skin and hair treatment, mix two tablespoons of powdered Indian gooseberry with warm water to make a loose paste. Massage the paste directly on the scalp. Wear a shower cap and let the paste sit on the scalp for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with tepid water. You can apply the same paste on your face and body to even out the skin tone and achieve brightness!

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