For many people, India is a country that is notably known for its ancient traditions and rich cultural history. But aside from its opulent cultural heritage, India is also a country laden with centuries-old natural beauty treatments.
Let’s explore four of India’s natural beauty treatments, which are safe for all skin types (including sensitive skin), and whose benefits can be quite enriching to your beauty regimen.
Threading, the preferred method for removing facial hair
This hair removal technique has long been in practice in India for many centuries. And even now, it is becoming much more popular in the United States of America. This hair removal technique is best suited for people with sensitive skin since it is entirely natural. Also, it offers more benefits which other hair removal techniques such as razors, tweezing, and waxing do not offer.
With razors and tweezing, ingrown hairs cannot be avoided because of how easily they can make cuts on the skin. With waxing, the facial skin (especially the area around the brows) stands at a higher chance of being prematurely wrinkled due to repeated burnings, peeling and scarring. More so, waxing does not remove facial hairs as precisely.
However, unlike waxing, razors, and tweezing, threading is rather easy and safe on the skin, and it also precisely removes facial and ingrown hairs.
Sugaring an alternative to waxing
Similar to waxing, sugaring is a natural hair removal technique whose main ingredients are sugar wax and lemon. Lemon and sugar wax both have beneficial properties to the skin. For instance, sugar wax helps in naturally exfoliating the skin and removing dead skin cells, leaving the skin soft and supple, while lemon acts as a natural cleanser and astringent. Since sugar wax and lemon are natural, containing no chemicals whatsoever, sugaring is hence a well-suited hair removal technique for people with sensitive skin.
Henna, a natural hair coloring
Henna is made as a reddish-brown color paste from ground plant. It is traditionally used in India to make temporary art designs on hands and feet (which could stay on for as long as one to three weeks), and on women’s bodies prior to special occasions such as marriage ceremonies. But aside from these uses mentioned, henna can also be used to naturally color the hair into a reddish-brown shade (for gray hair). While for non-gray hair, it can be used as a deep conditioner. For pregnant women, henna serves as a suitable alternative hair coloring product in place of everyday hair coloring products that are loaded with chemicals.
Turmeric, the skin whisperer
Turmeric is yet another ancient natural beauty product whose use goes beyond being a yellow cooking spice in Indian foods. Turmeric has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial to the skin. But aside from that, turmeric is also used for softening the skin, correcting hyperpigmentation to even skin tone, and making the skin soft, supple, and youthful, all of which make it an excellent pre-wedding beauty treatment.