Certain ingredients do more than just moisturise your skin. They enrich it, add a glow, and some are therapeutic. Most of special ingredients are widely available and not as expensive. Add them to your arsenal of skin care products for a beautiful skin. Here
are some of them:
Almond oil: A rich oil that is helpful for dry, sensitive skin.
Apple cider vinegar: Used as a skin tonic, it helps to balance the skins acidity.
Alum: A skin tightening ingredient that helps to harden bedsores.
Bicarbonate of soda: Used as a dry shampoo and a breath freshener when brushing teeth.
Calamine lotion: Helps to soothe irritated skin. Very helpful as an after sun lotion and for treating chicken pox.
Castor oil: Helps stimulate hair growth.
Coconut oil: Excellent anti-ageing skin oil. Also used on hair and scalp to promote hair growth and prevent dandruff.
Cod liver oil: Taken internally, it helps to improve prematurely aging skin.
Corn oil: Suitable for massage.
Glycerin: A humectants which holds and attracts water. Useful when used in moderation to improve dry skin.
Honey: Makes a soothing face mask for dry, tired skin.
Lemon: Used to bleach skin and hair.
Mineral oil: This transparent oil also known as baby oil does not penetrate the skin. Useful as a makeup remover.
Olive oil: Very helpful in improving the overall texture and health of the skin. Good for cooking and can be applied as a moisturiser.
Paw paw: Contains enzymes which dissolve dead skin on the surface while providing a deep-cleansing effect.
Salt: An antiseptic to wash and treat wounds.
The writer is national director of the safe skin care initiative. Email: [email protected]