A bit tangier, and a bit less sweet, the mere mention of tamarind or imli is enough to make your taste buds drool. Being an indispensible ingredient for chutneys, candies, jellies and much more, tamarind can also be topically used to buzz up your skin.
A powerhouse of antioxidants, flavanoids and vitamin C and A, tamarind prevents formation of free radicals. You can soothe skin irritation and inflammation with tamarind face packs. It also is a great ingredient to lighten skin tone and reduce dark spots and pigmentation naturally.
To lighten the skin
Boil 30 gms of tamarind in 100 ml of water and extract the pulp from it. To the pulp, add half a spoonful of turmeric and then apply this skin-lightening face mask on your face. You will be surprised to reveal a fairer and brighter skin tone instantly, especially if you have an oily skin. Use this recipe thrice a week.
As a bleaching agent
If you don’t trust chemically-loaded bleach available in the market, don’t sulk because there are plenty of natural alternatives available. Mix one spoonful of lemon and honey each to a spoonful of tamarind pulp (extracted exactly as described above). Apply the face pack evenly to your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
As an exfoliating face scrub
You can use tamarind to remove impurities and deep-seated dirt from your skin as it is rich in AFA (alpha hydroxyl acids). Mix one spoonful each of tamarind pulp and sea salt. Add a spoonful of curd or milk cream to this paste. People with an oily skin should opt for curd and those with dry skin should opt for milk cream. Scrub your face with this mixture, moving your finger tips in circular motion. The vitamin C and B in tamarind will remove dead skin cells effectively to unleash a cleaner, fresher, more radiant skin underneath.
For instant glow
Do you have a date in the evening but no time for a facial or cleanup? Don’t sweat because all you need is 20 minutes and some tamarind for a “just-had-a-facial” clear skin. Add one spoonful each of tamarind pulp and honey to two spoonfuls of gram flour. Mix and apply all over the face. Let the face pack set for 20 minutes and wash with cold water thereafter. Hello, beautiful!
Use these tamarind recipes to whiten, brighten and improve your skin tone. It is an affordable and easy-to-use ingredient to possess velvety smooth, youthful skin.
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