With Dhaka ranking 31st in the list of the most polluted cities in the world and with the situation not getting any better, even the most youthful skin develops pigmentation, premature aging, rashes, and dryness. It is recommended that we maintain an appropriate skin-care regimen.
Apart from the usual cleansers and moisturisers, face-masks are essential skin-care products because of their ability to penetrate the deeper layers of skin, to exfoliate dead skin cells, and to unclog pores. Many of us seek 'natural' or herbal solutions to skin problems but are daunted by the numerous choices that we are faced with. It is therefore wise to acquaint yourself with the properties of various herbal ingredients and the many face-masks available in stores.
Fuller's Clay (Multani Mitti)
'Multani Mitti' is widely known for its absorbing qualities and is particularly recommended for oily skin. It also washes away toxins. As a result, it reduces the occurrence of pimples and blackheads/whiteheads. It also reveals a fresh, blemish-free skin. Due to its purification properties, those with dry skin cannot seem to resist it and they usually apply it with milk for better results.
Chandan has been traditionally used for protecting the skin. It is mostly popular for its fragrance and anti-microbial properties. It leaves the skin free of blackheads and spots. Chandan is also known for its ability to treat sun-tan and uneven skin tone. Chandan is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing agent.
Commonly known as the 'panacea for all diseases,' Neem has been revered for its medicinal properties for centuries. Due to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial attributes, it is a major ingredient in most Ayurvedic or herbal cosmetics. It is prescribed to treat acne and other forms of skin infections. However, it is not ideal for sensitive skin.
Turmeric is commonly believed to possess antiseptic and anti-tanning properties. Apart from the initial yellow tinge that it leaves on the skin, it is recommended for boosting the natural skin complexion and thereby, aiding make-up. Its anti-oxidant quality helps to slow down the skin's melanin production and is often a chief ingredient in herbal sunscreens.
Where to get them?
These home remedies are now available in all superstores.
Meena Herbal skin care products are available at Meena Bazar. Priced at Tk.150, the Miracle Pack is suitable for all skin types and can be used thrice a week. The Face Pack Chandan will cost Tk.120 and promises to tone the skin and boost the complexion. The Face Pack Multani is priced at Tk.70 and is primarily used for oil-balancing. Available at Tk.70, the Maharani Face Mask (for women) and the Maharaja Face Mask (for men) promise a glowing skin. Priced at Tk.70, the Face Pack Uptan contains neem, turmeric, tulsi, and other herbal ingredients and promises to purify skin.
Aarong face-packs are quite popular with regular users attesting that these are 70-80 per cent effective. Herbal Face pack (for normal to oily skin) will cost you Tk.30. Herbal Uptan with Holud containing 24 other herbs and Herbal Uptan without Holud containing 14 herbs will each cost Tk.30. Priced at Tk.40, Chandan Face-Pack must be left for 15-20 minutes on skin for radiance. The Neem pack is available at Tk.50. None of these packs contains chemical/synthetic materials and therefore, claims to be non-allergic.
Care must be taken so that these ingredients/face-packs are not used near the eyes and lips as they cause irritation when in contact with those areas.To match your skin type, remember to combine them with milk/yoghurt (dry skin) or rose-water/plain water (oily skin). Those with sensitive skin need to perform a patch-test before applying any of these completely.