Restore Your Natural Beauty With Foodgrains And Seeds
Foodgrains and seeds from your kitchen shelf can be utilized to repair skin damage and enhance natural glow. The most obvious functions of the skin are to provide a protective barrier between the body and the environment, arresting the penetration of harmful microbes or destructive chemicals, absorbing radiation from the sun and preventing the loss of fluids. Our skin has been designed to an extent to respond to mechanical forces. The epidermis has a degree of mechanical strength to withstand damage, and the ability to repair itself if damaged, and the dermis provides elasticity in response to mechanical insults. Foodgrains and seeds that can make place in your daily skin care routine include the following:
- Corn: The cornstarch or flour is derived from the endosperm of the corn kernel. When applied to the skin, it soothes minor burns and heals insect bites. It is packed with vitamins-A and C, that can fade blemishes, improve skin tone, fight free radicals and reduce wrinkles. It absorbs sebum or excess natural oil from the skin and wipes off impurities and dirt. A face mask prepared from corn flour mixed with ground oats, coconut oil, banana, papaya and rose water in varying proportions, nourishes dry and rough skin. When mixed with water, it makes a thick paste that has a soothing effect on the sunburnt skin. To make a natural cleanser, mix cornstarch in water. Heat this solution to make a thick paste. Cool it, and add glycerine. Apply the paste daily to your face, and wash off after a few minutes.
- Rice: Botanically named as Oryza sativa, rice has been cultivated for more than 2000 years and is being used to relieve inflammation and for cleansing and softening the skin. Rice bran oil is extracted from the outer brown layer after removing the husk. It is a half fat to half dry oil traditionally used in Japan. It has a high squalene content, a chemical substance known to improve the skin ability to retain moisture. This oil is rich in vitamin-E and essential fatty acids. It penetrates deep into the skin layers to nourish the skin cells, protect from sun damage and boost the regeneration process. It does not clog pores and also shields the skin from damage due to strong cold winds and air pollution. When worked into the hair, it fights dandruff, strengthens and nourishes the roots, prevents split ends and provides volume and luster. Rice powder or flour obtained by grinding the common white rice also has anti-inflammatory, oil absorbing and anti-aging properties. A mixture of gram flour (4 tbsp), rice flour (1tbsp), honey (8tbsp) and coconut oil (4tbsp) makes a perfect tan removal body scrub. Rice flour can also be mixed with yogurt and fruit pulp to make a face mask for oily, dull and tired looking skin. A combination of rice flour, milk, honey and aloe vera gel can be applied daily to the skin to remove blemishes. A mixture of rice powder, raw egg, and glycerine can be applied to the aged face for skin tightening. Rice water has been used by Asian women since ancient times to enhance their beauty. It contains antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids and the carbohydrate inositol that promotes cell growth and slows the aging process. To prepare it, boil some rice, preferably organic, in water. Allow it to cool. Pour the excess water in a glass jar or bottle. Soak a cotton ball in this water, and apply it all over the face as a cleanser. It helps shrink pores and reduce fine lines. Use it as a hair rinse after shampooing. Allow it to stand for a few minutes and then wash off. The natural saponins found in it remove the dirt, and amino acids and starch strengthen the hair roots and add volume and sheen to the hair.
- Flaxseeds: They come in two varieties, based on the color and constituents - brown and yellow or golden. Flaxseed oil contains antioxidants and omega fats that promote skin healing. It reduces inflammation and redness in skin rashes, rosacea, dermatitis, and psoriasis. On regular application, it keeps the skin hydrated, smooth, and forms a protective layer on it that prevents dirt from entering the skin pores, and keeps the water locked inside the skin layers, thus preventing dryness. The essential fatty acids in flax oil reduce ultraviolet radiation-induced sun damage and protect against skin cancers.
- Chia seeds: They come from a flowering plant Salvia hispanica, that belongs to the mint family. It was cultivated by the Aztecs in the pre-Columbian times. it is a native of central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia is a rich vegetarian source of alpha linolenic acid, omega fats, antioxidants, and minerals. Chia oil serum has a hydrating and healing effect when rubbed on dry skin patches, rough and torn cuticles, and sun damaged skin.