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If there's one thing I am proud of doing religiously despite my laziness or lack of time or inclination, is taking good care of my skin. I wouldn't say the same about my hair care routine. But my skin care, especially facial skin care, is something I never ignore. Apart from cleansing, toning and moisturizing, applying sunscreen and using face masks, the one thing I never ignore is scrubbing. Scrubbing helps your skin get rid of dead cells and become smooth. The massaging action while you scrub also helps to boost blood circulation. This helps impart a natural glow to your skin. The scraping of dead cells also promotes the growth of new cells which makes your skin look fresher and brighter.
I scrub my face twice a week with a homemade scrub that I make with traditional and age-old beauty ingredient called ubtan or utne (in Marathi). This fine herbal powder is available in beauty stores everywhere. Here are some face scrubs that I regularly use for getting smooth, soft, glowing skin. Before using these scrubs, make sure you have cleansed your face properly.
1) To get rid of dull, tired looking skin Mix 1 tsp of ubtan with lemon juice, honey, milk and aloe vera. Make a paste of this and scrub on your face gently for 2-3 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
2) To make your skin more supple and soft- Mix 1 tsp of ubtan with yoghurt, honey, tsp mashed banana. Scrub your face for 2-3 minutes and leave it on for 5 minutes. Then wash off with warm water.
3) To get glowing skin Mix 1 tsp ubtan with turmeric powder, malai or milk, lemon juice, mashed 1 tsp papaya. Scrub your face for 2-3 minutes and leave it on for 5 minutes. Then wash off with warm water.
4) To get rid of acne marks Mix 1 tsp of ubtan with aloe vera, multani mitti, turmeric powder and lemon juice. Scrub your face for 2-3 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
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