What if we told you there’s a way to get glowing skin and lush hair at a low price? Interested? We’ve compiled a list of all the beauty secrets from India, all of which use natural ingredients and household items so you can reach full goddess status. And with payday far in the distance, and your current skin and hair routine not working, what better way to get more beautiful than by going natural? Need more convincing? You can find all of the above remedies pretty easily. Look out for them in your local supermarket, pharmacy and Indian grocery store.

Neem

 

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The holy grail of Indian skincare, neem is notorious for its amazing benefits. The leaves from this tree are the perfect way to fix your skin’s worst problems, as it eliminates grease and oiliness, prevents breakouts, leaves the skin looking fresh and clean, reduces dandruff and helps with anti-ageing!

Ideal for: Skin and Hair.

How to use it: Boil some neem leaves or neem powder. For the face, grab a cotton swab and dab onto the face, after the mixture has cooled. For the hair, apply to your hair and leave on for an hour before washing off.

Coconut Oil

 

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Ah, the versatility of the coconut! It’s had a recent boom in popularity thanks to make-up gurus swearing by its effectiveness as a make-up remover. However, coconut oil is a great natural moisturiser for your hair, as it is super hydrating and can even act as a conditioner because it’s so nourishing. Bonus, it gives your hair a nice smell too!

Ideal for: Hair.

How to use it: Use any natural coconut oil, raw or refined, and scoop out a pea-sized dollop into your hand. Rub your palms together and then comb through your hair, thoroughly rubbing the oil into your hair before shampooing. Leave in hair overnight or for 20-30 minutes before washing off.

Besan flour and turmeric

 

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The dynamic duo of Indian skincare, these two powerhouses have more uses for the skin than in cooking. Indian brides traditionally smear a paste of besan flour and turmeric before their wedding day to unlock bright and glowing skin. Besan flour and turmeric brighten the skin and even skin tone, clearing out dark spots and pigmentation.

Ideal for: Glowing skin

How to use it: Make a paste by mixing some besan flour, a sprinkle of turmeric (no more than a teaspoon) and some milk or water to bind the two together. Apply on the face for 20 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Be careful not to put too much turmeric, as this may stain the skin and always remember to do a test patch first.

Egg

 

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Want fuller, thicker, shinier hair? Crack a cold one with the boys on your head and feed your hair with an egg. Eggs are a great source of protein and will nourish your hair making it stronger and denser. Eggcellent.

Ideal for: Hair health and shine

How to use it: Crack an egg into a bowl and whisk. Add some olive oil to help moisturise the scalp. Massage into the hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water before shampooing and conditioning. Note: it’s super important to rinse with cold water as the eggs might get cooked in the hot water. Use sparingly, once every three weeks or once every month. You don’t want to smell like an egg!

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