Beauty Ingredients From The Kitchen! It’s interesting how beauty enthusiasts can be broadly divided into two factions – those who believe in the power of home remedies and those who don’t. The rest of us are under a cloud of doubt about the whole thing. Does a DIY with ingredients borrowed from your pantry really cut it? And if they do, are they completely safe to go all out with? Or are cosmeceuticals/products a better bet when it comes to skincare? These are the questions we posed to pro dermatologist Dr. Mukta Sachdev – a member of neither beauty faction – to give us an unbiased judgment on the matter.
And is it safe to use them with gay abandon just because they’re natural? “There are some ingredients that can be quite caustic when used in their concentrated form; they can even cause burns and lead to pigmentation. I’ve had patients come to me with irritant reactions to lime, turmeric and vinegar, which only goes to show that just because they’re natural doesn’t mean they are not completely harmless. Quantity, and quality of the skin plays a key role here.”
Ahead, we rounded up the most common ingredients for at-home beauty fixes, and had the dermat clear the air about each. Spoiler: That oatmeal mask you were planning for this weekend? Approved.
Beauty Ingredients From The Kitchen
There’s good reason why egg white has lasted civilizations by way of beauty treatments – it’s typically used as/in a mask, goes a long way in tightening skin, and is also famously used to achieve shiny hair.
Says Dr. Sachdev, “Eggs contain lutein, an ingredient that hydrates the skin and makes it elastic. Its protein also has an important role to play in repairing skin tissues, but since it tends to get a bit too drying, it’s best used in combination with a moisturising ingredient like aging honey.”