We have heard of powdered hair wash, talcum powder, powder dye and but have you ever tried out an organic, herbal face powder?
We as humans have been wired to worry about our outer appearance. It is a sign of good health, healthy lifestyle and a pure soul. Our face is the first thing anyone notices when they meet us, so why not care for it just the way you would for your body? Buying inexpensive chemical-based face washes is easy but it takes a toll on your skin. Your facial skin is one of the most sensitive part of your body and hence, one must take utmost care of it; right from cleansing, toning, moisturizing and sun protection.
Our face goes through a lot in 24 hours. It is exposed to the sun during most part of our day, it gets exposed to excessive levels on carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide when you are waiting for the traffic light to turn green, it gets touched by our dirty fingers and the list goes on. Oh, and trust me, amount of covering your face with a dupatta or handkerchief comes in handy. So, there is no question about the fact that you need a cleanser for your face. Most of us tend to use gel, cream or liquid type face washes sold everywhere from medical stores to high end department stores. However, there is another kind of face cleanser – the herbal face powder.
Face powder cleansers have been used for centuries in ancient India, Korea and Japan. Face powder cleansers are a powder made of various botanical ingredients like oats, almonds, rice powder, dried flowers and essential oils, among others. These are mixed with water or milk and used as a face wash. In fact, this is one of the beauty secrets of the geishas!
Today we will take a look at why using a face wash powder is more beneficial to you than opting for a chemical face wash.
Herbal Face Wash Powder- Your Skin’s Best Friend
Benefits of using Face Wash Powder:
1. Exfoliates the skin:
Clogged pores are a cause for many skin troubles. Pores naturally let go of sweat and excess oil, but if not cleared, they can get clogged with dead skin cells. As a result, the skin can’t breathe and ends up with acne as well as blackheads and whiteheads. Unlike chemical exfoliators which may contain plastic microbeads or harsh particles, herbal powders are made with natural ingredients like oats or rice powder and offer the right amount of exfoliation to deep clean the pores and reveal fresh new skin.
The soothing properties of oatmeal are due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an exfoliant that draws out excess oil, clearing up the skin in the process. It contains antioxidants and zinc that balances the skin and maintains the moisture. Gram flour deeply exfoliates the skin, opens pores and gets rid of blackheads without making the skin dry.
2. Moisturizing effect:
Most face washes are soap-based and contain alcohol which strip the skin of its natural oils. To overcompensate, the skin produces more oil, leading to greasiness and acne. The result is that dry skin gets drier and oily skin gets oilier. Herbal face powder cleansers are not of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Since it is a powder, you can add as much water as you want for a gentler or stronger wash. You can also mix it with milk or yogurt to deeply nourish the skin. Yogurt has lactic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid or AHA, calcium and zinc, all of which act as a cleanser to get rid of acne. It also heals the skin and offers relief to the irritation caused by acne.
3. Anti-bacterial and Anti-ageing
Herbal washes are made of 100% natural ingredients, which makes them safe for use on all skin types, including sensitive skin. On adding water, the enzymes in the powder get activated, providing deep cleansing without any irritation. Turmeric is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals that can cause premature ageing and reduce the health of your skin in general. What's more, turmeric is also anti-inflammatory, so if you suffer from conditions like acne or other skin irritations, turmeric is the spice for you. Turmeric also improves complexion, literally giving you that golden glow. Herbal face powders heal the skin from within.
4. Brighter complexion
The active ingredients in herbal face wash powders give the skin a healthy glow. Mixing it in milk makes your skin plump and rosy. Your skin feels and looks brighter in a handful of washes. So go get your shine on!
5. Better Shelf Life
Powder face wash do not contain water. Due to this, they provide a tough environment for bacteria and fungus, increasing their shelf life – without the need to add chemical preservatives. This makes herbal powder cleansers a much cleaner and safer alternative.
6. Environmentally friendly
Chemical face washes are drained down after use which further mix with our water and soil. The chemicals and preservatives present in them ruin the quality of both these natural resources. It affects our crops and thus the food we eat is contaminated. The factories which make chemical face washes produce large amount of smoke, adding to the air pollution.
Herbal face washes are dry, eco-friendly, no added preservatives and have natural ingredients which don’t act as pollutants when mixed into the soil or water.
How to use Herbal Face Powder:
- Mix your herbal face powder in a bowl with sufficient water/milk/yogurt to form wet paste.
- Splash your face with some lukewarm water to open the pores.
- Now apple the paste all over your face and neck.
- Gently massage it in circular motions and rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Last but not the least, splash handful of cold water to close the pores.
- You can choose to add water or milk depending on what your skin prefers.
Use this herbal face wash daily and I bet you will notice the difference. It is very efficient, organic and gentle on your skin. Chemicals are so last season, now we are going au naturelle! Take your skin from drab to fab with this one product and your skin will thank us later!