Monday, September 28, 2009

Easy DIY Complexion Mask Using Gram Flour

This mask is ideal for reducing acne, sorting out uneven complexion, and even buffing away sunless tanners. Its gentle and safe enough to use everyday. Gram flour pastes have been traditionally used in India to brighten up a bride-to-be's complexion a couple of days before her wedding. Gram flour can reduce redness and puffiness, which ends up giving your skin a bright and even complexion.

Ok on to the recipe: Mix ~2 tsp of gram flour (see pictures in my previous post) with 2-3 tsps of water. With your fingers, mix the two ingredients into a thin but non-runny paste. Adjust the amounts of water and gram flour until you get the desired consistency. Here's the unmixed and mixed forms:
Apply all over your face while avoiding the eye area. Here's what the consistency should look like on the skin:

When the mask is dry, you shouldn't be able to move your skin. Also the mask will turn almost transparent. This took me about 20 min. To remove the mask, first splash some water on  your face. Then, use a wet washcloth or face brush to gently loosen the mask. I suggest Coastal Scent's face brush.

There are many other variations on this mask, but this is the simplest and fastest. If you're in a pampering mood, mix gram flour with honey and yogurt, or with rose water instead of plain water. Enjoy!


illy said...

Awsome! i have besan at home so i'll pamper my skin the desi way :) thx again!

Ashwini said...

You're welcome! LOL "Pamper the Desi Way". That's a good blog title. ;)

Lions, Tigers and Fashion OH MY! said...

thanks for the lovely idea, I really need to try this out! thanks for your sweet comment!



Ashwini said...

You're welcome. :) Hope you like the mask. I think it's great for every skin type.

M said...

I love doing the besan face mask! My skin always feels refreshed after. I would never have thought of using a brush to take the mask off, no wonder it takes me so long lol! Thanks :) x

Ashwini said...

@ M: oh hun I'm so glad I could help you discover the brush. PS. It's also good to use that with any ol' cleanser. Gets the makeup and dirt off even better. Happy to help :)

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I love getting stuffs from Indian grocery shop for beauty DIY. For those nasty pimples I mix tumeric powder with some yoghurt for a quick calming mask.. (but it leaves me looking yellow for a good few hours hahah)

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