Red Lentils For Your Skin! A Quick Guide To DIY Rejuvenating Skin Products
So you’re used to making a nice spicy pot of lentils (dan to go with rice for dinner. After all, they are packed with protein, fibre, and vitamins. What’s not to love about lentils?
Well turns out they also act as a super effective and economical base for, your guessed it, your skin! So run to your pantry and pull out your stock of lentils. Get ready to make these three luxurious scrubs and nourishing face packs that have one thing in common: The Red Lentil (better known as masoor dal in India).
Cucumber Yogurt Lentil Face Mask
This one is great for oily skin.
What You Need
5 tablespoons cucumber juice with pulp (blended cucumber with seeds removed) 1/2 cup soaked masoor dal (red lentil) 2 tablespoons chilled plain yogurt
Grind the masoor lentil into a fine paste. Whisk in yogurt and finally cucumber juice with pulp. Pat a thick layer onto clean skin. Keep it on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a wet washcloth and pat dry. Don’t forget to moisturize! Your skin should be fresh and bright after this one!
Almond Masoor Scrub
This makes for a wonderful natural exfoliator. You can use this twice or thrice weekly to scrub off dead skin and keep your skin glowing.
What You Need
- 1/2 cup soaked almonds
- 1/2 cup soaked masoor dal
- 3 tablespoons honey
Grind up almonds into a coarse powder. Do the same for the masoor lentils and mix both in a bowl. Finally, stir in the honey and mix thoroughly. To use, take a small amount on your fingertips and massage into your skin for a minute. Wash off and moisturise. Use the mixture within 14 days.
Coco-Masoor Body And Face Pack
This one is rich, nourishing and creamy. It’ll keep your body and face soft and glowing.
What You Need
- 1 cup soaked masoor dal (red lentil)
- 3 tablespoons coconut milk cream
- 1 and a half teaspoons turmeric
After your lentils have soaked for a few hours put them in a grinder and grind into a paste. Want it to be more of a scrub that exfoliates? Then grind your lentils until they are coarse and uneven. Now mix the coconut cream and turmeric in. Ideally, this paste should be rubbed all over your body and face and left on for 10 minutes as your shower starts to steam. Then wash it off and admire your new fresh glow!
Now there’s three new reasons for you to make sure you are stocked up on lentils! Red lentils are versatile, so don’t be afraid to customise these scrubs and packs in your own way. You can always add a dash of lime juice to brighten the skin or experiment with proportions until you have a mix that works best for your skin. Happy nourishing!