It's not without reason that amla or Indian gooseberry is considered to be a superfood. In Ayurveda too, amla holds great value as it is used for various health and beauty remedies. The little fruit, which is readily available across the country, is an excellent source of antioxidants because of its rich vitamin C and B complex contents, which work wonders on the skin to keep it young and beautiful by fighting free radicals. Regular consumption of amla helps in purifying the blood, boosts collagen production to keep the skin youthful and improves immunity. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Besides including amla in your regular diet, you can also use it externally in the form of face packs and scrubs to look after your skin and prevent it from acne, pimples, sunburn and various other skin problems. Wondering how to get started? We list our three super easy and simple ways to include amla in your beauty regime and keep your skin beautiful:
1. Soothing face mask - amla and papaya
Both, amla and papaya, work together to cleanse the skin and reduce pigmentation. Take two tablespoons amla juice and two tablespoons mashed papaya, and mix it. Using a cotton dab, apply it on your face and let it stay for 15 minutes. Wash with cool water and repeat every alternate day for two weeks to see visible results.
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2. Face pack to reduce skin tan - amla, yoghurt and honey
In many ancient skin remedies, amla has been commonly used to reduce sun tan or improve skin tone. Take two tablespoons amla powder or blended fresh amla, one tablespoon yoghurt and one teaspoon honey, and mix it well. Apply it evenly on your face and neck and let it dry for 20 minutes. Wash with cool water and pat dry.
3. Exfoliate the skin - amla, sugar scrub and rose water
To keep pimples and acne at bay, exfoliate your skin with amla. Make a scrub with half a cup blended fresh amla or amla powder, half a cup granulated sugar and one tablespoon rose water. Use it gently to scrub the skin. Wash with cool water.
These skin remedies require just a few minutes of your time, and using them regularly will help keep your skin soft and radiant.