Besan or gram flour or chick pea flour has been used for ages in India as a skin cleanser. Before all of our fancy soaps and face washes came into being, it was besan that was used to wash the face and keep it clean. It is still favoured as the go to ingredient to treat skin ailments if you are wary about using products with chemicals.
Besan, in combination with some readily available ingredients at home can be used to treat a variety of skin problems and give you smooth, blemish free skin. What’s more, I am of the opinion that, if it is anything that you can eat, then it is safe to put it on the skin too, rather than try all those expensive products that are loaded with god knows how many chemicals.
So here I am giving you 10 different uses of besan for the skin, each with a different benefit.
To get the most out of besan, you might need other ingredients which are readily available in your kitchen. Just find what is best for your purpose and start mixing the pack for super awesome skin.
1. Besan for face wash
For the most basic face wash, use besan as is or with a pinch of haldi. I normally keep a small bottle of ½ cup besan+1/4 cup moong dal powder and a ½ tsp of turmeric in the bathroom. I use one spoon of this every evening to massage on my damp face to get rid of the accumulated oil and grime in the pores. Keep it on for a minute and wash with water. Immediately after the wash, you can feel your skin tighten.
2. Besan for body wash:
Mix one cup of besan with some milk to make a paste. Now to it, add a generous pinch of turmeric and juice from half a lemon. Use the lemon itself as a scrub and apply this paste all over your damp body, scrubbing well. This helps you get rid of all the dead cells and nourishes your body. Do this once every week for really glowing and supple skin.
3. Besan scrub:
Mix together two tsp of besan and two tsp of oatmeal powder. Add to this two tsp of honey and juice of half lemon. Mix this well and scrub it on your damp face. This helps get rid of all the oiliness on the skin and cleanses your pores.
4. Besan for pore tightening:
Besan by itself can tighten the pores on the skin. But mix it with some cucumber juice or rose water for more effective results. Simply apply it on cleansed skin and leave it until it dries. Wash off with plain water. Do this every week for visible reduction in your pores.
5. Besan pack for blackheads and whiteheads:
Mix together two spoons of besan with half a spoon of fenugreek powder. Make a paste using water. Apply this over blackhead affected areas. Scrub well. Wash off with cold water. This will help scrub off the existing blackheads and will prevent them from occurring if done weekly.
6. Besan to treat tanning:
If you have oily tanned skin, mix together two tsp of besan with a pinch of turmeric, a few drops of lemon juice and curd to make a paste. Use raw milk if you have dry skin. Apply this pack on the tanned areas and leave it to dry. Wash with lukewarm water once it dries. Repeat every week for best results.
7. Besan for oily skin:
Besan is amazing at absorbing excess oil that is produced in the skin. Simply mix besan with some rose water and apply it as a pack on the face. Throw in some multani mitti if you are feeling like a cool pack for relaxation. Leave it on until it dries. Wash it off. Regular use will constrict pores and regulate the oil production, giving you shine free skin.
8. Besan to treat acne:
Take a tsp of besan. Add to it half a tsp of sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric. Make a thick paste by adding some raw milk. Apply this on the acne and pimples. Leave it until it dries. This mixture will soothe the irritated parts of the skin and have a drying effect on the acne and pimples. Wash off gently with water and tap dry. Repeated use will dry out the acne.
9. Besan for skin lightening:
Besan has been used for ages in the households to get fairer skin. Simply make a paste of besan with lemon juice (for all skin types), besan with milk cream (for dry skin) or besan with curd (for oily skin) and apply all over the face and neck. Wash off after it dries. Repeated use will lighten the skin tone.
10. Besan to control bodily hair growth:
Mix together two tsp of besan with half tsp of turmeric and half tsp of fenugreek powder. Make a paste using water. Apply it on your face to get rid of unwanted facial hair. You can also use it on your hands and legs. Repeated use will retard the hair growth.