Kiara Advani’s skincare routine is highly sought after among her fans, and it comes as little surprise why. Whether hopping on a flight early in the AM or stepping on the red carpet in her signature sequined numbers, her minimalistic approach to makeup is usually accompanied by a flawless base. Make no mistake though, the Jugg Jugg Jeeyo star doesn’t owe her blemish-free appearance to endless hours in a salon chair—in an interview, she credited besan, or gram flour, as her go-to DIY ingredient.
Passed down from mother to daughter, the skincare savior assumes the form of a nourishing scrub that she relies on for a monthly brightening treatment. “My mom makes this paste with fresh cream and besan which works as a scrub and she insists I follow this home treatment once a month,” she said. Loaded with antioxidant properties, besan makes for a handy physical exfoliant for sloughing away dead skin cell build-up and revealing your skin’s natural glow. If you are looking for more ways to invite its benefits into your skincare routine, here’s what you need to know:
A besan and aloe vera face mask for de-tanning
If you are looking to counteract the effects of all those long hours on the beach after a holiday, allow the de-tanning benefits of besan to come to your rescue. When paired with a naturally soothing ingredient like aloe vera, it helps undo the impact of sun exposure and nurtures your skin back to its original glow. Make yours by mixing one teaspoon of gram flour and aloe vera into a smooth paste and apply thrice a week for visible results.
A besan and Multani mitti face pack for oily skin
If the humidity of the monsoon has sent your skin’s oiliness into overdrive, these two ingredients can together help regulate sebum production. Multani mitti, or Fuller’s earth, sops up the skin’s excess oiliness while besan restores its oil balance. After mixing one teaspoon of each of the dry powders, add in a few drops of rosewater until you achieve a smooth consistency and treat yourself to a luxurious, brightening facial from within your home.
A besan and oats body scrub for exfoliation
Does your skin feel like it has lost its luster? Look to a natural exfoliant, like besan, for treating your body to the same TLC as your face. You can also choose to double down on its benefits with another natural exfoliator, ground oats. Mix a few spoons of each with a splash of raw milk to slice through the dead skin cell build-up on your skin and leave your body glowing more than ever before.