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Diving Skin Deep with Ayurveda

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Raeka Panda shares the recipe for radiant skin passed down in her culture.

By Raeka Panda, Photos by Gaby Deimeke

The dawning of Ayurveda stretches deep into antiquity. It is said to be an eternal science passed from the creator to the ancient Indian mystics through meditation.

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India has been a legendary land of spices, precious gems and rich textiles, and has always been a tempting prospect for traders and invaders alike. Despite invasions by Genghis Khan and the Mongols in the 13th century, the conquest of much of India by the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries and the direct rule by the British Crown from 1858 to 1947, the practice of Ayurveda survived. Its influence continues through generations of the South Asian diaspora.

Thus we are privy to this ancient tradition that has shaped everything from our heritage to our self-care rituals, especially in the case of beauty.
Here is one of India’s most popular beauty rituals that you can try from the comfort of your home.

“Haldi” Nourishing Face Pack

Turmeric on the skin can help reduce dryness while increasing radiance and glow. Honey’s antioxidants, antiseptic and antibacterial properties also make this ingredient a go-to for fighting acne and other common skin problems. This face pack will also open your pores and get rid of blackheads while keeping your skin hydrated.

Traditionally a bride uses this method before the wedding so she can radiate her wedding day with her beauty.

Ingredients

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
One tablespoon of milk
One teaspoon of honey

Method

  1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder, one tablespoon of milk and one teaspoon of honey to form a paste.
  2. After the paste is ready, apply this pack all over your face and neck.
  3. Keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

Pro Tip: If you want to avoid the mess or staining, try one of Raeka Beauty’s turmeric peel-off masks. Raeka products are free from parabens, sulfates, SLS and synthetic fragrances.


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