Defeat the signs of skin ageing

multani mitti
Last Updated 31 March 2017, 19:39 IST

Ageing does not happen overnight, it happens over a period of time. Though you cannot evade the natural process, you can delay it by taking good care of your skin. Have you started noticing the first signs of ageing on your face? These could be anything from dryness to freckles or age spots to fine lines around on your forehead to wrinkles around the eyes.

Skin ages due to internal and external factors. Internal factors encompass the inability of the skin to moisturise itself, decrease in elastin production and fall in the production of new skin cells. External factors, however, are a lot more, including excess sun exposure, smoking, inadequate sleep, unhealthy diet, dehydration, stress, lack of exercise and improper skincare.

Beneficial properties

Multani mitti, also known as Fuller’s earth, has been used by women the world over for centuries to get beautiful and radiant skin. The magical clay is known to have originated in Multan. At present, the USA is the largest supplier of Multani mitti to countries across the world.

It is a natural cleanser that is full of essential micro-nutrients and minerals. It has a cooling effect and controls excessive heat-absorption and hyper-pigmentation, while clearing deposits of dust, oil and other environmental pollutants from the pores. It absorbs impurities like excess oil, sweat, and dirt from the face providing a soft, supple, and youthful look.

Multani mitti is suitable for all skin types. Some of its countless benefits are listed below:

It helps reduce blemishes, acne, rashes, marks and pimples.
It improves your blood circulation and makes your skin glow.
It can be mixed in with other ingredients in face packs to treat skin problems.
Due to its mineral composition, it is your best bet to get a glowing complexion.
It heals your skin and protects it from the harmful rays of the sun.
It removes dead cells from your skin and deep cleanses your pores.
It has zero side-effects and can benefit even the most sensitive skin types.
Try these

To soothe and nourish oily skin that is prone to breakouts and pimples, mix one tbsp of Multani mitti with one tsp each of sandalwood powder, milk and rosewater. Massage into the face and leave it on for 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.

To make blemishes freckles and age spots disappear, mix a tbsp each of Multani mitti and honey to a cup of mashed papaya pulp. Apply on your face and let it dry off for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

(The author is head, Research & Development, Brand Banjara’s)

(Published 31 March 2017, 16:27 IST)

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