Besan or gram flour has long been used in India for its many benefits for skin and hair. In fact, it is a traditional beauty home remedy that is used right from the time when one is a baby as an up tan or epilation formula for baby hair to adulthood when myriad packs and scrubs using besan are used to take care of beauty issues right from acne to tanning to cleansing and exfoliating. Not surprisingly, the world is now waking up to the must-have beauty essential that is gram flour. Here we will take you through the various ways you can use gram flour for skin and give you recipes for packs and treatments that you can make and apply at home.
What Is Gram Flour?
Cures Dry Skin
Natural Hair Remover
Benefits of Gram Flour For Hair
Hair Growth Promoter
What Is Gram Flour?
Gram flour or besan is the flour that is got after grinding roasted or raw chickpeas. This flour is rich in protein, unsaturated fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acids, and vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, folate, and beta-carotene. It is the perfect dietary ingredient for those who want to go on a low-carb, high-protein, no-gluten diet. Interestingly, India is the largest producer of chickpeas and recently, there was a global shortage of hummus (that has chickpea as an essential ingredient) when production levels in India hit a low due to adverse climatic conditions! Thankfully, there is plenty of gram flour and chickpeas available in India, so you should not just make this lentil a part of your diet but an essential part of your beauty routine as well.
Acne is a persistent skin problem and those who suffer from it know how difficult it is to treat it. This chronic, inflammatory skin disease causes pimples on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. This condition that mostly appears at puberty, is caused by over-active oil glands at the base of hair follicles. Gram flour has certain properties that treat acne and has been used for this purpose in India for centuries. For one, the zinc in besan has been shown to fight the infections that cause your face to erupt with acne. Secondly, it also helps control excess sebum production and soothes inflamed skin. And besides the topical benefits, it helps if you ingest it too. Elevated blood sugar often causes breakouts and the fiber in gram flour gets it back on track. Take charge of your acne problem by trying these home remedies.
- Step 1: Mix equal amounts of besan and Haldi powder.
- Step 2: Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice and honey in the powders and combine thoroughly.
- Step 3: Apply a thin layer of this paste to your cleansed and damp face and neck, and leave it on for 10 minutes.
- Step 4: Rinse with warm water.
- Step 1: Make a smooth paste with 2 teaspoons besan, Â½ teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons sandalwood powder and 1 teaspoon milk.
- Step 2: Apply evenly on your face and neck.
- Step 3: Wash off after 20 minutes with warm water.
This remedy helps lighten acne scars. You could also replace milk with lemon juice for a stronger scar-removing effect.
Have your beachy frolics left you with a tan that you now want to lighten? Well, the reason that your skin gets tanned in the sun is that it starts producing melanin (the brown pigment that causes tanning) when it is exposed to the sun. UVA radiation from the sun penetrates the lower layers of the epidermis and triggers cells called melanocytes to produce melanin.
Well, while a tan always looks good, if you want to go back to your natural colouring, ditch the harsh chemical tan lighteners and try gram flour instead for tan removal. With its multipurpose benefits, there is nothing quite like gram flour and the best part is that it is almost always available in your kitchen. Gram flour has been used for de-tanning and brightening one skin tone for centuries and its super cleansing properties leave your face looking its best ever. Try this kitchen remedy today.
- Step 1: Mix 4 teaspoons of gram flour with a pinch of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of curd and the juice of a lemon. The vitamin C in lemon will reduce pigmentation, while dahi will moisturise your skin.
- Step 2: Add a pinch of salt for exfoliating benefits.
- Step 3: Apply to your skin and face daily and you will see results after prolonged use.
Tip: You could also substitute the curd with milk and use this paste all over your body to get beautiful, flawless skin. Your man won't stop wowing over it!
Does your face shine like a beacon with all the excess oil that your sebaceous glands are producing industriously? Well, oily skin is a common skin problem and is caused when the body produces more oil due to hormonal changes and other reasons. While this problem is usually at its worst when you are a teenager, it can plague you well into adulthood as well, with the condition getting worse in hot and humid weather. Oily skin as such does not cause you any harm besides aggravating acne, but if you would prefer your skin tone to be a tad more matte, look no further than your kitchen for a jar of gram flour. Gram flour packs work wondersÂ in absorbing the excess oil and cleansing your skin as well. Gram flour has alkalizing properties that keep the pH levels of your skin balanced. It is also very absorbent and soaks up all the extra oil.
Gram flour and rosewater pack
- Step 1: Take two tablespoons of gram flour and add rose water (a natural astringent) to it till it becomes a smooth paste.
- Step 2: Leave it on your face and neck for 20 minutes or till dry.
- Step 3: Wash off with cold water.
Gram flour and honey face packLike gram flour, honey absorbs the excess oil from the skin while its ability to retain water ensures that your skin does not dry out.
- Step 1: Make a thick paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of gram flour with 1 tablespoon of honey and a little water.
- Step 2: Gently apply this paste all over your face and neck.
- Step 3: Wait for 20 minutes or till dry and wash off. Do this treatment at least thrice a week.
Cures Dry Skin
Are you wondering how we can make such contradictory statements, especially when we have just talked about how gram flour can help deal with oily skin? Well, that is the wonder of gram flour that not just helps control oiliness but also tackles dry, scaly skin. When besan is mixed with milk cream (malai), it acts as a wonderful moisturiser. You could also add some olive oil or almond oil and get the same results.
- Step 1: Mix gram flour and milk cream to make a paste
- Step 2: Apply this to your face and neck
- Step 3: Wash it off before it dries completely
- Step 1: Mix together 1 tablespoon of gram flour with 2 drops of lemon, 1 teaspoon milk cream or olive oil and Â½ teaspoon honey.
- Step 2: Apply the paste to your face and wash it off when it is partially dry.
Tip: You can substitute the milk cream with yoghurt made from full-fat milk.
Exfoliating should be an essential part of your beauty routine because if you do not scrub away all the dead skin cells, the debris starts to pile up leaving your skin looking dull and lifeless. Additionally, all that dead skin can block your pores, cause blackheads and result in blemishes and acne. While there are hundreds of scrubs available in the market, there's nothing like a good, homemade gram flour scrub to get the glow back on your face. And it's environment-friendly as well. Did you know that the plastic microbeads in many commercially available scrubs are responsible for contaminating our oceans and water resources?
- Step 1: Combine 3 teaspoons of gram flour with 1 teaspoon of ground oats, 2 teaspoons of cornflour and milk.
- Step 2: Gently rub this on your damp face and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
- Step 3: Wash off.
You can replace the oats with rice powder and almond powder for exfoliating benefits.
Natural Hair Remover
In India, gram flour has been used to remove fine facial hair forever. In fact, a gram flour scrub is used to remove hair from all over the body for babies. If you are tired of threading and waxing your face, you could try gram flour hair removal as well. Just keep a few things in mind before you start. For starters, steam your face so that the pores open and the hair is easier to remove from the roots; Don't rub too harshly as that might cause your skin to become inflamed and irritated. Don't forget to do a patch test first to check if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the home remedy and don't be impatient because you will have to repeat the treatment a number of times before you get the results you want.
- Step 1: Make a paste with gram flour and fenugreek powder and yoghurt.
- Step 2: Apply this over the areas where you want to remove hair.
- Step 3: Allow it to dry. Wet your face with a little water and scrub away the paste.
- Step 1: Combine together 1/4 tablespoon each turmeric powder and besan, 4 tablespoons aloe vera gel, 2 tablespoons mustard oil, and 2 drops of lavender essential oil.
- Step 2: Cover the hair you want to remove with this paste.
- Step 3: After it dries, rub off the paste with a damp washcloth in the opposite direction of hair growth.
- Step 4: Rinse, dry and moisturise. Do this treatment at least thrice a week.
Benefits of Gram Flour For Hair
Has your hair turned dull and lifeless because of all the commercially available shampoos and cleansers? Well, maybe it's time to try a homemade hair cleanser.
- Step 1: Make a simple thin paste of besan and water. Take as much gram flour and water as you think is necessary to cover your scalp.
- Step 2: Apply the paste evenly all over your scalp.
- Step 3: Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off.
Hair Growth Promoter
Suffering from severe hair loss? Well, if your doctor has ruled out any medical complications, you can try this gram flour hair mask to aid hair growth. Gram flour is rich in protein and that is a boon for undernourished hair.
- Step 1: Make a thin paste of gram flour, water, almond powder, yoghurt and 2 capsules of vitamin E oil.
- Step 2: Apply all over your scalp and allow it to dry.
- Step 3: Wash off and repeat the treatment twice a week.
- Step 1: Mix two tablespoons of gram flour with water, 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.
- Step 2: Rub it into your scalp.
- Step 3: leave it on for five minutes and wash it off.
Dandruff is basically dead skin cells from your scalp that are shedding at a faster rate than normal. This debris of dead skin tends to stick together with the oil from the scalp and form flakes or scales that we know as dandruff. And while it is not a serious complication, it can be embarrassing; cause your scalp to get all itchy, and even lead to a fungal infection of the scalp. Dandruff is an annoying condition that refuses to go away unless you apply harsh antidandruff shampoos or lotions, and even then, it tends to come back. If you are looking for a gentle remedy for dandruff, try this one that uses gram flour. Gram flour will soak up the excess sebum on your scalp and soothe its irritated and inflamed surface.
- Step 1: Mix a cup of besan with enough water to make a paste. Add the juice of a lemon.
- Step 2: Rub this thin paste onto your scalp, especially over dandruff affected areas.
- Step 3: Â Rinse off with cold water.