Let’s be honest: you’ve spent your entire childhood nodding along dutifully to your granny when she extolled the many virtues of desi ghee, but it was only when Kareena Kapoor Khan gave her stamp of approval to this homegrown favourite, that you realised its potential. With the advancements in the beauty industry, there is little that over-the-counter purchases can’t do, but if you are looking at truly nourishing your skin and hair from within, you need to turn your focus to natural ingredients that pamper your visage and tresses with completely organic benefits. No ifs, no buts, no strings attached.
If you have been looking to go au natural with your skincare and haircare routine, but didn’t know where to start, we are here to help with this handy cheat sheet on how to give your beauty routine an organic makeover.
This resilient plant can grow under challenging conditions and was rightly referred to as the plant of immortality by ancient Egyptians. It contains various nutrients that you already find in your skincare staples—including glycerin and sorbitol, among others. While the former acts as a superb cleansing agent for fighting acne, the latter helps retain moisture in your skin which, in turn, prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Aloe Vera also serves up an effective cure for sunburn, fighting signs of ageing and reducing dandruff in conjunction with promoting hair growth.
With two types of Omega-3 fatty acids to its credit, fish oil contains those ‘good fats’ that you keep hearing doctors and nutritionists speaking about. It also promises a host of benefits for your skin, such as reducing inflammation, and in turn, acne, preventing dryness by keeping the skin moisturised and fighting fine lines and wrinkles. Since dry hair is more prone to hairfall, fish oil also helps address lack of oil in the hair shaft.
Instagram’s favourite superfood brings to the table the benefits of iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, copper and magnesium among others. It is also a good source of Vitamins A, C, E and K. With all these nutrients and good fats, avocados are not only a great choice for a nutritious meal, but also for amazing hair and skin. Vitamin C and the healthy lipid oils in avocado make it an effective ingredient for brighter, glowing and well-nourished skin. Not only is the pulp great for nourishing and controlling frizzy hair with its natural oils and antioxidant properties, but the powder obtained from the seed of avocado has been used in various countries as an anti-dandruff treatment for years.
Ghee and various oils are currently all the rage in the west, but you might want to spare a minute to thank your grandmother for extolling the virtues of ghee in your childhood. Authentic ghee is rich in Vitamins A, D, K2, E and antioxidants that work on hydrating and moisturising dry skin.
When it comes to nourishing haircare, cold-pressed coconut oil is rich in Vitamins E and K as well as iron, while almond oil boasts of the benefits of Vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids, potassium and zinc. Both these oils are considered light oils and are great for the scalp—since we live in a humid country, we do not need something too emollient or heavy on the scalp. Both have been known to strengthen hair, provide nourishment to brittle hair and prevent hair fall. Always pick cold-pressed oils over processed oils as those tend to lose their nutrients when put through heated oil processing.
Apricot and rosehip oils should be your go-to for facial care as they are loaded with antioxidants and provide beautiful nourishment. Rosehip oil is rich in Vitamins A and C which are known to be anti-ageing and brightening ingredients, whereas apricot oil contains Vitamins A and E that helps achieve a radiant complexion.