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Surprising Uses Of Garlic In Skin Care

By Kumutha

Garlic is probably the last thing you would want to include in your beauty routine, but it is the first thing you should. Ever wondered, why in bygone days garlic was rubbed on the body, placed beside a corpse in a coffin, or worn around the neck?

These pea-sized magic pods were rubbed on the body to kill bacteria, worn around the neck for luck and placed inside the coffin to ward off evil forces. Some of its uses maybe quirky, but you cannot undermine its importance.

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While garlic's usage in rituals may or may not be effective, its usage in beauty rituals certainly is! Allicin present in garlic reduces inflammation, antioxidants get rid of age spots and packed with sulphur, garlic cloves boost hair growth.

Not just that, as it is rich in antioxidants and has anti-bacterial properties, garlic protects the skin against free radicals, kills infection causing bacteria and reduces signs of aging. With so many benefits in store, it goes without saying that garlic is the one ingredient you need to rely on for all your beauty woes.

Listed below are a few ways you can use garlic cloves to address your most persistent of beauty problems.

Treating Dry Skin
Garlic has strong amounts of antioxidants and also antibacterial properties that help to erase signs of aging and yogurt on the other hand is rich in lactic acid, which restores the skin's moisture balance.

1 Tablespoon yogurt
4 to 5 Crushed garlic

Grind garlic cloves into a fine paste and mix it with yogurt. Apply the paste on clean face. Let it rest for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water and pat dry.

Getting Rid of Whitehead
Garlic can wipe out the most stubborn of whiteheads.

2 to 3 Crushed garlic cloves
1 Teaspoon oatmeal
2 or 3 Drops of tea tree oil
½ Teaspoon lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until they blend well. Apply a thin coat of the pack on wet face. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Gently exfoliate your skin followed by a rinse with cold water. Pat dry.

Minimizing Acne
Anti-fungal properties of garlic can soothe acne without leaving any scars.

2 to 3 Garlic Cloves

Crush garlic cloves and extract its juice. Dilute the juice in a cup of lukewarm water. Mix until they combine well. Immerse a cotton ball in the solution and dab it on the acne affected area. Let it remain until dry before rinsing it clean.

Erasing Pimples
Crush a few garlic cloves into a fine paste. Apply the undiluted garlic paste directly on the pimple. Leave it on for a few minutes. Later, rinse your face with cold water and immediately follow it up with aloe vera gel. Aloe vera will soothe your skin, while garlic will shrink the pimple right off!

Reduce Fine Lines
The sulphur present in garlic boosts collagen production, which in turn reduces fine lines and keeps the skin supple and taut. Extract the juice from crushed garlic and store it in the refrigerator. Mix the solution in all your face masks for added goodness.

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Pore Perfecting
Minimizing pores can eliminate most of your beauty woes.

2 Tablespoon tomato puree
3 to 4 Crushed garlic pods

Mix garlic paste and tomato puree in a bowl. Apply a thin coat on clean face and let it remain for 20 minutes. Once dry, rinse your face with cold water. Pat it dry.

Whether you apply it topically or consume it, garlic can bring about a radical difference to your skin.

Story first published: Monday, August 1, 2016, 7:30 [IST]