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Besan – the perfect skin care product has been in your kitchen all along!


Research has shown that people are spending an exorbitant amount of money on skincare. According to Statista, 1.66 million Americans spent $500 or more on skin care products in three months. In Pakistan as well, more and more people are spending money on expensive skincare regimes that are becoming wildly popular on a global scale. In recognition of the latest trends in Korean skincare, one can’t help but ask – is there something we can look towards in our tradition and cultural heritage that is supremely beneficial for skin? Yes, the answer is besan.

Look no further than your kitchen

Enter besan, gramflour or chickpea flour. You know it as that pale yellow flour used in karhi, pakoray, dahi baray and other traditional foods. It is a staple in any Pakistani kitchen. You also know it as an ingredient of uptan, a traditional face mask and exfoliant for brides. As you read this article, you remember its earthy smell infused with the fragrance of rose water.

In this article, we are opening our kitchen cabinets and giving this wonder product the recognition it deserves.

Why besan is good for cleansing skin

Unlike commercial face cleansers, it is free of soap and synthetic surfactants which dry the skin excessively, cause irritation and increase pH.

It is free of chemicals, fragrances and other inorganic substances that not only harm the skin in long term use but also pollute the environment.

It helps to reduce oil, removes dead skin and dirt. Due to its antimicrobial properties it is perfect for deep cleansing. Moreover, it fights against acne and can help get rid of sun spots.

How to use it as a face cleanser

Mix besan with fresh turmeric powder. Prepare a paste by adding either yogurt, milk or rose water. Cleanse face with the paste immediately after preparing it. Leave it on for a few minutes and wash off. Moisturize immediately after washing.

In this method, be careful to always use a fresh mixture.

Why besan is perfect for a massage

In Ayurveda inspired massages, besan is a key component. Massaging the body with besan stimulates movement of the lymph, improves circulation, aids detoxification and removes excess oil from the skin.

How to use it for massage

Pair it with oils such as neem oil, aloe vera oil and almond oil for an exfoliating and relaxing massage.

We hope this article has been helpful for you in incorporating natural products in your skincare routines. Let us know how besan has worked for you!



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