Beauty benefits of Moong
It contains a variety of flavonoids that fight skin’s oxidative stress and help to neutralise the free radicals at the cellular level
While we all are locked-up in our own houses, most of us are running out of their skincare products. Due to the lockdown imposed, deliveries are also slow. Therefore restocking is not an option! In that case, we have to look for skincare solutions that are available at our home. And ayurveda can provide better clarity on this. It's very usual to see green moong dal being cooked for dinner or lunch, every day in most of the Indian households. Moong dal is a staple food for Indians because it's light, easy to digest and nourishing.
But do you know, it endows beauty benefits too? Moong dal is a wonderful lentil that is extremely high in antioxidants and has twelve phenolic acids that help in improving our complexion. Also, it contains a variety of flavonoids that fights skin's oxidative stress and helps to neutralise the free radicals at the cellular level. Ayurveda points out that moong pacifies all the three doshas. Moong dal powder is traditionally used to cleanse our face, body, and even hair. Rich in vitamins A and C, green moong dal helps to provide a healthy glow to the skin. Some wonderful recipes that you should try at your homes to make your skin feel better!
Soothe tired eyes
Mix moong dal powder with rose water to form a thick paste. Apply this paste on the upper- lids of your eyes. This pack acts as a depuffing and cooling eye mask.
Face and body cleanser
You can simply mix moong dal powder with milk or curd to make a paste and cleanse your face and body with this concoction.
Grind some overnight water-soaked green moong dal with marigold flowers and add milk to make a face mask. This pack helps in reducing blemishes and pigmentation.
You can even mix gram flour, moong dal powder, yogurt and honey together to form a thick paste. Mix everything and apply it over your face. This pack makes your skin glow, reduces acne, and removes sun-tan.
Exfoliation with moong powder
For this, you require 3 tablespoons of moong dal powder, 2 teaspoons of neem powder, 3 teaspoons of sandalwood powder, a pinch of turmeric and enough oil, rose water, or milk to make a paste. Depending on the season you can blend this mixture in oil, milk, or rosewater. For sensitive skin, milk works the best. This body and face exfoliator is an excellent replacement for a cleanser that you generally buy from the market or order online. This exfoliating mixture will help you to clarify and brighten your complexion. This mixture even removes your dead skin cells.
In case you don't have moong dal powder, you can soak 2-4 tablespoons of green mong dal overnight in water and grind it the next day for any skincare application.
Happy and healthy quarantine!