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Masoor Dal Body Scrub {DIY}

[Source: http://www.sailusfood.com]
Pulses in our kitchen prove to be good scrubs as well. Earlier, I had talked about 'Mung Dal'. Today, I would be talking about 'Masoor Dal' (Red Lentil). Ground red lentil is a very good scrub for the body.

How to make the scrub?
Grind the masoor dal into a fine powder and pass through a utensil with small holes (percolated utensils) to seperate the fine powder and the impurities. Store the fine powder in an air-tight container and use a little occasionally. If you find that the texture of the powder is too harsh for your skin, you can mix it with cornflour or chickpea flour (besan). 

Using the Scrub
  • Mix it with honey or milk and use as body scrub while in shower.
  • Use as a face scrub twice in a week for oily and combination skin and once for normal to dry skin.
  • Alternatives: If you do not want to store it as a scrub, you can soak a cup of red lentils in milk or water overnight and make a paste in the morning and use it as a scrub or a face pack. You may even add the skin of almonds soaked overnight. It would make your skin glow like never before.
  • You can even mix the powder with pure ghee (made at home) and use it as a scrub. Pure ghee acts as lubricant reducing the harshness of the scrub on your skin and simultaneously nourishing it with the necessary fats to make skin look beautiful.
  • You can mix other ingredients like dried tulsi leaves, rose petals or orange peels also and make the scrub a invigorating scrub. They will provide a scrub a distinct smell if use separately.

145 comments:

  1. How interesting, I never knew lentils were good for the skin as well! Definitely going to try it out sometime!

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  2. Masoor dal mix soaked in milk overnight is the best way to get a glowing & fair complexion. Has worked wonders for me. But one has to be patient & persistent. You can notice the changes within a week. Best face pack ever.

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    1. u applied dis pack daily or once in in a week??

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    2. u applied dis pack daily or once in in a week??

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    3. this has been done daily but you can also do it on alternate days :)

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    4. Can I grind masoor daal before soaking it in milk istead of grinding next day...????

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    5. you can try doing that as well!!

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    6. meri skin par after using it bhut rashes ho gye h....m kya kru.....kya use karna band kar du.......m after 2 days use karti hu

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    7. hey swalti....wo rashes may b jyada use karne se ho gye the.....ab m paste bhut thin bna kar use kar rhi hu.....m apna complexion normal karna chahti hu.....its sum dark.....plz tell me how 2 use it.....so dat i can avoid my previous rashes n can get fair complexion

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    8. don't use masoor dal coz its not suiting you. give me sometime and I will do a post on dark complexion.

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    9. Hi,I have dark skin complexion.I used to apply pack including dhal powder,egg york,honey and bit of lime juice.I used apply it daily since one week.Now my skin turns to fair and radiant.Actually it us really good.you can try it too.

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    10. orange peel wit curd works for dark complexion

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    11. u can also add turmeric as it will lighten ur skin tone but don't use any kind of soap or facewash on ur face available in the market instead u can opt for home made face wash

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    12. wow...thanks for the tip. shall surely try it :)

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    13. yes, orange peel with curd works great for improving complexion! and turmeric also lightens the skin!

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  3. skyiseternal - did it work for u?

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  4. Yes, this did work for me actually...it literally polishes your skin but one should be very gentle with the scrubbing as masoor dal is too harsh so it is better to mix it with a diluting flour to reduce the harshness but it is great for complexion.....

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  5. these treatments are awesome.i ve always looked for suitable treatments for my skin.these are the best i ve come across.

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  6. thanks a lot for your kind words :)

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  7. for everyday,what can i use to wash my body without using any soap?and can u pls giv some tips for upper lip hair?

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    1. http://www.perfectskincareforyou.com/2010/01/great-body-scrub-to-keep-your-skin.html

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    2. thanks Fatima for pointing that out :)

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  8. you can use besan or sunnipindi for daily wash... they do a very good job....and unfortunately Trina...nothign works for the upper lip though you can try besan or sunnipindi...these are the links:
    http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.com/2010/03/use-sunnipindi-for-skin.html
    and http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.com/2010/01/great-body-scrub-to-keep-your-skin.html

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  9. This is really interesting to know that scrub can be made so easily from lentils also...I will surely make this scrub and not waste money on market scrubs.

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    Swati

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  10. hi Swati :) do try this out...I am sure you would love it!!!

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  11. apply curd,turmeric and honey together on face and leave till it dries
    its the best facial tratement you get almost free

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  12. thanks for the tip...I shall surely publish it :)

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  13. thnks a ton i use masoor dal n milk scrub 1st time and that is very effective...:)

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  14. can i use massor dal as facepack everryday????????????//

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    1. hi...no don't use it everyday because its very grainy and everyday exfoliation with it is really not good but twice to thrice a week should be enough for the effects :)

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  15. can we use the paste of boiled masoor daal and milk evry day...??

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    1. hi Namera...no, don't use it everyday as it will get too harsh for your skin because it exfoliates as well....you can use two times in a week which is enough!!!

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  16. Is the dried masoor dal just washed and soaked in milk. And then ground the next day?
    Or is the dal boiled like someone mentioned here in the comments.
    And only the skin of the almond is used?

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    1. hey, no don't boil it. simply wash it and soak in milk and grind it next morning into a fine paste. you can use almonds as well but I said skin of almonds because many people throw it away after eating the almonds so this is a great way to use them :)

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  17. can i use it on my 3 yrs old daughter.If not then can you advise any other ubtan .I have heard about chironje .Is it true /

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    1. hey....masoor dal is too harsh for a baby's skin so use this: http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2010/03/use-sunnipindi-for-skin.html
      hope this helps :)

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    2. what did you hear about chironjee?? yes, its good for skin as far as I know.

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  18. hey..... can i use the powder of masoor daal instead of soaking it in milk over nite......???? plz tell me

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    1. hey Priya...yes, you can use powdered moong dal too...just make sure its very fine and its better to mix it with besan or something so that it doesn't become too rough on the skin!!!

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    2. thanku so much i ll try it tom morn....... :)

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  19. hi swati hows u

    can u please help me to work on my skin it was oily b4 and now it has gone dry.its lil patchy n very sensitive cant use any sort of lotions can you please suggest anything for me

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    1. you should check this post:
      http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/01/how-to-deal-with-dry-skin-patch-skin.html
      I am so sorry. I missed your comment earlier!!! hope this helps :)

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  20. will it work for pimpled face???

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    1. yes, it will. just make sure you ground it into a really fine powder, mix it in 50-50 ratio with finely ground rice powder and use it only as a mask and not a scrub at all.

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  21. hey can u pls tell me whether masoor dal works well for acne scars removing????????

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    1. I am sorry but I have no idea regd that.

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    2. wat about black heads and tanning yar???

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    3. yes, it works for tanning :) and, for black heads, it depends on skin type.

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    4. I have blemished on my cheeks and nose, i use everyday almond with red lentil is this effective for this

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  22. i hav dark spots & black heads on my face...can i use masoor dal at it..n wat is d way 2 use it...

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    1. yes, you can use as anyway directed above in the post :)

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  23. i tried the masoor daal face scrub.BUT IT IRRITATED MY SKIN AND MADE IT RED and itchyyy :(

    why did this happen to me i can only see positive reviews.i washed the daal a bit soaked it grinded it with milk and cucumber also the paste wasnt smooth at all

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    1. masoor dal is very harsh and doesn't work well for sensitive skin!!! don't use it or if you really want to use it, mix it with besan to reduce the harsh nature of the dal. also, it has to be grounded into very fine paste.

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  24. I have oily skin so i can mix milk with masoor dal or anyother remedies which can help me to have glowing skin?

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    1. yes, Shilpa, you can do that :) also, check this: http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/04/my-top-5-home-remedies-this-summer-diy.html
      they all help with glowing skin :)

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  25. Per week how many time can we apply the masoor dal paste and is it necessary to apply any moisturizer after washing face with this paste?

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    1. you can use it on alternate days. yes, moisturizer is always necessary!!! never miss it.

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  26. Hi Swati,
    Please advice if I use mix of Powder Masoor Daal + Powder Sandle + Rose Water for Glowing/ Fair Skin. Would it works for me. I skin is Oily.

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    1. you can try and see if it works for you, no home remedy is proven to work for all. its just a hit and trial. it does suit oily skin :)

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  27. hi Swati..
    i have got lots of acne... and i have combinational skin...
    T-zone skin( dry on forehead nose and chin & oily on cheeks) :(

    how can i use masoor dal ?? can i use with milk ???

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    1. no, don't use milk on your face as milk causes acne sometimes or aggravates it. use green tea instead. apply masoor dal as a paste but I would suggest you to use besan + turmeric instead.

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  28. what is the best milk to use with this mixture?

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  29. hi swati....
    i want ur help. i am 24yr old. i am hostel
    student & i have oily skin. i am suffering
    from small pimples over face, hands,
    forehead.
    i have pimple spots on shoulders n face.
    my lips are black around coz of lipsticks
    which i used wen i was in school.
    plzzzz help me.....i take so much
    treatment but nothing helps me.
    suggest some tips which i can apply on
    hostel.....waiting 4 ur valueable
    reply.....

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    1. for pimples and scars, try this:
      http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/01/spicy-spices-for-acne-diy.html
      and, for oily skin,
      try using aloevera gel - i would recommend this: http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/03/rustic-art-aloevera-gel.html
      for lips, give me sometime and i shall put up a post :)

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  30. Hie, i hv dusky complexion, n hw shud i use ds? I mean d propr proces f using masoor dal.. N ven cn i get 2 c d results?? :)

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    1. you can read the post about how to use the scrub!!! you can see the results in a month.

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  31. Okay.. Shud i use it, daily or 1ce a week??

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    1. can be used daily but stick to using on alternate days.

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  32. Oh okay, thnx 4 d help, sweetie :)

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  33. is there a substitute of orange peel which i can use in summer since orange is not available thorough out the year....plz reply

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    1. can't think of any right away but you can use any citrus fruit which you get.

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    2. ya sure though I am not exactly sure how sweet lime is different from lime!!!

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  34. hi Swati,its my first tim m using masoor dal wid milk as per d instructin given in d by U,my skin is dry ,i want to know can i apply it on dark cirles too around my eyes ,wud it work?????

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    1. yes, you can apply it for dark circles also...yes it does work but takes time....also, you can use almond oil for dark circles, it really helps :)

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  35. Hey I would just like to add here that the face pack when used as a mixture of milk and powder masoor makes the skin tight and supple thus slowing the wrinkle as well

    Just an addition swati .. I hope u didnt mind....tc

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    1. haha...no, no, i don't mind at all :) you can provide tips any time :) great to know it helps with wrinkles as well :)

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  36. hey
    nice tip...i heard masoor dal works well on face, never tried it before...going to try tomoro....can i mix multani mitti in it to decrease the harshness coz multani mitti works good for my skin....

    thank you for the tip....

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    1. yes you can use multani mitti as well but you can also go fro besan so choose which ever suits you best :)

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  37. hi i have been using massor dal n besan with milk n few drops of baby oil for my 4 yr old daughter… can i mix sunnipindi mixture n all of the above together every other day or separately is more advisable? she has some body hair which i m trying to get rid of!

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  38. hi
    I am 24 yrs old.as i never cared about these things and because of having very very sensitive skin i never use even talcum powder to my face.But now i feel very bad while everyone asks about my face.I was very fair but now i am tanned.I have pimples in my face for past 1 1/2 months,which i never had before,because of allergy and also having dark circles around my eyes.i am very dull.i want to get my bright,fairy and supple skin again.pls can u give me any simple solution for my problem?As u said that masoor daal s very harsh,i'm scare to use it..Waiting 4 ur reply

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    1. you can use it but you can mix the masoor dal with besan or some such thing which suits your skin and apply it just as a mask and not as a scrub. that will help!

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  39. is applying masoordal with multani mitti good for dry skin...

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    1. ho im 15 years old...cn i put masoor dal with besan or multani mitti ....nd what should i add to it curd or milk nd should it be soaked overnight......

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    2. don't use multani mitti for dry skin.
      use milk to soak and you can use besan.

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  40. can masoor dal be soaked with water or milk overnight

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  41. Hi can u plz tel
    for how many months i have 2 use dis 2 be fair ?

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  42. Hey Swati..m tanvi..i hav a dusky cmplxion..and my bf wants me to get a fair cmplxn within 2mnths..so cn i use this therapy?wl it work within 2mnths?

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    1. hey Puspa...please rub potato slice on your face and neck every night after cleansing it properly! keep the juice till it dries and then wash off. and, apply sunscreen in the morning time when you go out and try to stay out of sun. yes, you can also use this recipe :) yes, it will work.
      http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/09/5-steps-to-get-fairer-skin-five-series.html

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    2. K tynz a lot...and can i use any soap or cream aftr removing the paste?

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    3. its preferable not to use any soap after it but wash your face properly and then moisturize it properly!!

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  43. Hi swati,
    My skin had bcom supper irritable after coming bk 4rm BALI, to subside the irritablity my dermat gave me this cream called MMS- the cream showed immediate results but the cream had baby steriods that resulted in developing facial hair, then she recommended etheir bleeching or laser hair removale, dint want to go 4 either , pls help n let me know whether red lentil scrub will help, or will this remain permanent, pls help will await ur reply

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    1. yes, lentil scrub would help but you shall have to do it daily!

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  44. hi swati my complex is whitish pls tell me, can i use daily massor daal mix with milk, my skin is dry

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  45. Swati please tell me can i use this on my 11 yrs old daughter as she is too hairy. Can this remove hair from roots now at this age.

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    1. yes, it can but you will need to have patience and you need to do it daily. but, it would not have any effect on body hair. it will have effect only on facial hair.

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  46. Hi Swati

    I have recently started using the mixture of masoor daal(grinded) besan and curd as a face pack and I apply it as a face pack for 20-25 mins twice a week.
    Will it help in removing dark spots on my face and my face has blemishes as well.

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    1. yes, it will help but have some patience :)

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  47. i have severe dark circles is masoor daal helpful

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    1. i am not sure of masoor dal but you can use almond oil on the dark circles. one drop of oil on each eye will help in ridding the dark circles in a month or two.

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  48. Hii Swati, My Complex is whitish having dry skin
    I am following below process, plz correct if it is wrong..
    1. Masoor dal poder with milk. (Mixing milk at the time of usage not overnight)
    2. Using as a scrub daily ( scrubing as downward to upward direction )
    3. waiting 25-30 min to dry it down on face
    4. washing it with normal water.
    5. Applying moisturizer

    I m applying from last 15 days but still no change

    plz guide..

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    1. hi...its not necessary that it will make you fair. skin tone generally doesn't change. it will just make the skin glow and remove tan. the routine you are following is correct though. also, please check this:
      http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/09/5-steps-to-get-fairer-skin-five-series.html

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  49. Hi am using 4m past 1month no difference my skin s dark.... after 2month my cnz marriage plz give some tips plz plz plz plz plz:(

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    1. hi...m so sorry for replying so late. please check out the following posts:
      http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/09/5-steps-to-get-fairer-skin-five-series.html
      http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/04/my-top-5-home-remedies-this-summer-diy.html
      also, avoid sun all day long. apply sunscreen properly even when staying at home. also, try out the home remedies in the second link every night alternatively. you can use lemon juice as well once or twice a week.

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  50. hey my skin is very tanned so how can i use it

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    1. scrub using this and honey twice in a week. it will help.

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  51. Hi .I have whiteheads on my skin, that too under the skin.I have consult dermotologist in this regard nd applying creams nd all he suggested but my face has started luking dul.please suggest me any home made remedy that can help me .I have dry skin

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    1. ok, try this:
      http://www.perfectskincareforyou.com/2009/12/oil-cleansing.html
      it will help with blackheads, whiteheads and dark spots, everything but do it only once a week.

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  52. I am using masoor dal with milk since couples of month on my body but i am not seeing that much changes.
    what to do ?
    shall i continue it or skip?

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    1. hey...did you not find your skin more glowing or less tanned either??? that's is kind of weird but if there is not one jot of difference, skip it. may be its not working for you.

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  53. hii swati ur blog is so interesting, i have a question does mens can use besan for regular.

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    1. hi..thank you for the compliment :) and, yes, men can also use besan. many do, in fact!

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  54. Is it safe to use besan & honey as cleanser daily in eve? I heard tht honey can cause botulism too?? I want to use natural cleansers so will besan and water be jus as effective??

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    1. if you use organic honey, it does not cause botulism and botulism is caused only when the infected food is ingested, i think!! yes, you can use besan and if you do not want to use honey, mix besan with water. it works well as a face wash. yes, it is just as effective. only make sure you remove makeup either using some oil or some cleansing milk!

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  55. MAASH KI DAAL WITH RICE POWDER AND MILK....IS AN AWESOME SCRUB MUST TRY IT.

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  56. for how much tym do we need to apply this?

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  57. copied from Wikihow

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  58. can i use masoor dal with milk daily

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  59. hey ...
    i like your tip n m gonna to try this...
    i have a dusky complexion. my hands are not tanned ,bt ithink they are becoming ...
    can i use this scrub on my hands.?

    as i have pimples on my face so whatever i use to remove them.. for a time they r gone but after some time they come again... Why this happen ... ????

    thank you

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  60. can we use it on our body also ... ???

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  61. is it necessary that v have to add raw milk ..????

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  62. and for how much time v have to leave it on our face...???

    please reply...

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  63. i was fair in child hood days. But my complexion gets darker and darker nowadays. Can i use moong dal mixed with curd/yogurt and apply it on the darker areas. please anybody suggest.

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    1. you can use masur daal and milk paste use it as suggest above , its my experience that ur skin will become fair after regular use u can also see result after 15-16 days. BE HAPPY and TAKE CARE.

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  64. i am applying masoor daal and milk paste since one year now can i stop to applying this paste , my skin is now totally fair but i am bit worry about my complexion bec somebody had said me that for maintain my achieved fairness it is compulsory to use regularly masur daal paste, after achieved total fairness otherwise my complexion will lost its fairness after 5-6 month,suggest me soon plz. THANKS.

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  65. Hi Swati,
    plz help me i m suffering from itchy skin since 3-4 years n i take levocetrizine 5 mg twice or thrice in a week i dont know y hav this problem...i ll consult so many doctors but no one help me, i feel itchyness n then skin became red n shown like mosquito bite. so plz help me n advice me what can i do for my this problem.

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  66. hi swati, plz help me i have itchy skin prblem since 3-4 years n i m consult so many doctors but nobody help me, i have taken levocetrizine 5 mg twice or thrice in a week for my this problem my skin became itchy n then red n then shows like mosquitoes bite....after some time it will be normal. plz help me regarding this.

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  67. HEy WHAT IS I SOAK RED LENTILS FOR 2 DAYS n USE IT AFTER 2 DAYs..WILL IT HAMPER OR ANY SIDE EFFECTS??

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  68. Nice information, loved body scrub idea
    http://healthytips-foryou.blogspot.in/2014/04/health-benefits-of-masoor-dal.html

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  69. Hi swati !

    i have read Moong dal is good for baby skin too
    Pl. confirm is it apply on 1-2 month baby skin also ?
    Is it work for such small babies to remove skin hair and make skin fair ?
    Have heard about magic of Masoor dal for fairer skin. Can i apply it to my baby ?
    Pl. help me out

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  70. Which is the best way to use almond oil as moisturizer for face & for dark circles around the eyes? The frequency, the time of application, quantity, etc. Does this clog pores/ cause pimples?

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  71. Hey swati.. Can you please help me out.. Am using this pack(masoor ki daal, besan, rose water, curd n multaani mitti) from last 1-2 yrs.. But suddenly I have got red marks(daane) on my face.. Am very tensed.. please twll me what should I do now.. please reply on my mail id.. renuka201090@gmail.com

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  72. can i use masoor daal facepack
    if you yes
    after using this facepack
    can i dropped
    after fair complexion
    then it is harmfull for me yes or no

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