Everyone seems to think that looking good comes at a great cost. Not really! You don’t have to splurge money for a facial at a salon; instead you can try natural remedies i.e. home remedies for a glowing skin. All you have to do is raid your kitchen or garden to come up with a facial concoction in the sanctity of your home. Begin by washing your face and using a face pack relevant to your skin type e.g. normal, dry, oily, combination skin. The following beauty tips should help you achieve your objective of a glowing skin. Normal Skin Extract the juice of half an orange or a tomato, mix with two teaspoons of curd and lightly massage on to your face in an upward direction. Let dry. Wash off with cold water to give your skin a nice glow. Or else, take a thin slice of papaya and rub the inner part on your face, letting it dry before washing your face with cold water. Extract the juice from 50-grams (around half a cup) of cabbage and apply to the face, let dry, washing off with cold water. This proves very effective in tightening the skin and preventing wrinkles. For rejuvenating the skin, apply carrot juice to the face, let it dry and then wash off with cold water. To tighten the skin, rub the inner part of an apple peel in an upward direction, using it as a skin cleanser. Wash face with cold water and pat dry. To improve blood circulation which is essential for healthy skin, rub an ice cube over your face. Else, boil some lemon grass in water, cool and pour into an ice tray. Rub the lemon grass flavoured ice cube over your face to remove the grime and decrease skin pore size You can also tighten the skin and keep wrinkles at bay by beating the white of an egg and applying to the face in an upward direction. Once dry, wash off with cold water. Oily skin To remove excess skin oil, make a paste of 2-tbsp of wheat flour or besan and apply to the face in an upward motion. Leave to dry, wash off with cold water. Or, mix 2-tsps of unboiled milk, 2-tsps cucumber juice and few drops of lemon. Using a cotton ball, apply to the face, let dry, washing off with cold water. Soak two to three teaspoons of Methi (fenugreek) seeds, grind into a paste and rub on the face, wash off with cold water when dry. The granular effect helps remove blackheads, while Methi helps remove excess skin oil. In case, you don’t have Methi seeds, use Masoor dal which works just as well as methi. To refresh and tighten your skin, squeeze the juice of half a cucumber and apply to the face, leave on till dry and then wash off with cold water. Dry Skin To moisturize and tighten the skin, mash half a ripe banana, add a teaspoon of honey and make a paste. Apply on to the face till dry, wash off with cold water. Grind natural oil rich khus (poppy seeds) that have been soaked overnight into a paste with milk, apply to the face, let dry and wash off with cold water. To keep skin soft and supple, massage unboiled milk lightly into the skin, dry and was off with cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt to the milk but avoid if you suffer from acne. Peanuts are rich in natural oils, so make a paste of 2-5 tbsps of raw peanuts with milk. Add a teaspoon of honey, apply to the face, dry and then wash off with cold water. Make a paste of one teaspoon of malai, a pinch of turmeric and four to five drops of olive oil. Apply to the face, leave to dry. Wash with cold water. Malai is a natural moisturizer, while turmeric and olive oil help rejuvenate the skin. Combination skin Mix 3-4 tablespoons of Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth) with 8-10 ground Pudina (mint) leaves. Freeze the pack overnight. Keep outside for 10-15 minutes and then apply on your face. Wash off after 10-15 minutes. Ideal for cleansing and cooling the skin.