Jaggery or ‘gur’ is basically unrefined sugar that is obtained from raw, concentrated sugarcane juice. It has vital vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair and skin. But very few people know that jaggery is also a source of glycolic acid – part of alpha-hydroxyl acids (AHA) – which has multiple benefits for the skin: it reduces fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and uneven skin colour. Take a look at how you can include this power-packed ingredient into your beauty routine.
Glowing skin: Glycolic acid is widely used in skincare products due to its ability to help improve skin's condition and appearance. To make the most of this natural ingredient in jaggery, make a mask combing 2 tablespoons of powdered jaggery, 2 tablespoons of honey and the juice of half a lemon. Apply to the face and neck. Rinse with warm water after 5-10 minutes.
Treat brown spots:
Glycolic acid present in jaggery is also known to fade dark spots, blemishes and hyperpigmentation. Make your own homemade glycolic acid mask combining 1 teaspoon of jaggery powder, 1 teaspoon of tomato juice, juice of half a lemon, 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric powder and enough warm green tea to make a paste. Mix all the ingredients well, apply to the skin and rinse it after 10 to 15 minutes.
Erase fine lines and ageing skin:
The glycolic acid in jaggery also helps in speeding up the skin's renewal process. Try this face mask to erase fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Take 1 teaspoon of grape pulp, 1 teaspoon of cool black tea, a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of jaggery powder, and enough rose water to make a paste. Mix all the ingredients and wash it off in 15 minutes. Use it one to two times a week and always follow with a serum and lotion for your skin type.
Jaggery is also a rich source of iron which not only prevents hair from falling when you eat it, but can also give you shiny and smooth hair when topically used. Mix jaggery in a bowl along with two spoons of Fuller's Earth (multani mitti) and water. Apply, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse well.