Cornstarch, or cornflour (makkai ka atta), is the starch of the maize grain, commonly known as corn. According to Dee Anna Glaser, MD, associate professor of dermatology at
This ingredient is probably sitting right there in your kitchen pantry and if you had always used it only in your food recipes, it’s time to think of using it as a beauty aid. Here are some remarkable cornstarch (cornflour) beauty recipes.
Cornstarch for oily skin
Combine the ingredients; add water to make a paste of smooth consistency and apply on your face and neck. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes and then wash off. A great mask for oily skin and in summers.
Cornstarch as a skin cleanser and scrub
Though this flour appears quite powdery and smooth, it is slightly abrasive as well; and hence can be used to slough off dead skin cells.
Combine all the ingredients. Massage it into your skin and rinse with warm water.
Cornstarch – 1 tbsp
Vinegar- 1 tbsp
Mix the two to make a paste and apply on the area for 15-20 minutes; remove it off with a moist cotton ball and rinse off with warm water, this helps to get rid of blackheads/whiteheads.
Cornstarch as bath additive
Baking soda – ½ cup
Citric acid/lemon juice – ½ cup
Cornstarch – ¼ cup
A few drops of your favorite essential oil
Combine all the ingredients. Add 2-3 tsp of this mixture to the water in your bathtub before you soak in it.
Cornstarch for excessive perspiration in feet
In summers it is quite common to have sweaty and smelly feet. Just sprinkle a little corn flour on your footwear before you put them on. As cornstarch absorbs moisture, it will keep your feet perspiration-free and odor-free to a great extent.