How To Use Besan, The Benefits & 5 Ways To Include It In Your Skincare Routine
If you’re adopting an all natural Ayurveda-inspired skincare routine, then babe, there’s one thing you have to know - and that’s how to use Besan.
It’s likely that you’re thinking what Besan is. Or chances are that you already know but are not entirely sure. I know it can get confusing, so let me explain...
Besan (also called chickpea flour, gram flour and channa flour) is made by grinding chickpeas of various varieties. Basically, Besan is the Hindi name for chickpea flour.
Want to know how Besan is made? It’s pretty simple…
Besan can be either made by using garbanzo beans (the most popular kind of chickpeas used in the US) or by using an Indian variety called Bengal Gram (and that is how it also gets the name gram flour).
The next question you might have is, ‘So, where does Besan come from?’
Like many Ayurvedic herbs & spices, Besan is found in almost every kitchen in the Indian subcontinent. It is used in a variety of dishes eaten in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma and Sri Lanka.
Although Besan is primarily used as food, it is also used as skinfood…
Besan in Ayurveda
Besan is the Golden Flour of Ayurveda, which has been used since ages for deep cleansing & exfoliating the skin. It is used as a base in almost every Ubtan and it is also used in hair masks. The most common way to use it is to mix it with water or yogurt to create a smooth paste which is later applied to the skin.
Pale yellow in color and fine in texture, Besan is a gluten-free flour with a high amount of protein and carbs. The properties and nutritional profile of Besan make it the perfect Ayurvedic skinfood.
Benefits of Besan / Gram Flour
I know you’re curious about how to use Besan but before I show you how to do it , let’s take a look at 10 benefits of Besan / gram flour:
Using Besan in face masks along with other ground herbs is a sureshot way to get rid of pimples.
2. Improves complexion
Besan is probably the most popular beauty ingredient used in the Indian subcontinent for improving skin tone. Many Indian women use a Besan face mask in their regular skincare regimen for glowing skin.
3. Exfoliates the skin
One of the most practical benefits of Besan is exfoliation. It makes a good base for body scrubs and can be effectively used to remove dirt, dead cells and excess oils.
4. Absorbs excess oils
Feel like your skin is too oily? Using a bit of Besan can totally remove all that grease from your skin. Don’t have oily skin but still want to use Besan? Well, I’ve got good news for you - Besan can be used for all skin types.
5. Removes blemishes
If you’ve got marks or dark spots on your face that bother you, using a Besan face mask will help by fading away the blemishes over a period of time.
6. Tightens pores
Besan is a good skin tightening agent because it absorbs and cleans out all the dirt stuck in the pores (which makes them enlarged). If you have open pores on your face, the daily use of Besan can make your skin firm.
7. Removes blackheads & whiteheads
If you’ve got blackheads or whiteheads that you want to treat naturally, I highly recommend using a mix of Besan and rose water.
8. Reduces tanning
Not everybody likes to get tanned and if you’ve got a tan which you want to remove, Besan can come in very handy. Applying Besan mixed with other natural ingredients to your skin will make your tan fade away and bring your natural skin color back.
9. Removes & slows down facial hair growth
I bet you didn’t know that Besan is used for removing unwanted facial & body hair and it also eventually inhibits the growth of such hair.
10. Conditions & cleanses hair
Instead of using toxic shampoos, how about using Besan for hair? A Besan hair mask is a powerful way to clean and condition your hair.
How to use Besan
You might have eaten Besan at an Indian restaurant without knowing what it actually is (think about pakoras, those deep fried veggie fritters)! But you’ve probably never used it on your skin and believe me babe, you’re missing out big time on this incredible skinfood.
And that’s why I’m gonna show you how to use Besan. Here are 5 ways to include it in your skincare routine:
1. Anti-Acne Besan Face Mask
Mix 1 tablespoon of Besan with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder. Blend the powders with rose water or milk to make a smooth paste.
Gently dab this paste over acne-affected areas. Once it dries off, rinse the skin with water. Do this every day and it will gradually dry out the acne.
Here's a video featuring a face mask recipe that uses gram flour:
2. Daily Besan Face Wash
Want to know how to use Besan in your daily skincare routine? This homemade Besan face wash can be used every day for cleansing & refreshing your skin.
In a small bowl, mix 4 tablespoons of Besan, 2 tablespoons of powdered mung beans and ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric. Empty this into a jar that you can keep in your bathroom.
Whenever you have to wash your face, put a spoonful in the your palm, add a few drops of water, mix and massage your face with it. Rinse immediately and pat dry with a soft cotton towel.
3. Besan Face Mask for Oily Skin
This is probably the simplest way to use Besan to clean out all that extra oil accumulating on your skin. To make this face mask for oily skin, mix a tablespoon of Besan with a tablespoon of rose water in a small bowl. Apply this over your face, wait for a few minutes until it dries, rinse and repeat as necessary.
4. Skin Tightening Besan Face Mask
Have open pores on your face? Then make this face mask for closing those pores and firming your skin.
In a small bowl, mix a tablespoon of Besan with filtered water. Make the consistency smooth (it should not be runny). Apply it on your face and leave it on until it dries. Rinse and repeat every week.
5. Exfoliating Besan Face & Body Scrub
This exfoliating Besan scrub can be used for your face and body. This is how it’s made - in a bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of Besan, 2 tablespoons ground oats, 1 tablespoon of honey and enough almond milk (you can also use regular milk) to make a smooth paste. In the shower, gently massage this scrub all over your damp body and rinse it off for clean & healthy skin.
I use besan as a body wash as well and if you would you like to do the same, this Ayurvedic Besan herbal bath powder could be a nice replacement to your current body wash.
If you’re interested in using Besan for hair, try making this sulphate-free Besan shampoo at home. Also, there are lots of Besan hair masks to strengthen your hair if you want to do a hair spa at home.
How To Store Besan At Home
Now that you know how to use Besan, I bet you’re excited to experiment with this golden flour in your skincare routine. I always try to buy organic Besan if I can find it and store it in an airtight glass or steel container to make it last longer.
I suggest you keep this container away from direct sunlight & heat and don’t put a moist spoon into it (or you’ll end up with lumpy Besan which is a pain).
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I know another awesome Ayurvedic herb you can add to your skincare routine - rose petal powder. Curious how to use it? Then take a peek at my page on Rose Petal Powder Uses.