A list of foods that you didn’t know are good for your skin and hair

Here, we explore the benefits of natural ingredients for your hair and skin - specifically Activated Charcoal, Avocado, Coffee, Goat Milk, Lemongrass, Oats, Papaya, Patchouli, Raspberry, Sea Salt & Vetiver.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is carbon infused with oxygen. Oxygenation increases the ability to absorb toxins, thereby making it ideal for treatment of acne. It clears out the pores, reduces inflammation & fights ageing.


This fatty fruit is rich in Vitamins A, D & E with intense moisturising properties that penetrate the skin. It can heal sunburns, lighten age spots and boost collagen production.


The antioxidants in coffee fight free radicals of the skin, repairs UV damage & also reduces cellulite, leaving the skin smoothly moistened. When applied to the hair scalp, it penetrates into the hair roots & stimulates growth.

Goat Milk

Goat Milk has a high content of fat molecules. This helps to relieve inflammation, burns & dryness, break down dead skin cell bongs thereby making way for new skin cells while providing intense moisturization.


This herb has anti fungal & anti bacterial properties. It is an effective skin toner & brightener, less harsh than the more-popular ingredient – lemon juice.


Cooked oatmeal absorbs excess oil & bacteria from the skin, curbing growth of acne. Oats when mixed with water, become gelatinous, removes dead skin cells & combats dryness.


Because of its buttery consistency, papaya acts as a great moisturiser for the skin. It also helps to clear pigmentation and lighten the skin. The peel contains enzymes which clears dead cells from the skin’s surface, thereby making it an effective anti-aging ingredient. Folic acid in papaya improves blood circulation to the hair follicles and can hence stimulate hair growth.


Patchouli oil stimulates the release of pleasure hormones and helps in allaying anger, sadness, disappointment. Hence, it is used in aromatherapy to relax tension and uplift moods.


Raspberry seed oil is very high in Vitamin E (antioxidant), absorbs damaging UV rays and prevents water loss from the skin. Its overall effect is dense moisturization & preventive oxidative damage.

Sea Salt

Sea salt absorbs magnesium, calcium, sodium & potassium from the sea water where it is produced. When used in skin care products, it helps to restore the balance of these minerals present in our skin.


Colloquially known as “khus”, vetiver oil can replace damaged skin cells with healthy cells, thereby healing scars & wounds. It removes the bacteria from skin pores, & hydrates the skin well.

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Sonam Gupta

Sonam is the lead curator of Engrave. She has been responsible for onboarding makers on to the platform with a special focus on the Bath & Beauty category. No wonder she has the cleanest desk at work. Outside of work, Sonam also helps her sister run the Arts In Motion Dance Studio.


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