The skin is the first to bear the brunt of summer heat, leading to problems like sun tan, sun burn, skin-sensitivity, rashes and eruptions. There are several home remedies that can help you save your skin, say experts.
Bharti Taneja, founder-director of ALPS Beauty Group, Shahnaz Husain, CEO of Shahnaz Herbals Inc, and beauty expert-aromatherapist Blossom Kochhar share tips on how to protect your skin this summer:
The perfect anti-tanning scrub
Add a teaspoon of milk to two spoons of oatmeal. Then add two tablespoons of tomato juice, some orange pulp and a few pinches of poppy seeds. Blend the mixture together so that it forms a thick density like a face-pack.
Apply it all over your face and neck, leave till it on till it dries and scrub it off while rinsing. The tomato and orange extracts will brighten your skin tone, while the milk will add glow.
The beauty mask for tired skin
To give glowing effect to tired skin, milk mask plays the trick. Just apply milk mixed with glycerin all over the face. Relax for 15 minutes and rinse with water. The treatment softens, rejuvenates and restores a natural PH balance, thus protecting the skin from the negative effects of the sun.
Skincare after sun exposure
Apply buttermilk after a lot of sun exposure. This will not only provide relief to burning skin, but will lighten the tan as curd has natural bleaching properties.
The Neem cure
Neem leaves are also a great ingredient. Simmer a handful of neem leaves on low fire in four cups of water for one hour. Leave it overnight. Next morning, strain the water and make a paste of the leaves. The water can be used to rinse the face. Neem contains organic sulphur compounds, with versatile healing actions that are of particular benefit to the skin.
Aloe vera for sunburn
Applying fresh aloe vera gel to the skin helps to soothe and heal sunburns. Aloe vera contains zinc, which is anti-inflammatory.
Watermelon juice is also a good skin toner and relieves summer dryness too. It cools, refreshes and softens the skin.
Papaya pulp can be applied on the skin like a mask, and washed off after 20 minutes. Papaya contains enzymes that help remove dead skin cells. Add curd or lemon juice to the pulp to remove tan.
Mixed fruits mask
Fruits like banana, apple, papaya, orange can be mixed together and applied on the face. Keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Papaya helps to cleanse dead skin cells. Banana tightens the skin. Apple contains pectin and also tones the skin. Orange is rich in Vitamin C. It restores the normal acid-alkaline balance.
Cucumber cooling mask
Cucumber juice or its pulp can be mixed with two teaspoons powdered milk and one egg white. You can put the ingredients in a blender, for a smooth paste. Apply on face and neck and rinse off with water after half an hour. For oily skin, omit milk powder.
Fuller’s earth mask for oily skin
To reduce oiliness, mix one tablespoon Fuller’s Earth (multani mitti) with rose water. Apply the paste on the face and wash it off when it dries. It also shrinks the pores and keeps the skin clear.
To nourish your skin in this harsh weather, mix two teaspoons of salt, one-and-a-half teaspoon almond oil and half teaspoon malt vinegar. Apply this on your body before a bath.