Time to pack your winter woollens away and get set for the rising temperature as summers are almost here. Summers can be quite harsh on your skin and it can be quite a challenging task to manage a naturally glowing skin during this time.
Say hello to natural radiance even in summers with all organic essential oils. Get back to the basics of skin care and keep those pesky summer skin problems at bay.
There are myriad ways you can work essential oils up in your daily routine during summers. You can use them to cool you down and soothe your skin and body after prolonged exposure to the sun.
Summers vary from region to region, where northern areas have hot and dry weather; the coastal areas witness humid and hot weather.
I shall dole out the tips for both the summer types in two parts, beginning with the ones for hot and humid summers.
Summers (Humid and Hot)
Cleanse skin often. Three times a week use this exfoliating scrub:
- Mix together multani mitti (Fuller’s earth), channa ka atta (Gram flour) and sandalwood powder in equal quantities, store in an air tight container. Use a teaspoon of this scrub mixed to a paste with water. This rids the skin of flakes and dirt.
- Use seasonal fruits as facial masks because they are economical and highly moisturising. Crush the pulp or squeeze in a blender and apply as quickly as possible before vitamins lose their potency. Grapes are abundant in sugar, vitamins and mineral salts. Use on wrinkles around eyes and mouth. It moisturises, detoxifies and nourishes the skin. Papayas are useful on blackheads and blotchy or sallow skin. Cucumber is cooling and improves a dull and greasy complexion.
- Mix the juice of one small cucumber with 1 teaspoon of rose water. Watermelon juice applied to the face and neck freshens up the skin. Coconut water rubbed on the skin not only lightens and brightens the skin but also gets rid of heat rash. All these lotions should be left on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinsed off with cool water.
- Drink a lot of water to replace the liquid lost through perspiration. It is important to nourish the skin from within.
- Make refreshing eye pads from thick slices of cucumber or cotton pads soaked in milk (iced).
- To relieve itch, reddened eyes, use chilled raw potato slices. Place over eyelids and rest for 10 minutes. A drop of rose water in each eye at bedtime also brightens the eyes.
- Add a cup of buttermilk (lassie) to your bath water to tighten pores. Nourish and soothe skin with this bath formula. Mix 2 teaspoons salt, 1 ½ teaspoons almond oil and ½ teaspoon malt vinegar and apply to the body before taking a shower.
- To prevent a tan, apply one hour before your bath, equal quantities of almond oil and malt vinegar.
- To soothe sunburn use a head to toe yoghurt mask. Leave on for 10 minutes, and then shower off with cool water. This gives fast relief. Rub ice cubes wrapped in a tissue on pulse points such as wrists and ankles. You will feel energised instantly.
- Rub the back of your neck and hairline with cologne fresh from the refrigerator.
- To avoid heat rash, remove your sweaty clothes and jump right into the shower. You can relieve the itchiness of heat rash by applying cooling cornstarch and water. Compress ½ cup cornstarch to one pint water.
- If you have over exercised or over exerted yourself and are perspiring a lot, you should drink liquid preparations that contain combinations of water, sugar, salt and potassium which are depleted by the body. Electral is a beverage designed for this purpose.
Use these natural remedies as your skin care regime to maintain that gorgeous healthy skin and stay sun safe. Happy Summers!