In my earlier blog, I had doled out tips for hot and humid summers and in this one I am giving out valuable tips for hot and dry summers. Read on!
Summer (hot and dry)
To combat the dry summer heat, make your own moisturising pack and use twice a week. Here is how! and a couple of more summer skin tips.
- Mash a ripe banana or a watermelon. Mix in 1 teaspoon of milk powder, ¼ teaspoon of honey and add 1 drop of Neroli oil. Apply to a clean face and allow it to remain on face and neck for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. This pack is good especially for dark skin that gets markedly grey or ashen due to the heat, over washing and parching winds.
Cultivate an indoor garden if you can. Certain house plants can be skin soothing treatments, filling the environment with moisture and a healthy supply of oxygen. The plants should have wet feet and require plenty of water and should be fast growers. The best indoor varieties are bamboos, ferns (especially the maidenhair variety), large-leafed plants such as begonias, zebra plant and papyrus. BOX ITEM
- Keep your insides lubricated as well by drinking lots of water. In summer, even at your oiliest, do not over wash with harsh soaps and do not use strong astringents and abrasive pore minimising grains. Try oatmeal and tomato juice pack and add 1 drop of tea tree oil to this juice to shrink large pores and slough off dead skin instead.
- To 1 tablespoon of tomato juice, mix enough oatmeal to make a thin paste. Add 1 drop of essential oil of peppermint. Apply to dampened skin, avoiding the eye and mouth areas. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe off with damp cotton or a sponge and rinse with cool water.
- To tone down unwanted shine, add 1 teaspoon of table salt and 1 drop of lavender oil to a spray bottle of water. Mist face with this mixture; carefully rub off with a soft towel.
- Before swimming for hours at a stretch in the swimming pool, apply a protective barrier of Vaseline to which a few drops of essential oil of lavender has been added. This protects the skin from chlorine and preserves the moisture, because the longer the skin is exposed to water, the more the dead cells of the top most layer absorb moisture and the more they will shrink when they dry out, paving the way for a classic thirsty skin. Lavender prevents further burning of skin.
- When skin is unprotected, it can burn within a matter of minutes. To protect your skin, you could use a sunscreen which screens out the burning rays or you could use a sun block to block out the sun completely.
- If your skin is dry or sensitive, look for products containing P A B A (Para- Aminobenzoic and Benzophenone) but no alcohol. Regardless of your skin type, sunscreens should always be used over moisturiser and under make-up.
- Tea water sprayed on to your face before moisturiser acts as a good home-made sunscreen for a short period out in the sun.
- No sunscreen should give a false sense of security. Even the most potent products still allow a lot of radiation to reach the skin. For a total block, use a sun block like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They are opaque materials that block and scatter light. These ointments are given a flesh colour tint for more aesthetic appeal.
- Apply to sunburned skin every 2-4 hours the iced water to which a few drops of essential oil of lavender have been added. Iced milk and the juice of cucumber are also very soothing.
- To remove tan and brighten dull skin, mix 1 tablespoon oatmeal powdered with enough sour yoghurt to make a paste, and the juice of cucumber or grapes. Massage this pack on the tanned areas, leave for ½ an hour, rinse off and apply moisturiser.
- Freckles and skin discolorations are aggravated during summers. The powdered root of manjistha (Indian madder) mixed into a paste with honey when applied to freckles or skin discolorations will help to lighten them considerably.
Enjoy the sun kissed skin with these tips and stay summer fresh coz you’ve got it glowing on girl.