You know its summers when your body is craving for a tall cool glass of lemonade rather than a cup of hot bubbly tea or coffee. Just as you listen to your body’s cravings pay some attention to what your skin is asking for too. Time to switch the heavy moisturizers to the light gel based ones and get sun protection products out instead of heavy creams.
In summers not only the sun plays havoc on the skin, the dryness , sweat, and the heat rob the skin of its glow and radiance. The result? Dry, tried looking skin prone to tanning, rashes, sun damage, breakouts ,pimples etc. Even the hair bear the brunt of the harsh summers and become lifeless and limp. Aside from following the basic skin andcare routine, you can also do your skin favour by using some of these homemade face packs on your face and hair to keep it glowing and fresh looking at all times .
Homemadeface packs are easy to make and use, are completely safe for the skin and very light on the pocket. The best part is that they are made of natural ingredients therefore no side effects! Here are some masks for your skin and hair:
Cool it with cucumber face pack: Cucumber is the summery solution to most of your skin problems. Cucumber is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and caffeic acid which are great for the skin because of their hydrating and soothing properties. Cucumber helps in soothing skin inflammation, reduce the puffiness on the skin.
Grate and mash a half a cucumber with 2 tablespoon of sugar. Put this mix in fridge for 10 minutes and then apply this scrub on your face. Leave for 15 minutes and gently massage on your face as you wash it off with normal water. You can use this mask twice a week.
Honeyed tomato mask: Tomato is an excellent astringent and is power packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and lycopene. Take the pulp of half a tomato and mix it with few drops of honey. Apply the mask on face and leave it for fifteen minutes. Wash with cool water. This mask will help you combat acne, tighten the pores and brightens the skin.
Sunburn watermelon mask: Mix equal amounts of watermelon juice and cucumber juice and grind them in a mixture along with some almonds and hung curd to make a fine paste. Apply this paste on your face and other parts of the body that have been exposed to the sun. Leave it on to dry and wash with cool water. This mask will remove the effects of tanning and soothe the skin.
Mangolicious sun protection: Mangoes are readily available in the summers and you should make full use of it. Mix fresh mango pulp, honey, a pinch of turmeric, yogurt and sandalwood powder. Apply on face twice week for 15 minutes each time. This will cool, and calm your skin, protect it from excess oil and breakouts and also form a barrier against the harmful UV rays.
Beat the itch scalp with banana mask: Mash one banana with 2-3 tablespoons of hone. Apply from root to tip of the hair and leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. The potassium in banana strengthens the root and honey moisturizes the scalp preventing the itchiness.
Trusted coconut oil mask: Melt half a cup of coconut oil in microwave, mix with ½ cup of honey and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar. Apply on hair and leave for about thirty minutes. Oil with hydrate your hair and the honey and vinegar will protect your scalp with their antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Homemade packs for skin and hair are a great way to revive skin and hair but keep the following points in mind:
- Know your skin type before using a pack. Consult your dermatologist to know the right skin type and suitable products.
- Don’t use the pack daily. Limit the use of pack two to three times a week.
- Don’t try too much at once. Try one face pack for about three weeks and if it does not work out then try another.
- Don’t apply make up after scrubbing your face. This can cause acne and breakouts. Rub ice on face before applying makeup.
- Don’t let a face pack over dry on your face. Wash it when it is semi dry.
- Clean your face before applying a face pack
By Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist & Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics