Home-made summer skin care

Summers are back with a bang…and so are countless summer skin woes! From skin ailments including sun tan, sun burn and dehydration to serious versions like blemishes, pimples and pigmentation – summers are notorious for ruining our skin. But you don’t have to fret!

Take a heart and beat the heat this summer, maintaining your beauty and keeping your skin soft, supple and well nourished with these home-made summer skin care recipes…

Tired of the tan?
When wearing your summery dress becomes next to impossible thanks to changes in your skin tone due to excessive tanning, these natural bleaching agents can be used thrice a week to cleanse your face and body …

1. Summer facial bleach
Ingredients: 4 tbsp milk, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp lemon juice.
Mix all the ingredients and apply the mixture evenly on the tanned areas for 15 minutes. Once dried, wash with cold water. Works best for greasy and oily skin.

2. Yogurt and honey cleanser
Ingredients : 4 tbsp plain yogurt, 2 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp lime juice
Mix all the ingredients. Add a little cornstarch if you think the paste needs thickening. Apply on your face and massage for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

For an all- natural exfoliation
Excessive heat added with dry winds, overheat the body and it’s the face that suffers the most. The delicate tissues get damaged and the outer layer of the skin bears dirt deposits in the clogged pores leading to an excessively rough, wrinkled and dry skin. A quick and easy session of exfoliation is all that you need in case of such beauty emergencies!

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1. Oatmeal exfoliating scrub
Ingredients: 1 tsp fine oatmeal, 1 tsp baking soda
Mix the ingredients in enough water to make a thick paste. Rub over face for 2-3 minutes, rinse and pat dry. It’s suitable for all skin types.

2. Curd and gram flour scrub
Ingredients: 1 tspn gram flour, 1 tspn lemon juice, 2-3 mint leaves, toned curd, a small piece of grated carrot
Mix all the ingredients to form a past and apply on your face. Rub in round motions to clean the deep rooted impurities.

Get the glow back…
You face seems to have lost its lustre? Well, here’s all that you can do to get back your lost sheen and make your face smooth, soft and fresh like never before in just 20 minutes…

1. Home spa recipe
Ingredients: Pineapple pulp, grapeseed oil, papaya pulp, mulethi and turmeric
Mix all the ingredients to make a paste. Now apply a generous amount of the mixture on face and neck leaving the eyes. Let it dry and rinse with fresh water.

Pimple problems
This comes straight from your kitchen garden to bring relief to a pimple prone skin…
Ingredients: 3-4 tbspn cucumber juice, 1 tbspn lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder, 1 tspn sandalwood powder, mint leaves (tulsi) and basil leaves.
Mix all the ingredients and apply on your face for fifteen minutes. The pack has an overall cooling effect apart from taking out dead cells, dried sebum and infectious bacteria accumulated in the clogged skin pores.

Tone it up!
Apart from regular bleaching, cleansing, scrubbing and exfoliation, your skin requires bouts of toning during the summer season. So, instead of depending upon chemical-based toners, here’s a natural toner…

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Find an aloe-vera plant in your vicinity. Now, just break a leaf, break it into two and use the extract or the juice mixed with natural rose water for best skin protection from tanning and clogging. This also helps to overcome the skin allergies, rashes and itching.

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