During the summer, we need to put in a little extra effort towards skin and hair care. This year, instead of going to a parlour or spa to get your usual beauty treatments which are sure to burn a hole in your pocket, try these easy to use home-made remedies.
- Add green leafy vegetables like cucumber, broccoli and lettuce along with fruits with high water content like watermelon, oranges etc to your diet. They provide nutrients, anti-oxidants; and also decreases stress levels in your body apart from boosting the immune system.
- Regular exfoliation with a sponge or massager is necessary to remove dead skin. An easy scrub at home can be prepared from oatmeal, milk, and besan.
- Cleansing is also important to keep skin soft and glowing. A natural and effective cleanser of yoghurt mixed with honey can be made at home and applied on the skin for 10 minutes and washed off.
- Skin requires regular moisturizing. A water-based moisturizer applied on your skin right out of the shower, when the body is still damp works best.
- Toning is vital as it balances the PH level, removes dirt and toxins. You can make a natural toner at home by mixing glycerine and rose water and applying it every night. It cleans the skin and removes pimples and blackheads.
- Wash your hair at least 3 times a week, to free it from dust and grime.
- Apply lemon juice all over your scalp and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off, or apply a concoction of onion and lemon juice before shampooing to cleanse your hair.
- Make a pack of ritha, shikakai, amla powder and soak 2-3 handfuls of this mixture in water. It should not be too thin. Sieve it and use it to wash your hair. This will boost hair growth and prevent dandruff.
- Conditioning is an important part of hair care. Amla, shikakai mixed with curd is a good conditioner.
- Oiling your hair once a week is necessary. It strengthens hair roots, removes dryness and repairs hair damage. You can boil some dried amla pieces in coconut oil. Then cool and sieve it. Massage your hair with this concoction.
By Payel Bhattacharjee