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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Rising temperatures take a toll on our skins. Here are some natural ways to combat it, says Dr. Shernaz Avari

Sweaty skins, grime along with rising temperatures  takes a toll on our skins. Overexposure to the sun without adequate protection can lead to blemishes, wrinkles, dryness and pre-mature ageing.

Here are some natural ingredients to ward off summer blues

Wash your face with a suitable face wash and warm water.  Pat dry. Sprinkle cold rose water (kept in a spray bottle in the fridge) on the face and neck.  When half dry, apply a few dots of aloe vera gel or face moisturiser for a porcelain finish.

The most common malady is tanning. Fight the facial tan with a mix of one tbsp. curd, half tsp, almond powder and half tsp. ‘khus khus’ powder (poppy seeds) with a dash of turmeric powder. Leave this mixture for half an hour on the face. Wash off with tap water followed by splashes of cold water.  Cold buttermilk, both internal and external, will also help to remove tan.  You may chop some tulsi leaves in your buttermilk while drinking. It will also help to reduce weight!

To eliminate facial sunburn, mix curd, watermelon juice and almond powder. Keep it for 20 minutes. Wash off with tap water followed by splashes of ice cold water. Regularity is the keyword. Cold water on the face acts as a refreshing face tonic.

On a clean face apply the pulp of a cucumber.  It’s a coolant, refreshing and will help to ward off boils and rashes as it is Nature’s wonderful toner and whitener. Eating a cucumber daily will reduce obesity, and give relief in arthritis and rheumatic conditions.

Dry grind some bitter neem leaves and make a paste.  Apply it all over your face and neck.  Neem’s anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties is effective on pimples, heat rashes and boils.  You can add a pinch of turmeric powder to your neem pack. Chew some leaves too if you have a fungal infection.

Make a paste with besan flour, adding milk cream, turmeric powder and a few drops of lime juice to make a thick paste. It is ideal for tightening the skin as well as for youngsters prone to skin blemishes.

Multani Mitti and sandalwood powder (available at the chemist) are excellent for the skin.  Mix equal quantities of both or just one. If you use sandalwood powder alone mix it with cold rose water and if you use multani mitti separately mix it with hot water to make a paste. Leave it on for 40 to 50 minutes. Avoid speaking. Wash off with warm water in case of multani mitti or plain tap water for sandalwood paste.  Later splash ice cold water.

You can apply separate or mixed juices of watermelon, lemons, oranges or amlas to your skin.  Apply some, drink some to ward of sunstrokes.

Hydrate your skin internally and externally by drinking plenty of water and nourishing fresh juices of fruits and vegetables. Spray cold rose water or coconut water for external hydration.

Bring coconut water home. Drink some and freeze some in an ice try. Smear the cubes on a freshly washed face for external hydration. Coconut water is a good source of ‘B’ Complex vitamins and mineral salts.  Coconut is every person’s beauty food which nourishes the skin and hair naturally but also strengthens the heart and vitalises nerves.

To shrink open pores apply tomato paste.

Dark patches can be eliminated with a paste made from tulsi leaves, lime drops and a pinch of dry ginger powder. Regularity will help diminish the patches.

The white of an egg tightens the skin while the yolk is beneficial to dry skin.

Dr. Shernaz Avari is a Consultant Naturopath and Alternative Medical Practitioner.

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