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Festive Skin Fixes

Friday, December 16, 2016

You don’t necessarily need to go to a salon to pamper your skin and hair. Pearl Mathias helps you indulge with some kitchen ingredients that are perfect for the festive season

With Christmas around the corner, we’ve already decided what sweet treats we want to bake. So, why not use some of the ingredients stocked up in our kitchens for more than just these delightful treats? Pinky Asnana, proprietor of PAM Salon & Spa, brings you a few ways to pamper your skin and hair as the festive season approaches. Go ahead; add a little holiday spirit to your beauty regime!

Ginger is a strong and pungent kitchen staple, but it’s definitely a great ingredient for your beauty problems. It’s packed with antioxidants and is antiseptic in nature, which makes it an extremely useful tool with which to resolve issues such as signs of ageing. It works well to get rid of acne and blemishes due to its antiseptic properties and it also acts like a deep cleanser for clogged pores, eliminating acne-causing bacteria.

Additionally, it serves to reduce inflammation and gets rid of dead skin cells. And, it isn’t harsh on the skin, so it can be used by those with sensitive skin as well. Ginger also helps you to achieve a more even skin tone. Its antiseptic properties reduce scalp infections and dandruff problems and its oil can be used to help with scalp issues. 

How to use it:
A refreshing, natural moisturiser can be made with a mixture of ginger, honey and glycerine for dry and flaky skin.

  • Grate a piece of ginger, add 3 tbsp of honey to it and blend well.
  • Mix this with half a cup of glycerine and apply the paste all over your face.
  • Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off with water.

Cinnamon is beneficial for combination or oily skin. It helps to tighten your pores and keeps your skin smooth and clear. Cinnamon is good for your hair as well, as it improves blood circulation in the scalp, strengthens hair bulbs and promotes hair growth. A blend of honey and cinnamon is highly effective for healing wounds and treating itchy skin. It’s also effective for treating blackheads.

How to use it:

  • For your scalp: Make a paste using 1 tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp warm olive oil and 1 tbsp honey. Massage this into your scalp and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off using regular shampoo.
  • For your face: Use a nourishing face mask made from cinnamon, honey and nutmeg to treat acne. For the mask, mix together 1 tbsp cinnamon, ¼ cup raw organic honey and 2 tbsp nutmeg. 

Use a paste made from cloves as a face pack, or simply apply it on your acne spots to help them fade away. Clove paste works as an excellent hair conditioner as well and won’t expose your roots to harsh chemicals. It helps to reduce hair fall considerably and increases the volume of hair growth.

How to use it:

  • For your skin: Make an instant face pack using a mixture of powdered clove along with 1 tsp honey and a few drops of lemon juice. Leave it on your face for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Wipe with a sponge or a soft cloth to keep skin problems at bay.
  • For your hair: Mix 2 tsp clove powder and ½ cup olive oil. Warm it up and then let it cool. Apply this mixture to your scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes so that it can be absorbed, then rinse it off.

Aromatic nutmeg can be a great addition to your beauty regimen and ensures that you enjoy long, lustrous hair and blemish-free skin. Add the powder or oil to your face packs and hair oils or try a homemade mask.

How to use it:

  • Nutmeg paste: Mix cold milk and nutmeg powder together to form a thick paste. Apply this to your face and leave it on for at least an hour. Wash it off with lukewarm water and apply a moisturiser. If you have dry skin, use full fat milk or add ½ tsp cream to toned milk. For oily skin, toned milk works best. You can even replace milk with honey, whose antibacterial and moisturising properties work to cure acne.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg: Mix equal portions of nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder and honey to form a paste. Apply this every morning and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water to reduce acne and clear your skin of blemishes and scars.
  • Nutmeg scrub: Mix masoor dal powder and nutmeg powder together. Add in some rosewater to make a paste. Use this regularly as a facial scrub to get rid of blackheads and clogged pores.

Honey is an effective moisturiser and is often used in skin and hair care products for its nourishing properties. It attracts water and retains it in the skin, keeping it smooth and supple. It also protects your skin from dryness and premature wrinkles. Honey is also a great hair conditioner and helps soften and smoothen your hair. It improves the health of the hair follicles and the scalp at the same time.

How to use it:
Add 1 tsp honey to your shampoo or use honey by itself to treat rough and coarse hair. Put a plastic cap over your hair for 20 to 30 minutes to let your body heat optimise its conditioning benefits.

  • For dry hair: Increased exposure to the sun and pollution often leaves your hair looking lifeless and dull. Bring back your hair’s lost sheen by applying a honey hair mask. Mix two tablespoons of honey with two cups of warm water and rinse your hair with it after shampooing in order to get lustrous and healthy hair.

Due to its high mineral and iron content, blackstrap molasses is a real boon for women. Since it is rich in minerals like copper, manganese, selenium and potassium, it helps reduce stress and assists with PCOS and anaemia, which affects many women. It has healing properties when added to any facial mask, just like honey. Simply slather it on, but don’t wear your Sunday best when you do, as it can get quite messy.

How to use it:

  • For dry hair: Blackstrap molasses, when applied topically, can be used to treat dry hair and acts as a natural conditioner. To make a hair mask of molasses, simply blend one ripe avocado with blackstrap molasses. Apply this mask all over your hair and scalp and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off.
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