Cool and re­fresh­ing

Hair - - Flavour Of The Month -

Another in­gre­di­ent long used in food as well as for top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion is mint. Rich in vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, mint has been used for treat­ing dif­fer­ent ail­ments, es­pe­cially those re­lated to di­ges­tion. Just as mint in food and bev­er­ages is nour­ish­ing and in­stantly re­fresh­ing, so is its top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion. Mint ex­tracts are added as in­gre­di­ents in dif­fer­ent skin­care prod­ucts. While mint oil is used for top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion, mint leaves are used to pre­pare juice or paste. “A paste of mint leaves works well for oily skin as it helps to shrink the pores, is an­tibac­te­rial and an­ti­fun­gal in na­ture and an as­trin­gent in qual­ity. A blend of se­same oil or a paste of se­same seeds and mint leaves is good for the skin as mint is an­tibac­te­rial and se­same is nour­ish­ing in na­ture. The varied na­ture of the two in­gre­di­ents makes them work well to­gether as a blend. This blend is suited for nor­mal to oily skin,” adds Dr Kochhar. As the blend ex­fo­li­ates, deep cleanses and nour­ishes the skin, it re­sults in healthy and fresh-look­ing skin.

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