How to pro­tect your skin this sum­mer

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - IANS , with in­puts by Bharti Taneja and Blos­som Kochhar

The skin is the first to bear the brunt of the sum­mer heat, lead­ing to prob­lems like sun tan, sun burn, skin-sen­si­tiv­ity, rashes and erup­tions. There are sev­eral home reme­dies that can help you save your skin, say ex­perts.

Beauty ex­perts Bharti Taneja and Blos­som Kochhar have some sug­gested easy reme­dies. For re­mov­ing sun tan, scrub your face with this pack: Add a tea­spoon of milk to two spoons of oat­meal and add two ta­ble­spoons of tomato juice, some or­ange pulp and a few pinches of poppy seeds. Blend the mix­ture to­gether so that it forms a thick den­sity like a face-pack. Ap­ply it all over your face and neck, leave till it dries and scrub it off while rins­ing. The tomato and or­ange ex­tracts will brighten your skin tone, while the milk will add glow. To give glow­ing ef­fect to tired skin, milk mask plays the trick. Just ap­ply milk mixed with glyc­erin all over the face. Re­lax for 15 min­utes and rinse with wa­ter. The treat­ment soft­ens, re­ju­ve­nates and re­stores a nat­u­ral PH bal­ance, thus pro­tect­ing the skin from the neg­a­tive ef­fects of the sun. Ap­ply but­ter­milk after a lot of sun ex­po­sure. This will not only pro­vide re­lief to the burn­ing skin, but will lighten the tan as curd has nat­u­ral bleach­ing prop­er­ties. Neem leaves are also a great in­gre­di­ent. Sim­mer a hand­ful of neem leaves on a very low fire in four cups of wa­ter for one hour. Leave it overnight. Next morn­ing, strain the wa­ter and make a paste of the leaves. The wa­ter can be used to rinse the face. Neem con­tains or­ganic sul­phur com­pounds, with ver­sa­tile heal­ing ac­tions that are of par­tic­u­lar ben­e­fit to the skin. Ap­pli­ca­tion of fresh aloe vera gel to the skin helps to soothe and heal sun­burn. Aloe vera con­tains zinc, which is ac­tu­ally an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory. Wa­ter­melon juice is also a good skin toner and re­lieves sum­mer dry­ness too. It cools, re­freshes and soft­ens the skin. Pa­paya pulp can be ap­plied on the skin like a mask, wash­ing it off after 20 min­utes. Pa­paya con­tains en­zymes and helps to re­move dead skin cells. Add curd or lemon juice to the pulp to re­move tan. Fruits like ba­nana, ap­ple, pa­paya, or­ange can be mixed to­gether and ap­plied on the face. Keep it on for 20 to 30 min­utes. Pa­paya helps to cleanse dead skin cells. Ba­nana tight­ens the skin.


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