Kitchen cures: Make your own face scrub

Scrubs help re­move tan and make your skin smooth. Choos­ing one that suits your skin type is im­por­tant. Give these five chem­i­cal-free mixes a try!

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Sum­mer is here in full swing, and your skin will con­stantly re­mind you of it! The scorch­ing heat, pol­lu­tion, hu­mid­ity et al wipe off the nat­u­ral glow of the skin, and can in­vite in­fec­tions. To keep it healthy, beauty experts ad­vise ex­fo­li­a­tion, as it helps cleanse the skin, and re­moves tan. Along with im­prov­ing skin tex­ture and blood cir­cu­la­tion, it also helps keeps black­heads and acne at bay. Gen­tle rub­bing and wash­ing off the scrub in­gre­di­ents help to soften and re­move dead skin cells, and stim­u­late the cell re­newal process. It also keeps the pores free of hard­ened oil.

Though ex­fo­li­a­tion should be an in­te­gral part of skin­care regime, this process of scrub­bing can do more harm than good if over­done, de­pend­ing on the skin type. “If the skin is nor­mal to dry, use a scrub once or twice a week. For oily and com­bi­na­tion skin, a scrub may be used more of­ten – three or four times a week. Scrubs shouldn’t be used on sen­si­tive skin, with dry red­dish patches, or on acne, pim­ples or rash. If there’s any in­jury, sore, or any other skin con­di­tion, one should not ex­fo­li­ate the skin,” ad­vises beauty ex­pert Shah­naz Hu­sain.

So, in small, cir­cu­lar move­ments, gen­tly rub the scrub on the skin for two min­utes. Leave it on for a minute and then wash off with wa­ter. If you have dry or sen­si­tive skin, don’t scrub for more than a minute. It is im­por­tant to close the pores af­ter scrub­bing, so Hu­sain rec­om­mends us­ing a toner, “Use rose wa­ter or a rose based skin tonic. A cold com­press with chilled rose wa­ter or skin tonic may be given, us­ing cot­ton wool. Then a pro­tec­tive cream should be ap­plied.” If the skin is dry, mois­turiser would help.

More­over, some scrubs are harsh on the skin and should be avoided. “Wal­nut scrub, apri­cot scrub come un­der the cat­e­gory of thick scrubs and can harm the skin. Mild and home­made scrubs, which are made us­ing sooji, be­san, chan­dan pow­der can be mixed with gu­la­b­jal aka rose­wa­ter and with curd for oily and dry skin, re­spec­tively,” sug­gests makeup artist Aash­meen Mun­jaal.

Here are five home­made scrubs that are chem­i­cal-free and easy to make at home with all the kitchen in­gre­di­ents.

FOR DRY AND SEN­SI­TIVE SKIN

Mix crushed se­same seeds (til) with milk and halftea­spoon honey into a paste. Scrub with this paste and wash off once dry. Don’t scrub for more than a minute.

FOR NOR­MAL TO DRY SKIN

Mix al­mond meal (ground al­monds) or wal­nut pow­der with one tea­spoon each honey and curd, into a paste. An­other op­tion is a green tea scrub. Tear two packs of green tea bags, add one tea­spoon of honey, half tea­spoon of olive oil, and a few drops of es­sen­tial oil of your choice (op­tional). Mix well, and ap­ply.

FOR OILY TO SEN­SI­TIVE SKIN

Mix egg white with pa­paya pulp and ap­ply on the face. Leave on for 10 min­utes. Then rub gen­tly and wash off with wa­ter.

FOR OILY AND BLACK­HEAD PRONE SKIN

Mix oats with egg white and ap­ply. Leave on for 10 to 15 min­utes. Then moisten with wa­ter and rub gen­tly. Wash off with wa­ter.

FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN

Mash a kiwi. Add two tea­spoons of sugar and two drops of olive oil, and scrub for a minute. Wash off once dry. ■

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