Monsoon skincare solutions lie in your kitchen cabinets
Detoxification of the skin is essential during monsoon as it prevents allergies, puffiness and skin diseases. The solution to these lies in home remedies. Add ingredients such as gram flour, lemon and green tea in your beauty essential list. Here are some easy-to-makeface packs recipes by experts:
Take three tablespoons of besan and add one tablespoon of honey (which has antibacterial properties). To create a smoother consistency, add one or two tablespoons of green tea until desired thickness is reached. Lastly, add rose hip oil as it helps moisturise skin. Mix up well and apply for 20-30 minutes.
Mix cucumber juice and rose water, then let it chill in the refrigerator with a few green tea leaves. Cucumbers are great at reducing irritation and rosewater calms the skin.
Potatoes help clear blemishes and rashes that can pop up during monsoon season. If you are really struggling with acne during the rainy season, grate a raw potato and squeeze out the juice using cheese cloth. Mix with one-two teaspoon of lemon and rosewater. The high acidity of lemons adds enhanced acne-fighting properties while rosewater helps calm the redness surrounding blemishes. Leave this mixture on for 30 minutes then wash with water.
Mix equal amounts of green gram powder and gram powder and half the quantity of fenugreek seeds. Prepare a paste by mixing them in rosewater and apply this pack generously on the entire body. It deeply cleanses and refreshes the body.
For tan removal during monsoon, add one teaspoon each of sandalwood powder, milk powder, and orange peel powder. Then add two drops of lavender essential oil. Mix all this with yoghurt and a squeeze of lemon. Apply on face, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse.
Mash a banana and beat it with a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Brush it on the face and leave on for 15-20 minutes till it dries. Rinse with plain water. This works best for dry to normal skin.
If you get a lot pimples, pustules or boils during monsoon, try this: add one drop of patchouli essential oil to a few washed and smashed neem leaves. Add a squeeze of lime and crushed garlic. Make a paste and apply on the affected area for 20 minutes. Use this concoction daily till the acne is healed.