NATURAL TIPS TO GET RID OF STICKY SUMMER SKIN
Beauty experts tell us how to combat oily skin naturally and get that squeakyclean and smooth complexion even during humid summer
Summer is not a happy season for those with overenthusiastic sebaceous glands. The heat turns your face into an oil field and makeup worsens the problem, clogging pores that lead to pimples and whiteheads. Most people end up using harsh cleansers which leave the skin excessively dry. This directs the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, making it a never-ending cycle. So, we spoke to beauty experts for tips to get rid of that sticky, oily face in summer without resorting to strong chemicals. Soak pomegranate peel in water overnight. Use this water to bathe and to wash your face. You can also add few drops of mint juice in the water as these ingredients have a cooling effect on the skin.
Mud-based packs can unclog pores as it soaks up extra oil and dries up acne. Use a home-made mask made of fuller’s earth (multani mitti) and a few drops of tea tree oil. You can also make a pack of sandalwood powder, orange peel, and multani mitti. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and wash off with water. Replace harsh soaps with natural cleansers such as multani mitti. Gentle cleansers with salicylic acid can also help clean pores without drying up your skin. To get rid of whiteheads, apply lightly warmed honey on the problem areas, such as T-zone. You can also make a scrub with honey, lemon peel powder, and oatmeal. Leave it on for 20 minutes and massage gently before washing it off.
Use a cooling face mask, such as one made with yoghurt, cucumber and tomato pulp, along with 1 tsp mint juice. A mixture of egg whites and lemon is another effective remedy for oily skin. For this, mix one egg white with 1 tsp lemon juice, leaving it on until the pack dries up. Wash off with lukewarm water. Take half a glass of watermelon juice and add 3 tsp mint juice. Pour into an ice tray and freeze. Rub the ice cubes on your face to reduce pores and refresh your skin.
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. It helps reduce acne and minimise pores, apart from reducing oiliness. You may simmer green tea leaves for a few minutes. Once cool, splash the water on your face. Another tip is to boil sage leaves and wash your face with it once the water cools. Sage is considered one of the best cures for excessive sweating. You can also drink a herbal brew made of sage leaves with honey to keep your body cool.
Do not make the mistake of skipping moisturiser in summers. Pick up a light, oilfree, non-comedogenic moisturiser that will keep your skin replenished. If your skin becomes too dry, your sebaceous glands will go on an overdrive and end up producing more oil. Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil in aloe vera gel and apply on your face.
PEOPLE END UP USING HARSH CLEANSERS WHICH LEAVE THE SKIN EXCESSIVELY DRY. THIS DIRECTS THE SEBACEOUS GLANDS TO PRODUCE EVEN MORE OIL
Pomegranate peel has a cooling effect
Sage is considered one of the best cures for sweating. It also keeps the skin cool