HOME IS WHERE THE CURE IS

Society - - SOCIETY SAYS SO - Shah­naz Hu­sain CEO of Shah­naz Her­bals Inc

SUM­MERS are here and so are the skin is­sues. But you may not need a der­ma­tol­o­gist to come to your res­cue this time around. The coun­try’s orig­i­nal queen of Ayurvedic care and cure, Shah­naz Hu­sain, pro­vides a de­lec­ta­ble range of home reme­dies for all your skin prob­lems this sum­mer. Prickly Heat Skin rashes are ac­tu­ally very com­mon and can oc­cur due to var­i­ous rea­sons. Among these are rashes due to sea­sonal con­di­tions. In sum­mer, for in­stance, heat rashes are com­mon. When the hu­mid­ity is high, even prickly heat man­i­fests it­self in a rashy con­di­tion. Although tal­cum pow­ders con­tain­ing san­dal­wood or khus help to soothe prickly heat and re­lieve itch­ing, here are a few other quick fixes that could come to your res­cue to get rid of the un­com­fort­able pricks. — Mix san­dal­wood paste with a lit­tle rose wa­ter and ap­ply on the en­tire area. Rose wa­ter is a nat­u­ral coolant. Wash off with plain wa­ter af­ter 20 to 30 min­utes. — Aloe Vera gel can be ap­plied on the area to soothe the rash. — Mix to­gether one part vine­gar with three parts wa­ter. Dip cot­ton wool pads in the so­lu­tion and ap­ply on the face. It helps to re­duce itch­ing and also re­stores the nor­mal bal­ance. — Mix baking soda with wa­ter into a paste and ap­ply on the area. Wash off af­ter five min­utes. It helps to re­lieve itch­ing. Tan­ning Swim­ming in an open pool or go­ing for a sum­mer hol­i­day by the beach or the hills can lead to tanned skin. What causes tan­ning? Ex­po­sure to the sun in­creases the pro­duc­tion of melanin, which is the skin’s pig­ment, or colour­ing mat­ter. Once melanin is pro­duced in the lower lay­ers of the skin, it moves up to the skin sur­face. Since it is dark in colour, the skin also be­comes tanned. But fret not. Your kitchen has all the reme­dies to re­move the dreaded tan. Read on… — Ground al­monds to make a good fa­cial scrub. Add yogurt and a pinch of turmeric and ap­ply on the tanned area. Rub the mix­ture on the skin gen­tly. Wash it off with wa­ter. — Mix half cup dried lemon peel with cold milk or yogurt and ap­ply on the face daily for 20 min­utes. — To re­move tan on oily skin: Mix lemon juice and cu­cum­ber juice in equal quan­ti­ties and ap­ply daily for 20 min­utes. Or mix cu­cum­ber pulp with yogurt and ap­ply on the face daily. Wash it off af­ter 20 min­utes. It will suit oily skin since cu­cum­ber is an as­trin­gent. — More for oily skin: Mix tomato pulp with one tea­spoon honey and ap­ply daily for 20 min­utes. Sun­burn Sun­burns are a part and par­cel of step­ping out in the sun. Try these soothers, which are ideal in pro­vid­ing the much needed re­lief to burnt skin. — Ap­ply­ing fresh Aloe Vera gel to the

burnt area soothes and heals the skin and helps it to re­cover faster. Aloe Vera con­tains zinc, which is ac­tu­ally anti-in­flam­ma­tory. — For a sooth­ing ef­fect, place chilled cu­cum­ber slices on the burn or dab on some cu­cum­ber juice with the help of a cot­ton ball. You can even grate the chilled cu­cum­ber and ap­ply it on the sun­burns to re­duce the in­flam­ma­tion. — Co­conut wa­ter or co­conut milk may be ap­plied on the area. It helps to soothe sun­burn. It also helps to re­move tan and brighten the skin over a pe­riod of time. Ap­ply on the skin and leave on for 20 to 30 min­utes. — Cold milk ap­plied daily us­ing cot­ton wool, helps to soothe and soften sun­burnt skin and lighten the skin colour over a pe­riod of time. Oily/Sweaty Scalp An­other by-prod­uct of Sum­mer is an oily and sweaty scalp. Keep your scalp fresh and cool with these mag­i­cal mixes while bathing. — To re­move oili­ness and bad odour from the hair and scalp, add the juice of a lemon and half a cup of rose wa­ter to a mug of wa­ter and use it as a last rinse af­ter sham­poo. — Have a rinse with tea wa­ter and lemon. Take used tea leaves and boil them again in four to five cups of wa­ter. The amount of wa­ter de­pends on the length of the hair. Strain and cool the wa­ter. Tea con­tains tan­nin, which adds shine to the hair and makes it silky. It suits all hair types. Add the juice of a lemon and use as a fi­nal rinse af­ter the sham­poo. — A few drops of Eau de Cologne can also be added to a mug of wa­ter and used as the last rinse. It has a cool­ing ef­fect. — Henna treat­ments also help to cleanse the scalp and re­duce oili­ness. Add four tea­spoons each of lemon juice and cof­fee, two raw eggs and enough tea wa­ter to the henna pow­der, mix­ing it into a thick paste. Ap­ply the henna on the hair and wash off af­ter an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more tea wa­ter. Oily Skin and Break­outs If the heat can get your scalp all oily and sweaty, imag­ine its reper­cus­sions on your skin! Oily skin and break­outs are com­mon dur­ing this sea­son and the most ir­ri­tat­ing of the lot. But again, your home is full of so­lu­tions to fix this prob­lem. — Fuller’s Earth ( mul­tani mitti) helps to re­duce oili­ness and close the pores. Mix mul­tani mitti with rose wa­ter into a paste and ap­ply three times a week. Wash it off when it dries. — Add two drops of Tea Tree Oil to two ta­ble­spoons of wa­ter or rose wa­ter. Ap­ply this on rashy and erup­tive spots. — Mix to­gether one tea­spoon cin­na­mon pow­der, half tea­spoon me­thi seed pow­der and a few drops of honey. The mix­ture should be ap­plied only on the acne erup­tions and left on for a cou­ple of hours, or even overnight. — Sim­mer neem leaves in wa­ter. When it is cool, strain the wa­ter and make a paste of the leaves. Ap­ply the paste on the face or on ar­eas with erup­tions. — A paste of fresh me­thi (fenu­greek) leaves can also be ap­plied on the skin. Keep it on for 15 to 20 min­utes and wash it off with wa­ter.

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