Unfortunately, there is never a time of the year when you can relax with your beauty regime. You go through all the trouble in summer to make sure that your skin and hair are thoroughly protected against the sun and heat only to discover that on the return of the colder months, your skin is dry, parched and lacks moisture and you are back where you started. So, for that reason a seasonal skin care tips are provided below:
Skin care tips for winter
Winter brings its own problems. As the air gets cooler, glands just below the surface of the skin become relatively inactive, so the skin gets drier. Cold winds during winter because dry red patches along with the tight, flaky dry skin.
Even inside your warm cosy home, you could be doing your skin more harm than good by sitting too close to the fire or turning on the heater. The dry air simply drains your complexion of its moisture.
The best way to counteract dryness is to dispense with the use of soap completely. Most soaps are extremely drying to the skin. Use a gently cleansing lotion or cleansing cream instead.
However, if you are a dedicated soap and water lover, then choose a mild soap which has a more moisturizing base of glycerin. A good home-cleanser would be the top of the milk blended with a pinch of turmeric powder.
Misurizing is the next important step. Because winter skin usually loses moisture to the environment more quickly that it can replenish it, it has to be protected with extra-rich emollients.
These moisturizers help seal in the water below the skin surface and act as a barrier against external conditions. Your routine should include this twice a day, once in the morning and once before you go to bed (after cleansing and toning).
Use a heavier moisturizer then you use during the warm weather months. Apply moisturizer while the skin is damp, evenly over your entire face, massaging cream upward and outwards.
- Every night, before going to bed, take one tablespoon of milk cream and mix in a few drops each of glycerine, castor oil and rose water. Mix well and apply over your entire face, neck and hands. Leave overnight, in the morning rinse with water and splash with cold water. This home formula contains oils able to combine with our own to insulate and form a protective barrier on skin cells, keeping moisture in and the harmful effects of the environment out.
Do not try facial masks and products containing alcohol or lotions as astringents.
- To restore moisture, twice a week, apply a facial mask containing almonds, honey and fats. Leave on for half-an-hour.
- Try this home-made facial mask: ¼ cup yogurt, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon milk powder, 2 yeast tablets powdered. Leave on for 10 minutes, splash with cool water. Do this once a week for best results.
Use a pot of water over your heater to keep the air in your home moist. Or leave a window open a little to allow some fresh air in.
Do not bathe or wash your face at least half an hour before going out into the cold. Your skin loves water, but water that has moisturizes your face will chap the skin when cold air hits it.
Make-up base too can play a part in protecting your face form the cold outside-especially if it is a moisturized foundation. They act, on a smaller scale, in the same way as a moisturizer, but have the added plus of a tinge, of colour to beautify your skin appearance and even out its tone for the perfect complexion.
Toe camouflage uneven colouring and dark circles; try applying a concealer stick under your foundation to be extra sure of a porcelain-like effect.
Slick Lip Tips
Lips have no oil glands of their own, which makes them extremely prone to chapping and cracking in the cold weather. So take extra care to protect them by applying a coat of Vaseline overnight and then using lip saleve in the morning. Your salve can be worn either on its own for a subtle sheen or underneath your lipstick.
Don’t apply lipstick to chapped lips, it will dry them more. Use moisturizer on your lips several times a day, then apply lip gloss to protect them; or use lip balm with sun screen.
- A home remedy for cracked lips which is very effective: Crush rose petals and mix in a little butter, apply generously on the lips at bed time. This will help keep the lips soft. Touch up your lips with warm creamy colours.
Skin care tips for summer (Hot and Dry)
To combat the dry summer heat, make your own moisturizing pack and use twice a week.
- Mash a ripe banana or a watermelon. Mix in 1 teaspoon of milk powder and ¼ teaspoon of honey. Apply to a clean face and allow it to remain on the face and neck for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
This pack is especially good for dark skin that gets markedly grey or ashen due to the heat, over washing and parching winds.
Cultivate an indoor garden. Certain house plants can be skin soothing treatments, filling the environment with moisture and a healthy supply of oxygen. The pants should have wet feet and require plenty of water and be fast growers.
The best indoor varieties are bamboos, most ferns (especially the maidenhair variety), large-leafed plants such as begonias, zebra plant and papyrus.
Keep your insides lubricated as well by drinking lots of water.
In summer, even at your oiliest, do not overwash with harsh soaps. Istead, use strong astringents and abrasive pore minimizing grains. Try oatmeal and tomato juice pack to shrink large pores and Slough off dead skin instead.
- To a tablespoon of tamato juice, mix enough oatmeal to make a thin paste. Add one drop of essential oil of pepper mint.
Apply to a dampened skin, avoiding the eye and mouth areas, Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe off with a damp cotton or a sponge and rinse with cool water.
- To tone down an unwanted shine, add a teaspoon of tablesalt to a spray bottle of water. Mist face with the mixture then carefully rub off witih a soft towel.
- Sliced unpeeled cucumber or potato rubbed on the face cuts the shine and is bracing also.
- Before swimming for hours at a stretch in the swimming pool, apply a protective barrier of Vaseline to which a few drops of essential oil of lavender has been added.
This protects the skin from the chlorine and preserves the moisture, because the longer the skin is exposed to water, the more the dead cells of the top-most layer absorb moisture and the more they will shrink when they dry out, paving the way for a classic thirsty skin. Lavender prevents burning.
When skin is unprotected, it can burn within a matter of minutes. To protect your skin, you could use a sunscreen which screens out the burning rays or you could use a sun-block to block out the sun completely.
If your skin is especially dry ro sensitive, look for products containing P A B A (Pare-aminobenzoicacied) and benzophenones but no alcohol.
Regardless of your skin type, sunscreens should always be used over moisturizer and under make-up.
- Tea water sprayed on to your face before moisturizer acts as a good home-made sunscreen for a short period out in the sun.
No sunscreen should give a false sense of security. Even the most potent products still allow a lot of radiation to reach the skin.
For a total block, use a sun block like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. They are opaque materials that block and scatter light. These ointments are given a flesh colour tint for more aesthetic appeal.
- To remove a tan and brighten dull skin, mix one tablespoon oatmeal powdered with enough sour youhurt to make a paste, l and the juice of cucumber or grapes.
Massage this pack into the tanned areas, leave for ½ an hour, rinse off and apply moisturizer.
- Freckles and skin discolorations are aggravated during summer. The powdered root of manjistha (Indian madder) mixed into a paste with honey when applied to freackles or skin discolorations will help to lighten them considerably.
Summer (Humid and Hot)
Cleanse skin often. Three times a week use this exfoliating scrub:
- Mix together multani matti (fuller’s Earth), Channa Kaatta (gram Flour) and sandalwood powder in equal quantities. Store in an air tight container. Use a teaspoon of this scrub mixed to a paste with water. This rids the skin of flakes and dirt.
- Use seasonal fruits as facial masks because they are economical and highly moisturizing.
Crush the pulp or squeeze in ablender and apply as quickly as possible before vitamins lose their potency.
Grapes are abundant in sugar, vitamins and mineral Salts. Use on wrinkles around eyes and mouth. It moisturizes, Detoxifies and nourished the skin.
Papayas are useful on blackhead and blotchy or sallow skin. Cucumber is cooling and improves a dull and greasy complexion.
- Mix the juice of one small cucumber with one teaspoon of rose water.
- Watermelon juice applied to the face and neck freshens up the skin.
- Coconut water rubbed on the skin not only lightens and brightens the skin but also gets rid of heat rash.
All these lotions should be left on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinsed off with cool water.
Drink a lot of water to replace the liquid lost through perspiration. It is important to nourish the skin from within.
- Make refreshing eye pads form thick slices of cucumber or cotton pads soaked in milk (iced). To relieve itchy, reddened eyes, use chilled raw potato slices. Place over eyelids and rest for 10 minutes.
- A drop of rose water in each eye at bedtime also brightens the eyes.
- Add a cup of buttermilk (lassie ) to your bath to tighten pores.
- Nourish and soothe skin with this bath formula. Mix 2 teaspoons salt, 1 ½ teaspoons almond oil and ½ teaspoon malt vinegar and apply to the body before a bath.
- To prevent a tan, apply one hour before your bath, equal quantities of almond oil malt vinegar.
- To soothe sunburn use a head to toe yoghurt mask. Leave on for 10 minutes, then shower off with cool water. This gives fast relief. Rub ice cubes warped in a tissue on pulse points such as wrists and ankles. You will feel instant energy that will wake up your appearance.
Rub the back of your neck and hairline with cologne fresh form the refrigerator.
- To avoid heat rash, remove your sweaty clothes and jump right into the shower. You can relieved the itchi-ness of heat rash by applying a cooling cornstarch and water. Compress ½ cup cornstarch to one pint water.
If you have over exercised yourself or over-exerted and are perspiring a lot, your should brink liquid preparations that contain combinations of water, sugar, salt and potassium which are depleted by the body. Electral is a beverage designed for this purpose.
Skin care tips for monsoon (Rainy Season)
The rainy season brings along with its share of skin problems oily skin, open pores, boils, prustules and prickly heat.
If the atmosphere is heavily polluted as in our cities, particles of dirt tend to cling to the skin, giving it a dull grey appearance. Fortunately, frequent cleansing and refreshing will help keep it looking and feeling clean.
Try this special skin cleaning powder.
- Green gram powder 1 tablespoon.
- Bengal gram powder-1 tablespoon.
- Fenugreek seed powder-1 teaspoon.
Use a teaspoon of this powder mixed with rose water on your face daily.
- Even if your skin is well balanced or slightly dry, it may be a ood idea to change your moisturizer for a very very light weight one formulated for an oily skin which will feel less cloying.
- To combat a greasy skin and open pores-wash your face three times daily with a mild soap. Rinse off every trace of soap with warm water, then cold water use an astringent.
Every night, drink a glass of water with a crystal of rock salt and the juice of half a lemon. Use the other half of the lemon in your face mask, mixed with a teaspoon of honey and egg white. Do it every day for six to eight weeks and see a remarkable improvement in your skin.
During the rainy season, when there is profuse sweating and the body is not exposed to air, red pustules of the size of mustard grains appear on the body, especially chest, back, abdomen and forehead. There is a lot of itching.
- To avoid prickly heat and to soothe it, twice a day dust the body liberally with equal quantities of boric powder, sandalwood powder and talcum powder.
- Multani mitti (fuller’s earth) dissolved in water into a thin paste should be applied over the affected parts. When the paste dries, a cold bath should be taken.
Yogurt applied to the affected areas before a bath also helps give relief to prickly heat.
Those of you subject to prickly heat should take cooling drinks and increase the intake of liquids.
Boils are caused by bacterial infection in the roots of the hair. A red swelling forms around the hair and causes a great deal of irritation and scratching. There is pain and sometimes pus.
- To subside the growth in its preliminary stage, apply kala Jeera (black cumin seed) ground in water over the infected parts.
- For frequent appearance of infected pimples on the face, apply neem tree bark ground in water. The face should also be washed with warm water in which neem leaves have been heated.
- Grated onion mixed with sandalwood powder and applied to the face helps clean septic pustules and makes the skin soft and smooth in a few weeks.
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