DIY facials to swear by in summer

A hot sweltering day = skin woes. It is that time of the year when the sun does maximum damage to your skin. From acnes to early aging, the sun does enough to fast track your skin into doomsville. Don’t fret, as help is on its way with these easy DIY masks. These facials not only nourish and rejuvenate your skin, but will also save you a trip to the dermatologist.

1. Mint pack

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You need:
– Fresh mint
– A pinch of turmeric powder
– Lukewarm water

Method:
– Take some fresh mint and make a fine paste of it. Now add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well.
– Wash your face with lukewarm water and apply this fine paste all over the face.
– Leave for 15 minutes and wash with cold water.

2. Avocado and honey mask for dry skin

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You need:
– ½ ripe avocado
– 2 tbsp honey
– ½ tbsp coconut oil

Method:
– Mash or puree the avocado until it’s smooth and creamy, and then blend in the rest of the ingredients.
– Apply to your face, avoiding your eyes. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water.

3. Soothing oatmeal mask for problem skin
Oatmeal is great for soothing rough, angry skin and for helping to heal eczema and acne breakouts. Paired with honey and yogurt, it’s a calming and revitalizing mask for all skin types.

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You need:
– 1/3 cup instant oatmeal
– 1/2 cup hot water
– 1 tbsp honey
– 1-2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt

Method:
– Add the water to your oatmeal and stir for a few minutes until it’s plumped up nicely. Add the honey and yogurt, and put through a mixer grinder to smooth and combine it.
– Slather the mask all over your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash with warm water.

4. Strawberry and lemon mask for oily/acne prone skin
Strawberries contain salicylic acid (which is an anti-acne agent), while lemon juice helps to tighten pores and remove old, dead skin cells. Yogurt and honey have antibiotic properties.

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You need:
– 1/4 cup mashed strawberries
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon yogurt
– 1 tablespoon honey

Method:
– Mash all of the ingredients together, but do not puree in a blender. You want this to be spreadable, not a liquid.
– Apply evenly all over your face and let it sit for 8-10 minutes. Then rinse with cool water.

5. Soothing masks for men
This is a great mask for guys, as it can soothe both razor burn and over-weathered winter skin. The yogurt acts as a moisturizer, while the cucumber lessens redness and provides moisture to dry, sensitive skin.

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You need:
– 1/2 a cucumber, peeled and chopped
– 1 tablespoon yogurt

Method:
– Put the cucumber through a mixer grinder until it’s pulpy, and then mix the yogurt in by hand.
– Apply it evenly over the face, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
– Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.

6. Tomato face pack to soothe sunburn
This homemade pack is best for oily skin. This pack also helps to remove tan and polish the surface of the skin to give it a healthy shine.

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You need:
– 1 Tomato
– ¼ tsp of honey

Method:
– Mash the tomato and mix honey into it.
– Apply this mixture on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse it with cold water.

7. Milk and honey bleach
This works well for oily skin and helps to get rid of sun tan.

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You need:
– 4 tbsp milk
– 1 tbsp honey
– 2 tbsp lemon juice

Method:
– Mix all the above ingredients together.
– Apply the mixture evenly on the tanned areas for 15 minutes.
– Wash with cold water when dried.

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Diwali skin care tips

The most awaited festival in India is just around the corner and let’s face it, as much joy it brings, it also brings skin woes. So ensure that you prep your skin before Diwali and continue your beauty regimen during and after Diwali to achieve a supple and glowing skin.

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Water, water and more water
With all the preparations for the festivities, people tend to forget drinking water. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day as it detoxes your body and gives you a healthy glow. If you want to mix things up, then drink healthy fruit/vegetable juices.

Moisturiser and makeup
Nourish your skin with a moisturizer right after taking bath to restore the lost moisture. Also, use exfoliators to remove dead skin, so that the moisturiser can sink in easily. To protect your skin from dehydrating, use a moisturizer before putting on your foundation. Opt for waterproof mascara, eyeliner and transfer-resistant lipsticks so that the makeup doesn’t smudge and stain. Wash and cleanse your face and rub ice cube for few minutes to lower the sweating so that the makeup stays for longer time. Highlight your eyes with pastel colours. Pink, muted gold and lighter shades of brown are the perfect colours for this festive season. 

Limit your intake of sweets
We know how difficult it is to not eat sweets during the festivals. But you can keep the consumption under control. OD-ing on sugar and fried items will only result in skin breakouts, dull skin and weight gain. 

Protect your skin from firecracker pollution
Most firecrackers have high smoke emissions due to high magnesium and cordite content. These fumes and particulate emissions can settle on your skin and harm it, causing irritant reactions, chemical burns and allergies. Stay at least six to seven feet away from lit fireworks. If you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to tie a cotton scarf or dupatta over your face while lighting or watching a fireworks display. Most importantly, wash your face thoroughly with a mild soap and water immediately afterwards and follow up with a moisturiser. 

Indulge in face packs
Another option is homemade face packs or masks, a natural way to get smooth, supple and glowing skin. Use tomato mask if you have oily skin. Mash up a ripe tomato and leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use a banana mask if you have dry skin. Again mash up a ripe banana, add some honey and apply it on your face and neck. Keep it for 15 minutes and rinse with water. If you have combination skin, use honey mask. Apply pure honey on your face and neck. Allow it to set until dry, say, for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.