Icy cool products can be easily used from the fridge during the hot and humid season of skin care. Rose water is one of the best coolants and a powerful skin tonic. You can chill rose water in a bowl and leave cotton wool pads soaking in it. Wipe the face with these chilled rose water pads to tone the skin, help blood circulation and keep the skin glowing. Wipe the skin several times a day with these pads to feel cool and fresh. Apart from rose water, many ingredients are natural coolants and have a cooling effect. Among these are aloe vera, cucumber, khus, ripe papaya, watermelon, lemon, buttermilk, coconut water, coconut milk, mint (pudina). Clays like Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth) also have a cooling effect. They not only cool and soothe the skin, but many of them help to remove sweat deposits and reduce oiliness.
Cucumber is an ideal beauty ingredient for summer. It reduces oiliness and also helps to tone, cool and refresh the skin. It is great for removing tan too. The effect of cucumber juice is gentle on the skin. That is why it is a traditional remedy for the delicate skin around the eyes, reducing dark circles and brightening the skin. Apply daily on the skin around eyes, washing off with plain water after 15 minutes.
You can even make ice cubes with natural ingredients like green tea or cucumber juice. Make green tea, pour into an ice tray and keep in the freezer. Do the same with cucumber juice. These cubes can be applied around the eyes for a few seconds at a time to decrease puffiness and even dark circles. Cucumber ice cubes, applied on the face, have an astringent effect. It closes pores and reduces oiliness. The same can be done with aloe vera to soothe the skin after sun exposure and sunburn. According to Ayurveda, many bitter items are said to have a cooling effect. For example, bitter gourd and neem leaves are said to cool the system. Here are some cooling packs and scrubs:
1. Cucumber Juice (Or Pulp) And Watermelon
It can be mixed with two teaspoons of powdered milk and one egg white. Apply on the face and neck and rinse off with water after half an hour.
It cools and hydrates the skin. It can also be mixed with yoghurt and applied on the face for 20 to 30 minutes to cool the skin. Wash off with plenty of water.
3. Green Tea Leaves
Make a powder of green tea leaves and mix it with curd and a little aloe vera gel. Apply on the face and neck and leave on for a few minutes. Rub gently and wash off with water.
Clays like fuller’s earth (multani mitti) have a cooling effect and reduce oiliness. Mix one tablespoon Fuller’s Earth with rose water. Apply on the face and wash it off when it dries.
5. Lemon Juice And Sugar
They make a good scrub. Try it on the hands. Mix the sugar to the lemon juice just before scrubbing. Rub gently on the skin and wash off with water. It cools and removes tan.
6. cucumber Juice And Rose Water
To tone the skin, mix cucumber juice with rose water in equal quantities. Apply on the face and wash off with plain water after 20 minutes.
7. Coconut Water
Try coconut water or coconut milk to tone and soothe the skin this summer. It also helps to cool and brighten the skin, removing tan. Apply on the skin and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash off with plain water.
8. Cucumber Juice (Or Pulp) And Watermelon
Cucumber juice (or pulp) and watermelon can be mixed with two teaspoons of powdered milk and one egg white. You can put the ingredients in a blender, for a smooth paste. Apply on the face and neck and rinse off with water after half an hour.
9. For Oily Skins And Problem Skin
Take one tablespoon lemon juice and one tablespoon rose water. Add crushed mint leaves and let it stand for one hour. Strain the leaves and add the liquid to multani mitti, mixing it into a paste. Apply it on your face and wash it off after 20 minutes. Refreshes, cools and reduces oiliness.
10. Colognes Or Rose Water
Colognes or rose water can be added to bath water, as they have a cooling effect and also add fragrance.
Shahnaz Husain is a renowned beauty and wellness expert. She is the Founder, Chairperson, and Managing Director of The Shahnaz Husain Group.
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