Very soon, the taut feeling in your skin will indicate that cold, wintry days lie ahead. The humidity in the air becomes less. The skin loses moisture to the atmosphere and this moisture needs to be replenished. Shahnaz Husain tells us how.
■ Use a sunscreen before going out in the sun. For extreme dryness, use a cream. A liquid moisturiser should be used before applying foundation.
■ The skin should also be nourished with a good night cream. Apply an outer-eye cream around the eyes and wipe it off after 10 minutes with moist cotton wool.
■ Oily skins face the problem of superficial dryness. Use cleansing milk or face wash. A light moisturising lotion can be used if there is dryness. Or, use an oil-free day cream.
■ Honey applied on the face daily for 10 minutes and then washed off with water helps relieve dryness and keep the skin soft. For dry skin, add egg yolk or one teaspoon pure almond oil. For oily skin, add egg white and a little lemon juice.
■ Take one peeled and cored apple and puree it in a blender. Add one tablespoon honey. Apply this on the face like a mask and keep it on for 15 minutes. This is a powerful skin toner for all skin types.
■ Apply aloe vera gel daily on the face and wash off with plain water after 20 minutes.
■ Mix half a teaspoon honey, one teaspoon rose water and one teaspoon dried milk powder. Mix into a paste and apply on the face. Remove after 20 minutes with water.
■ Applying body lotions and creams soon after bathing, while the skin is still damp, helps seal in moisture.
■ You would need a loofah or rough towel to give your body a rub, after applying oil, cream or lotion. This helps smooth rough skin, and also improves blood circulation. Soapless shower gels are better in winter.
■ Before your bath, apply oil on the body and massage it into the skin. Sesame seed oil or olive oil may be used. Warm the oil before use. A traditional home pre-bath treatment is to mix gram flour with a little milk or curd and a pinch of turmeric into a paste. Rub the body with this before your bath and wash it off while bathing.
■ For itchy skin, add half a cup of vinegar to a bucket of water. Use it at the end of your bath. You can also add a tablespoon of honey to your bath water. This has a softening effect and relieves fatigue. A handful of powdered milk can help nourish dry skin.
■ You can also make your own massage oil by mixing almond oil with sunflower oil and adding a few drops of rose or sandalwood oil.
■ Cracked heels can be prevented by giving the feet daily care. Before bathing, apply a lemon-turmeric cream on the feet and heels, massaging it into the skin.
■ At night, before retiring, soak the feet in hot water for about 20 minutes. Add some coarse salt and shampoo to the water, before soaking the feet. With the help of a pumice stone or a heel scrubber, rub the heels gently, in order to remove the dead cells.
■ The skin on the lips is also very thin and lacks oil producing glands. After cleansing, apply almond cream or almond oil on the lips and leave it overnight.
Shahnaz Husain is the CEO of Shahnaz Herbals Inc