With the temperature dropping across the country, women are finding it hard to seek out a range of lotions that could stand up to the onslaught of winds, cold and sun rays to help revive and rejuvenate tired skin, dull, dark and dull.
But before you rush to the market to buy expensive beauty products to look smart, take a flashback and check your daily diet. Do you remember the famous quote “You are what you eat”?
Winter seasonal fruits not only provide you with the right nutrition, but can also do wonders for your skin.
Vegetable markets are now awash with a variety of seasonal fruits and these tasty delights are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that keep your body and skin well hydrated.
Regular consumption of seasonal raw fruits and fruit juices increases the water content of the body, which keeps the body and skin well hydrated even in the winter season.
Nature is the best doctor, giving us fruits that the body needs for different seasons. In winter, we get those fruits and vegetables which are beneficial for the body in cold weather. For example, vitamin C helps strengthen our immune system and protects the body against colds and coughs. In winter, we get a lot of oranges and “mousambi” (lime). Here are some beauty tips with winter fruits:
Apples have so many health benefits that they say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It contains a wealth of nutrients, like vitamin C, B6, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese and magnesium. It is also rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids. Apples contain pectin, which is said to have a soothing effect on dry and sensitive skin. Apples are wonderful skin toners, helping to tighten the skin and stimulate blood circulation to the surface of the skin. They also have anti-oxidant properties, helping to prevent damage from oxidation and thereby delaying visible signs of aging on the skin. Apples also contain fruit acids, which have a powerful cleansing effect on the skin, removing dead skin cells. This helps brighten the skin and gradually remove blemishes, like dark spots. Raw apple pulp or apple juice can be applied to the skin daily, then washed off with clean water after 20 minutes. Grated apple can be added to face masks. Mix oats with curd, honey and apple pulp or grated apple into a paste. Apply to face and rinse off after 20-30 minutes. Apple cider vinegar, obtained from apples, is an ideal treatment for dandruff and also adds shine to hair. After shampooing, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and use it as a final rinse. Yes… an apple a day also avoids beauty problems!
We all know that lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, which is needed in winter. As a cosmetic ingredient, lemon can be used in different ways, but avoid using it undiluted, as it can be harsh on the skin. However, on areas with thicker skin, such as elbows and knees, rub lemon halves and rinse with water.
Over a period of time, it cleanses and brightens skin color. Lemon can also be used as a hand lotion. Mix it with rose water and rub it on the skin of the hands. For rough hands, rub granulated sugar and the juice of a lemon together on the hands, until the sugar dissolves. Then rinse with water. Performed regularly, it will help improve the texture of the skin. Add lemon juice to “tea water” for hair rinse, to make hair silky and shiny. Boil the used tea leaves in enough water and cool the liquid. Add the juice of a lemon and use it as a final rinse. Lemon peels can be dried and powdered and used in face masks and scrubs.
Oranges can be used in hair packs. It is said that the zest of oranges contributes to the shine of the hair and nourishes the hair. It also reduces oiliness. Save the orange peels and simmer them in water over low heat. Cool and filter. Use the water to mix the hair bundles. For example, a protein pack might consist of lentils and egg white. Lentils should be soaked in water overnight. The next morning, grind the lentils, add the egg and orange peel water, mix into a hair pack.
It cleans, reduces grease and adds body and shine. Orange juice can be used to rinse hair after shampooing. It helps restore normal acid-base balance and reduces oiliness. It is also rich in Vitamin C. Makes hair shiny and silky. After your shampoo, add the juice of 2 oranges to half a glass of water and use it as a final rinse. Leave on for 2 minutes then rinse with clear water.
Neroli, which is orange blossom oil, has been used in skin and hair care. Neroli oil is used in aromatherapy due to its calming and anti-stress benefits. It can be added to carrier oils (i.e. pressed oils like olive oil, almond oil, sesame seed oil, etc.) to make hair oils . It must be diluted and added in the correct proportion to the carrier oil. It is said to calm the mind and be helpful in stress-related hair issues, such as hair loss.
Banana, one of the most popular fruits, is very effective in terms of nutrition and health benefits. It is one of the richest sources of potassium and also contains vitamin C and B6. Bananas are beneficial for skin and hair treatments. Its potassium content helps soften both dry hair and dry skin. Bananas can be made into a pulp and added to face and hair packs. Bananas help hair that has been damaged by repeated coloring and other chemical treatments. Bananas can be made into a pulp and applied to the hair as a bundle.
Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse it off. Egg yolk or curd can be added to mashed bananas and applied as a hair compress. If the hair is very dry, add a teaspoon of pure glycerin or honey to the banana packet. Almond oil can also be added to banana hair pack.
Avocados are great for skincare because they stimulate cell turnover. It contains vitamin B and C, which help build new cells and strengthen the immune system. It also contains vitamin A and E, which keep the skin soft and smooth. In fact, avocado juice or oil can be very nourishing for skin and hair. The protein and oil content of avocado strengthens and nourishes the hair. For home hair care, mash the avocado, add honey and a little lemon juice. This can be applied to the hair as a pack. In fact, it can also be applied to the face. Wash it off after half an hour.
It has excellent skin care benefits as it helps moisturize the skin and is a powerful antioxidant. It also helps to improve the moisture retaining ability of the skin. It is said to stimulate the cell renewal process and thus help delay the formation of signs of aging on the skin. Used regularly on the face, it can remove tan, lighten skin color and also lighten the skin.
The author is an internationally renowned beauty expert and is called the Queen of Herbal Medicine of India.