Mild cleansing plus heavy moisturising — that’s the mantra for summer. We give you a list of combatants that will shield your skin and hair throughout this season and ensure that you look your best. So make a checklist of these ingredients and ensure they are present in your beauty products.
Cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter: Soothing emollients for the skin, all three soften and hydrate. These heavy butters are great as body moisturisers. “Mango butter, in particular is a wonderful soothing agent for dry, rough hands and feet,” says Dr Madhuri Agarwal, medical head (West), Kaya Skin Clinic. Mainly full of vegetable fat, they are a safe bet for most skin types.
Vitamin E: A powerful repair agent for the body, it helps in building new collagen and elastin in skin and hair. Plus, the lipid (fat)-soluble vitamin E products get absorbed easily by the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Coconut oil: Natural nourishment for the skin, it keeps the skin soft and supple. It’s great for the hair too, since it protects against dryness and helps to keep it healthy. Also, virgin coconut oil is considered safe for all skin types and almost never causes allergies. But avoid using oils on your face, particularly if you suffer from acne.
Jojoba Oil: A seed extract, this is similar to the sebum oil secreted by the skin’s sebaceous glands. It’s a wonderful moisturiser for the skin and hair. A stable molecule, this does not get oxidised and so has a long shelf life. But a patch test before use is recommended, particularly if you are allergic to oils or herb-based products. Avoid using if you suffer from asthma.
Olive oil: A perfect remedy for dry skin. It lubricates the skin and restores lost moisture, keeping the skin soft and supple. However, do an allergy test before using olive oil products as it does not suit all skin types.
Beeswax: This wax is obtained from the honeycomb. Beeswax is similar to oils in function, as it forms a protective barrier on the skin. It works very well for dry skin and eczema. Since it’s very thick, it can be used as a night moisturiser for all over the body. It is ideal for chapped lips and dry elbows.
Honey: Known for its anti-bacterial properties, honey is an excellent natural wound healer. Therefore, it is a good remedy for chilblains. As an anti-oxidant, it fights toxins and protects the skin from free radicals.
Cucumber juice-rose water pack: Apply a mixture of rose water, cucumber juice and a dash of lemon juice once a day. Lemon juice helps reduce the tan, while rose water and cucumber work as cooling agents.
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