Posted on December 20 2015
Although we spend most of the summer months protecting our skin from the harmful effects of the sun, come winter and we think that it's perfectly ok to abandon those habits and to soak in the (seemingly) weaker rays of the winter sun.
If you've been guilty of spending endless hours in the sunshine this winter, and are looking to give your skin some TLC to help make up for all that exposure, here are 5 natural ways to do so.
All the ingredients listed below are probably already in your kitchen. So go ahead and try them.
Your skin will thank you for it.
1) Oranges- Save the peel from those yummy winter oranges. Dry them in the skin, grind the dry peel into powder and store in a jar. Add rose water or yoghurt to this orange peel powder and use as a face wash cum scrub. It is super refreshing and will soothe the after effects of direct exposure to UV rays.
2) Radish - Yes, not only is it excellent for our digestive systems but also acts as a perfect toner. Mix a few drops of lemon juice with radish juice. Dab a cotton ball and apply all over your face. Rinse off with tepid water once dry.
3) Carrots - Carrot peel has carrot oil that protects from the harsh effects of the sun and pollution. It also wards off signs of ageing. Wash the peel of 2-3 large carrots, steam to soften and then shred them. Add honey, lime and vitamin E to the mixture & apply as a homemade face mask. You get the goodness of vitamin E, A, C and a whole bunch of anti-oxidants applied right on to your skin!
4) Spinach- The misery of chopping spinach is that only half of it gets used, the other half always goes to the bin. But that won’t happen anymore. Wash and blend that waste spinach into a smooth puree. Mix a wee bit of honey and lemon juice or almond oil depending on skin type and sensitivity. Almond oil is rich in vitamins A, B & E and has been shown to reduce darkness under the eyes. Apply to your face for 20 minutes to get rid of acne, dirt and oily skin.
5) Guava- Guavas are chock full of vitamin C and a great snack in the winter. The leaves of the guava fruit can be blended to extract its juice. Mixed with milk powder or multani mitti (Fuller's Earth) to make an anti-microbial face pack enriched with Vitamin C