Dry skin need not mean dullness

A dry skin is either oil-or-moisture-dry. The skin care regime should emphasise moisturising and nourishing routines, to protect and revitalise the skin.

Cleansing

Use a rose cleansing cream morning and night. Do not wash your skin even with a mild soap.

Milk with a dash of turmeric makes for a good home cleanser.

Toning

Equal quantities of rose water and hazel make for a good toner. In addition to cleansing, it also decongests the skin. Cucumber juice too is an effective toner for dry skin.

Moisturising

For dry skin, it is important to layer moisturisers and conditioners to trap the moisture and oil. Apply a few drops of face oil (made of three drops of sandalwood oil, one tablespoon each of almond oil and castor oil). After five minutes, apply a moisturiser. Discontinue castor oil in summer.

Facial scrub

Make a facial scrub with a tablespoon of fresh cream, one crushed almond and a pinch of oats.

Dampen your face with water, and massage gently. Rinse off with warm water. Apply twice a week.

Facial mask

Mix one tablespoon of milk powder, half a banana, half teaspoon of honey, one drop of sandalwood oil and enough yoghurt to make a paste.

Use once a week. You can also use melons and avocado.

Eat healthy

One must also focus on eating healthy. Have a bowl of salad daily, with a tablespoon of salad oil.

Drink eight to ten glasses of water, juice or herb tea every day.

Cut down on alcohol and tranquilisers.

Use sun block in summer and lots of moisturisers and creams in winter.

Keep a bowl of water or a potted plant in the room to protect your skin from central heating and air conditioning.

BLOSSOM KOCHCHAR

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