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Your pamper routine

Keep your beauty regimen simple and natural

Keep your beauty regimen simple and natural  

With the weather changing as it is (you can call it monsoons; I call it global warming a.k.a doom), I’m sure I’m not the only one who is suffering with unhappy hair and skin. One second, it’s humid, and the next, rain is everywhere, and it’s all wonderful and cool. But your skin doesn't seem to think so. Here are some easy ways to calm yourself, your skin and your hair... a Sunday at home pamper routine if you will.

Tackle that skin

Honey is everything. Be it skin or hair, it’s a wonder product. I love using honey on any areas that are getting heat boils or even blemishes. Since it’s anti-bacterial, keeping it on for 15 to 30 minutes calms your skin down. It also helps sooth those itchy patches caused by constant sun exposure.

Another wonder product is sugar or sea salt. Use it as a scrub, especially on those blackheads, and around the nose and chin where your skin tends to clog up most.

Lastly, always moisturise. No matter what, keep your skin hydrated. If a store-bought moisturiser isn’t for you, try aloe vera or almond oil (or a combination of them).

Keep makeup light

This is a general rule for summer, but keeping your makeup light around the year will also ensure it looks very natural. And if you ever run out of time and walk out of the house bare-faced, there won’t be too much of a difference. Over moisturiser, I like to spot-conceal. This basically implies that you use a tiny amount of concealer over places that really need it (under the eyes, scarring, pigmentation, blemishes etc) and pat it in with a clean finger. I like to go over it with a loose powder or a loose powder foundation, but apply it using a wet sponge. This, once again helps the powder sink into the skin and look natural. It also allows your bare skin to breathe and still look like itself. This way, be it sweating buckets or having buckets of water being poured down your face, your makeup will not give you away.

Hair nourishment

I always find that hair tends to get frizzy during this time of year, no matter what a person does. You can use all the conditioner you want, but unless your hair has been treated, chances are, this weather will cause it to frizz. A simple solution to this? Argan oil. There are so many products (more often priced ridiculously) where argan oil is the main ingredient. Instead of spending your money on them, I would suggest getting pure cold-pressed argan oil (www.mokshalifestyle.com). This oil is so nourishing and moisturising that a little bit (not more than a couple of drops) can tame the frizziest of hair. I love using this when my hair is damp and then let it air-dry, but make sure you don’t go overboard, or you will end up with hair that looks oily... and we don’t want that.

An added bonus? It makes a wonderfully nourishing night-time moisturiser for your skin.

The author is a makeup artist and hairstylist

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