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4 summer defences for your body and skin

Keep yourself cool and healthy by using these natural ingredients this season

brunch Updated: Jul 08, 2017 22:51 IST
Shikha Sharma
Aloe Vera juice has a cooling effect on the body from the inside
Aloe Vera juice has a cooling effect on the body from the inside(Photo: iStock)

No season is more challenging for the skin than summer, when ultraviolet rays lead to fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, acne and dark spots. Women in hormonal transition, especially pre and post pregnancy, and during menopause, are particularly vulnerable at this time.

However, when nature attacks, it also offers some excellent defences. Try these...

Coconut water: It is nature’s pure packaged drink. Coconut water is naturally sterile and packed with hydrating electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, natural simple sugars, enzymes and vitamins.

Drink it: One glass daily is essential.

Use it: To coconut water add some turmeric powder, a teaspoon of chandan and a few drops of tea tree essential oil. This makes for a cooling and hydrating face pack.

Aloe vera and cucumber: Aloe vera juice, consumed daily, reduces acidity and gas, and hydrates the colon from the inside. Cucumber and kakdi are rich in cooling minerals.

Drink it: Mix aloe vera juice with mint and mausambi juice. The Vitamin C in the juice is good for collagen and the enzymes are great for skin regeneration.

Use it: Make a face pack with aloe vera gel and grated cucumber, apply and leave on for 45 minutes.

Tomato and beetroot: Tomato is a rich source of Lycopene, an essential ingredient that helps repair damaged skin. Even skin burns heal better when fresh raw tomatoes are added to the diet.

Drink it: Make a juice of beetroot, tomatoes and mint. Season with salt and pepper.

Use it: Exfoliate your skin with a mix of raw sugar and papaya. Wash your face. Apply a tomato paste mixed with few drops of beetroot juice and leave on for 30 minutes.

Celery and mint: Celery is an excellent natural diuretic – great for hormonal fluctuations and water retention. The latter often results in a puffy face, can damage delicate skin fibre, and lead to early sagging and collagen damage.

Drink it: Add a few mint leaves to celery juice. Drink without salt at least three times a week. 

From HT Brunch, July 9, 2017

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