It’s that time of the year when the ruthless UV rays of the sun rob you skin of moisture and leave it tanned and rough. The UVA rays penetrate to the lower layers of the epidermis, where they trigger cells called melanocytes to produce melanin, a brown pigment. While applying a sun screen with at least 50 SPF is a must, natural home-made floral face packs can also come to your rescue. Flower infused face packs remove dead cells, nourish your skin and replenish lost moisture. The result is rejuvenated, naturally glowing skin.
Make these soothing floral packs at home to get rid of tan naturally.
Hibiscus soothes the skin and reduces pimples, zits and other skin imperfections. Make a cold infusion by allowing a few flowers to stand overnight in a cup of cold water. Next morning, crush the flowers. Strain and keep the water aside. Mix the flowers with three teaspoons oats, two drops tea tree oil and add the water you kept aside to mix into a paste. Apply on the face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
Lotus flowers contains linoleic acid. It is great for sensitive skin. This pack also helps tightens pores. Make a paste of crushed lotus flowers or boil them. Drain the water and keep it aside. Now, make a paste of besan (gramflour ) and a pinch of turmeric. Keep this pack in the fridge for 10 minutes. Apply on your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.
Jasmine soothes and cleans the skin, and it also leaves a nice fragrance. For the pack, mix chilled yogurt and aloe vera juice in crushed petals of jasmine. Apply the pack and leave for 20 minutes. Use this pack regularly to avoid tanning and wrinkles.
Marigold has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an antiseptic agent and an excellent astringent which helps clear blemishes and remove skin tanning. Take crushed marigold petals, mix them with raw milk and soak overnight in a glass bowl. Add 4-5 drop lemon juice before applying. Keep it for a few minutes and rinse off with cold water.
Sunflower is rich in vitamin E, which is an essential vitamin for healthy, supple skin. Tomato contains lycopene which accelerates the brightening process. Make a paste of finely crushed sunflower, add tomato pulp and raw milk. Keep it in the fridge for half an hour and apply on the skin.
This pack is beneficial for all skin types. It removes tanning and keeps the skin free from inflammation, burning and itchiness. Mix sandalwood powder, crushed rose petals and coconut water into a paste. Apply the paste on your skin and gently message to rub it off from the skin.
Inputs by: Richa Aggarwal, beauty expert and Shahnaz Hussain