Holi has its repercussions on the skin and hair. Not only does it rob away all the moisture from your skin but also due to the damaging effect of the strong sun and chemical colours your skin may start peeling off. It may feel stretched and you may experience extreme dryness.The underlying secret of a post-Holi bath is to nourish and moisturize the body and what better way to do it than to adopt natural ingredients and the goodness of Mother Nature. Here are three wonderful and natural scrubs that will help you remove the remnants of the nasty Holi colours as well as nourish your skin.
1. Sea salt scrub
Sea salt has a rare quality of drawing out toxins from the body. When mixed with natural oils and essential oils, it makes for the most wonderful natural scrub.You can take 200 grams of sea salt and mix it with 200 ml of olive oil. Add to this, one of the essentials oil – rose or geranium or lavender if you are feeling foggy in the head and are tired. Wet the body and scrub gently onto the skin, rinse off and pat dry.
Put in a tub of warm water the following ingredients-
Half a cup almond oil
2 handfuls of rose petals
1 kg of full cream boiled milk
10 ml of jasmine oil
Half a cup of oatmeal.
Soak your self in this luxuriant bath for at least half an hour, then rinse with tepid water and pat dry.
3. For dehydrated and sensitive skin
Make a body mask with the following ingredients:
1 cup almond paste
1 cup oatmeal
4 Tbsp honey
1 cup cold milk
Mix all the ingredients and add 4 Tbsp of fresh aloe vera gel and 4 Tbsp of mint paste. Apply this all over the skin and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash off. This mixture should not be scrubbed.
4. For sunburnt skin
If your skin appears to be blackened and tanned make the following mask:
Half a cup of neem paste
1 tsp honey
The juice of one lemon
2 tsp ghee
2 tsp sesame oil
While bathing apply this mixture all over the skin and let it soak in.Wash off after 10 minutes.