Exclusive Fashion - Facial Tips
December 20, 2006 11:53am CST
CLEANSING: Take 1 table spoon of un-boiled milk, dip a small pad of cotton wool in this and rub on the face gently. Use circular movements, use upward strokes on the neck area. Leave this on for 15 minutes. Wash with cold water. OR Take a thick slice of cucumber. Don't peel the slice, rub in a circular motion all over the face and neck areas. Wash after 15 minutes. OR Halve a tomato, gently rub over face and neck and wash after 15 minutes. OR Take the half of a lime peel, from which the juice has been extracted, rub this firmly on the face and the neck. Using a Scrub-(once in 3-4 days) After washing off the milk or juice - take a table spoon of oat bran or wheat husk or gram flour (besun). Make a paste with a few drops of water and rub the face and neck gently with this. This sloughs away the dead cells and gives the face a glow. Don't use soap, just splash on cold water that will act as an astringent and close the pores. OR Use green gram powder or rice flour mixed with curds instead. Oily Skin: If the face is oily, After a bath as a base for make-up use some diluted limejuice to dab on before application of foundation or any other make-up. OR Diluted buttermilk dabbed on the face and left for 15 minutes, gently wipe with moist cotton wool before applying make-up. OR Rub the face well with an ice cube. OR Slice an Apple into thin slices. Place these on the face and leave for 15 minutes. These soak up the extra oil and helps to close pores. DRY SKIN: Should use scrubs to remove the dry scaly skin. Apply ½ tsp of Vitamin E oil with 2-3 drops of lime juice and ½ tsp of glycerin. OR Apply a mixture of 1 tsp warm Olive oil with a few drops of glycerine and 2-3 drops of lime juice. OR 1 tsp of milk cream with2-3 drops of lime juice mixed well. This should be applied 10 minutes before a bath. It reduces the dryness and also is good when applied in Winter. OR Plain, whole milk, applied and left on for 10 minutes and washed with cold water helps. This should be done twice a day. FOR A FAIRER COMPLEXION The masks mentioned below are very good to lighten the skin tone and add a glow to the complexion. They must be followed for the specified time and inculcated as a daily routine. Soak 4 almonds overnight. Make a very fine paste with them, using milk to grind them. Apply this paste on the neck and face before going to bed. Wash with cold water in the morning. Repeat daily for 15 days, followed by twice a week. OR Take 1 tbsp of gram flour and 2 tsp of raw milk and 2-3 drops of lime juice. Mix well and apply. Wash after 15 minutes. Repeat for 4 weeks and follow up with once a week. OR Grind a cup of mint leaves to a fine paste. Apply and leave for 20 minutes. Wash. Continue for 15 days.OR Grate a tomato. Add 2-3 drops of lime juice. Apply and wash after 20 minutes. Do this morning and evening for 15 - 20 days. Apply well on the neck area also. OR Diluted Vinegar Potato juice with 2-3 drops of lime juice. Cucumber juice with 2-3 drops of lime juice. Diluted lime juice. TO LIGHTEN A TAN: The skin gets a tan due to long periods of exposure to sunlight especially in Winter when the sun's rays are more direct. Any of the treatments given below should be done regularly for a week at least. Wash the face and arms well. Mash some ripe strawberries and apply as a paste. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. OR Powder the kernel of a walnut and mix the powder with1 tbsp of milk. Apply and leave for 20 minutes.OR Honey 1 tsp with a few drops of vinegar applied for ½ an hour. OR Soya beans flour 1 tbsp with 1 tbsp of milk applied for ½ an hour. OR Apply grated tomato pulp mixed with cucumber juice. 1 tbsp each. Wash after 20 minutes. WRINKLES: Wrinkles generally are due to age, Stress and dry skin. You should always keep the areas around the eyes mouth and nose and also the neck well cared for and moisturized. Take 1 tbsp of cold milk and add 3-4 drops of lime juice. Rub this paste well into the wrinkles before going to sleep. The next morning wash with warm water and dry with a rough towel firmly. Once again rub in the cream - in the direction opposite to the wrinkles. Wait for ½ an hour and wash, avoid using soap. OR Rub the pulp of a ripe Papaya on the face and leave for ½ an hour before washing. This is a very good toner also. OR Rub almond oil on the wrinkles in upward strokes. Leave overnight and wash with warm water next morning. OR Cut open a Vitamin -E capsule, add ½ tsp of glycerine and apply. Wash after 15- 20 minutes. OR Add ½ tsp honey to 1 tsp rice powder. Smoothen the lines with this paste. Leave for ½ an hour and wash. OR Mix 1 tsp honey with 1 tsp of milk cream. Apply well. Wash after 20 minutes. Note: Treatment for wrinkles should be done everyday for a period of 30 - 40 days to have visible results. BLACK HEADS: Usually blackheads are the result of oily skin and blocked pores. After a warm bath the face should be splashed with cold water. IN a pan add 5-6 cups of water and add the juice of 1 lime. Remove from heat when the water boils. Place on a table and covering the head with a large towel, steam the face. Rub the blackheads firmly with a face towel after 10 minutes of steaming. Wash the face with chilled water to close the pores. OR Boil 3-4 cups of water and add 2 tsp soda bicarbonate to this. Steam a towel with this and place the towel on the face. Repeat 5-6 times. Now rub the face in the area of the blackheads with a paste of 1 tsp curd mixed with 1 tsp of rice flour. Wash with cold water. OR Rub a pinch of table salt mixed with a pinch of the soft soggy portion of a glycerin soap. (Pears) Rub well into the blackheads. Repeat for a week. OR Take 1 tsp of fresh coriander leaf juice with ½ tsp of turmeric powder. Apply this at bed time and wash in the morning. Repeat for a week. OR Take 1 tsp lime juice mixed with 1 tsp of finely powdered cinnamon. Apply at bed time and wash in the morning. FOR BLEMISHES ON THE FACE: Sometimes due to illness or some form of allergy you develop some dark patches on the face. You need some gentle help to get rid of them. Rub in some coconut oil before going to bed. Wash well in the morning. Repeat for 15 days. OR Watermelon juice applied and gently massaged on the blemished area. Left on for 15 minutes will definitely help. Tender coconut water dabbed on blemishes and left for ½ an hour. Repeat for 15 days. OR Carrot juice applied for 15 minutes for 15 days will clear the blemished skin. FRECKLES: Apply buttermilk daily for 20 minutes for about 20-25 days. OR Radish juice applied daily for 20 minutes for 20-25 days. OR Potato, Tomato or Cucumber juice will help. OPEN PORES: Any vegetable or fruit that has an astringent quality will help smoothen uneven skin texture and reduce open pores. Tomato juice to which a few drops of lime juice has been added. Apply on open pores for 20 minutes. Wash with cold water. The juice or pulp of Pineapple and Peaches and Papaya are very good. Always wash your face with cold water after steaming. In humid weather wash the face 2-3 times with cold water. If you have powdered orange peel, use this in place of soap. PIMPLES: The cause for pimples are many and not only adolescence as popularly believed. Chronic constipation is one major cause, the food we eat plays a very important role. You will have to cut down the fried food, chocolates, cheese and aerated drinks. Eat a lot of fresh fruits and green vegetables with a lot of water. Instead of washing the face with soap, use orange peel powder. Dry Orange peels in the shade for 4-5 days. Powder finely and store. Wash your face with this 2-3 times a day. It clears the face and feels very refreshing. Smells too good. FACE SCRUBS & FACE PACKS: Face scrubs are very good as they slough away dead cells and give a glow to the dead and lifeless looking complexion. Take care not to use a scrub when you have angry looking pimples on the face. A scrub can at times aggravate the situation. To make it easier use the scrub under the category of your skin type. The same with face packs. Use only what is suitable to your skin. Though the homemade packs are very gentle and will not cause any harm, do keep in mind, any allergies you may have. ONLY SKIN SCRUBS: 1. After a bath, and as a base for make-up use some diluted lime juice. Dab it on very lightly on the face. Wait for 10 minutes before using foundation or make up. 2. Diluted buttermilk is also dabbed on the face and left on the face for 10-15 minutes before any other application. 3. While preparing for a night out or a very special party, rub a cube of ice all over the face. Let it dry and then use make up. 4. Slice an apple very thinly. Place these on the face and leave for 15 minutes. These soak up extra oil and also helps to close pores. 5. Take 1/2 a cup of rice flour, and 1/2 a cup of mashed ripe papaya. Add the juice of 1/2 a lime. Wet the face and gently massage the face with the paste. Always do the neck also. 6. Take 1/2 cup of green gram powder, add 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Add enough water to make a paste. Use it to scrub the face gently. Wash with cold water. Do not use soap after the treatment. SOME MASK FOR OILY SKIN: 1. Soak 4-5 almonds overnight. Next morning peel and make a very fine paste. Mix 1/2 a teaspoon honey in this and apply. Wash after 20 minutes. 2. Take 1 tablespoon of fullers earth or multani mitti and 1 teaspoon rose water. Soak the mud for a while with very little water. When it is moist and pliable add rose water and mix. Apply on the face for 15-20 minutes. Let it dry and gently wash. 3. 1 egg white with 1 tablespoon honey. Mix both together and apply with a brush.