Wading through the summer can be a stressful experience for your skin and hair, but thankfully, there’s nature’s bounty to the rescue. Simple ingredients found in your home or garden provide solutions to many problems commonly seen in the season of searing heat. Grinding them into paste and powders can be a tedious task, so why not switch to formulations that contain these wondrous ingredients?
Neem for cleansing
The neem tree has been a quintessential part of the traditional Indian household from time immemorial and it isn’t without a reason. The leaves and bark of the plant boast of antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, making them an ideal choice for treating infections, rashes and other skin and hair troubles. Switching to a neem-enriched handmade soap, face wash, or shampoo can work wonders in keeping acne, prickly heat, and dandruff at bay.
Aloe vera for soothing relief
The clear gel extracted from the succulent plant is yet another summer favourite. It is an ultra-light moisturiser and works amazingly well in soothing and relieving skin, especially that which has been irritated by sun exposure. Everything you use from head to toe can contain aloe, so, why not give them a try in the scorching sun?
Sandal for sun protection
The fragrance of sandalwood is something that most Indian homes are acquainted with (read agarbattis). But it isn’t just the scent that makes this exotic ingredient special. Sandal is packed with many benefits – moisturising, anti-acne, anti-ageing, tan-removing, and skin brightening – all of which are extremely useful when your skin takes a beating from the heat. Sunscreen lotions, face creams, face packs, essential oils – there are many sandal-infused formulations to choose from.
Cucumber for rejuvenation
Everyone’s familiar with cooling cucumber slices for tired and puffy eyes, but did you know that the crispy green vegetable (or fruit, as classified botanically) packs many benefits for the face too? Cucumber spells hydration owing to its high water content and is just what you need to soothe parched skin in summers. Plus, the ingredient is loaded with nutrients that calm sun-exposed skin and antioxidants that provide anti-ageing benefits. A soothing mask sheet, two cucumber slices (for the eyes), and a glass of refreshing cucumber juice. Your weekend detox is sorted!
Coconut for nourishment
A tropical fruit, coconut provides tons of benefits to the skin and hair. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturiser and can fight fungal infections and skin inflammation. It’s also a miracle ingredient that conditions tresses, fights dandruff, tames frizz, and boosts shine. Try out coconut-enriched body scrubs for exfoliation or body lotions for moisturisation. Or give yourself the good old oil massage to de-stress after a tiring workday.