The pandemic has put the notion of ‘man is a social animal’ and all its associated norms to test. It has changed the definition of a daily routine for most of us. As we adopted the Work from Home situation and accepted it as the new normal, there is so much we can do for ourselves and redefine our #MakeupRoutine. So, here are 5 ways you can do more for your self-care:
1. Kitchen – the one-stop solution
As we reminiscence the pre-COVID times, one thing most of us miss is our visit to the salons and spas and treating ourselves with those expensive skin treatments. Turn your home into a spa! Source all the requirements from the kitchen, dim the lights and put on some soothing music.
a) Make a face and hair pack
Haldi is not only an exciting pre-wedding function but also a proven skincare routine. Call it haldi or ubtan, it is a face pack that has come down generations after generations and is entirely sourced from the kitchen. Try the routine daily or a few times a week and see the difference for yourself.
Just like skin, hair packs must also be used as per hair type. Some recommended hair packs are:
- For oily Hair: Combine one egg white with the juice of half a lemon and apply it evenly from scalp to tip. Keep it for half an hour and wash it off with only lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water.
- For frizzy Hair: Combine one banana, 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt and one tablespoon of honey and blend it to prepare a smooth paste-like mask. Apply it evenly and rinse it after 30-40 minutes.
- For damaged hair: Combine half an avocado with one egg, one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of honey. Apply the pack using your fingers and not a brush. Start from the tip of your hair and move upwards. After applying the pack, cover your hair with a shower cap. Wash off after 30-40 minutes.
b) One-stop solution – aloe vera!
Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant properties. It can be used for internal as well as for external consumption. Using aloe vera in juices can help treat indigestion, blood pressure, stomach ulcers and improve blood circulation and healing. Aloe vera, by itself, is a great moisturizer and can be used on hair and skin for reducing dryness and inflammation. Aloe vera is readily available in the market and can also be grown at home.
2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
As masks and sanitizers have become our new homies, it’s important to account its harm to our skin. With the increase in the frequency of sanitization, our skin is more exposed to dryness. What was once perceived as a “winter” necessity is now a daily essential. Remember to moisturize not just your hands and face but your entire body using a moisturizer which is appropriate for your skin type. You can either use a moisturizer that is readily available in the market or prepare a moisturizer at home using aloe vera, coconut oil, beeswax, or shea butter as the core ingredient!
3. Lip care
You heard it right! With house arrest being the new (and hopefully temporary!) social norm, try replacing your lip balm with coconut oil or castor oil or aloe vera and using it along with a regular lip scrub. Some quick and effective lip scrubs are:
- Combine one tablespoon coffee with one tablespoon of honey and apply it on your lips. Keep for two minutes and wash it off. This scrub is great for exfoliating and moisturizing dry lips.
- Prepare a lip scrub of one tablespoon of raw honey, one tablespoon of brown sugar and a few of drops of lavender essential oil. Leave it on for a few minutes and wash it off. This lip scrub is known to instantly moisturize dried and chapped lips.
- If dark lips are adding to your woes, then this lip scrub is a must for you. Combine one spoon of lemon juice with two spoons of granulated sugar. Leave it on for a few minutes and wash it off. Use this scrub thrice a week to see gradual results.
4. Oil your hair!
Early morning run to the office or “it’s the weekend” are no longer excuses for pushing off your grandmom’s nuskha of a warm coconut oil champi! Or experiment blending a few oils as per your hair type and condition and test its results over time. You can combine tea tree oil with coconut oil for addressing common hair concerns like dandruff and slow hair growth. You can also use onion oil for controlling hair fall.
Oil your hair as you continue to binge-watch your favourite series or continue your grind with oiled hair.
5. Cool as a cucumber
Cucumber can be used in more ways than just on your eyes. Try using cucumber slices or juice on your lips to address any dryness or lifelessness. Infuse your drinking water with some cucumber slices for flavoured water. You can also make a facemask using cucumber, oatmeal and honey along with it.
Extra-precaution is the new norm. Ensure you are not sharing your grooming products with anyone. Regularly sanitize your makeup brushes and sponges to ensure that dust does not settle on them. #SelfcareSunday is now #SelfcareRoutine. Ensure you come out of this pandemic with not only glowing skin but a renewed understanding of your needs.
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