All of us want to look good, no matter what the season is. By the end of winter, you may find that your skin has become rough and flaky. Or you may find that your skin is highly sensitive with rough red patches. This means that the skin has become dehydrated. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain will tell you how you can cope with the season change.
As the cold decreases, continue to moisturise your skin. Avoid applying soap. Instead, use a cleanser twice a day. If you have an oily skin, add one teaspoon pure glycerine to 50 ml rose water. Put it in a bottle and shake well. Apply this on the face. You will find that glycerine and rose water provide enough moisture to the skin.
The coming of spring often brings problems for people with allergies, including skin problems like itchy, rashy or inflamed skin. Sandalwood is an ideal ingredient for such conditions.
Sandalwood paste can easily be applied on the skin to soothe inflammatory conditions. It also helps to relieve itching. However, if there is excessive itching, it is best to consult a doctor.
Mix sandalwood with a little rose water and apply on the face. Wash off with plain water after 20 to 30 minutes.
Simmer a handful of neem leaves on a low fire in four cups of water for one hour. Leave it overnight. Next morning, strain the water and make a paste of the leaves. Apply it on inflamed and rashy areas. The water can be used for rinsing the area. Neem contains organic sulphur compounds with versatile healing actions that are of particular benefit to the skin. Add a pinch of turmeric to milk and apply on the face. Wash off after 15 minutes. Clays like Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) have a cooling and soothing effect. Mix one tablespoon of Fuller’s earth with rose water. Apply the paste on affected areas and wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes.
Spring Hair Care:
During winter the hair becomes dull and dry. For spring hair care, heat pure coconut oil and apply once a week. Remember to apply on the ends too. Leave on overnight and wash the next day. Applying curd or egg on the hair 15 minutes before shampoo helps to add body to fine hair. A beer rinse after shampoo also helps to add body. After shampoo, apply a creamy conditioner, taking less quantity and massaging it lightly into the hair. Leave on for two minutes and rinse off. Or apply a “leave-on” type of conditioner or hair serum. Mix some water with creamy hair conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair. Then comb the hair so that it spreads through the hair.
Take two teaspoons of pure glycerine, one tablespoon of sesame seed (til) oil and one egg yolk. Mix together and apply on the scalp and hair. Apply on the ends too. Wear a plastic shower cap and leave on for an hour before washing the hair.
Curd or egg yolk can be applied on the hair for conditioning dry hair. Apply and leave it on for half an hour, before washing the hair.
In keeping with the spring season, the make-up should be one that is fresh and youthful. Try to achieve a more natural look. Yellow and green are the main colours of spring. For clothes, colours like leaf green, olive green, lime green, lemon, yellow, cream, light brown, pink, mauve and turquoise blue, light blue will be suitable. Floral prints, checks and dots look pretty, or you can use lace or light embroidery on your clothes.
For make-up, leave out foundation if the skin is clear. Apply a light liquid moisturiser and a touch of baby powder for a translucent look. Or use compact powder. For the night, a light, liquid foundation will be appropriate. If the skin is too dry, use a creamy one. When you apply make-up, remember not to smear too much or rub it. Whether it is foundation or blusher, it is best to apply it with a light touch, using a finger tip, or an applicator. It can also be applied lightly and evenly with a damp sponge.
If you wish to cover a pimple or spot, it should be done before applying foundation or powder. Concealing sticks are available for this. Using a thin brush, paint over the spot with a little concealer, or a shade lighter you’re your normal foundation. Then apply a little powder.
For the natural look, use lip gloss instead of lipstick during the day. At night, you need more colour. Applying lipstick with a lip brush helps it last longer. The lip colours for spring can be light brown, rose, mauve and pink for the day, while bronze, coral, copper, burgundy and even red will look good for the night.
Apply a hint of lip gloss after applying lipstick. This gives a fresh and youthful look.
A hint of blusher should be used on the cheeks. A powder blusher is easier to apply. Use it after you have applied powder and at the end of your make-up. Apply on the cheekbones and blend it outwards and slightly upwards.
Perfume is also a part of make-up. During spring, use light floral perfumes. Cologne will be ideal during the day.