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My previous blog was all about keeping yourself well hydrated and healthy during summers. A healthy diet always helps in keeping the body healthy and takes care of most of the skin troubles. But, in this totally occupied life we tend to ignore our outer selves. The heat gets intolerable and troubles us inside out causing a lot of problems.

Girl or boy, at a certain age we all suffer from a very common and natural skin trouble – PIMPLES! If you are worried about heat boils and breakouts, don’t worry, you are not alone. Pimples are a cause of bacterial attack on the sebaceous gland, present at the  root of our hair follicles. This gland produces a lubricant called sebum. This excess presence of sebum often leads to infections and ultimately to breakouts. The hyper-activity of sebum have various causes like heredity, puberty, hormonal imbalance, intake of oily food and very often the heat, humidity and changing temperatures. The constant perspiration during summers is majorly a reason for summer acne. They pop out absolutely anywhere on the face, back, shoulders.

Along with the troubling boils a major summer trouble is hair! Managing dry hair is already a great challenge and summer just makes it worse. Moreover, Going to the dermatologists for getting expensive treatments and spending money on buying products on loop is a big headache too. Here are simple tips and home remedies to get the natural looking you, naturally.

Attacking the Pimples.

  1. Exfoliation
    Removal of the outer dry skin is essential to avoid pimples. All you need to do is pick your skin friendly and readily available exfoliator and scrub the pimple prone zones. This will not clog your pores, it will brighten your skin and reduce acne. The best natural exfoliants are sugar, salt, honey, oats, apple, coffee, milk, lemon, baking soda.

Make a face pack – you can use a combination or go solo with any of the exfoliants mentioned above. But  One of my favorite exfoliation pack is ;
A small bowl of crushed oats, a spoon of honey, half a cup of milk mixed together to form a paste. Apply this wherever needed. Leave for about 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water.

2. Azadirachta indica – Neem
The leaves of Azadirachta indica commonly called as Neem (In India) have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Crush neem leaves, make a paste and apply the pack thrice a week OR apply drops of neem oil on the breakouts and wash after 30 minutes daily.
The use of Basil instead of Neem or a combination of both can be effective as well.

3. Turmeric and Chickpea flour
A personally tried and tested formula – Mix about one spoon chickpea flour (gram flour can also be used) and half a spoon of turmeric powder together. Add milk/curd to make a thick paste. Apply. Leave for 15 minutes and wash it off. You can do this twice a day. As an advice, using this instead of soap or face-wash is even better for faster results.

4.  Ice or Steam
This can be used for those of you who do have mild breakouts. Though the two sound very contradictory, they are effective in reducing acne. Massaging with ice helps kill bacteria, relaxes and reduces inflammation of acne on the skin. Steam on the other hand will provide moisture to the skin, helps opening pores and removing dirt and bacteria. Adding Neem or Basil leaves to the steam water would give quicker results.
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5. Dos and Don’ts
-Apart from the above, Remember;
-Drink plenty of water
-Wash face with cold-luke warm water.
-DO NOT touch your pimples or try to break them.
-Go light on your make-up.
-Eat healthy. Avoid oily or fatty food.

Just for a bit of general knowledge, Tears help avoiding Pimples. Learned this during graduation. There now, don’t start crying cause, You MUST avoid stress!


Now for the DRY HAIR
. Want the ‘celebrity look’ in Summer? Try the following!

1. Proper oiling
Oiling the hair and keeping overnight before washing them is an amazing hair therapy. It nourishes the roots and keeps the scalp well nourished, gives strength to the hair. Olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, rosemary oil, Lavender oil are few of the most effective ones to treat dry hair.

2. Apple cider vinegar
Dip cotton balls into apple cider vinegar and apply to the scalp 15 to 20 minutes before hair wash. Else, use a diluted solution of the same after hair wash. This helps as a conditioner and makes the hair look smooth and shiny.

3. Fruit packs
Papaya, banana and Pumpkin are great for repairing rough and damaged hair.
Papaya pack – Cut papaya and banana into small pieces, 1 cup each and mix with 1 cup curd and a spoon of honey or oil. Blend together and apply from the scalp. Try to cover all the strands by applying from top to bottom direction. Wash after 20 minutes.
Pumpkin Pack –  Boil pieces of pumpkin in water. Mash them to form a paste. Add curd. Apply and let it rest for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it away with subtle shampoo.

4. Butter beer? Ah Ha!
These are two separate remedies but together sounds better *Only for the sub title*.
Butter is a readily available conditioner and helps in reducing the dryness of hair.
Take 2-3 spoons of butter. Add 4-5 drops of Almond oil, Olive oil and coconut oil. Mix well and wait till the mixture becomes thick. Rinse your hair and apply this mixture. Wash thoroughly after 15 minutes.

Beer conditions the hair, helps in their growth and adds volume also giving them a nice shine.
Take a few spoons of beer in a bowl. Add any kind of oil you like with egg (Optional) . Leave for 15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water.
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5. Dos and Don’ts
-Avoid using Harsh Shampoos.
-Always condition well.
-Wash your hair 3 times a week.
-Let your hair loose. (at least after the sun goes down)
-DO NOT use blow dryers/irons/curlers too often.

The Commoners

These are the things which commonly help as preventive measures for pimples and dry hair.
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1. Aloe vera – It is moisturizer for skin and conditioner for the hair. Use the aloe vera juice or gel on face and hair to feel the difference.

2. Eggs – Eggs are rich in protein and protect hair and skin from damage. They helps keep them nourished and glowing. Both egg white and egg yolk can be used directly for hair. Egg white with a few drops of almond oil applied to the pimples.

3. Lemon – Use lemon juice on the scalp for healthier hair. For the pimples, squeeze a lemon and apply to the pimples with the help of cotton.

Try these out to look your fabulous on the harsh sunny days and tell me if you noticed a good change. Also, if you have any remedies on your side put them in the comments.

Thank you for reading. Stay beautiful always.

P.S. Images are from various sources.

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