Beauty expert Suparna Trikha shows us how to get glowing skin and hair naturally.
Start a smart skincare routine well in advance. “No amount of professional makeup can replace naturally glowing skin and hair!” says Suparna Trikha.
“Cleansing, toning and moisturising are a must for all three skin types,” Suparna avers.
For oily skin: Mix 20 gm of fresh mint paste, one tsp vinegar, a pinch of camphor and a handful of fresh rose petals. Apply on your face and leave on for 45 minutes. Rinse.
For normal skin: Take two-three tsp sandalwood powder, one tsp china clay or kaolin, one tsp honey and one tsp Fuller’s Earth. Mix well and apply onto clean skin. Leave it till it’s dry and rinse.
For dry skin: Take two tsp chironji paste, one tsp honey, one tsp almond paste, one egg white and a little milk. Mix well and apply on your face. Leave it till it’s dry and rinse.
For oily skin: Take two-three tsp dried green tea powder, a pinch of camphor, two-three tsp neem leaf powder and powder of two cloves. Mix and apply on your face. Leave till it’s dry and scrub off with buttermilk.
For normal skin: Mix two-three tsp masoor dal powder and one tsp oatmeal. Add a little milk and scrub on your face.
For dry skin: Mix 10 ground walnuts, three pounded figs and one-inch piece of mashed papaya. Scrub your skin with it.
For oily and normal skin: Mix two-three tsp plum jam with one tsp rice powder and scrub your skin with it.
For dry skin: Mix two-three tsp organic apricot jam with two tsp almond powder. Scrub your skin with it.
(These mixtures can be kept in the fridge for three-five days. Scrub your face once a week.)
Do not apply soap at least eight days before your wedding. Instead, use a sea salt scrub or make a natural ubtan at home.
Natural ubtan: One cup powdered almonds, one cup dried rose petals, one cup orange peel powder, a pinch of turmeric powder, juice of one lemon, 50 ml of either coconut oil or olive oil, five drops of essential oil (terrarium/ lavender/ sandal).
Mix all the ingredients together with full fat cream milk (as required). Scrub your body with this mixture while bathing. This helps exfoliate dead skin and is excellent for brides wearing low back outfits during the wedding. Do this thrice a week.
Massage your hair with oil at least twice a week. Alternate your oil massage either with Mahabhringaraj oil or a combination of almond oil, olive oil and castor oil (two tsp each). Massage onto the scalp and wrap your hair with a hot towel. Keep it for 45 minutes and wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
A hair mask is a must for chemically treated and coloured hair. Make a hair mask which will keep your hair nourished and shiny:
Mix two-three tsp amla, two-three tsp shikakai, two-three tsp triphala and two-three tsp reetha powders. Add two-three tsp honey and two-three tsp salad mayonnaise. Mix well and apply to oily hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it for about 45 minutes to an hour. Wash it with a mild herbal shampoo.
Eat at least five different types of citrus fruits which have a high content of vitamin C like orange, lime, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. It improves the skin complexion and clarifies the skin.
Drink a minimum of 12 glasses of preferably warm water to detox your body. If you’re into drinking and smoking, then reduce it by half. Try buttermilk, virgin mojitos, fresh juices, coconut water and lemon water. It balances out the electrolytes.
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