Self-care is important

Self-care is important

 

Dr Nivedita Dadu

Pampering your skin and hair is just as important. Dr Nivedita Dadu shares tips that one can follow at home
Now that the whole country has gone into lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, we’re all stuck at home with not much to do. This is just the right time to pamper your skin and hair at home with home remedies and DIY masks. The immense pollution and change in the weather and all the dirt and filth that our skin comes in contact with does a lot of damage to our skin and hair and it’s important that we take time and pamper ourselves and help it heal. So here’s sharing some useful and easy quarantine home remedies for self care:
Regularly wash your face: Even though you may not be exposed to the outdoor elements as much as usual, or are wearing makeup less frequently it’s still important to wash your face daily. In addition you should exfoliate up to three times per week to ensure you are not letting oil, debris, bacteria, and dead skin build up, which can lead to break outs. Don’t go to bed without washing your face just because you’ve been in pyjamas all day.
Try DIY treatments: For an anti-aging DIY face mask, combination of yogurt and honey gently slough off old skin and leave your skin glowing, soft, and hydrated. Mix two tablespoons of plain yogurt with one tablespoon of raw honey in a small bowl. Apply to the face and let the mask dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. You can also try the simple body mask with gram flour, turmeric and milk; combine all these ingredients into thick paste apply all over your body for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off. It will leave your skin soft and supple.
You still need to wear sunscreen: Every day, regardless if you are going out or not. It’s not a good decision not to wear sunscreen. Even if you sit near a window or in your balcony UVs can come through that so wearing a SPF is important in natural light also.
Moisturise: You are in quarantine so the biggest way you can help your skin right now is by moisturising, especially when we’re all washing our hands every hour. To replenish your skin, you can keep using your regular skin lotion, or use some at home staples like olive or coconut oil.
Don’t forget your lips: Lip care is always neglected. Use this time at home to make your lips ultra-smooth by exfoliating it regularly to remove any dead skin cells. Use any mild scrub or simply make your own lip scrub at home with some rock sugar. Use lip balm regularly and massage your lips often by petroleum jelly or raw milk or even ghee.
Don’t neglect hair too: Take one egg in a bowl and add four spoons of olive oil and two spoons of castor oil. Mix four to five spoons of honey. Apply this paste all over your hair and scalp and let it dry. Rinse it well with cold water.
Rejuvenation naturally: To help rejuvenate your skin and hair naturally, get adequate sleep and drink more water. Additionally, it’s beneficial to eat fruits and veggies rich in vitamin C and D.
The writer is Dermatalogist, Founder and Chairman at Dr Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic