By Madhur Suprea
We’re all guilty of making our skin, hair, and nails feel battered and stripped while on holidays. Whether it is the curling tongs or the straightening iron or those long spells under the sun, our hair and skin are susceptible to utmost damage by our holiday shenanigans. With a few simple masks and treatments, it’s super easy to rejuvenate your system. And the best part is you can do most of them at home without spending on those filthily expensive parlor treatments.
1. Hair treatment
Eggs in your hair seem ewww! But this is a long-practiced way of deeply conditioning your hair. So here is your guide to intense hair repair and treatment.
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp honey
• 1 tbsp olive oil
Mix all and apply the mixture all over your hair; let it sit for a few minutes before washing your hair thoroughly. To lessen the dreaded smell of eggs, add two spoons of vinegar to the mixture.
2. Body mask
This removes tan and lightens and brightens your complexion; it also reduces sun damage and pigmentation.
• 5-6 tbsp gram flour
• 2 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 tbsp turmeric
• 1 cup raw milk
Mix everything and apply this mask on your entire body; leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off as you shower. You can store the mixture for one week and use this daily to get desired results.
• 1 cup olive oil
• 1 cup sea salt
• 1 tbsp lemon zest
• 2 drops of any essential oil
Mix all ingredients together, and apply it on wet skin in the shower. Gently massage the scrub all over yourself—preferably in gentle, circular motions—to exfoliate it. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry, and moisturize if necessary.
4. Face mask
• 1 green teabag
• 2 tbsp honey
Cut open a green tea bag, moisten the green tea leaves and mix them well with honey to make a paste of uniform consistency. Apply this pack all over your face, leaving it for about 20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. The antioxidants in the mask will leave your skin feeling fresh and glowing.
5. Nail care
Applying cuticle oil on your nails will do wonders after it has been subjected to so many color changes.
• 50 ml dropper bottle
• 40 ml sunflower oil
• 5 drops lemon essential oil, optional
• 2 vitamin E capsule contents or a teaspoon of vitamin E oil. If you wish to ward off fungal infections, add a few drops of neem oil.
Mix all ingredients. Soak cotton balls into the concoction and rub the oil into your nails morning and night, and ideally after washing your hands.
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