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Weekend beauty tips | Home remedies to bring the glow back on your sun-kissed skin

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Facepack There are several home remedies that can help you save your skin. Photo: Getty Images

The skin is the first to bear the brunt of the summer heat, leading to problems like sun tan, sun burn, skin-sensitivity, rashes and skin breakouts. There are several home remedies that can help you save your skin, say experts.

Bharti Taneja, CEO of Shahnaz Herbals Inc, and aromatherapist cum beauty expert Blossom Kochhar suggest remedies that can save your skin from the scorching sun:

» Sun tan removal scrub

Oats Oatmeal acts as a great exfoliating agent. Photo: Getty Images

How: Add a teaspoon of milk to two spoons of oatmeal. To it, add two tablespoons of tomato juice, some orange pulp and a few pinches of poppy seeds. Blend the mixture together to form a thick pack. Apply the mixture on affected areas and wait till the mask dries, scrub gently and wash off .

Tomatoes Tomato is a natural skin toner. Photo: Getty Images

Why: The tomato and orange extracts will brighten your skin tone, while the milk will add glow.

» Secret to glowing skin

How: Make a mixture of milk and glycerin and apply it on the face for. Keep it there for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.

Milk Milk is a natural cleansing agent. Photo: Getty Images

Why: The treatment softens, rejuvenates and restores the natural pH balance of the skin, protecting it from the harsh effects of the sun.

» Buttermilk 

How: Apply buttermilk after being exposed to sunlight for long periods.

Buttermilk Buttermilk soothes the skin. Photo: Getty Images

Why: Buttermilk soothes burning skin, along with the natural lactic acid in curd acting as a natural bleaching agent.

» Neem leaves

How: Simmer a handful of neem leaves on very low fire in four cups of water for an hour. Leave it overnight. Next morning, strain the water and make a paste of the leaves to use it as a herbal pack. The water can be used to rinse the face.

Why: Neem contains organic sulphur compounds, with versatile healing actions that are of particular benefit to the skin.

» Aloe vera

How: Scrape fresh aloe vera gel with a spoon and apply on your face and neck

Aloe vera Aloe vera has cooling properties. Photo: Getty Images

Why: Aloe vera gel helps to soothe and heal sunburn. It contains zinc, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

» Watermelon juice

How: Mash a few pieces of watermelon and form a thick paste. Apply this on the affected areas

Watermelon Watermelon hydrates your skin. Photo: Getty Images

Why: Watermelon is a good skin toner which helps in relieving summer dryness. It cools, refreshes and softens the skin.

» Papaya pulp

How: Mash few pieces of ripe papaya with some milk or curd. Apply on your face and neck like a mask, and wash it off after 20 minutes.

Papaya Papaya face packs are nourishing. Photo: Getty Images

Why: Papaya contains enzymes that helps in removing dead skin cells. You may also add curd or lemon juice to the pulp to remove tan.

» Fruit pack

How: Fruits like banana, apple, papaya, and orange can be bled together and applied on the face. Keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse off.

Fruits Fruit packs are rich in antioxidants. Photo: Getty Images

Why: Papaya helps to cleanse dead skin cells. Banana tightens the skin. Apple contains pectin which tones the skin. Orange is rich in Vitamin C. It restores the normal acid-alkaline balance.

» Cucumber juice

How: Grind cucumber pulp along with two teaspoons of milk powder and some egg white. Apply it on face and neck and rinse off with water after half an hour.

Cucumber Cucumber sootehs sun burnt skin. Photo: Getty Images

Why: Cucumber soothes and cools skin, while milk has cleansing properties.

» Fuller's earth and rose water

How: Mix multani mitti ( fuller's earth) with rose water. Apply the paste on face and wash it off when it dries.

Fuller's earth Multani mitti helps skin control oil secretion. Photo: Getty Images

Why: It also shrinks the pores and keeps the skin clear.

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