he world has become a difficult place to live in right now. Everyone is locked up at home and the animals are roaming around free. Yes, the tables have turned because of the Corona virus scare.
With the sudden 21-day lockdown announcement in the entire country by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is quite obvious that this will affect our kitchen and its functioning. Not only this, but it will also affect the functioning of the entire house, due to the unavailability of domestic help and so on. A lockdown is not an easy thing to go through, but there are two ways of looking at it – acceptance or resistance, and most of us would agree that accepting it is the best way to save everyone around. The simplest thing to uplift your mood quite instantly is to look after yourself.
Skin is 90% of your Selfie
Everyone knows skin and hair also take a beating due to decreased physical activity. The body is energized by getting out of the house and indulging in physical activities, and that’s how the metabolism also remains good. But there can be stiffness in the body due to lack of activity, which could in turn make the skin and hair dull like never before.
Move your body for that glow:
If you want that your metabolism should not get affected due to the lack of physical activities, then take the stairs. First up, then down, this will give you a good workout. If you like to dance, then simply groove to your favorite song. This will keep your hair and skin both in good shape. Try and indulge in your favorite activity for 20 minutes every morning, afternoon and evening. This will also help in the circulation of antioxidants in the body.
Stay away from processed food:
Processed food is not good for the skin. It has a bad effect on both body and skin when physical activities are reduced. The less processed food you take, the better it is. During this time, if you are drinking juice and coconut water then it is good for your body. Eat fresh vegetables, fruits and salads as much as you can. Eat light food with fewer spices, and watch your skin and body glow.
Use natural ingredients for skincare:
During this time, it would be better to use natural products for skincare instead of readymade cosmetics. Heres Aashmeen’s tried and tested recipe as well. For that, all you need is a cucumber, tomato, and potato. Wash and grind all three together in a grinder. You can turn it into a cold face pack by putting the mixture into an ice tray.
When you start your work in the morning, just apply this cube on your face, let it dry and then wash it. A tray will last for a week for the entire family. This will keep the skin glowing. At this time, even if women are not able to go to the parlor. Simply adopt this super ice pack to make your skin glow.
How to get rid of dead skin:
As the weather is changing, add half a teaspoon of semolina to one teaspoon of gram flour and make your skin glow. If there is bran at home, add half a teaspoon of bran. If your skin is oily, then add rose water to this mixture. If your skin is normal, then add curd and if your skin is very dry, prepare a pack with mustard oil. Keep the ingredients different according to the skin type, but gram flour and semolina will remain as the two main ingredients. Keep the ratio of gram flour and semolina 2: 1. Apply this pack on your entire body before taking a bath and just scrub it all the way before washing it off. This pack will not only improve your blood circulation, but also remove the dead skin.
Hair: A Crown that you’ll never take off
Stick to your ‘regular’ routine
We know it’s tempting to just keep your hair in a bonnet and never look back, but try to keep to your regular routine. This goes for everything from exercise, eating times, sleeping time to, of course, washing your hair. Try to wash your hair on your usual wash day and moisturize it regularly. Your hair will thank you for it!
Get friendly with protective styling, bonnets/silk scarves
Just because you are sticking to a regular routine doesn’t mean you need to have a pretty hairstyle. Make use of this time to stock up on a second bonnet or silk scarf. One can be used during the day or for when you’re on video calls, the other can be used when you sleep. This is useful for those of us who suffer from ‘hands-in-hair’ syndrome. As we slowly get bored, we’ll find ourselves with the urge to play in our hair.
Level up your conditioning treatments
We recommend leaving the conditioner in for 15-20 mins for extra softness. Once you apply the conditioner throughout your hair, with a special focus on the ends, cover with a heat cap. Don’t have a heat cap? Pop on a shower cap then a bonnet, and set a 20-minute timer, and then rinse.
Voilaaa…u have beautiful hydrated tresses..!!!!
For a While: Just be You
Being a woman in the 21st century isn’t easy. We tweeze and pluck against our skin, we burn our hair, we slick glue onto our eyelids and we damage our nails. We cover our skin in powder and pull our cuticles out. And now… it’s time to breathe and embrace our natural self. Not to sound like a hippie here, but honestly, take this time and enjoy just being you. So, it’s a good excuse to embrace your natural beauty.
Grow those eyebrows out.
Don’t you think your brows have suffered enough? So for once, let your eyebrows do their thing and grow properly. After all you are not going anywhere: self-isolated mode.
Leaving your lashes alone.
The more you work on your lashes, the more prone they are to falling out. So if you are someone who loves a nice lash, start growing your own.
Stop adding heat to your hair.
If you’re someone who regularly blow-dries, straightens or curls their hair, then girl this is your time to go all-natural. You aren’t leaving your house, so this is a great opportunity to stop using heat on your hair.
Skip the nail polish
Try and keep your nails bare. Instead cut your nails a little short and use a cuticle oil or a nail strengthener to give them life and get them growing fresh and new.
Start dry brushing
Dry brushing the skin really is as simple as it sounds. Benefits include, softer skin, increase circulation, gets rid of dead skin cells and people who dry brush have reduced cellulite.
Drink a lot of water
Now that you’re home, you should have access to water 24/7. Try and drink lots of water to see what it does to your face. Better skin, brighter eyes, stronger nails and shinier hair.
Take a break from makeup
The more you see yourself without makeup, the happier you will be with your natural face. This is the time to embrace your natural beauty. Let your skin thrive with a skincare routine, lack of sun and outdoor pollutants, tonnes of water and lots of sleep.
Perfect that five-step skincare routine
Your body generally thrives on routine. Regular workouts, regular proper sleep and clean food as much as possible.
- Eye cream.
Stop wearing tight clothes and high heels
Our bodies aren’t made to be squeezed and squished into tight dresses, skinny jeans, corsets and waist trainers. It’s really best to let your organs enjoy the space they deserve and take advantage of this time by rocking all the sweatpants.
Sleep is the number one beauty booster and immunity booster. Get a lot of it while you can. Enjoy a long lie-in, but also try and go to bed early.
Most important tip – stay inside your house, keep on washing hands and use a hand sanitizer. It’s time to stay with your family.