Skin playing truant/Managing eruptions
My skin is generally a magical thing, it puts up with all kinds of crazy things, makeup , crazy food, even forgetting to drink water (oh dear no). All it needs is some basic face packs and it shines like a new penny, partly this is because it is oily and partly because it loves some yummy face packs now and again. But when it is one of its moods , well then there is no stopping it. It needs some special foods and a magic pack I rely on extensively to get it to calm a bit.
The first thing I do when my skin is breaking out is add some amla powder or mulethi powder to the warm water I drink in the morning. I have been having the tulsi tea, which is easily available at most fabindia outlets, to avoid catching cold due to season change.
The second magical ingredient is tender coconut water, make sure to eat the coconut flesh as well. Not only is it yummy and cooling. It will detoxify you and give you minerals and vitamins. Two days of drinking coconut water generally calms my breakout so beautifully, that I am a calmer and happier person.
The third magical ingredient , and I cant stress this enough is sweet lime juice, this is easy to digest, rich in vitamin C and adds fibre in a yummy way. And this is super cheap and available on the street side, as long as you ensure they dont add ice to the juice you are safe.
I made a simple clay pack, and I guess it is super easy to put together for everyone. There is also a gel pack , which I made a while back which was a dupe for fabindia's clove gel pack. That works on blemishes too.
All the ingredients are easily available and cheap.
What you need
Multani mitti /any other clay- 2 teaspoons
Marigold flowers- 2
Tulsi leaves- 10-12 (if fresh, using dried leaves or tulsi powder no more than half teaspoon)
Cucumber- An inch thick slice
Separate the petals of marigold flowers, using scissors cut them further. Cut tulsi leaves too, and finely chop cucumber, add two teaspoons of clay, and just whizz this in your mixer grinder. (both tulsi and marigold are tough to grind, so don’t expect a paste.) You will get a thick liquidy mixture since cucumber turns to water easily, and you will have chunks of marigold and tulsi. Don’t worry. Just let this pack sit for fifteen minutes. Then using a sieve , remove the parts of marigold and tulsi that were not ground fine. When your skin is aggravated , you do not want to pain it further. So make sure the paste is super smooth.
Apply this on your face and leave it to dry. I generally wash packs in 20 minutes, but this one has cucumber in it which will ensure your skin doesn’t get stretchy. If you have dry skin, and breakouts happen, do add half a teaspoon of honey to this to ensure your skin doesn’t feel dry and pulled after you wash the pack off.
Once dry wash off with warm water and apply any oil free moisturizer or aloe vera gel.