- Ice apple (nungu) mask
After you take off the peel and savour a bite of your nungu, voila! You have your face mask ready. Take each part of the peel and put it on the face like you fit a jigsaw puzzle. Let it stay on your skin for a few minutes and then remove the peel and wash your face with just water. Your skin will remain hydrated throughout the day. The fruit contains Vitamin A and C. The bitter peel has flabelliferrins which is a saponin(used in making soaps and medicinals).
- Fenugreek seed mask
In a covered bowl, soak the fenugreek seeds in water overnight. The next day, blend the seeds with honey and make a paste. It will be thick, don’t worry. Apply this paste all over your face. Rinse it off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes. We know that fenugreek is a natural coolant, a mask is the best one can ask in the summers.
- Aloe vera and cucumber mask
Cut an unpeeled cucumber into slices and put it in a blender. Mix it till it becomes watery. Add two tablespoons of aloe vera gel and blend until the mixture is smooth. Wash your face before applying the mask. Massage the paste into your face and neck. After 15 minutes, rinse it off. Cucumber and aloe vera are hydrating ingredients and make the face supple and soft.
- Tomato and lemon mask
It is very important to keep the face fresh in summers. Using soothing ingredients like tomatoes really helps the skin. Blend some tomatoes and add in some lemon juice. Apply it all over the face and leave it for 10 minutes. Tomato’s antioxidant property helps keep the skin young and glowy.
- Mint and turmeric mask
Mint goes with everything: biryani, mojito or mask. Blend some mint leaves and add turmeric to it. Leave it on the face for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Mint is an amazing coolant while the antibacterial properties of turmeric help heal acne and scars.
It’s lockdown time. It’s self love time. Make these masks and treat your skin. It’s time to be ‘as cool as a cucumber’.
By Humsika J