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Beauty during the Lockdown

Shahnaz Husain
Can you be bothered to apply make-up during lockdown?  It is difficult to get out of the house in a situation of lock down across the country.
But being stuck at home does come with a silver lining. You’ll have more time on your hands with nowhere to go or people to meet, so there’s been no better time than now to to catch up with your beauty needs and   practise more self-care.
With limited exposure to the sun, pollution, dust and grime this is the perfect time to whip up some home remedies and concoctions for your skin even if you can not go to parlour.   
It’s a great time to for yourself, to catch up with your beauty needs.
We are going to share with you the herbal beauty tips which can be used for daily beauty routine while you are in lockdown.  
Make an avocado face mask
Homemade Avocado Face Masks are amongst the best natural face masks that nourish your face with non-greasy moisture and revitalize the skin. This fruit is packed with skin friendly minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, etc., vitamins A, E, B and K and unsaturated fats. One mashed avocado with 1 teaspoon of honey works fine as both act as natural moisturisers. Take 1 fully ripe fresh avocado and mash it up into creamy pulp in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of fresh plain yoghurt and stir until it turns into a uniform paste. Apply to skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off the mixture with lukewarm water and pat dry your face with a soft towel. This mask works wonders for mature, wrinkled and dry skin. To make the avocado mask cool and refreshing, keep it in your fridge for a couple of minutes before applying it.
Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen should be applied every day to exposed skin, and not just if you are going to be in the sun.  You may, indeed, be harming your skin if you don’t wear sunscreen — even indoors.  So even if you’re indoors, if you’re close to a window you still run the risk of exposure to UVA rays and possible skin damage. Don't forget that lips get sunburned, too, so apply a lip balm that contains sunscreen .Your sunscreens should have an SPF of 30 or higher that provides broad-spectrum coverage against sunburn and tanning etc.  You should prefer water-resistant sunscreens so as they cannot be easily removed by sweating or swimming etc  
Avoid Heat Hair Tools
Another thing that you can avoid for the next few weeks during lockdown is using heated hair tools, such as blow dryers, curling irons, tongs, straighteners etc and allow the hairs to dry naturally as you have sufficient time with you. The heat styling tools can cause  breakage, damage and drying.
Moisturise Your Hands
We’re all washing our hands much more often (or we should be!)  which leads to   lot more hand eczema cases .All that washing and hand sanitizer dries out the skin. Many people are experiencing cracked and chapped hands due to excessive washing of hands time and again as matter of precaution or tension. If your hands are cracking, coconut oil is one of the best things you can use. You can also use the regular, original petroleum jelly. You can, however, use castor oil on your face.
Have a luxury Bath
You can try one of the following bath additives. Some of these can remove fatigue, while others replace oils, or relieve itching. Select one according to your needs. A bath which leaves your body soft, smooth and perfumed can make you feel really good.
Honey Bath: Add two tablespoons of honey to a bucket of bath water. It is said to induce relaxation and leave your skin soft and moist.
Vinegar: Add two tablespoons of vinegar. This helps to relieve itching.
Eau de Cologne: Adding a few drops of cologne makes you feel cool and leaves the body fragrant.
Almond Oil: Add one tablespoon almond oil to your bath water if you have a dry skin.
After-bath Body Lotion: Mix together 100 ml rose water with one tablespoon pure glycerin. Keep in a bottle with a lid.
Face Mask: Mix ripe papaya pulp with two parts honey, two parts yogurt, two parts powdered dried orange and lemon peel and 3 parts oatmeal.
Have an Organic Pedicure, using natural oils and extracts
You will need a nail brush, pumice stone or a heel scrubber, nail clippers, emery board, cotton wool, cotton buds, massage cream, polish remover, nail polish and a small tub for soaking the feet. After removing old polish, soak feet in warm water, after adding some herbal shampoo, oil and coarse salt. Let the feet soak for 15 minutes. Then clean the nails with the brush. Use the pumice stone on the heels and side of the soles. Avoid metal scrubbers. You can also scrub the entire feet with a rough towel or loofah. Wash the feet in clean water. Dry with a towel.
If your nails need cutting, better to use a nail clipper. Toe nails should be cut straight across. Do not cut the cuticles. Do not use sharp instruments to clean the nails. Apply almond oil and push back cuticles gently with a cotton bud.
Then, give feet a scrub treatment. Mix ground almonds with yogurt and some sugar. Apply them on the feet. After 15 to 20 minutes, rub gently on the skin with circular movements. Wash off with water. Then massage the feet with olive oil or sunflower oil. Wipe the feet with a moist towel.
If you wish to apply polish, put some cotton wool between the toes. Apply the nail varnish in broad strokes, from the base of the nail to the nail tips. After the first coat dries, apply the second coat of colour.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi