Whether you're a new mum or a seasoned pro at the mommy business, time is a luxury you don't often have. And more often than not, what's relegated to the bottom of the priority list is making some me-time to tend to your grooming needs. If you cannot find time for the salon before a party or simply want to feel good about yourself, here are several home remedies that can help.
This one should be easy, considering you're probably around milk all the time anyway, thanks to the little one. Apply raw milk (fresh, not boiled) on your face and leave it on for 5-7 minutes. Instantly, you will feel your skin looking brighter and cleaner. You can also mix sandalwood powder and turmeric in the milk to get a natural glow. Another quick-mix for glowing skin is gram flour (besan), turmeric (haldi), lemon juice and milk cream (malai). Turmeric has mild bleaching properties that make your skin glow, gram flour is an excellent natural scrub and the milk cream helps in softening the skin.
It's not uncommon for moms to feel perpetually sleep-deprived, especially in the early days. Unfortunately, lack of sleep almost always manifests itself in the form of dark circles around the eyes. To limit the damage, slice some cucumber and use it as a cooling compress on your eyes. If you drink green tea, refrigerate the used bags and use as eye pads twice a day.
If bad hair days are turning into bad hair weeks, a quick hot oil massage is just what you need. A mix of coconut and olive oil, heated gently and rubbed into your hair is a great moisturiser and also makes hair shiny. If dandruff is troubling you, slather some yogurt on your scalp. Yogurt has anti-fungal properties and reduces the occurrence of dandruff as well as relieves itching. You can also add a spoonful or two of lemon juice to the yogurt before applying.
Zip the Zit
Acne can return to haunt you, especially after the birth of your baby, what with all the hormonal changes your body goes through. First of all ensure that you're drinking enough water. To tackle the zits, try some simple face packs – a mixture of turmeric powder, lemon juice and water will do the trick as will a pack of fuller's earth (multani mitti) with rose water. Both turmeric and fuller's earth reduce the sebum formation by sebaceous glands (the cause of acne) and also minimise scars.
If you don't have the time (or the inclination) to rub expensive creams on your skin, hands and feet, you'll love this remedy: a quick massage with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is all that your skin needs. EVOO is the purest form of the oil and is packed with antioxidants that do your skin a world of good. After all, even the legendary beauty Sophia Loren swears by it!
Most of these DIY remedies take only a few minutes but show great results, particularly with use over time. So work a few of these into your routine and say goodbye to your skin and hair troubles.