The Sun has its ways – in winters we all look forward to the rays of sunshine falling on us, bringing us warmth and joy. But when it’s the season of scorching heat, we quite naturally shy away from the blistering rays. There are ways to escape the impact of rising mercury on our face, skin and overall health, the best being home remedies. So get over the thought of how to fight prickly heat and welcome it with open arms. Just sip a glass of water or lemonade as we take you through ways and means to knock summer heat from affecting your beautiful and delicate skin.
Not only as a wonderful cooking aid, there are several ways you can use baking soda as beauty product as well. It is effective in giving summers a cold shoulder. Put a few tablespoons of the powder into a bath tub and soak yourself in it. This will help in relieving you from itching skin and make you feel comfortable and refreshed. Alternatively, you can also use fine-ground oatmeal powder to get the desired results.
Since vinegar has acetic acid, it helps ease sunburn pain, itching, and inflammation. To avail the benefit, soak a few paper towels in white vinegar, and apply them to the burned areas. Leave them on until the towels are dry. Repeat the steps as required to get immediate relief.
Don’t you feel a rush of happy chill when you apply thandi thandi ice cubes on your face? Wondering how you can use ice as your beauty secret? Yes, cooling your skin is a number one priority in summers. Pack in some ice cubes in a sealed plastic bag and wrap it in a dishcloth. Apply to the affected areas for five to ten minutes and keep repeating it after every four hours.
Blisters are a common sight in prickly heat. Not only do they attract infection, they are not a good sight to watch. Smear some aloe vera gel on the blister and cover it with a bandage. This will help it heal naturally. After all, Aloe Vera plant is known for its healing and soothing properties.
Not all lotions require medical prescription when it comes to relieving the itch from heat rash. Apply mentholated or calamine lotion on your affected skin. Do this twice or thrice a day and always remember to wash the affected areas thoroughly before reapplication.
After you take a cold bath or shower, dust yourself with baking soda, cornstarch or an absorbent talcum powder. This will help absorb the excess moisture that causes heat rash. Keep reapplying these powders more often.
Make a paste of gram flour (besan) and a little water and apply to the skin rash. Leave it on for about fifteen minutes and then wash off with cool water to get instant relief. Gram flour aka besan is also one of the most effective home remedies to remove tan.
If you have developed sun blisters due to a severe heat rash, do not make the mistake of putting bandage or covering them. Instead, expose the rash as often as you can to fresh air. This will help the skin to heal more quickly.
Sweating and perspiration are summer woes that can dampen our moods. Avoid wearing fabrics that stop perspiration from evaporating properly. That is why make it a point to wear comfortable, loose-fitting cotton clothes, especially if the weather is hot and humid. Also do watch out your weight, as overweight or obese people tend to sweat out more and are therefore likely to get heat rash.
Now instead of losing your sleep over the dirty summers, go hit the beach, exercise, stroll, go on a vacation, or simply just enjoy the sun!