With another semi lockdown in place, while hair salons are slowly opening up, most beauty parlours and spas in Hong Kong are shut for at least another month. While we can all finally get those over grown bangs trimmed, it’s a completely different story when it comes to our regular beauty and wellness regimes.
We at LocalHood decided to put together a set of tried and tested beauty hacks that can help you rejuvenate your skin and feel a sense of relaxation that spas give you! Do remember that one of the most important life hacks is to hydrate yourself. Water is the single elixir that helps one with health and beauty issues.
Most Indians would swear by the healing powers of the golden yellow powder, very commonly available in most Indian kitchens: turmeric. A paste of turmeric, yoghurt or curds mixed with a spoon of honey and a dash of lime works wonders when applied as a face pack. Not only does it give your face a brilliant glow, but also an instant freshness. Turmeric is an antiseptic with heals cut and wounds and reduces skin blemishes. Lime and honey are bleaching agents that can lighten facial fuzz. Additionally, you can also add chickpea flour to this mask. The flour reduces oiliness and tautens the skin. Another substitute readily available at most Indian stores is a powder called multani mitti or fuller’s earth. This clay like powder tightens the skin, unclogs pores and gives a magical glow.
Another kitchen beauty mask that can be easily made at home is a porridge mask. You can dissolve 5 parts of oatmeal in 5 parts of boiled water, and add 2 parts of honey and a part of milk. Apply as a mask on face for at least 10 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. This mask contains many vitamins (E- a powerful antioxidant, B group and PP) and minerals such as selenium, zinc, iron, sulphur and copper. It moisturizes and nourishes the skin. It is ideal for all skin types, and oats actually can alleviate allergic changes and rashes. It helps with acne, reduces sebum secretion and mattes oily skin.
Don’t have the time and energy to prepare a homemade face pack, apply it, keep it for a while and then wash it? But still want to look good for that late evening zoom meet? Scrubs are your friend now! A gentle scrub of oat flakes exfoliates dead skin and thoroughly cleanses the face. Another simple scrub especially for those with dry skin (thank you Hong Kong erratic weather!) is to mix rice bran oil or extra virgin olive oil with some brown sugar and massage on face. In fact, rubbing a pumice stone over the body while in the shower removes dead skin and helps increase the circulation of blood, and leaves skin soft and smooth. A simple massage with either virgin coconut oil or sesame oil reduces dryness of skin and makes it soft and supple.
While we can try any of these beauty hacks and face packs, one thing to remember always is to take care of your inner self. Give yourself a good 8 hours of sleep, reduce stress levels, eat healthily, exercise regularly, and hydrate yourself: these lifestyle changes go a long way in making sure the above beauty hacks actually work!