Friday, January 8, 2010

No doubt Vitamin D produced by sun-rays is necessary for healthy bones, but the worst thing we could do for our skin is to expose it to the sun. It dehydrates the skin leaving it thick, leathery, wrinkled, patchy and dry. It is advised to drink three to four glasses of lime water before going our in the sun. There are several easy-to-make sun-tan lotion and creams to face ultra-violet rays.

Oil and Vinegar Lotion
Mix together the following ingredients in a bottle:
1 cup oilve oil (or sesame oil)
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon iodine, and
a few drops of perfume (lavender)

Oil and Tea Cream
4 tablespoons lanolin
3 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons almond oil
1/2 cup strong tea, and

Make strong tea, remove from the heat and strain it. Now melt oils in an enamel bowl over a water bath. Now slowly add the tea and beat continuously with a wooden spoon. Add perfume when it is cool. Lanolin and almond oil keep the skin moist, sesame oil has the properties to absorb ultra-violet rays. The tannin available in tea also absorbs the sun's burning rays.

Sesame Seed Lotion
Grind 4 tablespoons sesame seeds to powder and mix it to one cup of rose water in a bottle. Keep it for 24 hours, shaking as often as possible. Strain and add 4 tablespoons Vodka or surgical spirit to preserve it.

Bergamot Oil
Melt I cup coconut oil or olive oil and add to it 1/4 teaspoon bergamot oil.

If your skin gets sunburnt and becomes dark, apply bleaching mask every second day. A mask of bleaching powder and hydrogen-peroxide, sometimes, proves harmful. Here is a home-made bleaching preparation for this.

Mix the following ingredients into a paste. Apply and leave on for 20 minutes.
2 tablespoons Fuller's earth
1 tablespoon witch-hazel
1 teaspoon honey, and
4 ground cloves


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