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A do-it-yourself Home Spa

Dr Parul Kolhe
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September 13, 2006

Here's something you probably didn't know. It isn't necessary to spend loads of money at the salon or spa to rejuvenate yourself. With a little innovativeness and these homemade remedies using ingredients from your kitchen, you can convert your home into a Sunday Spa.

The 30 minute home facial

Treat your hair

The cuticle (outermost covering) of your hair becomes ragged over the week due to environmental damage, causing hair to feel rough and lose its shine. This needs intensive smoothening over the weekend. Warm half a bowl of coconut or olive oil. Add the juice of half a lemon if you have very oily hair or a lot of product build-up (residue of hair spray, mousse, gel, etc). Massage well into roots, comb out and wrap a hot towel around your head for 10 minutes.

Remove towel and apply a hair pack. Henna powder mixed with black tea and a teaspoon of ground soaked fenugreek (methi) seeds is great for shine and volume and works for all hair types. To add strength to brittle hair, use egg white with fenugreek paste instead. The egg protein repairs the damaged hair shaft.

Shampoo after 20 minutes. You could rinse your hair with half a glass of beer after the shampoo -- it adds instant shine and bounce to your tresses.

Body beautiful

Apply a freshly pureed tomato on your arms and legs for 10 minutes to decrease your tan. Massage hands and feet with olive oil, rubbing into nails and cuticles to decrease brittleness. If you have aromatherapy oils like chrysanthemum or lemon grass, a few drops in your bath water are an excellent stress buster (approximately Rs 300 for 20 ml).

A cup of tea

Green tea (teabags available at most stores) is best, but black tea will do as well. Do not add milk or sugar; use honey or lemon instead. Do not restrict yourself to one cup. Research shows that four cups of tea a day has tremendous health benefits, not just for detoxifying, cleansing and hydrating your skin, but for your heart as well. It has flavonoids that are one of the most powerful antioxidants known. One cup gives you eight times the antioxidant power of an apple. Fine lines, wrinkles, aging and sun damage are all due to oxidative stresses and damage to your cells' DNA by ultraviolet light. Antioxidants help fight that and slow ageing.

Work out

Hit the gym or do 40 minutes of aerobics at home. This boosts circulation to your skin and helps it excrete toxins. Take your antioxidant supplements and have a protein shake (protein powder like B-Protein is available at chemists and supermarkets at approximately Rs 150 for 500 gm) before the workout. Exercise is possibly the best thing you can do to add a glow to your complexion.

Pamper yourself each weekend, and say hello to a new you every Monday morning.

-- The writer is an M B B S, DDV and DNB in dermatology.

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