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Follow this 10-day beauty regime for a flawless look

Mix together 3 tablespoons of rose water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. Apply on hands and feet and leave on for half an hour.

It’s been a month since a new year began. Didn’t get around to defining your resolutions or goals for this year? Did you always want to try out a new beauty regime but haven’t gotten around to doing so? Fret not, for here’s a handy guide to help you out. Here’s a beauty care programme that spans 10 days and comprises daily and periodic treatments. You can find most of the ingredients in your kitchen shelf itself:

Daily facial cleansing

For your daily skincare routine, cleanse your skin twice a day, morning and night.

• For normal to dry skin: Take half a cup of cold milk and add five drops of any vegetable oil. Choose from olive oil, sesame seed oil or sunflower oil. Put this in a bottle and shake well. Cleanse the skin with it, using cotton wool. Keep the leftover mixture in the fridge.

• For oily skin: Mix rose water, cucumber juice and lemon juice in equal quantities. Wipe the face with it using cotton wool. Or, apply it on the face and wash it off after 10 minutes with plenty of water. This can also be used for skin with pimples/acne.

• For combination skin: Take one-fourth teaspoon lemon juice and add one teaspoon each of cold milk and cucumber juice. Wipe the face with this, using cotton wool. Rinse with plenty of water.

Daily nourishment

Mix honey with one teaspoon orange juice and apply on the face to make it soft and smooth. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Honey suits all skin types. For oily and acne-prone skin, mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon curd and a little turmeric. Wash it off with plenty of water after 20 minutes.

Daily eyecare

Take pure almond oil and apply sparingly on the skin around the eyes. Massage lightly on the area, using only the ring finger, for one minute around each eye. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe off with moist cotton wool.

• Eye brightener: After applying a face mask, soak two cotton wool pads in rose water and use them as eye pads. Lie down and relax for 20 minutes.

Daily hand & feet care

Mix together 3 tablespoons of rose water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. Apply on hands and feet and leave on for half an hour. Wash with water. For hands, take fresh orange peels, pierce them with a fork. Rub the peels on the hands to brighten them. Do this three times in 10 days. To soften and nourish your cuticles and nails, mix almond oil and honey in equal quantities and massage it on the hands, nails and cuticles. Wash off with plain water after 20 minutes.

Haircare

Give your hair a conditioning treatment before each shampoo. Mix one teaspoon each of vinegar and pure glycerine with one egg. Beat them together. Massage the mixture into the scalp. Then wrap the hair in a hot towel for 20 minutes, before washing the hair. Your hair will have more body and will look shiny and manageable.

• To improve dry, damaged or frizzy hair: An easy way of improving frizzy hair is to take two drops of a light vegetable oil, like sunflower oil. Put it on your palms and rub the palms lightly together, so that the oil spreads over both the palms. You can smooth the palms over the hair. Or, take the ends of the hair in your palms and scrunch them. Do the same with the rest of the hair, going upwards from the ends. This works best on dry hair. Leave the oil on.

(The author is a beauty expert)

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