Updated: Aug 20
These past four months have proved to be challenging for people around the world, with many taking up social media as a way to deal with the situation. It has, since, not been long before tailor-made pandemic trends started to go around. One that seems to take center is the“quarantine glow up challenge.” With closed schools and colleges, jobs going online and the world coming to a halt, people finally have time to take a break from their rushed lives to pay attention to themselves. Whether it was starting a new fitness routine, a new diet plan or just applying an extra dab of moisturizer every night before bed, people have started making small differences in their life.
Many of them also began finding self-care tips as a way of relaxation and escapism from the real world. Soft background music, a cool mask and two cucumbers placed across their eyes seemed to provide them with a certain unknown serenity. With the unfolding of such circumstances, we at the magazine could not shy away from sharing some of our favourite homemade face packs and what we may use in our everyday lives to finally attain that glowing skin. Cheap, easily available and sustainable is our motto and we are here to finally share our little secrets.
Different skin types come with different requirements. Here we have concentrated on five
different types of packs to help you achieve your oh-so desirable after quarantine glow:
1. Dry Skin
2. Oily Skin
3. Acne-Prone Skin
4. For hyperpigmentation, sun spots and uneven skin tones
5. All types - “Glowing” Skin result
Dry Skin: Banana, Honey and Olive Oil
Photos by Janani Venkateswaran
This homemade pack is one of the simplest to make as well as having easily available
ingredients. The honey and olive oil work towards deeply moisturizing your skin and the banana works as an anti-ager, also helping in getting rid of any stress wrinkles that may come your way. All you need to do is peel the banana, add one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of olive oil, mash and mix it together, apply it to your skin and rinse in 10 minutes.
One reason I often enjoy using this mask is because of my keen interest in maintaining a small organic garden at home. Banana peel fertilisers are simple to make and I often use the leftover peels from this mask for these benefits. This is a small way which adds on to a sustainable lifestyle and is always fun to try!
Oily Skin: Tomato, Honey and Rice Flour
Having oily skin (especially in humid climates) proves to be quite a nightmare, especially when adapting to any kind of professional environment. Washing your face acts as a solution but continuously doing it throughout the day causes your skin to get stripped from many of its natural nutrients. It is important for us to maintain healthy skin while also tackling the main problem of having oily skin. Using a pack of Tomato juice, honey and rice flour seems to be quite effective and can be used every two weeks to help in reducing excessive sebum as well as allowing healthy maintenance of your skin. All you have to do is add three teaspoons of rice flour to one teaspoon of honey and enough tomato juice to make the paste a smooth texture. Easy application on the face, let it rest for 15 minutes and rinse, and I guarantee you happier, well-nourished skin.
Acne-Prone Skin: Turmeric and Aloe Vera
Oily skin is often accompanied by acne-prone skin, however, targeting both types of skin may be different. If you wish to get rid of those pimples and marks on your face which seem to be sprouting every few days, try blending aloe vera into a fine gel and adding just half a spoon of turmeric powder. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse and you will soon see the results that you want.Both turmeric and aloe vera have anti-inflammatory effects and cause the skin to get rid of extra dirt and oil, therefore, allowing your skin to have cleaner pores.
Hyperpigmentation, Sun-spots and uneven skin tones: Papaya and Honey.
This mask deals with problems a little more specific than the previously mentioned ones,
however, it works like a charm. All you require is to add 2 teaspoons of honey to a small bowl of mashed papaya, mix it well and directly apply to your skin. Rinse it off, moisturise and repea twice a week and slowly all the marks you were always worried about will become lighter andfade over time.
All types “Glowing” Skin: Orange Juice and Curd
Let’s assume that you are God’s favourite and do not have any of the issues as mentioned above. Instead, you are looking for just a “pre-party” glow or wish to impress someone on a work video call, well then this is the way to go. This mask does not target any specific skin requirements and may not help in reducing acne, instead, it works to make your skin bright and add a small glow to it. Just add a little orange juice to three teaspoons of curd, mix it well, apply it in a circular motion to your face and rinse off with cold water. Now all you need is a little blush and good lighting and you are ready to shine.
These are just a few ways and ingredients which help you target the problems you may have and will eventually help you achieve your “ideal” skin. This post targets the most readily available ingredients and one which may result in more sustainable living as well. It also ensures that these ingredients can be used by everyone (therefore, I have avoided using any masks which may include eggs as many individuals may not be happy with consuming such a product). While I hope you finally attain your “quarantine glow up” I would like to add a small note; the ideal mentioned skin is one that does not actually exist.
We as human beings tend to find small faults with ourselves so even if you have spot-free, glowing skin, you may not be as satisfied, however,remember you are beautiful as you are, with every sunspot and every pimple. If these masks help you gain the confidence you so desire, by all means, go ahead and try them out, but by no means do it for anyone but yourself. Saying this, I hope you enjoy a relaxing self-care routine and adap to this more sustainable way of living your life!