Summer is here, which means many weekends of basking in the sunshine are in store. As the Cairo sun provides us with an ultimate boost of vitamin D, it’s not only necessary for the absorption of calcium but it influences an individual’s mood in incredible ways. Who doesn’t love a good dose of sunshine?
Although the sun is very beneficial, it can also be very taxing on both the skin and hair. This isn’t a new concept, but there are now new home remedies to help combat summertime ills. These remedies are not only easy on the wallet but they also establish a connection with essential everyday items that are not always recognised as beneficial to your temperamental, summertime skin and hair. Here are a few natural essentials to keep on hand:
Highlights: Many crave those summertime highlights that scream ’I’ve been at the beach!’ Instead of dropping a few hundred LE on highlights that will soon fade; look no further than your own kitchen and grab a lemon. Working with the UVB rays, the acidic elements of fresh lemon juice bring out natural highlights; providing an easy way to gain that sunshiny look. If your hair is on the dry side, use moderately and always condition.
Damaged Locks: While the UVB rays can work for you, they also work against you. From salt water and chlorine to hours in the sun, hair often becomes brittle and damaged. Bring on the conditioner! A natural-based deep conditioner is a must when your locks have been through some stress. An at-home mix of mayonnaise (a small jar) and half an avocado will beneficial including a little vitamin b-6 and vitamin E. Be overly generous and lay off the heat; allowing your hair to dry naturally prevents unnecessary heat damage.
Moisture: Vitamin E solves wonders for both the skin and hair when it comes to the scorching heat. Not only is Vitamin E easy to find at any major pharmacy chain, it’s also a cheap way to stay revitalised when you’ve been soaking up a few too many rays. Whether in oil form or a capsule, the vitamin will provide a boost of serious moisture and care. Whole grains and leafy green vegetables are rich with it; so eating a bit extra won’t hurt either.
Sunburn: Everyone living in Egypt has experienced a painful case of sunburn at some point or another. Wearing sunscreen is an obvious preventive measure, but if you do get burnt, mix equal parts of a natural-based yogurt, turmeric and barley, and directly apply it to the skin. Although it sounds a bit strange, it’s known to work wonders. The combination will help relieve the irritation, swelling and tenderness that those pesky sunburns can bring.
Insect Repellent/Oil Reducer: Natural oils are numerous and beneficial in tons of ways, and Bergamot works as an amazing summertime fix. Not only does it work as a natural insect repellent when the mosquitoes are swarming; but it’s also an antiseptic. If you're going to be exposed to a strong amount of sun, be careful; as its ingredients can cause photosensitivity.
Skin Exfoliation: Exfoliants are a great way to combat dry and dead skin that creeps up on us after days at the beach or pool. While bottled exfoliating scrubs can be both pricey and often too rough, this home remedy contains a balanced amount of necessary ingredients to get the job done. All it takes is a combination of raw oats (about a handful), a splash of apple cider vinegar (both of which can be purchased at your closest Metro Market or Alfa Market)honey; left on the skin for twenty minutes or so. It’s messy to make but beats a lot of premade scrubs; not to mention that you find it all in the comfort of your own kitchen.
These do-it-yourself remedies barely graze the surface of the plethora that exists. With a little imagination and research, you will soon realise that resources are endless when a little home remedy is calling to be concocted.