What is life without a bit of stress? And we all know what stress does to skin. Acne, lack of radiance, dryness, dullness, wrinkles, rashes… it’s not a pretty sight. And nobody likes to battle with horrid skin.
While I can’t actually take away your stress (sorry!), here’s a solution to the skin woes at least.
Carrots are a terrific source of antioxidants, which neutralise the effect of stress and environment-induced free radicals. Their beta-carotene (which is often referred to as the “beauty vitamin” because of its importance in maintaining the skin’s health) boosts the renewal process of skin cells, besides helping to nourish, tighten, revitalize and rejuvenate the complexion. Add in their potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities, and you have the perfect base for a face mask that will reset your skin to its original sparkling, dewy self by negating the effects of pollution, sun damage, junk food, late nights and (at least in my case!) occasional bouts of pure skincare laziness.
The honey in this anti-stress face pack is super hydrating, to keep skin supple and glowy. Plus, its enzymes soften the skin, while antiseptic and anti-fungal elements penetrate clogged pores to draw out impurities, thus tackling breakouts, reducing redness and calming inflammation.
Baking soda (yes, simple baking soda!) is alkaline in nature and hence disrupts the growth of bacteria (without disrupting the pH balance of the skin) to help fight acne.
2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon fresh carrot juice, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
How to make the anti-stress face mask
- Pour all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
- Apply this paste all over your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
- After that, remove the mask with lukewarm water.
- Finally, dip a cotton ball in rose water (or plain mineral water) and gently dab it all the face and neck.
How do you keep yourself sane when the world is spinning out of control?