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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Skip the talcum powder and instant relief creams this summer as you reach out for accessible home remedies to soothe prickly heat, says Pearl Mathias

Summer is not our favourite time of the year, and although it may remind us of beaches, picnic bags and travel, there’s no denying that there’s a major itch in the matter. Come summer, our television sets and YouTube alike, bombard us with advertisements of products claiming to keep that dreaded prickly heat away, even from the most intimate areas of our body. Well, we for one, dust on some cooling powder and head out the door, hoping that it’ll keep the itch at bay. However, that’s very unlikely, and so, an hour or two into the day and we’re struggling to keep that itch under wraps. Fortunately for us, we came across these useful home remedies that can help you get rid of the prickly problem this season.

Baking soda benefits
The antibacterial properties of baking soda help to unclog pores by getting rid of dead skin cells and dirt from the skin. This helps to prevent infections at the site of the itch, in turn relieving you from itching and inflammation that closely follows.

What to do Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a cup of cool water. Dip a clean washcloth in the solution and wring it off before placing it on the affected area. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it. Do this twice a day till the prickly heat subsides.

Melon magic
This remedy is one of our favourites and most-used because it involves the refreshing fruit. The anti-oxidants present in this cooling fruit soothe irritated skin and heal rashes. You can also drink the pulp you make to hydrate your skin from within.

What to do Remove the seeds from a few slices of watermelon and make a pulp. Apply it on the site of the rash for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off with water.

Ginger joy
Used in Asian culture for its medicinal properties, ginger helps to relieve you of prickly heat by providing soothing respite to the itchiness and stinging caused by prickly heat.

What to do Grate a small piece of fresh ginger root and boil it in water. When the water cools, dip a clean washcloth in it and dab it on the affected areas. Leave the solution for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off.

Oatmeal wonder
The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of oatmeal make it a popular remedy for dealing with prickly heat. Oatmeal has an instant soothing effect on the irritable and itchy areas of your skin.

What to do If you have a bathtub, add a cup of finely ground oatmeal powder to a tub filled with cool water and stir it till the water turns a milky colour. Soak in it for about half an hour before patting yourself dry with a towel. Follow this routine once a week for best results.

Fuller’s earth
Also known as multani mitti, fuller’s earth has been long used in beauty routines for soft, glowing skin. But, this excellent home remedy also helps to treat prickly heat. Not only does it help to unclog pores and reduce infection, it also reduces inflammation and itching.

What to do Mix 3 or 4 tablespoons of fuller’s earth with a few drops of rosewater to form a paste. Apply this to the affected areas and leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it off with cool water.

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