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A few natural treatments you can easily prepare at home or at the beach

The beaches and hotels of Egypt are the perfect holiday destinations Photo by Thoraia Abou Bakr

The beaches and hotels of Egypt are perfect holiday destinations
Photo by Thoraia Abou Bakr

It is that time of the year when the sun is hot and vacation days are plentiful. So here are some simple ways to get the most out of your time on the beach, before venturing onto the sand and while you’re snoozing in the sun.

Before heading to the beach

Pedicure

First, exfoliate your feet with the sugar-vaseline exfoliator we recommended.

You will need

  • A cuticle stick
  • A nail file
  • A bright colour of nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton
  • Warm olive oil
  • A towel

After exfoliating your feet, dry them with a towel. Then rub the warm olive oil over your feet.

With the cuticle stick, push your cuticles back to expose a larger part of your nails to apply polish to. (Removing your cuticles is not recommended.)

Wait 10 minutes.

Wipe your feet with a towel.

Douse a piece of cotton with nail polish remover and carefully remove all traces of oil from your nails.

Paint your toenails in your favourite colour.

Allow sufficient time to let the nail polish dry and rub some lotion on your feet.

 

While you are on the beach

Plaque remover

Collect some sand from the sea- make sure it’s wet and do not use sand from the beach.

Rub it gently on your teeth to remove plaque. Rinse your mouth well with fresh water afterwards.

 

Natural exfoliator

The sand on the beach is a great natural ingredient for removing dead skin cells.

Walk barefoot on the beach to exfoliate your feet and rub small handfuls of sand in circular motions on your elbows and knees.

You can use the sand to exfoliate your arms and legs too but make sure to only use gentle pressure.

Not to be used on your face or when sunburned!

 

Face and body masque

If the seabed is made of clay, check with locals or hotel staff whether you are in a non-polluted area. If so it should be safe to use on your skin.

Rub some clay on your face and/or body and let it dry in the sun for around 10 minutes.

Scrub off in the sea and finish by rinsing well with fresh water. The natural minerals in the clay should leave your skin soft and glowing.

Insect bites

Unfortunately summer also comes with many insects that feast on us and leave a trail of itchy red marks in their wake. Here is a natural remedy to minimise the effects of their bites

  • 1 tsp of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp of water

Mix the cornstarch with the water and apply liberally to the insect bite.

Leave on until dry and then rinse with fresh water.

 

Please consult a specialist before using any of these treatments. Daily News Egypt is not responsible for any adverse reactions to the treatments.

 


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