Grooming, Hair Care, Hairfall

Home Remedies for Hair Woes – Monsoon Edition

Rains have drenched the streets, parks, and the whole town, but let them not drench your spirits. Most people complain that the monsoon is causing havoc to the hair instead of bringing magic to their lives.

Why does the monsoon cause damage to our mane?

The rainy season brings with it hair problems like frizzy hair, oily scalp, dull, and rough hair and most important of all, hair fall.

What are the reasons for hair damage during the monsoon?

  1. There is a lot of humidity in the air during this season. The humidity is responsible for weakening hair follicles by causing micro-inflammation at the roots. This is visible as flaking, which the leads to breakage of the hair very easily.
  2. Moisture in the air makes scalp oily, which increases the chances of infections and dandruff.
  3. Rains tend to keep the hair wet for a longer time, which again leads to infections and easy breakage.
  4. Pollutants in rainwater damage hair greatly.

Is there a solution to monsoon hair problems or do we have to fret every time this lovely season sets in?

Fear not!




Here is a list of tips and remedies to address all of your hair problems and keep your hair glowing and shining this season.

  • Since rainwater carries pollutants and hair oil secretions increase during this season, it is important to wash your hair 2-3 times a week. Choose a mild shampoo so that the frequent washing does not rob your mane of its natural sheen. Keeping your hair clean by regular shampooing will also prevent itching and fungal infections.
  • It is very important to air dry your hair after washing. Using a hair dryer frequently will dry up the hair leaving it dull and brittle. Use a micro fibre towel, which will absorb the water easily. Dry your hair completely before going out in the humid weather.
  • Since hair becomes weak and frizzy during this season, it goes without saying that using conditioner is a must to ensure that natural moisture is locked in and hair remains soft and silky.
  • Oil your hair regularly to nourish it. Apply oil gently and do not massage vigorously to avoid breakage of hair.
  • Try to avoid chemical based hair treatments. Harsh chemicals used in styling products for hair colouring, straightening or perming may damage the already weak hair. These commercial products make the scalp oily and cause dandruff.
  • Use a hooded jacket or a scarf to cover hair when stepping out. This helps in protecting hair against humidity and strong winds.
  • Use a wide-toothed comb to untangle hair for minimal breakage.
  • Your diet should be rich in proteins as it helps in the production of keratin, which gives strength to the hair. Protein-rich foods are eggs, fish, meat, milk, beans, nuts, legumes, dark green vegetables, quinoa, etc.
  • If you notice unusually high hair fall over a long period, then it is advisable to consult a dermatologist to rule out other factors and begin the right treatment.

Here are some remedies which will help in taking care of your hair and revive its lustre.

  1. Herbal oil for scalp massage:

    It is no secret that curry leaves are a tonic to the hair. Abundant in antioxidants and protein, curry leaves keep the hair moist and remove dead follicles. The beta-carotene in it protects against hair loss. Coconut oil penetrative the follicles thereby nourishing hair from the roots as well as the entire length of the hair.

    Method:

    Boil few curry leaves in about 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Stay away from the flame as leaves might cause spluttering. A black residue like thing forms around the leaves. Strain the oil once it has cooled down. Massage your head with this oil 2-3 times a week before you wash your hair.

  2. Aloe vera mask:

    Aloe vera has been touted as the best friend of skin and hair. It has excellent anti-bacterial as well as anti-microbial properties. It is also a rich source of antioxidants and Vitamin E, both of which are essential for hair growth.




    Method:

    Scoop out the gel from aloe vera plant and run it in the blender to get a smooth paste. Mix the gel with 1 tbsp. castor oil and the yolk of an egg and apply this mixture to your hair. Keep it for about an hour and shampoo your hair. Add some lavender or rosemary oil to remove the smell of egg.

    Alternatively, you can apply a mix of aloe vera and amla pulp (Indian gooseberry) 2-3 times a week. Amla is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and has great nourishing qualities.

  3. Hair scrub:

    Your scalp also needs some exfoliation! To make a simple scrub, mix the following ingredients together-

  • 1 tbsp. shampoo
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Half tbsp. of coconut oil or olive oil
  • Few drops of lavender oil
  • Half tbsp. of water.

Shampoo your hair and do not condition it. Flip the hair down and apply the scrub paste in gentle circular motions for about 5 minutes on wet hair. Rinse off with water and condition as usual.

Follow these proven home remedies this monsoon for oiling, conditioning, and exfoliating hair and let us know the number of compliments pouring in!

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Grooming, Skin Care

How you can take care of your oily skin in Monsoon

Monsoon brings with it a mixed bag of good things and nuisance – the wind cools, the sun’s wrath seems benign, and the rains wash away the dusty wariness of summer, but the rains and moisture in the air bring a slew of problems too like clothes that do not dry, hair that reacts funny to air, and also many skin problems, which need specific care and treatment so that the face stays happy. People with oily skin need a lot of maintenance as it is, and the monsoons add to the issues.




But instead of hating your skin and cursing your stars, just make these routines a part of your skin care. And you won’t need to fret about the extra care your skin needs during the monsoon. The extra humidity of the air around you during the monsoons makes the skin greasy and difficult to manage. Greasy skin leads to pimples, breakouts, and overall, poor looking skin which might hamper your looks and also result in skin infections.

It is important to know how to deal with these problems. Here are few tips set to make life easier for you during the monsoons:

Wash up with warm water instead of cold:

Our skin reacts differently to cold and warm water depending on the outside temperature. Cold water is good for the skin because it tightens the pores and keeps the skin from accumulating a lot of dirt and infection in the pores when it is warm outside. During the rainy season, when the outside temperatures are low, warm water helps remove infectious microbes sticking to the skin and cleans the skin better. It is also better for removing oil particles from the skin. Use warm water to disinfect, cleanse, and freshen oily skin during rains.

Scrub:

Scrubs dedicated to oily skin are extremely effective. Especially during the monsoon, scrubs help oily skin by removing dead skin layer and the excess oil along with the dirt in the pores. This makes the skin look better and be cleaner. Scrubs which are mild are better because the rougher ones are hard on the skin and can be abrasive. Twice a week, scrub and cleanse your skin with products made especially for oily skin for effective cleaning of the skin. This prevents problems during the monsoon season.

Go organic:

During the monsoons and even otherwise, go for organic and natural products or home-based rather than chemical-laden products for a better and safer treatment for your skin. In the long run, organic and natural products are better for the skin than chemicals because of the sustainability and no side effects. Usually, a kitchen is full of items which are useful for oily skin- Gram flour (besan), milk, and lemon work well. The natural cleansing makes the skin glow. Go for home remedies rather than invest in expensive and chemical-laden products to make the skin look better during monsoons.

Masks to use:

Masks are effective for oily skin because they absorb and wash away the excess oils from the face. An appropriate mask should be a necessary component of your beauty kit. You must use once a week or in 10 days so that the skin is rejuvenated, tightened and rid of dirt and grime so it feels fresh and healthy.

Mud masks, masks made of lemon, milk, honey, oats, papaya, cucumber and the like are good ways of refreshing your skin during the rainy season when it feels gloomy and dull. They are better than store-bought, expensive cosmetics too! They are also readily available.

Whip up a clay and cucumber mask with rose water or go for a Multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth) combined with turmeric powder mask. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin with appropriate moisturizers after washing off the mask – oily skin does not equate to not needing to moisturize it!

Eat healthy and balanced diet:

What you put into your body reflects on your face. Skin health is directly related to what you are eating. If you are eating junk food on a regular basis, it directly affects the health of the digestive system. The bounty of good bacteria in the gut dwindles and the blood remains laden with toxins, making the skin look dull, with acne breakouts, spots and patches and many more.

Eat a healthy, home-cooked, balanced fibrous diet and drink plenty of water to wash out toxins from the body and brighten the skin. The most potent cause of poor skin is also unregulated excretion from the body. For this, one must drink lukewarm water in the morning in order to cleanse the system effectively. All this reflects on the skin.

Rose water refreshment:

Rose water has been used for better skin and effective skin care since times immemorial. The benefits of rose water for oily skin are multifold. The helpful enzymes in rose water help in removing excess oil as well as refresh it when wiped using cotton. This can be repeated twice or thrice daily. It also helps if you have a spray bottle of rose water and can spray it on the face before wiping the skin with a beauty wipe. Doing this will also make your skin fragrant and fresh.




Picking the right sunscreen:

Most sunscreens are unfit for application on oily skin because the greasy texture makes the skin even oilier. A right strategy would be picking the right one rather than giving up sunscreens altogether. In monsoons too, one needs sunscreen to keep the skin safe from harmful UV radiation. Pick a type of sunscreen known as non-comedogenic. It may be gel based too and gives a matte finish to the skin, making it look fine in monsoons too.

Oily skin needs more maintenance and upkeep than any other skin type. And during monsoon, it becomes even more important to take care because the skin is infection-prone. Follow these tips to rid the skin of problems and keep looking beautiful and healthy as you are!

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Grooming, Skin Care

Home Remedies for Winter Skin Dryness

Winters are everyone’s favourite. The chills, the cosy slumbers, and festivities – all make winter one of the most awaited seasons. But with winters come dry and dull skin that denies looking refreshed no matter how many layers of creams and moisturisers you apply. That is why winter skin needs something more, something extra- probably the touch of Mother Nature.

Yes, with natural remedies, you can bring on your skin that healthy glow, you have always craved for. And winters no longer seems like it’s all about a conflict between your scaly skin and greasy creams. Even if you can’t go all natural, you can use ingredients easily available at home to keep your skin protected and looking radiant throughout the season. So, here are 7 easy and effective home remedies to try out this winter. Check out:

Pure Almond Oil
Almond oil is loaded with vitamin E. And that is why it’s such a good skin nourishing agent. All you need is a few drops of this oil, which you need to massage all over your face and neck and leave it overnight, and you can see your skin glowing the next morning.

almond oil

Avoid applying this oil on your face and neck if you break out, or if you have oily skin.
This is a great remedy for people having dry to normal skin.

Banana and Honey Mask
For this mask, you need half a banana and one teaspoonful of honey. Mash both the ingredients well so that there are no banana lumps in the mixture. Apply the mixture on your face and neck and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Finally, rinse it off with lukewarm water.

banana

Banana is rich in vitamin A, C and B6, hence acts as a great moisturiser. Honey keeps your skin hydrated leaving it feeling soft and supple

Papaya Face Pack
To prepare papaya face pack, you need a piece of ripe papaya, one banana, and two teaspoons of honey. Mix the ingredients properly so that no lumps remain. Then apply it on your face and neck. The results you get using this face pack are no less than those obtained from a papaya facial.

papaya face mask

While papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, banana is full of essential vitamins. Honey, on the other hand, acts as a moisturiser. The mixture of all three serves as a great anti-aging treatment.

A Face Pack of Raw Milk and Almond
For this pack, you need 2 tablespoons of raw milk and 1 tablespoon of almond powder. Mix the two until a paste-like consistency is obtained. Apply this paste generously on your face and neck, and then, leave it for ten minutes. Before washing the face pack off, massage your face with it gently.

Almond contains fatty acids and vitamin E, which nourish the skin; raw milk, on the other hand, hydrates and moisturises the skin. The massage leaves your skin exfoliated too.

Buttermilk and Yoghurt for the Body
If your body feels dry, you can use this mixture. Add one cup of yoghurt and one cup of buttermilk in a large bowl. Apply this mixture thoroughly to the body. Wash it off with normal after 15 to 20 minutes.

Yoghurt present in the mixture will cleanse and lighten your skin with its enzymes and rich vitamin B6, zinc and calcium content. Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which has a slight peeling effect that gets the dead skin off your body. The mixture also saves you from dry skin induced itchiness.

Use Glycerine
After you wash your face, don’t pat it dry. Dip a cotton ball in glycerine and apply it on your damp face and other dry areas of the skin. Leave it on just as you leave moisturisers on your skin. You can also add rose water to it for best results.

Glycerine with its emollient and humectant properties keeps your skin hydrated for a long time.

Petroleum Jelly to Shoo Away Dry Skin
Petroleum jelly is available in every household. It’s a great moisturiser and causes no side effects. Apply petroleum jelly on all dry areas of your skin and massage it for a minute or two until it gets absorbed. Starting from cracked heels to dry lips, almost every winter skin issue gets solved with petroleum jelly.

Aren’t these some really amazing home remedies to keep your skin looking and feeling clean, soft, nourished and glowing in winters? Well, yes! So, what makes you wait? Gather the ingredients and get going; results from these home remedies are always more than satisfactory.

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Skin Care, Uncategorized

Are facials good or bad for our skin?

How many of us book appointments for clean-up and facials at a salon regularly? We are all guilty of spending huge amounts of money and time on skin care. Yes, there is nothing wrong with it. A glowing, flawless and youthful skin is every woman’s dream come true. With gorgeous skin comes confidence, beauty, and of course, compliments. Hence, we tend to try everything that is available in the market which claims to make our skin great. The most common among them is getting facials done at a salon by a beautician or an aesthetician.

Now comes the million dollar question: Are facials good for the skin? Do they actually make your skin soft and supple with long-lasting effects?

Well, yes and no!

What does a facial do?

A facial is a skin treatment done by an aesthetician that involves massaging the face with fragrant creams and lotions, giving steam to the face, extracting blackheads, exfoliating dead skin, and finally, toning the skin by using face packs. All this pampering leaves the skin rosy, soft and supple. The massaging gives a temporary plumpness to the skin, with the black heads extracted skin texture appears clean; the tightening of pores makes the skin look firm and refreshed. As a result, post-facial, for a few days, skin looks rejuvenated and beautiful. The glowing complexion is a result of stimulation with various creams. This total pampering and spending money on yourself makes you feel good and positive.

But alas! These effects are short-lived. The benefits of a facial are temporary. Many women complain of skin breaking into zits or pimples (acne) few days after a facial. Some even come home with dry reddish skin. The reasons could be:

  • The massaging creams might not be suitable for you, for example, an acne prone skin requires a non-comedogenic (oil free) moisturizer.
  • The extracting instruments might not be sterilized, allowing germs to penetrate the skin.
  • Too much exfoliating causes skin to dry and become irritated.
  • The aesthetician might be an inexperienced person.



Another lie which you are often led to believe is that facial creams smooth out wrinkles. This is far from true. There is no moisturizer manufactured whose molecules can erase wrinkles. A facial only does superficial cleansing and toning. There are other creams available, which treat wrinkles. But these have to be used only as prescribed by a dermatologist.

Opt for a facial only if you want some good massage with temporary solutions for good skin, lasting for a few days.

So, is there no answer to a woman’s skin needs? Do not get disheartened, pretty ladies! Dermatologists have a solution to our beauty prayers.

After a not so good experience with post facial acne, the dermatologist I consulted gave me options of microdermabrasion and chemical peels for long lasting effects. The good news is that these procedures are carried out by doctors, who specialize in skin and are done in a safe and sterilized environment.

Microdermabrasion:

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive and chemical free method used to exfoliate skin. A fine spray of crystals is used to remove the dead outer layer of cells revealing fresh, smooth and healthier looking skin. This treatment buffers and polishes the skin. It is also useful to remove fine lines and pigmentation.

You might have to attend a series of sessions spaced over a few weeks apart.  Depending on your skin type, the dermatologist will tell you the number of sessions required. Each sitting may take around 30 minutes. After few sessions, you will start noticing results. Results last throughout the course of treatment, and even afterwards. The cost of each sitting depends upon individual dermatologist and where they are located. However, it could cost between Rs.1000-Rs. 2500.

Chemical Peel:

A chemical peel is a medical technique in which a small amount of chemical substance is applied all over the face and neck with a brush. The chemical peels off or exfoliates superficial layer of skin. The new skin is smooth, even and glowing. There are a variety of peels with different benefits suiting various skin types.

For best results, you will be given a schedule of 3-6 peels depending on your skin type and problem areas. The procedure takes around 30 minutes. Cost varies according to the type of peel used, the place where the procedure is done and of course the popularity of the dermatologist. Roughly it might cost around Rs.1000 to Rs.5000. The results after completing a series of peel sittings are great, often lasting up to months together.

The effects of these treatments are not immediate. They are seen after a week or so. But the technology used in both these procedures make the results long lasting, gradually improving the general condition of skin and slowing down the ageing process.

A Word of Caution:

It is important that you get these procedures done only by dermatologists and not some quacks, who claim to have mastered the technique. The reason being, firstly, a skin doctor will educate you about proper precautions to be taken before and after the procedure. Secondly, in the unlikely case of a side effect, the doctor can quickly address it and find a remedy for it.

So, ladies, the result is out! If you wish for a healthy, glowing, acne free skin, which ages much slower than your neighbour’s, then talk to your dermatologist about various options and select the treatment best suitable for you.

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Hairfall

Know The Most Common Causes Of Hair-Fall

‘Bald’- for celebs, it is just another fashion trend raising their spirits, but for most people, it induces depression. Perhaps the most common issue people are coming up with currently is hair fall. Though the probable reason seems to be over-exposure to pollution or over-styling, yet at times, you need to go a bit deeper with the cause so as to find the proper cure.  

Hair loss is a normal phenomenon – what you need to stress on is the extent to which you are losing hairs, that is, if your hair fall rate is balanced out by the hair growth rate. A vitamin deficient diet can also be rooted down to as a cause of alarming hair fall. You do need to ensure your medical fitness once you spot excessive loss of hair ‘cause at times, it can be diseases like thyroid and anemia can also be the antagonists in this scenario. 

HAIR FALL

Keep your stress busters handy 

Not a disease yet an issue that comes with a number of side-effects to deal with stress. Confused whether to group it as a mental turmoil or to count on it as another physical disorder? Well, well you have both your mental and physical health affected when it comes to stress. While losing appetite, tiredness is the ‘as-of-now’ consequences of stress, the more severe ones include hair loss. Due to severe emotional stress, a scalp issue known as Telogen effluvium is induce, which cause noticeable hair loss. In this disorder, the hair follicle switches to an inactive mode- thus stopping the rate of hair growth. In order to prevent severe hair fall, go for your stress busters regularly. 

Hair fall induced by other health issues 

While you opt for several hair care products to beat severe thinning of your hair, once do also check with the physicians. The hormonal disorders caused due to various health issues serve as the root cause of hair fall. Mostly it is the abnormal rates of secretion of thyroidal hormones that lead to faster and tremendous hair loss. Another physiological disorder that is observed in women leading to higher rates of hair loss is the hormonal imbalance caused due to poly-cystic ovary syndrome. Proper dosage of medication can gradually compensate for this hair thinning. 

Post-natal hair loss 

Along with your ‘bundle of joy’, pregnancy brings in hair loss as well. Post pregnancy women tend to suffer severe hair loss. It can be accounted as the consequence of hormonal changes as well as changes in the levels of vitamins and minerals. While you can always opt for the advanced therapies for keeping a check on your hair loss rates, it is more likely to be cured with the approaching months of your motherhood. 

Alopecia areata induced hair loss 

When you notice extreme shedding of scalp hair or mostly patches of baldness check with your doctor if it is Alopecia areata. This is a typical hair problem spotted both in men and women, at any age, when the follicles are affected adversely by immune system- in short it is an autoimmune disorder. Though it cannot be cured overnight with the hair care products yet a slow and steady therapy can cover up for it. 

Apart from the causes mentioned above, hair fall can be owed to a number of other causes as well. At times, women consuming a pregnancy controlling pills are also observed to suffer from severe hair- fall- as these pills are potent to cause imbalance of hormones. A proper diet enriched with vitamins and minerals, careful styling with the over-heated straighteners or rollers can be the preliminary prevention of hair loss along with best of hair care measures. 

  

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Hair Removal

Few things you need to put on your checklist before going for newer hair removal treatments

Pissed off with the threading sessions every fortnight? Ought to plan your daily outfits according to the salon appointments? Trust us there’s a page-long list of hair-removal way-outs that you can opt for instead of threading it off. Over the years, hair removal treatments have taken up a much significant mould owing to the innovations and applications of technology. Here’s a list of few tips that need to be checklist-ed before opting for the newer ways to flaunt off shorts, bikinis and all that low back dresses.  

Laser hair removal 

Feedback for laser removal is pretty good as it does not hurt like the waxing sessions. Mostly those with an extra growth of facial hairs prefer laser treatments for hair removal. Around three or a maximum of seven sessions of this treatment aids in permanent hair removal, in most cases. Only when you plan to go for a laser treatment you need to check on a few things. 

As the laser pulse removes those hair roots which are more likely to have been removed by threading or waxing earlier- in short, you need to keep away from waxing or threading for at least six weeks before your treatment. Depending on the area subjected to this treatment you can estimate the time required- like upper lips hair removal approximately takes around five minutes and for your back or arms it takes longer. Once you are done with the treatment, your skin might get a little like tanned. Anti-inflammatory lotions, moisturizers or cool compressors can help you cope with this issue within a shorter time period.  

Brazilian wax 

‘Brazilian wax’- once a ‘sshh’ issue to be discussed, has now become one of the routine beauty treatments which both the classes and masses are opting for. Earlier Brazilian wax was a routine for celebs and only a handful from the elite group rather the well-informed ones would opt for it as a part of bridal packages or their leisurely salon sessions. If you take up the current stats from any well-equipped salons with highly professional experts in waxing, you are ought to find a greater percentage of the customers opting for ‘Brazilian wax’ or bikini- line wax.  

Honestly, this works better than manoeuvring razors around your secret parts every week. All you need to check for is whether your appointment is with an expert professional and this fifteen minutes’ pain will render you hairless and clean for almost three weeks.  

A few things you need to checklist when you plan your ‘bikini-line’ wax or ’Brazilian wax’ sessions include a wax- able growth of hair, that is, razors are ‘no- no’ for almost a week prior to your session. Post- waxing, do not plan for any work out or yoga sessions in the immediate 24 hours so as to keep it the least sweaty. Though this type of wax sessions last for a span of fifteen minutes for you to get smooth, hairless parts, yet you need to take proper measures for in- growth of hairs. 

Take suggestions from your waxing professional and get a hair serum for the same.  And yes, another tip- do not go for skinny fit jeans or laces and keep to it cotton trousers as you would have it swollen, sore down there, right after the waxing session. As people are becoming more conscious and aware of the hair removal treatments through media- be it a blog or any fashion magazine- they are no more holding back with ‘what will they think’ or any other taboos.  

So, do away with the painful hair removal salon sessions and switch over to the advanced treatments- flaunting off your low back gowns or backless ethnic wear. 

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Skin Care

Our Skin – Our Wealth!

 

We think of our skin as just a part of our body, not as important as the other parts. We take such good care of our remaining organs by eating, exercising, and living right, but there is so much more we can do for our skin to make it glow like any Hollywood actress’! Yes, it is the truth. You may not believe it but some of the treatments or procedures they do after spending thousands of dollars can be done right at home because Indian ancestors have known the natural secrets of beauty for a long, long time, and have been using them for great looks since then.

Our physical appearance is not just about how fashionable our clothes are and what colour our contacts and hair colour are. True beauty is appreciated when a person looks naturally beautiful, even after all the make-up comes off. On this note, it’s good to clarify that no matter how you choose to make yourself look beautiful, whether it’s with good make-up or going without it, there is no right or wrong in either method.

All individuals, male and female, have the right to enhance their beauty in whatever way they think is right. If that means getting a couple of cosmetic surgeries done or using the most expensive creams in the world, then so be it! Don’t let anyone dictate to you the “acceptable” ways of maintaining your beautiful image. Just make sure that you are not harming yourself or others in the process, though!

The main reason why surgeries and creams are frowned upon is that they introduce chemicals and toxins in our body that may have adverse side effects, especially in our later stages of life. Surgeries, of course, are risky procedures and cause some amount of pain depending on what kind of surgery you do, but there is nothing “morally” wrong about it. If you have been born with excessive fat or with a skin condition that cannot be treated in any other way except by cosmetic surgery, then by all means you should give it a shot if you can afford it!

So, coming back to the ways in which we can look beautiful, one of the simplest ways that will help you look gorgeous even in your later years in life is having great skin. And remember – it’s not just the skin of your face that’s being discussed here! Skin all over our body is in fact an organ that envelops all our internal organs and gives us our appearance. So, taking care of every part of our skin is necessary.

One of the biggest mistakes that people commit is by focussing only how their face looks, but forget all about maintaining skin over the rest of their body. Skin ageing and quality deterioration can take place in any part of our body, and they all have varied significance. For example, pale skin in our ace could indicate health issues like anaemia or lack of exposure to the sun which can result in Vitamin D deficiency. On the other hand, peeling skin at the crack of our heels could indicate lack of adequate amount of water to keep the skin nourished or poor blood circulation.

Spotted, Blemished Skin

One such abnormal skin symptom that almost all of us have had at some time or the other is spots on our skin, especially on our face. There are many reasons for that.

As mentioned earlier, the skin of our face is the most sensitive part of our body’s skin. It is also the most exposed to pollutants and sunlight. That is why you see there is a difference in the pigmentation of our skin in various parts of our body. The skin around our stomach and thigh regions is much lighter than our face and feet. Sunlight is one of the most important factors leading to skin ageing and spotting.

  • Poor food and drinks’ is the next culprit for this skin issue. Remember – our skin is a direct reflection of what we eat, how we live, and what we think. So if you are fond of spicy, greasy, rich, stale, or packaged food and aerated drinks, then be prepared for some acne and skin spots.
  • Hormonal imbalances, especially in women, cause some pretty drastic changes in our skin right from the time we hit puberty. There is no doubt that in various stages of our lives, the hormone levels also vary which contribute to the pigmentation and spotting of our skin. Some hormonal changes is normal; excessive changes in hormonal levels however reflect a serious medical condition that should be treated not just for skin spotting but other reasons too.
  • Bad make-up habits – Believe it or not, but not taking off your make-up while retiring for sleep at the end of the day, or using cheap products that don’t suit your skin type also lead to skin spotting. It is essential you use minimal make-up at most times; leave the utterly glamorous looks for special occasions! This lets your skin breathe more freely and has a less “artificially caked” look and a softer, and naturally appealing look. Buy products that suit your skin type and not just because they worked wonders for a friend of yours or because your favourite sports or movie star endorses it!
  • Ageing – Spotting is an inevitable part of ageing. As we age, our skin replenishes at a slower and lesser rate. The skin cells that earlier were replaced by fresh ones from the deeper skin tissues are now not being replaced fast enough. Plus, there are issues with blood circulation which also accelerate with advancing age.

How to Treat Skin Spots

Except for ageing, almost all other cause of sin spotting can be treated naturally. The essential thing is you treat it for good and not just for a time period. Didn’t ring a bell? Let’s look at it this way. If you want to get rid of that tingling sensation in your teeth when you eat something hot or cold, it is recommended you use a toothpaste and mouthwash that kills germs and bacteria in your teeth; and not just put a protective cover on your teeth to make it less sensitive to such food or drinks. In that way, your teeth and gums and healed and healthy, plus you can have whatever you want! You aren’t making a superficial change; you are treating the problem at its root cause level. Similarly, adopt skin clearing treatments that don’t just cover blemishes and spots, but actually get rid of them and actually improve the texture of your skin.

So, what are the ways in which you can do so? Let’s look at some good skin habits and natural treatments to help you:

  1. Apply sunscreen suitable to your skin and as per your exposure to the sun.
  2. Keep your skin hydrated but not soaked in oils, serums, and creams.
  3. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and in all seasons.
  4. Wipe make-up off your face with cold water.
  5. The cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing technique should be followed regularly before you go to sleep each night. Our body, including our skin, heals best when we rest in the night.
  6. Wash your face at least 2 times a day, but no more than that. Ensure you aren’t over-drying your skin because of excessive washing and drying products.
  7. Use organic homemade face packs to get rid of blemishes, marks, and spots. Most of these ingredients can be found in your everyday kitchen! But we just didn’t know they had the potential to be a beauty treatment product too. Here is a list of some of the popular organic face pack combinations:
  1. Lemon Juice and Oatmeal Mask – Combine half a cup of rolled oats and 3-4 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice to form a face juice. Leave it on for a few minutes until the mask is quite dry, and then wash off with cold water.
  2. Onion Juice – Take one half of a medium sized onion and grate it. Use the pulp to extract the juice from it and store in a clean vessel. Apply the extracted juice on the affected areas and leave it on for ten minutes. Wash off with cold water.
  3. Aloe Vera Mask – This cooling herb is a miracle for a lot of reasons, including anti-ageing, anti-inflammation, and anti-acne formation properties. So, you can combine a tbsp of aloe vera gel (extracted from the thick stems of the potted plant) with 2 tbsp of tomato juice, form a face mask and leave it on for 20 minutes, and then rinse off with cold water. You could also create other aloe vera gel masks, such as 2 tbsp of it combined with a tbsp of lemon juice and orange peel (each), 2 tbsp of papaya pulp with equal quantity of aloe vera gel, and a tbsp of honey with 2 tbsp of aloe vera.
  4. Parsley mask – Take a tsp of lemon juice, mix it with 2 tsp of raw honey and the juice of a medium head of parsley. Mix these ingredients and form a paste that’s to be let on the face or any other affected part for 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water.
  5. Turmeric and Lemon Juice – This is for those who struggle with more severe form of acne and the results pores, pockmarks, and blemishes. Take a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Add a tsp of turmeric powder and 2 tbsp of milk. Form a paste and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and apply light, suitable moisturizer immediately.

There are plenty of other kitchen items that could be used for organic mask making purposes, such as papaya juice, almond oil, the rind of watermelon, potatoes’ juice, rosehip oil, and hummus mixed with either garlic, onion, or lemon. You just need to find the ingredients that are best suited to your skin type. Be sure to apply the masks in gentle, circular motion, and wipe off any leftover mask bits with a soft, wet cloth. With the help of good lifestyle habits, you could prevent the blemishes from occurring to a certain extent. But use the masks to treat those that are already appearing on your skin for good results. Try and use fresh, natural products instead of powdered or artificial extracts for the homemade packs as they are the safest and most effective for most people’s skin.

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