Health

Top 5 Simple Home Remedies To Combat Skin Problems

Sticking to a healthy oil-free diet, clocking proper sleep hours, twists and turns every morning on the yoga mat – your umpteenth attempts towards achieving a flawless glowing skin might have disappointed you in terms of results. It’s not your efforts but the ever-increasing pollution levels that stay gaping between you and your healthy skin.

Smog and various other dust particles steal the charm and glow from your skin rendering it dull. Apart from the air pollutants, several other agents of pollution lead to slow skin damage, of which the added chlorine in swimming pools is a significant one. Knowing that an anti-pollution shield is not the feasible option, here’s listing down a few tips of the external layer of protection of home remedies to cleanse your skin from within that will help you go closer to the flawless, healthy skin.



Honey and Lime Juice

The most outrageous of all skin issues is the sun-tan. No matter how particular you are with the sunscreen lotions and other anti-tan skin products, a long day out in the sun and pollution does result in a sun-tan coating on your skin. Well, well, here’s one of the most effective home remedies to fight away sun-tan- lime juice and honey. In 2:1 ratio, raw lime juice and honey blended to a not-so-flowy consistency can do wonders to a suntanned skin. It rather deep cleanses the skin from within and works very fast.

Mix 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of honey. Wash your face with a cleanser. Apply the mixture over the face and neck. Avoid the eyes. Leave it for about 20-30 minutes and then wash with cold water.

Papaya Pulp

A number of skin products come with the tag of ‘papaya extracts.’ Yes, it’s true; papaya does lighten your skin tone. Instead of going for the chemical beauty products, try out the fruit pulp itself, all in the raw form. The blemishes, dark circles or any pigmentation are absolutely discarded on the application of papaya pulp to your skin.

Rub the pulp on the affected areas like face, neck for about 15 to 30 minutes and then wash off with normal water.

Neem (Indian lilac) and turmeric

While buying skin products, you must have come across this quintessential tag of ‘neem and turmeric extracts.’ Applying a thick semi-solid consistency of neem leaves and raw turmeric on the face and other sun-tanned parts of the skin cleanses and purifies the skin from within. It keeps pimples and rashes away owing to the antiseptic properties of both the ingredients. A little yellow tinge on your skin is likely to be there for a day, but your skin will be softer and clearer than ever for the next couple of days.

Take some fresh neem leaves and make it a fine paste with water. Add a few pinches of turmeric powder. Mix well. Wash the face before applying. Apply the paste and leave it for about 10-15 minutes and then wash with cold water.

A Diet Rich in Omega 3

More than external remedies, a proper diet is what your skin craves for. No matter how much choosy you may be with food, do keep in mind that food rich in Omega 3 is the key to prevention of harmful sun radiations. The fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 aid your skin with an internal shield against the sun radiations. Spinach, oyster, walnuts, meat, eggs, kidney beans, and salmon are some rich sources of these essential fatty acids.



Hydration of Your Skin

Sufficient water supply is another inevitable necessity of your skin. Drinking about 5-6 glasses of water in the morning helps a lot to keep your skin properly hydrated.

Apart from the remedies mentioned above, consumption of shredded or ground turmeric along with jaggery, ginger, and green tea also helps in purifying your skin from within. Along with your sunscreen lotions, these home remedies will cater to your skin problems as well.

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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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