Month: January 2016

An Absolute Way Towards Healthy Skin

Healthy SkinIt starts with a glass of lukewarm water with some lime and honey. Next, it is a bowl full of fruits and veggies making a tempting food-porn. And that’s not all, a glass full of milk without sugar is what makes it complete.

Well, that’s how my morning breakfast goes everyday. Often am being asked – “Don’t you get bored out of the same breakfast routine?” “It’s important”, that’s what I answer most of the time. We all are aware of the fact that while juggling with the daily life, we often forget or we simply ignore the importance of having a healthy skin.

Not only it indicates your physical well-being, but also adds an impressive aura to your personality. Adding different sorts of nutritional eatables your diet can do wonders to your skin. From juicy orange to sweet strawberry and from raw pepper bells to sweet carrots; every fruit and vegetable can give your skin the nutrition it actually needs.

For your consideration, I am pointing a few benefits of good diet and nutrition your skin. Have a look:

    • Adds a natural shine to your skin. So you need not to bother your pretty face with those chemical creams that have side effects such as allergy and acne.
    • Keeps your skin hydrated which simply adds to your natural beauty and keeps those wrinkles and scars away. So you will be younger than ever with that supple and soft skin.
    • No more dead cells and spots that make your skin look like no less than a black egg. With clear skin and no blackheads you can walk down the college with full confidence and can make everyone gaze in awe.
    • Lessens the possibility of acne and saves you from spending thousands of bucks on acne treatments. With savings, you can better focus on other valuable things that need your attention.

What’s the best part? Well, taking a good diet will pose no side effects on your skin, so you’re less prone to dangerous diseases like cancer. In short, it adds a pleasing effect to your persona while keeping you fit and fine.

What’s your take on this? Do you follow any diet routine to keep your skin healthy? Which home remedies are the easiest to follow for better skin and beauty? Are there any harmless skin products which you are using to beautify yourself. I would love to hear from you!

Easy Remedies To Cure Sun Burns

Easy Remedies To Cure Sun BurnsThere are a lot of things to love about the summer, but a lot of things to hate as well. The heat, the sweat and most of all the sun burns.

Sun burns are basically parts of our skin which gets really scorched by prolonged stay in direct sunlight. It can happen on the beach or if you are walking in the sun. It is also possible for it to happen in patches or on your whole exposed body. Sometimes, no matter how much sunscreen you apply your skin gets burnt, or you forget to reply another coat which then leads to burns.

Sun burns can be extremely painful, making it hard to wear clothes or your silver rings. So, here are a few remedies to sooth the pain and cure your skin:

1. Potato Paste

We all love potatoes, we like eating them in different ways, but who knew they would come handy here as well. Just take scrubbed potatoes and grate or blend them in a bowl. The paste should be liquid and not dry; you can add water if you like. Soak the cotton balls in that mixture and then place it over the burn. Potatoes will relieve the pain and provide the moisture needed. This is a good option if you have patches of burns and not when your whole body is burnt.

2. Cool Milk

Milk cools your skin down and creates a layer of protein to heel you skin. So chill a good amount of milk and add it to your tub of cold water and then just lie in it for as long as it is cold.

You can also make a cold milk compress by soaking a gauze or a washcloth in cold milk and then placing it on your burn till it is cold.

3. Cool off with Mint & Tea

Mint has natural cooling tendency and the acid found in green tea will help relieve the pain and heal your damaged skin.

So just boil a quarter of water, about 5 green tea bags, without the string and tags of course along with 3 cups of fresh mint leaves. Strain after it has been set of the flame for some time and chill it.

Then just use cotton balls or clean washcloth to apply to the area, you can add to the water in your bathtub as well. Soon enough you will be all healed and ready to flaunt your jewellery like silver rings in no time.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is the go to remedy for any skin related problems even sun burns. It cools down the skin and provides the necessary healing nutrients. You can make pastes, gels, use it to clean your face and freshen up your skin anything you want. It helps sooth insect bites and irritation as well.

If you have an aloe vera plant, then just cut out the big leaves, open then and rub the gooey material inside on your burns.

You can also buy aloe vera based gel from the markets and use that. You can spread on your whole body and let it there for some time.

You don’t need to cool it as aloe vera has natural cooling abilities but if you want you can keep the gel in the fridge, do not keep the leaves in the fridge as they will just dry out. It all dries out so you don’t necessarily need a shower after that but if you like a cold water shower will do.

Other than these, keep yourself hydrated and use as much sunscreen as you possibly can. Avoid going out in the sun till you skin is healing and don’t wear any body-hugging clothes or heavy jewellery.

Herbs for Skin Care

Herbs for Skin CareWe all want a young and beautiful look! It has been an urge in the human race ever since its origin. The practice of adoring and improving our appearance has been continuing across the centuries. The word “cosmetics” originated from the Greek word “kosmeticos” which means adorn. Since then, all materials used for caring the skin, beautifying it or improve its look have been called cosmetics.

Nowadays, cosmetics are essential commodities in life. Many natural materials are using for the production of cosmetics and herbs are common in all most all cosmetics. To adorn and improve the skin appearances and to treat many skin diseases, herbal products have been using across the world. Ultraviolet (UV) radiations are one of the prime reasons for sunburns, wrinkles, immunity problems, premature aging and to a certain extent-Cancer. It has been proved scientifically that herbs and herbal preparations/products have high potential to prevent the UV rays because of their strong antioxidant activity.

Antioxidants like vitamin C &E, flavonoids, and phenolic acids play a prime role in fighting against radical species which are the prime cause of many changes occurring negatively in the skin. Though a single plant component has strong potential in skin care; it has been proved that a right mix of various herbs has better potential in protecting the skin. The complex composition of the herbal mix helps it provide a better result when compared to a single component in the herbal plant.

Research and development in herbs show that green and black tea ameliorates negative skin reactions due the UV exposure. Similarly, aloe based gels are capable of stimulating skin and it helps in the growth of new cells. Sesame oil has a capacity to resists 30% of UV rays, while other natural oils such as coconut, peanut, olive, and cottonseed oils can block about 20%. of UV.

It may be a very lovely feeling if we use exotic botanicals and common herbs for skin care. Each herb has immense potential and benefits! Let’s see a few.

Wild black raspberry & Blackberry: Both Black Raspberry and Blackberry are astringents and good skin toners. The leaves of each for them contain high calcium and vitamin C. If you are using it as a vinegar-based skin toner, these healing herbs are imparted to the skin as well.

Elder Flowers: Elder Flowers has a strong potential to heal the skin. They are calming and reparative. They can protect your skin from damages caused due to too much sun, pollution and trauma. These flowers are widely used in lots of herbal products such as astringents, toners, skin creams and skin care oils.

Spruce: This herb can make you evergreen. It is highly antimicrobial and bracing, It is high in vitamin C. Spruce needles are the base of many toners and healing balms. They have properties with full of natural anti-acne formulas, for large pores and oily skin and in men’s skin care.

Plantain: The herb is well-known for its drawing properties. It’s too good for lumps and bumps when used fresh as a poultice. It also contains emollient and moistening properties which are the base for many herbal products like the balms, herbal oils, and natural skin care creams. It also works as a good anti-agent and dry skin protector.

 

The Best Treatments for Acne Scars

Best Treatments for Acne ScarsTeenage years can be a confusing time since a person is going through a lot of physical and emotional changes. Studies too are getting tough and everyone starts expecting a more responsible behavior which is not always easy.

Acne has the knack of showing up all of a sudden and can ruin the perfect look. Thankfully, for most people, it goes away with puberty. However, not everyone is that fortunate and in some people, acne can continue to be a problem for many more years to come.

There are a number of problems attached with chronic acne. Apart from the cosmetic effect, acne can also have physical symptoms like pain and puss leakage. If left uncontrolled, acne can cause real scaring impacts.

To counter acne scarring, proper corrective treatments are needed. Traditionally, people have relied upon surgical scar removal. However, with nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatments available, people tend to prefer them due to equally good results and no lengthy downtimes or severe side effects.

These nonsurgical treatments warrant a closer look as they promise to deliver extremely good results. Let’s take a closer look at these to learn more about them and how they help in getting rid of these unwanted scars.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

The laser used for this purpose is the Fractional CO2. This is fractional version of carbon dioxide laser that make microscopic holes in the skin, resurface it and bring healthier skin on top. This happens as the damaged skin crusts away. The treatment also helps in boosting the collagen and elastin production levels which further smoothens the skin.

Fractional CO2 treatment for acne scars is considered equally good to the surgical scar removal without the downtime. The side effects too are fairly mild and temporary. To fully remove a scar, the treatment has to be repeated a few times. There is some pain during the treatment which is countered with the help of topical anesthetics.

Dermabrasion

This is a treat that employs a specialized wire brush to exfoliate the top layer of the skin to remove the acne scars. As the skin heals, it has lesser appearance of the problem. The treatment also boosts the collagen levels in the skin.

This highly invasive treatment is performed after the administration of local or topical anesthesia. Much like other noninvasive treatments, it too needs to be repeated a few times to remove the scars completely. Side effects are present and there is a brief downtime so be sure to have days off available after a treatment session.

Microdermabrasion

It is an advanced model of dermabrasion which is minimally invasive in nature. It works by spraying tiny crystals on to skin with the help of a handheld device. The crystals cause injuries to the skin which instigates the healing process. As the skin heals, the appearance of the scars lessens. At the same time, more collagen is produced which further helps in firming up the skin.

The treatment is a lunchtime procedure with no downtime. Side effects are also negligible and generally last for a day or two. To numb down any pain, topical anesthesia is commonly used prior to the treatment. The scars can be removed within a few treatment session.

Chemical Peels

These acidic solutions are easily available in drugstores without a prescription. Doing it yourself seems to be an appealing option but do keep in mind that it can leave you with damaged skin so it is best left to the professionals.

The peels are useful for mild acne scarring only. They are applied to the damaged area and left in place for about twenty minutes before being removed. The skin resurfaces and the appearance of the scars is lessened. Much like other nonsurgical treatments, chemical peels also boost the collagen level in the skin.

The treatment may need to be repeated more than once based on the strength of the peels. Local or topical anesthesia is used, once again depending on the peels’ strength. Side effects are generally not very severe and usually there is little to no downtime.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injections composed of natural fat and collagen. To counter acne scars, they are injected into the site of the scar. This raises the appearance of the skin in the region and improves the smoothness of the surface. To fully take effect, the fillers take a few days.

The time period of the effectiveness of the fillers varies. Their results can last from a few weeks to a couple of years. The fillers can then be used again to maintain the fantastic results. It is important to see a doctor before getting fillers to ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment.