Monday, 30 March 2015

How to care for dry skin

As odd as it sounds, dry skin isn't about a lack of moisture. Studies comparing the water content of dry skin to normal or oily skin don't show a significant difference between them. In fact, healthy skin is only about 30% water.

Adding more moisture to dry skin is not necessarily a good thing. If anything, too much moisture, such as from soaking in a bathtub, is bad for skin because it disrupts the skin's outer layers making it dry, flaky, dehydrated, and crepey.

Why Your Skin Gets Dry

The primary reason your skin becomes dry is all about impairment. What happens is that the outer layers of skin lose their ability to maintain normal moisture levels. For the most part, this is due to sun damage and, to some extent, the use of skin-care products that contain irritating or drying ingredients.

Have you ever noticed that the parts of your body that don't have sun damage (the parts of your body that are not routinely exposed to the sun) are rarely, if ever, dry (just look at the inside part of your arm or your derriere)? That's because areas with little to no sun damage don't suffer the range of problems that stem from cumulative sun exposure.

How to Fix Dry Skin

What dry skin needs is barrier-repairing ingredients that help it act younger so it can sustain a healthy water balance. Here are our best tips to stop the cycle of dry, uncomfortable skin:

The first step is to stop damaging the outer layer of skin by avoiding:

Soaps (all kinds, and anything in bar form)
Harsh cleansing ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate
Products with irritating ingredients (i.e. alcohol, peppermint, menthol, mint, citrus, eucalyptus, fragrance)
Exposure to hot water
Abrasive scrubs (think of the microdermabrasion-at-home type, or those that contain fruit and nut fragments)
The next steps are to give your skin what it needs to act like it did before it was damaged by the sun. Here are some fail-safe tips to help you have beautifully smooth, younger-looking skin:

Wear sunscreen daily, even in winter: Sun damage slowly makes your skin less and less able to hold moisture or feel smooth.

Use state-of-the-art moisturizers (serums, gels, lotions, creams, anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, firming, etc. are all just "moisturizers"): Moisturizers should be filled to the brim with antioxidants, ingredients that help skin hold on to water, skin-repairing ingredients, and anti-inflammatory ingredients. To ensure stability of the light- and air-sensitive ingredients, make sure whatever moisturizer you choose does not come in clear or jar packaging.

Exfoliate: Skin cell turnover (exfoliating) is a function of healthy skin, but due to sun damage, your skin needs help with this process. A well-formulated alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) product can help skin cells turn over in a more natural, youthful manner by removing the build-up of old skin cells and replacing them with newer, smoother ones.

For very dry skin, use pure plant oils such as olive oil or jojoba seed oil, applied after your moisturizer over dry areas.

Don't forget your lips: Lips are the least capable of staying smooth and soft. Do not leave your lips naked day or night. During the day it is essential to apply and reapply an emollient lipstick or gloss. At night, do not go to sleep without protecting your lips with an emollient lip balm all year-round.

Never use products that contain drying or irritating ingredients: But you already knew that one, right?

Constant exposure to dry environments, cold weather, or air from heaters or air conditioners can also be problematic because they impair and degrade the skin's outer protective layer. Adding a humidifier to your home can make a world of difference!

Will Drinking Water Prevent Dry Skin?

This is one of those beauty myths that refuses to go away, but here are the facts: Although drinking eight glasses of water a day is great for your body, it doesn't work to improve or reduce dry skin. If all it took to get rid of dry skin was drinking more water, then no one would have dry skin and moisturizers would stop being sold.

The causes of and treatments for dry skin are far more complicated than just drinking water. Of course, you should be careful to not consume the types of liquids that lead to dehydration, with alcohol and caffeine being the chief offenders. Balancing moderate intake of coffee or, for example, red wine with water will help offset the dehydrating effects both can have on your body.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Summer Skin Care Guide

Culprits of dry skin in the summer include chlorine, air conditioning, and sun exposure. Alcohol-free, moisturizing products can help prevent dry skin from developing.

With skimpy clothing and revealing bathing suits during the summer, it's hard to hide any flaws — flaky, dry skin being one of them. Unlike winter's bulky turtlenecks and baggy corduroys, summer's style follows the skin-is-in theory. So how do you avoid dry skin, or xerosis, in the summer and keep your skin looking great in that itsy, bitsy, polka-dot bikini?

Skip Dry Skin This Summer: Preventive Tips and Tactics

Lucky for you, winter is much worse for dry skin than summer. That's because steamy summer humidity keeps moisture in the air. Think of your skin as a sponge — the more moisture and oils it can retain, the less likely it will dry or crack.

"In general, summer is a better time than winter for dry skin — if you just behave yourself," says Rox Anderson, MD, professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Summer can still assault skin, especially if you live in a dry, low-humidity climate, like the Southwest. Here are the common culprits of summer that can make your skin go from smooth and supple to parched and scaly:

    Sun exposure. When the weather turns warm, it seems like everyone jumps outdoors to catch some rays. But sun exposure can do real damage. If you're fair skinned and get a series of sunburns that peel, your skin will feel dried out, lose protection against skin care, and show signs of aging sooner. Prevent dry skin by limiting direct sun exposure and wearing alcohol-free sunblock and lip balm with at least an SPF of 15, a large-brimmed hat, and protective clothing.

    Harsh soaps and solvents. Many chemicals in bug repellents and solvents, which you might use for gardening projects, can be irritating and make skin feel dry and itchy. Natural moisturizers and oils in the skin dissolve away with harsh soaps and alcohol-based products. Use mild cleansers with moisturizing properties that are free of fragrances and dyes, which can irritate skin further.

    Bathing and swimming. It might seem counterintuitive that water would cause dry skin, especially since humidity seems to help the condition. However, hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils very quickly. Chlorine in pools is a harsh chemical that can also pull out moisture quickly, especially bad for frequent swimmers, who frequently jump from the pool to the shower. The best way to protect your skin is to avoid chlorine as much as possible, and to take short, warm showers or baths to rinse off skin. There are also new lotions and products available to swimmers, which claim to neutralize chlorine and block chemicals from drying the skin.

    Shaving. However embarrassing dry skin can be in the summer, stubble can be just as bad. The problem with shaving is that it can irritate skin, and some shaving creams and gels have ingredients, like alcohol, that dry skin. Protect skin by always using a fresh blade, and don't shave quite as close if you have sensitive skin. Choose alcohol-free creams and gels with moisturizers, and shave in the direction in which the hair grows.

    Air conditioning. Resist cranking up the air conditioner as high as it will go. Your air conditioner pulls humidity out of the air, thus triggering dry skin.

Remember to keep moisturizing this summer — after showering, shaving, even washing the dishes. If dry skin becomes increasingly itchy, painful, or inflamed, no matter what season, it's best to see your dermatologist.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

How to Lighten Skin Naturally

Dark and dull skin can be caused by overexposure to the sun, environmental pollution, a medical condition, dry skin, stress, poor lifestyle choices, and prolonged use of chemical-based cosmetic products.

Many people work hard to achieve fair and flawless skin. The market is flooded with skin-lightening creams and lotions. But such products have harmful chemicals that can ultimately damage your skin. Oftentimes the products are expensive, too.

You can save yourself some time and money by using natural remedies that will effectively brighten and lighten your skin complexion.

Here are the top 10 ways to lighten skin naturally.

1. Yogurt

Yogurt, a by-product of milk, has many nutrients that are good for the skin. It also contains lactic acid that has bleaching properties. The following remedies are suitable for all skin types.

Gently rub plain yogurt onto your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily for several weeks to notice a significant change in your complexion.
Alternatively, mix one tablespoon of fresh yogurt with one-half tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture on your face and neck. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off with water. Do this daily to improve your skin tone and complexion.
You can also add a little lemon juice and some oatmeal to yogurt to make a thick paste, and apply it as a face mask. This remedy will also help keep your skin supple and moisturized.

2. Oranges

The most important ingredient in skin care is vitamin C, which you can get in abundance from oranges. Plus, oranges have bleaching properties that can lighten your skin tone.

It has been found that regular consumption of fresh orange juice can greatly improve the overall texture of your skin as well as its suppleness. To lighten your skin, oranges can be used in two different ways.

Make a paste by combining two tablespoons of orange juice and a pinch of powdered turmeric. Apply the paste on your face and neck before going to bed. You can also apply it on your hands and legs. Wash it off the next morning. Do this daily.
Grind dried orange peels into powder. Mix one tablespoon of the powdered peels with one tablespoon of plain yogurt to make a paste. Apply the paste on your skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with water. This will help lighten spots and other marks on your face. Do this once or twice a week, but no more than that.

3. Gram Flour

Gram flour is one of the best ingredients for people who wish to lighten their skin complexion. It contains various nutrients that help keep your skin very healthy. Using the remedy below every other day will help remove excess oil from your skin while retaining your skin’s natural moisture.

Mix some gram flour with a small amount of water or rose water to make a thick paste.
Apply it on your face, hands, and legs.
Leave it on until the paste dries. Then wash it off with water.

4. Honey

Honey helps bleach skin while also acting as a moisturizing agent. Dry skin is a common factor that contributes to an uneven skin tone. Honey also has antibacterial properties that can help fade age spots and acne scars.

Apply pure honey to your face, leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. This simple remedy will help remove dead skin cells, making your skin appear brighter and fresher than before. Do this once daily.
To make a skin-lightening mask, combine one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice, one tablespoon of powdered milk, and one-half teaspoon of almond oil. Mix them well and apply it gently on the skin. Leave it on for 10 to15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Do this every other day.

5. Lemons

The acidic property in lemons works as a natural bleaching agent for the skin and the high amount of vitamin C in them encourages new cell growth. Also, lemons have antioxidants that are very good for skin complexion.

Dip a cotton ball in freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply it directly on your face. You can even rub a cut lemon directly over the affected skin and allow the juice to stick to the skin. Leave it on for at least an hour and then wash your face with water. Do this once daily. This simple remedy will surely lighten your skin complexion and can also prevent the development of scars on your face.
Mix three teaspoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of turmeric powder or tomato juice to make a paste. Apply the paste on the skin and leave it on for half an hour. Wash it off with water. Do this once daily.
Alternatively, mix together one teaspoon each of lemon juice, powdered milk and honey. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this daily or every other day.
Note: When using these remedies, be sure there are no open wounds on your skin. The acidic nature of lemon juice can cause pain in open wounds. Also, lemon juice may not be suitable for sensitive skin or if you are allergic to lemons.

6. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera can alleviate hyperpigmentation and restore your skin’s original color. Hyperpigmentation is one of the main causes of uneven skin tone.

Also, the cooling effect of aloe vera helps regenerate new cells and rebuild damaged tissue, which is important for healthy skin. This simple remedy using aloe vera gel can lighten dark spots and improve your overall skin complexion.

Cut the outer layers of an aloe vera leaf. Squeeze out the thick, jelly-like substance.
Apply the gel thoroughly on your skin.
Leave it on for about 30 minutes, and then wash it off with water.
Do this at least twice daily for two weeks.
If you do not have an aloe vera plant, you can buy aloe vera gel in the market.

7. Papaya

Papaya is regularly used in various beauty treatments and can also be used to lighten your skin complexion. Papaya is believed to contain natural bleaching properties and the various nutrients in it will make your skin glow with health.

Eat papaya as a fruit. The general cleansing properties of papaya will cleanse the skin of impurities that could be causing it to darken.
Rub the inner part of the skin of a papaya on your face. Allow it to dry. Then wash your face with cold water and pat it dry. This will give your skin a nice glow. Do this daily.
Mash a ripe papaya and mix it with one cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Massage the mixture all over your face and neck. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Do this at least once a week to notice a visible change in your skin tone.

8. Turmeric

Turmeric is often used to improve skin complexion. It helps build up the kind of melanin content to maintain an even skin tone. Also, turmeric has antiseptic and antioxidant properties that are good for your skin’s overall health.

Mix turmeric powder and milk cream to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on your skin. Allow it to dry and then wash it off with lukewarm water. When followed regularly, this simple remedy is really effective for skin whitening.
Alternatively, mix two teaspoons of gram flour, one-half teaspoon of turmeric powder and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mask and leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is dry. Scrub off the dried mask and then rinse your skin with lukewarm water.

9. Cucumber

Cucumber binds collagen and ensures that your skin is firm as well as supple. Supple and firm skin often has an even and light skin tone. Cucumber also has a cooling effect on your skin. It is suitable for all skin types.

Place cucumber slices directly on the dark skin areas in need of lightening treatment. Leave them on for a few minutes, remove them and then rinse your skin with lukewarm water. Do this twice daily.
Grate a cucumber and mix it with honey to make a spot-reducing mask. Apply the mask on your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. Do this twice daily for effective results.
You can also mix one teaspoon each of lemon juice and cucumber juice. Apply it on your face, leaving it on for 15 to 20 minutes or until it dries. Wash it off with water. Do this once daily.

10. Oatmeal

The best way to encourage the growth of new skin cells to improve your skin tone is to get rid of old skin cells. Oatmeal helps exfoliate the skin, leaving it supple and soft.

Mix oatmeal with tomato juice and apply the mixture on your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. While rinsing, rub it gently so that the oatmeal can scrub off the dead skin cells. Do this daily.
Alternatively, mix one teaspoon of oatmeal powder, a pinch of turmeric and a few drops of lemon juice to make a thick paste. Apply it on your face and let it dry. Wash off the dry mask with water. Do this once daily.

Follow these natural remedies to lighten your skin complexion. However, bear in mind that these are very effective but will take time and patience to achieve your desired goal. Also remember that healthy skin is as important as a beautiful skin tone. So, try to maintain healthy skin also.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015


Asian women are known for their delicate beauty and smooth, fair skin. This is probably why I’m always intrigued by any traditional skin lightening remedies from the Orient.

One of these remedies is rice powder and rice water.

What is rice powder? What is rice water?

Rice powder is simply uncooked rice that has been ground into a fine powder. Water or milk added to rice powder creates a paste, which can be used as a face mask.

Rice water is the nutrient-rich water that comes from soaking or washing uncooked rice. Rice water is cloudy in appearance.

How can rice powder lighten our skin?

There are plenty of anecdotes about how rice powder and more specifically, rice water, can keep our skin youthful and translucent looking. But why does rice powder work, exactly?

Rice contains a high concentration of PABA. PABA (para aminobenzoic acid) is a very good sunscreen. When taken internally, PABA also raises the Vitamin C levels in our bodies.
Rice also contains two other sun protecting agents – ferulic acid and allantoin.
Ferulic acid is an antioxidant. Incredibly, scientists have found that when ferulic acid is added to Vitamin C and E, its sun protection ability doubled. (Scroll down this page to read an extract of the study’s findings.)
Allantoin is a good anti-inflammatory agent. It soothes sunburns and also promotes the skin’s repair.
When applied as a paste on the skin, rice powder has been shown to inhibit tyrosinase.

Make your own skin lightening ‘rice water’ toner

Washing your face in rice water can give you fairer and more translucent skin. While results will not be dramatic, you should see your skin become lighter within a month. The best part of this is that it’s so easy to do.

(For the sake of not wasting food, I do encourage you to only do this if you plan on cooking the rice for your meals later!)

Add water to uncooked rice to make your very own 'rice water' cleanser and toner.
You can add water to uncooked rice to make your very own 'rice water' cleanser and toner.
 Step 1. Using a clean bowl, soak some uncooked brown rice, white rice or red rice in water. A handful of rice should be more than enough.

Step 2. Run your fingers through this, as if you’re cleaning the rice.

Step 3. The water should look pretty cloudy right now. Drain this water into another clean bowl.

Step 4. Splash the ‘rice water’ over your face repeatedly (Tip: exfoliate your skin first with a scrub or washcloth so the rice water can be better absorbed). For even better skin lightening, do not towel your face dry but leave it damp to air-dry on its own.

Frequency and results: Do this consistently at least once a week and you should see your skin lighten after a month. If you feel comfortable, you can also use it a few times a week. The ferulic acid in rice is not a very strong acid, and the water would have diluted/weakened the solution further, so there should not be skin sensitivity. However, always use your own good judgement as everyone’s skin is different.

If you have more rice water left over, you can pat the remaining water on your face and neck or refrigerate the rest.

Make your own skin lightening rice mask

Rice paste applied as a mask can lead to a fairer complexion if used consistently
Rice paste can be applied as a mask
 If you’re not planning to eat the rice made from your rice water, there is one thing you can do with all that uncooked rice you used… Make it into a mask!

Here’s how:

Step 1. Grind a handful of uncooked rice into a fine powder. You can use a coffee grinder to do this.

Step 2. Add some milk to the rice powder – enough to make it into a paste.

Step 3. Apply this paste over your face and neck. Leave for 20-30 minutes.

Step 4. Wash the mask off with some warm water.

Frequency and results: Do this consistently at least once a week and you should see your skin lighten after a month.

Rice paste will not only lead to fairer skin, but also a smoother complexion with fewer wrinkles.

Rice in cosmetics and home remedies

Would you be surprised to hear that the humble rice is used in many expensive cosmetics and skin creams? A few examples of these are Kose Moisture Skin Repair Cream, L’Occitane Purifying Rice Toner, Clarifying Rice Mask, Ultra Matte Face Fluid, and Elegant Minerals Rice Setting Powder.

Here are three of the most common uses for rice in skincare and cosmetics.

Used to absorb oil to achieve matte skin. If you have very oily skin, brushing rice powder lightly over your face will give you a very matte look. Because of this, it also makes an excellent base for make-up. Rice powder absorbs oil very well and keeps your make-up from fading throughout the day.
In wrinkle creams. Many anti-aging skin creams and wrinkle creams contain ceramides that were extracted from rice. The ceramides in rice closely mimic our skin’s, which can give it a more youthful appearance.
Mineral make-up. Rice powder is used in some loose or pressed powder compacts. It is especially found in mineral make-up. Rice powder does a good job of covering blemishes and flaws to give the skin a smooth finish, and yet it allows the skin to breathe and does not clog pores.


Saturday, 8 November 2014

Benefits of Tomato for Skin

If you’re wondering how to make a tomato face pack at home, then the answer is quite simple but also extremely varied depending on your skin type. Thus, proving to us that the tomato face pack benefits are a plenty. Today I will share secrets of tomatoes for skin, do you know tomatoes are used for acne, pimples, pimple marks, dark marks and one more secret is it helps to get fairer skin or skin whitening. And tomato affects faster than any other natural homemade remedy without any side effects, I will tell you some of the homemade tomato mask which you can use daily.

Do you always search for skin whitening products in the market? Have you spent thousands of bucks on expensive skin whitening creams and lotions, but fed up of their fake promises? Why don’t you look for natural remedies? These natural remedies are really effective if you use them on a regular basis.

If you are looking for natural solutions to get a glowing and radiant skin, tomato can be your best friends. Face masks of tomato extracts can work wonders for your skin. It makes your skin radiant and also tones your skin to make you look younger.

Below are the best working Tomato face masks:-

1.     Oatmeal, Yogurt and Tomato Mask

Mix one tsp. each of oatmeal, tomato juice and yogurt in a bowl to make a paste. Apply it on your face and neck for 20-30 minutes and rinse with normal water. Tomato juice is known as a good astringent and lightens skin naturally. Oatmeal helps in exfoliating skin naturally and gently. Yogurt helps in removing blemishes because of its mild bleaching effect. You can also scrub your mask while rinsing it. It will remove dead skin. This mask is really effective in removing sun tan.

2.     Gram Flour and Tomato Face Mask

Gram flour is well known for sun tan removal especially in India. You can apply a face mask of tomato and gram flour. It is really useful in skin whitening. Take 2 tsp. of gram flour and mix with 2-3 tsp. of tomato juice. Mix it and apply for 15-20 minutes. Then, rinse off with clean water.

3.     Tomato and Coriander Mask

Tomato and coriander leaves mask is a perfect skin whitening mask for dry and oily skin. You have to mix two tsp. of tomato juice with two tsp. of coriander leaves juice. Now, add a spoon of fuller’s earth and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this smooth mask for 20-30 minutes and rinse off with normal water.

4.     Tomato and Lemon Juice Mask
Take half tomato and add 5-6 drops of lemon juice, then grind or squeeze it and take out the juice and apply on clean face and neck leave until it becomes dry then wash it using cold water. You can also apply this mask on arms and tanned areas daily.

5.     Tomato and Curds Mask
Take 1-2 fresh tomatoes and mash them to form a pulp. Add a tablespoon of curd along with some oatmeal. Apply this mixture on your face; leave it for 5 or 10 minute before washing it off with cold water. This face pack will not only cure your sun burnt skin but also make it glow.

6.     Tomato and Sandalwood Mask
Add a tablespoon of sandalwood powder to a mixture of tomato juice and lemon juice. Blend it until it becomes a paste. Apply this mask on your face for at least 15 minutes. Besides making your skin glowing and radiant, this will also make your skin tone lighter and fairer.

7.     Tomato and Lemon Mask for Acne

Mix mashed tomatoes with a tablespoon of lemon juice and apply it on your face. Leave it until it gets dry. It is a very effective face pack to obtain glowing skin, remove skin oiliness and get rid of acne. Besides this it also makes your skin supple and tight thereby preventing premature aging signs.

8.   Tomato and Cucumber Face Mask
This face mask is very effective in getting rid of tanned skin. Mix fresh juice of tomato and cucumber in equal quantities and apply this mixture on the affected area. Allow it to air dry for 10 minutes and wash it off with clean water. You will observe significant lightening of tanned skin.

9.     Tomato and Olive oil Mask
Cut the tomato into two parts. Squeeze the juice from one half into a bowl, add a tsp. of olive oil to it and stir the mixture. Now apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Best for dry skin.

10.   Tomato and Sugar Mask

Slice the top off tomato. Sprinkle sugar on a small plate, and dip tomato slice into it. Use the sugar-coated tomato slice to gently exfoliate your face, in a circular motion. Pay extra attention to areas prone to blackheads – T zone (forehead, nose and chin). Once your face is evenly covered with tomato scrub, relax for 10 minutes before rinsing it off completely with water. Pat dry with a soft towel and follow up with an astringent and moisturizer.

11.   Tomato Mask for Oily and acne skin
If you have oily skin and struggle to keep your face from shining like a fried papad, tomato is the solution to your agony. Crush a fresh tomato and strain it. Make a little cucumber juice and add it to the tomato juice. Apply this juice with a cotton ball daily to control excessive oiliness and acne.

12.   Tomato Face Mask for Smooth skin
Rub tomato directly on face for 5 min than relax for 10 min then again rub for 2 min then wash your face using normal water. You can rub daily or weekly twice. You can a pinch of turmeric powder on it (optional).

All of these masks are easy to make at home. They are really effective in removing fine lines, dark spots, wrinkles, fade moles, sun tan, acne scars, and dullness. They also tighten the skin and make your skin soft and smooth. Apart from these natural remedies, you should also use sunblock and sunscreen lotions whenever you go out in the summers and sunlight.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Banana Face Mask for Acne

Banana mask for acne effectively works due to high amount of starch containing in the banana. Starch dries the skin that is essential for acne prone skin type. That is why by the way people with dry skin need to add olive, almond, peach oil or other oil in scrubs and masks with banana.

I want to offer you a banana mask recipe with the addition of baking soda and tea tree oil for enhancing the effect of the skin cleansing.

Baking soda is well known germicide substance . Tea tree oil is widely used in cosmetics for acne prone skin. I love to use this aromatic oil in varied masks for acne.

You can do the same if you are not allergic to tea tree oil. This banana mask with soda and tea tree oil has also a peeling effect.


    ½ banana
    1/3 tsp of baking soda
    3-4 drops of tea tree oil

Peel a ripe banana. Eat one half of banana and another one mash into a paste with a fork.

Sprinkle some baking soda in the mashed banana texture. Do not add more than 1/3 teaspoon baking soda. Large amount of soda can cause face skin irritation.

Drip tea tree oil and thoroughly mix all ingredients.

Apply the mixture massaging the face skin with fingertips.


You can leave the mask for about 15 minutes if it does not irritate your skin.

Wash your face immediately if any discomfort is coming up. Rinse the face with cold water.

If your skin does not adopt baking soda or tea tree oil, you can make a mask from pure banana pulp.

It has one advantage: the mask turns edible.


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Habits For Light Skin

Dark and dull skin can be caused by overexposure to the sun, environmental pollution, a medical condition, dry skin, stress, poor lifestyle choices, and prolonged use of chemical-based cosmetic products.

Many people work hard to achieve fair and flawless skin. The market is flooded with skin-lightening creams and lotions. But such products have harmful chemicals that can ultimately damage your skin. Oftentimes the products are expensive, too.

You can save yourself some time and money by using natural remedies that will effectively brighten and lighten yours kin’s complexion.

Getting a light skin can take a long time so patience is the key ingredient along with consistency and hard work.

Even before you start working on your complexion, there are a few things you will need to pay attention to - dealing with exposure to the sun comes first in the list. Always use a sunscreen before you leave home, an SPF 30, and if you are indoors you can use a SPF 15 sunscreen cream. Reapply at midday.

Drink enough water - at least 8 glasses a day to keep your skin well hydrated and sound sleep with some exercise to make you perspire and open your pores.

Cleanse your face well after a long day of work. Do this by using an oil or cream to remove make-up and wash your face with a gentle face wash.

It is very important to moisturize your skin - use oil or cream of your choice, Aloe Vera gel is ideal for a dry skin.

Exfoliate the skin on a daily basis by using face scrubs. For a dry skin mix some salt and sugar and gently massage the skin with this till it melts, the hydroxyl acid present removes blemishes and dark spots also.

Use a face mask after a scrub - but not after a fruit mask after a salt and sugar scrub, as it can aggravate the skin and make it very sensitive.