5 Essential Oils You Can Use In Winters For Healthy Hair

The whipping cold dry winds in the winter season wreak plenty of havoc on our skin and hair as it depletes the natural moisture of the skin and the room heaters worsen the problem. Apart from the skin of our body, our scalp too turns inordinately dry and flaky in the winter months, thus dandruff is quite a common problem.

So, to avoid this, there is an endless list of nutrient rich, nourishing, essential oils that not only add an enormous amount of sheen, but also infuse health to our cherished tresses. Here is a list of the right oils for you depending upon your respective hair woes.

#1. Almond oil: solution for hair fall and breakage

Barely would you find a woman who has not experienced hair-fall or breakage at least once in her life. Almond oil can play a major role in your hair growth as it prevents hair fall and breakage. It contains all kind of healthy ingredients for hair such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, phospholipids and magnesium. You can add silkiness and shine to your hair & nourish the scalp with almond oil.

#2. Olive oil: solution for split ends and frizzy hair

Olive oil is truly a powerhouse when it comes to hair, skin and beauty applications. It has great moisturising properties and hence is considered great for taming frizz and split ends. Mix 4 tbsp olive oil with 1 beaten egg yolk and honey. Now apply it directly to entire scalp & hair; let it sit for 30 minutes and after that, do the normal shampooing and conditioning. Make sure to never heat olive oil as heating can make it lose its moisturising properties.

#3. Sesame oil: solution for premature greying

With highly nourishing, lubricating and a healing nature, sesame oil improves the colour of your hair and treats and prevents premature greying due to its darkening qualities. It has some essential fatty acids like omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 that nourish your hair and encourage thick and shiny hair growth. Sesame (also known as gingelly oil) is a multi-nutrient oil as it contains Vitamin E, B complex, and minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and protein, which is a privilege to strengthen the hair roots. It is antibacterial and applying it on the scalp helps keep both fungal and bacterial infections at bay.

#4. Lavender oil: solution for dry and flaky scalp

It is definitely one of the most popular essential oils that have antidepressant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. This oil can do wonders to the scalp that is dry and flaky as it has moisturising effects to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. One can also combine it with other oils such as jojoba oil, for an extra boost of hydration. It can also alleviate insomnia.

#5. Aromatic oils: for healthy and shiny hair

Aromatic oils are primarily a blend of oil with aromatic compounds, and have a pleasing aroma to soothe the senses. Many hair problems occur due to mental or physical stress and these aromatic oils with their mood-boosting aroma – leave a great impact on the mindset of a person and eventually keep all such problems at bay. Oils like rosemary, eucalyptus, mango-seed, are some of the best aromatic oils that can be used to treat different disorders.

Now that you know of all the best aromatic oils for your hair, make sure you make the best use of these and give your hair some pampering this season.

Why that hot cup of tea maybe BAD for you !!!

Many of us are so eager to have our cup of tea that we do not wait for it to brew properly, a University of London study revealed last week.

Researchers found that 40 per cent of tea drinkers do not let the tea infuse for two minutes; the time needed to achieve the best flavour.

Not only will you miss out on the taste but there is also another potential problem with being impatient — you are drinking the liquid when it is still very hot, which, research suggests, could be bad for you. 

Drinking a cup of tea in less than two minutes after it was poured has been associated with a five-fold higher risk of cancer, compared with drinking it four or more minutes after being pouredDrinking a cup of tea in less than two minutes after it was poured has been associated with a five-fold higher risk of cancer, compared with drinking it four or more minutes after being poured

For example, the heat and steam from your cup of tea or coffee can make blood vessels in the nose expand, says Henry Sharpe, a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. 

‘This can lead to weakening or rupturing of the vessels, causing nosebleeds. 

‘People prone to nosebleeds are particularly vulnerable, so allow your drinks to cool. 

‘We tell anyone who has had nasal surgery to avoid hot drinks for 40 to 72 hours.’

If you have had a nosebleed, avoid hot drinks for at least 24 hours as that is how long it takes for blood vessels to settle down, says Mr Sharpe. 

And here is what else that warming cuppa might do.

IS IT SAFER TO HAVE MILK IN YOUR TEA?

Drinking steaming hot black tea has been linked with an increased risk of oesophageal cancer.

The disease affects 8,000 people in Britain each year. 

In Europe it tends to be associated with smoking, obesity and alcohol, rather than hot drinks.

However, researchers at the University of Tehran have suggested that hot black tea may also be a risk factor. 

They studied the tea-drinking habits of 300 people diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and compared them with healthy people.

Nearly all of the participants drank black tea regularly; more than a litre a day on average. 

Drinking steaming hot black tea has been linked with an increased risk of oesophageal cancer. The disease affects 8,000 people in Britain each yearDrinking steaming hot black tea has been linked with an increased risk of oesophageal cancer. The disease affects 8,000 people in Britain each year

 

HOT DRINKS MAKES SKIN CONDITIONS WORSE 

People with rosacea may find that it gets worse when they have hot drinks. 

The condition, which affects one in ten people, causes chronic facial flushing.

‘Many patients in my practice find the redness gets worse when they drink hot drinks and improves when they replace them with cold drinks,’ says Dr John Ashworth, consultant dermatologist at Bridgewater NHS Trust, Cheshire.

This may be because a rise in body temperature affects the blood vessels around the body which regulate heat, including those in the face, he says.

If you have sensitive teeth, perhaps from tooth grinding or brushing too hard, avoid hot drinks altogether. Teeth that have just been whitened may also feel sensitive
If you have sensitive teeth, perhaps from tooth grinding or brushing too hard, avoid hot drinks altogether. Teeth that have just been whitened may also feel sensitive

COULD YOUR TASTEBUDS BE DESTROYED?

Damaging the tastebuds can cause a rough, painful feeling on your tongue but it would take drinking hot drinks repeatedly and scalding the tongue extensively to affect taste sensation permanently 

THE 5 ESSENTIAL VITAMINS FOR STAYING HEALTHY AND FIT THIS WINTER

Ein Mann und eine Frau schneiden Gemüse auf einem Holzbrett

When temperatures drop, your risk of catching a cold increases. But how can you keep from getting sick? Get plenty of exercise, stay warm and eat a balanced diet. In today’s blog post, we will tell you which five vitamins are essential in winter and how you can avoid developing a vitamin deficiency.

lots of fruits on a table

1. VITAMIN D

Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is not so uncommon. Especially in places with long, dark winters. Your body makes vitamin D (cholecalciferol) when your skin is exposed to sunlight. The lack of sunlight in winter often makes it hard for your body to produce enough vitamin D. Why is this fat-soluble vitamin so important for us? It strengthens our immune system and protects us from infections.

Daily requirement in the absence of sunlight: 20 mcg/day

THESE FOODS ARE GOOD SOURCES OF VITAMIN D:

  • Fish (salmon, tuna & sardines)
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Mushrooms

Note: If you already have a deficiency, you won’t be able to correct it by simply eating foods containing vitamin D. In this case, you need to see a doctor. A supplement might also be a good idea. In winter, you should get approx. 5,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D per day.

2. VITAMIN C

While Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can’t protect you from colds, it can shorten the length of time you are sick. If your body is low in vitamin C, it won’t be able to ward off germs as effectively as usual. Therefore, an adequate supply of vitamin C is crucial in winter!

Daily requirement: women 95 mcg/day, men 110 mcg/day

THESE FOODS ARE GOOD SOURCES OF VITAMIN C:

  • Bell peppers (contain almost three times as much vitamin C as oranges)
  • Citrus fruits
  • Brassicas (kale & broccoli)
  • Leafy greens
  • Cranberries

Make sure to eat plenty of the abovementioned foods to avoid developing a vitamin C deficiency.

red and yellow pepper

3. FOLIC ACID

Folic acid is part of the B vitamin family. It is important for the growth and reproduction of cells and is therefore very important during pregnancy. It also plays an important role in DNA and RNA synthesis. This is why a lack of folic acid can weaken your immune system.

Pregnant women should definitely be taking folic acid, and it’s also a good idea for people suffering from intestinal disorders. Plus, alcoholics are at a much higher risk of becoming deficient in folic acid. In addition to getting help with this addiction, a folic acid supplement could also be a good idea.

Daily requirement: 300 mcg/day, pregnant women 550 mcg/day

THESE FOODS ARE GOOD SOURCES OF FOLIC ACID:

  • Leafy greens (spinach & kale)
  • Beets
  • Legumes (beans & chickpeas)
  • Rolled oats
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Peanuts

4. VITAMIN A

Vitamin A (retinol) is a fat-soluble vitamin. Most people know that it is good for your vision, but it’s also important to get plenty of this vitamin in winter. Vitamin A deficiency has been associated witha reduced immune response and an increased risk of infection.

The human body is capable of producing vitamin A itself from beta-carotene (the precursor of the vitamin).

Daily requirement: women 0.8 mg/day, men 1 mg/day

THESE FOODS ARE GOOD SOURCES OF VITAMIN A AND BETA-CAROTENE:

  • Tuna
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale & arugula)

a lady is frying two eggs

Good to know:

Foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins should always be eaten together with fat (e.g. vegetable oils).

5. VITAMIN E

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is also a member of the fat-soluble vitamin family. The vitamin is a potent antioxidant which strengthens the immune system and plays numerous roles in the body. It is said to help with a wide range of diseases (like cancer and arthritis) and the aging process. Your chances of developing a vitamin deficiency are low if you eat a balanced diet.

Daily requirement: women 12 mg/day, men 14 mg/day

THESE FOODS ARE GOOD SOURCES OF VITAMIN E:

  • Nuts
  • Vegetable oils (wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, safflower oil)
  • Whole grain products

TAKEAWAY:

If you eat a balanced diet and lead a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent vitamin deficiencies in winter. However, if you are tired or sick a lot, it might be worth talking to a doctor. The doctor will draw a blood sample and then be able to tell you if you have a deficiency and what vitamin or mineral supplements you need to take.

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WHAT IS SKIN POLISHING?

Skin polishing is one of the ways to enhance the beauty of skin. You can try skin polishing remedies either by visiting beauty parlours or at home. Read on to know how you can carry out skin polishing technique at home for enhancing the beauty of your skin naturally.
Skin polishing in simple words is a special technique of exfoliating skin. The dead cells are removed which helps new and healthy cells to come in place of that and the skin looks clean and polished. So, if you want to give your skin a nice and fresh glow, you can go for skin polishing.
Why Skin Polishing?

Our skin is exposed to a variety of things like sun rays, dust, pollution and many more. This makes it lose the natural luster and shine. Well, we need to exfoliate our skin at regular intervals so that we can protect it from the adverse effects of these attacking elements.

Skin care has always been an important part of the routine for every man and woman. But, the amount of exposure and roughness that our skin faces these days, the time given to it in the hectic schedule is very less. However, the best thing is that we can exfoliate or polish our skin at home and you do not even have to spend a lot of time for that.
Skin Polishing at Home

The basic things that we need for skin polishing at home are as follows:

  • Pure olive oil
  • Exfoliating sugar body scrub
  • Pumice stone
  • Skin exfoliating kit

Starting from the face, you should keep in mind that the skin of the face is sensitive and so you need gentle exfoliant for that. First use warm water to moisten your face and then use the exfoliant. Using circular motion gently rub taking care of the soft areas around eyes. If you suffer from acne, avoid mechanical polishing and also use a facial peel before this so that your skin gets smoother.

To polish your body, take a warm water bath and steam up your bathroom. Apply olive oil all over the body and wait for 10 minutes. Apply gentle sugar body scrub all over your body with the help of polishing cloth. Make sure your movements are circular. You can apply slightly more pressure so that your skin gets exfoliated thoroughly. If you use pumice stone to rub your knees, heels and elbows, apply Vaseline before you do that.

Now, you can rinse your body with warm water. Gently rub with your hands and you can leave the olive oil so that it keeps your body moisturised. Do not rub your skin with towel after polishing it. Pat dry and that too gently.

There is no need to rub your skin hard. Also, remember that it is enough to exfoliate your skin twice weekly. You will get a flawless and perfectly shining skin.
Natural Skin Polishing

There are some other combinations of elements for skin polishing.

  • Brown sugar and jojoba oil – Mix ½ cup of jojoba oil, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of orange oil and 4 – 5 capsules of Vitamin E in a bowl.
  • Sugar and strawberry scrub – Mix ½ spoon of almond oil, two ripe strawberries mashed and 10 teaspoons of raw sugar and prepare the body scrub.
  • Baking soda and aloe vera – Take two tablespoon of baking soda and add fresh aloe vera juice to it.
  • Wheat flour and olive oil – Take two tablespoons of wheat flour and add half teaspoon of turmeric and half teaspoon of olive oil. Mix well and your body scrub is ready.

Now you have learnt the technique and you have some options too. Pamper your skin with these treatments and do give it a try. It will help you achieve the radiance you are looking for.

5 Ways Exercise Makes You Gorgeous

8 Ways Exercise Makes You Gorgeous

Working out isn’t all about dropping pounds or prepping for your next triathlon. Regular exercise also gives you a healthy, glowing look and an unmistakable va-va-voom that you just can’t get any other way.

Anyone who makes a habit of going to the gym, unfurling a yoga mat or hiking in the woods is privy to a secret known only to the physically active: The rewards of exercise extend far beyond slimming down or adding muscle tone. Dozens of subtle changes visibly revamp the body and the psyche in ways scientists are only beginning to understand.

Maybe your skin looks brighter, your step is springier or you’re more confident at work. Such small victories may go unnoticed by unobservant exercisers, but those on the lookout for these benefits will find them every bit as valid as gains measured by scales and calipers.

Scientists chalk up such fitness boons to a range of powerful physiological and biochemical processes triggered by regular exercise. “Every cell in the human body benefits from physical activity,” says Tim Church, MD, PhD, the director of preventative medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. And, he says, you feel tangible rewards right away. “Within an hour of exercising, you feel less anxious; that night you sleep better; and for 72 hours afterward your body processes blood sugar more efficiently.”

Need more incentive to lace up your sneakers? Here’s a peek into a few of the ways exercise can make you look and feel fantastic.

1. Smoother, More Radiant Skin

Genma Holmes, 43, was horrified when she broke out in adult acne three years ago. “I was 40 and felt like a hot mess because my face was dotted with pimples,” says the working mom from Nashville, Tenn. Then, last year, she started walking two miles a day and working out on an elliptical trainer three times a week. Sure, she expected to shape up, but she was shocked when her acne cleared. “Looking in a full-length mirror and seeing a slimmer me is great, but looking in a compact mirror and not seeing blackheads is even better,” she says.

Holmes’s clearer skin comes as no surprise to Audrey Kunin, MD, a dermatologist in Kansas City, Mo., and author of The DERMAdoctor Skinstruction Manual (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Working up a good sweat is the equivalent of getting a mini-facial, she says. “When the pores dilate, sweat expels trapped dirt and oil. Just be sure to wash your face afterward so the gunk doesn’t get sucked back into the pores.”

Working up a good sweat is the equivalent of getting a mini-facial.

Breaking a sweat isn’t the only way exercise benefits the skin — it also reduces bodywide inflammation, helps regulate skin-significant hormones and prevents free-radical damage. When you exercise, the tiny arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients that repair damage from the sun and environmental pollutants. These nutrients also rev up the skin’s collagen production, thwarting wrinkles. “As we age, fibroblasts [the collagen-producing cells in the skin] get lazier and fewer in number,” Kunin says. “But the nutrients delivered to the skin during exercise help fibroblasts work more efficiently, so your skin looks younger.”

For more ways exercise improves your skin, read “Exercise Makes Skin Healthier“.

2. Greater Self-Confidence

Confident people radiate a certain physical appeal and charisma. A recent British study found that people who began a regular exercise program at their local gym felt better about their self-worth, their physical condition and their overall health compared with their peers who stayed home. The best part was that their self-worth crept up right away — even before they saw a significant change in their bodies.

“You don’t need to improve your fitness level to improve your self-perception of how fit you are,” says Adrian Taylor, PhD, an exercise researcher at the University of Exeter in England and the study’s lead investigator. And from there it’s only a short leap to enjoying healthier self-esteem, he adds. “Our self-worth is directly tied to our energy levels, our feelings of competence and our perceived attractiveness.” And nothing is more gorgeous than the self-assurance that comes from feeling good in your own skin.

3. Increased Stature

Annie Appleby, 45, a yoga instructor and founder of YogaForce LLC in San Francisco, took up yoga as a means to relieve stress. But it wasn’t until she had a checkup a few years later that she saw the full effects of her practice. When the doctor measured her height, they both noticed she’d grown an inch and a half. “I couldn’t believe it,” she says. “I’d always wanted to be taller; now I fit into my clothes better and feel more spacious in my body.”

No one has studied precisely why exercise makes you taller, but activities that stretch and strengthen muscles at the same time, like yoga or Pilates, can correct bad posture and therefore add height, says Dan Bradley, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the Texas Back Institute in Denton, Texas. Hunching makes some muscle groups contract and others lengthen, he explains, which subtracts height. “If you actively work to bring muscles back into balance, your back will lengthen, your posture will improve and you can grow taller.”

If you actively work to bring muscles back into balance, your back will lengthen, your posture will improve and you can grow taller.

People with swayed backs benefit most from core strengthening exercises, such as planks, farmer’s walks and bird dogs. For hunched shoulders, working on strengthening the upper back using resistance with bands, machines or free weights can help restore lost height. And, of course, exercise that improves posture tends to also make you look thinner, fitter and more confident.

4. Less Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety, fearfulness and uncertainty all drain your vitality and dampen your mood, which in turn tends to show on your face and in the way you carry yourself. Roughly 40 million Americans over 18 suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health — that’s nearly 20 percent of all adults — and for many of them, that anxiety strips both the smile from their face and the spring from their step. Exercise has been shown to alleviate most mild to moderate cases of anxiety, and can very quickly improve mood.

Exercise has been shown to alleviate most mild to moderate cases of anxiety, and can very quickly improve mood.

Jack Raglin, PhD, a sport psychologist at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., is only half-joking when he says, “Exercise is like taking a tranquilizer, but better because you get the side effect of improved health and fitness.” Studies out of Raglin’s lab suggest that as little as 15 minutes of exercise bestows a calm that can last for hours. As for what kind of exercise elicits the biggest response, he recommends either heart-thumping aerobic exercise, like running, cycling or swimming, or a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic exercise, such as weight training.

In one study, Raglin and his team recruited 16 athletes, tested their anxiety levels, then put them through 30 minutes of resistance training and another 30 minutes of cycling. Afterward, they rechecked the students’ stress levels and found that they had plummeted within 10 minutes of wrapping up the workout and continued to decline for the next hour.

For Dorothy Foltz-Gray, 61, a writer in Knoxville, Tenn., going for a bike ride at the end of a hectic workday delivers even faster results. “I can leave my desk anxious from a day of work, grab my bike and in a few minutes have a smile on my face as I glide along a bike path,” she says. “Suddenly I’m 12 years old again, grinning at all the other bikers who grin back because they are feeling the same burst of freedom.”

5. More Restful Sleep

Plagued by dark circles? You’re not alone. As many as 60 million Americans wrestle with insomnia, according to a recent Harvard Medical School report. A slew of studies show exercise can elicit longer, more restful sleep. Why? Well, an intense workout may leave you more hungry for shuteye recovery time, but there’s more to it than that. Shawn Talbott, PhD, nutritional biochemist and author of The Metabolic Method (Current Book, 2008), explains that exercise sharpens the body’s sensitivity to the stress hormone cortisol, which can enhance sleep. Sleeping better leaves you looking fresh and healthy.

Here’s how it works: When your boss yells at you, the body spews cortisol to help muscles either duke it out or run like the wind. But, instead, if you sit and seethe at your desk, the cortisol stays in the bloodstream, like a racecar circling the track in a speedway. If the stress is chronic, the presence of cortisol 24/7 blunts the body’s cellular receptors, muting the hormone’s arousal call. That lack of sensitivity causes the adrenal glands to make more, just to get the body’s attention. “It’s like your body turns the volume up full-blast to get the message across,” says Talbott.

As a result, the body’s natural cortisol rhythms (high in the morning, low in the evening) “flatten out,” he explains, which can leave you mentally wound up at night — and carrying excess baggage under your eyes the next day.

Exercise is essentially a release valve for cortisol, helping you sleep more soundly and greet the day looking more refreshed.

What Is The Difference Between Concealer, Foundation, And Primer?

A lot of ladies are lost on the differences among concealerfoundation, and primer. And who can blame them? With such a massive array of makeup products and marketing hype, it’s hard to know what you really need. Here’s a quick and easy guide to which face makeup does what and why you need each.

 

Primer concealer and makeup brushes on counter

 

What is primer?

Primer should always be the first step in your makeup routine. After you apply your moisturiser, grab your primer. It’ll gloss over any fine lines and visible pores. Primer creates a smooth canvas for your foundation and makes your cosmetics last for ages.

There are many different primers out there, so find the one that works for your skin. Red and irritated skin? You’ll love Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Calming PrimerOily skinHylamide Matte 12 will transform your complexion and finished makeup look.

And primer isn’t just for your face! If you’re wearing shadow or linereyelid primer is essential. Go for theBalm Put a Lid on It Eyelid Primer to create a smooth, crease-free finish that makes your eye makeup last all day long.

Model with foundation swatch on cheek

 

What is foundation?

Foundation is perfect for creating a uniform skin tone. Although some women apply concealer before their foundation, this should really be the second step in your routine.

If you apply concealer first, it’ll end up getting smudged and blended in with your makeup. For a perfect skin tone, put on primer, and then follow up with foundation.

Want to find the right foundation for you? It’s time to start testing. The best way to pick a foundation is to match it up with your chest. If you’re tanner there, you can also test makeup colours on the back of your hand (and you should definitely upgrade your SPF!).

Get a few sample lines on your skin, and then go outside to check the makeup in natural light. Store lighting can be misleading, so be sure to see your foundation under the sun. Sure, it requires some effort, but it’s worth it.

Once you’ve found the perfect shade of foundation, stick with your brand. If your fave product is being discontinued or your skin’s needs change, visit Findation to cross-match products.

We love Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H SPF 15. It comes in a wide range of shades that suit the majority of women’s skin tones.

 

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

What is concealer?

Once you’ve gotten your primer and foundation on, your skin will look pretty amazing. In fact, those two steps are enough for many women. But not always! Of course, we all get red spotsand dark circles sometimes, and that’s where concealer comes into play.

Whatever your skin type, it’s essential to have two concealers on hand. To cover spots, go for Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer. For dark under-eye circles, Jane Iredale Active Light Under-Eye Concealer is sleep in a bottle. Apply as needed for a flawless look. And remember, it’s always best to start with a tiny dab and work your way up.

model wearing concealer swatches

3 Natural Ways To Use Pomegranate For Healthy Skin

3 Ways To Use Pomegranate For Healthy Skin

3 DIY Pomegranate Face Packs & Face Masks For Skin Whitening

Remember the time when entire afternoons were spent by our grandmothers peeling pomegranates and educating you about its various health benefits? Well, get ready to be nostalgic, because we are going to give you great tips on how to use pomegranates every day for beautiful skin.


There are so many different ways to use pomegranate for skin in your daily routine. And you’re in luck today, because we intend to divulge plenty of secrets as well as great recipes for a pomegranate face mask!

1.  Pomegranate Juice: 

If you are tired of continuous and painful breakouts, then pomegranate juice for skin is the answer to your prayers. This heavenly juice is not only good for you if you consume it, but it also has healing and oil controlling properties. 

Steps To Use:

  1. Take 2 Tbsp. of pomegranate juice in your palms along with Olay Natural White 7 IN ONE Instant Glowing Fairness with UV Protection cream and rub on affected areas before sleeping every night.
  2. Wash with mild face wash in the morning.
  3. You will see your acne disappear in no time.
  4. Use 1 Tbsp. of pomegranate juice as a cleanser instead of buying one from a store.

2.  Pomegranate Seed Oil:

You’ve always wondered how those beautiful women on screen get such naturally flawless skin in their Instagram photos as well. Been there, done that. Here are a few tricks.   

i)   Pomegranate Seed Oil To Heal Dry & Cracked Skin:

To heal dry and cracked skin, use a few drops of pomegranate seed oil every day as a moisturiser. You will never need to buy any other moisturiser except this, ever again!

ii)   Pomegranate Seed Oil To Reduce Inflammation:

Rub in a couple of drops of Pomegranate seed oil on the affected area. It will not only provide a soothing effect to your skin but also heal it faster.

iii)   Pomegranate Seed Oil To Get Rid Of Scars On Skin:

We’ve all faced oil burns and unnecessary cuts in our life, which leave nasty scars on the skin. Fret not, this wonderful oil helps heal these scars and leaves your skin feeling supple as well.

3.  Pomegranate Face Pack

Our pomegranate for skin whitening face mask will give your skin a breath of freshness! These face packs will help you get the radiance you’ve always dreamed of.

#1 Pomegranate Face Pack For Naturally Glowing Skin:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. pomegranate seed oil
  • 1 tsp. green papaya powder
  • 1 tsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp. of grapeseed extracts.

Procedure:

  1. Mix well and apply to your face for half an hour.
  2. Wash off with cool water. See your natural skin tone restore over a couple of more applications.

Also, check out 8 amazing besan face pack recipes to get clear glowing skin here.

#2 Pomegranate Face Pack To Get Rid Of Sun Tan:

Ingredients:
If the sun left you a little darker than expected, all you’ll need is

  • ½ a tsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. of pomegranate paste (Just blend some pomegranate seeds).

Procedure:

  1. Apply the mixture to your face and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Wash with water.
  3. Your tan should disappear before you even know it.

#3 Pomegranate Face Pack For Acne Breakout:

Ingredients:

This face mask to control your acne breakouts needs

  • 2 tbsp. of pomegranate paste
  • 1 tbsp. of yoghurt
  • 1 tsp. green tea powder
  • 1 tbsp. of honey

Procedure:

  1. Make a smooth paste and keep on your face for 30-40 minutes.
  2. Repeat once a week for a few weeks and say good bye to painful acne forever!

Find more useful daily skin care tips here.

How To Prevent Dandruff In Winter?

How-To-Prevent-Dandruff-In-Winter

Winter is that time of the year, when the fall in the temperature takes a serious toll on your health. Your skin for one becomes dry and dead skin cells start surfacing. This drying is not limited to the skin, it is also a common problem with the scalp. The dead cells from the scalp start forming tiny flakes and start falling off. So the white flakes on your shoulder in winter may not necessarily be snowflakes, they could be dandruff too!!

The cold winter air that raids the skin and scalp of moisture is responsible for the dandruff you have been experiencing this season. It is not enough to stay in places that have efficient heaters to make it feel like a desert, the heat artificially produced by the heaters combined with the chilly winter air is extremely harsh on your scalp. Which is why dandruff in winter is a common issue.

How To Avoid Dandruff In Winter:

Here are some remedies for dandruff in winter:

1. For starters, you can use a gentle moisturizing conditioner. It is extremely essential that you maintain enough moisture on your scalp and not let it get dry and itchy. If you want to go herbal, make sure you test for allergies by using a very small quantity the first time. Some people are allergic to some herbs and can develop itching and redness of the scalp.

2. Tea tree oil and shampoos, conditioners and other hair care products made out of tea tree oil work exceptionally well to restore the moisture of your scalp and prevent dandruff. You can also massage in some tea tree oil onto your scalp twice a week and see a remarkable improvement.

3. An adequate amount of vitamin B and Zinc in your diet is of great importance for maintaining good scalp health. So are omega 3 fatty acids! These are usually found in walnuts, eggs, leafy vegetables etc. If you are not too fond of greens, make a salad and top it with some mayonnaise, to make it more interesting and sumptuous.

4. A humidifier might come in handy as it controls the humidity in the air and your skin has enough moisture to live on. Make sure you clean the humidifier every 2-3 days. When left unattended, these units become a breeding ground for mildew and other bacteria, and can cause other allergies and infections!

5. Do not use too many hair styling products during winter since the skin and scalp are already dry and the hair is deprived of moisture, they can get easily affected by chemicals and this might result in itchy scalp which in turn gives rise to dandruff.
6. Avoid washing hair too many times, as this will dry your scalp and can lead to dandruff. Avoid using scalding hot water on your head; instead use lukewarm water or the coolest water you can stand to wash your hair, to keep dandruff at bay.

7. Gently massage the shampoo or conditioner you use onto your scalp. Do not be harsh, this can easily cause rashes and rip the moisture off the scalp. Hair colour can also affect the scalp and cause dandruff, avoid colouring hair in winter or make sure you pick a hair colour that ensures to maintain the moisture levels of your hair.

8. Warm olive oil or coconut oil and give yourself a gentle scalp massage with the warm oil and rinse it off after an hour or so. Use mild shampoos and conditioners. Add a few drops of aromatic oil such as lavender oil to boost the therapy. Not only will you be rid of dandruff in no time, you will also have strong luscious hair for which you will be complimented.

10. Dandruff can be caused by extreme stress as well as not properly washing off hair care products. In the former case, make sure you take enough rest and eat healthy. In the latter case, ensure you rinse your scalp thoroughly to ensure there are no mousse or hair styling products left behind. Rinse your hair with lemon water, as it helps in combating dandruff!

With the above tips, be prepared to combat dandruff this winter and also enjoy lush, gorgeous, strong hair and stand apart from the rest.

5 Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Freckles On Face Permanently

As they say, girls can kill to get flawless skin that actresses and models have. Well, there is no need to kill anybody when home remedies can do the trick for you. If you do not like the freckles on your face, you can easily fade them away at home with natural remedies. Read on to know how!

Adding to the woes of acne, blackheads, and whiteheads, freckles are something that most of us just don’t want to deal with. Though there are a few who see freckles as cute and unique, most of us want them gone. Nothing that interferes with our clear skin is ever welcome, isn’t it? You can add freckles to the list of “Please don’t ever come back!”

So, what exactly are these freckles? And how can you get rid of them with home remedies? This article goes into all those details. Keep reading!

 

What Are Freckles?

Freckles are tiny brown spots on your skin, usually the size of a tip of a needle or nail. They are seen on facial skin, arms, and shoulders mostly due to over exposure to the sun. This makes them more common among people with fair skin that is sensitive to sun damage.

Home Remedies To Remove Freckles

1. Apple Cider Vinegar For Freckles

1. Apple Cider Vinegar For Freckles

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the honey and vinegar, and apply on the freckles.
  2. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

This can also be applied on the entire face.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once every day on your freckles. If you are applying it on your entire face, repeat every alternate day.

Why This Works

The malic acid in ACV exfoliates the darkened skin cells to reveal lighter skin below your freckles (1).

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2. Aloe Vera For Freckles

You Will Need

Fresh aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply some fresh aloe gel on the freckles and massage for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off.

Aloe vera gel is safe to be left on the face overnight as well.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera helps in depigmentation of the dark spots and freckles on the skin. It contains aloesin which inhibits the pigmentation process (2).

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3. Amla For Freckles

 3. Amla For Freckles

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You Will Need
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a paste by adding some water to the amla powder.
  2. Apply this as a face pack on the affected area and let it dry.
  3. Rinse the pack off after 10 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply amla pack once in every 2-3 days.

Why This Works

Amla extracts containing ellagic acid and gallic acid were shown to lighten the skin by inhibiting the process of melanin formation (3).

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4. Baking Soda For Freckles

You Will Need
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the two ingredients together and apply on the affected skin.
  2. Keep it on for half an hour or so and then rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times daily.

Why This Works

Baking soda acts as an exfoliant and removes the dead and darkened skin cells from the surface (4).

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5. Banana Peel For Freckles

 5. Banana Peel For Freckles

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You Will Need

A small piece of banana peel

What You Have To Do
  1. Rub the inside of the peel (the white side) on the affected skin for a minute or two.
  2. Leave the peel contents that have transferred onto your skin on for a few minutes before rinsing your face.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once daily.

Why This Works

A useful compound for skin lightening and anti-aging known as gluconolactone is found in the banana peel. You can rub the peel on the entire face for amazing skin firming and tightening effects (5).

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12 Tips to Keep Skin Soft and Glowing In Winter

Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.

Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.

1. Wash in Lukewarm Water

Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.

2. Moisturize Immediately Afterwards

Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.

3. Choose Moisturizer Carefully

Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Try Indie Lee’s natural moisturizing oils, as they’re made with natural, hydrating ingredients like lavender, chamomile, jojoba, and more, which help soothe dry, itchy skin.

4. Protect

Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.

5. Humidify

Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

6. Drink

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

7. Overnight Moisturize

Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm Skin Food by Weleda at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.

8. Exfoliate

We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.

9. Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens and Irritants

Particularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin. In addition, glutathione is considered the “master anti-oxidant” and helps your body detox.

10. Hydrate From the Inside Out

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider Be Well’s omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.

11. Change Your Cleanser

Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. Try like Suki Naturals Moisture-Rich Cleansing Lotion, or for really dry skin, try a cleansing balm like Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.

12. Use DIY Masks

Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.

Do you have other tips for pampering winter skin? Please share them with our readers.

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Why is My Skin Oily and What Causes it?

Do you notice your skin is often shiny, your makeup easily “sweats” off your face, and you can never seem to stop a smattering of pimples from attacking your skin? These are the daily woes of people who struggle with oily skin.

If you’ve noticed your skin exhibits quite a bit of shine and you easily break out, you likely have an oily skin type or combination skin type. Take a look at our quick rundown of these two skin types and determine which accurately describes you:

Oily Skin Type

Those who have oily skin often have shine on their face, and may deal with breakouts on a regular basis. Oily skin types usually have larger, more noticeable pores.

Combination Skin Type

This is the most commonly reported skin type. This skin type exhibits two skin types on the face. The skin in the T-zone will often be oily, while the cheeks and other portions of the face may be dry and cracking.

What Causes Oily Skin?

Our body produces oil to help keep our skin soft and supple, but if too much sebum is produced, it can lead to acne flare-ups and oiliness which are some of the leading causes of acne. The next time you ask yourself “why is my face so oily?”, remember that there are two main factors to blame: hormones and genetics.

Oily skin is known medically as seborrhea and is caused by excess skin oil produced within the pores. During puberty and other life events, fluctuating hormones can result in increased androgen levels – androgens are considered one of the top oily skin causes. Androgens are male hormones present in both males and females that signal the maturation of the skin’s sebaceous glands. As these glands mature, oil production increases.

The higher amount of androgens present, the more sebum is funneled through the pores, which then sits on the surface of the skin, creating an oily sheen. Should this excess oil become trapped in the pore and combine with dead skin cells and bacteria on the surface of the skin and inside the pore, pimples, blackheads, and other blemishes will form.

It’s also important to note the role that genetics can play in oily skin. In most acne patients, the reaction to hormonal changes is dependent on genes and hormones. Life events like puberty or pregnancy can result in hormone fluctuations, and genetics and hereditary factors can determine how your skin reacts to these hormone fluctuations.

When Does Oily Skin Go Away?

Some people see their oily skin fade with time, especially after puberty finishes. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone.

Typically the main causes of oily skin are due to puberty and adolescence, and severity tapers off as a person matures into adulthood. Because our genes direct how we respond to hormone fluctuations, excess sebum production may be something inherent to your skin and body processes. Unfortunately, this means some of us never grow out of it. Luckily, our clear skin guide details ways to keep your oily face in check.

How to Cut Down on Shine

Looking for ways to cut down on that unsightly shine? It’s as simple as sticking to a daily skin care regimen or guide to acne prevention. The reduction of oil and acne from dieting is also a common practice.

Consistent Cleansing

Cleaning your face daily with a gentle cleanser that utilizes effective acne treatment ingredients can help you cut down on oil production. It’s important to wash once in the morning, and once before going to bed to ensure all debris, makeup, and dead skin cells are removed from the face as they are a some of the more common oily face causes.

If you participate in any form of exercise that results in heavy perspiration, always be sure to gently remove sweat and shower immediately as it can be one of the reasons for oily skin problems. Also remove tight, sweaty clothes that can result in acne mechanica on the body, common among students and athletes.

Cleansing products containing vitamin a for acne reduction is another approach you can take. Excessive shine on a person’s face due to oil is a source of insecurity. Substantial research has pointed to vitamin A as an aid for your oily complexion.

Those that ask themselves “why is my skin so oily?” may also notice they have oily hair. This can be remedied with regular washing and medicated shampoo treatments. It’s important to also avoid greasy hair products like pomades and waxes, as they can irritate the scalp and block pores, causing oily skin and hair.

Salicylic Acid Combats Oil

BioClarity combines the power of effective natural ingredients and salicylic acid to help tackle acne breakouts and blemishes. Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid that dissolves keratin, helping exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells, debris, and bacteria that can clog the pores and cause blemishes. BioClarity’s Step 2 Treatment gel contains the highest allowable percentage of this acne-fighting ingredient to help unclog pores and keep the skin clear and blemish-free.

Some acne treatments may contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, but this harsh compound has actually been proven to cause a great deal of redness and irritation. It can result in excessive dryness and skin flaking, and if you have sensitive skin, it’s important to steer clear of this ingredient. Choosing between benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acidfor your acne treatment is a hot topic. Knowing the answer to the question “what type of acne do I have” is imperative to understanding what treatment and ingredients to integrate into your regimen.

Blotting Sheets

Beyond consistent cleansing, there are a few ways you can combat shine throughout the day. Blotting your skin lightly with oil-absorbing materials can help keep shine down on particularly shiny days. If you do use such products, take a measure of caution. Only blot lightly, as wiping the skin can result in irritation and aggravate your acne condition. Always avoid any facial tissues that contain lotion or fragrances, as these additions can irritate sensitive skin.

The Benefits of Oily Skin

Okay sure, some shine may cause a bit of embarrassment, and reapplying makeup after it slides off can be frustrating, but there are benefits to having oily skin.

Most skin care experts agree that those with oily or combination skin types often age more slowly. Oily skin remains lubricated, preventing fine lines and wrinkles. You may not enjoy it now, but with proper skin care, you may find your skin benefits from that excess sebum down the road.

Does Moisturizer Cause Oily Skin?

Putting moisturizer on top of oily skin might seem counterproductive, but a regular moisturizing routine is vital, even for those with oily and combination skin types. Avoiding moisturizer may dry out your skin, and cause your glands to produce more sebum, resulting in even more oil.

Stick to oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizers. Avoid heavy or greasy moisturizers if you have acne-prone skin.

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Note: If you have combination skin, you may need to use two types of moisturizer to best treat your skin. Use a non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer for your T-zone, and a thicker cream moisturizer for dry areas of the face.

Lifestyle Habits that May Affect Oily Skin

There are many ways that daily habits and lifestyle choices can affect your skin, and impact the appearance of oil.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting the right amount of rest each night is important to holistic health, and it also can significantly affect the look and appearance of the skin. Sleep deprivation can result in insulin resistance. Insulin increases can result in the creation of IGF-1, a hormone that stimulates an increase in the production of sebum.

Keep Your Stress in Check

Be sure to manage your stress, as it has been connected to insulin resistance and worsened breakouts in numerous studies. Exercise regularly, practice meditation, and talk to a friend or family member if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Always Wear Sunscreen

No matter your skin type, it’s important to use daily SPF to keep your skin safe and looking its best. However, with oily skin, it’s important to take a look at the type of sunscreen you’re using to avoid blocking up those pores. Look for sunscreen gels that are labeled oil-free.

If you wear makeup, look for light foundation products that contain SPF for an added bit of protection.

Makeup Practices

Makeup doesn’t necessarily cause acne, but with misuse, it can become a problem. Look for non-comedogenic makeup products, and always apply in light layers. Always be sure to remove every last bit of makeup before going to bed and before working out or heading to the gym.

Avoid any cosmetics that contain fragrances as these can irritate the skin and result in acne blemishes, along with dry, flaky patches on the skin.

Key Takeaways

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Must-Have Tips to Save Your Skin This Winter

For all those in favor of healthy and intact skin this winter, here are a few suggestions for keeping your skin from falling off (at least until April).

Ahh winter. A time of swirling snow, cozy nights by the fireplace, carefree jaunts through an iced-over wood and mugs of steaming cocoa. Right…if you live in a Disney movie. For the rest of us, winter typically means pushing through heavy wind and dodging freezing snow for the shelter of a room that will be full of hot, dry, moisture-sucking air. So much for those visions of carefree snowball fights and rosy cheeks.

And as if battling arctic weather weren’t bad enough, you’ve also got to contend with what it can do to your skin. Because the thing about winter skincare is that it’s not just a case of, “oh I’ll deal with it once I notice a problem.” No, this isn’t a haircut you get on a whim because you woke up after having a dream about pixie cuts. Winter skincare is about being proactive and then maintaining so you don’t have to chase a problem and hope you can figure out a way to fix it.

Put your trust in oil.

The true power of a great face oil is that it will prevent moisture from evaporating from the skin. Since moisture is in short supply during the winter, and the moisture your skin does manage to retain will likely be sucked up by dry air from a heater, keeping as much of it in as possible is crucial. If you’re game, try swapping your standard daytime moisturizer for a lightweight oil like rosehip to ensure your face is ready for the day’s elements. (Oil under makeup will also impart a lovely, soft dewy-ness if that’s something you’re into.)

And at night, definitely incorporate an oil into your skincare routine if you haven’t already. Not only will the oil be able to work its restorative magic while you sleep, but it’ll also seal in everything else you put on your face before it, securely locking it all in for the evening. Just be sure to apply the oil last (remember, lightest to heaviest) or else anything you put on next won’t be able to reach the skin.

To get the most out of your oil, you’ll also want to pay attention to how you’re applying it. If your skin is raw or sensitive from the weather, the last thing you want to do is haphazardly slap product on your face and vigorously rub it in. (Actually, you never want to do this, even if you have the healthiest skin in the world.) Instead, add a few drops of oil to your palms and gently rub ‘em together to warm up the oil and wake up the active ingredients. Then place both of your hands against your face and push, like you’re giving yourself a very gentle hi-five, and repeat over your whole face for 30 seconds. Why the elongated application? It’s kinder on your delicate skin, it helps with blood flow, and it pushes the oil deeper into your skin without disturbing the carefully layered products you’ve already applied.

Choose your moisturizer wisely.

If your skin needs it, by all means add a moisturizer to your routine as well. A great, lightweight moisturizer applied beneath an oil is an unstoppable combination. The moisturizer gets to the heart of the skin’s hydration needs while the oil locks it all in. That said, be sure to choose your moisturizer carefully: opt for one that’s free of petroleum-based ingredients like paraffin wax, mineral oil and anything that ends in -eth. Ingredients like this can actually do more harm than good by temporarily hydrating skin, only to block pores and cause skin to suffocate. Instead, find a moisturizer with nourishing, gentle plant-based ingredients and an oil base. Water-based creams are fine in warmer weather, but a moisturizer that has an oil base will help keep the good-for-you ingredients in the skin (see the first point for why!).

Get scrubbing.

Though it may seem counterintuitive to scrub your skin when you’re trying to get it to stay put, exfoliating is an integral part of winter skincare. As we try to get as much moisture as possible into the skin, we need to clear a path for those products to penetrate. If there’s a bunch of dead skin cells hanging around, that path is blocked and our skin stays thirsty. Using oil and moisturizers regularly won’t do you any good if you’re not starting with a primed surface, so remember to exfoliate at least once a week.

 

If you like a physical exfoliant, opt for a powder you can add moisture to. These will effectively get rid of dead skin without stripping your face of natural oils, and offer a choose-your-own-adventure scenario when it comes to the moisture component. If you’re feeling particularly flakey, adding less water will force a bit more elbow grease. Want to use it as a mask, too? Swap Manuka honey for water and let it sit for a while before gently sloughing it away. You can also use this type of exfoliant on your lips, neck, chest, hands…anywhere you want to feel smoother.

Rethink your cleanser.

Your skin is already dealing with enough dehydrating factors — don’t willingly add another to the list with the wrong cleanser. If your standard face wash contains an acid (glycolic or salicylic) or is super foamy, consider a cleanser rotation. Use a hydrating, non-drying milky cleanser that contains hydrating ingredients in the morning and your standard one at night. Or go every other day. Find a pattern that works for you, or just listen to your skin and wash it with a product that makes sense given how it’s feeling at the time.

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5 Things You Are Doing To Damage Your Hair

Frequent Washing

Yes, washing your hair is damaging. Even just getting hair wet can lead to more breakage! When hair becomes wet, the shaft swells, resulting in hair that is more elastic and easier to break. In addition, shampoos can sometimes work too well, removing the oils your hair naturally produces resulting in hair that looks dull and dry.

Solution: Wash you hair less. Dry shampoos are a good option for spot treating on those in-between days. If you must wash daily, use a mild shampoo (avoid products labeled as deep cleansing or clarifying) and focus on the roots where hair is more oily and generally has more product buildup.

Brushing Wet Hair

As previously mentioned, wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair. Wet hair is more elastic and more likely to break. Even brushing dry hair excessively is damaging since brushes and combs can snap or break hair.

Solution: Be gentle with wet hair. Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles.

Towel Drying

Yep, towels can damage your hair. Have I mentioned that wet hair is more susceptible to damage? Even rubbing hair with a towel can rough up the cuticle (outer layer of the hair), causing it to look frizzy or fluffy and potentially lead to more breakage.

Solution: Blot your hair with a towel instead of rubbing it to remove moisture. Also, investing in a super-absorbent towel may be a good idea, especially if you have really thick hair.

Blow Drying

No surprise here, heat causes damage. Blow drying causes a “flash drying” effect that not only removes the surface moisture but also removes water that is bound to the hair, which is called water of hydration. The effect of this flash drying is that the cuticles become dry, rigid and brittle. When the hair flexes, the pressure causes the cuticles to crack. Combing hair with this degree of cuticle cracking causes significant breakage.

Solution: Ideally, don’t blow dry your hair. Of course, this isn’t a realistic option for many women (including me!). To help mitigate some of the damage try using a heat-protector spray or leave-in conditioner containing glycerin and propylene glycol because these ingredients reduce water evaporation. Additionally, use the low heat option on your dryer to further minimize damage.

Flat Irons/Curling Irons

These type of appliances can damage your hair in a different way than blow dryers. Ironing hair can cause two different types of damage, depending on whether the hair is ironed dry or wet. Ironing dry hair causes cracking along the edges of the cuticles, which can lead to chipping. Ironing wet hair causes the moisture to burst out in little steam explosions. This causes a bubbling and buckling of the cuticle that appear as tiny hair blisters under magnification. Both types of damage can lead to breakage and split ends.

Solution: Iron damage can be reduced by using conditioners formulated with ingredients like cetrimonium chloride. Exposing hair to heat in the presence of such a conditioning agent can increase the strength of the hair, making it harder to break. Products labeled specifically to protect against heat are a good option. Of course, not using an iron is the best solution.

Bottom Line

While it is nearly impossible to prevent all types of hair damage, there are a few simple solutions that can keep your hair looking and feeling healthier without sacrificing your beloved blow dryer!

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Why You Should Wash Your Face with a Cleanser Instead of Soap

 

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We have all, at some point, felt frustrated with the condition of our skin. Dry, flaky, sensitive, too oily, prone to breakouts. Sound familiar?

The interesting fact is that your skin’s health is directly linked to the balance between acidity and alkalinity, which is measured by the pH scale.1

All soaps, lotions, cleansers, and other skin care products have an effect on the pH level of your skin.

How Does pH work?

The pH level of a substance is measured on a scale of 0 to 14: 0 is the most acidic, 14 is the most alkaline, and 7 is neutral, which is the pH of pure water.

The surface of normal adult skin is coated with a combination of sebum, skin’s natural oil, and perspiration. This coating is referred to as the acid mantle, which protects the skin and locks in moisture.2 Normal adult skin is slightly acidic with a pH level in the range of 5.4 – 5.9.1

There is a delicate balance with skin’s pH – when the pH is too alkaline, the skin becomes dry and very sensitive, which may lead to signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.3

What is the pH Level of my Skin?

Normally you can quite easily determine the pH level of your skin, by taking a look at the behavior of your skin. For instance, if your skin is oily and acne-prone it may be overly acidic. If it tends to be dry, sensitive and flaky, it may be too alkaline.

You can buy pH testing strips at your favorite drugstore to test in the comfort of your home. An alternative would be to consult your skin care physician to get a more accurate reading.

So Why Cleanser Instead of Soap?

Soap has a general pH level of between 9 and 10, which can make your skin feel very clean, but is just way too harsh. It removes all natural oils from your skin making the pH level too alkaline.1 This can cause a host of new problems – the skin becomes dry, flaky, and prone to inflammation. This can cause the sebaceous glands to overproduce oil to compensate for the dryness causing clogged pores and breakouts.3 When skin is overly dry and flaky, it can also lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles.

Cleansers are generally at a much lower pH level than soaps and are gentler on your skin

Bottom Line

Avoid harsh soaps on your face, such as bar soaps, which have an alkalinity level between 9 and 10. Use facial cleansers, which have a lower pH level and are specifically designed to cleanse the face.

And on a separate (but important) note: eat a healthy, balanced diet to regulate the pH level of your body.4 Avoid processed foods and eat plenty of fruits and veggies, which will help keep your skin glowing and radiant!

Dandruff: What Your Itchy Scalp Is Trying to Tell You

When it comes to dandruff, most people focus on the flakes.
Itching, on the other hand, may be the most uncomfortable side effect. So what exactly is your scratchy scalp trying to tell you? Read up on the most common symptoms of dandruff and ways to get your scalp healthy again.

Symptoms and causes

Flakes and an itchy, scaly scalp are the main symptoms of dandruff. White, oily flakes typically accumulate in your hair and on your shoulders and often get worse during the fall and winter months, when the air is dry.

Pinpointing the exact cause of your itchy, flaky scalp can be difficult, but here are a few common culprits:

  • irritated and oily skin, a condition also known as seborrheic dermatitis (a more severe form of dandruff)
  • not shampooing enough, which causes skin cells to accumulate and create flakes and itching
  • yeast called malassezia, which aggravate your scalp and cause excess skin cell growth
  • different personal care products may cause contact dermatitis, which makes your scalp red and itchy

 

Men develop dandruff more frequently than women. People who tend to have oilier hair or live with certain illnesses (such as Parkinson’s disease or HIV) are also at higher risk. You may have started to notice symptoms around puberty, but dandruff can develop at any age.

What exactly is your itchy scalp trying to tell you?

1. Not all shampoos are the same

If your scalp is itchy, you may be able to get some relief by using over-the-counter (OTC) shampoos that are formulated to help with dandruff. Getting the right fit may take some trial and error, so if you haven’t had luck in the past, try again. Sometimes alternating two or more shampoo types can also help.

Some products you may see on the shelves include:

If you don’t know which to choose, ask your doctor for a suggestion. To get dandruff under control, you may need to use special shampoo when you do shampoo (optimal frequency varies based on hair type). Once things are under control, you may only need to use the shampoo occasionally to maintain good effect.

2. Moisturize

A dry scalp tends to flake and itch, but usually the flakes you’ll experience with dry skin are smaller and less oily. Restoring moisture to the scalp can help with itchiness, and the best moisturizer might already be sitting on your kitchen shelf. Coconut oil has moisturizing and antibacterial properties, making it a great, natural choice for fighting dryness.

3. Practice good hygiene and stop scratching!

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Shampooing often enough can keep oils at bay, helping with dandruff symptoms. While you are at it, try to resist the urge to scratch your scalp. The itchiness is initially caused by irritation from dandruff, but scratching will increase irritation and lead to a vicious cycle.

Using too many products in your hair can irritate the scalp and lead to more itchiness. Try eliminating anything extra from your personal care routine and adding back in slowly to discover which gels, sprays, and other products don’t make your symptoms worse.

4. You need to relax

Stress can aggravate or even worsen dandruff for some individuals. While malassezia is not introduced to your scalp by stress, it can thrive if your immune system is compromised, which is exactly what stress does to your body.

Do your scalp a favor and relax. Try taking a restorative walk or practicing yoga. You may even find it helpful to keep a log of stressful events. Write down what they are and how they impact your dandruff. That way, you can do your best to avoid potential triggers in the future.

When to see your doctor

The good news is that many cases of dandruff can be treated effectively with over-the-counter shampoos and other lifestyle measures. That being said, dandruff isn’t the only reason you may have an itchy scalp. If your dandruff is particularly stubborn or itchy, you may have psoriasis, eczema, or a true fungal infection. Your doctor can help.

If your itch isn’t letting up or your scalp becomes red or swollen, make an appointment with your doctor. Check in as well if shampoos don’t help, redness and flaking spreads to your face or other areas on the body, you see lice or nits in your hair, or the itching starts to interfere with your everyday life.

Outlook

While dandruff can be annoying and embarrassing at times, it usually doesn’t indicate a more serious health issue. The itching and flaking often respond well to OTC shampoos and treatments. Keep trying different brands and types until you find something that works for you.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAKEUP FOR EVERY SKIN TONE

Makeup for Every Skin Tone

Almost nothing in life is quite as difficult as finding the right makeup for your skin tone. We know this sounds a little dramatic, but if you haven’t had trouble finding the perfect shade of foundation, you’ve been blessed. And let’s not even get into picking out the right blush among an aisle filled with pink, coral and rosy red palettes. And if life wasn’t complicated enough, try narrowing down an eye shadow shade or tube of lipstick in the sea of shimmery goodness, also known as the never-ending cosmetics counter? It can be time-consuming, confusing, frustrating — just a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Okay, we’ll stop with the dramatics, but it seriously is a struggle! That’s why we made it our mission to make your next beauty shopping trip a bit easier by putting together a guide of the most flattering makeup shades for YOUR specific skin tone.  Just take your pick!

FAIR SKIN TONES
Makeup for Fair Skin

While your alabaster skin tone is as fair and flawless as that of Snow White, finding the right shade of anything is like searching for a spoolie in a haystack. Even the lightest of colors stands out against your ivory skin and let’s face it, that’s not always a good look. That’s why soft pink, coral and peach shades will enhance your natural beauty … without trying to cover it up or make it look like something it’s not!

MEDIUM SKIN TONES
Makeup for Medium Skin

So, you’re not quite light and you’re not quite olive. You’re sitting pretty in a happy — skin tone, that is. Medium skin tones have just enough warmth to give off a natural glow, so you’re in luck! Golden-brown, bronze and honey shades work wonders in enhancing your complexion via bronzers or highlighters, while lavender and rich blue shadows make your bright eyes really pop.

OLIVE SKIN TONES
Makeup for Olive Skin

Not only do you turn a beautiful shade of gold while having fun in the sun, but your glowing complexion always looks healthy and radiant! All you have to do before heading out the door is enhance your natural skin tone — that includes rosy pink or warm, peach blush and just a hint of shimmer on your cheekbones!

DARK SKIN TONES
Makeup for Dark Skin

Your rich skin tone can pull off just about ANY bright color. From glossy pink lippies to jewel-toned purple shadow — pigmented cosmetics are your BFF! You can try cranberry-colored or bright orange blush and even a subtle, shimmery bronzer (YES, bronzer!) to enhance your dark skin tone.

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6 Ways to Maximize Your Beauty Sleep for #WokeUpLikeThis Skin

We do so much to make our skin look great in the morning. Our bathroom counters are cluttered with everything from 10-step skin care to Fenty foundation, or the most recent Amazon haul from clean beauty brands.
But what if one of the biggest secrets to better skin was as simple as laying down and taking a nap? After all, our body never stops working — especially when we’re asleep.

It turns out there’s quite a bit of research and science behind the concept of beauty rest. Sleep is when some of the most important internal — and epidermal — recovery takes place!

While you shouldn’t fully abandon your daytime skin care routine in favor of getting more Zzz’s, there are some easy ways to amp your skin-sleep relationship for morning results.

How sleep affects your skin

You can almost immediately tell that getting a poor night of sleep doesn’t do woke-up-like-this wonders for your face. Research even says that one night of poor sleep can cause:

  • hanging eyelids
  • swollen eyes
  • darker undereye circles
  • paler skin
  • more wrinkles and fine lines
  • more droopy corners of the mouth

2017 study found that two days of sleep restriction negatively affected participant’s perceived attractiveness, health, sleepiness, and trustworthiness.

So, what seems like an overnight issue could transform into something more permanent.

First and foremost, you should understand that sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. This is true for your epidermis as much as it is for your brain or your muscles. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.

Think about it: Your face against rough, drying cotton for one-third of its existence and being exposed to the sun for two unprotected hours could do a number on the appearance and health of your skin. Here’s what you can do to help give your skin a rest.

1. Get a full night of sleep

The best place to start for your skin — and for your overall health — is to get the recommended amount of rest each night.

The results of poor sleep for your skin are numerous and significant, including:

Sometimes you might have an off day but you should average seven to nine hours of sleep. If you’re wondering how to reset your internal clock and catch up on rest, try sleeping in on the weekends by following our three-day fix guide.

You can also track your sleep with a wearable fitness tracker.

2. Wash your face before turning in

We’ve established how sleeping is a surefire way to help your skin repair itself: blood flow increases, collagen is rebuilt, and the muscles in your face relax after a long day.

But going to sleep with a dirty face can also harm the appearance of your skin.

Cleansing your face each night is arguably more important than in the morning — you don’t need to use fancy products or scrub too hard. A gentle cleanser to remove dirt, makeup, and extra oil will do the trick.

You don’t want to give the day’s pore-clogging irritants the chance to sink in and do damage overnight. This can cause:

3. Use an overnight moisturizer and put a glass of water on your bedside table

Washing your face can dry it out and sleeping can also dehydrate skin, especially if you snooze in a low-humidity environment. While staying hydrated by drinking water can help to some extent, what your skin really needs at night is a topical moisturizer.

Again, you don’t need the fanciest product on the market. You just need a thicker cream or oil that can help your skin as you sleep. Another option is to use your day moisturizer and layer petroleum jelly — using clean hands — on top to lock in the moisturize. For a more supercharged product, try an overnight sleeping mask.

4. Sleep on your back or use a special pillowcase

It makes sense that the position your face is in while you sleep (for one-third of your day!) matters to your skin.

Sleeping on a rough cotton surface can irritate your skin and compress your face for long hours at a time, resulting in wrinkles. While most wrinkles are caused by the expressions we make while we’re awake, wrinkles on the face and chest can result from sleeping on our stomachs or sides.

An easy solution to this is sleeping on your back — which also has a few other benefits — even if you have to train yourself over time.

If you prefer to sleep on your side, get a skin-friendly pillow. A satin or silk pillow minimizes skin irritation and compression while copper-oxide pillowcases may reduce crow’s-feet and other fine lines.

5. Elevate your head

Elevating your head has been proven to help with snoring, acid reflux, and nasal drip — all issues that can disturb the quality of your sleep, and therefore your skin. In addition, it can help reduce bags and circles under your eyes by improving blood flow and preventing blood from pooling.

Elevating your head while you sleep can be as simple as adding an extra pillow, adding a wedge to your mattress, or even propping the head of your bed by a few inches.

6. Stay away from sun while you snooze

While we do most of our sleeping in the dark, sleeping with your skin directly exposed to the sun in the morning, or during naps, can have a damaging effect on your skin’s health and appearance — not to mention that sleeping in a lighted room can disturb sleep and sleep rhythms.

Getting blackout curtains or making sure that your bed is out of the sun’s direct line can help.

 

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6 WAYS TO AVOID WINTER SUN DAMAGE

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UV rays from the sun are the number-one cause of skin aging. You probably already know this, which is why you regularly use sunscreen in the summer. But what about during the winter months? Do those gray days and thick clouds change your skin care routine?

Winter sun can create lasting damage to your skin.

why winter protection is important

Even during the cold weather, we’re at risk from ultraviolet radiation in the form of UVA rays. Though UVB radiation decreases, UVA radiation does not and it’s actually these rays that are more responsible for premature aging. They reflect off snow and can pass through glass. They’re not affected by changes in temperature, and can penetrate deeply into the skin, where they may create damage that leads to aging and even increases risk of skin cancer. They’re also more potent at higher altitudes—take note, skiers!

Even just a few minutes of exposure every day over many years can cause noticeable changes in your skin. These include:

To retain more of your youthful complexion, try these tips for protecting your skin from winter sun damage.

  1. Use a safe sunscreen. Choose one that’s rated at a 30 SPF or higher, and that includes zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Refer to the Environmental Working Group’s safe sunscreen chart for help.
  2. Avoid tanning beds. They are just as dangerous and sometimes even more damaging than real sun. An international study in 2006 found a strong association between tanning bed use and risk of skin cancer. Based on 7 worldwide studies, people who first used a tanning bed before the age of 35 increased their risk for skin cancer by 75 percent.
  3. Wear good sunglasses. The signs of aging tend to appear first around the eyes. Protect them with quality sunglasses that have UV coating on the lenses, and that are large enough to cover some skin around the eyes. Look for a tag that says the sunglasses block 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, and make sure they fit well so they don’t slide down your nose.
  4. Don’t forget the lips. The lower lip receives a greater amount of exposure than the upper lip, and winter chapping can leave it more vulnerable to UV damage. Find a lip balm that contains a safe sunscreen to protect your lips. Avoid shiny lip glosses when out in the sun—they may attract more light to your lips, which can increase damage.
  5. Boost internal protection. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and sun damage. Sugar and processed foods, on the other hand, can increase inflammation, which can make sun damage worse. Boost your intake of healthy foods to give your skin the edge it needs to deal with winter conditions.
  6. Bundle up. Hats, gloves, and scarves are indispensable in winter. Even if you don’t see blowing snow, a scarf can help protect your skin from cold, dry air as well as from the wind and sun. If you have sensitive skin, avoid those made with wool, as it can be irritating.

Do you have other tips for protecting your skin in winter? Please share them with our readers.

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HOW DOES DIET AFFECT YOUR HEALTH AND BEAUTY? 10 WAYS

What you eat can make a massive difference to your health and your appearance, and we’re not just talking about weight. While weight obviously is an important consideration, your food can also affect your complexion, your hair and even your mood. You really are what you eat, so read on, and find out how your diet can have a direct effect on your health and beauty:

1. It affects your weight

Starting with the obvious, eating too much of the wrong types of food will make you put on weight. That’s not to say that everyone needs to be a skinny super model to look beautiful, but obesity also causes other health problems too, like diabetes and heart problems.

2. It can make your hair dull and lifeless

Your hair needs nourishment too, and eating the wrong types of food will have a direct impact on your hair. Without sufficient minerals and vitamins, the hair follicles will become unhealthy and your hair will become weaker and, ultimately, thinner.

3. Your nails need feeding too

If you find that your nails break easily, then this could be a sign that you need to change your diet. Just like your hair, without the proper nourishment, your nails will become weaker, so eat plenty eggs, low fat dairy and lean meats, to give your nails the protein that they need.

4. Your muscles can become weaker and smaller

You might not naturally associated muscles with beauty, but if your muscles start to get weak, then you won’t be able to work out and it will affect your posture too. Eat high protein foods and you will be able to keep your muscles well-toned and in good working order.

5. Your skin is directly affected by what you eat

Dull complexion, breakouts and blotchy skin, could all be a result of your diet. Your skin will look far more radiant and clear of blemishes if you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and enough protein. Avoid fatty and processed foods too, because they can make your skin greasy and cause breakouts.

6. What you eat can slow the ageing process

Your food can also have an impact on how quickly you begin to show the singes of ageing. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants, like raw organic fruit and vegetables, helps to fight the cell damage caused by free radicals that can bring on wrinkles and lines in the skin.

7. What’s so special about Omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the healthy growth of hair, skin and nails, and your body can’t make them by itself. About 3% of your hair is made up of Omega-3 fatty acids, so eat plenty of salmon or other oily fish, to feed your skin, nails and hair.

8. Your eyes and eyelashes can also be affected

If you are not drinking enough water and eating the right foods, then it will show in your eyes and your lashes too. Your lashes are hairs, just like the hairs on your head, so without the proper nutrients, they can become thin and fall out. Your diet can also take the sparkle out of your eyes and make them look red.

9. Eating a healthy diet will help you make other good decisions too

Eating the right kind of food will have a positive impact on your overall mental wellbeing too. You will feel more alive and more comfortable in your own skin. It will spur you on to take more exercise and to, possibly, make other changes to your appearance too. With all the energy, confidence and the feel good factor that a healthy diet brings, you might feel more like changing your hair or experimenting with some new makeup.

10. Eating right will put you in a good mood

Eating healthily puts you in a great mood all day long. You won’t get the ups and downs in mood that you might be experiencing today and the radiant smile that it will put on your face will make you look even more beautiful.

How does diet affect your health and beauty? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Stay happy!

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Why Your Skin Gets Dry In The Winter, According To The Experts

Of course, you likely know how to combat the dry skin once you’ve got it — using methods like slathering the offending area in gallons of high-strength moisturizer — but there are also ways to nip these things in the bud before they get too severe. Arm yourself with expert knowledge so that you can avoid dry skin altogether by deciphering the less obvious causes of dry skin.

1. Indoor Heating

Dr. Michael Swann, board certified dermatologist, says that it’s not just heating in your homes that can cause dry skin. “Heated air in our homes, offices, and cars is generally very dry,” he says. “The result is that our skin thickens (the dead layer stays on longer) and can crack in response to the slower turnover and dryer conditions.”

2. Humidity Levels Drop

She continues, “While the weather conditions continue, our skin works hard to produce additional oil to moisturize, but for many skin types it is hard to catch up. The best way to prevent uncomfortable dryness is to know when to level up on your moisturizing products, starting early to prevent dryness.”

3. You’re Not Using The Right Products

According to NYC dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, it’s a whole other ball game for those suffering with acne.

“The winter time can be especially challenging for acne patients, as many acne drugs can dry out the skin,” he says. “Choose lower concentrations of acne fighters like benzoyl peroxide during the winter time. 2.5% BPO has been shown to be as effective as higher, potentially more irritating concentrations like 5% or even 10%. You can also speak to your dermatologist about non-irritating, effective prescription options, like Aczone gel 7.5% that will not dry your skin out.”

4. Your Shower Temperature Is Too Hot

5. You Wear Heavier Fabrics

“During the winter the skin dries and dehydrates more intensely because of many reasons including, but not limited to the use of heavy clothing in some cases,” says Dr. Christian Jurist, certified Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, Facial Specialist, and Medical Director of Global Education at Pevonia.

“Our skin does an amazing job at protecting us from the elements. In the winter, our skin needs to be a stronger, thicker barrier from colder conditions. Remember that our skin is responsible for shunting blood away from the skin to keep our internal bodies warm in the winter, “says Dr. Swann.

“Sebaceous glands that are less functional to produce oil and maintain a healthy epidermal barrier,” Dr. Jurist says. In other words, they simply don’t work as well in winter, and therefore can’t keep your skin moisturized.

Now you have a little more insight into why skin gets dry in the winter, so you can put preventative measures into place, or put an end to anything that may be contributing towards drying your skin out. Then, fingers crossed, you can bid good riddance to cracked, sore skin once and for all!

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5 Step Almond Treatment For Natural Skin Whitening

Are you still using chemical based skin whitening creams? Do you know that they contain paraben that could possibly cause a lot of side effects?

There are a number of natural ways to get fairer skin. Almonds are one of the easily available solutions to get fairer skin. They are rich in Vitamin E and many other nutrients that aid skin repair and help rejuvenate skin. Also, with regular use they bring about effective skin lightening along with improving the overall health of your skin.

Almonds and almond oil can be used creatively in a number of homemade skin whitening recipes. Here are a few DIY recipes that you must try at home.

  1. Almond and oats face scrub

Oats naturally have exfoliating properties by which they remove dead cells and expose newer and fresher skin every day. The goodness of almonds when added to oats can help nourish skin from deep within.

You can make your own face scrub by taking a cup of oatmeal and cooking it with hot water for about five minutes until the oats soften well. In a separate vessel, take around eight to ten almonds and soak them for an hour in water. Grind the almonds in a blender and add it to the oat meal and mix well while you crush the mixture. Add a tablespoon of Organic Honeyand two tablespoons of Soy milk to this mixture and mix well.

You can use this scrub to wash your face in the morning and at night. It unclogs your skin pores and clears it off dirt. Soy milk is also rich in Vitamin E and helps in nourishing skin along with almonds while honey helps to tone skin after exfoliation.

  1. Almond and milk treatment

Almond and milk face pack is an all-time hit that has been used for many generations in skin whitening recipes and preparations. You may have noticed that many of the skin whitening products that you use actually contain Almond and milk combination. Milk in itself has skin whitening properties and is also moisturizing and soothing. When combined with almonds, skin lightening properties are even more enhanced.

Take five to eight almonds and soak them for about half an hour in plain water. Grind the almonds well by adding two to three tablespoons of milk to make a coarse mixture of almond and milk. Apply this evenly on clean and dry skin at night. You can then rinse it with warm water before going to bed. This face pack has the ability to reverse sun tan and make your skin fairer with regular use. It can even be done every day.

  1. Almond and lemon face mask

Lemon is an excellent exfoliant that not only removes dirt but also dead cells. It helps to bring about skin fairness faster. To make your face mask, take one whipped egg white and add five drops of almond oil and two tablespoons of lemon juice to it. Mix well and apply this mixture to clean and dry skin. Allow it to dry and then rinse with warm water.

The almond and lemon face pack is ideal for people with oily skin. Egg white is also rich in nutrients for the skin and helps in skin whitening treatment. You can use this face pack twice a week.

  1. Almond and liquorice face pack

Liquorice root is also extremely potent in bringing about skin lightening. It can be used two to three times a day and suits all skin types. To make your own face pack, take two tablespoons of liquorice powder and add five drops of Almond Oil to it. You can then mix well by adding two tablespoons of Soy milk or plain milk. Milk makes the mixture blend well working as a binder. At the same time, it soothes skin. You can apply this face pack in the evening and allow it to remain until dry. Later, you can rinse with running water and pat dry. This works as a de-tanning, skin lightening, de-scarring and spot-fading remedy.

  1. Almond oil for night care

In order to make sure that the skin whitening effects are fast and long lasting, you could use almond oil in your daily care regime. At night, massage your skin thoroughly with Almond Oil. Before massaging with almond oil, take it in a cup and place it in a bowl containing hot water. This helps to pre-heat the almond oil such that it becomes more potent to penetrate skin and strengthen deeper layers. This helps to enrich skin with vital Vitamin E and other nutrients. Also, almond oil is non-sticky and will be absorbed easily, leaving your skin supple and soft in the morning.

Almond oil smells sweet and nice and also helps you relax at night. Try this four-step skin whitening treatment with almonds at home. To learn more about almonds and their benefits, click here.

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Make the Most Out of Your Beauty Products

Half-used conditioner? Almost empty lipstick? Mascara that’s run its course? We love our beauty products, but hate when it’s time to say goodbye. To make your favourites last even longer, read on for some expert tips. Your wallet (and face!) will thank you.

ADD A LITTLE MOISTURISER TO YOUR FOUNDATION (AND BRONZER!)
Utilize those last few drops of your favourite foundation by adding a dab of face moisturiser. For foundation, pour a little moisturiser inside the bottle, shake well and apply. For bronzing powder, combine both for your very own tinted moisturiser.

SCOOP OUT YOUR FAVOURITE LIPSTICK 
You may think that tube is long gone, but chances are, it’s not! Using a cotton swab (not your finger!), scoop out the last remnants and apply as you normally would to your lips. Or, if you want to be extra economical, dab a bit on the apples of your cheeks for a cream blush that works wonders.

SWAP SHAVING CREAM FOR HAIR CONDITIONER 
Want silky smooth legs, but ran out of your usual shaving cream? Trust us, that half-used bottle of hair conditioner works as a luxurious treat and provides great glide.

DON’T DISREGARD THAT MASCARA WAND
Sure, you should change mascara every 3 months, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo the wand. Simply place used mascara wands in the dishwasher to give them new life. You can use them for grooming your brows or taming flyaway hair near your hairline.

PRAISE THE PUMP-DISPENSER
Got products with pump dispensers? Use the stem of the pump to extend their lifespan further. Simply scrape the inside of the bottle and then apply to your hand. You’ll be surprised to learn how much is still in there. You can also cut the bottle in half with a pair of scissors.

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4 Ways to Wear Perfume

Want a subtle scent or to take over a room when you arrive? Both effects can be achieved with the same perfume. All you need to change is how you put it on. Here are four ways to do it!

1. DAB IT ONTO YOUR SKIN
If you want to make your perfume more transparent, then try dabbing it onto your skin rather than spraying it. The neck and wrists are perfect places for this type of application.

2. SPRAY YOUR HAIR OR CLOTHES
The warmer you get, the faster your scent evaporates. So, if you tend to get hot – try applying fragrance to your clothes or hair, rather than spraying it directly onto the skin. Just be careful with delicate fabrics to avoid stains.

3. ADD IT TO YOUR BODY LOTION
Extend the lifespan of your fragrance by mixing it with unscented body lotion. Just add a few sprays to the cream in your hand, then apply it to your body. You’ll smell lovely all day!

4. TAKE A SCENTED BATH
What can be more pampering that bathing in the perfume you love? Just add 2 drops of perfume or 3-4 sprays of Eau de Toilette to a warm bath. It’s a real treat!

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This is why your hair is falling out (AND how to stop it)

Rule No1, don’t freak out

Hair Loss Reasons

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Hair shedding is a part of every day life, yes it clogs up your shower drain, and yes, it means you have to vacuum every other day or your carpet turns into a hairy rug… But the fact is, hair loss is totally normal.

On average we lose around 80 strands a day, if you begin to shed significantly more than that or you notice they aren’t growing back, well, that’s when things start to get a bit hairy (soz, I couldn’t help it).

The thing is, when it comes to hair loss there are so many potential triggers, which means it can be tricky to pinpoint the exact reason why your strands are falling out, and henceforth, how to remedy the situation.

We spoke to Anabel Kingsley, a leading Trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in London, to help break down the possible reasons why you’re losing hair.

First things first, Anabel explained that hair loss is a very common problem for women – much more so that people realise. “Research shows that at least 1 in 3 women will suffer from hair loss or reduced hair volume at some point in their lifetime”. So if you are losing strands, it’s important not to freak out, your mane will recover. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know…

Firstly, there are different types of hair loss, genetic and reactive…

Genetic:

There’s a chance you’re genetically predisposed to hair thinning, which means you may see a progressive, gradual reduction in hair volume. “In these instances, certain hair follicles are sensitive to male hormones – and this sensitivity causes follicles to gradually shrink and produce slightly finer and shorter hairs with each passing hair growth cycle.” Explains Anabel.

Reactive:

This means your hair loss is the result of a trigger. “Excessive daily hair shedding (which is know as telogen effluvium) is not reliant on having a genetic predisposition, it occurs as the result of an internal imbalance or upset, such as a nutritional deficiency, severe stress, crash dieting or an illness” says Anabel.

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7 most common triggers of hair loss…

1. HORMONAL IMBALANCE

A hormonal imbalance can lead to multitude of annoying AF health and beauty issues, from adult acne to weight gain. If your hormones are out of whack the effects will radiate throughout the whole body (and of course, that includes your hair).

“Hormones play a huge role in regulating the hair growth cycle” explains Anabel. “Oestrogens (female hormones) are ‘hair friendly’ and help to keep hairs in their growth phase for the optimal length of time. Androgens (male hormones) are not very hair friendly, and can shorten the hair growth cycle.”

“An excess of androgens (which could be caused by an endocrine disorder, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) can cause hair loss. The extent of this is often down to genes – If you have a genetic predisposition to follicle sensitivity, a hormonal imbalance can affect your hair more than it would someone who does not have a predisposition.”

2. STRESS

It’s no myth that excess stress can literally make your hair fall out. How does this happen? Well, it can raise androgen (male hormone) levels, which in turn can causes hair loss. “Stress may also trigger scalp problems, such as dandruff, disrupt eating habits and mess with the digestive system – all of which can have a negative impact on hair” says Anabel.

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3. IRON DEFICIENCY/ANEMIA

“One of the most common causes of hair loss in women is an iron deficiency. Iron is essential for producing hair cell protein“, without it, your strands will suffer.

4. HYPOTHYROIDISM AND HYPERTHYROIDISM

The thyroid gland helps to regulate the body’s metabolism by controlling the production of proteins and tissue use of oxygen. Any thyroid imbalance can therefore affect hair follicles”, Anabel explains. Also, if hypothyroidism is left untreated it may result in anaemia, which – as we’ve just discussed – is another condition that can impact the hair (or lack of it).

5. VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY

A lack of vitamin B12 can leave you feeling tired and low on energy, sound familiar? Well, the fun doesn’t stop there, it can also take it’s toll on your hair…

“Vitamin B12 deficiency often causes hair loss as it can affect the health of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your tissues” says Anabel. “It’s most common in vegans as you can only obtain B12 through animal proteins.”

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6. DRAMATIC WEIGHT LOSS

A steep drop on the scales can impact your tresses, “6-12 weeks after dramatic weight loss, whether it be intentional or unintentional, hair commonly comes out in excess” says Anabel.

While our hair is incredibly important to us psychologically, physiologically it is non-essential

“While our hair is incredibly important to us psychologically, physiologically it is non-essential; we could survive without it with no detriment to our physical health. This means that any nutritional deficiency often first shows up in our hair.” Yet another reason to avoid crash dieting and instead try to adopt a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

7. AGE

If you’re going through or about to enter the menopause, changes in your body may also have an effect on your hair. “Hair loss becomes more prevalent leading up to and after the menopause” reveals Anabel. That being said, “it’s important to realise that our hair ages, and as we get older, hair naturally gets finer. It’s a totally normal part of the ageing process.”

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And here’s what you can do to fix it:

Ok, so now you know what triggering the hair loss, here’s how to deal with it…

Recognise the problem

Hair loss doesn’t happen fast, our strands grow in cycles, which means it can take up to 3 months for hair to fall out after a trigger has caused it. “If you notice excessive daily hair shedding for longer than 3 months, see a trichologist or your GP, there could be an underlying factor that needs to be addressed”, Anabel advises. “Very importantly, try not to panic. Telogen effluvium (excessive shedding) is almost always self-eliminating and hair will start to grow back as usual once any internal imbalance is put right”.

Change up your diet

1) Get More Protein

“Hair is made of protein, making adequate daily intake of protein rich foods essential. Include at least a palm sized portion of protein at breakfast and lunch (approx. 120g in weight).” Anabel recommends.

2) Complex carbohydrates are essential

“They provide our hair with the energy it needs to grow. Snack on a healthy carbohydrates (i.e. fresh fruit, crudité or whole wheat crackers) if longer than four hours is left between meals; as energy available to hair cells drops after this amount of time.”

That being said, Anabel explained that if you are losing your hair because of something other than diet, like stress or an illness, changing what you eat will not remedy it.

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Take a supplement

“Being non-essential tissue, the hair’s nutritional requirements are unique – and supplementation can be very helpful in boosting levels of vitamins and minerals available to your follicles. But, they must be taken alongside a healthy diet for full benefit.”

Anabel recommends looking out for the following ingredients: Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Copper, Zinc, Selenium, and the essential amino acids, L-Lysine and L-Methionine.

Get smart about styling

Yes, that messy topknot may look cool, but it could being placing stress on your strands. “Avoid hairstyles that place traction on the hair and hair follicles” Anabel says. She also recommends avoiding heavy styling creams and serums, as they can add unnecessary weight to the hair.

DON’T freak out

Losing your hair can leave you feeling stressed, but Anabel explains that it’s incredibly important to realise how common female hair loss is – and that if you are experiencing it, you are not alone and it is nothing to be embarrassed about.

“One product alone will not remedy hair loss – you must also look at your general health, your diet, as well as optimise the health of your scalp and the condition of growing hairs. Above all, although it is very difficult, be patient and do not despair. Due to the nature of the hair growth cycle, it takes at least 6 weeks to see an improvement.”

The Truth About Freckles

 

via : The List

What Does a Gold Facial Actually Do?

A gold facial is honestly one of the most indulgent spa treatments we can think of. But while they were once a pampering method reserved only for celebrities and ancient royals, these days you’ll find gold facials and gold face masks popping up on high-end spa menus everywhere. Sure, they can be pricey, but sometimes, you just have to spoil yourself. And unlike a bottle of wine, a tub of ice cream, or a night spent vegging out in front of the TV, gold facials are actually good for you.

But what does all that gold actually do? Read on to find out all about how the luxury metal can transform your skin—we promise you’ll never again consider it an extravagance to buy raw cookie dough just for snacking.

What is a gold facial?

Gold facials can differ from spa to spa, but generally they follow a traditional facial format—cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, etc.—but include one of the most decadent add-ons ever invented: a gold face mask. Depending on the technique used, this might involve the aesthetician massaging sheets of 24-karat gold leaf onto your skin. Or, they might coat your face with colloidal gold, a liquid solution with gold nanoparticles suspended in it.

If this whole idea seems to have trended rather suddenly, there’s good reason for that. The gold facial has grown in popularity since 2006, when a Japanese company pioneered a method for helping the metal penetrate surface layers of skin.

What are the benefits of gold facial treatments?

Other than giving you a great excuse to take a selfie, what is all that gold doing on your face?

Gold has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine and ancient skincare—Cleopatra may have been a fan—and modern aestheticians stand by its firming and anti-aging benefits. Gold’s antioxidant properties are said to fight off environmental toxins and sun damage. Clients may find their skin feeling softer and more supple thanks to accelerated cell regeneration and elastin production.

Dermatologists, however, caution that some people can have an adverse reaction, particularly those who experience contact dermatitis when wearing jewelry.

What about DIY gold facials?

Many at-home beauty treatments are also incorporating gold into their list of ingredients. Using one of these in your routine can be a great way to get some of the benefits of gold without breaking the bank.

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