How to Achieve a Clear & Glowing Skin Naturally?

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A clear and beautiful skin is one of the main elements of a person’s beauty. Healthy skin makes one to feel confident and beautiful within oneself. Those with a glowing skin are jealously looked upon by others. Our skin care regimen and lifestyle habits play a vital role in deciding the skin’s health.

No one likes pimples, dark spots, dark circles, and wrinkled, dry or scaly skin. Some of the leading factors that take a toll on the quality and texture of your skin is stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and pollution, damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, excessive smoking and drinking alcohol. Based on the nature and the type of your skin, adequate preventive measures should be taken to achieve a clear and glowing skin.

There are thousands of skin and beauty care products in the market that promises to give you clear and glowing skin. Instead of relying on these products, you can try some simple and easy herbal skin care treatment remedies to improve the overall health and appearance of your skin.

Skin Types

There are different types of skin and so are the different problems associated with them. Dry skin can get itchy sometimes and needs to be hydrated often to keep it glowing. Oily skin is prone to pimples and has a greasy texture. Some people have normal skin, something that they can be happy about, and then there are people with a combination skin who have to face the problems of both dry skin and oily skin. Perfect skin is not too oily or dry but needs to be taken care with regular care.

Solutions to Natural Skin Care

Every skin type has a problem. But the change needs to come from within, that is, skin care should be part of your daily routine. If it is done properly, even as you age your skin will look glowing. Here are some easy ways to achieve a clear-glowing skin and a healthy life with naturally available things.

·         Fiber Rich Diet:

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Everything healthy starts from your diet. Digestive problems result in skin impurities; hence taking in the right amount of micro-nutrients and vitamins is great for clear skin. Food for glowing skin should be carefully selected. Natural protein foods like fish, nuts and white meat, grains like Wheat and brown rice, vegetables like broccoli, tomato and beets are very healthy and good for your skin.

Try to avoid processed and oily food. Omega3 fatty acids are great to reduce inflammation; this is found in walnuts, salmon and soybeans. More intake of fruits and vegetables will leave you with spotless and glowing skin.

·         Leave Stress Free:

Stress hormones lead to excessive oil production which will result in white heads. Running, a warm bath and a short sleep help reduce stress and get rid of acne. At least 7 to 8 hours of sleep is needed for an active mind and glowing skin. Occasional visits to the spa and swimming pool will relax your muscles.You can also relieve stress with yoga or listening to relaxing music or reading books.

  • Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily:

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Drinking enough and more water will help your skin to purify the impurities. It hydrates the body and removes excess oils and dirt. 15% of our skin is made up of water.Drinking at least 2 liters per day gives the skin a bright, noticeable change in less than a week. It helps you get rid of dryness and wrinkles, and helps boost the immune system.

·         Skin Toners

Toners are an important part of skin care. It provides deep pore cleansing to the skin and reduces the size of the open pores, and makes the skin smooth and flawless. Toners are supposed to be used right after cleansing the skin with a foam based face wash in order to restore the skin’s pH balance. Regular use of a skin toner also helps in solving the problem of acne.

·         Skin Exfoliation

Exfoliation helps in achieving a glowing natural skin by getting rid of the dead skin cells. But when it comes to topical skin care, this part is often ignored by most of us. Periodic exfoliation using natural ingredients like Green gram flour, oats, orange peel or lentil powder can remove dead cells, dust, impurities and blackheads from the skin and prevent the breakout of acne. Regular exfoliation makes it easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and serums that are applied topically.

·         Avoid Too much of Sun:

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Sunlight is a great source for vitamin D for skin in the morning from 7am to 9am. However avoiding the direct sun after this time is very essential. The UV rays are quite strong and they not only damage the texture of your skin but over exposure to these rays can also result in skin cancer. Avoid the sun especially from 10 am to 2 pm as the sun rays can get really harsh, and this is a must for even normal skin care.

Try to wear clothing that covers most of your skin and if possible carry an umbrella while going out at these times of the day. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen with SPF above 45 while going outdoors.

·         Acne Care:

Pimples on your face often puts you in an embarrassing situation, especially when you are in the teens.  It is often very tempting to pop or squeeze the pimples, but it will only result in scars, redness and inflammation. The infected material will be pushed further into the skin, causing more pimples!

The blemishes caused by squeezing the pimples take longer to heal than the pimple itself. The pimples normally stay for three or four days, but the scars caused by squeezing them remain there for a lifetime. Adopt homemade remedies for pimples and acne to stay away from side-effects.

·         Detoxification

Dullness of the skin, pimples and acne are often caused by excessive accumulation of toxins and waste products in the body. It is important to flush out these waste products with the help of detoxification. An easy way to detox your body and each morning is to start your day with a glass of warm lemon water.

A detox diet should consist of fruit and vegetable juices that are loaded with skin-saving nutrients. It is best to stay away from sugar, salty snacks and alcohol for at least 5 days to give the skin a healthy break and prevent water retention.

·         Skin Hydration:

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It is important to hydrate your body both inside and outside. Wash your face with cold water twice every day, more than this can result in dryness. The natural oils produced by the skin are required to nourish it and provide flawless beauty and skin care. By using cold water, the opened pores will be closed, which prevent foreign material to enter.Wash your face in circular movements, do not scrub as it causes skin irritation. Use homemade facial to wash oily skin.

·         Sleep without Make-up

Make up is an inseparable part of any modern woman’s beauty regime. But it is often loaded with harsh chemicals that not only harm the skin, but also attract dirt and clogs the skin pores causing pimples and acne. In addition, it also promotes the growth of yeast on the skin.

Therefore, make it a point to remove the foundation, eyeliner, powder, mascara, gloss and lip color before going to bed no matter how tired or worn out you are.

·         Physical Work-out:

Physical activity is not only essential to losing weight and stay fit, but also to get flawless skin naturally. It is a necessity in this busy life. Activities like indoor aerobic exercises increases blood and oxygen flow to the skin cells. Exercise is the best way to cleanse the skin from the inside.

A short walk or 30 minutes at the gym are an added advantage not only for the body but also for the skin. Make it a daily habit to indulge in activities like dancing, cycling, skipping, running, walking, anything that will make you sweat!

·         Daily Vitamin C Intake:

One of the most important vitamins for healthy and flawless skin is vitamin C that helps in enhancing the skin complexion and preventing signs aging. Regular intake of vitamin C improves collagen production, keeps away age spots and pigmentation, enhances skin brightness and improves its ability to protect itself from the harsh UV rays of the sun.

Some of the best food sources of vitamin C are guava, strawberries, blackcurrants, grapes, broccoli, kiwi fruit, Amla or Indian Goose Berries, lemon, sweet potatoes and papaya. Vitamin C can also be consumed in the form of supplements and capsules.

By adding these changes to your lifestyle and experimenting these natural skin care solutions will cleanse your skin from within and provide natural clear looking skin.

Turmeric, the “Wonder Spice”and Skin Care

^34F482AB85BF0A8504D76BF5220939B8284EE0F6D6198F200C^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrTurmeric is of India origin belonging to the family of ginger and is a widely used spice in Indian cuisine. Its botanical name is Curcuma longa and apart from its extensive culinary applications, turmeric also has lots of proven medicinal applications.Curcumin, the main chemical compound found in turmeric is a good natural detoxifier and is even proven effective in the treatment of cancer. The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial andantiseptic properties of turmeric also make it one of the most beneficial herbs in beauty care. Following are some major cosmetic uses of turmeric.

Acne

The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of turmeric make it effectively fight pimples and other skin breakouts. Turmeric facials reduce oil secretion and remove acne scars.  For best results, use turmeric in a face pack with sandalwood and lemon juice. Wash the face pack off with warm water after ten minutes.

Oily Skin

Sebaceous glands on the skin produce a waxy matter called sebum, the excess of which leads to oily skin. Turmeric regulates the production of sebum and gives you glowing, flawless skin. For ideal results against oily skin, mix turmeric and sandalwood powder with orange juice, apply for 15 minutes and cleanse with warm water.

Wrinkles

Turmeric is a good exfoliating agent, making it effective in moderating wrinkles and making the skin look brighter and younger. Turmeric also alleviates stretch marks and delays signs of ageing. To get rid of wrinkles, dark circles and fine lines, use turmeric powder, rice powder and milk mixed with tomato juice and apply on the face and neck. Wash off in lukewarm water after 30 minutes.

Tanning

Turmeric eliminates skin pigmentation and tanning. For fast recovery, areas of tanning or pigmentation may be regularly applied with turmeric powder mixed with cucumber juice for 30 minutes and rinsed off with water.

Cracked Heels

The excellent healing property of turmeric makes it very useful in softening cracked heels. Make a paste from turmeric powder, mixing it with coconut oil, apply to cracked heels and leave for 15 minutes before washing off. Regular administration of turmeric in this manner will show results within a few days.

Facial Hair

Turmeric also is a natural hair remover. Prepare a facial scrub with turmeric powder and gram flour and use regularly for four weeks to significantly inhibit facial hair growth.

Burns

Owing to its antiseptic properties, turmeric is effective in soothing burns. Next time you get a minor burn from the kitchen, mix turmeric powder and some aloe vera gel and apply on the burn for faster recovery. You will also see that the burn does not leave undesirable marks.

These are only a few of the many applications of this wonderful herb in beauty care. Turmeric even help stimulate cell growth and the antioxidants contained in turmeric helps retain the elasticity of the skin. This natural antiseptic is effectively used in the treatment of skin disorders such as Eczema and poison ivy. Much like its effect on cracked heels, turmeric works wonders for chapped lips as well. Turmeric also has the ability to remove dead cells from the skin, giving you brighter, healthier and younger-looking skin.

Home remedies for dry skin

Dry skin looks boring and life less due to lack of moisture. Wrinkles increase at an early age due to stretched dryness of skin. Dry, irregular and wrinkle skin provides an aged appearance. Excess drying of skin leads to dry eczema.

For these problems you should give proper care to increase the moisture level of skin and prevent drying. Soft, smooth and wrinkle free skin gives young and healthy look.

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Main causes of dry skin:

Some of them have soft and smooth skin because of oil glands found below the skin. The skin becomes dry when these glands fail to provide sufficient lubrication to keep the skin soft and smooth. Some of the causes are:

  1. Dry skin condition may happen because of genetic factors.
  2. The cold, dry weather of winter takes about drying of skin making it scaly. Lack of enough moisture outdoors also leads to dry skin. Indoor heating removes the traces of moisture and aggravates dryness of skin. So in winter the skin becomes exceedingly dry.
  3. Dry skin condition may happen from nutritional deficiencies due to poor diet.
  4. Unhealthy practice like exposure to extreme weather conditions, take bathing in hot water for a long time using harsh soaps, swimming in chlorinated water, chemicals and insensitive cosmetics.
  5. Few basic diseases like hypothyroidism, diabetes, eczema, seborrhea may also lead to dry skin.
  6. Dry skin may occur as an effect of tablets like diuretics, antihistamines and antispasmodic.

Ayurveda tips for dry skin condition:

  1. Keep yourself hot in dry cold climates.
  2. Gently massage whole body with body massage oil which is filled with vata balancing herbs.
  3. Avoid sitting near fire place.
  4. Avoid decayed, over fried and dry food.
  5. Always eat fresh warm food with little fat like ghee or olive oil.
  6. Include sour and salty food in diet.
  7. Sweet juicy fruits are optional.
  8. Drink 6-8 glasses of warm water every day. (Do not drink cold water as it increases vata)

Home remedies for dry skin:

  1. Take egg yolk, rose water lime juice, olive oil and orange juice (1 tea spoon each) and mix it thoroughly. Apply this mixture gently on your face in morning and wash it off after 20 minutes.
  2. Take honey, egg, olive oil and rose water as face pack and mix it well works. Then apply on your face, it is very well for dry skin.
  3. Abundantly apply gentle herbal moisturizer all over your body.
  4. Massage your body with herbal oil filled with vata balancing herbs, twice in a week.
  5. Increase the moisture level of skin by applying natural herbal gel which contains aloe vera and essential oils.
  6. Use herbal tea which contains vata balancing herbs regularly.
  7. Calendula contains natural flavanoids and oils that are important for healthy skin. Gather the petals of the flower and produce a fine paste out of it, before applying it on your skin. Leave it until it dries. You can then wash your face with hot water. Regular practice of this mixture will leave your skin glowing.
  8. Papaya contains vitamin A which is a skin protector that helps to avoid your skin from excessive dryness. You can use ripened papaya as a scrub. Make a pulp out of the ripened fruit and massage it into your skin in gently circular movements.
  9. The mixture of banana and honey has been used to treat dry and scaly skin. Mix 1 spoon of raw honey with two spoons of mature banana and apply it on your skin. Leave it for 10 or 15 minutes before washing it off. Regular practice of this mixture will give smoother skin in just a few weeks.
  10. Mix the barley flour with turmeric powder and mustard oil is also a good medicine for dry skin treatment. This can be used as a scrub and you can apply it onto your skin using your fingers. This scrub gently smooths your skin, healthy and strong skin that will win you many compliments.

Try these remedies in your home and watch the changes.

Herbal prevention for Blackheads

Everyone suffers from the problem of blackhead. The main problem for blackhead is the hair follicles get clogged with dead skin and oil. It appears as tiny black bumps on nose, chin and forehead. The main causes for blackhead are:

  • Eating of fried foods, chocolates and fatty foods.
  • Due to excess use of cosmetic products.
  • Worry and pressure

Here are the tips to reduce this problem by herbal treatment..

Honey and Cinnamon:

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Honey is an antibiotic which is combined with Cinnamon and draw out dust from pores. Cinnamon is used as a removal and prevention of blackheads.

How to apply: Take 1 tablespoon of honey with ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and mix well. Apply this mixture on your face; massage your face in a circular motion for 3 minutes and wash off with hot water. Try this 2 times in a week.

Green tea:

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Green tea removes oil from the skin as well as helps to clear the pores.

How to apply: Take a teaspoon of dried green tea leaves powder and mix with water to make the paste. Apply this paste on your skin. After 5 minutes, wash off with water.

Lemon:

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Lemon also helps to remove the oil from the skin and remove the blackheads and acne.

How to apply: Mix the lime juice with salt, with a tablespoon of honey, with a tablespoon of yogurt. Gently rub this mixture on the skin for 3 or 4 minutes and wash off with the hot water.

Baking Soda:

This is the best method for get free from blackheads fastly.

How to mix: Take 2 tablespoon of baking soda with water to make a paste. Gently rub this paste on the affected skin. Let it dry for some time and wash off with the warm water. Do this in every week atleast one or two times.

Toothpaste:

Take the toothpaste and apply it on the blackhead area. Stay for 20-3omintues and wash off with hot water. Keep away from eyes. Do this repeatedly until the blackheads are gone.

Tomatoes:

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Tomato has the antiseptic properties to dry out the blackheads.

How to apply: Take a peeled tomato and smashed well. Apply this on your skin and leave it over a night and next morning wash your skin with hot water.

Potatoes:

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Cut the raw potato and apply it over the blackhead. Leave it for 10 or 15 minutes and wash thoroughly. Repeat this process daily till it cures.

Coriander:

Take a fresh coriander leaves and turmeric powder and mix well to make a paste. Apply this on the blackheads.

Aloe Vera:

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Apply the Aloe Vera juice on the affected area. It heels the blackheads naturally.

Try these tips for better skin.         

 

 

 

Ayurvedic Treatment for Hair Growth

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Everyone have the wish to get good and strong hair. Every day more and more people are facing hair problems. For this hair problem, Ayurvedic remedies are the best to get hair beautiful, healthy and strong. Here we have to see about some of the remedies for curing hair problems. Read these remedies and try it in your home:

  1. Amala:

It contains Vitamin C and solves all the hair problems. It is the greatest component for purifying the blood and best for relief from indigestion and it resolves some health problems also.

How to apply?

  • First take some Amala and dry it, after dry you make this as the powder.
  • And apply this paste gently on your scalp.
  • Mix well with the light hot water and make as paste.
  • It makes your hair black and helps to grow your hair long.

2. Methi:

It is one of an herb and used for stimulating hair growth.

How to apply?

  • Take some methi and roasted well.
  • Mix well with the hot water and make a paste.
  • Apply this paste on your hair and cover the hair and scalp completely.
  • Let leave it for 20 minutes and wash your hair with cold water.

3. Rosemary Oil:

This oil is helpful for regrowth of your hair. This develops the functioning of nervous system and stops the premature graying of hair.

How to apply?

  • Massaging gently your head with Rosemary oil thrice in a week.

4. Ashwagandha:

It is one of an anti-oxidant herbs and gives relief from Pitta Dhosha. This Pitta Dhosha problem is one of the reasons for hair falling.

How to Use?

  • Take 6 mg of Ashwagandha capsule every day, it clears all toxins.

5. Ayurvedic Massaging with any hair oil:

Massaging the head is one of the best treatments for growing healthy hair, which improves the blood circulation to the hair root.

6. Don’t Comb wet hair:

Combing wet hair leads to breakage of hair. Just comb wet hair with your fingers gently.

7. Sleep well:

Good sleep is more important for health and relaxes mind also. It refreshes your body and keeps your body very healthy. It is helpful to get healthy hair and promote growing the hair.

Now you understand what all tip helpful for staying your hair strong and healthy. Try these remedies in your home.