Getting flawless skin is one of the most important things on every woman’s checklist. All we want is to get rid of all our skin problems like pimples, wrinkles, dark spots and whatnot. For this, we try so many different products at home or at the salon or sometimes even resort to chemical treatments. So in this article, we bring to you a list of common skin problems, simple home remedies to get rid of these problems along with necessary precautions and much more.
COMMON SKIN PROBLEMS: AN INTRODUCTION
Skin problems can be a result of various things such as improper diet, genetics, excessive exposure to the sun, aging etc. Here are some of the most common skin problems women have to face:
- ACNE: This is the most common skin problem that starts bothering us right from the onset of puberty. Apart from hormonal changes, oily or dust-ridden skin, humidity, severe sweating can also cause acne breakouts.
- PIGMENTATION: Pigmentation of the skin can make your skin dull and lifeless and can make you look older. It can be caused by excess production of a skin pigment called melanin which is responsible for giving colour to our skin. Melanin production can be triggered by aging or overexposure to the sun thereby causing pigmentation.
- DARK CIRCLES: Dark circles are yet another problem caused by excessive skin exposure or the production of melanin. Dry skin and lack of sleep are also major factors leading to the formation of dark circles.
- STRETCH MARKS: They occur due to the stretching of the skin which is further caused by a sudden change in weight. Pregnant women have a very high chance of developing stretch marks on their stomach area, under the breasts or on the thighs.
- SUNBURN OR TAN: Exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun might lead to tan or sunburn in extreme conditions.
- SCARS: Scars not only occur due to injuries or accidents but the main reason for their formation is damage to hormones like collagen and elastin which are present in the skin.
- WRINKLES: Wrinkles are a cause of aging along with thinning and dryings of skin which can also be referred to as repercussions of aging. The skin loses elasticity with age which contributes to the formation of wrinkles on the skin.
20 HOME REMEDIES TO GET FLAWLESS SKIN
- POTATO AS A BLEACHING AGENT: potatoes have bleaching characteristics and can help in reducing dark spots, tanning and even scars. Apply potato juice or potato peels on the desired area of the skin and let it dry. Wash it off later and you will have smooth and glowing skin.
- TOMATOES FOR PIMPLES AND SUNBURN: tomatoes contain antioxidants that help in reducing tanning or sunburn and its acidic properties also aid in getting rid of pimples. Make a paste of tomatoes and curd or add a few drops of lemon juice in tomato paste and apply it on your skin. Wash it off with water after 10-15 minutes and follow this remedy at least twice a week.
- ALOE VERA GEL FOR SCARS AND DARK SPOTS: Aloe vera increases collagen content in our skin and thus protects us from dark spots and can also heal scars to a great extent. It also helps in reducing acne. Apply fresh aloe vera gel on the skin and rinse with water after it dries off. You could also apply aloe vera gel on your skin before going to bed and leave it overnight.
- BAKING SODA FOR DRY SKIN: It exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin and thus gives you a fresh and radiant look. Make a paste using baking soda, water and any moisturizing cream and apply it on your skin gently. Rinse it off after 5-10 minutes to reveal glowing skin.
- STRAWBERRIES FOR A TAN-FREE AND CLEAR SKIN: Crush a few strawberries and make a paste by adding cornstarch to it. Gently apply this paste on your skin and rinse with cool water after 15-20 minutes. This effectively removes tanning and leaves you with clear and healthy skin.
- DARK CHOCOLATE TO HYDRATE YOUR SKIN: Dark chocolate has antioxidants that help in keeping the skin hydrated and also protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Make a pack using cocoa powder and honey and gently massage on your skin, let it dry for about 15-20 minutes and wash off.
- SUGAR AS A NATURAL EXFOLIATOR: For radiant and lively skin, mix sugar and water and rub it on your skin for about 5 minutes. Wash your skin with lukewarm water after that.
- BANANAS TO REDUCE DRYNESS: bananas have Vitamin E and they work efficiently to reduce dryness and redness of the skin. Make a paste using mashed bananas and honey, you may add water for consistency and gently massage your skin with it. Wash it off after about 15 minutes.
- FULLER’S EARTH FOR CLEANSING THE SKIN: Fuller’s earth or Multani mitti works wonders for oily skin and effectively removes dirt and dead skin cells, thus cleansing the skin. Just make a paste by adding a few drops of rosewater in it and if you have dry skin, add milk. Apply the paste on your skin and wash it off after it dries up completely.
- RAW MILK TO GET RID OF TAN: Raw milk works wonders for removing tan and gives you fresh and youthful skin. Gently massage your skin with milk for about 10 minutes and then wash it off with clean and cold water.
- CABBAGE JUICE FOR WRINKLES: Cabbages help in retaining the elasticity of the skin and thus makes your skin wrinkle-free. Grate cabbage and take out the juice, apply it on your skin and rinse it after a few minutes for best results.
- LEMON JUICE FOR SCARS AND BLEMISHES: Lemon juice is a rich source of vitamin C and hence reduces scars and blemishes to a great extent. Make a paste using lemon juice, a little raw milk and a tablespoon of gram flour and gently apply on your skin. Rinse it off after 15-20 minutes
- ROSEWATER FOR FRESH AND DIRT FREE SKIN: Rosewater has cleansing properties and hence can be used as a toner or astringent. It is also beneficial for reducing dark circles. Apply rose water on your skin using a cotton swab daily for fresh and dirt-free skin.
- EGG WHITES FOR WRINKLES: Egg whites have properties that make the skin elastic and hence help in tightening the skin, thus preventing wrinkles. Whip the egg whites till you see foam and apply it on the skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off.
- SANDALWOOD FOR ACNE FREE SKIN: Sandalwood aids in removing acne to a great extent if used with rose water. Mix powder of sandalwood (from a sandalwood stick) and rose water to make a paste and apply it on your skin gently. Wait for 10-15 minutes and rinse with cold water.
- GREEN TEA FOR FAIR SKIN: Green tea is known for its cooling properties and also helps in removing dead skin cells. Use green tea powder and mix it with a little honey for a paste-like consistency. Apply this on your skin and wash it off when it dries up.
- COCONUT WATER FOR TAN CONTROL: Coconut water has mild acids which help in reducing tan and also hydrates the skin, making it look young and glowing. Gently massage your skin with coconut water and rinse your skin after 10-15 minutes.
- CUCUMBER FOR DARK CIRCLES: It has antioxidants and behaves as a natural cooling agent. Grate a cucumber and take out its juice, mix it with yogurt to make a paste and apply it on your skin. Let it dry for about 10-15 minutes and wash off with cold water.
- CURD AND OATMEAL PACK FOR DARK SPOTS: Make a paste of curd, oatmeal and tomato juice and apply it on your skin gently. Wait for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off. This will also help in getting rid of blemishes and scars
- PAPAYA FOR GLOWING SKIN: Extract papaya juice or simply rub papaya pulp on your skin. Let it dry and then rinse with cold water to get glowing and fresh-looking skin.
DIET FOR FLAWLESS SKIN
A healthy diet is extremely essential to get fresh and flawless skin. The perfect diet should include lots of Vitamin C, E, antioxidants and fibre rich food. Apart from eating the right food, it is also necessary to drink plenty of water to keep the body as well as the skin hydrated. Also, avoid eating junk food and processed food daily as they might directly affect your skin. Here are a few other fruits or vegetables which will ensure healthy skin
- Watermelons and mangoes contain carotenoids which prevent tanning by protecting the skin from the UV rays of the sun
- Peppers, oranges, lemons and kiwis among other Vitamin C rich food items increase the collagen content in the skin thus preventing dryness and also aids in avoiding wrinkles.
- Almonds prevent the skin from damage and also help in avoiding itchiness and irritation as they are a rich source of vitamin E.
- Green leafy vegetables such as spinach or broccoli are rich in antioxidants and thus prevent blemishes and provide the necessary nourishment to the skin
- Include proteins in your diet by consuming fish, nuts, tomatoes etc for glowing and youthful skin.
- Always remember to remove your makeup before going to bed as it might make your skin itchy and the chemicals might lead to acne breakouts and might also clog the pores of your skin.
- Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays by applying the necessary sun-block moisturiser and lotion all over your body.
- Proper sleep affects your skin as much as a healthy diet does. So make sure you get at least 6-7 hours of your beauty sleep every day to let your skin revitalize and repair itself overnight. Also, getting regular massages keeps you stress-free thus contributing towards healthy and flawless skin.
- Smoking causes your skin to age prematurely so it should be strictly avoided.
MYTHS AND FACTS
Myth: Washing your face with soap regularly keeps acne away.
Fact: Cleansing your face is totally necessary, but using soap might deprive your facial skin of some essential oils which might lead to rashes or dry skin. Use a mild face wash or a cleanser and keep your skin moisturised.
Myth: Popping a pimple is better than waiting for it to shrink in size.
Fact: Popping a pimple or simply removing the ‘pus’ only increases the chances of getting another pimple back as it causes inflammation and it may even spread out under the skin.
Myth: One should use separate creams for day and night.
Fact: Creams should be used based on the purpose and the ingredients. For example, anti-ageing creams should be used at night as they contain retinol which is sunlight sensitive. Similarly, creams for dry skin containing antioxidants or vitamin C can be used in both day as well as night.
Myth: Moles are a serious skin disorder and cause cancer.
Fact: Most moles are absolutely harmless and natural but the ones which change in size or are asymmetrical or change colour might be cancerous and need to be checked immediately.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Ques: Does oily hair also contribute to acne?
Ans: Yes. Oily hair or dandruff is a major cause of acne breakouts. You should regularly shampoo your hair or use an effective anti-dandruff shampoo for the same.
Ques: Which one’s more effective – sandalwood powder or sandalwood sticks for pimples?
Ans: Both are the same. But you might want to use sandalwood sticks because sandalwood powders available in the market might contain other ingredients which hinder the purity of the powder.
Ques: Is sunscreen required even in the evening or on a cloudy day?
Ans: Yes. A sunscreen with appropriate SPF is necessary even on a cloudy day or in the evening as the UV rays reach your skin then also and might cause tanning or dark circles.