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Home Remedies - Skin Care

Home Remedies for Blemishes

Natural home remedies are really good for your skin, unfortunately it takes a longer time to see the results.

The reason for this is that the molecules of the natural foods used in home remedy are large so it is difficult for them to penetrate the skin compared to professional blemish treatment products.

Here are two home made mask recipe options you could try:

Yogurt Mask

  • Plain Yogurt (Curd/Dahi) 2 tbp,
  • Honey 1 tsp
  • Whole oats/oatmeal (Porridge/Dalia) 1 tbp

Mix the above and apply on your face as a mask for 15 minutes, take a little warm water and wash your face using the oatmeal as a mild scrub. Do this once or twice a week.

The lactic acid in the yogurt is good for lightening blemishes and the honey works as an astringent as well as moisturizes the skin while the oatmeal has natural protein to promote skin growth.

Chickpea Mask

  • Chickpea (gram) flour 2 tbs
  • Honey 1 tsp
  • Lemon/lime juice 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder (haldi) a pinch

Mix the above with warm water and apply on your face as a mask once or twice a week for 15 minutes.

We suggest choosing one mask from above and try it for 4 to 6 weeks and then switch to the other.

Ensure you're not allergic to these ingredients and if not sure do a spot test for at least a day before applying a full facial mask.

Scars are harder to treat with home remedies.

Microdermabrasion treatment may help with reducing the scars. There are a number of products that can help for very light scars, however most scars require professional attention.

See a Dermatologist or licensed Aesthetician in a Medical spa who will analyze your skin condition and recommend a treatment suitable for your skin type.

Once again wear Sunscreen everyday as the Sun darkens the blemishes making it more difficult for you to treat them later.

Home Remedy to Lighten Pigmentation

Cut a lemon or lime in half, pour 1 tspn of sugar on one half and rub this on the skin.  Do this twice a week.  Do not apply this on broken or acne skin.

Home Made Exfoliating Masks

Choose from the following mask to exfoliate your skin.

Semolina Mask

Take 1 tbsp of yogurt, add 1/2 tsp semolina (sooji, wheatlets), mix this together and  apply on the face and leave in on for 10 minutes, then rub the mask gently to exfoliate the skin and remove with warm water. This removes dead skin on the surface of the skin and the yogurt helps lighten any blemishes or dark spots.

Fruit Enzyme Mask

Mash 1/2 cup papaya, add 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp honey, mix this mixture and apply on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.

Home Remedy for Oily Skin

If you suffer from Oily Skin, once a week apply a Clay or Mud Mask (Multani Mitti) on your face. Most experts believe that clay and mud masks can temporarily pull oil from the pores and also shrinks the pores.

Home Remedy for Dark Circles

Take used and chilled tea bags or cucumber and apply on the closed eyes to temporarily reduce dilated and discolored blood vessels. Every evening before going to bed apply plain yogurt under the eye for 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a soft wet cloth. The lactic acid in yogurt helps to lighten the pigmentation.

When removing your eye make-up, make sure you use a soft cloth or cotton pads, do not pull or scrub the skin around the eyes as it is very delicate and any rough treatment will traumatize the skin which in turn will produce more pigmentation.

Get extra sleep and eat lots of berries, bright colored fruits and vegetables (as they have antioxidants) and drink plenty of water as dehydration is another cause of dark circles. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses everytime you go out in the sun.

There are lots of under eye creams in the market that might reduce the dark circles. Some studies show that creams containing Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and retinol may be effective in treating under eye circles.

Make-up is another way to conceal dark circles, try mineral make-up as most mineral make-up have light reflecting minerals which help by reflecting the light off the skin and so hide the dark circles.

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

If you suffer from Dry skin, try the following Home remedy options.

  • Mash an avocado, add 1 tsp of lemon juice, apply this to your face two times a week to help hydrate the skin. Remove the mask (after 15 mins) using warm water and pat dry.
  • Mash an avocado and add a 1 tsp of honey to it. Apply this mask on the face, leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with a gentle cleanser and water. Do this three times a week to help hydrate the skin.
  • Whip some cream and apply to your face three times a week for 15 mins. Wash off with warm water and a gentle cream cleanser.

If all the above does not help Dry Skin symptoms, seek advice from your dermatologist or doctor in case of other complications.

Home Remedy for Excessive Sweating

Use soda bicarbonate (baking soda) under your arms as this absorbs the moisture plus the odor.

Another home remedy is to soak tea bags in hot water and after it cools down soak in a small towel and wipe your underarms with this. Tanin in the tea shrinks the sweat pores. If you feet sweat a lot then soak them in cool black tea for similar effect.

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