We are quarantined, partially and substantially! But that shouldn’t stop us – women – to look after ourselves. Are you also like me who doesn’t really bother to look after that annoying acne till my planner buzzes with a party alert? Phew, then you must read on…
Signs of ageing: You keep neglecting your skin and it will not spare you without showing signs of ageing. It’s important to take care of your skin to maintain that young, lustrous look regardless of your schedule. There’s a world that believes all the myths, with half cooked information. Let’s break some skin myths and see how we can achieve that glow back!
Acne only happens to teenagers: Adult acne is a reality. And a lot of people get it. “Stay off steroids or you may get teenage pimples at the age of 45. “Adult acne is on the rise. Post puberty, factors like stress, illness, medications, pollution, and climate can cause fluctuating hormones resulting in the growth of acne,” says dermatologist Dr Sonakshi Behl.
Oily skin causes acne : Any skin type can develop acne. Oiliness only increases the chances and severity of the acne. Always remove blackheads. Or else, the bacteria breeding there will result in further skin infection. Clear out your pores, now!
Cosmetics can’t cause pimples: This is sad but true. Some cosmetic products contain ingredients that ‘clog’ the skin. They include acetylated lanolin, butyl stearate, flax oil, isopropyl myristate, myristyl myristate, and cocoa butter. At times, skin breakouts occur from using such products, says a well known dermatologist. You may also be allergic to a few ingredients. In case of any infection, consult a skin expert. Always use trusted skin care products.
Wash your skin as much as you can: Don’t. Excessive washing washes away the natural oils that coat and protect your skin. Over cleaning also develops skin rashes. So, wash your face twice a day. And exfoliate once a week only, unless on your doctor’s recommendation.
Stress gives you wrinkles: This is not exactly true or untrue. Stress doesn’t make your skin wrinkle unless you’re frowning. However, stress can surely give you frown lines. Sleepless nights do hamper your skin’s health. One tends to lead a sedentary life with unhealthy eating, working till late, and even drinking and smoking. This eventually results in skin aging.
Healthy diet, healthy skin: We are in complete support of this one. You are what you eat and drink. Drink lots and lots of water to wash away all toxins from your skin. Avoid sugary substaces, especially refined sugar to avoid skin breakout. Eat lots of fruits and green vegetables. And avoid junk food for glowing skin.
You’ll probably get skin cancer: There’s a high probability of you getting skin cancer if you don’t select the right sunscreens and clothing during summers. While sunlight is essential for the body to gain Vitamin D nourishment, over-exposure to direct sunlight can harm the skin manifold.
Time for some DIY: Homemade Face Packs
Mangolicious Face Mask: Mangoes are in season, so make the most of this magic fruit that is sure to rejuvenate your skin. Apart from moisturizing, it will unclog your pores, and give you that healthy glow. All you need is some mango pulp, and some yogurt. Just mix both mango and yogurt and simply apply to your face, and keep it for about 20 minutes. Wash off with tepid water. Doing this twice a week will result in smooth, flawless and nourished skin.
The Chutney Mask: If this name intrigued you, then don’t be surprised. We do not need the fiery spices for this mask, so relax. Just some coriander along with tomatoes, which are rich in lycopene. Juice out a tomato and muddle some coriander. Mix this together, and apply to your face and leave for about 20 minutes. This mask is ideal for those with oily skin. This mask is apt for tightening those pores and for enhancing the complexion.
Rice Flour Mask: This is an amazingly effective beauty face pack if you wish to have a flawless and fair skin. For this, you only need some rice flower and yogurt. Just mix the two ingredients together in to a fine paste. Apply to your face, and keep for about 15 minutes. Wash off with tepid water, and your skin will turn supple immediately.