Call it a professional hazard, but being a beauty expert it comes as a habit to inspect everyone's skin or hair every time I step out. It is almost unavoidable. I have seen a few women with flawless complexion that makes them score full marks but I have also come across many with the most disastrous skin. My question is why not make the little effort that's needed to let your skin breathe? You will be surprised to find how your skin can transform from dull to glowing and flawless.
Today, let's take a look at how to achieve that glowing complexion and improve your skin tone. Here are four tips -
Exfoliation always works wonders! I have seen that most people forget that the epidermal layer of the skin easily gets dirty and grimy, looking dead. It is absolutely essential that you scrub with cleansing grains to give the skin a more porcelain look.
Here's a simple but fabulous scrub you can make at home:
Take 1 cup rice powder, 1 cup oatmeal and half a cup of lemon rind powder. Mix all the ingredients and store it in a jar. Take 2 tsp at a time and mix with rose water or milk depending on your skin and scrub the face and neck gently with it. Wash and pat dry.
2. Handling Ache And Pimples
I have seen a few women perpetually suffering from acne and pimples. They try to cover those spots by applying heavy make-up, thinking that would do the trick. But let me tell you that you can never hide pimples. Instead, spend some time in treating them. You'll be amazed as to how smooth your skin can really look.
The golden rule is to keep your skin scrupulously clean. Drink lots of water, keep a clean stomach and avoid constipation. Use a mint or camphor based skin tonic that will help reduce bacteria build up on the skin, in turn reducing chances of fresh pimples.
Make the following pimple pack and use it daily on your skin:
Take 1tsp Fuller's earth, 5 ground cloves and 1tsp mint paste. Mix with rose water and apply to the skin and let dry. Wash face with cold water.
3. Tomatoes To The Rescue
Open pores can play havoc with the way your skin looks. It is important to know how to shrink them so that even when you apply make-up, your skin looks smooth. A humble raw tomato can do the trick. All you have to do is clean your skin and rub cold tomato halves from the fridge onto the skin. Let your skin soak up its juice and wash off after 15 minutes. If done everyday, you will notice a marked improvement in your skin.
4. Getting Rid Of Blackheads
I think blackheads are ugly and they imply that the person doesn't take care of herself seriously. I find them a complete put off and a reflection of uncleanliness. Blackheads are hardened sebum in the skin pores that are a result of improper cleaning and neglecting skincare routine. Most people forget that no matter what, your skin needs to be of good quality and that takes discipline and regular care. There is no gain without pain. So work on your skin and you will see it show results sooner than you think. If the blackheads are very deep, it is advisable to get them cleaned out professionally, at least once every four weeks.
Besides this, take orange peel powder and mix with rose water and scrub on the blackhead prone areas and gently squeeze them out with a towel after washing the scrub off.
Skin care the natural way isn't a rocket science. It is easy and an essential part of our lives. You only have to learn to make the right choices at the right time to do things the natural way and see your skin smile.
Suparna Trikha is a beauty expert based in New Delhi. She also teaches meditation through aromatherapy and organises corporate workshops for distressing. She has her own range of 40 beauty products and proposes to launch them very soon in the Indian market as well as abroad. With this crusade of moving back to nature, Suparna believes in making people healthier and more beautiful the natural way.
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