You’ve been bombarded with information as to why sunscreen is vital, and you’ve taken the daily skin triad routine to heart. Here are some more beauty tips you may not have heard of!

Whiten your nails. Put some baking soda on a lemon wedge, and rub the wedge on your nails. Lemons are not only acidic, but antimicrobial too—and, paired with the abrasive properties of baking soda, leave your nails looking brighter and healthier.

Extend your bronzer’s life. Fond of the bronzer? Make a bottle go a long way with this trick: buy a shade darker than what you normally use. When you’re ready to get that sun-kissed look, mix a bit of the bronzer with your favorite moisturizer, then apply on your skin. You’ll get a sheer glow that won’t break the bank!

Exfoliate your scalp. When you don’t have a clarifying shampoo within your reach, you can temporarily turn to good ol’ apple cider vinegar. ACV helps “exfoliate” your scalp, getting rid of dead skin cells that clog hair follicles. This makes the scalp absorb nutrients even better from your favorite shampoo, and promotes healthier hair growth. Not only that, but the beneficial acids found in ACV (acetic, lactic, and malic) help neutralize the PH of the scalp. Do this rinse once or twice a week: mix equal parts of ACV and water, apply on hair, then leave on for a few minutes before rinsing out with water.

Avoid wrinkles. If you notice more wrinkles on one side of your face, it’s most probably the side that you sleep on. Prevent this from happening by using silk or satin pillow cases.

Moisturize your lips. We all know that those slices of cucumbers can help get rid of puffy eyes, but do you know that they can also be good for our lips? Since cucumber is made up of 96% water, it helps restore moisture. So cut up a slice and apply it directly on your lips.

Makeup remover from the kitchen. Do you know that you can use olive oil to remove  eye makeup? Just soak a cotton ball with olive oil and wipe the area. If you feel a wee bit oily afterward, apply a warm and damp washcloth to remove excess oil. Coconut oil can also be used to remove not just eye makeup but blush and foundation as well. And the bonus: they both leave your skin moisturized. (Though this doesn’t mean you can now skip your cleanse-tone-moisturize routine.)

Puffy Eyes

Cold Splash! – As mentioned, having puffy eyes can be nothing more than a problematic fluid circulation in your face. An easy and cool way to bring back your eyes to their normal appearance is to splash cold water directly on your eye area and the rest of your face. The cold temperature of the water is all you need to jumpstart the fluid circulation in your face.

Tea Bag Patch – Try using teabags. Two teabags moistened by cold water and patched on your puffy eyes for five to ten minutes can reinvigorate your eyes and hold off the puffiness. Again, the coldness of the teabags can help to increase circulation in your face. But more than that, tea has tannin that can also help in tightening the skin in your eye area; thereby, effectively decreasing the bulge in your eyes.

Eye Bags

Nobody looks good with puffy bags under their eyes, but how to get rid of them? Everyone’s got their magic potions, but this is the easiest remedy I’ve ever run across, and it really works!

Raw potato slices will help tighten baggy, puffy eyes. All you need is a potato and a knife or slicer!

To Make:

1. Slice 1/4 potato to fit over your eyes.
2. Cut 2 slices or, if you prefer, 5 to 10 very thin slices, several for each eye. Either method works.

Lying down, place the potato slices on your eyelids and leave in place for at least 10 minutes for best results.

Saggy Skin

Gravity does take its toll, but something else is at work here: Over time, the skin’s underlying structure breaks down, robbing our faces of their definition, youthful plumpness, and resilience. Skin also renews itself much more slowly than it once did.

Facial exercise is the smartest thing you can do to stop the cause of aging in your face but not all facial exercise programs work. Find out more here!

Dull / Tired Skin

1. The fastest and easiest way to instantly wake up tired looking skin in the morning is to splash your face with cold water, or take an ice cube and rub it over your face for a few seconds. The reason is that cold water as well as ice stimulates blood circulation, which will temporarily invigorate fatigued skin. As an added bonus, this also helps to tighten large skin pores so your face appear much smoother and softer.

2. Exfoliation should also be a regular part of your skincare routine if you want to brighten sallow skin. Scrub your skin 3 times a week to remove dull rough skin texture and reveal younger, brighter looking skin that is supple and silky soft to the touch.

Smile

Last, but not least, smile! It’s the prettiest thing you can wear!

Blackheads are a common skin problem among both men and women. Most of the teenagers get affected by blackheads. If you are hit by blackheads, it is very difficult to get rid of them permanently. Blackheads are a type of acne which is also known as comedones. You can try different scrubs but homemade peel off face masks are natural and effective too. It is best to opt for something natural than harming your skin with harsh chemicals. Peel off face masks take out blackheads, dead skin, oil and open skin pores. You can try some peel off face masks to remove blackheads at home. So, take a change from the scrubbing method.

Homemade Mask 

Egg Mask 

Egg is one of the beauty ingredients that can reduce blackheads and also helps get a shiny skin naturally. Mix egg yolk with 1tbsp gelatin and 2tbsp milk. Heat on low flame for 1 minute. Keep stirring to make a smooth paste. Let it cool. Apply on the face and let it dry; it will take around 5-10 minutes to dry. After drying, peel off gently with the fingertips. Wash with cold water. This peel off face mask helps get rid of blackheads, opens clogged pores and tightens loose skin.

Lemon & Egg Mask

Lemon juice has Alpha Hydroxy acid that eliminates bacteria, kills germs, tightens skin pores, scrubs out blackheads and dead skin. Mix lemon juice with egg white. Make a paste and apply on the clean face. Leave for 10 minutes. Peel off gently and wash the face with a mild face wash. This takes out left out dirt and oil. Few people hate the smell of egg so, use a mild face wash.

Orange Peel-Off Face Mask

This is one of the most commonly used face masks for blackheads. Dry the peels of an orange for 3-4 days under the sun. Grind the dry peels into a fine powder. Take 1tbsp peel powder and mix with milk. You can also add few drops of lemon juice to the mix. Whisk into a fine paste. Apply the face mask on your face and let it dry; leave for 10-15 minutes. Peel off and rinse with warm water. This face mask opens the clogged pores and removes blackheads, sun tan and dead skin cells.

These are few homemade peel off face masks that can help get rid of blackheads. Always apply a peel off mask after washing the face. Cleanse the face with a face wash to avoid getting rashes. This also makes the ingredients reach inside the skin and show its effect.

What are Milia Seeds?

Pretty as they sound, these are not flower seeds. Also known as oilseeds, milia seeds are keratin-filled bumps that usually develop around the eye and nose area. They’re the bane of every quest to silky smooth skin because they cause a rough and uneven skin texture. Commonly found in people of all ages, they form when the skin does not slough off normally and get trapped in pores. Not so pretty now, are they?

Milia Seeds 101: What are they?

What Causes Them?

Milia seeds are often caused by overly rich creams or oil-based skin care products. For some people, they are hereditary or caused by hormonal changes. Certain medications and pollutants can also be contributing factors. However, before you start panicking about those little white bumps on your face, do note that these are fairly harmless.

How To Prevent Them?

Milia Seeds 101: Avoid creams that are too rich for the eye area

Avoid using creams that are too rich for your eye area as it might cause pore congestion. Rich concealers are often silent causes as people often use them to cover up dark eye circles. Consider using an oil-free lotion or cream, or possibly change products altogether, as an allergy may also be a cause. Sunburns may also cause damage leading to the cysts, so be sure to wear sunblock if burning is a problem. Most importantly, keep your hands off your face to prevent excess bacteria from getting on it!

How To Get Rid Of Milia Seeds?

Common ways include the use of a topical retinoid cream such as tretinoin, tazarotene or adapalene; removal with a sterile lancet or scalpel followed by the use of a comedone extractor, a tool used to remove whiteheads and blackheads; a series of fruit acid peels or microdermabrasion procedures; and carbon dioxide laser treatment. You should consult a dermatologist or aesthetic specialist for the appropriate course of treatment. Most importantly, do not try to remove them by squeezing them yourself, as it will very likely lead to scars.

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Fruits and vegetables are vital to our health but many of us are guilty of the lack of these included in our diet. Instead, the processed food that we so commonly eat outweighs the intake of fruits and vegetables which are rich sources of nutrients, vitamins and fibre, essential to our overall well-being.

Following up on our previous blog post on fruits, we now share with you which kinds of vegetables can benefit your skin (and of course your health too)!

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, which are absorbed into the body to aid in the production of Vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy, glowing skin. Large amounts of vitamins (K, C and B6) and carotenoids (anti-oxidants) found in Carrots can help combat free radicals that causes damage to skin cells. Consuming Carrot juice can also keep your skin hydrated. However, do eat Carrots in moderation as excessive consumption may cause the skin to have a slight yellow/orange tinge.

Broccoli

High concentrations of Vitamin A and Vitamin C can be found in this cruciferous vegetable. Vitamin A helps in the production of healthy cells in the skin, while Vitamin C helps the skin with collagen repair and production, while protecting the skin from free radical damage. Broccoli also contains a great source of folate, which is essential in healthy cell regeneration, and sulforaphane, which studies have shown that it helps in reducing incidences of cancer.

Tomatoes

Studies have shown that properties in tomatoes help function as an internal sunscreen that blocks harmful UV rays. High concentrations of Lycopene found in tomatoes also help in skin renewal, and has anti-ageing properties for the skin. Moreover, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium in Tomatoes are effective in tightening your pores, and also work as an astringent to deep-clean. For a quick home DIY facial, try mashing up tomatoes and apply to a clean face.

Garlic

Garlic is widely known for its strong medicinal value, despite its pungent smell and taste. Holding anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, Garlic helps to relieve skin bacterial infections thereby helping the skin to stay clear and free from impurities! The large number of antioxidants present will also make your skin healthy and looking young.

Potato

Potatoes are high in starch and thus are a good source of carbohydrates, but it also means that they are culprits to your weight gain. However, do you know that Potatoes can be included into your skincare regime as well? Potatoes have properties that make it an anti-aging agent. Washing your face daily with potato juice may help improve the skin’s clarity, and even reduce appearances of wrinkles! Additionally, you may wish to cut a few slices of raw potatoes and place them over your eyes to reduce dark eye circles.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are often used in skincare products as it is really an effective vegetable that helps one to achieve glowing skin, treat various skin problems and even reducing dark eye circles. Containing antioxidants and large amounts of water, Cucumbers help to moisturize and hydrate tired skin. Cucumbers can also help to reduce redness of the skin. Also, Vitamin C in Cucumbers aids in collagen production, which helps to promote elasticity in our skin.

Avocado

Avocado is rich in nutrients and vitamins A, C and E which helps to soothe and soften the skin. Also present is Niacin (Vitamin B3) which helps to soothe dry, irritated, or red blotchy skin. Avocadoes are also great for making facial masks at home as their buttery texture allows easy application, and what’s more is that the various nutrients and vitamins can be easily absorbed into the skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft after application.

As the saying goes, “you are, what you eat”. Don’t forget the importance of including both fruits and vegetables into your diet for a healthier you, and a healthier skin. Fruits and vegetables have abundant nutrients and vitamins that act as our skin food whether they are being consumed, or applied as a mask! 🙂