Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Normal skin has an even tone with no visible pores and is blemish free, smooth and soft. Normal skin is extremely healthy, and requires no unique care unlike dry skin and oily skin. Normal skin usually responds well to mild cleansing and light, non-greasy moisturizers.

Normal skin neither looks dry nor shiny however it is mostly affected by pimples and acne. Therefore, it is necessary to take care of normal skin by cleansing and nourishing it. Normal skin is beautiful, but it needs care as neglect can lead to signs of aging and wrinkling.

To keep your normal skin blemish free and well-hydrated, you need to do just s little bit of more work. Meanwhile, drink lots of water. Eat a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables and do exercise regularly. Always apply sunscreen whenever the skin is exposed to sun as this is the best approach to prevent premature ageing!

Essential oil for normal skin:

There is large variety of essential oils ti chose from for normal skin remedies. A blend of geranium, lavender and jasmine, mixed in to a base oil of sweet almond is nutritious, easy to mix combo that is gentle, yet strengthening for normal skin, for its similar composition to sebum, regulating oil level for normal skin, and balancing hydration, Jojoba oil is termed as excellent base oil. Vitamins A, B, C, D and E are beneficial to protect and nourish normal skin and carrot oil consists of all these vitamins. Sunflower oil, rich in A, B, D and E vitamins, is also good for normal skin.

Home remedies Face packs applied on normal skin:

Face packs prepared by using fresh and variety of vegetables and fruit such as banana, avocado, grape, cantaloupe, nectarine and peach are vary useful to make skin soft and smooth. Face packs are used for cleaning skin and maintaining the skin tautness, they are also helpful in removing impurities, dead skin cells and wastes from the skin. And making such effective face packs at home is quite easy. This is the best method for normal skin.

Make thick paste of a small amount of grape fruit juice and 4-5 full tablespoons of oatmeal. Apply layer of this paste on the skin and leave it for 15 minutes and then wash off with clean water.

Mix honey with mashed up ripe banana for making pulp. Apply this pack over the face and leave it for 20 minutes and then remove it with Luke warm water.

Prepare a paste taking one egg yolk, half apple, sliced and peeled, a tablespoon of honey, and two tablespoons of oil, vinegar and one full tablespoon of ascorbic acid. Apply this pack on the neck and face and let it dry for 15 minutes and then wash off with clean water.

Sprinkle few drops of lemon juice on 2-3 lettuce leaves dipped in olive oil. Now place the leaves on both sides of the face. Cover the leaves with towel dipped in mineral water and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Then wipe the face by using cotton ball dampened with warm milk and wash it.

Mix a teaspoon of orange juice and a full teaspoon of fresh milk cream and apply the mixture on face. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes and wash off the face with clear water. This pack makes the skin smooth and soft.

Make a paste of 2 table spoon of household starch and a full tablespoon of fresh milk. Apply the layer of paste over the face and leave for 20 minutes. This face pack is effective for getting firm and smooth skin.

Mix one full teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of tomato juice and apply it on the face. Wash the face after 15 minutes. This makes the skin smooth.

Mix few drops of lemon juice with grated fresh potato juice. Apply this mixture using cotton wool. Let it dry for 5 minutes and wash off. This pack is effective in removing dark spots and blemishes.

Some More Home Remedies:

Mix up a fine paste of one teaspoon of walnut powder, lemon juice and honey. Scrub your body with the paste, leave for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Try a paste of turmeric powder and orange juice. Scrub it on body areas that are exposed to sun or cold weather, leave for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Mash up a banana with milk and apply it directly to the skin. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Apply honey and tomato juice as a mixture on the face and neck, wash it after 15 minutes.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush your body of toxins and wastes.

Boil cabbage in water and then let the water cool overnight. In the early morning, wash your face with the water.

Take an equal amount of vinegar and rose water and apply to skin, his is good for normal skin.

Make a paste of curd and cucumber juice and apply it as face mask for 15 to 20 minutes, once a week.

Make sure to relax as bad stress can trigger many skin problems. You ca get relief from the stress by playing soft music or by practicing meditation, pranayama and such holistic exercises

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look.

Because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but it can occur at any age. In general, skin tends to become dryer with age. The flow of sebum or oil increases during adolescence and starts decreasing with age. During pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands.

Many people have skin that is oily only in certain areas and dry or normal in others, a condition known as combination skin.

Causes of Oily Skin

Hormone levels
Birth control pills
Cosmetics you use
Humidity and hot weather

Skin Care for Oily Skin

The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types.

Oily skin needs special cleansing with plenty of hot water and soap to prevent the pores from being clogged. Avoid harsh products that strip your skin of oil and encourage flakiness. They can cause a reaction known as reactive seborrhoea, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.

Avoid skincare products that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated. They cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts.

To cleanse oily skin, use oil-based products as they dissolve sebum effectively. Opt for oil-free moisturizers to maintain a shine-free complexion.

Keep your skin very clean. Limit washing your face to two or three times a day. Too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil.

Choose your cleanser with care. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap, and use it in combination with a water rich in minerals, not tap water. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.

Use hot water when washing your face. Hot water dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water.

If your skin is extremely oily, three or four daily cleansings may be in order and little or no moisturizing necessary before you are 30 years old. After that point, the skin around your eyes and mouth and on your throat may benefit from a nightly moisturizing, plus a mere touch of moisturizer in the morning.

When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion. Be careful not to rub soap into the skin; it can clog pores.

If your oily skin is scaly, you can often correct the problem by using a deep-cleaning exfoliates on alternate nights, and following the treatment with a light coating of moisturizer.

Try using a clay or mud mask. If you have sensitive skin, use white or rose-colored clays.

Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.

Choose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin.

Before applying makeup, use an antiseptic day cream with active ingredients that diminish sebaceous secretions. Look for benzyl peroxide in the list of active ingredients.

Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.

Natural Skincare

Take half teaspoon each of lime and cucumber juice mixed together and apply on your face half hours before taking your bath.

If your skin is excessively oily, mix in a few drops of eau de cologne. This not only helps keep oiliness away but also helps in refining the pores of the skin by acting as astringent, thereby preventing acne.

To prevent the problem of your makeup becoming patchy either on the forehead, chin or nose due to excessive oiliness in these areas, apply a little cucumber juice on the excessively oily parts of your face, dry thoroughly and then apply your makeup.

If your whole face turns patchy after makeup is applied on it, then apply equal amount of lime juice and witch-hazel. Dry well before putting on your makeup.

Choose an astringent that contains acetone, which is known for dissolving oil. Strong astringents will do more harm than good, stimulating an overproduction of oil.

To clear away excess oil, use a clay or mud mask. Blend together well 1 teaspoon green clay powder and 1 teaspoon raw honey. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, and then rinse well with lukewarm water. Do this at least three times a week or more.

Once or twice daily, mix equal parts of lemon juice and water together. Pat mixture on your face and allow it to dry, and then rinse with warm water. Follow with a cool-water rinse.

Take plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits.

Take a diet rich in proteins but restricted in sugar, fluids and salt.

Drink plenty of quality water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins.

Do not drink soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Avoid sugar, chocolate, and junk food.

Have your blood brought up to par by the suitable administration of necessary vitamins, iron and similar substances.

Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. Nutritional yeast, wheat germ and organ meats provide both vitamin B5 and vitamin B2. Other good sources of vitamin B2 are whole grains, beans, nuts, and royal jelly. Buckwheat, black beans and whole rice are excellent to supply the body with iron and rejuvenate pate skin.

Reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Avoid pork and fried and highly seasoned foods. Consume no animal fats, or heat-processed vegetable oils.

Do not cook with oil. Do not eat any oils that have been subjected to heat, whether in processing or cooking. If a little oil is necessary, such as in salad dressing, use cold-pressed canola or olive oil only.

Aloe-vera has excellent healing properties. Apply aloe-vera gel topically, as needed.

Lavender is very good for oily skin. Mist your skin with lavender water several times daily.

Burdock root, chamomile, horsetail, oat straw, and thyme nourish the skin.

A facial sauna using lemongrass, liquorice (licorice) root, and rosebuds is good for oily skin. Two or three times a week, simmer a total of 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs in 2 quarts of water. When the pot is steaming, place it on top of a trivet or thick potholder on a table, and sit with your face at a comfortable distance over the steam for fifteen minutes. You can use a towel to trap the steam if you wish. After fifteen minutes, splash your face with cold water and allow your skin to air dry or pat it dry with a towel. After the sauna, you can allow the herbal water to cool and save it for use as a toning lotion to be dabbed on your face with a cot- ton ball after cleansing.

Witch hazel applied to the skin is excellent for absorbing oil.


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Do not smoke. Smoking promotes enlargement of the pores and impairs the overall health of the skin.

Rub oily skin areas with apple cider vinegar for a neutralizing effect.

Get sufficient sleep as the skin's cellular repair activity is at its optimum during this resting phase.

Regularly brushing and massage of the whole body stimulates circulation and rejuvenates the skin.

Exercise benefits skin as it boosts circulation and encourages blood flow. Regular exercise will nourish and cleanse your skin from within.

Evening primrose oil supplements are beneficial for skin. They contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid reputed to strengthen skin cells and boost their moisture content.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


How To Indentify Your Skin Type

Summer Skin Care

Dry skin is susceptible to the weather and is prone to wrinkles. Defend it against wind, sun and water. Dry skin must not be washed with cold water and soap, nor should astringent creams be used. As an alternative, after cleaning it at night, before bed-time, it is better to use a good freshener which might give it some freshness. The freshener should be non-alcoholic, since alcohol dries the skin. Moisturizer should be spread gradually on the face by giving outward motion either with cotton or fingers. Use moisturizer on your neck and other parts, which are uncovered. Diet, rich with vitamins A, B, C, D must be taken.

Dry Skin looks dull, particularly on the cheeks and around the eyes. There may be tiny expression outline on these spots and at the comers of the mouth. Dry skin is the effect of lack of water in your skin-not oil. Dry skin can be transformed into a healthy skin by natural home remedies.

Home Remedies For Dry Skin
1. Create a puree of 1 banana and 1 papaya, peach or avocado and apply to skin. Leave on for at least 20 minutes then clean with warm water, followed by a moisturizer of normal margarine or natural vegetable oil.
2. Mix up half-teaspoon honey with the yolk of an egg and one tablespoon dried out milk powder. Mix into a paste and apply, remove after 20-25 minutes with water.

3. Grated cucumber can be applied all over the face and the juice is good for the skin just around the eyes too. Helps to make tighter the skin and has a cooling and refreshing result.
4. Apply normal mayonnaise, either homemade or from natural foods store. Massage into skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes, and wash thoroughly with warm water.
5. Make a pulp of raw papaya and apply on effected area. Papaya has a purification action, softening dead skin cells and aiding their removal.

Tips For Dry Itchy Skin On Face
1. Restrict the use of tap water when cleansing dry skin.
2. Use mineral water to clean up your face.
3. Use non-detergent, neutral-pH products to wash your skin.
4. Avoid using any profitable soap.

5. Dry skin needs lot of thorough but gentle cleansing, regular stimulation with massage and generous quantities of oil and moisture.

Dry skin care by medication
For dry skin use a creamy cleanser to dissolve away dirt. Leave it on skin before sweeping it away with cotton wool. Splash cold water onto your face to dirt free and refresh your skin. Use a bulky cream moisturizer to seal in as much moisture as likely.

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