Fight Skin Problems Naturally

Summer is just in. It’s time for your skin to get all sweaty, itchy, and irritable. This gradually makes it dull and prone to various skin rashes and infections.

Summer comes along with many skin problems namely sun damage, prickly heat/eczema, bug bites, breakouts, spots, dehydration, rashes and infections. And for people who are into games, sports or athletics the consequences are even worse.

So to begin with, here are some useful tips to fight off summer side effects:

  • Most importantly, drink as much water as you can, at least 8-10 glasses a day. It flushes the system out of toxins .It’s the key to fresh, glowing skin.
  • Take a proper low fat, less fried diet. Fresh juices, fruits, buttermilk would be icing on the cake.
  • Never go out in harsh sun without applying a good SPF sunscreen and an umbrella or cotton cloth to cover your exposed body parts.
  • Include salads and soups in your diet plan, regular exercise has superb results.
  • Ensure that you do not stress yourself out too much and take adequate rest and sleep.
  • Always use a light moisturizer on your face and body, don’t ever go without moisturizing.
  • In late twenties start using anti-ageing and anti-oxidant lotion for your skin.
  • Use rose water to wipe your face when feel sweaty.

Let’s head on to some homemade skin remedies useful to fight skin infections and other skin problems.

  • Apricot papaya face scrub: Exfoliates and tones your skinApricot papaya face scrub

Ingredients: 1 tsp apricot kernel powder, 3 tbs apricot pulp, 3 tbs ripe papaya pulp. Mix all the ingredients well, apply to face and neck. Keep for half an hour and scrub     well while rinsing off. Apricot particles clarifies skin off impurities, exfoliates, tones it and papaya helps your skin rejuvenate and fight with many skin issues.

  • Egg face mask: Moisturizes your skinEgg face mask

 Ingredients: 1 raw egg, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of sour cream. Mix all, apply over face and neck. Keep it for 20 minutes and rinse off. Egg proteins help lubricate your skin, honey acts as a moisturizer and sour cream helps remove off dead skin cells and   impurities causing skin infections.

  • Lemon cleanser: Refreshes your skinLemon cleanser

Ingredients: 1/8 cup ground almonds, 2 tbs milk or cream, 1 tsp lemon juice. Mix well the ingredients, apply on face and neck and wash off. Lemon contains AHA’S (alpha hydroxyl acids) helpful in cleansing, toning and exfoliating the skin. Milk helps slough off dead skin cells and almond has a nourishing effect.

  • Strawberry mask: Rejuvenates your skinStrawberry mask

Ingredients: 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon fresh milk, 1 tablespoon rice flour or cornstarch. Mix well all the ingredients and apply on face and neck. Keep it for half an hour and then wash off.  Strawberries, which are also known to contain anti-oxidants and anti-ageing agents, removes dead skin cells to reveal underlying soft, bright skin.

  • Neem and turmeric face mask: Clarifies your skinNeem and turmeric face mask

Ingredients: Neem powder 1tbs, Turmeric powder 1tbs, Sour milk 3tbs, Fullers earth 1tbs. Mix well the ingredients and apply on face and neck. Keep it for half an hour and wash off. It removes excess oil, opens clogged pores, removes pimples and checks their recurrence. It imparts a healthy glow to the skin by improving its texture.

So now since you have so much to do for your skin, don’t waste time and brace yourself for the harsh summer fight. Good luck!

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Don’t sweat it- How to beat perspiration?

The human body has a complex mechanism indeed. It has its own way to chill and beat the heat by triggering the eccrine glands to produce sweat. Sweat keeps your skin looking its best, and helps you flaunt a healthy glow. It keeps your body free from diseases by fending off foreign materials, some of which are really harmful and toxic.

Sweating can sometimes however, aggravate eczema or even lead to an acne attack. It can also be embarrassing sometimes, especially when it emits body odor. It causes discomfort, especially when you sweat excessively.
Sweat: The friend or foe?

Sweating is normal and natural. It is the body’s natural reaction during stressful situations, exercise or heat. It can however become quite irritating and comfortable. The hot weather plays with the clever conniving sweat glands to ruin your makeup and fancy apparel, thereby making you look like a ninja! With so many issues related to sweat, it sometimes gets quite difficult to understand whether sweat is more of a friend or a cleverly conniving foe.

Sweating is indeed a faithful friend when it works to regulate your body temperature, keeps you free from diseases and makes your skin look great. It can however be very unpleasant when it goes out of your hand to become excessive. If you’ve been victimized with the tormenting ways of excessive sweat, read along to know how not to sweat it and beat excessive perspiration:

 

1.      Watch your weight:

Watch your weight

If you weigh a few pounds extra, you are likely to face the problems with excessive sweat. Sweat glands can be hyperactive when you’re overweight, so make sure you watch your weight. Exercise harder (never mind the sweat then) and watch your diet.

2.      Watch what you eat:

Eating habits

Your diet has a huge role to play in the way your body functions. Some things to watch out about your dietary habits have been discussed below:

 

  •  If you’re sipping too many caffeinated beverages, you are likely to suffer from excessive sweating. Limit your caffeine intake to combat excessive sweat issues.
  • Avoid intake of processed foods containing synthetic elements. Switch to natural, unprocessed items like fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Replace caffeinated and aerated beverages in your diet with hot green tea. Though you may feel hot initially, hot green tea has a cooling effect on your body, once it hits your stomach. It also helps in removing toxins from your body, and hence keeps you cool and sweat-free.
  • Drink plenty of water, and avoid ice-cold beverages. Drinking very cold beverages will only increase your body temperature and make you sweat more.
  • You must also avoid intake of alcohol, as alcohol consumption causes dilation of blood vessels, increases blood flow and rate of heartbeat. This leads to production of more sweat.
  • Avoid spicy foods, as these aggravate your sweat glands due to increased body temperature.

3.      Work on hygiene and use antiperspirants:

 

Work on hygiene and use antiperspirants

You must invest on good deodorants and antiperspirants. Apply baby powder or baking soda for your underarms to help in absorption of excess sweat and odor. Avoid harsh soaps and choose a good quality anti-bacterial soap for bathing. This will check body odor and keep your perspiration controlled. You should also trim body hair, and go for hair removing methods on a regular basis. This will check your perspiration, and help you remain clean and dry.

 

4.      Improve lifestyle:

Improve lifestyle

You need to improve your lifestyle, by kicking away bad habits like smoking and binge drinking. Avoid overexerting yourself and relax. Get your 8 hours of sleep each day, and remain calm. You can also consider swimming regularly to help your body remain cool and fresh at all times. Use natural products for the skin infections.

 

In case your sweat goes out of hand, consider visiting a doctor. This is because most of the times, excessive sweating is indicative of medical conditions. Deal with sweat, and don’t let it rule your life.