How often should I use a face pack? (Beauty Query)

Every day, every week, every 15 days or once in a month -- how often should you use a face pack? Our expert answers this query.

The question that pops up in my head every time I use a face pack is how often I should use it for a glowing skin. And I always wondered whether using natural face packs is the best way to get a smooth and clear skin. Moreover, does the use of face packs vary depending upon the skin type? Can I use lemon, neem and other home remedies for a glowing skin?

The query is answered by Dr Smriti Naswa Singh, Consultant dermatologist and cosmetologist, Fortis Hospital, Mumbai.

According to Dr Smriti, the use of face pack is dependent on the skin type dry skin, oily skin, normal skin, sensitive skin and combination skin. If you have a normal skin, sensitive skin or dry skin, it is advised to use a face pack once every three weeks or a month. However, for people with oily skin, using a face pack once in 15 days or every fortnight is recommended. Whereas, in the case of people with combination skin, using a face pack once a week shows effective results. Here's how to make exfoliating face packs for a heavenly glow (in 5 minutes flat!).

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Of all the skin types, taking care of combination skin is a tricky affair as people with this skin type have oily skin on the T-zone while the outer edges are dried out. In such a case, you need to use two types of face pack one for oily skin and the other for dry skin. Here are 9 homemade face packs for combination skin.

No matter what skin type and which face pack you use, it is always advised to use a moisturiser while the skin is slightly wet, as it restores the moisture and keeps the skin hydrated.

Using lemon, neem and other home remedies for a glowing skin

As far as using lemon for cleansing your face is concerned, it is advised not to apply it directly on the skin as the rubbing action might cause friction on the skin and lead to skin rash and redness. However, opting for vitamin C based skin products might help in dealing with tan and pigmentation, due to the antioxidant activity of vitamin C. Stay clear of neem based home remedies for dull skin as it might lead to dry skin, says Dr Smriti. It is better to use aloe vera for skin care as the gel not only restores the moisture but also soothes and cleanses the skin.

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