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Is it often that you complain about the way your skin looks? Don't you just wish you woke up with absolutely flawless and radiant skin, one morning? Here is how common skin issues like acne, eczema, spider veins, or even freckles and pigmentation, can be easily dealt with:
Small, detailed capillaries that sit right beneath the surface of the skin are called spider veins. These appear as red, or sometimes purple, small, wiggly lines. An appearance of such veins is often found on the hands or legs.
What to do?
Such a skin condition can be controlled on the basis of the water intake one has. Nutritionist Keri Filtness says, 'Ensure that your water intake doesn't drop at any time. Dehydration tends to cause fluid retention, causing spider veins to appear. Having fresh fruits and vegetables of a variety of colours provides different types of plant compounds. These compounds are rich antioxidants and hence protect the blood vessels from any damage and support collagen production.'
Acne is one of the most common skin problems. Pimples or breakouts are caused on the face when the sebaceous gland produces sebum, which 'oils' the skin. The problem of acne may occur excessively in people with oily skin. Hence, it is important to keep a check on the products and cosmetics used. It is ideal to check with your dermatologist or skin specialist before you pick up over-the-counter skin products.
What to do?
Regular skincare habits can either aggravate your acne problem or help resolve them coveniently. Keri says, 'Your skin needs appropriate amounts of nutrients coming from unsalted nuts and seeds, avocado, oily fish, fruits and vegetables and wholegrain products. Avoid processed foods and ensure you are drinking as much water. Be cautious of the cleansers you are using, as harsh cleansers can strip the skin of the required oil. Face washes and cleansers with high mineral oil content should be avoided as they create a blockage in pores.' Know how to get rid of acne scars, here.
Sandalwood or chandan is a great cooling agent for the skin and resolves zits with much ease. Simply soak a piece of sandalwood in water for a few hours and remove the wood and dry it. You could then store it for further use. Begin with dipping a small ball of cotton into the sandalwood paste and apply it on the affected areas. Carry on with this every day for a week. Here are some home remedies and face packs to fight pimples.
Skin pigmentation, freckles and tanning
Freckles or sunspots are increasingly common as the result of excessive sun exposure. As the sun is very strong in India, even a little bit of exposure or the sun that comes through windows can affect you. The most immediate and easy way to protect yourself from sun exposure is by wearing lots of sunscreen. If you ave developed skin pigmentation and tanning in certain areas of your face, it's needed that there is strong SPF in most of the beauty product you use.
What to do?
If and when you are heading out in the sun apply some sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior without fail and don't forget to carry it with you for the day. You could also shield yourself from harmful sun rays by covering your face with a scarf to help prevent chances of pigmentation. Know more on how to get rid of the common most beauty problems, here.
Aloe vera is an effective remedy for lightening of dark sports and is effective in lightening your spots. Mix some rose water in aloe vera gel and apply it on your dark spots or freckles. Keep it on for 10 minutes until you wash it off with cold water. To see a considerable decrease, you would have to do this regularly.
For skin tanning, the besan and haldi facial scrub can prove beneficial. Take two tablespoons of besan, add some haldi or turmeric (the type that is meant for application on the skin specifically) and a few drops of lemon juice and some milk. Add some crushed orange peel to this mix for a natural scrub. Make a fine paste with these ingredients and just add a few drops of some cool rose water. This paste will give you a soothing effect instantly, once applied on the face and neck. After a few minutes, you will find that certain patches have dried out. Wet these patches with your hand. This will turn those areas soft. Once done, scrub your face carefully and wash well.
Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to turn excessively itchy, red, dry and cracked. This skin irritation is commonly seen in areas like behind the knees or the inside of the elbows.
What to do?
For a skin problem like eczema, you should keep a check on the consumption of fats. Keri advises, 'You need fats found in nuts, seeds and oily fish. For a skin condition like this, it is needed that you watch your diet. If possible, maintain a food diary so it is easier for you to identify in case of any food allergies which could worsen the condition. It is best to consult your general practitioner or dietitian before you plan to leave out certain foods from your meals. A good supply of Omega-3 fatty acids churned out from fish oil are involved in the production of essential compounds that keep inflammation at bay.'
Tulsi leaves have thymol, eugenol and camphor which are soothing for skin irritation. You could either wash a few leaves and rub them over the affected area swiftly or prepare some tea by boiling a few leaves in water. Then, dip a cotton ball or cloth into the tea and apply it carefully onto the itchy skin. Tulsi or Holy Basil has a number of other benefits for your body. Find out more about them.
With Inputs from IANS/femalefirst.co.uk
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