How to take care of oily skin

Preventing the pores from getting clogged is essential for those that have an oily skin type. Although this type of skin has some negative effects, like the ones mentioned above, it also helps the skin stay younger and wrinkle free for a longer period of time. While taking care of your facial skin, try to avoid products that create a flaky looking skin or those that are too abrasive in nature. Such products might have the reverse result you are looking for and they can cause a reaction known as reactive seborrhea – oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils. Products that dehydrate your skin are also not recommended as they shrink the facial skin and increase chances of pore clogging. Using oil-free moisturizers will maintain a healthier skin while allowing the pores to breathe properly. Cleaning your face is important, but do not go overboard – washing your face two or three times each day is sufficient.

Adapt your diet to your skin type

Here are a few food items that you should avoid: sugar, chocolate, and junk food, cooking oils and soft drinks. Here are a few natural ingredients that are indicated for oily skin types: Bergamot, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Sage, Cedar wood. Aloe vera gel is also a good topical cosmetic treatment while Burdock root, chamomile, horsetail, oat straw, and thyme nourish the skin. Other herbal treatments and food supplements will also help reduce the excessive oil production and will help you maintain a clear and healthy facial skin.

First what you want to do is begin with clean and dry hair. You will want to straighten wavy hair and really curly hair so that you don’t give your braid extra texture and it will be easier to braid. You want to use gel to get rid of any tiny hairs that are everywhere. Next, you want to remove any tangles from the hair.

Once you have properly combed your hair, take a three by one inch section of hair that is located just above the forehead or behind your bangs. Then you will want to divide the section in three even pieces. The key to a good French braid is having equal sections. Then take the left section and put it between the left index finger and thumb. Then take the right section and place it between the right index finger and thumb.

You should let the middle section stay flat against the head. Then pull the right over the middle section and place it between the left index and middle fingers. Then with the right middle finger cut about an inch wide section of hair straight across the head (start at the hairline and move towards the middle section that was parted). Once you have done this, collect the middle section and pull the hair tight.

You shouldn’t pull too tight because it could cause you to have a headache or your hair to fall out. The line of hair that was collected should be flat and smooth. Continue to twist your left hand clockwise and move the section that’s in between your left index and middle finger to the right index and middle finger Pull the sections in your right hand and then let the hair in the left hand go. You will want to continue to do this and as you go down the back of the head grab bigger sections. Remember not to pull too tightly, because it could have serious side effects.

Once you have done the entire head and are down to the base of the neck, take a tie or rubber band and tie off the end, you can also add a bow or some decorative bobby pins to add some flare to your hair-do. Get creative with your French braid. Remember, it will take a long time to get the hang of things so practice, practice, practice!

Some prefer sugaring hair removal over waxing as it is kinder to the skin whereas waxing preparations often contain harsher chemicals. Sugar paste is easily cleaned up with water whereas wax can be more messy as it has a petroleum base.

If sugaring hair removal is your choice for getting rid of unwanted body hair, take note of these tips and suggestions for optimum results:

  • To remove the hair by the root it must be at least 1/4 inch or 6 mm long. Longer hair should be trimmed to this length.
  • Hair must be clean and dry before starting hair removal sugaring.
  • Remove all creams and oils, towel dry and then apply talcum powder to ensure the skin is completely dry.
  • Apply the sugaring paste in the direction of the hair growth.
  • When pressing the cotton strip on top of the paste, leave a small section at the end free so it will be easy to hold when pulling back.
  • If using a spatula to apply the paste use the edge not the flat side. This will help ensure a very thin layer is applied.
  • Pull the strip back sharply against the direction of the hair growth. Do not lift the strip up or out away from the skin.
  • Hold the skin firmly with one hand while you pull the strip back sharply with the other hand.
  • Treat small areas at a time when hair removal sugaring on sensitive parts of the body.
  • When heating the paste, either by microwave or oven, be absolutely sure the paste is just warm to the touch not hot. Otherwise burns to the skin may result.
  • If using hot water to warm the paste container, be sure not to allow water into the paste. Sugar paste is water soluble and will be spoiled if the container is not sealed properly and water gets in.

Sugaring hair removal is quite safe as the ingredients in the paste are natural. They can also contain ingredients with healing properties such as citric acid and gum Arabic.

With a little practice sugaring hair removal can be a very effective and economical method for getting rid of unwanted hair on any part of the body.

  1. Treats and prevents acne: It’s a natural distress for any girl or woman to have the face full of unsightly pimples and acne. On application of mashed avocado can help you out of this disastrous situation. Avocado oil has linoleic acid, whose absence in the sebaceous glands present in the skin results in acne. Take some avocado oil and massage on your face daily before taking a bath. This would prevent acne and cut the existing ones as well.
  2. Moisturises the skin: Avocado contain healthy fats, which add moisture to the skin. As you know coconut oil is an effective moisturizer because of its oleic acid content (5-10%). However, an avocado flesh has 63% oleic acid, thereby gifting your skin with the utmost amount of moisturizer it requires. If you daily consume one avocado, then the sebaceous glands on the skin would secrete a semi-fluid sebum, to keep the skin hydrated, and also to add agility to the joints and muscles. You can take the fleshy side of the avocado peel, after scooping out the delicious fruit. Then rub the peel on your skin and feel how it feel refreshed. You can also mash-up the ripe avocado and add a little drop of lemon juice, egg white, and mixture all the ingredients. Then use it as a face mask. Once it is dry, rinse off your face with a gentle face wash, as you certainly won’t like the smell of eggs on the face. Alternatively, you can also combine the pulp of ripe avocado with olive oil (3-4 drops), honey (1 tablespoon), and yogurt (1 tablespoon) to make a wonderful face mask. Apart from cleansing, it also adds moisture to the face.
  3. Protects from the sun: You cannot avoid going outdoors, but the harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun damage the DNA, which even leads to skin cancer. However, according to a medical research, poly-hydroxylated fatty alcohols, which is a type of fat found in avocados can decrease skin inflammation and the cellular damaged induced by radiation. You can apply the pulp of ripe avocado as a face pack to enhance the DNA repair of your skin. Avocado protects the skin cells from malignancy caused by UV-rays of the sun. Avocados also contain Vitamins E and C, which fight DNA-altering UV rays and stops damage. This is the reason doctors recommend avocado for skin.
  4. Smooths out wrinkles: Age naturally makes fine lines and wrinkles appear on the skin. Sometimes, overexposure to sun can also result in wrinkled face in a younger age. But, avocados can help you turn the clock back, as it comes with profuse anti-oxidants like vitamins E and C. These anti-oxidants help to fight the free radicals that cause damage to the skin. Avocado oil also has elastin and collagen that keep up the elasticity and structure of the skin. Moreover, oleic acid present in avocados can reach even the second layer of the skin and give nourishment deeply, preventing wrinkles and fine lines, which are actually triggered by dryness. Your skin gets a new lease of life with the blessings of avocados.

It is summer time and your hair tries to play funny tricks with you and by the end of it you can imagine yourself as having a bad hair day. According to the seasons one has to take care of their hair. Summer always plays havoc on your hair so taking care of your hair during these times would make sense.

The base of our hair structure is protein. So having a protein filled diet for your hair would get most of your hair problems solved in no time. If your hair is properly taken care then your hair would be one of the smoothest, silky, shiny and dandruff free hair. Oiling your hair is very essential for the future of your hair.

The hair mask works in different manner in comparison to the conditioner. The concentration level of hair mask is much more than that of the conditioner. With the high concentration of moisturizer your hair is given the extra treatment for those bad hair days. This used once a month would be good enough rather than the daily use of your conditioner.

Worse the hair condition better the hair mask will work on you. It will help in creating the extra shine and look to create that impact. These masks come in different brands as well as you can prepare it home and use it. It will show a great deal of improvement and your hair would be very manageable. There are many ingredients which work in favor of making an excellent mask like honey, egg, almond, yogurt, avocado, olive oil as well as use of fruit which can give your hair that extra suave touch.

Dandruff is the most widespread problem of the scalp! But you
must understand that it is not contagious and it is not a disease! Dandruff can not threaten your life, but it often threatens your mental peace.

Shedding of skin is a natural phenomenon. The skin of your scalp
replenishes every month. The dead cells that previously formed your scalp now make up the dandruff.

The presence of negligible dandruff is inevitable. The problem arises only when the presence of dead cells in the form of flakes suddenly increases.

Physicians still debate what causes dandruff. Many researchers
believe that it results from excessive growth of the yeast
Pityrosporum Ovale that normally resides on everyone’s scalp.

Pityrosporum constitutes the major part of skin flora. You suffer from dandruff when the normal limit of 46% of Pityrosporum increases up to the 74% mark.

Factors like emotional and physical stress are no less important in triggering dandruff growth. Stress management also improves the scalp condition. Dandruff growth increases during winter compared to summer for most people.

Because you can find tons of products and medicated lotions, you
do not need to worry about the dandruff problem. You just need
to find the remedy that works for you.

If you suffer from mild dandruff, wash your scalp regularly
to remove the excess flakes. If you suffer from stubborn flakes,
treatment through a medicated shampoo is the answer.

You can use many natural remedies to treat dandruff. You need to
try some to see what works for you.

You can even treat dandruff by using essential oils and herbs. If you do not mind long-term treatments, you can opt for the various home remedies. A mixture of coconut oil and lemon juice is equally effective as treatment with apple cider vinegar.

Natural remedies take time to show any visible results and need
consistent use but they are effective in addressing the cause. If you want a speedy control, use shampoos containing ketaconazole.

Avoid using shampoos with harsh chemicals if you have a bruised
scalp. Applying shampoos containing such chemicals on broken skin may cause irritation. If a particular product shows no results, try another with a different ingredient base.

Washing your hair regularly is important. If you find that washing your hair gives you frizzy or dry ends, the little secret to handle that is to take some conditioner and add it to the ends of your hair before washing it normally. Then condition it after shampooing, if you like to use conditioner.

One way to stop over-conditioning your hair and save you money is to put a little of your favorite brand of conditioner in a spritz bottle, with about 4 times more water. After shampooing, rinse. Towel dry, then spritz the conditioner in.

Another mistake that many people make is to put gel in their hair. It’s okay to put gel in your hair if that is your styling preference. But, it builds up and causes flakes, which many think is dandruff.

Get into the habit of washing your hair more often. It’s only the start of getting rid of dandruff. Think about it. If all that was required was just washing your hair more often, there would be no dandruff.

First, let’s discuss why your skin needs to be moisturized in the first place. Your skin needs water and oil to carry out its natural healing process. Dehydrated skin has a decreased ability to do that. Although not directly responsible for wrinkles, fine lines, and the more serious risks, such as skin cancer, dry skin is a contributing factor. Since dehydrated skin is less likely to heal itself, it is harder for your skin to recover from the negative effects of the sun and the natural aging process. For these reasons, it seems obvious that moisture is an important part of skin care and moisturizing your skin would be beneficial.

Once you have decided to moisturize, next you’ll need to know just how to go about it. There are a large variety of moisturizing products on the market today that claim to be the ultimate choice in a sea of options. With all these choices it can be difficult to decide what works best for you. Some of the easier, more natural remedies for dry skin are protecting it from the sun, drinking plenty of water, and eating a well-balanced diet high in fiber. Avoid alcohol, smoking, and caffeine. This alone will increase your skin’s moisture content without actually applying anything to it.

For some though, an application of some type of moisturizer is necessary. You want your moisturizer to contain not only moisturizing ingredients, but protective elements as well. Look for products that include in their ingredients including collagen, herbs like Gotu Kola, Flame of Forest, and Sensitive Plant, as well as biological oils. Although moisturizing your skin in most cases is beneficial, if you suffer from acne or particularly sensitive skin, you will need to use a moisturizer that is low in oils and allergen free.

The most effective time to apply a skin moisturizer is directly after showering or bathing. While the skin is saturated, the moisturizer will help to lock in the water and keep your skin moist longer.

To begin, for a lotion base all you need is water, oil and an emulsifier. An emulsifier is simply an ingredient that blends the water and oil together. Here is the base that I begin with to make my lotion:

  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ½ cup oil (I usually use olive, almond, macadamia nut, or grape seed)
  • 1 TBS liquid lecithin

You can experiment from here by adding essential oils, combining other oils; you can steep beneficial herbs into your water before you add your oil, etc…

Here is a nice winter lotion to get you started:

  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 TBS lecithin
  • 6-8 drops of geranium oil
  • 2-4 drops Myrrh oil
  • 400 IU Vitamin E oil (1-2 open capsules)

Geranium oil is good for supporting balance and rejuvenating dry skin conditions and for wrinkled and matured skin. Myrrh is a gentle oil that is effective in replenishing moisture.

Vitamin E oil is an excellent antioxidant and helps to protect the skin as well as a nice preservative.

Blend all ingredients in the blender either on whip or cream. You will have a nice creamy firm lotion. Add more water to make a lighter lotion. Store in the refrigerator in hot climates or store in a cool place. Shake well before use.

Enjoy your lotion. Hopefully this little recipe will inspire you to become creative!