Beauty tips for Face, Skin and Hair
Every person desires supple, radiant skin and healthy, lustrous hair. However, not everyone is made the same, and thus achieving the perfect skin and hair care regime might seem a bit challenging.
With so many brands on the market, all claiming to be the best, settling for the right product is definitely an intimidating task. Skin care and hair care does not end at selecting the perfect face wash or shampoo respectively. There’s a lot more to it.
With external damaging factors such as heat and pollution, our skin and hair is more susceptible to damage than we think.
To save you from the struggle, here’s a list of frequently asked questions related to skin and hair care.
1.How can I protect my hair and skin during Holi?
Holi is the most awaited and vibrant festivals in the country. Everyone enjoys being drenched in hues of pink, blue and yellow colour. While it’s a super fun festival, it takes a toll on our hair and skin.
The colorful festival of Holi which was once played using natural colors has been replaced by industrial dyes which contain toxins and chemicals.
These toxins have a negative effect on the skin and hair and are an invitation to a myriad of skin rashes, acne breakouts, allergies and hair damage.
Taking care of your skin during this festival is of utmost importance. Before you head out to play, here’s what you can do:
- To avoid harmful chemicals from penetrating into your skin, apply castor oil all over your body. It acts as a protective shield on your skin and makes it less vulnerable to harsh colours.
- Massage your skin with an ice cube for 10 minutes. This will close open pores and keep acne at bay.
- Use a good waterproof sunscreen with an SPF 30+ half an hour prior to stepping out to play.
- Try using organic colours over synthetic colours
- Ears, earlobes and nails are the areas where colours tend to settle easily. Dabbing oil or applying Vaseline will make it easy to remove the colour later.
- Just as much as skincare is important, hair care is a must too. To prevent chemical residues of the colour from settling you’re your hair, generously apply coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil. This will provide your hair with extra nutrition and prevent it from becoming dry and frizzy after a wash.
- Applying nail polish on your finger and toenails will prevent colours from getting stuck in your nail plate.
Despite taking preventative measures, if you skin and hair fall prey to the harsh colours, here’s what you can do
- During a shower, do not rub your skin vigorously. It roughly takes five to seven days for the colour to come off completely. Try and use a sandalwood soap which has moisturising and cleansing properties.
- Apply a gram flour, turmeric and milk mixture before a bath. This home remedy is foolproof in softening the colour thus making it easy to take off.
- After a warm water shower, dry yourself completely and moisturise your skin well to prevent any further dryness.
- Following these tips will create a layer of protection for your skin and hair. Go ahead and enjoy the festival, with a little care, of course.
2. How can I style my hair with minimal heat damage?
Most girls, who have a thick, untameable mane, will definitely be at the mercy of their hair straightener and hairdryer. However, using these heat-styling tools on an everyday basis can be quite a nightmare.
Regular usage of heat on the hair makes it lose its elasticity, shine, and shape. Over usage further makes it lifeless, brittle and promotes breakage.
Apart from the heat, chemical processing and colour and straightening also robs the hair of natural moisture, leaving it dry and frizzy.
Let’s go back to the days when we didn’t have these tools but were still able to style our hair, right?
It’s easy, and we have some fool-proof ways to achieve the perfect look without causing damage to your hair or burning a hole in your pocket.
- First, never shower with hot water. It is a complete no-no. Hair is prone to breaking when wet. Consider using a wet brush. This will help you straighten your hair with snapping.
- If you tend to use curling irons, hair straighteners, blow dryers and flat irons often, using a heat protectant spray is a must. It acts like a shield on your hair thus protecting it. Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist does wonders to keep your hair smooth and shiny.
- Find a hair straightener with an adjustable temperature. This will help you use the hair styling tool on the lowest temperature just to tame your hair, and not damage it.
- Air dry – the best way to dry your hair after a hair wash is to let it dry naturally or under some cool breeze. Before you know, you’ll find your locks settled and looking their best.
- Another alternative way of styling your hair is using a hair serum. Serums make the hair manageable and add shine.
- On the days you’re not having a good hair day, tie it up in a free-style ponytail. Brushing it aggressively can cause further breakage and you don’t want that.
Stick to the basics, oil your hair regularly, use a serum and you’ll soon realise that your hair looks best naturally.
3. How do I find out my skin type?
No skincare regime is a ‘one size fits all’ deal. Every skin type is different and hence demands suitable products to be used. Before shopping for skincare products, it is vital to know what the characteristics of your skin are and what type it is.
There are five basic skin types:
For example, if your skin is oily, using a moisturizer or cleanses with excessive oils can result in more oil production. Similarly, people with dry skin need lightweight products.
If you want to determine your skin type, here are some easy-peasy ways:
- The easiest way is consulting a dermatologist. They don’t just tell you the type of skin you have but also prescribe a skin care regime for you. If you have acne-prone or problem-prone skin, taking their advice can go a long way in protecting it.
- The bare-face method: The first pre-requisite of the bare face method is to cleanse your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and dry it. Leave the skin bare and do not apply any kind of serum or moisturiser. After 30 minutes, examine your cheeks, nose, and forehead for any kind of shine. After another 30 minutes, evaluate if your skin feels parched.
- If your skin feels dry, you have a dry skin type. If there is a shine on your chin and forehead, your skin is most likely to be normal/combination. If your face shines more than it should, you have an oily skin type.
- Blotting Sheet method: This is another method that helps you double check your skin type. Gently pat a blotting paper on your cheek and nose. Hold the sheet up in the light and check the visible oil. If the sheet remains dry with no oil, you most likely have dry skin.
- If the blotting sheet reveals oil from the forehead and nose, you have normal or combination skin. If the blotting paper is saturated with oil, you have oily skin.
- A visual examination also helps in determining your skin type. Just by looking at yourself in the mirror, you can say what your skin type is.
Always remember, no matter what your skin type is you’re beautiful. With age, diet and hormonal changes, your skin tends to change. Identifying the signs early and using suitable products can help you maintain soft, supple skin.
4. Are there any remedies to fix an uneven skin tone?
Though we all dream of having perfectly smooth and evenly-toned skin, there are multiple factors that make our skin look tired and unhealthy.
An uneven skin tone also referred to as hyperpigmentation, can be attributed to a number of different factors. It is most often a result of an overproduction of melanin, pigmentation, acne, injury, overexposure to sunlight, poor lifestyle choices, natural aging, poor circulation, and dehydration.
UV exposure is the biggest cause of an uneven skin tone. Therefore, if you want to maintain the glow of your skin, use a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen on a daily basis.
You’ll be shocked to know that you can achieve an even skin tone without any expensive products just by using supplies from your very own home kitchen. Cool, isn’t it?
- Aloe Vera is a 100% natural way to correct your skin tone. Extract gel from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant. Apply this gel on all the problem areas which you want to treat.
- Keep it for half an hour, and rinse off with warm water. Repeat this process twice a week for an even-toned skin.
- Baking soda, which is an excellent ingredient for whitening teeth, can also be used to achieve gorgeous skin. Just by applying a baking soda and water paste all over your body and face, you’ll begin to see the difference.
- Enzyme exfoliation also helps in achieving the perfect complexion. It breaks down the glue that holds skin-dulling cells together. Honey carefully breaks down clogged pores. The solution works fine on sensitive skin. However, always take a patch test before applying all over your face and body.
- The honey exfoliation scrub is a blend of milk, lemon juice, and almond powder. Generously applying it will give you the desired results.
In the market today, there are many products available to correct an uneven skin tone. Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer works wonders on all skin types. If you’re on a budget, you can even use the Oriflame even tone cream.
5. How do I know if a product is right for me?
When it comes to choosing a skincare product and routine, it’s difficult to judge whether it’s actually working or no. Purchasing a wrong product can make things worse and can be extremely harmful to your skin. Before buying a product off the shelf of a beauty store, find out your skin type.
The following tips will help you find the right product for your skincare regime:
- Most skincare products available in the market as incredibly misleading. Before heading out on the quest of finding your perfect product, you must learn to ignore exaggerated product claims.
- Instead of looking for one miracle product, form a skincare routine that uses two-three products. For example, including a day cream and night cream is an absolute must.
- Once you buy the product, take a walnut-sized portion of it on your palm and gently apply it on your skin. See how it works for 10 minutes. If you start to develop a tingling sensation, the product is not right for you. If it does not irritate your skin further, you’ll be happy to know that you have found the right product for your skin type.
6. What products can I use to control my frizzy hair?
Frizzy hair can be one of the most frustrating things on the planet. Perfectly blow-dried hair can turn into a mess the minute you step out on a humid summer day. Before blaming a myriad of factors, it is vital to understand why it happens.
When there is a lack of moisture in the hair, the outer layers of the hair follicles lift up. These strands, often referred to as cuticles open up and let moisture from the air steep in. This causes the hair to swell up and make it frizz. It also makes the hair look much bigger.
No girl likes an untameable mane. However, fret not! A little extra attention is all it takes to fight frizz and tackle the problem head on.
- The first tip to fight frizz is using a product that contains natural ingredients. The hair absorbs natural products better than synthetic ones.
- Mix a cup of mayonnaise with a half cup of mashed avocado and apply it on wet hair. Rinse after twenty minutes and you will start seeing results as your hair dries out.
- Believe it or not, your hair loves egg masks. Whipping up a mask with almond oil and an egg yolk will give your hair the moisturising it needs. It also repairs the hair shafts. All you have to do is apply the mask all over your scalp and through the length of your hair.
- Wait for 40 minutes till you wash it off with a mild shampoo. Doing this once a week can control the frizz in your hair considerably.
- Make sure the shampoo you use is sulphate-free. Shampoos that contain sulphate dehydrate the strands. Instead look for a shampoo that contains glycerine.
Glycerine is a potent ingredient in fighting frizz. It penetrates into the hair shaft and hydrates it. It also creates a protective coating on the outside of the hair shaft, thus preventing hair breakage.
- Frizzy hair is also an indicator that your hair is under-nourished. Just like a plant needs water to grow, your hair needs moisture and care.
- Regular oiling and hair masks are the best way to combat frizzy hair. Coconut oil, Moroccan oil, and olive oil or any other natural oil can give your hair the nutrients it needs.
- Shampoo your hair only twice a week. When your hair frizzes up, you need more conditioner and less shampoo. Most conditioners available in the market these days are rich in surfactants. These surfactants will clean your hair without stripping it off the natural oils.
- Over-processing your hair with dyes and permanents also encourage frizzy hair. As far as possible, try and keep your hair natural without using any synthetics.
- These days, a lot of brands have also come up anti-frizz creams. While they are not 100% natural, they do effectively combat frizzy hair. Here are some of the products you can buy across the shelve of any departmental store:
- BBLUNT climate control, anti-frizz leave-in-cream
- Pantene Pro-V Oil Replacement
- Livon Hair serum
- L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Clay Scalp Refresher
These are some of the products we swear by. If you know of any better products that can effectively fight frizzy hair, let us know in the comment section below.
7. What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin and remove the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells.
It is a clinically safe procedure for people with fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and clogged pores.
There are two ways of getting a microdermabrasion treatment done. The first one is done by a certified dermatologist while there is also an option of performing the treatment at home.
However, the ones performed in a medical centre are much more effective. The reason behind this is that they have large motors and more power that deeply penetrates into the skin.
Getting a microdermabrasion mainly depends on your skincare needs and budget. Typically, most people who start the treatment get it at an interval of two months.
To get the most out of your first microdermabrasion procedure, follow these tips:
Three to five days prior to the treatment, stop using any kind of exfoliant on your skin. This includes scrubs, enzymes or any acids. This is only to make sure your skin is not too sensitive before the procedure.
If you exfoliate your skin before a session, there will not be much for the microdermabrasion or the chemicals to work on. In such a case, the healthy cells may end by being attacked which may further irritate or damage the skin.
Stay away from the sun: Sun exposure can damage the skin. Pre and post-exfoliation, it is a must to avoid direct sun exposure.
- Avoid smoking for a week. This will improve the circulation of blood in the skin.
- If you have a facial waxing appointment, make sure to complete well in advance of the treatment. If you can wait, it’s better to do it after the treatment.
- In case you have acne prone skin, reschedule your appointment. Performing a microdermabrasion procedure on open wounds can be harmful. The abrasive nature of the treatment can further have a damaging effect on the skin.
Once you are done with your microdermabrasion treatment, it is the best time to introduce a new skincare regime.
A routine that is gentle on the skin is vital. Also, take a break from exfoliants for a while since your skin has been exfoliated enough already.
8 .What is the perfect haircut for my face cut?
Have you ever looked at anyone else’s haircut, hoping you could get the same? At some point or the other, we’ve all wished our hair looked like someone else. However, just like clothes, haircuts aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal.
For a haircut to suit you, it’s important to choose something that complements your features and face cut. For instance, a blunt bob cut won’t suit someone with a round face, while bangs may not suit someone with a long face.
While face cut is the most important feature you should keep in mind when getting a haircut, you must also consider, hair texture, personality and body type. The basic rule of getting a haircut right for your face cut is to highlight your features and create an illusion of an oval face.
Here a few haircut options for those with the following face cuts:
- Long face: If you have a long face, long hair will make it look even longer. It’s best to give your hair plenty of volume by keeping it short. Bangs are great as well. However, don’t get a fringe; it might not go too well with a long face.
- Oval face: Any hairstyle looks flattering on an oval face. From a layered haircut to bangs or a short crop, you can get anything you want.
- Round face: For those with a round face, always get haircuts that are below the chin. Going to short may add more width to the cheek area thus giving the illusion of a double chin. Try to add volume to your hair by getting more layers and volume.
- Heart-shaped face: If you have a heart-shaped face, draw attention to your cheek bones. Getting too many layers may not be a good idea. The best haircut would be a U or V-shaped one. It will give your face an extremely flattering look. If you have curly or wavy hair, you can play around with choppy ends.
A ‘perfect haircut’ on someone else may not work in the same way for you. Understanding your face shape plays an important role when selecting a haircut. The right haircut can really bring out the best in you.
9 . Does popping pimples make them go away sooner?
The minute we develop a pimple on our face, we all get tempted to squeeze the pus out of it. If you are one of those, you must STOP now! If you have acne prone skin, popping pimples is the worst thing you can do.
Pimples usually form on the face and forehead due to accumulation of bacteria that further creates redness, irritation and pus.
When a pimple is popped lightly, it takes out the infected material from the shell. If it is popped harder, blood may ooze out too. Momentarily, it may seem like the pimple has vanished. However, popping a pimple has larger impacts.
When you release the harmful bacterium from the pimple, it gets spread in the surrounding areas as well. Thus, in the quest of getting rid of one pimple, you’re inviting more to breed on your face.
Secondly, the squeezing of a pimple may cause redness that may ultimately leave a permanent black spot on your skin. These scar marks can stay for months or may never go away.
If there are any kinds of pimples you can pop, they are the white or yellow pus-filled ones. These look really ugly and are not tender to touch anymore.
When the pimple reaches this stage, they can be popped. Make sure you don’t pop them too badly. They should be squeezed to remove the upper layer of the pus.
Even if you don’t pop it yourself, it will eventually pop in your sleep or when it comes in contact with your towel.
Thus, if you tend to develop pimples often, use an appropriate pimple cream or consult your dermatologist. Only when they are at the end of their lifecycle, they are okay to be popped.
10. Why are organic hair care products more effective than regular ones?
Today, the concept of ‘farm to face’ has become very popular. It is not just better for the body, but the environment too. What makes organic products extremely beneficial is that they are made from natural ingredients.
A lot of organic hair care product brands offer tried-and-tested formulas that are made to suit people with all hair types. For those who suffer from dandruff, there are special organic shampoos that are formulated using tea tree oil and other essential oils. This stops the flakiness and itching caused by dandruff.
Those who have dry hair, must choose an organic shampoo/conditioner that is rich in argan oil and almond oil.
When you buy organic hair care products, you can be rest assured that you are protecting your hair from toxic ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, Mureth Sulfate, Siloxanes and many more.
Many people are hesitant to use organic products because of their hefty price tag. Well, when it is the question of your hair, you must never compromise.
A cheap and synthetic hair product will yield cheap results. A potent organic product on the other hand will give your hair the love and nourishment it needs.
Some of the Indian brands that offer organic hair care products include Forest Essentials, Vaadi Herbals, Biotique, Herbal Essences, The Body Shop and Fab India.
11.What does a natural hair care treatment do to the scalp?
Hair loss is a common problem among both men and women. From hair transplants to chemical solutions and treatments, many seek various ways to improve their crop. Poor hair growth can be extremely frustrating and stressful.
There is not just one factor that can be attributed to hair loss. Hair loss in men and women occurs due to physical stress, too much vitamin A, lack of protein, heredity, hormones, emotional stress, anaemia, chemotherapy, hyperthyroidism, anti-depressants and blood thinners.
Once you recognise the signs that are causing hair loss, it’s time to treat it. You can always opt for expensive ways that involve chemicals and toxic products.
However, nothing can beat a good ol’ natural treatment. It is effective and the most inexpensive ways to regrow your hair.
Here are few ways you can regrow your hair using natural treatments:
- Massaging the scalp daily is a great way to promote hair growth. It promotes good circulation around the hair follicles and creates the right environment for hair growth.
- A hair massage can be done using hair oils such as coconut, almond or olive, and using hair natural hair masks. Massaging your scalp not only improves hair thickness but also relives stress and tension.
- In India, the idea of hair masks is not as popular as oil massages. However, a wisely formulated hair masks keeps the hair moisturised, stimulates growth and keeps it healthy. The best part about hair masks is that they can be made with ingredients already present in your kitchen.
- Egg whites, aloe vera, avocados, banana and apple cider vinegar are quite beneficial to the hair. Whether your hair is dry, oily or normal, the above hair masks are a good alternative to expensive store-bought products.
- Another way to naturally treat your hair is by incorporating essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, cedar wood, coconut, rosemary and Argan.
If you are facing hair loss due to underlying medical problems, the first pre-requisite is to go see a doctor. Changing your diet and staying hydrated are other ways you can make sure your hair grows well naturally.
12.How can I prevent dry skin?
As the name implies, dry skin usually occurs when the skin does not retain sufficient moisture. There are a myriad of factors that cause dry skin. Some of them are frequent showers, usage of harsh soaps, medical conditions and excessive use of hot water to shower. Also, dry skin is more popular on a cold, dry winter day.
Whatever be the cause, dry skin is annoying. When the skin starts flaking and itching, you want immediate relief.
Here are few ways you can soothe dry skin and prevent it from occurring frequently:
- Skin moisturisers are a great way to rehydrate the skin. When you apply any kind of lotion or moisturiser, the top layer of the skin cells seal in the moisture and it.
- Rather than using a runny lotion, use something that is thicker and greasier. Petroleum jelly and moisturising oils work well too. Coconut oil is also a natural moisturiser that gives the skin the much needed nourishment.
- For those suffering from chronic dry skin tend to take hot water baths. But, steamy baths is not a good idea at all. Hot water showers strip your body of its natural oil barrier. Top skincare experts recommend warm water baths for 5-10 minutes.
- Products with harsh fragrances can be detrimental to the skin. We recommend using an odour-free, soapless cleanser.
- Try and avoid shampoos with too many chemicals and synthetics since they contain alcohol which further dries the skin out.
- Avoid bath sponges, loofahs and pumice stones. When you rub the skin, it gets flakier after drying.
- Most people with dry skin tend to itch a lot. The best ways to keep your hand off your body is by using a good moisturiser. If you can’t resist it, use a cold compress.
- Lastly, wear only 100% cotton clothing. Synthetic fabrics are a big NO.
If you know of any better ways to fight/prevent dry skin, let us know in the comment section below.
13 .Why must I use sunscreen every day?
For most of us, a sunscreen is limited to use only on a beach holiday. We find the necessity of taking care of our skin only when the sun is scorching and is at its peak.
Well, the truth is that, you need a sunscreen every day. If your work involves you to stay out often, it is an absolute must.
When you don’t wear a sunscreen, your hair is prone to sunburns, increased wrinkles, sun spots and scarring. It can also make your skin look dull over a period of time.
Lotus, Lakme, VLCC and Bioderma has some of brands that offer sunscreens for every skin type.
We have listed few reasons why you must use a sunscreen everyday:
- If you spend most of your time in the sun, your skin gets exposed to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. A sunscreen with a good SPF acts as a shield on your skin thus protecting it from sun exposure.
- Most of the skin aging occurs due to spending long hours under the sun. Wearing a sunscreen young blesses you with radiant, glowing skin as you grow older.
- One of the main reasons you must wear sunscreen every day is to prevent skin cancer. 95% of skin cancers are linked to ultra-violet exposure. Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that cannot be easily cured.
- On overcast and cloudy days, you need a sunscreen the most. The reason behind this is because UV light penetrates through clouds with ease.
Hence, if you’re not using a sunscreen on a daily basis, it’s time to start now. Just a pea-size portion of sunscreen daily in your skincare regime can make all the difference.
14. How do I know a skincare/hair care product has expired?
When it comes to skincare and hair care products, most of us have just one question – do they expire? Well, the answer is YES!
Unlike food products, cosmetics rarely come with an expiration date. However, they do expire and should not beyond used after a certain period.
Wondering how to find out if your cosmetic product has expired? We have the answer:
- If your product has developed some kind of bacteria, mold or fungus, chances are they have expired. Most skincare brands add 1% of preservatives in their products to fight these foreign particles.
- However, after a certain period, these preservatives can no longer fight bacteria, due to which it starts going bad.
- Secondly, you must check to see if the product has separated. In most shampoos, oil and water is added which does not stay together.
- Thus, in order to make them stay, emulsifiers are added. Usually, when a product expires or the emulsifier or stabiliser has gone bad, the water separates itself from the oil. This is also an indicator that your product is not in a pH balanced state and must be discarded immediately.
- While the above two points are things you must keep in mind with regard to composition, the other factors you must check are smell and touch.
- If your shampoo or soap develops a rancid smell, it could mean it is no longer suitable to use. If the product does not feel the same anymore or if there is a difference in the texture, it’s better you discard it.
With these easy ways, you can tell if your skincare and hair care products have expired or not. If your product is stored properly at room temperature, they should last you a long time.
15.How often should I cleanse my face?
We cannot stop stressing on the importance of maintaining a regular skincare regime. On a daily basis, we’re exposed to heat, pollution and dirt. All these things collectively accumulate on our face in the form of grime.
This grime or dirt further leads to skin irritation, oiliness and acne. If you want to keep your skin radiant, youthful and bright, it’s high time you follow a cleansing routine.
Wondering how often you should cleanse your face in a day? The answer is twice! If you have normal or combination skin, once will also do, but if you have an oily skin type, twice is a must.
Once oil gets trapped in your pores, it is an open invitation to blemishes and breakouts. The best time to cleanse your face would be when you wake up and before going to bed at night.
During certain weather conditions, your skin may appear to be clear. At this time, wash only the target areas of the face that tend to get oily such as nose, forehead and chin.
To cleanse your face, you can use a single product or a multi-product approach. Sometimes, one product is sufficient to tackle all the problem areas of your skin.
If your skin tends to get too oily or dry, it is better to opt for different products such as a face wash, moisturiser and astringent.
Follow this two-step cleansing hack regularly and you’ll never have to worry about acne/breakouts again:
- Start by using an oil-free cleanser or balm. Use a makeup pad or cotton ball dipped in the cleanser all over your face. Make sure to be gentle. Give your skin the love it deserves.
- Find a foam-based, hydrating cleanser to get rid of excessive residue and dirt. This will have a moisturising effect on your skin thus leaving it soft, clean and supple. A light cleanser will remove excess oil and pore-clogging residue
Once you’re done with this two-step cleansing process, wash your wash with warm water and pat dry with a cotton towel.
16.I have oily skin, do I still need to moisturise?
The answer is YES.
When your skin is on the oily side, the thought of using a moisturiser might seem daunting. You often wonder if using a moisturiser may further lead to acne and breakouts.
Well, the truth is that skipping the moisturising step in your skincare regimen may instead lead to acne and breakouts. When you skip using a moisturiser, your skin tends to dry out and in turn produce more oil. This internal oil production can further lead to breakouts.
Moisturisers have the ability to control sebum production and give the skin a better texture. It also increases the water content in the skin by preventing any further moisture loss.
The sebum secretion on your skin attracts dirt and debris. The best way to keep sebum secretion minimal is by using an oil-free moisturiser. Using a thick, creamy one may clog your pores.
When shopping for a moisturiser online, look for light weight products that are rich in cold-pressed plant oils such as avocado, coconut, grape seed, jojoba, olive and tea tree.
Since plant oils are rich in sterolins and sterols, they soften the skin and reduce pore clogging.
Apart from using a non-comedogenic moisturiser, a good old rule that keeps your skin hydrated and soft is drinking plenty of fluids.
Hydration flushes away the toxins from your body and keeps your skin clean. Try and include green leafy vegetables in your diet. Consumption of excess oil is another factor that leads to breakouts and acne on the cheeks and forehead.
In addition to moisturising your skin twice a day, follow the two-step cleansing regime which we have highlighted in the previous point.
17.What is a BB cream?
BB creams have been around for quite some time now. While their popularity has left everyone speechless, what exactly is it?
A BB cream stands for a Blemish Balm. However, it should not be confused with a spot cream. It is more of a multi-function cream that is recognised for its coverage and skincare properties.
BB creams have been a rage in Southeast Asia. The creamy formulation is supposed to be lighter in texture than foundation.
Whether you want to use it as a base like primer or want to cover minor imperfections and redness, it works well. It can also be used to hydrate the skin and brighten up dull complexion.
Most BB creams come with a certain SPF which keeps your skin protected from harmful ultraviolet rays.
Garnier was the first brand to launch a beauty blemish cream. However, today, you will find a large number of brands offering them. While there are a whole lot of expensive options, you can always buy a BB cream without burning a hole in your pocket.
The PONDS beauty balm is a great pick. It works will with all skin types, blends into the skin and is lightly perfumed. The best part is that it costs only Rs. 88 for a 9 grams tube.
Using a beauty balm is pretty simple. All you need is a beauty blender. Apply spots all over your face, and simply blend till it evens out. If you don’t fancy wearing foundation, you can just apply a BB cream and it will work wonders.
For stubborn acne, you can use a concealer that suits your skin type after evenly applying a beauty balm.
18.Why should I exfoliate?
Exfoliation is the removal of dry and dead cells from the surface of the skin. It is an important part of your skincare routine. If you desire healthy, good looking skin, exfoliation is an absolute must.
Exfoliation is not something you should do every day. A good skincare regime includes exfoliation done at least twice a week.
While removing dead skin is the main purpose of exfoliation, one must be careful not to strip away the skin of its natural oils. By doing so, you further promote dryness on the skin.
By using the right body scrubs and face cleansers, you will be able to exfoliate perfectly.
Here are few reasons why you must exfoliate regularly:
- Exfoliation evens out your skin tone. When you exfoliate, you even out your skin by removing all the dirt and residue from the surface. This helps in revealing the brighter side of your face thus evening it out.
- Accumulation of grime on the skin can be really frustrating. Sometimes it can be hard to eliminate too. When you exfoliate, you slowly but steadily are able to remove the excess build-up.
- This will further prevent clogged pores. However, make sure not to exfoliate badly. The rule is to exfoliate gently. If you are rough on your skin, you may be causing more damage than care.
- Exfoliation is recommended for people with blemished skin, clogged pores, dry skin, pigmentation and acne.
- When you exfoliate, you tend to increase the blood circulation thus breaking down toxins and encouraging new skin cells.
- Thus, drink lots of water after an exfoliation session. This will give the new skin cells a moisture boost. Also, use a good moisturiser all over your body and put yourself to rest.
Exfoliate regularly and you’ll find a difference in your general health and wellbeing of your skin and body.
19.When should I start using anti-ageing creams?
Anti-ageing products have been around for a long time now. Since the beginning, wrinkle creams, night serums and eye creams have been marked for women in their 40s and 50s.
Teens and emerging adults often ask themselves “Am I not too young to start using these products”?
Beauty companies are marketing anti-ageing products to women in their twenties and thirties. The reason and logic behind this is simple.
Everybody yearns for healthy and younger looking skin in their lifetime, and the best way to achieve that is by starting early.
Growing old is a natural part of life. We cannot stop it entirely, but we can take preventative steps by using anti-ageing products at a younger age.
Research suggests that skin repair replacement mechanisms slow down during the 20s. As we grow older, the skin changes in structure, appearance and activity.
Some important changes most women go through are, for example, reduced cellular activity, less collagen and elastin production and lower epidermal turnover. UV exposure is also one of the biggest culprits that accelerate skin ageing.
Once you’ve decided to start using anti-ageing creams, the next step is to find one that suits your skin type. With a plethora of options to choose from, finding the right one can be quite a challenge.
However, here are few anti-ageing creams that are perfect for women in their 20s – Ponds Age Miracle, L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfect for 20+, Olay Age Protect Anti-Aging Cream and Botanic Anti-Aging Night Cream.
Don’t let your hormonal changes determine how you will look. Start caring for your skin in your early 20s and you’ll thank yourself by the time you reach 40.
20. Do fairness creams work?
India is a country obsessed with fairness creams. In order to be accepted in the society, you ought to be fair. From advertisements to Bollywood, everybody propagates fairness creams.
However, the topic of debate is, do fairness creams actually work?
Fairness creams are supposed to change the colour of your skin. However, one’s skin colour is genetically determined. It is decided through the number, size and distribution of melanosomes that are scattered all over the skin.
Fairness creams do not usually work. Though they decrease the distribution of melanosomes throughout the skin, they don’t promote fairness.
An analysis of fairness creams in India reveals that only 5-10% of ingredients actually work.
In fact, frequent use of fairness creams can result in pigmentation and dullness. Since fairness creams contain high levels of steroids, they can cause redness and thinning of the skin.
It is also an open invitation to acne and breakouts. Also, not all fairness creams suit all skin types. In the quest of improving your skin tone, you may end up damaging it. Hence, say no to fairness creams, and love your skin tone for the way it is.
21.What skincare routine should men follow?
Just as much as a woman needs a skincare regime, a man needs it too. In fact, studies suggest that a man’s skin is more delicate and gentle than a woman’s.
Did you know? Regular shaving weakens the moisture barrier of the skin. This further dries the skin out. Also, the male hormone testosterone produces more sebum (oil) which makes them more prone to acne, ingrown hair, large pores and blackheads compared to women.
We have highlighted a basic skincare routine every man should follow upon waking up and before going to bed. Your skin will thank you for it, and you will feel your skin looks healthier gradually.
- Cleanse: Once you wake up, splash warm water on your face. This will open up your pores and allow the dirt to come off.
- To make sure the dirt and residue comes off your face, use a face wash that is made for men. Do not use soap as it contains harsh chemicals that can clog the pores further.
- After gently lathering the face wash, rinse with cool water as this will shrink the pores, thus preventing the oil and dirt from entering. Do not wash your face more than two times as this will unnecessary dry your face further.
- Moisturise: Step 2 is moisturise. In the market today, there are whole lot of moisturisers available for men such as, L’oreal Paris Men Expert, Garnier Men Oil control and many more.
- Keeping your face hydrated keeps the skin looking good, soft and prevents aging and excess oil production.
- You can also substitute a moisturiser for an anti-aging cream. If you spend most of your day in the sun, use a SPF 30 sunscreen.
Follow this skin care regime regularly and you will be able to enhance your complexion and keep wrinkles and ageing at bay.
22.I just pulled out a white hair strand. Will I have more white hair growing back?
Most of us have one strand of grey hair popping out of our completely black/brown hair. Some of us just let it be while some of us just cannot resist the temptation of plucking it out. Along with the temptation, another thought that scares us is – will plucking one grey strand make more grow back? This is a MYTH!
There is completely no harm in plucking a strand of grey hair since it does nothing to the neighbouring hair follicles. However, it does no good either. When you pluck the grey strand, it will be gone only temporarily.
The follicle that produces the hair will still be alive and will produce another grey hair that was pulled out. If you’re lucky, the new hair that grows back may be less grey than the predecessor.
However, do not get into the habit of plucking out greys. If you do so, you are inviting trouble. The best way to keep grey hair at bay is by ignoring it. How often should I oil my hair?
Just like our skin needs nourishment, our hair needs to be nourished too. Without proper nutrients, you hair will look dull and lifeless. Therefore, to provide nourishment to your hair and scalp, oiling your hair regularly is a must.
Whether your aim is to nourish your hair or make it soft and shiny, oiling is the best hair treatment you can give your hair. Also, it is cheap and fool proof. While oiling is mandatory for all hair types, here’s how often you must oil your hair:
- Dry hair: Dry hair is most susceptible to damage. Since it is rough and brittle, it can break easily, cause dandruff and split ends.
- People with dry hair must oil their hair at least 2-3 times per week. A good oil massage on the hair is the perfect way to combat dryness.
- The best oil for dry hair is castor oil or coconut oil. After an oil massage, steaming the hair is recommended. This will make sure the hair penetrates into the scalp and will be more effective. For people whose hair is severely damaged, daily oiling is recommended.
- Normal hair: Normal hair is something that is not too dry or not too oily. Since it is less prone to hair breakage, tangles or hair fall, it should be oiled once in a fortnight. The best oil for normal hair is olive, almond or coconut oil.
- Oily hair: People with oily hair generally have an oily scalp. However, that does not mean they can skip oiling their hair. They should limit the application of oil to once a month. To remove the oil, a proper shampoo should be used that will take away the oil from the scalp, thus making it voluminous.
To get the best results from oiling, oil it before going to bed and keep it overnight. This will further nourish the hair while the body is at rest.
23.What can I do on a bad hair day?
We’ve all had days when our hair just refuses to listen to us. Our hair ends up looking right out of a horror film.
However, where do bad hair days come from?
- When you wash your hair with really hot water, your hair looks flat and dull.
- A bad hair day can also be the result of a bad shampoo. The wrong shampoo can lead to product build up over time, and your hair starts looking poor. The first thing is to change your shampoo.
- Split ends are another cause of a bad hair day. Wash your hair every alternate day to keep it looking fresh and bouncy.
If any of the above happens to you, it’s time you do something to fix it.
We have discussed some easy ways in which you can fix a bad hair day and lighten up your mood:
- Dry shampoo: If you’re having a bad hair day and don’t have time to spend hours in the shower washing the excess oil off, use a dry shampoo. They not just absorb excess oils but also give a voluminous texture to your hair.
- Braids: Having a bad hair day? Just braid it up! Braids are a really cool way to style your locks. No matter what your face cut is, you can braid it so many cool styles.
- Embrace the frizz: Your hair doesn’t have to be shiny and smooth all the time. If really big hair is a bad hair day for you, don’t get too worried and enjoy it instead. The best way to tame frizzy hair is by tying it up.
- Wear a hat/beanie: Trying rocking a cute hat or beanie with your look. It not just hides the flaws of a bad hair day, but instantly accentuates your look.
Cheer up! A bad hair day is not going to last too long. Just give your hair a good wash the next day.