Cities like Mumbai and Delhi boast of a large number of working women, who lead hectic lives and are exposed to heavy pollution. Caring for the skin is the last thing on their mind. Stress takes a further toll on their health.
Stress, in any form, causes collagen and elastin fibres to break down at a faster pace. This results in early skin aging. Collagen and elastin form the framework of the skin and give it support and shape. Early breakdown leads to fine lines, sagging skin and wrinkles. Stress can also alter hormones and result in acne. Skin allergies and rashes increase due to stress. Prominent dark circles appear. The skin looks dull and haggard. This, invariably, results in lack of confidence and a depreciating self-image.
The only way to avoid such problems is a good skin care routine. Do not let exposure to sunlight, dust, pollution or stress take a toll on your skin.
Here are a few tips for a glowing skin:
- Make sure you apply an oil-free, gel-based matte sunscreen with SPF 30 everytime you step out in the sun.
- Use an oil-free moisturizer once a day.
- Take vitamin C, E and anti-oxidant supplements.
- Sleep at least 8 hours.
- Apply a mixture of honey and yogurt on the body for 10 minutes daily. This hydrates the skin and brightens it.
- Make sure you apply a good moisturizer on the entire body before you retire to bed at night.
Here are some home remedies you could try at home:
- Sun tan: Apply a mask of mashed papaya with curd on your face thrice a week. This mask is mildly acidic and will exfoliate the skin and reduce pigmentation. It will also improve the skin tone. It is great to remove sun tan.
- Instant glow: Make a puree of cucumber and ripe papaya. Add a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of yogurt. Mix it well and refrigerate for an hour. It sets well and you can now apply it on the skin for 10 minutes and wash. See the magic. Instant skin brightening! It is safe for all skin types, except those with existing skin rash or flaky skin.
- Pigmentation: A paste of besan (gram flour), curd and a pinch of baking soda reduces pigmentation. Avoid if you have sensitive skin.
- Acne: Apply a paste of neem leaves and a few drops of apple cider vinegar on the pimple. Do not use if you are on acne medication.
- Dandruff: Apply apple cider vinegar on the scalp for an hour and rinse twice a week. Dandruff disappears. However, if you have skin conditions like psoriasis or seborrhoeic dermatitis, beware.
While choosing any beauty product, Dr Jaishree Sharad insists on identifying one’s skin type and picking appropriate product. It is always advisable to take the help of a dermatologist to understand this. “Make sure you buy renowned, branded products. They need not be imported all the time. Even Indian brands work very well but they should be reputed. Always change your products close to their expiry date. If you have sensitive skin, you could use testers first on a patch on your arm to see if you react to the product adversely,” said Dr Jaishree Sharad.