All You Need to Know about Skin Health
How to Get Glowing Skin
Foods that make your skin glow
Benefits of coconut oil on skin
Not only is coconut oil great for baking, but it also has cleansing, healing, and anti-bacterial properties, which can help you save quite a lot. You’d be saving the money spent on product that don’t work and are also chockfull of harmful chemicals, and energy, on figuring out how to keep your skin looking picture perfect. To use coconut oil as a cleanser, use ½ of a small measuring spoon as an emulsifier, which you then massage into the skin. You can also shave with coconut oil—it’s a great alternative for sensitive skin. Simply use it as you as you would any commercial lotion or cream. To use it as a moisturizer, emulsify it until warm, and massage it into your skin, or add it to your favorite lotion. Finally, you can use it for makeup removal, with a cotton pad, and a couple seconds’ application, like any commercial product.
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Turmeric benefits for skin
This natively South Asian plant from the same family as ginger is turned into powder through boiling, drying, and then grinding. And not only does it turn food yellow, while also making it taste spicy, and slightly bitter, but it’s also great for facial masks. If you ix it with sandalwood and lemon juice, you can use it to fight off acne. A similar formula (1 ½ tbsp. of sandalwood powder, pinch of turmeric, and 3 tbsp orange juice) will help oily skin stay clear and smooth. There are plenty of DIY facial masks out there that use turmeric, for virtually any imaginable skin problem: from helping dry skin get hydrated, to alleviating wrinkles, fighting the signs of aging, dark circles under your eyes, stretch marks, and oddly pigmented spots.
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Aloe vera skin benefits
Dubbed the most versatile plant on earth, Aloe Vera contains numerous vitamins and minerals, including zinc, copper, magnesium, iron, sodium, chromium, A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, and so on. That’s why it should come as no surprise to you that its health benefits are numerous and far ranging. You’ve probably noticed that a lot of commercial skin products contain aloe vera; but have you ever considered actually using the plant’s gel, instead of wasting cash on chemically enhanced products? Aloe vera has been traditionally used to sooth burns, scars, sunburns, and blisters, as well as for treating insect bites, allergies, and inflammations.
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Green tea skin benefits
Green tea is thought to be generally beneficial for human health, as it contains some powerful active substances named polyphenols (specifically catechins). There are more catechins in green than in black tea, and their structure has been proven to ward off free radicals. So here’s what it can do for your skin: it can help SPF lotions protect you from sunburn by reducing the inflammation that UV rays cause. 2% polyphenone, from specific green tea extracts, have been proven to help with papulopustular rosacea. Since it has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, it can also slow down the effects of aging on your skin, by reducing sags, wrinkles, and black circles. While the specific effects of green tea on the skin still require research, you can use it by adding a tea-based formula to your sunscreen, using tea brew ice cubes, taking tea extract capsules, or simply drinking lots of tea.
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Apple cider vinegar benefits for skin
You may squirm a bit at applying something as strong smelling as vinegar to your skin and hair, but ACV is definitely worth the lingering scent. First off, you can use it as a toner, for visibly tighter, more radiant skin. The human skin is naturally acidic, so using ACV can help oily or dry skin find its natural balance. And since ACV also contains amino-acids, you can even use it to alleviate the searing burn sensation of sunburns. Amazingly, the substances it contains will help the skin rehydrate itself and soothe the irritation. Last, but certainly not least, pro makeup artists and connoisseurs can benefit from the presence of malic acid in ACV. This antibacterial substance can be a great addition to any brush cleaning formula. Just add one tsp of ACV to one cup of warm water, enhanced with 1-2 thick lemon slices.
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Benefits of olive oil on skin
Much like coconut oil, olive oil can be used with some amazing results as a home remedy for skin, hair, and nails. It’s all thanks to the healthful substances it contains, such as three different types of antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenol, and phytosterols. They all help slow down the signs of skin aging, but two ingredients do most of the work. Vitamin E aids your skin to recover its smoothness, and also acts as a UV screen. Hydroxytyrosol fights off free radical damage. Furthermore, you can try using one tsp of olive oil instead of your commercial grade moisturizer, if you’ve had enough of clogged pores. Then, if you want a natural exfoliator, you can mix 1 tbsp of olive oil with sea salt, which is mildly abrasive. Try it instead of shaving cream, cuticle soaker, aftershave lotion, and, of course, as an ingredient in all your customized DYI beauty masks.
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Argan oil skin benefits
It derives its name from the Argan Forest in Morcco, where goats climb up stonewalls just to pick this nutritious little nut, and where the locals have been using this nut oil to treat wounds and soothe rashes. It’s no wonder that the forest has been dubbed a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1998. It works so well for skin health, because it’s literally packed with healthful substances: vitamin A, vitamin E, several other antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acids. The trocopherol in vitamin E is what makes argan-based beauty and anti-aging products so popular these days. To use it in your skincare routine you’ll only need one or two drops, which is a great thing, since 100% pure argan oil is rather expensive. Use it as a powerful nighttime moisturizer, as a toner enhancer, exfoliator, and as treatment against acne—you’ll be surprised to discover what a drop or two can do!
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What are the best super foods for healthy skin?
Aside from supplementing with minerals and vitamins, using all-natural ingredients for your skincare, and protecting your epidermis from the damaging effects of the sun, you can also make sure you’re eating all the right things. Here are the 10 best foods for glowing, taut, and youthful skin:
- Care for some dandelion? Don’t go eating flowers just yet, but do add some dandelion leaves either to your favorite salad or tea brew. They’ve got plenty of antioxidants that will keep toxins at bay and out of your body.
- Start your day with oats. Some porridge early on in the day will pack your diet with all the right macro and micronutrients that your skin and your stress management mechanism needs. They contain calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, several B vitamins, protein, potassium, and loads more
- Get acquainted with watercress. It might be an acquired taste for many, but the overload of vitamins A and C that it provides it more than worth it. Got a zit? Spring for watercress, which will help your skin heal like an all-natural antibiotic.
- Pumpkin, all the way. It’s the seeds you need for glowing skin, but the pulp from squash and pumpkin is also rich in good nutrients.
- Is salmon skin healthy? Yes, it is—and so are all the other oily types of fish out there: sardines, pilchards, mackerel, trout, sprats, herring, anchovies, carp, and more. And they’re all delicious, too!
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- Millet is for humans, too. You’ll find it at the neighborhood health store. Don’t shy away from adding it to your morning cereal, as it comes with all the silicon your skin, teeth, eyes, and nails require.
- Sprout some seeds. If you don’t have the time for this, you can also find them at the supermarket. Work them into your favorite salads, sandwiches, and stir-fries.
- Dip into some guac. Avocados, the vegan’s best friend as far as healthful fat sources go, also includes several antioxidants, among which potassium, plus numerous vitamins. They can literally help fight winkles!
- Kick-start your metabolism with melons. It doesn’t even matter if it’s cantaloupe or watermelon. Both will put a slow metabolism into high gear and help you detoxify.
- Raw, rich strawberries (and all other berries, too!). Skip the cream and the sugar and dip into a big bowl of fresh strawberries, for an antioxidant health punch. They really are a super food, in the truest sense of the word.
How to get healthy skin
Vitamins for healthy skin
It’s true that you can never go wrong with vitamin supplements. However, in case you’re wondering which ones are better for your skin, we’ve got all the answers you need, in structured form. Basically, it’s the trio below that you want to go for. You can find them in plenty of whole foods, or supplements, for enhanced effect.
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Vitamin A benefits skin
Vitamin A is very beneficial for dry and scaly skin, but paradoxically also for acne. If you want to get it from dietary sources only, amp up your consumption of leafy greens, carrots, pumpkins, chicken, pork, or other types of liver, as well as from eggs. It has skin repairing properties, and can also help enhance the rate at which your cells develop, which, in essence, make it a great anti-aging agent.
Vitamin E benefits skin
Popularly dubbed ‘the fountain of youth’, vitamin E has been scientifically proven to act as an agent against wrinkles, crow lines, and stretch marks. Find it in most things oily: olives, nuts of all kind (peanuts and almonds especially), leafy greens, and wheat germ. As an antioxidant, it’s a powerful weapon against free radicals, caused by lifestyle factors lie unprotected exposure to harmful UV rays and smoking, as well as by pollution.
Vitamin C benefits skin
It has been historically used to fight scurvy, but since it’s an anti-oxidant, it also works against the detrimental effects of aging. That’s because it promotes the production of collage, which, in turn, acts to tighten loose skin. As far as dietary sources of vitamin C are concerned, you can get plenty of vitamin C from citrus (oranges, pumelo, grapefruit, lemons, lime), but also from pulses like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. Most typical salads are packed with vitamin C, since it’s contained in tomatoes and cucumbers, too. Since it acts against cellular oxidation and improving collagen production, its overall effect is to help skin retain its original, youthful texture.
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Home remedies for glowing skin
Contrary to what you may have been led to believe by now, skincare, healthy and glowing skin doesn’t necessarily have to cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, all the foodstuff and vitamins we’ve mentioned above can be used as ingredients for DIY skincare remedies. Not only can you create your own masks right at home, but you can also solve any possible issue with your skin, including dry and scaly skin, acne, oily skin, troublesome spots, and anything in between.
DIY face mask for glowing skin
You only need three ingredients for this great at-home mask for a glowing complexion—and it’s highly likely that you’ve got all three sitting in your kitchen cupboard. You’ll be using olive oil, which is an amazing natural moisturizer, with a deep, penetrating effect, which will keep your skin spot-free and elastic. Aside from also having a great hydrating effect, because it locks in the moisture, honey also acts against aging, by undoing the effects of sun damage. Finally, baking soda helps you minimize breakout effects, enhances the blood flow to your complexion, and deals with acne and zits by eliminating extra sebum and the dead cells that clog your pores.
How to make your own DIY facemask for glowing skin
Add a teaspoon of each ingredient to a bowl and mix them until you get a homogenous paste. The end product will be thin and easy to spread, but if you want a more abrasive mask, feel free to up the baking soda dosage.
Skin tag removal home remedy
Skin tags are common in areas that are constantly rubbing against clothing, or on other skin. You can find them on your neck, inner thighs, eyelids, and even in private areas. Now, skin tag removal creams often run on the expensive side, but, thankfully, you can make your own remedies at home, with any of the following ingredients. Oregano oil (2-3 drops mixed with 4-6 drops of coconut oil), applied to the skin tag 3 times a day, will help remove the bothersome flap of skin. Make sure to dilute the oregano oil, because otherwise the area can become irritated. You can also apply tea tree oil 3 times a day, with a cotton swabits a great antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral agent. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are both acidic and antiseptic substances, which can make the tags fall off. You can also try dandelion stem juice, garlic paste, and fig stem juice.
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Home remedies for dry, itchy skin
Red, sore, scaly skin that seems to be constantly itching is rather common in winter. Luckily, you can try a handful of at-home solutions. First off, run a warm bath and add one cup of baking soda to it. Soak in it for 30-60 minutes, and pat your skin dry, or allow it to air-dry once you’re done. Alternatively, try adding 2-3 cups of colloidal oatmeal to a lukewarm bath. Lemon juice might sound scary to add to an itchy spot, especially if you’ve scratched it raw, but it can really work, when applied directly to the afflicted area. Finally, you can try using essential oils, like lavender oil, or oils extracted from calendula, geranium, clove, rosemary, thyme, nettle, peppermint, or many others.
They can allay itchiness, repair extremely dry and flaky skin.
Homemade remedy for yeast infection
Yeast infection appears when an otherwise normal fungus that lives in the vagina goes out of control. In turn, this comes with a host of problems, such as red, itchy, and burning skin, as well as thick, white, odorless discharge. To keep yeast infection at bay, try eating food rich in probiotics, such as yogurts and always opt for cotton underwear (or even for going commando!). If you find you already have the infection, you can try inserting a tampon doused in a few drops of tea tree oil overnight—research has shown it comes with antifungal properties.
Homeopathic remedy for curing skin allergies
When you get a rash, either because of an allergy, or for other reasons, parts of your skin become very irritated. Allergic reactions can only be treated allopathically, with OTC or prescription medicine. Meanwhile, the only thing you can do at home to alleviate the burning sensation of your skin is to do some damage control. Avoid using harsh soaps for your skin and detergents for your clothing. Opt for cotton underwear, sheets, and clothes. Don’t scratch and don’t bathe or shower in hot water. Finally, try adding a cup of oatmeal to your bath, to help alleviate the symptoms of the rash.
It’s worth mentioning that allergies can also cause a breakout of hives. As with rashes and other allergic reactions, the best course of action is to see a doctor, who will prescribe a treatment of antihistamines. Ignoring allergies can lead to anaphylactic shock in severe cases, and such a shock can even be fatal! For a milder case of the hives, though, you can try to apply local compresses. Sometimes just using cool water will do, but you can also experiment with calamine or witch hazel lotion, Pepto-Bismol (or other alkaline substances), a water and baking soda solution, nettle, or even cream of tartar.
How to deal with a skin abscess at home
Skin abscesses are the result of a wide range of factors, such as low immunity (caused by serious diseases such as diabetes or cancer). By and large, an abscess occurs when the oil producing area under your first layer of skin becomes obstructed. This can happen because of a small break or puncture to the skin, or, in the case of boils, it can happen when a hair follicle is infected. To deal with small abscesses at home (1 cm across or less), try applying a warm compress to the affected hotspots, 4 times a day, for 30 minutes at a time. In extreme cases, such sores can cause a fever of over 101F, puncture, or break. Seek medical attention if you experience particularly large boils.
Home remedies for MRSA infections
Like boils, MRSA infections cause the skin to become inflamed and irritated. The acronym is short for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. This staph infection is highly contagious and usually occurs when the skin is puncture through a cut or wound. There are several at-home remedies for MRSA skin infections, including Manuka honey, and natural oils extracted from tea tree and oregano. One of the most effective natural anti-irritants is olive leaf extract, which is also used in commercial skin care products for dry skin, such as Remedy Olivamine Skin Repair Cream from Medline Industries.
DYI remedies for pimples
We’ve all been there: we’re getting ready for a big night out, when a zit or pimple pops up (pun intended). While there’s no miracle solution to get rid of pimples fast, you can always try to make the situation better—just don’t try removing them by popping! Applying patches made with one crushed aspirin, baking soda, or even toothpaste has been known to work. That’s because the active ingredients in all these products (including the salicylic acid in aspirin) are astringent. Similarly, you can try various DYI solutions including pastes made with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, honey, tea tree oil, egg whites, cucumber, banana or orange peel.
Treating skin infections in cats and dogs at home
It’s important to note that, should your dog or cat suffer from a wound, rash, or infection of the skin, it needs immediate vet attention. With that being said, there are some minor issues that you can assuage by using a slue of home remedies. Perhaps the most frequently used such solution, which is even recommended by veterinarians, is Epsom salt baths and hot packs—that is, of course, if your canine or feline friend can take a bath! In some cases, they’ve been known to work as efficiently as antibiotics. Then, there’s chamomile, a powerful natural anti-bacterial. To use it, make a strong brew, put in a spray bottle and allow it to chill completely in the fridge. Then, apply it to the affected area. And, as is the case with humans, itchy skin in pets can be handled by adding a cup of finely ground oatmeal to the pet’s bath water.
DYI whitening skin cream
A fair complexion equates youthfulness, so it’s no wonder that commercial skin lightening skins and masks are so popular nowadays. But, the thing is that if you’re vying for lighter skin, you needn’t spend a fortune at the drug store. You can lighten and even whiten your complexion with any of the home remedies below:
- Honey and lemon mask. One tbsp. honey and one tbsp. lemon juice mixed thoroughly and applied to your face and neck area for 15 minutes will do the trick.
- Gram flour and milk mask. 2 tbsp. of gram flour, mixed with a pinch of turmeric, and enough milk to create a thick paste can be applied to the same areas for 15-20 minutes. If you’ve got oily skin, also add in a few lemon juice drops. You can sub the milk for 2-3 tbsp. of tomato juice, for similar results.
- Cucumber and lemon juice mask. One tbsp. of cucumber juice with one tbsp. lemon juice applied for 15 minutes will leave your face looking fair and fresh.
Homemade mask for younger looking facial skin
There are plenty of commercial masks, lotions and creams that promise to tone sagging facial skin. However, it’s not always worth spending a fortune for skin-tightening products. You can achieve a flawless, youthful complexion by trying some peeling and hydrating solutions made entirely from items you can find in the grocery aisle:
- Pomegranate mask. Mix 2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds and 1 cup uncooked oatmeal in a food processor. Blend it with 2 tbsp. honey and 2 tbsp. buttermilk. For extreme peeling, also add ¾ cups of rough sugar, such as turbinado. Apply it to your face for a couple of minutes.
- Cranberry mask. Make a sort of gelatin smoothie with one pack of the jellifying stuff, 1-cup cranberries, 1-cup seedless grapes and 2 tsp. lemon juice. Leave it in the fridge to thicken for 45 minutes, let it sit for another 10, and then apply it to your face for 15 minutes.
- Pumpkin pie mask. Yes, you can actually eat it once you’re done with it! This blend is made with 2 cups pumpkin puree, 4 tbsp. low-fat vanilla yogurt, 4 tbsp. honey and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse, and savor!
DIY cream for soft hands and feet
The skin on your hands and feet is exposed to a lot of stress and effort. Most often, your hands go unprotected in the face of unseasonably cold or dry weather, and any household chore requires you to wash your hands. Similarly, the skin on your feet can get severely damaged by becoming cracked or calloused, especially if you walk a lot, or have normally dry skin. Here are some home remedies you can try, in order to get softer, younger looking skin on your hands and feet:
- The one-minute olive oil and sugar hand rub. Mix 1 tbsp. of olive oil with 1 tbsp. of sugar and rub them in your hands, for a powerful mix of exfoliation and hydration.
- Overnight Vaseline and socks. Yes, you can even wear gloves on your hands overnight, if they have become severely damaged by dry skin. At the end of the day, wash your hands and/or feet with a gentle, non-abrasive soap, massage them for 30 seconds, add a hearty helping of Vaseline, and wrap them in your favorite pair of socks. When you wake up, the skin will be as soft as a baby’s!
Lemon juice, honey, and baking soda. Create a mix of these three ingredients, all added in equal parts. Rub it into your skin by massaging it, and allow it to sit on the skin for at least 5-10 minutes, depending on how cracked and dry the skin is. Repeat this process twice a week, especially if your hands and/or feet have experienced