Reme­dies for beauty woes

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul - Wellness -

WHEN you’ve got bad habits like sleep­ing late, eat­ing un­healthily and not ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly, it’ll be a mat­ter of time be­fore the ugly “ev­i­dence” shows up on your face.

That’s be­cause your skin is the largest or­gan in the body, and if you don’t al­low it to purge the tox­ins within by stim­u­lat­ing blood cir­cu­la­tion, and re­ju­ve­nate cell re­gen­er­a­tion by stick­ing to a nu­tri­tious diet, ad­e­quate rest and proper skin­care rou­tine, the tell-tale signs of ne­glect will pop up.

Beauty sa­lons of­fer a va­ri­ety of treat­ments to detox­ify and re­vi­talise skin, but you could also use nat­u­ral and more con­sis­tent meth­ods of sal­vaging and main­tain­ing your looks:

Dark cir­cles un­der eyes

Quick fix: Gen­tly press a cold metal spoon against the area around the eyes for at least 60 sec­onds and/or ap­ply a mois­tur­is­ing con­cealer to cover up the dark cir­cles.

Proper treat­ment: Get plenty of sleep and drink lots of wa­ter. Use eye creams with light­en­ing botan­i­cal in­gre­di­ents and cap­il­lary strength­en­ers like vi­ta­min K. Al­ter­na­tively, use nat­u­ral reme­dies like al­mond, cu­cum­ber juice, lemon and tomato.

Al­mond oil is an ex­cel­lent nat­u­ral emol­lient with mois­tur­is­ing prop­er­ties that help soften the skin and leave it sup­ple. Care­fully rub a lit­tle into the skin around your eyes ev­ery morn­ing and night.

Cu­cum­ber is a well-known quick fix for tired eyes be­cause of its as­trin­gent prop­er­ties. Ex­tract the juice from a cu­cum­ber and cool it in the re­frig­er­a­tor for about an hour.

Af­ter blend­ing a lit­tle lemon juice into it, use cot­ton pads to soak up the so­lu­tion and place them on your eyes for 15 min­utes. Wash thor­oughly af­ter­wards and mois­turise the area around the eyes with a lit­tle al­mond oil.

Tomato juice is rich in iron and vi­ta­mins A and C, while lemon juice acts as a nat­u­ral bleach­ing agent.

Blend one tea­spoon of fresh tomato juice, half a tea­spoon of fresh lemon juice and less than a tea­spoon of gram flour thor­oughly to form a smooth paste. Ap­ply this paste on the dark cir­cles and leave for about 10 min­utes. Be­fore it dries up, rub it off very gen­tly and wash your face. Do this once daily the next few days.

Dull skin

Quick fix: Use beauty prod­ucts with nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents that are rich in vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and pro­teins to help re­tard the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of free rad­i­cals and nour­ish skin.

Proper treat­ment: Nour­ish your skin from within by ad­her­ing to a healthy diet. To main­tain the glow in your com­plex­ion, use a creamy cleanser, rather than one with a foam­ing for­mula, and ap­ply a hy­drat­ing mask twice or thrice weekly. Ex­fo­li­ate the skin reg­u­larly to re­move dead cells and fol­low up with a hy­drat­ing lo­tion.

Skin break­outs

Quick fix: Hide pim­ples un­der a wa­ter­proof con­cealer: us­ing a con­cealer brush, dab a lit­tle con­cealer on the back of your hand to warm it up to skin tem­per­a­ture be­fore ap­ply­ing onto the pim­ple and blend­ing it into the sur­round­ing area.

Proper treat­ment: A healthy diet and good per­sonal hy­giene prac­tices are ways to re­duce skin in­flam­ma­tion prob­lems.

If the prob­lem is se­ri­ous, con­sult a der­ma­tol­o­gist and seek med­i­cal treat­ment. — The Straits Times / Asia News Net­work

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