Category: Skin Care

stretch marks after pregnancy

Getting Rid Of Post Pregnancy Stretch Marks

If you are a woman who has had a baby you may realize that apart from the baby and he usual challenges you may have a new skin condition in your hands to deal with. Stretch marks may not be a life threatening condition but they are al the same depressing and annoying. When you consider the fact that they will appear in some of the areas that value most it makes them even worse to deal with. Stretch marks appear around the belly, thighs, buttocks, hips, arms and worst of all around the breasts and under arms.

Get rid of post pregnancy stretch marks

The good thing about stretch marks is that there are numerous tips that you can follow that will help you deal with them to particular degree. Stretch marks are easily dealt with when they are still new and have not changed color to become white or silver gray. However, even if they have become hardened it is also possible to try and disguise them using the self same tips.

Tip #1 – Massage with coconut and almond oil 

It is possible to get rid of post pregnancy stretch marks by massaging the affected parts using coconut oil or almond oil and any other related essential oils. Since this is a natural method of dealing with post pregnancy stretch marts many mothers use it liberally because there is no danger of having to deal with any side effects.

Tip #2 – Take vitamin ET

he use of vitamin E oils has been known to be effective in dealing with numerous skin conditions and it is also believed to be good in dealing with stretch marks after pregnancy. More often than not a doctor will need to give you a prescription of vitamin E which can be applied directly to the affected skin area. It is available inform of a capsule which should be slit using a sterile razor and the contents applied literally. You could also opt to try using some vitamin E pills which are equally effective.

Tip #3 – Drink plenty of water

Water is extremely important in hydrating the skin because it literally provides all the moisture that is needed by different tissues. Dry skin easily loses its elasticity faster and soon becomes prone to breaking which is the reason why stretch marks usually occur. When your skin is moisturized well it reduces the impact of stretch marks and this make sit much easier to have to deal with them.

Tip #4 – Exfoliate

Stretch marks are basically caused by skin that has literally died and as such exfoliation helps you to eradicate all dead skin and create room for new skin cells to develop on the affected parts of the body. You should develop the habit of regularly exfoliating your skin in order to soften it and strengthen it finally making it possible to get rid of stretch marks.

exposed facial cleanser

Exposed Acne Skin Care Treatment: Treat Acne Organically

Organic products are those whose constituents are grown in areas that are rich in natural mineral content. These products are extremely beneficial for the skin. They are non toxic in nature therefore, with its use, the skin is not exposed to harmful chemicals. They are extremely soothing and rejuvenating for the skin. Unlike chemical products available in the market that can have major side effects, organic products are completely healthy.

Exposed skin care organic cleanser and toner are beneficial for all skin types specially sensitive skin that is more prone to acne. These products do not remove the natural oils from the skin. Tea tree oil is one of the most important ingredient present in the natural products. It helps in reducing the levels of sebum produced by the oil glands and thereby prevents acne production. Chamomile and Frankincense are other organic products that are commonly used in cleansers and toners for treating acne. They do not redden or inflame the area and hence are better than other products.

A good organic toner should be applied on the damp skin. This locks the water in the outermost layer  and helps in decreasing oil production by keeping the skin hydrated.It is difficult to verify the claims made by the various organic products available in the market. All the products containing carbon are labeled as organic products and thus the products with petroleum in them are also referred to as organic. Therefore, the best method is to make your own organic products from your own kitchen garden. These products are available naturally and free of cost or at a minimal cost, thus they are economical as well.

  • Oatmeal, ground shells of apricot almond and walnuts are good exfoliating agents.
  • Honey and eggs act as great natural moisturizers.
  • Sandalwood and neem are known to be the best organic cleansers available as they help in gentle exfoliation of skin without any side effects.
  • Yogurt acts as a great cleanser as well as a moisturizer.
  • Aloe Vera, lavender, jojoba and olive oil also ensure great relaxation to acne prone skin.

These products available in your kitchens easily, act as elixir for acne prone skin. Their value in the cosmetic industry has recently been realized. But care should be taken while using any product. If the skin is over cleansed or over ex foliated then that may lead to break outs or lesions. In certain cases it may lead to permanent scarring also. To avoid this, a person should take professional advice before embarking on any self care regimen.

Oily Skin

Get Rid of Oily Skin With These Tips

While not all acne patients suffer from oily skin, a majority of us do. Of all skin types, oily skin proves to be the most problematic as it usually leads to acne. People with oily skin also tend to have a greasy, dull and dark complexion. On the flip side though, oily skin doesn’t age or wrinkle that easily.

Many people often mistaken oily skin with combination skin. For me personally, I used to have oily skin. This meant that all parts of my face were oily – the forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, temples, practically everywhere! I required about 3-4 sheets of blotting paper each time to completely remove the oils on my face so you can imagine how disgustingly oily it used to be. Combination skin is slightly different however, only certain parts of the face are oily (usually the T-zone) and other parts of the face may be dry or normal.

To make matters worse, some acne patients also have sensitive skin (I do, too). This makes caring for acne even more challenging because the wrong kind of acne treatment or simply overdoing it may cause the skin to become red and irritated.

For years I’ve battled with oily skin, never failing to try every option I know of that’s available on the market. Here are some oily skin remedies which are affordable and may just work for you:

1. Astringent Toners

While astringent toners can reduce oiliness, the effects may not last long. For people with sensitive skin, applying an astringent toner may cause the skin to tingle and turn red. Dr. Cambio, WebMD, says, “I’m not a big fan of astringent toners because they tend to irritate the skin and can lead to more oil production.” She would only recommend applying it on oily areas of the skin such as the forehead, nose and chin.

I’ve tried Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent and while it did help to clear the oil, I didn’t quite like the sensation from it. Astringents are normally made from alcohol which sometimes tend to over-dry the skin.

2. Blotting Paper

Blotting paper is a great option for removing oil as they will not dry out the skin. It’s convenient to carry around and use but unfortunately, the effects don’t really last long. A touch up with blotting paper normally keeps me going for another 1-2 hours before the oil starts to build again. Nevertheless, it’s still a cheap option that does work.Some types of blotting paper even comes with powder to give you an additional matte finish. For example, the Palladio Oil Absorbing Rice Paper Tissues with Rice Powder.

3. Masks and Clays

I find that masks and clays containing sulfur and kaolin work best for oily skin. It really helps to draw out the excess oils and clean pores. I usually mask on alternate days of the week, with a moisturizing mask in between applications to prevent my skin from over-drying.

Some people also find success in using egg masks in which I can second. My beautician used to add an egg into her mask mixture each time to create some sort of a peel-off mask which did help the oiliness to some extent.

4. Milk of Magnesia

While Milk of Magnesia may have gotten mixed reviews, those who have experienced success with it seem to be very happy with the results. Also known as magnesium hydroxide, this is actually a form of medicine used as a hydrating laxative and an antacid to relieve uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms and constipation. It is not a dairy product, but rather a milky white liquid, which is what contributes to its nickname.

It works great as a makeup primer or base and helps to keep your makeup matte. However, I would recommend applying this on oily areas of the skin only to prevent irritation.

5. Black Soap

Black soap, or African Black Soap, has been used for generations by Ghanaians as a natural remedy for acne, eczema, body odor, and to alleviate oily skin. Black soap can also be used as a makeup remover and as a cleanser for oily skin and has been known to leave your skin soft and clear.

Pure or raw black soap (comes in a dark brown color as shown in the photo) is recommended as it does not contain dyes or preservatives. It may sting the eyes, so it is advisable to lather the black soap on a washcloth instead of applying it directly to your face.I hope you enjoyed the different oily skin products I’ve recommended above and hopefully, they can help get rid of your oily skin. Good luck!

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