How To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes are caused by temporary fluid retention, but this can be easily fixed. While often referred to as the same problem, baggy eyes are a different problem than puffy eyes and require different treatments. Puffy eyes can be caused by allergies, crying, stress or a lack of sleep. A diet that is high in salt or alcohol is also a cause of puffy eyes. By recognizing the causes of puffy eyes, you will not only be able to get rid of them, but prevent the problem as well.

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Boil water in a teakettle.

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Place two chamomile tea bags in a mug and pour the hot water over the tea mugs.

Let the tea bags sit in the water for two minutes so the tea leaves are fully soaked.

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Remove the tea bags from the water and let cool.

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Place a tea bag on each eye. The chamomile is soothing and will decrease the puffiness in your eyes.

Prevention
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Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. While water retention is a cause of puffy eyes, too little water allows sodium to also cause puffy eyes. Balance is important.

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Limit sodium and alcohol intake. Try using spices and herbs to flavor food instead of salt.

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Try to get eight hours of sleep a night. Getting too little sleep can be a factor in puffy eyes.

Puffy eyes occur when excess fluid builds up in the soft tissue around the eyes. This fluid retention is referred to as edema. Puffy eyes can cause us to look tired and run-down, even if we aren’t. Many times, we wake up with puffy eyes.

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Causes
The causes of puffy eyes are many, and some are quite serious, but the most common reasons include:

• Allergies
• Bacterial Infection
• Salty Diet
• Stye
• Alcohol
• Sinusitis
• Lack of sleep
• Conjunctivitis
• Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
• Crying
• Makeup
• High sodium intake

The following are serious causes of puffy eyes:

Anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction
Orbital cellulitis (infection of soft tissue around the eye)

Remedies For Puffy Eyes
If you are experiencing puffy eyes, try the following remedies

Cut back on salt, as salt causes the body to retain water
Place cold cucumber slices over closed eyes for 10 to 15 minutes
Antihistamines can be helpful for puffy eyes caused by allergies.
Drink plenty of water. When you are dehydrated, your body will store more water and make eye puffiness worse.
Try using an eye cream that contains Vitamin E.
Cut back on alcohol consumption.
A small amount of Preparation H, rubbed underneath the eyes can reduce swelling. Avoid getting this product in your eyes.
Place cool wet teabags over the eyes. The caffeine helps to reduce swelling and puffiness and make eyes appear brighter and more alert.
Try using Robanda Triple Action Eye Gel, a product designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles and bring back elasticity to tired eyes. (Causes for Puffy Eyes: Make the Changes Now to Stop it, 2006)
Soak cotton balls in ice water and apply to eyes.
Put teaspoons in the refrigerator to chill; lay them over your closed eyelids. Chill extra spoons to replace the others when they become warm.
Chilled potato slices placed over closed eyes will help reduce inflammation.
Try using an air purifier if you suspect your eye puffiness is caused by allergies.
Avoid rubbing puffy eyes, as this makes the puffiness worse.
Splash the face with cold water.
Rest your eyes frequently when reading or working on the computer.
If your eye makeup is irritating the eyes and making them puffy, try switching brands to see if the problem resolves. Remember to throw away an eye makeup that’s old.
Get plenty of sleep.
Try propping your head up when you sleep to keep fluid from accumulating underneath the eyes.
Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator. Applying anything cold helps to reduce puffiness.

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Conclusion
If your eye puffiness is accompanied by more serious symptoms, such as pain, bleeding or blurred vision, is due to an allergic reaction, or if you suspect you may have conjunctivitis or a bacterial infection, consult your physician for advice. Otherwise, you can get rid of puffy eyes with a few of these simple home treatments.

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How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Blackheads are just pimples that don’t have skin over them. Because there is no skin, they’re open to the air and the top layer of gunk oxidizes and turns them to the darkish black color. There are many ways to get rid of them.[1] This article provides instructions for a number of different methods that you can try.


Trick

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Acquire some simple, non toxic glue. You can use the type you would have used for elementary school art projects, such as P.V.A glue or Elmers glue.

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Steam your face over a sink or a bowl or with a wet face cloth. This is optional, but can be very beneficial. Try to get the steam as hot as possible, but make sure it is comfortable for you!
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Apply glue to troubled areas. Then, leave it alone until it is completely dry.

Peel it off. Peel the glue off and see results on the dry glue.
Squeezing Them

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Warm your skin. Warming your skin makes the pores expand, making it easier to squeeze out the blackhead. You can do this by taking a warm shower or applying a hot compress to the affected areas.

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Grab a pinch of skin with one or a few closely-spaced blackheads in the middle and squeeze. You’re trying to apply the pressure from underneath the blackhead. This method works best if the blackheads are not tightly or deeply embedded, and if your skin isn’t easily bruised or damaged by stretching.

You can also use an extractor tool or bobby pin to force it out. Be careful with these methods, and if you experience serious pain, try something else.

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Cotton ball Cure

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Use a mild exfoliant to remove cells and expose.

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Pat your face dry with a clean, fresh towel.

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Place a slightly warm compress on your face for approximately 10-15 minutes in order to soften the blackhead, making it easier to remove.

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Pat your face again.

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Place a cotton-ball on the tip of each finger. This will help you to avoid slipping, which could tear the skin and cause further damage.

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Gently apply even pressure to both sides of the blackhead by pushing down, then up around the blemish.

Toothbrush And Toothpaste

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Apply an inch-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
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Wet the toothbrush and wet the affected area.
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Gently with your toothbrush, scrub the affected area for a small amount of time.

Make sure you do not apply too close to the eyes, as the vapours from methanol toothpastes can irritate the eyes.

If you have nose blackheads, apply an even smaller amount of toothpaste, and keep well clear from eyes.

This method has also been known to work on spots, but is not guaranteed.

Always sterilize the toothbrush with boiling-hot water after using this method.

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Repeat daily until the affected areas are clear.

AHAs (Extra)

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Purchase a cream containing an AHA (alpha hydroxy acids).

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Apply a small amount of cream to the affected areas. This will clear away any dead skin cells and “expose” the blackhead.

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Repeat about every 4 days. These products can cause skin irritation, dryness, and flaking. Discontinue use if the irritation becomes severe.

AHAs are also known to increase sensitivity to the sun, so be careful if you are going out in bright sunlight after using this treatment.

Lime Juice

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Make a lotion with equal parts of lime juice, almond oil and glycerin.

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Apply your lotion to your face. It will not only cure blackheads but the discoloring spots on the face too.

Honey Trick

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Warm a small amount of honey.

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Apply on the trouble area.

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Wash off after 10-15 minutes.

Health Benefits Of Honey

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1. Prevent cancer and heart disease:
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit…

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal:
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance.
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduce cough and throat irritation:
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements:
Honey has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation:
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. (Watch this video Sweetener Comparison where I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.)

8. Heal wounds and burns:
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazene. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s anti-bacterial nature combine to create this effect.

9. Probiotic:
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Beautiful skin:
Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, can also be moisturizing and nourishing! For a powerful home beauty treatment for which you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already, read Carrot Face Mask.

Different honeys have different flavonoid profiles, depending on the floral source of the nectar.

Types of Honey (most popular)

Alfalfa
Blueberry
Buckwheat
Clover
Manuka
Orange Blossom
Wildflower
There are at least 40 types – each one has distinctive taste and unique properties.
Darker honey tends to have higher antioxidant levels.
Monofloral honey (honey from a single plant species) usually has the lowest glycemic index (GI). For example, locust honey from the Black Locust tree has a GI of 32. Clover honey, which is used commercially, has the highest glycemic index at 69.

Honey Suggestions:

If you want to get the goodness from your honey, make sure it is pure and raw.
Raw honey contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes not present in refined honey.

Honey Cautions:

Best not to feed to infants. Spores of Clostridium botulinum have been found in a small percentage of honey in North America. This is not dangerous to adults and older children, but infants can have a serious reaction of illness in the first year. Do not add honey to baby food or use as a soother to quiet a fussy or colicky baby. Most Canadian honey is not contaminated with the bacteria causing infant botulism, but it’s still best not to take the chance.
Honey is a sugar, so do not eat jars full of it if you value your good health and want to maintain a healthy weight. It has a high caloric value and will put you on a sugar high and low.
To cook with honey or not: There is some controversy about cooking with honey, although I cannot substantiate it from all of my research about honey.

“…when honey is heated above 108 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes transformed into a glue-like substance that is extremely difficult to digest. This substance is considered a toxin (ama), since it adheres to the tissues of the body and is very difficult to remove.” (quote from the Ayurveda Wellness Center)

That said, I am not convinced that we should not cook with honey, although I am not using it in most of my cooked recipes until I get to the bottom of this

How To Get Rid Of Brown Spots On Skin

When skin is exposed to the sun, it causes an increase in the production of cells known as melanocytes that increase melanin in the skin, thus turning the skin darker. These dark skin patches are known as brown spots, age spots, dark spots, sun spots and liver spots.

Brown spots generally appear on exposed skin areas like the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders and hands. Some of the main causes of brown spots are sun exposure, aging, and genetics. Factors like stress, pregnancy, vitamin deficiencies, and weak liver functioning may also contribute to this problem.

The spots are usually harmless, but many consider them unattractive. To lighten brown spots, you can try a few easy and natural home treatments.

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has bleaching properties that can help get rid of brown spots. Plus, it helps maintain soft, clear and beautiful skin.

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  • Simply apply fresh lemon juice directly on the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. Repeat this remedy twice daily for about two months to notice positive results. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with water, rose water or honey.
  • Another option is to mix enough sugar in lemon juice to make a paste and use it as a scrub on your face, especially on your brown spots. Finally, rinse it off after 5 to 10 minutes. Do this a few times a week. You can also add some oilve oil in this recipe.

2. Buttermilk

Buttermilk contains lactic acid that helps exfoliate the skin to remove blemishes and brown spots without drying out your skin.

  • Apply buttermilk on your brown spots using a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing the area with water. If you have oily skin or acne, you can also add some lemon juice to the buttermilk.
  • Another option is to mix four teaspoons of buttermilk and two teaspoons of tomato juice together and then apply this mixture on the affected skin.

Repeat either of these remedies once or twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.

3. Castor Oil

Castor oil has strong healing properties and can be used effectively to get rid of brown spots or age spots. Along with castor oil, you can use vitamin E oil, coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil to remove brown spots.

  1. Use a cotton ball to apply castor oil on the affected area.
  2. Gently massage the area for a few minutes.
  3. Leave it on for a few hours and then wash it off.
  4. Do this once in the morning and once at night to help the brown spots fade and make your skin tone even.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for a number of skin problems including brown spots. It will help dry out and fade the spots faster.

  • Dilute some apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water. You can also add some honey. Apply this solution on your brown spots and wash it off after a few minutes. Do this once daily for a few days or until you get positive results. You can use straight apple cider vinegar too, but it may sting.
  • Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a few tablespoons of orange juice. Apply it on the affected area and leave it on until it dries completely before washing it off. Repeat once or twice daily for four to five weeks.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has healing properties and aids skin regeneration. So, it is excellent for getting rid of brown spots, especially when caused by sun exposure.

  • Gently rub fresh aloe vera gel on the spots. Leave it on for about 30 minutes before washing the area with cold water. Repeat twice daily and within a month you should notice improvement.
  • If fresh aloe vera gel is not available, you can opt for aloe vera juice that you can readily buy from the market.

6. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is an anti-aging agent and an antiseptic that can helps reduce hyperpigmentation and get rid of brown spots.

  • You can make homemade pack with two tablespoons of sandalwood powder, two teaspoons of rose water, and one teaspoon each of glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this pack on the spots and allow it to dry naturally. Use cold water to wash it off. Repeat a few times a week until your brown spots disappear.
  • Another option is to add one tablespoon of orange juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice and the contents of two vitamin E capsules in two tablespoons of sandalwood powder. Mix it well and then apply it on your face. Leave it on for about half an hour before washing it off. Do this a few times a week until you see improvement.
  • Also, massage the affected area with a few drops of sandalwood oil mixed in one tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil, daily before going to bed and leave it on overnight.

Tips On Glowing And Smooth Skin

Tips for glowing skin and soft smooth skin on face are given. Try the natural home remedies for getting a face with a soft smooth and glowing skin. Home tips for glowing skin are given to make your skin clear and smooth. When it is possible to make skin lotions at home for getting a glowing skin, why spend money on costly products? Home remedies to get beautiful glowing skin provide natural oil and moisture to the skin.

Home remedies to get Glowing & Smooth Skin

You can transform your dry skin into a super smooth, soft, supple and glowing skin by using the following home remedies.
1.Mash a banana with milk and apply on face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it with cold water to get a skin that will glow.
2.Apply honey on your face and neck for 20 minutes. Wash it with cold water. Your skin will glow and become soft and smooth.
3.Mix some honey with tomato juice to get a thick paste. Apply this mixture on your face and wash after 15 minutes to get a beautiful smooth skin.
4.Mix egg white with honey and apply on the face for 20 minutes. Wash it with cold water.
5.Make a paste of one teaspoon of walnut powder, honey and lemon juice. Scrub your face with this paste and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it with cold water. To get a soft skin, rub a piece of papaya on your face and neck for 15 minutes.
6.Make a paste by mixing 2 tablespoon turmeric (haldi) powder in orange juice. Scrub it on your face and neck and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it with cold water.
7.A paste of the fresh fenugreek leaves, applied on the face prevents pimples, blackheads, dryness of the face and early appearance of wrinkles.
8.To get a smooth skin, make a paste by mixing mashed banana, honey, lemon juice and margarine. Apply on face for overnight. Smear on hands and feet, and wash off in the morning (wear gloves in hands and socks in feet).
9.Boil cabbage in water. Wash your face with this water.
10.Powder mango peels and mix 1 teaspoon milk powder and rub on face, neck, and hands. Wash it off after 15 minutes.
11.Mix one cup of sugar with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon / lime juice. While taking bath, lather your body and face heavily with a soft soap like Dove. Scrub the whole body and face with the sugar mixture on the lather.
12.After a shower apply Vaseline over your entire body. Shower again after one hour. Repeat twice a month.
13.Mix corn (polenta) flour with egg white and apply on your face. When your face is dried completely in about 1/2 an hour, put your fingers in warm water and massage your face. Repeat daily for 10-15 days.
14.Soft and smooth hands for life
Mix 3 teaspoons of baby oil and 2 teaspoons of sugar together. Rub your hands, feet or any part and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.


In some cultures, the condition of one’s skin is the ultimate sign of one’s beauty. Learn how to keep your skin soft, smooth, and vibrant at home without expensive luxury products.

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Purchase an ample sized bottle of lotion. It does not have to be expensive lotion from the mall- lotion from the Dollar Store will work just as well. Look for lotions with cocoa butter, vitamin E, and aloe. All of these are good for hydrating your skin.

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Several times a week in the shower, exfoliate your skin using a loofah and some soap or body wash. Within 5 minutes of getting out of the shower, apply lotion all over your body. Make sure to stay in the hot and steam filled bathroom – this will keep your skin supple and in optimal condition for being moisturized.

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When exfoliating, rub your loofah in circular motions on areas such as your legs or arms. On tougher areas, such as your elbows and knees, exfoliate with a back-and-forth motion.

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Drink 4 to 8 glasses of water per day. Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals (such as fresh fruits or vegetables). Take a multivitamin or a vitamin E supplement.

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It is difficult to receive completely smooth skin with body hair. If desired, shave your arms and legs (and other areas, if necessary). This will make your skin smooth and soft. However, shaving is not for everyone, and it is hard to stop once you get started.

Dry Skin Care Tips and Advice

Dry skin is a common condition that occurs when there is not enough oil or moisture produced by the oil glands. It is characterized by red, rough and sometimes itchy and cracked dry skin. It’s not only a great cause of discomfort but can be embarrassing as well, especially if it appears on the most exposed parts of the body like the face, neck, hands, arms and legs.

It can also show up on your thighs, abdomen, soles and scalp. You can have dry skin at any time but it can get worse during the winters (see below). Without proper dry skin care, it can develop into serious skin conditions.

What Causes Dry Skin?

In most cases, dry skin is genetic. Healthy skin should have a balanced amount of moisture coming from the sweat glands and oil from the sebaceous glands forming over the surface of the skin to prevent moisture loss.

But not everyone has skin that exhibits these perfect qualities. If the oil glands produce a surplus of sebum, the skin becomes oily.

On the other hand, when the skin loses its ability to lock in oil and water which are essential elements that maintain skin’s softness, it results to dry skin.

There are several factors that contribute to this and other reasons for skin dryness.

  1. Environment – whenever there is low humidity, either caused by cold winter weather or artificial heat inside the home or office, moisture from the topmost layer of the skin evaporates, leaving the skin parched. Sunburn caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet radiation, can also leave the skin dry and seriously damaged.
  2. Genetics – same as the tendency of having acne, the possibility of having dry skin lies in the genes of your parents. Unlike others, your sweat glands are incapable of creating enough moisture or your skin doesn’t have the capacity to hold on to water normally.
  3. Aging – when people become older, the skin also matures and the natural oil is lessened. In effect, the skin loses its ability to contain moisture.
  4. Bathing habits – long baths in hot water can strip off the skin’s natural oil and moisture. Using harsh soaps or chemicals found in some skin care products is another reason. Too much scrubbing is also bad for the skin, leaving it dry and irritated.
  5. Unhealthy diets – deficiency of vitamins (such as Vitamin A, D and Potassium) needed in maintaining healthy skin may cause dryness. Excessive drinking of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages may also lead to this.
  6. Other health or skin problems – dry skin can sometimes be the result of certain illnesses such as asthma, thyroid disorder or diabetes. Then again, it can also be the sign of a more serious skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis, athlete’s foot and allergies.

How Should I Care For Dry Skin?

Most of the time, dry skin is caused by outside factors which is why it can be easily taken care of using external skin treatment. Revamping your everyday regimen will help improve and give you smooth and supple skin all over.

There are also a long list of dry skin treatment and home remedies that will help relieve itch and flakiness. To bring you out of your misery and prevent it from bothering you again, here are some simple but helpful skin care tips:

  • Shorten your bath time. Five or ten minutes a day will do while adjusting the water temperature to lukewarm or tepid. The same temperature applies for hand washing. Skip the hot tub and bubble baths. Instead, use gentle, soap-free and creamy cleansers with moisturizers in it, both for the face and body. Avoid the ones that are heavily scented because artificial fragrance can also irritate and dry out your skin.
  • Apply moisturizer often. After taking a bath or shower, pat your skin gently using a towel and leave it damp. Generally, the moisture dries off in 3 to 5 minutes after. So, while your skin is still moist and your pores are open, slather a generous amount of skin moisturizer or lotion to your face and whole body.Note: The best moisturizer for dry skin should have an oily or creamy consistency like shea butter. Olive oil is also one of the most effective natural dry skin remedies because of its moisturizing, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties that closely resemble the oil produced in the skin. Use it as a natural moisturizer, bath oil or face mask. You can also combine it with other essential oils like lavender, evening primrose oil or Vitamin E for an extended shelf life and added benefits.
  • Use a humidifier in your room. Especially during winter, the air becomes dry and gets even worse with heaters or the heat from the fireplace. At least 30% relative humidity is needed by the skin to stay moisturized. Keep your doors shut to prevent the humidity from escaping.
  • Soothe, not scratch! Dry skin can be so itchy and irritating. Do not give in to the urge of scratching because you can end up with cuts that can easily get infected and prolong the healing process. To relieve itchy skin, apply a cold compress or Hydrocortisone cream over the dry patches. Aloe Vera gel is also an effective dry skin treatment that relieves itching, dryness and inflammation.
  • Watch your diet and water intake. If you are suffering from a vitamin deficiency, better consult your nutritionist for a complete meal plan that will restore your body of the nutrients needed to maintain healthy skin. Skin foods are rich in Vitamin A or Beta Carotene (carrots, spinach, citrus fruits), Potassium (banana, tomatoes, potatoes, squash), Vitamin E (corn, asparagus, sunflower oil, oats) and essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 (in walnuts, flaxseed, salmon). Also, drinking lots of water will keep your skin hydrated from the inside.

If despite trying the above, your skin remains parched or itchy without any signs of a rash or you have developed open wounds and sores because of scratching, go to your doctor immediately for a proper diagnosis. There could be another reason for your condition and this should be addressed as soon as possible with the appropriate skin treatment.

Home Remedies for Puffy Eyes: Natural Ways to Reduce Swollen Bags Under Your Eyes

Many people suffer from under eye puffiness, bags or dark circles under their eyes. There are many treatments to help you with this problem and like all things that concern your beauty there is a range from natural remedies all the way up to doctor specified treatments.

What causes your puffy eyes?

There are several causes for under eye bags, puffiness, or dark circles. Some of these are: heredity, water retention, toxin build up, a change in weather, hormones, allergic reactions, as well as health issues or complications from medications.

Having allergies may cause you to wake with puffy eyes from time to time. Sleeping with your head elevated slightly can sometimes help alleviate this by helping the sinus cavities to drain. Preventing the allergic reaction by avoiding your known allergens will help you to avoid an occurrence of puffy eyes. You may also want to take an over the counter medicine like Benadryl to help avoid the allergens that cause your reaction.

How can you prevent puffy eyes?
One of the steps you can do to prevent your under eye puffiness, bags, and dark circles is to have a healthy well balanced diet and stay well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help your body flush itself of any toxins as well as reduce the chance of water retention. Limiting your caffeine intake can also help reduce water retention. Sodium is also a big culprit in helping the body retain excess water and to reduce the bags under your eyes you may want to drastically reduce the salt in your diet.

Allergies (seasonal, pet, dust, etc) can cause puffy eyes.

Cold cumcumbers are an easy remedy for puffy eyes..

What causes your puffy eyes?

There are several causes for under eye bags, puffiness, or dark circles. Some of these are: heredity, water retention, toxin build up, a change in weather, hormones, allergic reactions, as well as health issues or complications from medications.

Having allergies may cause you to wake with puffy eyes from time to time. Sleeping with your head elevated slightly can sometimes help alleviate this by helping the sinus cavities to drain. Preventing the allergic reaction by avoiding your known allergens will help you to avoid an occurrence of puffy eyes. You may also want to take an over the counter medicine like Benadryl to help avoid the allergens that cause your reaction.

How can you prevent puffy eyes?
One of the steps you can do to prevent your under eye puffiness, bags, and dark circles is to have a healthy well balanced diet and stay well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help your body flush itself of any toxins as well as reduce the chance of water retention. Limiting your caffeine intake can also help reduce water retention. Sodium is also a big culprit in helping the body retain excess water and to reduce the bags under your eyes you may want to drastically reduce the salt in your diet.

Warning: Considerations Before using Makeup on Acne-Prone Skin

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But for those of us who haven’t found the best acne treatment, makeup may seem like the only cure. Unfortunately, makeup can cause acne and may make blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and inflammation worse. Like other non-cleansing products applied to the skin, makeup can clog skin pores.

As you frantically search to find the best acne treatment product, you may come down with a bad case of the catch-22. You’re so embarrassed of your acne that you refuse to go anywhere without wearing makeup, but you’re also worried that wearing makeup today may make you break out even more tomorrow. So can makeup really make your acne worse? And, if so, what is the best acne treatment approach to covering up your acne?

DOES MAKEUP WORSEN ACNE?

Many makeup artists will tell you that makeup should be used to enhance your best traits, not hide your perceived flaws. That’s easy to say when you have a clear, radiant facial canvas. But for those of us who haven’t found the best acne treatment, makeup may seem like the only cure.

Unfortunately, makeup can cause acne and may make blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and inflammation worse. Like other non-cleansing products applied to the skin, makeup can clog skin pores. Oil prone areas such as the forehead, nose or chin are particularly susceptible, especially when excess concealers or powders are used to cover them.

CAN I STILL WEAR MAKEUP IF I HAVE ACNE?

The simple answer? It depends on the effect that makeup has on your skin and acne. If the effects of makeup are not extensive and you’re unwilling to give up on facial products, at least be picky about what you purchase. The best acne treatment approach is to select makeup labeled “noncomedogenic.” Noncomedogenic products are less likely to clog the pores, which can reduce oil and bacteria buildup that leads to acne, inflammation, and scars.

You should also be on the lookout for ingredients that may make your acne worse. Products that contain fragrances may irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction. It is best to search for makeup marked “hypoallergenic” and “fragrance free.” If you’re uncertain about the effects that individual ingredients may have on your skin type, you can also consult your dermatologist for additional suggestions about using makeup that won’t interfere with your acne treatment.

WHAT ARE THE BEST ACNE TREATMENT PRODUCTS?

The best way to cover up pimples is to find the best acne treatment and prevention products for your skin. If you notice a clear connection between makeup and skin acne, you may have to avoid makeup products and opt for individual acne treatments or acne treatment kits instead. The best acne treatment solutions clear your skin by using benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria living deep inside the pores and salicylic acid to unclog and exfoliate the follicle walls. Because some acne treatment products dry out the skin as they clear pimples and prevent scars, these acne treatment kits will often include a gentle moisturizer to soothe and hydrate skin cells. Such acne treatment solutions may contain aloe and chamomile extracts. Look for these ingredients as you search for the best acne treatment therapy, but also pay attention to the products that work best for your skin.

Cosmetic induced acne The answer is yes. 45% of women in a recent Brazilian study had dermatoses (skin disease) associated with the cosmetics they were using. 14% had active acne lesions due to cosmetics.1 Cosmetic induced acne is so widespread that it has its own name, acne cosmetica. People typically experience cosmetic induced acne on the chin and cheeks more than than on the forehead.3 It presents as small, whitish bumps, sometimes referred to as “grains”, which are more noticeable when the skin is stretched. It can also show up as red, garden variety pimples. Cosmetic induced acne tends to be stubborn, sometimes lasting for years as the person using makeup enters into a vicious cycle of covering the breakouts, which lead to further breakouts. Cosmetic induced acne can take months to form which can lead to confusion as a breakout seems to come out of nowhere, when in fact, cosmetics slowly caused the acne to form over time.4Applying makeup too roughly can lead to irritation which can also aggravate acne.

 

So what do I do about it?

Go bare when you can. When applying makeup, use it as sparingly as you can. Choose sheer, water-based, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) products. And finally, apply these products using a featherlight touch and only for a few seconds to minimize irritation.

There is no concensus on any “safe” makeup products. Almay® brand may be a safer choice since the company has a track record of dedication to fragrance-free, non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) formulas. Regardless of brand, try to choose sheer or light coverage varieties which specifically claim to be non-comedogenic and are fragrance-free. Large, drugstore brands which are made for a younger, more acne-prone audience tend to be a safer choice than department store varieties, and less expensive to boot. “Acne fighting” makeup, while not necessarily a poor choice, is largely a marketing idea and does not provide for real acne fighting. “Acne fighting” makeups tend to have .5% salicylic acid as an active ingredient. Even 2% salicylic acid (the legal limit over-the-counter) does little for acne. Mineral makeup is fine as long as it does not cause itchiness, which is a sign of irritation and can lead to scratching (further irritation).

Recommended steps Avoid
Primer: Gently tap on a primer with your bare hands and a featherlight touch. “Massaging“ the primer in. This can cause unnecessary irritation.

Fragrance.

Foundation: Apply a sheer or light coverage foundation with your bare hands using a featherlight touch. If applying a powder or mineral foundation gently brush it on your skin for only a few seconds. Full or heavy coverage foundations, “all day” or long wearing foundations, thick cream type foundations.

Sponges or other applicators. These can be irritating.

Fragrance.

Pressed Powder: Apply pressed powder as gently and quickly as possible using a clean dry powder puff. Applying for longer than a few seconds.

Fragrance.

Concealer: If you still need to conceal some spots, apply a concealer with your bare hands using a featherlight touch. Heavy, greasy concealers.
Blush: Gently brush on powder blush for only a few seconds using a featherlight touch. Applying for longer than a few seconds.

Liquid blush – these can be greasy.

Fragrance.

Bronzer: Gently brush on bronzer quickly and gently. Many people implicate bizmuth oxychloride as an itch promoter and skin irritant. It may be best to avoid this ingredient.

Any bronzer which causes your skin to itch. Scratching at the skin is very irritating.

Tinted Moisturizer: Apply tinted moisturizer with your bare hands using a featherlight touch.

Note: You may add 5-6 drops of jojoba oil into the tinted moisturizer before applying.

Applying multiple moisturizers on top of one another. If you are using a tinted moisturizer, use only it as your only moisturizer.

Fragrance.

 

removing makeup

Recommended steps Avoid
Eye makeup: Dispense mineral oil (baby oil) or jojoba oil on a cotton pad or cotton ball. Use pad or ball to remove makeup. To avoid irritation, do not scrub other areas of the face with the cotton ball or pad.
Foundation, powder, concealer, and blush: Wash off using facial cleanser very gently for 10 seconds or less using your bare hands, just as you would if you were on The Regimen without makeup. See Step 1 above.

Note: If your makeup does not come off easily by washing this way, switch brands to a lighter, more sheer variety. If on occasion you need something stronger, try using moisturizer and your bare hands to gently remove makeup.

Towelettes, wipes, washcloths, scrubbers, and anything other than bare hands.

The table below lists ingredients which score a 3 or above on the 0-5 comedogenicity scale. If any of these are within the first seven ingredients on the ingredient list of a makeup product you are choosing, you may want to reconsider. If, however, any of these ingredients are far down on the list, this means the manufacturer may have included it in a very small amount and the product may still be safe to use.

  • 5Isopropyl isostearate
  • 5Isopropyl myristate
  • 5Myristyl myristate
  • 5Laureth-4
  • 5Oleth-3
  • 4Coconut butter
  • 4Acetylated lanolin
  • 4Acetylated lanolin alcohol
  • 4Lauric acid
  • 4Isopropyl palmitate
  • 4Isostearyl isostearate
  • 4Myristyl lactate
  • 4Stearyl heptanoate
  • 4Cetearyl alcohol + ceteareth 20
  • 4Cocoa butter
  • 3Mink oil
  • 3Soybean oil
  • 3Shark liver oil
  • 3D&C red #30
  • 3Stearic acid: TEA
  • 3Myristic acid
  • 3Buytl stearate
  • 3Decyl oleate
  • 3Isostearyl neopentanoate
  • 3Glyceryl stearate SE
  • 3Wheat germ glyceride
  • 3Laureth-23

How To Hide or Minimize Large Pores

Large facial pores can really pull the spotlight away from your natural beauty. Compounding the problem, these pores are often located right in the middle of the face around the nose, cheeks and chin areas. While pores start out as barely visible, they enlarge over time due to age, skin damage, genetics and excess oil production. There may be nothing you can do to change the size of your pores, but there is plenty you can do to disguise their appearances.

Step 1

Wash your face twice per day with a facial exfoliant that contains salicylic acid. This acid helps dissolve oil and dirt stuck in the pores, thus allowing them to shrink back to their normal size. Massage the exfoliant into the skin using your fingers for at least 30 to 60 seconds before rinsing clean with water.

Step 2

Apply a small amount of oil-free moisturizer onto your face using your fingers, making sure to rub it in thoroughly. Focus on the areas of skin that contain large pores. Don’t apply too much moisturizer.

Step 3

Apply a pea-sized amount of a silicone-based primer to your skin by gently rubbing it evenly over your face. Concentrate on areas with enlarged pores. The primer will fill them in and smooth out your skin’s appearance.

Step 4

Use a makeup brush to pick up some powder-based foundation that matches your skin tone, then pat it onto your face. Gently patting the foundation on prevents the primer from rubbing off, which can occur with liquid foundations.

Step 5

Blot your face with oil-absorbing sheets throughout the day to remove excess oil. If desired, you may instead apply a liquid oil-absorbing product under your makeup; this product is designed to absorb oil all day. Blotting papers and liquid oil absorbers are available at drugstores and makeup counters.

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Blackheads are just pimples that don’t have skin over them. That’s all they are. Because there’s no skin, and they’re exposed to the air, the top layer of gunk in your pores oxidizes and turns that darkish black color.
All you have to do is clean out your pores, and the blackheads are gone. There’s no need to squish and squeeze.
If you’re prone to blackheads, I have some good and bad news for you. The bad news is, large pores and oily skin are going to be a fact of life for you. The likelihood that you’ll be able to totally reverse either of those things is nil.
The good news is, people with oily skin and large pores don’t wrinkle as quickly (because our skin is VERY good at replenishing the oils). So when you’re 60, this will be a blessing.

1. Make Exfoliation and Microdermabrasion a Part of Your Weekly Ritual

There are so many things you can use to exfoliate and remove blackheads with. All of them are in your cabinets right now.
Especially for oily skin and getting rid of blackheads. Nutmeg helps get rid of the oil, offers the scrubby power, and leaves behind really smooth skin. The lactic acid in milk helps break down old skin cells so they disappear when you rinse your face. If you really want to take it up a notch, use buttermilk instead of regular milk (it contains even more lactic acid).
You could also use: Baking soda and water, lemon juice and sugar, or salt and sour cream.
How you do it: Simply combine your “scrubby” ingredient with your liquid/wet ingredient until you have a thin paste. Starting with a clean face, rinse it once with water, and then begin to apply your exfoliator in light, circular motions.
Concentrate on the blackheads, but remember to use a very light touch. Too rough, and you could damage your skin.
Do this for 3-5 minutes. Rinse well. Enjoy your clean face.

2. Do a Honey Pat-Down

This is only slightly different than the honey face wash, in that you don’t want to wet your face before you start – in any way, shape, or form. (Although you do want to have a clean face before beginning.)
Your honey should be very, very sticky if you want this to be as effective as possible.
Simply pour a small amount of honey on your fingers and start rapidly patting the areas on your face where you want to remove blackheads. The honey will stick to the stuff in your pores, and pull it out as you remove your fingers. It will also offer gentle antibacterial and antioxidant support, so any small remnants that may be left in your pores won’t oxidize (and turn black) quite as quickly.
Continue doing this for 3 or so minutes, and then just rinse your face with water.

3. Use Egg Whites to Pull Out the Gunk

Frankly, this is one of my least favorite ways to get rid of blackheads (I don’t particularly like the way eggs on my face smell, and it hasn’t been as effective as the other ways for me).
However, hundreds of other people swear by this method, thus I include it for your consideration. It’s a prime example of how one crunchy remedy may work for one person, and not at all for another. You never, ever, ever know until you try.
How to pull out the blackheads with an egg white mask: Starting with a clean face, spread egg whites all over using your fingers or a paintbrush. Start first with one thin layer and let it dry briefly. Then spread a second layer over the top and let the whole thing dry completely.
You may want to focus on the blackhead areas a third time, even.
Allow this mask to dry for 15 minutes. Your face will feel tight and pull a bit. This is good. Then, with a warm, wet washcloth, scrub the egg whites off your face very gently.
If nothing else, your face WILL be super smooth and soft. (And probably a little more porcelain (edit: or uniform regardless of skin tone) in color for a while, too, which is a fun bonus.)

4. Use a Cosmetic Clay Mask to Soak Up the Oils

If egg whites were my least favorite, clays are my absolute #1 favorite way to get rid of blackheads.
You do not have to have a special $50 jar of facial mask clay for this. You do not have to put essential oil into your mask (if you don’t want to, but you can).
All you need is cosmetic clay and water (or apple cider vinegar, which is how I like to do it).
Where do you get cosmetic clay? Mountain Rose Herbs carries a variety of it at very reasonable prices (bentonite, french green, rhassoul, and fuller’s earth). But if you have a local herb shop, the chances are, they’ll have some there, too.
How to make a blackhead-busting mask with clay: Again, you can add goodies like rosewater or a drop or two of essential oils to your clay, but this is not necessary for removing blackheads.
So the basics are: Combine 1 Tbsp clay with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (or pure water) and stir until you have a paste without lumps in it. Spread over your whole clean face, or just the areas where you have blackheads. Allow this to dry for 15-20 minutes.
Take a warm, wet washcloth and press it to the mask for a few seconds, and then slowly and gently wipe off.

5. If All Else Fails, Take a Clean Toothbrush to the Area

Do not use this method unless all else fails.
This is absolutely the most extreme measure you should go to in clearing your blackheads (with squishing and squeezing being THE most extreme measure there is).
Use a dedicated toothbrush only for blackhead cleaning. Do NOT use your mouth toothbrush (ew) ever. In between scrubbing blackheads, dunk your toothbrush in a glass of hydrogen peroxide to keep it clean.
How to do this: Using a soft bristled brush (NOTHING FIRMER), pour a small amount of lemon juice on the toothbrush, along with a drop or two of oily-skin friendly oil like jojoba, tamanu, or neem.
VERY gently scrub your blackhead areas with the head of your toothbrush. You can rinse with water and reapply with lemon and oil if you feel like you need to. Just do this gently. In circular motions. And don’t go crazy.
Also, don’t do this more than once a week. Don’t do it around your eyes. And do NOT do this on any open sores, scratches, or cuts. Ever. Promise?
If you avoid anywhere delicate, it should be just fine. I just wanted to be overly dramatic, so you understand that you shouldn’t brush your whole face with lemon juice and a toothbrush.

An Ounce of Prevention…

… pound of cure and all that.
Here are a few ways you can prevent blackheads before they happen. Maybe not always and forever, but most of the time.
(I have noticed approximately 3 blackheads on my nose in the last three months, down from seeing them almost every day two years ago, if that makes you feel better.)
Ways to prevent blackheads:
  • Don’t wash your face with harsh cleansers. This makes your skin overreact and produce more oil, which means your blackheads will be back much faster.
  • DO wash your face twice a day with natural sources. (Say, the no-nonsense daily scrub in the morning and the honey wash with baking soda in the evening.)
  • Wear makeup as little as possible.
  • Wash your pillowcase on a weekly basis (to clean off any dead skin cells and oils your face leaves behind on it).
  • Use an astringent like witch hazel or apple cider vinegar after you wash your face and before you moisturize (this will help get rid of any residual gunkiness and tighten the pores a bit).
  • Once every two weeks, use a facial steam to help open your pores and let them unclog.
  • Consider using the oil cleansing method to wash your face (pop over and read this thread in the Crunchy Community to see why).
  • Make a homemade peel-off mask with gelatin and tomato juice.
  • Blot your face with tissue paper throughout the day to soak up oil before it can accumulate.