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Kriti Sharma

How To Determine Whether You Have Dry, Oily, Combination Or Normal Skin type

Everyone desires to do proper care of his/her skin but skin care starts with carefully figuring out your actual skin type. After knowing your actual skin type; you can properly fulfil the demands of your skin, you can choose skin care products accordingly and also you can follow a suitable skin care routine to have glowing and radiant skin.

Skin type keeps changing with effect to a particular season, age, temperature and health. So after figuring out your skin type once, do not stick yourself to a specific beauty regimen all your life. You need to keep changing your beauty regime according to your skin type with regard to a particular season, age, temperature and health.

Personally speaking, I have oily skin in summers and in monsoons but my skin tends to appear normal in winters and in the spring season. Though figuring out your skin type is a bit confusing process but I tried to simplify this process for you with following procedures:-

  1. Bare-faced sleeping method

    Cleanse your face with a mild face wash at night. Now gently pat dry your skin and do not apply any moisturizer or a night care product on your face. Go to bed neither with artificial air conditioner nor with an artificial heating device on in your room. Examine your skin in the next morning in front of the mirror. If you are having oil all over your face, then you definitely have oily skin type. If your whole face is dry, then your skin type is dry. And if your T-zone ( the facial area comprising forehead, nose, around nose and chin) looks a little bit oily and your cheeks seem to be dry then you probably have normal/combination skin.

  2. Bare-faced blotting method

    Cleanse your face with a mild face wash and gently pat it dry. Do not apply any skin care product on your face. After 1 hour, have a close examination of your face using blotting sheets. If blotting sheet appears to have a lot more oil, then your skin is oily. If blotting sheet is dry, then you definitely have dry skin. If Blotting sheet contains oil only from T-zone and cheeks appear to be dry then you must have normal/combination skin.

Tip for washing your face: While washing your face, you need to do gentle massage with face wash for a minimum of 20 seconds and a maximum of 30 seconds. So that dirt particles, external pollutants and makeup particles come out of pores easily.

Symptoms for different skin types:

Oily Skin:-

  • Pores are visibly enlarged especially on the tip of nose and on cheek area around the nose.
  • Tends to breakout easily.
  • Either dull or shiny complexion.
  • Skin is usually acne-prone, have blemishes and blackheads.

Dry Skin:-

  • The skin has visible fine lines.
  • Pores are usually small.
  • Dry and flaky skin.
  • More sensitive to harsh products.
  • Sometimes skin tends to appear red easily even after washing the face.
  • Skin feels tight and stretchy after washing.

Normal Skin:-

  • Has almost no or little imperfections.
  • Radiant and glowing complexion.
  • Pores are barely visible.
  • Almost no sensitivity to skincare products.

Combination skin:-

  • The skin appears shiny or dull only on T-zone.
  • Pores are visible only on cheek area around the nose.
  • Tends to breakout easily on T-zone.

16 Amazing Add-on Ingredients For Your Face Mask (Part-2)

In the previous blog post, I discussed the different types of base material you can use for a face mask. If you missed the previous post, you can read it hereToday I am going to share all the ingredients you can add to your face mask to increase its efficacy. You can add as many ingredients into your face mask according to your need.

One thing you need to keep in mind that you should use these ingredients at least a month to see their effectiveness. The consistency of your face mask should not be much thick or much flowy.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have miraculous properties to beautify our skin. Every essential oil is meant for a different purpose and for a different type of skin. You need to have full knowledge about these essential oils before applying them on your face.

Rose water

Rose water is the natural and best toner for our skin. It controls excess sebum secretion, cleanses dirt from clogged pores, gives clear complexion, slows down the aging of skin and also maintains ph balance of the skin.

Honey

Honey is full of antioxidants, that is why it helps in keeping our skin healthy, moisturized and young. It also helps in giving even skin tone, does mild exfoliation of the face and treats acne.

Green tea

Green tea is packed with antibacterial and antioxidants that is why it helps in fighting acne, excess oil secretion and keeping our skin young. It also helps in soothing puffy eyes, treating under-eye dark circles and toning our skin.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a great moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin and it is full of antioxidants. It is also beneficial in giving relief from sunburns and giving clear complexion.

Raw milk

Raw milk acts as a great moisturizer for all skin types. It also lightens skin tone, cleanses face, removes tan, treats acne and adds radiance to our skin.

Cucumber

Cucumber is beneficial in fading undereye circles, toning, soothing puffy eyes, rejuvenating skin, controlling excess oil secretion and treating blemishes.

Tomato

Tomatoes are helpful in shrinking large pores, giving you blemish free skin, restoring natural glow of skin, healing acne, preventing aging signs and removing dead skin cells.

Potato

Potato treats dark circles, wrinkles, facial blemishes, sunburns very effectively. It is also helpful in lightening skin tone and soothes puffy eyes.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a miracle product for our face and body. Turmeric is very good in controlling excess oil secretion, treating blemishes and wrinkles, fighting age signs and removing stretch marks.

Lemon juice

Lemon acts as a bleaching agent, lightens skin tone, removes blemishes and dark spots, treats acne and removes blackheads.

Coconut water

You can use coconut water for moisturizing your skin, boosting collagen, reducing pigmentation, cleansing & toning of the face and also for removing sun tan.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A is helpful in preventing age signs and vitamin C is good in treating UV damage. This is the reason we use coconut milk for treating age signs and sunburns.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a good moisturizer for dry, flaky and sensitive skin. You can use coconut oil to fade under eye circles, treat blemishes, control age signs, prevent dark spots and remove scars from your face.

Almond oil

Almond oil is a rich source of vitamin E. Almond oil is helpful in giving you glowing skin, reducing dark circles, slows down aging process, treats Psoriasis and Eczema, faces away undereye circles and wrinkles, and a great moisturizer for all skin types.

Olive oil

Olive oil is also rich in vitamin E. Olive oil is beneficial in rejuvenating skin cells, moisturizing dry and sensitive skin, reducing under-eye dark circles, prevents premature aging, reduces stretch marks, treats pigmentation and blemishes. If you have oily skin, you can lessen the amount of olive oil on your face. Using oil on the face does not mean that your sebaceous glands will secrete more oil. Though it will slow down the natural process of oil secretion for sometime.

An Ultimate Guide To Make Face Masks at home (Part-1)

Face masks are helpful in giving you glowing, healthy and youthful skin. You already have heard and read about it a lot. But if you don’t know the technique of making face masks at home and you don’t want to buy expensive face masks then you are at right place.

Face masks can be made easily from kitchen ingredients. There is no rocket science in making these but you need to keep few things in mind regarding your skin texture, season, age and the basic properties of each ingredient used in making face masks. You can also read next part here. So, without wasting any minute let’s get started:-

The base material of each mask

Base helps in binding face masks. It can be either in powder form or in pulp form. You can mix and match any base to add extra advantages into your face mask. Popular bases used in face masks are:

  • Gram flour or Chickpea flour

    It is commonly known as besan in the Hindi language. Gram flour should be used by people having dry, sensitive, combination or normal skin. It is good to use gram flour in winters and spring season.It helps in removing tan, reducing facial hair, scrubbing away dead cells, skin lightening.

  • Fuller’s earth or Multani mitti

    Multani mitti is formed from clay. That is why it helps in removing excess oil from face. It is suitable for people having oily, combination or normal skin. During summers and rainy season, our sebaceous glands tend to secrete excess oil. This is the reason, it is preferred to use multani mitti in these seasons. It  is helpful in fighting acne, skin tightening, pore cleansing, removing dirt and sweat, treating sunburns and rashes, even out skin tone. Multani mitti face pack is not advisable to women who have crossed 40 years because after a certain age our skin tends to loose its natural oil. Applying multani mitti on such kind of skin will make your skin more dry and lifeless.

  • Sandalwood Powder

    Sandalwood powder is obtained from sandalwood tree. It has same texture like multani mitti. It is referred to people having oily prone, combination or normal skin. It is good to be used in rainy and summer season. There are various benefits of sandalwood powder like anti-tanning, anti-ageing, skin softening, acne treatment, clear complexion and prickly heat solution. Sandalwood powder is also not advisable to women above 40 years.

  • Corn Flour

    Corn flour is acquired from corns and it is different from corn starch. Corn flour is beneficial for all skin types. It is helpful in skin softening, skin lightening, anti-ageing, pore cleansing. A face mask made using corn flour can be used in any season.

  • Wheat flour

    Whole wheat flour has benefits of making our skin tight, cleanse, moisturize, scrub away dead cells, reducing facial hair. A face mask made using wheat flour is appropriate for all skin types and in all seasons.

  • Pulp

    Fruit pulp also acts as an amazing base for our skin. Each fruit has different kinds of benefits to your skin. You can use different fruit pulps to boost the effectiveness of your face mask. Fruit mask is appropriate for all skin types and in all seasons. Aloe vera gel is also a good option for your face mask base.

Effective Ways To Use Hair Oil To Promote Hair Growth

Hair Oil is the essential need of our hair, whether you believe it or not. Many people try to avoid hair oil just because it is a messy process. Even I believe that it is messy. But I do it every week at least two times, to make my hair strong from roots.

Our current environment is full of pollutants and harmful gases which take its toll on our hair. As a result, our hair becomes weak and more prone to fall due to this malicious environment.

The best way to keep our hair strong and shiny in such kind of environment is hair oiling. It takes me only 15 minutes on the night when I want to wash my hair next morning. In combination with hair oiling you need to focus on your food too. There are a lot of misconceptions about ways of using oil on our hair. That is why I felt the need to discuss all of the effective ways with you. Let’s get started:-

Apply hair oil on scalp for the growth of hair

If you want to promote hair growth, apply hair oil on your scalp. Some people apply hair oil only on their hair forgetting the scalp. They take oil in their palms, rub it in both palms and then apply oil onto their hair. If you are one of them, I just want to tell you that this method only softens your hair and does not promote any hair growth. The best method to apply oil on hair is to pour some oil in a small bowl. Then make small partitions in your hair and apply hair oil in your hair using fingertips. You can also apply hair oil on your scalp by using a bottle with nozzle.

The method of massaging on hair

People tend to do very rigorous massage on their scalp which makes their hair fall from roots. Massaging should be done with soft hands using only fingertips. Massaging increases blood flow in our scalp making our hair strong from roots. If you want to increase the amount of blood circulation in your scalp then keep your head facing downwards while massaging.

Use only adequate amount

Never put an excess amount of oil in your hair just to make them strong in a couple of days. More amount of oil in your hair means more amount of shampoo is required. This strips away natural oil from our hair making them dry, rough and brittle. If you are suffering from excessive hair fall, it will take at least a month to control the problem using hair oil on regular basis.

Steam your hair after applying hair oil

Steaming helps in absorption of hair oil in the scalp. Simple methods to steam your hair is either by using a vaporizer or by wrapping a towel around your head dipped in lukewarm water at least 4-5 times.

Leave the oil in your hair at least overnight

Some people put oil in their hair just half hour before hair wash. Oil should be kept in hair to show its advantageous impact for a minimum of 7-8 hours. Simplest method is to apply oil on your hair and leave it overnight. You can keep oil in your hair for a maximum of 24 hours.

 

Few Secrets To Control Hair Fall This Monsoon

Monsoons are romantic and amazing. Isn’t it? But this season comes with a problem of hair fall for all of us. Hair becomes weak and more prone to frizziness due to induced disturbances that strip away natural oils from the scalp. Hair fall cannot be totally fixed in this season, but it can be reduced to a greater extent.

Today, I am going to share my tried and tested ways to treat hair fall. I got a lot of help from these methods and I want you to benefit from these too.

Apply hair oil on regular basis

As you know that this season strips away the natural oil from our hair. So, you need to retain the natural moisture of your scalp by applying hair oil on regular basis. Make sure to apply hair oil directly on the scalp to avail the maximum benefit. You can apply hair oil on the scalp by using a bottle with the nozzle or by using your fingertips.

Check your hair oil type

The type of hair oil also needs to be checked to gain advantage from it. Natural oils or ayurvedic oils serve the most to get you out of the problem of hair fall. Natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, castor oil are most useful in treating hair fall. Also, there are a lot of options available in the market of ayurvedic oils.

Using same hair care products during a whole year is a big no-no

Haircare products are meant to deal with hair issues. The advantageous effect of these products does not prove to be effective after few months. So, you need to change your hair care products either it is shampoo, conditioner, serum or a hair oil after every few months.

Have multi-vitamin tablets with biotin sufficiency

Hair tends to fall also because of biotin insufficiency. Biotin is also known as vitamin H and is one of a vitamin of the B complex group. Biotin helps in keeping our hair, skin, nails, eyes and liver healthy. Also, have protein rich food to have healthy hair.

Hormone imbalance

Your menstrual cycle may be the culprit behind all of your hair fall problems. Because irregular menstrual cycle creates the hormonal imbalance in our body which in turn makes our hair more prone to fall. You need to do proper medication to make your irregular menstrual cycle regular. Personally, I believe in “Ashokarishta” syrup because it always helps me in making my menstrual cycle regular. You need to have this syrup according to your doctor’s prescription.

Keep your hair away from humidity

Rainwater and sweat make your hair weak due to prolonged exposure to humidity in this season. If your hair gets damp, moist or dripping wet due to rain, wash your hair properly afterwards. Also, make your hair air dry every time sweat accumulate in your hair.

Keep the usage of hair styling products to minimal

Our hair is not that strong in this season to combat the negative effects of hair styling products. So, keep the usage of these products to a minimal amount.

Have junk food free diet

Junk food is good only in taste but it gives you empty calories. Empty calories mean calories with no nutritional value. Food of this kind will never help you in fighting hair fall even if you do all the above-stated procedures in proper accordance.

Handle your hair with extra care

Handling your hair roughly disturbs the follicles and cuticles of your hair. Always use a wide toothed comb for hair detangling. Use a mild shampoo for hair wash.