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9 Fool-proof Home Remedies to Lighten Dark Underarms

9 fool-proof home remedies to lighten dark underarms

Summers are the best part of the year. After all the hard work at the gym in the winters, it’s time to flaunt your body. Skimpy, bright clothes are the best choices for the warm weather.

Unfortunately, unsightly, dark underarms can rain on your parade.

Underarms are very sensitive and are susceptible to a host of problems that include rashes, ingrowns, cysts, hyperhidrosis, and swollen lymph nodes. The most common problem, however, is dark underarms.

If you envy smooth and light underarms, fret not. We have got it all sorted.

Let’s first understand the common causes of darkened underarms and what you can do about it:

  1. Shaving:

When you shave, you cut the hair off at just a little below the surface of your skin. The visible tips from under the skin makes your underarm area appear darker than it is.

What to do?

Stop shaving. Simple. Wax, epilate, or pluck your hair instead of using a razor. Doing so will remove your hair from the roots. No hair lurking close to the top of your skin means lighter appearing underarms.

  1. Dead skin build-up:

If you notice closely, your underarm skin is not stretched out and silky smooth. It has microscopic valleys. These valleys trap dead skin cells and that leads to dark spots in your ‘pit of despair’.

What to do?

Exfoliate your underarms at least twice a week with a product that contains natural elements or lactic acid. Be gentle when exfoliating or you may risk itchy and red underarms. Once you start sloughing off the dead cells regularly, you will begin to notice the difference it makes.

  1. Deodorant usage:

Fragrance and certain harsh chemicals present in anti-perspirants and deodorants that we so frequently use, can react with the skin and cause discolouration.

What to do?

Try using natural methods to deodorize your armpits and to smell good. If you absolutely must use anti perspirants, use fragrant free, gel roll-ons.

  1. Acanthosis Nigricans:

This is a medical condition wherein brown or black marking occur on the neck, arms, underarms or groin. Over insulin production, glandular disorder, or obesity can cause this kind of pigmentation to happen.

What to do?

Consult your doctor. Rule out medical conditions or get treated. No amount of superficial treatments will help if the cause of your darkened underarms is internal. Once you begin your treatment, you can use natural bleaching methods to destroy the melanin Products that contain Retin-A, urea, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxyacids can also help lighten your pits.

Once you have been able to diagnose your problem, and taken measures to limit the cause, you can try simple home remedies to naturally lighten and brighten your underarms.

Here are a few fool proof remedies for Dark Underarms:

  1. Potato for dark underarms:

Potatoes are brilliant for lightening underarms. It is a natural bleach and anti-irritant. Anti-inflammatory properties in potatoes even help reduce swollen lymph nodes and itchy rashes.

Slice, grate, or blend a fresh raw potato and apply it on your underarms. Gently rub and then leave for about 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water and see a difference almost immediately. Continue this treatment thrice a week and you will have lighter, smoother underarms in no time.

  1. Baking soda for dark underarms:

Chuck your regular talcum powder and replace it with baking soda! Yes, baking soda is probably your best bet if you are looking to have naturally odourless, non-itchy, and dry underarms. Once a week, make a paste of baking soda and vinegar (1:1) and apply it to your arms. Exfoliate your skin in circular motions and wash off. Follow it up with a generous sprinkling of baking soda and keep your underarms pigmentation and germ free.

  1. Sandalwood for dark underarms:

Sandalwood has long been synonymous with beautiful, glowing and fragrant skin. Do not deprive your skin of sandalwood’s benign magic.

Combine freshly grounded sandalwood powder (pre-packaged will also do) with organic rose water to make it into a thick paste.

Apply the sandalwood mask on your underarms and let it stay for a good 15 minutes before washing it off with cold water.

Sandalwood will not only effectively help lighten your armpits, but also render it fragrant and soft. Do this treatment once a week till you achieve what you are looking for.

  1. Turmeric lightening mask for dark underarms:

It has been an age old tradition in India to apply turmeric paste on the face and body of the bride to be to get rid of tan and make the skin glow. Curcumin present in turmeric is a potent skin lightener. Along with that, turmeric has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties too that can prevent infection and worsen the appearance of your underarms.

Mix 1 tbsp. of organic turmeric powder, 1 tbsp. of yoghurt, and 10 drops of lemon juice in a bowl to form a paste. Apply the paste to the darkened area and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and voila!

Lemon, a natural bleach and yoghurt, a treasure trove of good bacteria will further enhance the potency of turmeric and help make your underarms beautiful.

  1. Honey pack for dark underarms:

Honey is a natural skin toner and lightening agent. Being a natural humectant, honey helps moisturize and smooth out your skin too.

Combine 1 teaspoon honey, ½ teaspoon of lemon and ½ teaspoon of sugar and apply it to the affected area. They honey and lemon will effectively solve the pigmentation problem and the sugar will help gently exfoliate the skin leaving your underarms feeling fresh and bright.

  1. Orange peel mask for dark underarms:

Due to it containing a high concentration of citric acid, orange makes for a perfect skin lightener and exfoliator. The wonderful citrus fruit also arrests odour and keeps your underarms smelling fresh. The peels of this fruit are more potent than the fruit. Dry orange peels and powder it.

Combine 1 tbsp. of peel powder with ½ tsp. of rose water and 1 tsp. of milk.

Apply the paste to your underarms and gently exfoliate in circular motions.

Let it stay for about 10 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

Lactic acid in the milk further helps slough off dead skin cells and rose water soothes the skin. Use this treatment once every fortnight and see the magic.

  1. Saffron and milk mask for dark underarms:

Saffron is the wonder herb that has provided answers to a million skin issues. It is known to provide softness and radiance to skin since time immemorial. Saffron mixed with milk is highly beneficial to the skin whether applied superficially or consumed internally.

Soak a few strands of pure saffron in 2 tbsp. of raw milk for about an hour. Blend the milk and apply it to the underarms.

Leave it overnight if possible (the milk might release unpleasant odours) and wash with soap and cold water in the morning.

Repeat this twice a week and say hello to better looking underarms.

  1. Chickpea mask for dark underarms:

Chickpea makes for an excellent scrub that not only clears away dead skin cells but also whitens underarms when applied regularly.  Chickpea mask is ideally made with yoghurt or milk and that enhances the benefits of the mask significantly.

Combine 2 tbsps. of chickpea floor with 1 tbsp. of yoghurt, ½ tsp. of lemon, and a few drops of rose water.

Apply the paste on your underarms and let it stay till it dries completely.

Next, wash it off with cold water.

Apply this mask once a week and watch your underarms slowly reveal its natural colour.

  1. Vinegar pack for dark underarms:

With its mild acidic properties, apple cider vinegar is an elixir for your skin. It exfoliates from deep under your skin, dulls pigmentation, and fights sweat odour.

Dilute 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in a tbsp. of water and apply the potion to your underarms.

Wait for it to dry completely before washing it off with lukewarm water (You might want to test this on a little area first because apple cider vinegar is known to cause skin irritation in a few people).

Repeat this treatment once a week for brighter and smoother underarms.

Here’s throwing in a few tips to maintain healthy white underarms (after you have achieved them):

  • Avoid using hair removal creams and shaving gels on your sensitive underarm skin. Harsh chemicals known to be present in these products can cause itching, discoloration, and sometimes skin disorders too.
  • Practice good hygiene. Shower regularly and keep your armpits clean.
  • Avoid wearing synthetic and tight clothes. Wear skin friendly fabrics that allow your skin to breathe.
  • Practice healthy eating habits and keep your weight under check.
  • Visit your dermatologist if you have excessive darkening, irritation, or severe rashes.

There you go! Simple and effective home remedies are at your disposal now. Go flaunt your body and sport your sleeveless blouses and swimsuits without a care.

Here’s to beautiful, glowing skin.

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10 Natural Dry Hair and Skin Tips after Cold Vacations

10 Natural Dry Hair and Skin Tips after Cold Vacations

Summers are here and most of us can’t wait to go hibernate in a cold place. Long vacations to cold destinations are an ideal way to escape the summer heat. Unfortunately, sudden changes in temperature that your skin and hair are exposed to, can cause them to become dry and dull. Nobody wants to suffer from bad hair days and lack-luster skin days right after a beautiful vacation. We discuss some Dry Hair and Skin Tips in this post which you can try at home for naturally fixing your hair and skin.

There are hundreds of chemical products in the market that will help your hair and skin regain its bounce but why spend so much on chemical products when natural remedies can do the job as good or even better.

Here are Natural Dry Hair and Skin Tips that will help them bounce back to their glorious state:

Home Remedy Tips for Dry Hair:

  1. Avocado protein mask for Dry Hair:

You will need one ripe avocado and 1 organic egg.

  • Pit the avocado, scoop the pulp in a bowl, and mash it thoroughly.
  • Add the egg and whisk till you get a consistently smooth paste.
  • Apply the mask to damp hair and leave for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse several times with water (avoid warm water if possible).
  • Repeat this treatment once every week till you are satisfied with the results.

Essential fatty acids and vitamins rich avocado helps restore the luster in your hair while the rich protein content of the egg repairs damage and reduces frizz.

  1. Butter mask for Dry Hair Fixing:

You will need 1 tbsp. of butter (alter the quantity according to the length and volume of your hair) and 2 tbsps. of olive oil.

  • Apply butter to the scalp and along the hair and massage till well absorbed.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and run a hair dryer over it causing the pores to open up and absorb the buttery goodness.
  • Leave the shower cap on for about 20 minutes and then use a shampoo to get the butter out.

Butter, with its natural moisturizing properties and wealth of protein will restore the health of your hair cuticles while rendering a glossy shine.

  1. Coconut conditioning mask for Fixing Dry Hair:

You will need ½ cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil (the quantity may vary according to your hair type). That’s all.

  • Scoop the oil in a bowl and warm it, being careful not to boil it.
  • Massage the warm oil into your scalp and on your hair and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  • Next, take a bath towel, dip it in hot water (only as hot as your scalp can take), squeeze the excess water and then wrap the towel around your hair just like you would, after a bath.
  • Leave the towel on for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove and shampoo as usual to reveal deep conditioned hair.

Lauric acid, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids present in coconut oil can help you regain hair health sooner than you think. Coconut oil has the ability to deeply penetrate the scalp skin and cuticles leaving them healthier.

  1. Apple cider vinegar mask for Dry Hair Fix:

You will need 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil and 3 organic egg whites.

  • Beat the egg whites till they are frothy.
  • Combine them with the oil and vinegar.
  • Gently rub the mixture into your hair and secure them in a plastic cling film.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes and then shampoo hair as usual.

Eggs are perfect hair moisturizers and so is olive oil. The apple cider vinegar will help add life back to limp hair and make it lustrous.

  1. Botanical oil mask as Dry Hair Treatment:

You will need few drops each of sandalwood oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil.

  • Mix the oils together and rub the mixed oil in your palms till warm.
  • Work the oils into your hair and scalp for 5 minutes and cover with a shower cap.
  • Leave it on for an hour and then shampoo as usual.

Botanical oils are rich in vitamins and minerals making them wonderful elixirs for dry and damaged hair. When you are stepping out of your home, just a few drops can add an instant sleekness and curb brittle flyways.

Home Remedy Tips For Dry Skin:

  1. Jojoba oil mask for Dry Skin Treatment:

You will need a wash cloth and a tsp. of jojoba oil.

  • Start by soaking the wash cloth in a bowl of warm water.
  • Remove from water, squeeze, and place the wash cloth on the face.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes and remove.
  • Immediately follow up with a gentle circular massage with jojoba oil.
  • Let the oil absorb as much as it can and then wipe away the excess oil with the wash cloth and you will instantly notice a difference in the way your skin feels.
  • Do this treatment everyday till your skin feels supple again.

Jojoba oil mimics the skin’s natural oil (sebum) in terms of structure. This makes jojoba oil a wonderful moisturizer. The presence of anti-inflammatory properties in the oil will help soothe the skin too.

  1. Sour cream mask for fixing Dry Skin:

You will need 2 tsps. of sour cream, 3 tbsps. of gram flour and few drops of rose water.

  • Combine the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  • Cleanse your face and apply the mask liberally on your skin.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.

The gram flour gently exfoliates your skin while the lactic acid in the sour cream moisturizes your skin leaving it supple. Rose water tones the skin and makes it bouncy.

  1. Honey balm for Dry Skin Fix:

You will need 2 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsps.  beeswax pellets and 2 tbsps. of extra virgin olive oil.

  • Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
  • Take it off heat and add olive oil and honey to it.
  • Combine the ingredients well and pour the mixture into a glass jar.
  • Wait till it cools down and solidifies into a balm.
  • Use it as often as you like to give your skin, the much needed moisture.

Honey has been known to be an effective humectant. It helps attract moisture to the skin. Beeswax and olive oil together combat dry skin by giving it a high dose of moisture.

  1. Coconut and banana mask for Dry Skin:

You will need ½ ripe banana and 2 tbsps. of fresh coconut milk.

  • Mash the banana till its smooth without lumps.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and mix till well combined.
  • Use a flat brush to apply it on your skin.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water to reveal soft skin.
  • Use this treatment at least once a week to make sure your skin stays hydrated.

Vitamin B6 and B12 present in banana nourish your skin from within and the fatty acids in the coconut milk impart moisture leaving your skin feel smooth and supple.

  1. Egg mask for Treating Dry Skin:

You will need one organic farm fresh egg.

  • Separate the yolk from the egg and whip the white till it forms frothy peaks.
  • Use your fingertips to apply the egg white covering your troubled skin.
  • Leave it on till it is completely dry (and you can absolutely not smile) and then wash off with cold water.
  • Next, take the yolk and gently break it.
  • Apply the oozing liquid on your skin.
  • Once again, wait till you cannot smile and then rinse with cold water to leave you with skin that will leave you smiling.

Egg whites tighten and brighten the skin while taking care of blemishes and marks. Egg yolk is a natural moisturizer and works great at healing severely dried skin.

There you go! Use these natural dry hair and skin tips and you will never fear long, cold vacations again.

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7 Fool-proof Home Remedies for Skin Tan Removal

7 Fool-proof Home Remedies for Skin Tan Removal

A sun tan is desirable by some and detested by some. True, it gives your skin a golden glow, but too much sun tan, darkened irregular patches, and darker than usual skin is hated by most. In this post we discuss the home made remedies for Skin Tan Removal.

A sun tan is your body’s natural defense again the harmful rays of sun (really!?).

Melanin is a pigment that is naturally formed under your skin. When exposed to sun for long hours, the melanin rises to the surface (and new melanin is produced) to prevent UV penetration any deeper. This is what causes the darkened skin.

Don’t like tanned patchy skin?

Of course you have a host of different bleaches and chemical laden products that promise instant tan removal but tell you what, they cause you skin more harm than you think it does. Fret not.

Here are some wonderful natural ways for skin tan removal and uneven skin tone to reveal a radiant skin:

  1. Cooling cucumber mask for Skin Tan Removal:

You will need 1 tbsp. fresh cucumber juice, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 tsps. rose water.

  • Combine the ingredients and apply it to your face using a cotton ball.
  • Let it sit on your face for about 15 minutes and then wash off with cold water (you don’t have to follow this with soap. It smells amazing).
  • Make sure you use freshly squeezed lime and not the store variety.

Cucumber and lime, both have potent bleaching properties. The Vitamin C and the citric acid in the lime helps lighten the skin tone, inhibit oxidation, arrest free radicals, and clear the skin. Cucumber juice is rich in riboflavin that helps tighten up pores and cool the skin. Rose water provides an additional boost of vitamins and together they make for an ideal summer time face mask.

Just keep one thing in mind. Do apply a high SPF sunscreen when stepping out after doing the above treatment because citric acid can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays.

  1. Exfoliating gram flour mask for Skin Tan Removal:

You will need 2 tbsp. of gram flour, ½ tsp. of turmeric powder, 2 tbsp. of raw milk, 1 tsp. of crushed orange peel, and honey as required.

  • Combine all the ingredients (except honey) in a bowl.
  • Add honey little by little till the mixture achieves a smooth cream like consistency.
  • Apply it all over your tanned skin using a flat brush and let it sit till it dries completely.
  • Moisten the face with a rose water dipped cotton ball before you wash it off with cold water.

Turmeric not only reduces pigmentation but also effectively treats sun burn owing to its medicinal properties giving you a golden glow. Gram flour helps exfoliate the skin and rid it of dead skin cells. The orange peel powder reduces oxidative stress to the skin and honey naturally lightens the skin while moisturizing it leaving you with skin that looks and feels beautiful.

  1. Papain loaded mask for Skin Tan Removal:

You will need ½ a cup of freshly mashed ripe papaya and a tsp. of honey.

  • Mix the two thoroughly in a container and using your fingertips, gently massage the pack into your tanned skin.
  • Let it sit for about 30 minutes or till it is completely dry and then wash off with lukewarm water.

Papain, an enzyme present in papaya, is a natural skin lightening agent. When used regularly, a papaya mask can even reduce the visibility of stubborn marks and scars. Also, papaya, owing to its rich     vitamin and enzyme content makes for a perfect go to for skin renewal, exfoliation, and restoration. Honey, as you know, lightens the skin too.

  1. Tightening tomato mask for Skin Tan Removal:

tomato pulp for skin tan removal

You will need 2 tbsp. of fresh tomato pulp, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, and 1 tbsp. of fresh thick yoghurt.

  • Prepare the pack by mixing all the ingredients together till well combined.
  • Apply it to the face and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Tomato juice can sting your skin or cause an itch (harmless) when on your face. Regular application however tones that down.

This skin tan mask is very effective. All the three ingredients are rich in potent skin lightening properties. Combined, they attack tan with the perfect arsenal. Tomatoes natural toning properties and yoghurt’s moisturizing properties will leave your skin feeling dewy fresh and glowing.

  1. Soothing Aloe Vera mask and red lentil pack:

You will need a tbsp. of red lentils, a fresh Aloe Vera leaf, and 1 tbsp. of tomato paste.

  • Soak the red lentils in water for about an hour and then grind it to a rough paste.
  • Slit the leaf of the Aloe Vera horizontally and scoop out the pulp in a bowl.
  • Add the lentil paste and tomato pulp to the Aloe Vera and mix until well combined.
  • Massage it into your pigmented skin and leave it for 20 minutes.
  • Wash off with cold water to reveal a revitalized lighter skin.

This mask is arguably the best at doing its job. The aloe Vera heals and hydrates, the red lentils exfoliate and lighten even the most extremely pigmented skin, and the tomato pulp rejuvenates the skin while bleaching it. Together, these ingredients can prove lethal for the tan.

  1. Glow imparting buttermilk face pack for Skin Tan Removal:

You will need 2 tbsp. oatmeal(grounded to a course powder), 3 tbsp. of fresh butter milk and a little rose water to soothe the skin after.

  • Mix the oatmeal and the buttermilk (don’t let this pack sit for too long or the oatmeal will soften and dissolve the purpose).
  • Apply the pack all over the skin that needs attention and gently massage in upward circular motion.
  • Let it stay for about 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Dip a cotton ball in rosewater and go over your entire treated skin for soothing your skin and enhancing your glow.

Oatmeal not just helps remove tan, but also helps gently exfoliate the skin and remove blackheads and excess oil build-up. The buttermilk soothes and moisturizes sun burnt skin and renders the skin a natural glow.

  1. Vitamin mask for Skin Tan Removal:

You will need ½ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and 1 tbsp. of yoghurt.

  • Combine the two and apply liberally on your skin.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse your skin with water.

Oranges are rich in Vitamin C. This Vitamin is the best natural cure for skin blemishes and uneven texture. The citric acid takes care of the tan removal, while the collagen (orange is a source of collagen) tightens the skin and slows aging revealing a perfect glow. Yoghurt, a natural bleach and moisturizer works in perfect tandem with the orange to benefit your tan removal more.

There you go!

Simple homemade fixes for tanned skin for you to use. Always remember though that tanning on a regular basis can cause the skin to age faster and cause skin cancer. So, always use a sunscreen and hat when stepping out in the hot sun. Also, the above packs are not for a one time use.

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Incorporate the wonder masks in your regular beauty routine to see the difference.

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9 Best Sunscreens Out there for Perfect Skin

9 best sunscreens out there

Sunscreens are more popular and more essential than ever. Thanks to us humans and our irresponsible ways, the ozone layer is fast depleting, leaving us absorbing too much ultraviolet rays. The result? Faster aging and worse, skin cancer! This type of cancer is one of the most common types with the risk as high as 1 in every 9 people developing it at some point in their lives.

Basal carcinoma, squamous cell skin cancer, and the deadly melanoma cases are on an all-time rise and the best way to protect yourself from these is to stay indoors all the time (which is obviously not possible). Exposing yourself to sun is essential for getting your daily dose of Vitamin D.

So, the next best option for you is to slather sun protection or pull off Rihanna’s look at the airport covered from head to toe. Don’t snicker.

There are a million different kinds and brands of sunscreen with a host of fancy ingredients, different SPFs and all promising to keep you sun safe. You sure know all don’t work as well as they are supposed to and most of you may not know which one will best suit your skin type. Don’t fret. We’ve got it sorted.

Here’s a lowdown on everything sunscreen that you ought to know before you buy your next bottle or tube of sun protector.

Before we get into the different ‘types’ of sunscreen available, it’s important to know the following:

  • SPF essentially is Sun Protection Factor and by SPF we can usually judge how well the sunscreen will protect our skin. SPF protects you from UVB rays (the ones that are responsible for sun burns and skin damage. However, protecting your skin from UVA rays is equally important. That’s why choosing broad spectrum sunscreens (ones that protect you from both UVA and UVB rays) make the most sense.
  • A sunscreen that is water resistant and has an SPF of at least 15 or higher is more preferable over one that does not.

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  • People with fair skin have less melanin (the pigment that protects the skin form the cancer causing rays) and hence the fairer the skin, the more potent your sunscreen should be.
  • People with sensitive skin, lupus, and other skin disorders are more prone to sun damage. It is therefore more important to use a good sunscreen.
  • A water resistant sunscreen is only effective for about 40 minutes after you enter water. If you are going dipping or swimming, it is important to slather sunscreen every once in a while.

Here are the different ‘types’ of sunscreen available for you to better understand what to choose:

Sunscreens are broadly classified into 2 types:

  • Physical sunscreen: This type of sunscreen usually works at reflecting light and UV rays off your skin. It’s like having tiny mirrors sitting on your screen. Contents such as Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide present in such sunscreens block the rays and prevent them from seeping into your skin. Physical sunscreens are further classified into mineral type that has opaque minerals giving you a white nosed look, or the more advanced, micronized type that blend into the skin.

Physical sunscreens are mostly hypoallergenic and are least likely to produce rashes or reactions. Therefore they make for the ideal option for those with very sensitive skin.

  • Chemical sunscreens: This kind of sunscreen, instead of reflecting UV rays, absorbs them. Chemicals such as avobenzone and benzophenone present in most chemical sunscreens make for good absorbers.

The above types of sunscreens come in a plethora of different forms. From dry powder and spray, to lotion and cream.

Here are some of the best sunscreens available in the market:

  1. The Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen with SPF 50: This one is a sheer serum and is absorbed quickly into the skin. The best part about the product is that it can even double up as a makeup primer. With hypoallergenic ingredients, this sunscreen is best suited to acne prone skin. With an enviable SPF of 50, this one should figure in the must-buy list. Buy here.
  2. The BareMinerals SPF 30 Natural sunscreen: This one’s a mineral powder with active ingredients that will not break down even in a hot car. It is best suited for people who travel more or whose homes are flooded with sunlight. It stays put and looks great too. Keep one stashed in all your favourite handbags. Buy here.
  3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen with SPF 55: Like earlier said, both UVA and UVB protection is essential. This broad spectrum wonder does just that. It protects you skin form the harsh rays breaking down your skin’s cell structure. It has Neutrogena’s patented HelioPlex360 formula which also contains super antioxidants to prevent cellular damage. Buy here.
  4. Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defence SPF 30: People who have sensitive skin often skip applying sunscreens because the feel a burning sensation applying most. This one’s an oil free lotion with encapsulated sunscreen and comes with fewer chemical irritants. Sensitive skinned or not. Applying sunscreen therefore is not a choice but a compulsion. Go for this one if applying one gives you goose bumps. Buy here.
  5. Bull Frog Water Armor Sunscreen: Gel formulas are great. They are light and water resistant. They don’t weight down your skin and are water resistant too. This one surely is one of the best of the lot. It gives a cool 8 hour protection even when you sweat buckets and has an SPF of 30. Perfect we say! Buy here.
  6. Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray Ultra Sweat proof SPF 70+: This one’s your beach bag- safe go to. The waterproof mist works wonders in protecting your skin. With an SPF of 70 and one of the most user friendly applications, this one’s a winner – Perfect for reapplication when you are out in the sun for long hours sweating it out. Spray this from head to toe every 2 hours that you are out and you are sorted. Buy here.
  7. Hawaiian Tropic Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Stick: This one’s for all your drivers and frequent flyers out there. A side of your body gets exposed to the harsh sun when driving and even when you are in an airplane. This results in uneven skin tone on your arms and face. This sunscreen gives an easy mess free application and offers a neat SPF of 50. It’s a super choice for sure. Buy here.
  8. Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30 Sun Defense: This one’s a natural formula, and for some this is reason enough to buy. But wait, Cashmere blends seamlessly and gives a neat matte finish. What’s more! Its super hydrating so you don’t have to wear any moisturizer separately when using this. It is light, it has adequate sun protection, and it feels wow. Buy here.  
  9. Invisible Zinc 4 Hour Water Resistant Sunscreen: This one uses micro-fine zinc oxide which is almost invisible to the naked eye but provides excellent broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. The best part is, that even though it is a physical sunscreen, it doesn’t whiten your skin. With an SPF of 30, this one should certainly be used more often than just on days at the beach. Buy here.

There you go! Buy the ideal sunscreen for your skin and usage type and get applying. Also, remember, no matter what sunscreen you are wearing, it is always a wise option to use scarf, hat, and gloves for extra protection.

Best Sunscreens for Beach

Spend the summers without a care and enjoy on the beach!

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11 Amazing ways to get rid of wrinkles naturally at home

11 ways to get rid of wrinkles

Wrinkles are an inevitable part of old age. They are those creases and folds in your skin that develop due to the natural aging of skin because as we grow older, our skin gets thinner and less elastic making it less bouncier. However, wrinkles can show on a person’s skin sooner or more pronounced due to a host of factors. Every year billions of dollars are spent on wrinkle treatments. If you are reading this, chances are you have started to see age spots or wrinkles on your face and want to do something about it.

What causes the wrinkles apart from natural aging?

  • UVA and UVB rays penetrating your skin.
  • Smoking accelerates aging because it slows down the blood supply to your skin.
  • Prolonged and frequent dehydration.
  • Genetic makeup plays a role too. If your parent’s skin aged faster, chances are yours might too.
  • Facial expressions can be a cause too! If you are too expressive, (you frown, squint, or smile too much) you will develop wrinkles faster than someone who doesn’t.
  • Consumption of junk food that is sans good fats that keep your skin healthy and is full of transfats that promote aging.

Wrinkles almost always start to appear in the parts of the body that are most exposed to the sun. Backs of the hand, face, neck, and forearms are the first to show the onset of wrinkles. Also, wrinkles could be just surface lines or deep furrows.

If you have deep furrows and creases, you might need aggressive techniques such as plastic surgery, fillers, dermabrasion, chemical peels, and facelift to make them look less pronounced or straighten them out. But if you have fine lines, you can adopt quite a few homemade wrinkle treatments to help smooth them out. What’s more, you can do it right in the comfort of your home.

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Here are a few effective home remedies for wrinkles that will help you tighten your skin and look and feel younger:

  1. An egg is a solution to so many beauty problems

    You will be amazed. Beat the white of an egg and then using a brush, apply it on your skin. Allow it to dry completely and then rinse it with lukewarm water. Your face will reek while the mask is on, but once it’s off, you will notice how the humble egg whites tighten your skin and ease your fine lines without you having to spend silly money.

  2. Turmeric is your magic word

    This spice has been used in India since ancient times to beautify and heal the skin. Some organic turmeric powder and cane juice is all you need. Mix the two to form a paste and apply it to your skin. Turmeric, a treasure trove of anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties will slough off dead skin and plump up your skin while the cane juice gets rid of the toxins and gives your skin a deep clean, revealing a natural glow.

  3. A few essential oils

    They can prove very effective in reducing fine lines and age spots. To make your own natural anti-wrinkle solution, mix 10 drops each of

  4. Eat your fruits well to keep wrinkles at bay

    Put some on your face too. Papaya and banana are your go-to fruits for anti-aging. Puree the two together and generously apply it over your face.

    The papain enzyme in the papaya and the potassium and vitamins in the banana will hydrate and revitalize your skin, giving it a youthful radiance while rendering it smoother.

  5. Grapes, the tasty fruits that give us our wine

    Grapes(also a great anti-aging drink), are great for your skin. This fruit is rich in proanthocyanidins (which has 50 times more anti-oxidant properties than vitamin E!) Apply fresh grape pulp all over your face especially targeting crowfeet and fine lines. Leave the juice on till it dries up completely and then wash off with cold water. Wake up to a skin that feels more supple.

  6. Coconut is a benison for all of you whose skin is fighting age

    Coconut oil mimics sebum (that our skin’s oil glands produce naturally) and helps keep the skin supple. Also, it helps minimize the appearance of fine lines by promoting the production of collagen, an important fibrous protein that connects skin tissue. Clean your skin before bed time and apply a thin layer of organic coconut oil on your face making sure you cover the entire area (particularly under the eyes) and massage gently all over. Do the regime regularly to reveal a wrinkle free skin that glows with health.

  7. Honey, the amber colored wonder

    Honey helps your skin retain moisture, fight infections, and tighten pores. Apply bee’s honey on your face forming a thin film and let the humectant work its magic. Wash off after about 20 minutes with cold water.

  8. Milk can also come to your skin’s rescue

    Take a few ounces of cold full fat milk and apply it on your face. Massage it till the milk leaves an oily residue on your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wash it with warm water.

    This will not only fade fine lines but also brighten up the skin.

  9. Castor Oil

    The humble castor oil when massaged under and around the eyes effectively help smoothen out crowfeet and tiny wrinkles on the face. It fights against the free radicals in your skin that are responsible for aging.

  10. The best home remedy that you can give your aging skin is adequate sleep

    When you sleep, your body secretes human growth hormone which plays a vital role in maintaining the elasticity of your skin. Also, when you fail to catch up on good snooze, there is an increased production of cortisol (stress hormone) that breaks down your skin cells triggering wrinkle formation. Shut those gadgets off and indulge in quality shut eye.

  11. Aloe Vera

    You probably already know that aloe vera is great for giving your skin adequate hydration. What you might not know is the fact that aloe vera is rich in malic acid that significantly helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improves the elasticity of your skin. Take a fresh aloe vera leaf and cut it longitudinally. Scoop out the gel and apply it to your skin. Leave it on for as long as you can (aloe vera gel doesn’t seem very sticky and hence is bearable for long hours) and then wash it off with lukewarm water. If you don’t have access to a live plant, you can use a good quality store brought organic aloe vera gel in the same way.

Apart from adopting the above mentioned remedies, it is important that you eat your greens, stay away from junk food, protect yourself from sun, exercise regularly, and prevent stress. Remember that your skin reflects your inner body. If your body is healthy, your skin will have a glow that no topical applications can achieve.

Go look as young as you feel. Age is just a number!