How to Choose the Right Sunscreen?

Sunscreen does a lot more than just protecting your skin from sunburns. It plays a crucial role in shielding your skin from premature aging, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and even skin cancer.

Though you should wear sunscreen every day of the year, it is even more important to use it during summer time when the sun shines bright, days are longer and you tend to spend more time outdoors.

But as it turns out, choosing a sunscreen is not as easy as it seems.

To help you make the task easier, here are some important factors to focus upon:

  • Look for broad-spectrum protection

First things first, you must look for a sunscreen with a label that says broad spectrum protection. Such a label ensures that your sunscreen is well-equipped to guard you against both UVB and UVA rays.

This ensures that you are not only protected against sunburn but also against skin cancer and skin aging.

  • Aim for SPF 30 or higher

Ensure that your sunscreen has a sun protection factor or SPF of 30 or higher. Talking technically, this is actually a measure of protection of how well your sunscreen provides you against UVB rays.

Undoubtedly, higher SPF guarantees better protection, but the numbers become useless after a certain limit. SPF 15, for instance, provides you protection against 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 will filter out 97% of them while SPF 30 will guard you against 97% and SPF against 98%.

Thus, it is necessary to note here that no sunscreen provides you with 100% protection. This is why it is highly recommended to cover your skin with a wide-brimmed hat and wear clothes with full sleeves to protect your skin.

  • Choose water-resistant sunscreen

It is highly recommended to choose a sunscreen which is water resistant. However, do not fall prey to marketing gimmicks which suggest that sunscreen is waterproof. No sunscreen is waterproof, however, they are water resistant, which means that they can provide resistance against water for some time, say 40 minutes or so.

This is why you must reapply the sunscreen after every 2 hours for better protection.

  • Look for a non-comedogenic sunscreen

A non-comedogenic sunscreen is the one which doesn’t block or clog your skin pores. If you often get breakouts and enlarged pores after applying a sunscreen, non-comedogenic sunscreen is what will come to your rescue here.

  • Make sure that it absorbs into your skin flawlessly

Since you should wear your sunscreen every day, you must look for the one which absorbs into your skin without leaving any residues behind. Such a sunscreen is able to blend with your makeup and doesn’t look like an additional layer.

These were some of the factors you must focus upon while choosing a sunscreen. The least you would expect is getting half protection, or breakouts and worsened skin conditions.

Although applying sunscreen is important, it is even more important that you choose the right one!

Say Good Bye to Body Acne with These Tips

Summer is around the corner along with the stubborn and frustrating body acne.  Excessive heat, pollution, and dust are skin enemies and cause uninvited acne.

In here, we’re sharing some easy tips and lifestyle habits to fight body acne and get a clearer skin this season:

  • Hydrate, Feel Great! 

This is perhaps the easiest thing one can do for a healthier body and clearer skin. Make water bottle your all-day companion. Start your morning with lots of water and carry a BPA-free water bottle and sip frequently. This will drain the toxins and help you stay hydrated and, in turn, have a happy acne-free body.

  • Mask it, Honey!

Pamper yourself with a honey mask especially when your skin feels dry/tight/itchy. Honey is antibacterial, hydrating and fabulous for balancing skin pH and reducing acne. Your skin will love this treatment.

  • Veggies Please

Junk the junk food and include more veggies. A balance of vitamins and nutrients is all you need for the body skin to glow and feel alive. Make a bowl of rich green veggie salad to get a good dose of vitamins and nutrients. Healthy food helps to lower inflammation in the body and detoxes it gently and deeply.

  • Sugar? Nah!!

Ease up on the sugar. Refined sugar spikes our blood sugar and hormones levels which can lead to acne while also making you gain weight. Sugar triggers the release of insulin in the blood, which further produces acne-causing hormones in the body. So, next time make sure that you watch the sugar content before buying anything at the superstore.

  • No More Dairy

Avoid eating dairy products like cheese, and milk. They are difficult to digest and produce mucus which can block body pores and cause acne.

  • Goodbye Coffee

It might be hard to say goodbye to the coffee initially, but it will help you in the long run. Caffeine dehydrates the skin, ruins sleep, raises stress and the after effect is early aging and even worse skin. Coffee is known to trigger hormonal acne as well.

  • Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

Sun damage makes the acne worse and extends its stay. Thus it is essential to apply the sunscreen on exposed body parts. It will help skin in so many ways by making you look younger and youthful.

  • Try a Topical Essential Oil Treatment

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. You can add some drops of tea tree, orange, cinnamon or rose oil to ward off acne from your body.     

  • Don’t Pick or Squeeze! 

Last but most important- After all the DIY remedies, try to have patience while the acne is healing. Avoid squeezing them as this will introduce and multiply bacteria’s on other parts of the skin and make the situation even worse.

Along with the above tips, it is highly recommended to wear loose clothes, sleep well and live stress-free. Go out and flaunt your body with confidence and show the world the real you.

5 Beauty Truths Every Woman Must Know About

When it comes to beauty, we all are experts!

We have our own skin care beauty routines, and are somehow, doing great with our skin.

But if you want to take your love towards skin a notch further, here are 5 beauty truths that you must know about and stick to.

Let’s jump onto them to have a look.

  • Skin care is not just about the face

This is one mantra every woman must stick to, no matter what. Taking care of your face is great and all, but it makes no sense to neglect your neck, or the back of your hands, for that matter!

Do not forget to include these vital parts in your daily beauty care routine. Make sure that you nourish these zones with enough moisture and protect them from daily spectrum using a proper sunscreen. Or else, these areas would start looking weathered with time.

Make sure that your rest of the body parts age as gracefully as your face, and the best way to do that is to include them in your daily skin care routine.

  • Bedtime is the best time to take care of your skin

You might feel tempted to hit your bed at the night, but prevent that from happening. Sleeping with makeup on will lead to pimples, pink eyes and damaged skin, to say the least.

Bedtime is the best time to nourish your skin with all the needed nutrients. Moisturize your skin, treat your lips and heels and other areas that need your attention. And believe us, your skin will thank you for all the favor.

  • Hair care is not only about the right shampoo and conditioner

Well, yes, having the right shampoo and conditioner have a lot of say in determining the quality of your hair, but that’s not everything that hair care is all about.

At times, boring products like heat protective products can make all the difference. Using a heat protectant spray before blowing them dry or using any hot tool can prevent your hair from getting dry.

Undoubtedly, this will not reflect in your style almost instantly, but it will surely go a long way in helping you flaunt healthy tresses forever.

  • Exfoliation can easily be overdone or underdone

Exfoliation is the easiest way to get a glow on your skin. It reveals new skin cells and helps you get rid of old flaky skin. However, it is important to know the right exfoliation frequency. While it all depends on your skin type and the kind of product that you use, but the general rule of thumb states that you must not exfoliate more than twice in a week.

  • Regular trimming is necessary if you want to make your hair grow

This might confuse you. You might end up thinking as to how trimming can make your hair grow. The logic is simple – damaged ends end up breaking more easily, which ultimately hurts your hair length.

Thus, keeping them well trimmed will not only boost their growth but healthy ends would also look much better.

6 Amazing Ways to Get Rid Of Acne

Do you have an event to attend tomorrow? Chances are high that acne will accompany you too!

We’re not kidding, but this is what happens most of the time. You will definitely see popping them up when you least want them, may it be your wedding day, a day of your job interview or when you have to attend a party. Here are certain ways in which you can get rid of these unwanted outbreaks so that you can save your day.

1. Garlic to the rescue

Garlic is an effective antidote in curing acne, all thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal qualities. You can choose to add garlic to your diet to get rid of acne permanently. However, for immediate results, you can also rub the peeled garlic clove over the affected area multiple times a day. If you have sensitive skin, then crush the garlic clove and mix it with water before applying it to the affected area.

2. Apply a sulfur mask

Sulfur can be really effective in treating your acne and helping you get rid of a swollen pimple. It works by unclogging the pores and reducing the inflammation. The best way here is to choose a facial mask containing sulfur. Some masks are better left off overnight for better results but we’ll highly recommend you to follow the instructions on the mask for the best results.

3. Go for a honey mask, honey!

This is perhaps the easiest DIY mask to try. All you need to do is add one spoon of cinnamon along with two spoons of pure natural honey. Next, rinse your face properly before applying, and leave it on your face overnight. It will not only make you get rid of pimples but will also remove excess dirt and impurities from your face.

4. Ice it down

Ice can be really helpful in bringing your acne size down. However, avoid applying the ice cube directly but wrap it in a soft cloth before dabbing it on your zit. Also, don’t put it over for too long. You can keep dabbing it for 30 to 40 seconds and continue doing so few times a day.

5. Baking soda is helpful

Baking soda is another natural remedy to get rid of pimples. Its antiseptic properties prevent the outbreak of acne. All you need to do is make a paste of baking soda and water in equal quantities. Apply this for 30 minutes over your skin and rinse your face with warm water thereafter.

6. Trust the toothpaste

It’s the easiest thing of all to get rid of the pimples. Toothpaste is effective as it contains silica and dries out the pimples, thus helping them to heal faster. Leaving the toothpaste overnight on the affected area will make you see a bigger difference. It is effective not only on your face but can also help you in fighting pimples on other body parts like legs, arms and back.

These were some of the instant ways to get rid of your acne and their scars. These are trusted remedies that work well for even stubborn acne.

4 Ways To Protect You Skin From The Sun You Need to Know About

The skin damage done by the sun is probably why most of us hate summers. The scorching heat overhead as you leave your home follows you like a ghost. Don’t let the situation rule you. Instead of waiting for winters to set your skin right, protect your skin from the sun foremostly. Read on to find out. Here’s how.

Sunscreen is a saviour

Apply sunscreen every day to prevent the sun rays from penetrating deep into the skin. It is always confusing to choose a right sunscreen with a right SPF level. The next time you go for sunscreen shopping, buy a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreens with a lower SPF though protect your skin but fail to protect it from skin cancer.

Apply the sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside in a small quantity. 1 ounce of quantity works fine. You should reapply it every 2 hours in case you are out swimming or sweat a lot, no matter how much your brand shouts that the sunscreen stays for a longer time.

Eat healthy

Are you a foodie? If yes, then you are going to love this fact about protecting your skin from the sun. Here are some of the interesting foods of summers which can keep your skin healthy and glowing as ever without much ado.

Dark chocolate

Starting from dark chocolates, yes, now you can eat more of dark chocolates than you usually do. Chocolates protect your skin from the sun, isn’t it the best news you heard today? Consuming cocoa or dark chocolates instantly increase the SPF level and fight against the damage caused by the sun due to oxidation.

Green and black tea

Due to the presence of polyphenols in green and black tea, which are the best botanical antioxidants, they are capable of fighting with free radicals which are responsible for skin ageing. Also, drinking green and black tea increases the skin’s antioxidant shield which protects the skin throughout.

Water

This seems the easiest but toughest way to protect your skin. As 70% of our body contains water, it plays a significant role in protecting against free radicals. Drinking more water keeps your skin hydrated and produces more moisture content which helps your body to protect against the radiations of the sun.

Through skin care treatment

Not a fan of natural treatments to save your skin? There are unnatural methods such as peeling, IPL and microdermabrasion too to reduce the skin damage. They work by producing new cells by extreme stimulation of skin which helps in building the elastin, making the skin healthy as ever.

To start the repairing process, avoid getting exposed to direct rays of the sun. No skin rejuvenation process will be beneficial if you will continue to go out in the sun and burn the skin. You can surely go out on beaches once rejuvenation process ends.

Avoid getting into the sun

Say no to the sun at peak times, i.e. between 10am to 4pm. At this time, the ultraviolet radiations harm the most. You should avoid being in the sun without applying sunscreen. Moreover, you should apply it frequently to prevent your skin from damaging.

Get hold of your sunscreen and hat and stay hydrated!

How to Do Inflight Skincare While Travelling Home For the Holidays?

The holiday season is all about traveling and having fun. However, not all is great about traveling. Undoubtedly, it exposes your skin to the dry and cold air that flows from the plane vents and cracks your skin apart.

Necessarily, in cold season your skin is anything but dry. Additionally, all this travelling takes a toll on your skin. But we’re here to your rescue. Here are some of the skin care tips that can keep your skin healthy inflight and through the whole journey.

1. Wipe off your surroundings

Even a speck of dust can affect your delicate skin. Therefore, it’s better to keep your surroundings clean and tidy. It is highly recommended to wipe off the seats, tray table, and the window nearby your seating area in the flight with an antibacterial wipe. This certainly may look odd to do, but actually, it is a must. Also, you should keep makeup wipes and hand sanitizer handy with you to ensure proper cleanliness.

2. Apply your sheet face mask

The second in-flight skincare trick is to keep your skin hydrated all day long with your sheet face mask. The cold, dry air can make your face dehydrated and feel stretchy all day. To keep the moisture locked in and let not the dry air from vents soak up all your face moisture, wear a face sheet mask to keep your skin fresh and cool.

3. Try on facial mists

What? Have you not used them or heard about them yet? Well, wait no more. Facial mists are the magic potion that your skin needs. They are highly effective in keeping your skin calm, full of life and hydrated. Plus, the smell of facial mists is so earthly that they provide you good scent all day long. And smelling good should definitely be in your priority list while travelling. There are travel facial mists available from various brands that are perfectly sized for carrying around in your travel makeup pouch.

4. Take care of your lips

Those chapped lips are the most dreadful of all. The feeling of having soft lips is lost inflight due to the lack of moisture. Also, it’s really unacceptable when you are going to meet your loved ones and put a peck on their cheeks. Like who wanna be kissed and pampered with dry cracky lips? Thus, it’s highly important to keep using your lip balm and not let your lips lose their originality.

5. Drink lots and lots of water

You are not hearing this for the first time, right? Drinking water is the easiest and best you can do for your skin. While travelling, drinking water isn’t only essential for keeping your skin glowing, but it also keeps you energetic and going. Also, drinking water makes your skin fully prepared against post-travelling repercussions. So, make sure you don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated from the fear of peeing again and again. Also, don’t hesitate to call your flight attendant every time you need water. The best way is to carry your own refillable water bottle with you.

These were some of the in-flight skincare tips to follow.

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Skin Glow This Valentine

Love is in the air, yet again!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and you deserve to look special. You might have already made all the plans for the big day, have reserved the best hotel, and even decided the clothes to wear, but what about your skin care routine? Did you revamp it yet?

Do not rely completely on make-up products, instead glow naturally. However, since Valentine’s Day often experiences a dip in the mercury, the colder air outside and indoor heating take a toll on your skin.

Do not let that happen this year! Below are some amazing skin care recommendations that will help you in glowing inside-out.

  • Double cleanse your skin

If you are wearing makeup, it is highly recommended first to get rid of it with the help of a makeup remover. Next, cleanse your skin properly with a face wash to drive out any left impurities. This will cleanse your skin properly and will make it ready to absorb other skin products.

  • Use a face mask

Once you have prepared your skin and have cleansed it pretty well, the next step here is to apply a face mask. It is essential to choose a mask depending on your skin type and the conditions you are trying to get over, for instance, getting rid of acne or dryness, or lifting it up and so on.

If you do not want to splurge unnecessarily on over-the-counter products, you can also try to make face masks at home. A fuller’s earth face mask works fine for oily skin. If you have dry skin, you can try honey and lemon mask at home.

  • Steam

Providing steam to your face can work in your favor. It opens up your pores and expels the toxins trapped inside your skin. You can either use a face streamer or have a DIY steam arrangement at home. All you need to do is add a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the hot water. Next, place a towel on your head and position your face on the pot with hot water in such a way that your face comes in contact with uprising steam.

It is as simple as that!

  • Dry brush

For immediate effect, you can also dry brush your face. Make short and quick strokes in an upward motion on your face. This increases the blood flow and exfoliates your skin, thus providing you with a supple and glowy look just like the way you wanted!

  • Sleep properly

We know you are all excited about the next day, and the chances are high that you will not sleep the previous night properly. But relax yourself. Meditate. Listen to your favorite music. Read books. Do not let the stress or excitement, whatever you would like to call it, take a toll on your face and skin.

It is called beauty sleep for a reason. Thus, make sure that you have a sound sleep the night before the Valentine’s Day!

Your Turn

Go ahead. Be confident, and carry that beautiful smile on your face. You look beautiful, as always!

Dry Skin? Try These Foolproof Ways to Keep Your Skin Nourished During the Winters

Winter is back and so is the dryness, itchiness, and redness on our body and face. If you feel that your skin is screaming these days, you are not alone.

But the real struggle is figuring out how to keep the skin moisturized? Should you change your skin products? Or drink more water? Add in supplements and oils? You’re likely to get different answers based on what people are trying to sell, but we are here to your rescue.

Have a look at our recommendations, and then provide your skin with some respite.

  • Say no to chemical moisturizers

And opt for natural alternatives, including the likes of coconut oil, butter, olive oil, milk, yoghurt, and others. Yoghurt hydrates your skin wonderfully, while milk and butter are known for softening it. Honey comes loaded with the goodness of anti-oxidants and makes your skin soft and smooth.

  • Upgrade your makeup

Winter demands a complete revamp of your makeup stash. Make efforts and pick up the best hydrating foundation and tinted lip balms to keep your skin and lips moisturized. While applying blush, it is better to go for a cream-based product to lock your skin’s softness.

Further, steer clear from makeup products like powder, foundation, mousse and the likes which provide your skin with a flaky and cakey appearance.

  • Shower properly

The way you bath in winters play an important role in avoiding dryness. First things first, make sure that the water is not too hot, or else it will leave your skin dry. Next, minimize your bath time to limit the skin exposure to water and air.

To lock in the skin moisture, it is highly recommended to massage your skin with coconut oil, olive oil or milk while your skin is still wet. Adding a few drops of coconut oil or olive oil to your bath water also works wonders.

  • Petroleum jelly to the rescue

If you have combination skin or have a few patches wherein skin tends to get dry, products like Aquaphor and Vaseline can help you out. Apply the product onto the affected area before going to sleep.

You should pay special attention to the bottoms of your feet and palm as the skin is a bit tight in these areas due to the absence of sebaceous glands which play an important role in lubricating our skin.

  • Use a humidifier

Your environment could also play a culprit, at times, without you even realizing it. If you feel that your skin is especially dry when you wake up in the morning, using a humidifier can help here. Our heating systems keep us warm, but also suck in the moisture from the environment which has an adverse effect on our skin. Using a humidifier could restore the moisture back in the air, thus keeping your skin healthy.

  • Follow healthy habits

In addition to the steps mentioned above, you can also take care of your skin by sticking to some healthy habits. Eat a lot of fruits and green leafy vegetables. Apply moisturizer twice a day. Avoid using harsh soaps.

So, are you all set to flaunt a healthy-looking skin?

5 Ultimate Ways to Combat Aging Due to Pollution

Let’s just face it. Pollution doesn’t seem to end anytime soon in the near future. In fact, it is going to get worse and worse. Even though we all have learned to adjust ourselves to pollution, there are still various ways it is affecting us.

One of the worst ways pollution has made us suffer is by damaging our skin to a great extent. A lot of researches and studies have found out that air pollution is significantly one of the main reasons behind wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and age spots.

However, with a proper skin care regime, you can take care of the visible signs of aging. Here are 5 ultimate ways to combat aging due to pollution –

1. Cleanse your skin properly every night

It is very important to cleanse your skin with a mild face cleanser every night before you go to sleep. It is a key to a healthy, vibrant and glowing skin. A lot of women tend to get lazy and skip this step thinking that using anti-aging creams or serums are enough to deal with aging.

However, the truth is, if you do not cleanse your skin properly, anti-aging products would not be able to penetrate your skin deeper due to dirt and pollution.

Thus, ladies, make it a point to clean your skin properly every night before loading it with anti-aging creams.

2. Toning

Toning your skin is essential. It helps you balance your natural pH level and keeps your skin hydrated. The best part – toning also expels out any impurities from your skin that might have been left behind during cleansing.

However, while choosing a toner, keep an eye on the ingredients used. An alcohol-based toner may dry out your skin even more.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is a must to get rid of the dead skin cells, impurities, whiteheads, blackheads and the like from your skin. Further, exfoliation helps your skin grow younger skin cells, thus making your skin soft and supple.

4. Use of Antioxidants

Pollution exposes your skin to a lot of free radicals that ultimately damage the skin tissues.Thus, it is highly recommended to use products which contain anti-oxidants and also have an antioxidant rich diet.

Drink green tea, eat a lot of fruits and use skin care products rich in anti-oxidant properties. Look for ingredients like zinc, selenium, vitamin E, C or green tea and essential oils while buying such skin care products.

5. Protect

Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun by using a good sunscreen. If sunscreen makes your skin look greasy and oily, it is recommended to opt for a matte sunscreen with ingredients like zinc oxide to get better results.

Stick to all of these points religiously and prevent aging due to pollution. Thank us later.

Easy Ways to Get Ready For the Fall

Winter is coming. The sun will not shine that bright, days will be shorter and the cold will soon start taking a toll over your skin.

Though fall isn’t the coldest, but the offset of summers definitely need an equivalent change in your daily skin care routine.

Here is what you need to do.

1. Start with exfoliation

Exfoliation is the process of removing the dead skin cells from the topmost layer of the skin. Here are some of the reasons why exfoliation is important.

To prevent the breakout of acne: It is necessary to exfoliate your skin properly to prevent the outbreak of acne. This is because the excess oil gets trapped down below the dead skin cells. Removing this dead skin by exfoliating helps in controlling acne to a large extent

Glow up: The offset of summers often makes the skin a little harsh and blotchy with visible signs of pigmentation. Exfoliating your skin helps you get rid of the dead skin cells which ultimately makes your skin look brighter and smoother.

2. Be gentle while cleansing

For those with oily skin all the year round, it is highly recommended to use a gel type, foaming and scrubbing cleanser. You can experiment a bit when it comes to choosing a cleanser for summers, but when it comes to winters, being a bit choosy often helps.  

On the same lines, if you have a normal or a combination skin type, it is highly recommended to use a cleanser which is gentle, less foamy and non-abrasive.

On the contrary, if you have a dry skin, it is highly recommended to avoid using harsh cleaners.

Make sure that your cleanser is gentle as too harsh cleanser washes away all the natural oil of your skin. Settling for less when it comes to cleanser means compromising with your skincare and inviting the breakouts, dehydration, and sensitivity.

3. Keep up the moisture

Make sure that your cleanser is gentle as too harsh cleanser washes away all the natural oil of your skin. Settling for less when it comes to cleanser means compromising with your skincare and inviting the breakouts, dehydration, and sensitivity.3. Keep up the moisture

Fall means itchy, dry and flaky skin. For keeping this uninviting skin condition at bay, you need to be proactive. Besides spreading moisture over your skin, you should also consider these:

  • Hydrating serums: haven’t used one yet? If yes, wait no more. They are like magical potions for skin put underneath the normal moisturizer. They are basically tropical treatments that have the capacity to penetrate much deeper and faster into your bare skin and keep it hydrated for a long time.
  • Gel-cream moisturizers: if you hate using creams and possess oily or combo type skin, gel creams are certainly made for you. They help in moisturizing your skin without any sort of greasiness.
  • Add oil: another way to moisturize your skin is to add a few drops of oil to your lotion or cream to make it richer. This keeps your skin moisturized for longer. Also, you can choose to pat a few drops of oil after applying moisturizer to keep your skin well hydrated.

These were some of the easy ways to get ready for the fall. What are your views on this? Do let us know in the comments below!