Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Home Remedies and Precautions Against Skin Wrinkles

The skin wrinkles often result due to aging, pollution, chemical cosmetics, improper care and deficiency of nutrients in diet. Except aging all other factors could be minimized to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Here are few home remedies and precautions to reduce the wrinkles caused by other effects except aging.
Face without wrinkles
Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons by Haggarazzi Photography

1. Leave the application of the juice of green pineapples and apples on the face daily 10 to 15 minutes to remove the fine wrinkles and repair the skin cracks.

2. The lemon juice effectively reduces the fine lines under eyes, neck, and hands by minimizing the wrinkles and cleaning the skin surface.

3. Apply the mixture of lemon juice and rose water few times a day to lighten the blemishes and age spots.

4. Eat the mixture of a teaspoon each of natural honey and fresh chopped ginger daily at sun rise before breakfast to get rid of wrinkles.

5. The eating of Indian gooseberries daily improves the eyesight and delays the ageing symptoms of skin.

6. Eat banana with every meal to stop the appearance of wrinkles, as it acts as an anti-aging agent and make the skin appear young and fresh. Like all anti-aging creams, the bananas too contains rich amounts of vitamin A, B and E.   

7. The topical application of the antioxidants like vitamins E and C reduce previous skin damage caused by the sunlight. 

8. The ice massage on face effectively removes the wrinkles. Rub an ice cube on the face every night till it melts completely. 

9. The honey bath is very beneficial for removing the wrinkles. Apply raw and organic honey daily on the body including hair and lips after bathing and rinse off after few minutes.


1. Instead of going to spas and salons, take the recommendations of the dermatologist for laser facial treatments.

2. Avoid makeup concealers to hide the eye wrinkles, as the content get trapped in the fine lines of the skin and worsens the situation by making the wrinkles look larger.

3. Alcohol or smoking cause heavy oxidative damage to cells and lead to inflammation and wrinkles. 

4. The unavoidable environmental pollutants like smoke, dust, ozone and vehicle emissions damage and age the skin and cause premature wrinkles. 

5. Despite all benefits the exercises result in oxidative damage to the body.

6. Meditate daily for about 10 to 15 minutes.

7. Avoid tea, beverages, alcohols and smoking to look beautiful and reduce fine lines of wrinkles around the eyes and neck.

8. The refined, fried or junk foods and sweets or sugars contain chemicals that cause premature aging of sagging and wrinkles.

9. Eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids like grass-fed beef and wild salmon.

10. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily to hydrate the skin care and to reduce the formation of wrinkles. 

11. Avoid drinking water with straws and use them for drinks like coffee, tea, juices and soda as it causes wrinkles around the mouth. The facial movements made during the use of straw puckers the face and contribute to eye wrinkles too.   

Friday, 3 July 2015

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bad Odour of sweating

Sweating is a common phenomenon and the problem of perspiration increases in summer. But the bad odour of sweat is associated with it.  The problem still persists even after wearing the cotton clothes or using the deodorant.

Sweat Glands
Sweating it out
Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons by Sgt. Bobby Yarbrough
The temperature of the blood increases with the increase of temperature in summer. The sweat glands present on the most of the surface or the dermis of the skin open up to balance the change in temperature and sweating occurs. The sweat glands secrete the sweat and are very beneficial for the body. These tubular structures remove the toxic substances from the body through sweating.

There are two types of sweat glands in the skin. The apocrine glands are the main sweat glands that secrete sweat and are found in armpits. The eccrine glands glands not connected to hair follicles are found over most of the body and function throughout the life.

The people generally remain annoyed due to sweating and bad odour associated with it.

Why Sweat has bad Odour
The bacteria present on skin putrefy or decompose the sweat and the bad odour occurs.  The improper cleaning of the skin chokes the sweat glands and the movement of bacteria with dust on skin surface creates bad odour in sweat. This odour disturbs everyone. But in absence of odour the sweat may not be so annoying.  

Home Remedies

1. Apply little baking soda mixed in water on underarms after bathing and thereafter wipe it with towel.

2. Baking Soda could also be applied after using the deodorant. Spray the deodorant and apply little baking soda on it.

3. Apply the paste of baking soda and lemon after bathing at night.

4. Daily bathing is necessary to get rid of foul smell of sweat. You can do it twice a day in case of excess sweating.

5. Dry the underarms after bathing or before wearing anything as it will reduce the amount of sweating.

6. Keep the underarms clean as it reduces sweating, saves from infections and disease and is good for personal hygiene.

7. Rub cucumber slice on underarms after bathing. The antioxidant present in cucumber kills the bacteria and helps to get rid of foul smell of sweating.

8. Increase the amount of water intake in diet as it will help in overall health and end the foul smell of sweat. The water dilutes the sweat and stops the foul smell.

9. Remaining away from moisture, keeping the body clean and taking care of dress and diet according to season helps to get rid of bad smell of sweating

10. The addition of UD cologne, Dettol, lemon juice or Rose water to the bathing water keeps the body fresh ad free from foul smell.

11. Bathing after the use of sandalwood powder body pack helps to get rid of bad odour of sweating.

12. Use the footwear in which the feet remain open. Use the footwear made of fiber or leather.

13. Wear loose clothes instead of tight fitting garments.

14. It is a misconception that the use of talc powder helps to get rid of the foul smell of sweating. 

15. Add potassium sulphate or potash alum to the bathing water to get rid of excess sweating.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Nail Biting Affects Health and Beauty

Nail biting is a normal habit generally found among the people when they are nervous or are in stress. But it could merely be a habit only.
A nervous woman bites her nails
Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons by Maxwell GS 

Several health hazards are associated with this bad habit. This habit affects the normal growth of the nails and damages their normal shape too. It mars the beauty of the nails in general and the nails in particular.

The unclean nails become the breeding grounds of germs and bacteria. During the biting of nails these germs enter the digestive system and become the reason of infections and disease. A dangerous bacterium called staphylococcus is found under the layers of nails which enter the mouth during nail biting.

Transfer of Bacteria to Mouth
The dirt and germs remain stuck in the nails even if they are cleaned several times. The nails are doubly dirty than fingers. The chances of bacteria residing in the nails are more than any other place in the body. They provide a perfect place for the breeding and growth of bacteria especially the disease causing salmonella and e coli bacteria. Whenever the nails are bitten these bacteria enter the body through the mouth and transfer the disease causing infections.

Infections in Nails
The people having the habit of nail biting are more prone to get affected from paronesia. Paronesia is a skin infection generally found in the skin around the nails. The nail biting damages the cells around the nails and the bacteria and other germs easily enter the bkod streams through the skin. This problem could be treated by surgery.

The people with chronic habit of nail biting face great risk to get infected by human papillomavirus or HP V in which small knots get formed on the nails. Warts are a skin diseases caused by HP V. But this problem occurs more around the nails than any other place on the body.

Tooth Problem
With the passage of time the dirt emanating from the nails weaken the teeth. The people with excessive nail biting develop the problem to of coincide the upper and lower teeth on closing the mouth. The repeated nail biting weakens and dislocates the teeth from their normal place and the teeth appear to be coming out of the mouth.  

How to give up the habit of nail biting?
1. The proper care of the hands helps in giving up the habit of nail biting. Get the manicure done by a professional twice or thrice a week.
2. Massage the nails with cream or oil while feeling an urge of nail biting.
3. Eat carrot or apple while having a desire of nail biting.
4. Ask the family members to stop you while being found in nail biting.
5. Wrap the fingers with bandage, tape or thick band or an electric tape.
6. Keep the hands busy in some activity.