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Do you feel that your skin texture is dry? If even after applying moisturisers and serums you are able to feel the dryness on your skin, then it's time you do something about it. Skin dryness can turn out to be extremely annoying at times as it causes unnecessary itching and dullness. Here we have got some remedies to your rescue! You can now cure your dryness with the help of super-easy butter face masks! These face masks will make your skin supple, glowing and fresh. Butter itself is a rich source of fatty acids and vitamin A which brings a natural glow on your face. Butter face packs have various skin benefits and can be used for all skin types. The vitamin E present in these face masks can keep pigmentation spots at bay. Read on to know more about these face masks.Butter and Banana Face Mask: This face mask combination will bring a natural glow on your face. To make this face mask, you will require 1 ripped banana and 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter. Take a bowl and mash the banana until a thick paste is attained. While mashing the banana, add melted butter or solid butter and mix it well. With the help of a cosmetic brush, apply this face mask all over your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once it is done, wash your face with cold water and apply some moisturiser or toner.

Rosewater and Butter Face Mask: This face mask is extremely good for keeping your skin healthy and helps in removal of dead skin cells. You will require 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon of rosewater. Mix these ingredients well until a thick paste is attained. Apply it on your face for about 30 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water later.

Cucumber and Butter Face mask: If you happen to suffer from skin redness, then this face mask will help you get rid of the same. Take half cucumber and make a puree out of it. Then take 2 tablespoon of cucumber juice and add unsalted butter to it. Mix the ingredients well and apply it all over your face for not more than 10 minutes. Later, rinse off with cold water. This face mask will also help you get a clear skin.

All these 3 butter face masks can do wonder for your skin. So try them right away!

Mint or pudina is a common feature in Indian drinks and dishes during summers. The cooling properties of the bright green leaves are very well known. Mint leaves are also added to teas, for a soothing elixir. The leaves of the plant are packed with a number of health benefits, from boosting digestion to keeping bad breath away. No wonder it finds its way into a range of cocktails, mocktails, dips and even desserts. But did you know that mint or pudina is very beneficial for the skin as well? When applied on the skin, mint paste can help soothe the skin and keep acne away.

Mint is rich in menthol and also has anti-bacterial properties. Summer is the season when we tend to face a number of skin problems, like frequent acne and pimple breakouts, sun burns and rashes and mint is one ingredient, you can count upon to come to your rescue. From cleansing to toning and hydrating your skin, mint performs a number of functions in a summer face pack.
Here are some mint face packs to try out this summer:

1. Mint and cucumber face pack
Mint and cucumber are both amazing for the skin during summers, for their powerful cooling and hydrating properties. All you need to do for this face pack is take a few fresh pudina leaves and a few slices of cucumber, along with some honey and put them all in a mixer to form a smooth paste. Apply this face pack for about 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water. This removes blemishes and calms inflammation on the skin.
2. Mint and Fuller's Earth (Multani Mitti) face pack
Fuller's earth or multani mitti is great for the skin. Add mint leaves to the mix to enhance its cleansing and oil control properties. All you have to do to make this face pack is mix a little bit of multani mitti with honey and curd and throw in some crushed mint leaves. Apply this face pack and leave it on for 20 minutes, or until the pack has completely dried. This face pack is great for cleansing out pores, regulating oily skin and restoring the moisture of the skin.

3.Mint and rosewater face pack
Rosewater is important for maintaining the skin's pH balance and also controls excess oil. It is also anti-inflammatory. Add mint and honey to a little bit of rose water and apply it to your face for some time. Rinse it off after some time for an even toned, hydrated and soft skin.

4. Mint and turmeric face pack
Turmeric face mask can act on acne and may help reduce the pimples. Because of anti-inflammatory properties, the spice acts on acne scars and can also clear the face. Grind a few fresh and clean mint leaves, with a little bit of water and add just a dash of turmeric to the mix. Apply this face pack on your skin and leave it on for about 15 minutes, before washing it off.

5. Mint, oats and cucumber face scrub
When the skin tends to collect a lot of dirt and oil, bring this face scrub to your rescue. All you need for this cleansing and hydrating scrub is some mint leaves, some unsweetened oats, a few cucumber slices, honey and some milk. Oats are known for their exfoliating action on the skin and can effectively remove dead skin cells from the face. To make this face scrub, mix milk and oats in a bowl, add honey, grated cucumber and crushed mint leaves to it. Mix it all thoroughly and apply the scrub on your face in a gentle circular motion. Once done, rinse off your face and gently dab it with the towel to dry it.

Although there are no side-effects of using mint on your skin, for people who have an extra-sensitive skin, which is prone to frequent rashes, it's advisable to consult an expert dermatologist before adding anything to your skin routine.

Our skin requires discipline, and by that I don't mean hours and hours of using beauty products and strict skin care regimes, but balanced and clean eating habits can do well to our skin and keep it radiant and glowing. Don't just eat anything greasy and spicy, after all its either going to reflect on your waistline or your skin. So, what are the foods that will help keep your skin young and glowing as well as soft and supple? You will be surprised to know that by adding these foods to your regular diet, you cannot only lose weight but can also have a flawless skin.


Green Vegetables
I always recommend adding more greens to your diet and with greens I mean all green veggies - be it spinach, broccoli, kale and green beans. These superfoods will give your skin the nutrition it wants. Rich in vitamin K and zinc, spinach is a powerhouse of nutrients that helps improve blood circulation and coagulation, reduces inflammation, and helps prevent acne breakouts. Not only they improve metabolism and digestion but also reduce the chances of having constipation. All of this in turn makes our skin happy and glowing.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are one of my favourite fruits, not because of their versatility when it comes to cooking up some amazing recipes but because of their anti-ageing properties. Tomatoes are the best source of lycopene, and lycopene is an anti-ageing antioxidant. Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamin k, A, B1, B7 and C, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, iron, folate, and magnesium. So, be it soups or pastas or exotic curry, tomatoes in any form, preferably cooked, will do wonders to your skin.

Almonds
Almonds are the best source of natural vitamin, Eyou. One must have at least 10-15 almonds a day. Many people debate on how to eat almonds - soaked or as is. The answer is to just eat them regularly - it doesn't really matter how to eat them. Eating almonds every day will keep your skin problems like dryness, wrinkles and ageing at bay, and make sure you eat gulbandi or marmara almonds as they have higher amount of vitamin E. This nutritious nut supports the production of collagen and is packed with calcium, making it an excellent superfood for hair, teeth, nails and skin.

Flaxseed
A highly potent superfood, these tiny granule like seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids and help in building healthy skin cell function as well as support the production of new collagen. All of this in turn helps keep our skin healthy and wrinkle-free. You can toss flaxseeds in your porridges, salads, poha or upma to reap its maximum benefits. The alpha linolic acids found in flaxseeds help reduce dryness, itchiness and flakiness, and the vitamin B content of flaxseeds help improve acne conditions like rocacea and eczema.

Salmon
Salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart health and for people with blood pressure problems. These fatty acids help in production of collagen as well as protein that help keep our skin healthy and wrinkle free. Moreover, salmon contains selenium, which helps protect our skin from harmful rays of sun as well as keep our skin moisturised, soft and supple. This superfood also has high contents of vitamin D, is responsible for the absorption of crucial minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphate, and other biological effects.

Oranges
Oranges are packed with vitamin c and act an excellent cleaning agent for our skin, giving us a glowing and radiant skin. Oranges also help improve texture of our skin and restore collagen, keeping our skin well-toned and wrinkle-free. I recommend everyone to eat at least two oranges daily.

Avocado
Avocados are quite popular all over the world for all the good reasons. They are packed with healthy oils and vitamin E that helps build healthy skin function as well as hydrate the skin. Eating avocado prevents the risk of psoriasis, plus deeply moisturises our skin, making it well hydrated and radiant. Avocado also prevent sun damage and help treat and cure acne conditions. Due to its hydrating properties, avocadoes help keep your skin looking younger and supple and wrinkle free. Avocados are a high source of oleic and palmitic fatty acids as well as rich in vitamin K, C, A, E and B6, carotenoids, and folate. Moreover, the fruit is an excellent source of potassium, magnesium and dietary fibre. All of these nutrients help improve collagen production, reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy and young.

Dark Chocolate
Strange as it may sound but dark chocolate can have magical effects on the skin! Flavonoids and phytonutrients found in dark chocolate have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. All of these nutrients improve our skin condition, and help reduce photo damage and collagen breakdown. So, if you are cringing when eating chocolate, then don't, as it could help improve your skin health, giving us a smoother, hydrated and healthy skin. Make sure you eat two small cubes of dark chocolate three times a week for healthy and glowing skin.

Now, that you know that these superfoods are amazing for your skin, include them in your diet and see the results yourself. Not only will you be able to treat some common skin problems, but also slow down the ageing clock and reverse a fair amount of oncoming wrinkles.

If you think that your busy life is keeping you away from your well-deserved beauty sleep and monthly salon visits, then we have something interesting for you. Try these overnight face masks that will not only give you that amazing glow on your face naturally, but will also save big bucks on all store-bought products you lay your hands on. All you need to do is to set aside few minutes before you go to bed and apply these face masks for that dreamy soft and supple skin. So, without further ado, let's look at these easy, effective and natural overnight face masks.


Overnight Turmeric And Milk Face Mask
Raw milk is an excellent anti-tan agent. It proves to be an excellent natural remedy to treat sun tan at home. Moreover, raw milk comprises lactic acid, which helps in getting an even skin tone. Whereas, turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and also helps with skin brightening.

Ingredients: 4 tsp turmeric powder and 5-6 tsp raw milk.

Method: Take a bowl and mix turmeric and raw milk in it. It will be like a runny paste. Now, with the help of your fingers, apply it all over your face and neck (sun-exposed area). Leave it on overnight. Rinse your face with cold water the next morning. For better results, apply it 3-4 times a week.

Overnight Egg White Face Mask
Are you looking for a soft, supple and nourished skin? Bring egg white to your rescue. Egg white is rich in vitamin A, which is known to tighten the skin, close pores, and, in fact, fights anti-aging issues.

Ingredients: One egg white.

Method: Take a bowl and add the egg white in it. Apply the egg white evenly to your face. It will take around 15 minutes to dry. You could either leave it on overnight or wash it off. If you are keeping for overnight, then wash it off with cold water the next morning. Use it 2-3 times a week for better results.


Overnight Oats And Honey Face Mask
Oats contain compounds called saponins, which act as natural cleansers. Oats can soak up the excess oil on your skin and helps reduce acne. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells. Honey is a fantastic moisturiser and works wonders on patches of dry skin. If you have dry knees and elbows, or even chapped lips, apply honey on it.

Ingredients: 1 tbsp. oats and 1 tbsp. honey

Method: Start with mixing oats and honey in a bowl. Leave the mixture to rest for five minutes, until the oats soften. Now, mash the oats and mix well. Apply evenly on your face. Keep it for overnight. It will moisturise and repair your skin from damage done by the harmful rays of the Sun.

Overnight Tomato Face Mask
Tomato works as an astringent. It is best for acne-prone skin. It also helps in reviving the glow on dull skin and is an excellent remedy for sunburn.

Ingredients: Medium-sized tomato and 2 tablespoon raw milk.

Method: Take a medium-sized tomato, cut it into two halves. Take about 2 tablespoon of raw milk in a bowl. Now, dip the tomato into the milk bowl and apply it all over your face. Once the layer is dried up, repeat it again and apply the second layer. Better still, blend the tomato along with raw milk and apply the paste to your face. Leave it on overnight and rinse off with cold water in the morning.

Some of the masks can be a little messy like the oat and honey mask, whereas, some may have an overpowering smell like egg white mask. In such case, you may rinse the mask off before you sleep - the choice is yours; they will still do wonders to your skin. Contact your dermatologist before you use these face masks to check for any allergies.

Who doesn't like a healthy and glowing skin? A radiant skin not only makes you look beautiful from outside but from within as well. A lot of care and attention goes into achieving that perfect glow. However, if you happen to have an oily skin type, then you'll have to go an extra mile for getting that glow. Oily skin is more prone to develop various skin-related issues like acne, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. Blackheads can turn out to be quite annoying. A lot of people spend hefty amount of money in salon and beauty products just to get rid of those stubborn blackheads. However, just a few tips and tricks at home could help you get rid of them. Yes, you read that right. When the open pores in the skin get in contact with dirt, it leads to accumulation of dirt particles that eventually lead to formation of blackheads. The most common areas on face that are prone to blackhead formation are nose, cheeks and even chin. Scrubbing your face gently, using few basic kitchen ingredients, could help you move a step ahead in tackling blackhead issues.


Here is a three ingredient face scrub that you can use twice every week to get rid of blackheads:

Things You Need:

1 banana (mashed)
2 tbsp oats (crushed)
1 tbsp honey

Method:

To begin with, take a bowl and add crushed oats to the bowl.
Then, add honey along with mashed banana. Mix together all the ingredients and then apply this mix on your face.
Scrub it in a circular motion and then allow it to stay for 5-7 minutes.
Once this is done, wash it off using warm water and apply a gentle moisturiser on the skin to close the open pores.

Oats help in exfoliating the dead skin cells and also help in removing the dirt. Other than this, oats have the ability to absorb and remove extra oil from the skin. Honey acts as a moisturising agent and also has antibacterial and anti-microbial properties, whereas, banana helps in retaining the lost moisture in the skin. Banana together with oats doubles the exfoliating power, which is perfect for an oily skin type.

So, the next time you plan to have a pamper sesh, make this homemade scrub a part of your beauty regimen and say bye-bye to blackheads for once and all.

Dr. Ajay Rokade
Dr. Ajay Rokade
MD - Homeopathy, Family Physician Homeopath, 15 yrs, Pune
Dr. Himanshu Verma
Dr. Himanshu Verma
Medical Student, General Physician, 3 yrs, Bhopal
Dr. Prashant Wankhede
Dr. Prashant Wankhede
MS/MD - Ayurveda, Pune
Dr. Yogesh  Lohade
Dr. Yogesh Lohade
MS/MD - Ayurveda, Ayurveda Panchakarma, 9 yrs, Pune
Dr. Annasaheb Labade
Dr. Annasaheb Labade
BAMS, Ayurveda Family Physician, 19 yrs, Pune
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