As a modern-day young woman you may find it difficult to strike an optimum balance between family and working life. This can cause stress in your life that may lead to various health and skin problems. During this phase of life, you have to encounter a lot of peer pressure to look slim. To acquire a slim figure you may follow different methods to lose weight such as eating slimming pills or following a fad diet. All of these can lead to various side effects in the form of health and skin problems. You also have a tendency to pick up vice habits such as smoking from colleagues and friends in an attempt to fit into the society. There are various side effects of these vice habits on your health and skin. There is also a tendency to try new and cheap skin care products, which may also lead to various kinds of health and skin problems. Let’s discuss some of these health and skin problems that occur due to these causes and their remedial measures.
Cause: Stress from work/ office/human relationship problems
As a young female, you may encounter significant stress from your work, office or from your relationships. While reacting to stressors, your body releases hormones including cortisol that impacts the digestive system, skin and immune system. Stress may affect almost every system in your body and that too in a negative way. Major life events, which cause stress such as moving to a new city or beginning a new job, may reduce your sex drive. This occurs as a raised level of cortisol suppresses your body’s sex hormones. Both chronic and acute stress may alter your hormonal balance; thereby, leading to late, missed or irregular periods. Furthermore, raised cortisol levels may lead to excessive production of oil by the sebaceous glands in the skin that result in the development of acne. Significant psychological stress may also lead to hair loss in young females. Stress also increases your risk of developing insomnia, depression, poor digestion, stroke, heart disease, and fertility problems. It also leads to reduced metabolism, sugar cravings, and increased appetite, all of which result in weight gain.
Skin problems that occur due to these causes
Acne is a condition of the skin that occurs due to plugging of your hair follicles with dead skin cells and oil or sebum. It causes blackheads, whiteheads or pimples, which may appear on your face, chest, forehead, shoulders and upper back. You can use various drugs such as benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, antibiotics, salicylic acid, and Azelaic acid and hormone therapy to treat acne. You can also use several therapies either alone or in combination with drugs to treat acne. These therapies include photodynamic therapy and lasers and chemical peels. Your doctor can also extract whiteheads and blackheads using special tools from your face.
Natural/organic ingredients to treat acne
1. Ylang-ylang oil
It is a potent essential oil that has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which make it excellent for treating mild to moderate lesions of acne.
How to use ylang-ylang oil?
Mix Dead Sea salt, raw honey, ylang-ylang oil and clary sage essential oil to make a preventive scrub for acne. You can exfoliate the dead skin cells from your body using this scrub and this prevents the formation of acne.
Boil chamomile tea leaves in a cup of water. Strain it and add a teaspoonful each of ylang-ylang oil and witch hazel. This mixture acts as a potent skin toner and helps in the treatment and prevention of acne.
2. Sweet orange oil
The sweet orange essential oil is made from the peels of oranges. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties due to which it helps in fighting acne. It also helps in controlling the formation of excess oil on the skin.
How to use orange oil?
Mix three drops of sweet orange essential oil with a glass of water. Wash your face with this mixture before going to bed each night to prevent a breakout of acne.
You can also use orange oil as a deep cleanser by mixing it with almond oil or olive oil. Mix one drop of sweet orange essential oil with four drops of almond oil or olive oil. Apply this mixture to your face using a cotton ball. Leave it for five minutes and then wipe it off.
3. Sunflower oil
Although sunflower oil is best known as an oil for cooking, it is also among the popular oils that are used in skincare and cosmetic products. It has antibacterial properties as it contains many organic acids such as palmitic, oleic, stearic and linoleic acids. It is noncomedogenic in nature due to which you can rub it into the skin without producing pimples.
How to use sunflower oil?
Make sure to use cold-pressed sunflower oil. Use a gentle muslin cloth and put a quarter size quantity of oil onto it. With gentle circular motions, massage the oil into the skin for about 30 seconds. Use a dry cloth to wipe off the oil from your skin.
You can also blend the oil into your favorite moisturizer. Add one drop of sunflower oil in a quarter size amount of moisturizer in your palm before applying the moisturizer.
4. Borage seed oil
Borage seed oil is extracted from the flowers or seeds of Borage Officinalis plant. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in combating cystic acne. It is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and other omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that prevent the formation of acne.
How to use borage seed oil?
Mix two fl oz of borage seed oil with 40 drops of any of the essential oils beneficial for acne (tea tree, geranium, rosemary, lavender or chamomile) and one capsule of vitamin E. Store the mixture in an amber colored bottle. Place the bottle in a dry and cool place that is away from direct heat and light for a period of 24 hours before use. When using take a couple of drops of the mixture in the palms of your hand and massage it gently over the affected area. Repeat two to three times each day and especially at night.
5. Rosehip oil
Rosehip oil is a rich source of vitamins C, E and A, and omega-6 fatty acids and only a couple of drops of this oil are enough to treat acne. It also helps in healing scarring due to acne.
How to use rosehip oil?
Apply two to three drops of this oil onto the damp skin of your face twice daily, preferably in the morning and at night.
6. Sweet almond oil
Almond oil is of very light texture due to which it is very easily absorbed by the skin and removes the accumulated dirt and debris. This helps in preventing the outbreak of acne. Furthermore, almond oil is a rich source of vitamin A that is known to decrease flare-ups of acne.
How to use sweet almond oil?
Take a few drops of sweet almond oil on the palms of your hand. Massage it gently on the face for a couple of minutes.
7. Clary sage oil
A special chemical known as linalyl acetate is present in clary sage essential oil that helps in reducing inflammation and preventing scarring due to acne. It also regulates the production of oil by the sebaceous glands of the skin; thereby, preventing the occurrence of acne. It also has antibacterial properties which makes it a great oil to prevent acne breakouts.
How to use clary sage oil?
Fill a five ml roller bottle with jojoba oil. Add a few drops of clary sage oil in it. Shake the bottle thoroughly. Roll and form a thin layer of this mixture on the areas affected with acne and on the oily areas of your face. Massage the oil for a couple of minutes until it is absorbed into the skin.
To read more about acne and its treatment read the following article:
Young females may develop hair loss as a result of significant psychological stress. The following kinds of hair loss may be caused due to high levels of stress:
Telogen effluvium (TE)
It occurs due to a change in the total number of hair follicles from which hair is actually growing. In case this change happens during the resting or telogen phase of the hair growth, shedding of hair can occur. It is not necessary for hair thinning due to TE to occur all over your head. It often occurs in patches particularly at the center of your scalp. The hair loss due to telogen effluvium is completely reversible.
Alopecia areata (AA)
It is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the cells of your immune system destroy your hair follicles. Stress may trigger AA and result in loss of hair. You may lose hair in round patches on your scalp or all over the scalp. The hair may fall out and grow back repeatedly over a time period.
Topical treatment for hair loss
There are many oils, creams and other types of products that you can apply topically to help treat your hair loss. Some of these are:
- Topical minoxidil (Rogaine): It is as an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine that is available in the form of a spray, foam or cream. You may apply it to the affected area up to two times a day. It works by prolonging the growth phase of the human hair growth cycle. This medicine may take up to three to four months to produce results.
- Topical corticosteroids: Topical corticosteroids both over-the-counter and prescription such as prednisone are used in some cases to treat AA. They are very often used in combination with other treatments.
Nutrition and diet to treat hair loss
Eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet is necessary for maintaining not only the health of your body but also the health of your hair. Some of the essential vitamins that are vital for hair growth and that you should include in your diet are:
- Vitamin C: This is a vitamin that is important for the building of collagen, a connective tissue of the skin that is also present in the hair follicles. Foods rich in vitamin C are citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, and broccoli
- Vitamin B: Vitamin B complex contains many essential vitamins that promote a healthy metabolism along with healthy hair and skin. Foods rich in vitamin B are beans, nuts, avocados, and dark leafy green vegetables.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that promotes the health of the scalp. Foods that are rich in vitamin E are spinach, sunflower seeds, broccoli, shrimp and olive oil.
In case your diet is deficient in these nutrients, discuss with your physician about taking supplements. They can find out your options and recommend the supplement that is best for you. Don’t take dietary supplements without the guidance of your physician. It is also essential to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. You should aim for at least eight glasses of water every day. You should learn to manage your stress effectively to reduce the risk of further hair loss.
Natural/organic ingredients to treat hair loss
1. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is one of the natural ingredients that have been used for long to treat hair loss. It helps in soothing the scalp and conditioning the hair.
How to use aloe vera?
Apply pure gel of aloe vera to your hair and scalp and massage it for a couple of minutes. Repeat this a few times a week. You may also use shampoo and conditioner containing aloe vera.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil contains various types of fatty acids, which penetrate the shaft of hair and reduce the loss of protein from the hair. It has been found to improve the luster and health of hair.
How to use coconut oil?
Apply coconut oil into your hair and scalp and massage it for a few minutes. If you have oily hair you can leave it for a couple of hours or overnight before washing your hair. You can also massage it in your hair after washing it if you have dry hair.
3. Onion juice
Juice of onion has been found to treat patches of alopecia areata successfully by promoting the growth of hair.
How to use onion juice?
Take a few onions, blend them in a blender and squeeze out their juice. Apply this juice to your hair and scalp. Leave for a minimum of 15 minutes. Then wash with a shampoo.
4. Rosemary oil
Rosemary oil is an essential oil that you can use to decrease hair loss and promote the growth of hair as it stimulates the growth of new hair.
How to use rosemary oil?
Mix a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Massage this mixture into your scalp and hair and rinse with water. You can repeat this a few times per week. You can also add a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil to your normal shampoo or conditioner.
5. Geranium oil
You can also use geranium oil to boost blood circulation on the scalp and promote the growth of hair. It helps to hydrate, strengthen and restore hair.
How to use geranium oil?
Mix a couple of drops of this oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Use this mixture as a hair mask. You may also add a couple of drops of geranium oil to your normal shampoo or conditioner.
Lifestyle changes to manage stress
Follow the below-mentioned tips to manage your stress levels:
- Keep an assertive attitude instead of getting aggressive. Assert your opinions, beliefs or feelings instead of getting defensive, passive or angry.
- Practice various relaxation techniques to manage stress. These include meditation, Tai chi, breathing exercises, and yoga.
- Accept the fact that there are events, which are not under your control.
- Maintain a positive attitude towards life.
- Do regular exercise. Your body is able to fight stress in a better way when it is healthy and fit.
- Eat a well-balanced and healthy diet.
- Learn effective time management strategies.
- Set appropriate limits. Also, learn to say no to things that you think may create too much stress in your personal or professional life.
- Keep some time free for hobbies, relaxation, and interests.
- Get enough sleep and rest. Your body requires it while recovering from stressful life events.
- Don’t depend on drugs, tobacco or alcohol to decrease stress.
- Seek social support. Spend time with friends, relatives or those people with whom you enjoy.
- Seek counseling or treatment with a mental health professional who is trained in biofeedback or stress management techniques to know about stress management strategies.
Cause: Peer Pressure
During this phase of your life due to peer pressure, you want to look your best physically. To attain the best body figure and shape you may resort to eating slimming pills to lose weight quickly and attain an attractive body shape. You may also follow certain fad diets to maintain your body figure. But these slimming pills and fad diets have negative effects on your health.
Eating slimming pills
Side effects of slimming pills vary depending on the kind of drug you consume and the working of the drug. Drugs that work as stimulants such as phentermine may result in increased blood pressure, rapid heart rate, insomnia, drug dependence and abuse, restlessness and symptoms of withdrawal. Drugs, which work by interfering with the absorption of fat like orlistat may result in gas, soft stools, and oily spotting. Slimming pills, which affect brain neurotransmitters like Contrave or Belviq may cause nausea, vomiting, headache, dry mouth, constipation, and dizziness.
Following fad diet on your health and skin
As stated, in an effort to lose weight quickly you may follow fad diets as there is no shortage of them these days. These so-called quick fix diets may give you results in the short term but they are not sustainable in the long term and they don’t provide the essential nutrients, which only a balanced diet can offer. You can easily spot a fad diet. Generally, a fad diet promises you a quick weight loss, promotes certain magic foods, excludes or restricts certain groups of foods and has rigid rules that are difficult to follow. You may develop various health problems due to the fad diets as these diets often restrict key foods from your diet. Some of the symptoms that you may develop are dehydration, fatigue, weakness, constipation, headaches, and nausea. You may also develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Due to this your skin health may also suffer and you may develop dryness, dullness and premature aging of your skin.
What should you do?
The answer to taking slimming pills and following a fad diet to lose weight is eating a balanced diet and increasing your physical activity. Follow the below-mentioned tips to maintain a healthy body and slim figure:
- Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
- Include a wide variety of whole grain cereals in your diet.
- Include lean meat, poultry or fish in your diet.
- Include low-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
- Limit your intake of saturated fat and also total fat intake.
- Choose foods that are low in salt.
- Limit your intake of alcohol.
- Limit your intake of sugar-containing foods and beverages. Avoid consuming sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Aim for at least 30 to 45 minutes of moderate intensity physical exercise on most days of the week. If you want to lose weight you should increase the time of the exercise gradually.
Pickup vice habits from colleagues and friends in an attempt to fit into society
In an attempt to fit into the society you may also pick up vice habits such as smoking from your colleagues. But tobacco in any form is dangerous to your overall health. Smoking may result in a variety of health complications in your body.
Smoking can temporarily stimulate your mood but dependence on tobacco is common and withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and anxiety are difficult to manage.
Inhaling tobacco smoke can damage your lungs and makes you prone to increased lung infections. You may also develop emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer in the long run. Smoking also increases your risk of increased blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. It also raises your risk of cervical cancer, osteoporosis and fertility and problems with menstruation.
Smoking may cause dry skin and premature aging of the skin. It may reduce the blood flow to your skin.
What should you do to quit the habit?
Try the below-mentioned tips to quit the habit of smoking:
- Decide on a reason for why you desire to quit the habit of smoking. It may be as simple as that you want to improve your health.
- Pick up a date to quit may be the start of a month.
- Bring change to your routine. For instance, if you smoke generally in the morning along with a cup of coffee, then, break this habit. Instead of drinking coffee, drink tea. If you smoke after a meal, go for a walk.
- Wait and the craving to smoke will pass. During the time you have a craving, do something to distract you such as take a short walk, call a friend, take deep breaths, sip a cup of water or play some game on your smartphone.
- Stay busy. If you are in a habit of smoking due to boredom, then by keeping yourself busy, you will be able to keep your mind away from smoking. You may chew gum, do meditation, go to a movie or spend time with non-smoker family and friends.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps in flushing the nicotine from the body. Hence, when you have a craving, sip ice cold water.
- Get active. It may help you reduce the craving of nicotine.
Skin Problems due to these causes
Dull and dry skin
Dull and dry skin is a common skin condition in which there is less than an optimum quantity of moisture in the outermost skin layer, also called epidermis. Areas of the body that have an increased tendency to develop dry skin are arms, lower legs, and hands.
Over-the-counter drugs to treat dull and dry skin
You can treat dull and dry skin by applying an emollient regularly on your skin. An emollient is a substance, which prevents the evaporation of moisture from the skin. You can also apply mild moisturizing lotions such as Cetaphil lotion, curel lotion, and Lubriderm lotion to improve mild dryness of skin. To improve severe dryness of skin you can apply certain high moisturizing products such as Vaseline and Aquaphor. Your doctor may also prescribe topical creams containing steroids to relieve dryness that doesn’t get better by moisturizing lotions. These include hydrocortisone 1%, triamcinolone 0.1%, pramasone 2.5% and fluocinonide 0.05%.
Natural/organic ingredients to treat dull and dry skin
1. Grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of grapes. The oil is a rich source of vitamin E and omega chain fatty acids. Due to the presence of many herbal ingredients, it improves softness, moisture, and elasticity of the skin.
How to use Grapeseed oil?
You can use pure Grapeseed oil by putting a few drops of it in the palms of your hands and then massaging it to your face before going to bed. You can also mix a few drops of the oil in your moisturizer or body cream. Applying in this way, Grapeseed oil helps to lock the moisture into the layers of your skin.
You can also mix the oil with other essential oils such as lavender or frankincense oil to make your facial skin extra supple and soft. Mix a few drops each of juniper, lavender, and frankincense oil with one ounce of Grapeseed oil and apply it as a face mask. Leave it on your face for 10 minutes for a spa-like relaxing treatment.
2. Avocado oil
Avocado oil is a rich source of vitamins A, E and D and omega-3 fatty acids, lecithin, potassium and many types of other nutrients, which can moisturize and nourish your skin.
How to use avocado oil?
You can use the inside of fresh avocado and massage it on your face. Leave it for around 15 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water. You can also massage a few drops of avocado oil on your face before going to bed at night and wash it in the morning.
You can also add a couple of tablespoons of the oil to your bath water. It helps in making your whole body soft and supple and preventing the hot water from making your skin dry. You can also apply a few drops of the oil on your body after taking a bath.
3. Sweet Almond oil
Almond oil is derived from the kernels (dried) of sweet almonds. It is a rich source of many nutrients including vitamin E, A, B1, B6, B2, D, oleic acid and linoleic acid. It possesses lubricating, moisturizing, softening and nourishing properties. It helps in making your skin smooth and soft. You can use it irrespective of your skin type-normal, dry, sensitive or oily.
How to use sweet almond oil?
You can take a few drops of oil in the palms of your hands and massage it over your body immediately after having a shower. For sensitive and dry skin, you can use sweet almond oil as a cleanser. Massage pure almond oil into your face for a couple of minutes and then wash using lukewarm water. You can also mix a few drops of the oil with a moisturizing lotion and use it on your face. This helps in soothing itching and irritation associated with dry skin.
4. Olive oil
Olive oil acts as a natural humectant, which attracts moisture to your dry skin. It is a rich source of many antioxidants, vitamin K, vitamin E and other ingredients that also provide anti-aging benefits.
How to use olive oil?
Put a few drops of olive oil in the palms of your hands and massage it on your face for a couple of minutes. Keep it for 5-10 minute and remove it using a warm washcloth.
You can also make a nourishing mask using olive oil and use it two times a week on your face to relieve dry skin. Mix olive oil with coconut oil and apply this mixture on your face. You can also mix some amount of olive oil with yogurt to make a hydrating an exfoliating mask. This mask is excellent for dry skin that needs exfoliation.
You can also add a small quantity of olive oil to your cream or moisturizer and use to provide extra hydration to your excessively dry skin.
You can massage olive oil all over your body before taking a shower or bath. This helps in preventing dryness of skin from hot water bath or shower.
5. Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil acts as a humectant and works as a protective barrier on the skin and keeps it from losing its moisture. It is noncomedogenic (it doesn’t cause acne) and hypoallergenic. It also has anti-inflammatory properties due to which it helps in relieving dryness and itching of the skin.
How to use jojoba oil?
Take a few drops of jojoba oil in the palms of your hands and gently massage it on your face. Avoid using greater than six drops of oil at a time as more oil may make your skin appear greasy.
You can add two to three drops of the oil to a small amount of your regular moisturizer and apply it your face.
Mix one ounce each of Grapeseed oil and jojoba oil in a bowl. Add the contents of a capsule of vitamin E. Add a few drops each of lavender and neroli essential oils. Blend all the ingredients well and apply this mixture to your skin.
6. Rose flower oil
Rose flower oil is a rich source of various minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins, which makes it an excellent emollient to moisturize and hydrate dry skin.
How to use Rose flower oil?
You can mix a few drops of Rose flower essential oil with your regular moisturizer and apply it to your face to get the benefits of the oil. You can also apply the oil directly to your facial skin or get a full body massage by mixing a few drops of the oil in a carrier oil.
Honey acts as a natural emollient and humectant and increases the moisture content of the skin and reduces its dryness even after it has been washed off.
How to use honey?
Apply good quality raw honey on your skin directly. Leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Mix two tablespoons each of yogurt and mashed avocado. In this mixture add two to three tablespoons of pure raw honey. Mix thoroughly to obtain a mixture of smooth consistency. Apply this mixture on your neck and face. Leave for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Lifestyle changes to relieve dull and dry skin
The following lifestyle changes may help to relieve your dull and dry skin:
- Apply moisturizers to your skin after taking a shower or bath and also at several other times during a day. You can also use cosmetics that contain moisturizers.
- You can use an ointment or cream instead of using lotion. Use ones containing oils such as olive oil or jojoba oil or Shea butter. Certain other ingredients that help in relieving dryness of skin are Hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, urea, Dimethicone, glycerine, lanolin, petrolatum, and mineral oil.
- Don’t use cosmetic and skincare products that contain fragrance and alcohol.
- Restrict your bath or shower time to five to ten minutes and use lukewarm water to take bath.
- Avoid bathing with drying and harsh soaps. Use a gentle shower or bath gels that contain moisturizers.
- Apply a moisturizer or oil immediately after taking a shower or bath.
- Install a humidifier in your room as dry and hot air can worsen the dryness of skin.
- Choose natural fabrics like cotton and silk, which are gentle on the skin and allow it to breathe. Use hypoallergenic detergents to wash your clothes.
- Avoid sitting in front of an open flame or heat source as it may worsen the dryness of your skin.
- You can add certain supplements in your diet to relieve dryness of your skin. These include vitamin E, fish oil, Lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin D and evening primrose oil.
Read the following article to know more about dull skin and its management:
Premature aging of the skin
You may develop premature aging of your skin due to consuming slimming pills to lose weight, following fad diets or as a result of smoking. Premature aging of skin due to these reasons may present in the following ways:
Fine lines and wrinkles: As your skin loses its moisture, elastin, and collagen, it can develop wrinkles and fine lines.
Sagging skin: Due to the loss of elastin and collagen, you can also develop sagging skin as one of the symptoms of premature aging of the skin.
Clinical and surgical treatment of premature aging of the skin
Various medicines and nonprescription creams are available that you can use to treat fine lines and wrinkles. There are numerous cosmetic procedures available that you can use to treat premature signs of aging. These include:
- Glycolic acid peel
- Deep chemical peels
- Laser resurfacing
- Non-ablative laser resurfacing
- Fractional resurfacing
- Radiofrequency and heat
- Elevators and fillers
Natural/organic ingredients to treat premature aging of the skin
1. Avocado oil
Avocado oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and other antioxidants. It helps in increasing the production of collagen; thereby, reversing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
How to use avocado oil?
You can take a good quantity of avocado oil in the palms of your hands and massage it on your face after taking a shower or bath.
Mix ¼ cup of avocado oil with two tablespoons of coconut oil, two tablespoons of beeswax, one tablespoon Shea butter and ½ teaspoon of vitamin E oil in a glass jar. Place the jar without the lid in a pot/bowl filled with four to six inches of water. Place the pot of water on low flame and let the water simmer. Stir the ingredients in the jar as they melt. After the ingredients have melted pour them in a smaller jar. Leave the mixture to harden. Store the jar with the cream in a dry and cool place after putting the lid on it. Apply the anti-aging cream on your face every night before going to bed.
2. Rose flower oil
Rose flower oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is especially helpful for renewing skin cells. It also promotes the synthesis of collagen in your skin; thereby, keeping your skin looking young for longer.
How to use Rose flower oil?
You can massage a few drops of Rose flower oil to the skin of your face two times a day.
In a two-ounce amber colored glass dropper bottle, put three tablespoons of Argan oil using a small funnel. Now add nine drops each of lavender essential oil and rose essential oil. Tightly cap the bottle. Gently mix the oils by rolling the bottle between your palms. Apply three drops of this mixture on your facial skin after cleaning it for youthful skin.
3. Clary oil
It is a type of essential oil that has potent anti-aging properties. It helps in reducing fine lines, preventing wrinkles and tightening pores. It is mild in nature and you can use it safely around the area near your eyes.
How to use clary oil?
Dilute two drops of clary oil in one tablespoon of carrier oil such as coconut oil. Take a few drops of this oil in the palms of your hands and massage it gently on the skin of your face for a couple of minutes. Make sure to always dilute the oil before using it.
4. Ylang-ylang oil
Ylang-ylang oil helps in improving the appearance of premature aging of the skin by regenerating the skin cells faster. It smoothes the wrinkles and fines by having a toning effect on the skin.
How to use ylang-ylang oil?
Take a few drops of the oil in the palms of your hands and massage it directly to your face for a couple of minutes.
You can also blend it with other oils such as lavender, sandalwood or grapefruit oils and use them to massage on your face to reduce premature signs of aging.
5. Geranium oil
Geranium oil is an excellent oil that you can use for all types of skin. It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as it slows the effects of premature aging by tightening the skin.
How to use geranium oil?
Mix a couple of drops of geranium oil with your moisturizer and apply it to your facial skin two times a day.
6. Sandalwood oil
It is an essential oil that contains a high quantity of sesquiterpene, a hormone, which boosts repair and regeneration of skin cells. It helps in soothing irritated and damaged skin and fades wrinkles and fine lines.
How to use sandalwood oil?
Mix three teaspoons of milk powder with three teaspoons of sandalwood oil and one teaspoon of rose water. Mix thoroughly to form a smooth paste. Apply this to your face. Leave it for about 16 to 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
7. Frankincense oil
It has potent antioxidant properties that help in preventing premature aging and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It promotes the growth and rejuvenation of skin cells.
How to use frankincense oil?
Take a couple of drops of frankincense oil in the palms of your hands and massage it on your facial skin before going to bed at night.
8. Sesame oil
Sesame oil is a rich source of vitamin E and omega-6 and 9 fatty acids. It has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It rejuvenates your skin and prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How to use sesame oil?
Take a couple of drops of sesame oil in the palms of your hands and massage it gently on your facial skin. Leave it overnight and wash it with lukewarm water in the morning. Repeat it daily.
To know more about premature aging of the skin and its management read the following article:
Cause: Shopping Preferences
During this phase of your life females are daring to try new skincare products from different and new brands. They also tend to chase trendy skincare and cosmetic products. Many times while doing so they may become negligent over product safety while placing cheap price as a priority. Moreover, they may not have high income as at this age their income is usually less and due to that their spending power is also less. Hence, they buy cheaper cosmetics that contain chemical ingredients that are harsh and aggressive on the skin.
Using cheap cosmetics
Permanent dark circles and bags under the eyes: Using cheap cosmetics containing harsh chemicals under the eyes may cause permanent dark circles and bags under the eyes. Furthermore, eye makeup may cause a wide variety of other diseases such as dry eye, conjunctivitis, and uveitis. Use of cheap mascara may cause thinning of eyelashes, which may ultimately result in blindness.
Dark circles and bags under the eyes due to cheap cosmetics may occur as a result of allergic reaction to the chemicals present in these cosmetics. During an allergic reaction, the body releases histamine that causes symptoms of redness, itchiness and puffy eyes. Due to histamine the blood vessels beneath the eye area dilate and are more visible. Due to an allergy, you may scratch and rub the itchy skin surrounding your eyes. This may worsen the symptoms causing swelling, breakage of blood vessels and swelling. This can also worsen the dark circles under the eyes.
Medical and surgical treatments of dark circles and bags under the eyes
Certain medical treatments that are available to provide a permanent and effective solution to reduce dark circles under the eyes are:
- Chemical peels help in reducing pigmentation of the skin
- Laser surgery helps in resurfacing your skin and enhancing skin tightening
- Medical tattoos are used for injecting pigment into the thinning areas of the skin
- Tissue fillers are used to conceal melanin and blood vessels, which are causing discoloration of the skin under your eyes
- Removal of fat to remove excess fat and skin; thereby, revealing an even and smoother surface
- Surgical implants of synthetic products or fat
Discuss with your doctor about your treatment options before deciding on any of the above mentioned cosmetic procedure. Invasive cosmetic procedures to correct dark circles under the eyes can be painful, expensive and often have a long recovery period.
Home treatments for dark circles and bags under the eyes
Some of the remedies that you can try at home to treat dark circles under the eyes are:
- Put a cold compress: Applying a cold compress to your eyes helps in reducing the swelling shrinking the dilated blood vessels. This helps in reducing the puffiness and eliminating the dark circles under the eyes. You can wrap a couple of ice cubes in a washcloth and place it on your under eye area. You may also dip a washcloth in cold water and place it over your under eye area for 15-20 minutes.
- Get an extra amount of sleep: Sleeping for some extra time can help in reducing the appearance of bags and dark circles under the eyes. Aim to sleep for at least seven to eight hours at night.
- Elevate your head while sleeping: Keep some pillows and elevate your head while sleeping. This helps in preventing the fluid from getting accumulated under the eyes as that can make their appearance swollen and puffy.
- Apply cold tea bags: Antioxidants and caffeine are present in tea which can help shrink the blood vessels, stimulate circulation of blood and reduce retention of fluid beneath the skin. Soak two green or black tea bags in boiling hot water for four to five minutes. Keep them in the refrigerator for about 16-20 minutes. Place the chilled tea bags on your closed eyes for about 11-20 minutes. Remove and wash your eyes with clean and cool water.
- Conceal using makeup: Though cosmetics and makeup can’t treat dark circles and bags under the eyes, they may help to conceal them. You can use concealers to cover dark circles and blend them with the normal color of your skin. However, since your dark circles are caused due to cheap cosmetics, you should take proper care while using makeup products to conceal them. Always use high-quality products that are hypoallergenic and if your symptoms worsen due to using any of them, immediately stop their use.
Clogging of skin pores and acne
Cheap powders and foundations may clog your skin pores and produce lesions of acne such as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and pustules. You may use the treatments mentioned above in the article to manage your acne.
Damage to your nails
Using cheap nail polish may damage your nails, making them fragile and discolored.
Home remedies for fragile and discolored nails
- First of all, stop using all the cheap nail polish that has caused damage to your nails.
- Eats foods rich in essential fatty acids such as flaxseed, flaxseed oil and fatty fish. You can also take evening primrose oil as a supplement 1000 mg thrice daily with meals.
- Moisturize your nails by rubbing petroleum jelly or another thick cream on your nails before going to bed at night.
- Wear gloves made of vinyl while washing dishes or doing other household work, which needs you to dip your hands for a considerable time in the water.
- Don’t use fake or artificial nails as these are glued over the top of real nails and the gap in between both the nails can allow the fungus to grow.
- Mix equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar. Soak your hands in this solution for 5-8 minutes. Repeat this procedure for some days and your nail will get stronger.
- Massage your nails using olive oil, coconut oil or vitamin E oil for a couple of minutes. You can also massage the oil on your nails at night and leave it overnight to get the best results.
- Apply fresh juice of an orange to your nails and leave it for a couple of minutes. Then wash it with lukewarm water.
- Brew a cup of green tea. Soak your fingers in the tea for about 11-15 minutes. Repeat the procedure at least two times a week for best results.
Makes skin dry and cause premature aging of the skin
Some chemical used in cheap makeup products tends to dry the natural oil of the skin and make it dull, dry and flaky. Your skin starts developing premature signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. You can use the treatment mentioned above in the article to manage the premature signs of aging.
Lipstick may cause lead poisoning
The ingredients present in cheap lipsticks may damage your lips and may even cause lead poisoning. You can develop dryness of the lips or dark spots on the lips.
Home remedies to treat damage to the lips due to using cheap lipsticks
- Dip a cotton swab in apple cider vinegar and apply it to your lips. Leave it for a few minutes. You can apply it two to three times a day.
- Massage one to two drops of almond oil on your lips. Leave it overnight. Repeat the process every night.
- Mix one to two drops each of honey and lemon juice. Apply this mixture on your lips. Leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Mix a couple of drops of fresh lemon juice with one teaspoon of sugar. Use this scrub on your lips for three to four minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat this process two to three times a week.
- Crush half strawberry and place it on your lips. Leave it for about 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. You can repeat this procedure every day.
Ingredients in cheap deodorants may cause irritation, itching, and redness that may eventually result in hyperpigmentation of the skin. You may also develop an allergic reaction to cheap sunscreens or fairness creams that may result in permanent discoloration of your skin.
Clinical treatment of hyperpigmentation
You can treat hyperpigmentation by using various types of treatment that includes lightening creams, retinoids, face acids, dermabrasion, Microdermabrasion, chemical peels etc.
Natural/organic ingredients to treat hyperpigmentation
1. Grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil is a rich source of a potent antioxidant proanthocyanidin. This ingredient helps in improving the skin tone when you use the oil on the skin consistently.
How to use Grapeseed oil?
You can use pure Grapeseed oil and massage a few drops of it on the affected area.
2. Sandalwood oil
Sandalwood essential oil helps in diminishing discoloration and pigmentation of the skin.
How to use sandalwood oil?
Mix ten drops of sandalwood oil with two tablespoons of Argan oil. Store this mixture in a two-ounce amber colored glass dropper bottle. Apply the oil to the affected areas.
3. Rose essential oil
It brightens and rejuvenates discolored and dull skin and evens out hyperpigmentation of the skin.
How to use Rose essential oil?
Mix a couple of drops of Rose oil with Argan oil and use it to massage the affected area.
4. Lemon essential oil
The lemon essential oil is a rich source of limonene, an ingredient that helps in lightening the skin and reducing hyperpigmentation.
How to apply lemon essential oil?
Mix a couple of drops of lemon essential oil with a carrier oil and massage the oil on the affected area before going to bed at night. Don’t use the oil during day time when you have to go outside in the sun as it increases the sensitivity of the skin to UV rays of the sun.
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