Cleansing the face 2-3 times a day; is adequate for normal skin. If your skin is oily a more frequent cleansing i.e. 4-5 times a day is necessary. If your skin is dry it is best to avoid frequent washing and you may have to use a suitable oil-based cosmetic cleanser instead of soap, which has a dry effect.
There are several alternative to soap and water cleansing. Cleansers can be in the form of creams, milks, lotions, gels and liquids.
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All are, a mixture of oil, wax and water which have been formulated to suit different skin types. Cotton -pad dipped in fresh milk available at home, is an equally effective cleanser.
These days’ people are attractive more and more health conscious as well conscious about their outer look. Skin care is part of healthy lifestyle.
Ever wondered why skin care is so significant. Skin covers outer body, hence making it most vulnerable to dust, pollution, seasonal changes, etc. Mental stress, physical stress all directly affects the skin, and the consequences are visible.
Taking care of skin can be done in two ways. The first way of taking care is by external methods. The second way is by overwhelming right type of food. Skin care by external methods depends on the skin type. There are three basic skin types oily, dry and combination.
Being the mirror, the indicator of an individual’s health, skin is the clue to one’s Ayurvedic constitution. This can be understood by the types of skin that one has. Example: If vata is predominant the skin of a person is dry, rough, cold, thin with fine pores and wrinkled.
In case of pitta constitution, the skin is delicate, fair and red toned with freckles, moles or acne and burns easily. If the constitution is of kapha dosha the skin of a person is oily, smooth, moist and thick with a tendency towards large pores.
If the skin is not cared properly and neglected it suffers from premature aging, becomes dull and blemished. Regular consumption of milk, honey and yogurt are good nourishment for skin and prevents premature aging.
Home Remedies for Skin Care
1. Take half a bowl of curd and mix it well with a few drops of lemon (Citrus limon). Gently massage it all over your body. Take a shower after 10-15 minutes. Application of the same twice a week would inform a toned and flawless skin.
2. Prepare a paste of gram (Cicer arietinum) flour in raw milk. Add a few drops of lemon to the same. Before taking a bath, scrub the paste on your body in circular motions for few minutes. This would exfoliate dead skin and removes surplus oil, leaving behind a clean and glowing skin.
3. Take 2 teaspoons milk cream and add some saffron (Crocus sativus) to it. Leave it overnight. Mix it well next dawn and massage your face, neckline and hands with the same. This would remove skin dryness and get better complexion.
4. Take glycerin, lemon juice and rose (Rosa indica) water in equal amounts and mix them in a glass bottle. Apply this natural moisturizing lotion regularly before retiring to bed. It is also beneficial in preventing acne and early aging of the skin.
5. Rub red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) in rose water to make a paste. Apply this paste over face and neck for civilizing complexion.