By 2024, the global skin care market is estimated to touch $180 billion mark which is roughly double the size it was in 2012.
It clearly signifies people have gone conscious of their looks and physical appearance over the years. They like to look good and attractive.
Our skin is the largest organ of the body which weighs around 16% of the total body weight. It is the first and outermost layer which acts as body’s primary defence mechanism.
We know that having a good skin helps to stay confident and healthy. But there are other advantages too:
- We get more likes to our selfies on Instagram
- Designer gowns & skirts look stunning on us
- We are often greeted by cheek kisses than mere hand shakes
- We don’t have to spend on body care products
- But we are still better prospects to model a beauty brand 🙂
Didn’t I hit the nail on the head?
On the other side, if we have a dry, dehydrated and flaked skin, we are inviting health issues, low self esteem, anxiety and depression.
Most of us don’t know that resorting to skin products that are available in the market today, do more harm than good.
High concentration of chemicals, harmful ingredients and artificials fragrances make them unsuitable for use. This actually brings down the production costs, meaning better profits for manufacturers. Even for customers, it does make these products cost-effective but certainly not quality-effective.
Did you know we actually don’t need these products? By following these natural remedies, we can keep our skin healthful, vibrant and glowing.
Since ages, Olive oil is found in nearly every household. It is used in cooking and making food.
It contains linoleic acid and vitamin E that neutralize the oxidant properties of free radicals that badly affect collagen, the primary structural protein found in skin and other connecting tissues.
Olive oil can be applied not just to the face but to arms and legs besides other parts of the body. For quick results, use it regularly.
Wondering how wine benefits our skin?
Wine, especially red is loaded with antioxidants like flavonoid, resveratrol and tannin which combat skin ageing by reviving collagen and elastic fibers.
It’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help cleaning the skin pores, resisting acne growth, preventing damage.
Polyphenols in red wine restores skin moisturizer, improving complexion in long run. You can simply apply it on your face and hands with cotton balls and strips.
In fact both red and white wine are found to be healthful when taken in moderation. Lower amount of alcohol content further makes it safe.
Try wine for a few days and see it working.
Using Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera mainly grows in tropical regions around the world. It is chiefly cultivated for medicinal purposes and offers numerous health and beauty benefits.
Be it treating rashes, skin dehydration, damage, dryness, seasonal irritation or boosting the immune system, Aloe Vera is known as a holistic natural ingredient.
People in countries like India and Srilanka are fond of Aloe Vera juice which is equally effective in a number of health conditions. Not just in this part of the world, beauty products manufactured around the world, extensively use Aloe Vera in their composition.
With over 200 active compounds including minerals, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes and polysaccharides, it is highly effective and a perfect natural remedy for skincare.
Chocolate for Skin
Before elaborating further, I must specify why I am picking items or things that are less heard of for skin care.
Food and drinks like wine and chocolate are almost addictions for modern day population. But 9 of 10 times, we feel the guilt after having these. In fact, these are not bad, rather beneficial in treating a plethora of problems.
A study published on NCBI a few years ago, provided enough validation to use of cocoa-derived phytochemicals. They were found to be highly beneficial for skin protection.
Flavonols found in chocolate are antioxidants that promote skin care. They fight free radicals boosting blood flow to the skin. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate has amazing health benefits, besides helping in skin rejuvenation.
Water Intake and Sufficient Sleep
This is perhaps the most natural way to ensure our skin stays silky, shiny and lustrous.
Adequate amount of water helps us to get rid of toxins and forming the new cells. It leads to perspiration and sweating, opening up skin pores. As a result, skin wrinkles stay at bay, keeping it moist and hydrate.
Sleeping for 6-8 hours is important to derive maximum productivity and staying fit. The daily tasks can be done with better energy and vigor.
Sleeping usually rebalances hydration. Skin is able to recover moisture. Sleep deprivation results in poor water balance, leading to puffy eyes and dark circles. Jessica Krant, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, New York, substantiates the fact.
Modern day lifestyle is taking a toll on our health.
Skin care can be easily managed by making small changes to our daily routine and eating habits. Our kitchen shelves are glutted with nutritional jars of definite remedies to most of our day to day problems.
It’s just that we are confiding more in novel ways than trusting the age old granny secrets.
Time we relived the past!