Beauty Spot

Beauty Spot

Beauty Spot

Q: I am in my 20s and I have recently noticed freckles and sun spots on my face. I am a little concerned and worried that it might be some sort of deficiency. I eat healthy and I don't apply too much make-up. Is there a natural cure for freckles and sun spots? - Roshni Desai

Freckles are genetic and there is very little that one can do to remove them completely. An anti-pigmentation cream can help lighten them to some extent. Even treatments like cryotherapy, laser and peels can only make them less obvious. Every time you are exposed to the sun, are stressed or are having your periods, they may darken again. Use a concealer to camouflage them. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen regularly to prevent these freckles from increasing.

Q: I have curly hair and I find it difficult to style it. Which is the best hairstyle for curly locks, and are there home remedies I can follow to maintain them?
- Sahana

Curly hair can be tough to manage due to the volume and frizz. Get a good haircut first. The best way to style them is to use an anti-frizz serum and just 'scrunch' the hair. They will have a natural curl and bounce.

Wrap a hot towel on your hair after conditioning it. This will also make your hair, manageable. Hair masks can help by moisturising the hair making them shinier and more manageable. Eggs, henna, honey, shikakai etc., are good natural conditioners. Coconut oil is my personal favourite. Apply it, leave overnight and wash off.

Q: I have oily skin and I am worried that come summer, the condition is going to worsen. I have heard a lot about the uses of essential oils. Can you please tell me how I can incorporate them into my beauty regime? - Vihaa Narayan

Oil protects the skin's lipid barrier and prevents moisture from evaporating from the skin. When we speak of side-effects, it is a known fact that applying oil to an acne-prone skin will clog pores and cause more breakouts. But today, we have natural oils which are easily absorbed, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic (tea tree oil and jojoba oil); hence, they don't clog pores.

Use mint oil on your face to prevent pimples or to treat wounds and rashes. Mint oil serves as a natural astringent. Mint contains high amounts of salicylic acid, which can prevent inflammations and control the oiliness of your skin.

Q: I am in my 30s and my skin has turned blotchy in places. Are there any beauty treatments that can solve this problem? Can you suggest some home remedies that I can try out before going for something intensive? - Yashodhara Reddy

Did you undergo pregnancy recently? The problem that you are talking about could probably be melasma (the mark of pregnancy) or freckles. These patches usually get darker when exposed to sunlight, during one's periods and due to stress. Use a sunblock at least two to three times a day, take supplements of anti-oxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid.

For home remedies, I would recommend tomato. Apart from being rich in vitamin C, a tomato has cooling and astringent properties that can help brighten dull skin.

Mix the pulp of a tomato with milk powder, and apply it on the face. Leave this for 20 minutes, and then wash off with warm water. Repeat this daily. You can use brightening creams with berry extracts, arbutin, vitamin C and glycolic acid, which is an extract of sugarcane juice. Also, consult a dermatologist if the problem persists.

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