Do you have an uninvited zit on your face that wants to accompany you tonight? Or have your arms decided to break into a rash right when you’ve got that sexy tube dress? If so, we feel you!
If there’s one true blessing, it’s to be blessed with good skin. And some of us committed the grave mistake of taking this blessing for granted, causing us to dig our own grave! One into which we were lowered by skin allergies, pimples, rashes, and other skin conditions. But, irrespective of the cause of skin issues, we need to find a treatment for it. We often end up giving in to those expensive chemicals that cost an arm and a leg, or that pigeonhole-sized serum that promises to paint us like French girls (1). And the result? Back to square one. Nothing works (2). What’s worse? All that money is gone too. Poof!
If you want your skin conditions to go, all you need to do is — open your arms to natural ingredients (just like how Shah Rukh Khan would). Amidst the myriad of cosmetics and alluring cosmetic procedures, there is a hidden treasure trove of natural ingredients like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, multani mitti, etc. Natural ingredients and remedies always have an upper hand over other products because they are free of chemicals. So, we have picked the best of the treasure trove to give you a list of natural ways to treat some common skin conditions. Read on!
1. Say Hello To Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe is that one natural substance that can do magic to your hair and skin. Our grandmothers wouldn’t stop telling us about its nourishing properties, and rightly so! From treating acne to lessening the visibility of stretch marks, aloe vera gel plays Mr. Fixit for the skin. One of the most common skin conditions aloe vera cures is blemished skin, melasma, eczema, rosacea, and dermatographia (3). The glycoproteins and water content in aloe works in tandem to moisturize and reduce inflammation (4).
2. Turn The Tables With Turmeric
This bright yellow spice has remarkable healing properties. Its primary source of the benefit comes from a bioactive component called curcumin, which is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants (5). So, how do you include this in your diet? You could mix it with milk and drink it up, or you can take oral supplements. If you have scars that have been your parting gifts from acne, turmeric will help you get rid of them. And it can also give your skin a glow, which is why we Indians have the haldi ceremonies!
3. Moisturize With Coconut Oil
If we tell you that coconut is the best natural moisturizer under the sun, will you believe us? Too bad if you don’ Turns out, coconut oil has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin (6). It’s not just good for your skin, it’s good for your hair and body too. It is lauded for its anti-inflammatory property and is often the first solution to treat psoriasis and eczema among other skin conditions. You can either consume coconut oil in its raw form (1-2 tbsp.) daily, or you can apply it on your affected area.
4. Oatmeal To The Rescue
Yes, we know oatmeal is something we eat for breakfast. But, guess what? Oatmeal has multiple biological active properties that can treat a variety of skin conditions like dry skin, reaction to insect bites, contact dermatitis, reaction to poisonous plants, etc. It’s basically your bodyguard against skin irritants. It holds the fort together by creating a protective barrier that soothes the skin, cleanses it, and moisturizes it. You can either enjoy a meal of oats or you can bathe yourselves like royalty in a bathtub of oats and lukewarm water.
5. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
This apple-crushed, non-alcoholic beverage is great for multiple uses — weight loss, reducing inflammation, treating acne, fungal infections, and yeast infections, etc. Psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, and halitosis (bad breath) are some of the other conditions that apple cider vinegar can cure (7). Like most natural ingredients, this can either be applied at the affected area or can be consumed in a diluted form. 2-3 spoons of it in water every morning should do you good.
5. Trust Tea Tree Oil
From shampoos, toners, serums to face washes, you find tea tree oil in almost everything these days. And it finds its use in almost every realm of skincare because of its exceptional antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (8). This essential oil’s antiseptic properties too are sought after to treat dandruff, eczema, ringworm, and serious condition like psoriasis.
If you’re planning to use tea tree oil for skin, we suggest that you dilute it with coconut oil.
Although all natural ingredients are free of chemicals, we often tend to err in the usage. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry, so do seek your doctor’s advice before you opt for any of these remedies. Let us know what your favorite natural remedy is in the comments below.
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