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  1. Is your skin always breaking out? Do you see wrinkles and face dryness even after getting all the right products and eating the right food? While factors like climate, hormones and hygiene play an important role in giving us clear, problem-free skin, there is one more aspect that needs to be considered. The key to good skin is having the right pH balance. But what is your skin’s pH balance and why should any man care about maintaining it? Let’s answer these questions: What Is pH Balance?Let's go back to science class in high school for a second. The pH scale is a numerical scale that determines whether something is acidic or alkaline. On a pH scale of one to fourteen, seven is neutral, below seven is acidic, and above seven is alkaline. Oil glands (sebaceous) and sweat glands (sudoriferous glands) maintain the health and flexibility of our skin. The "acid mantle" is an acidic layer in our skin that resists microorganisms that try to infiltrate our skin. A healthy skin pH level is between 4.2 to 6.2, and it should be acidic rather than alkaline. © MensXP A high or low pH level can lead to acne, irritation, eczema and even early signs of ageing like wrinkles. Even though many men are actively trying to create a skincare regimen, it is important to understand the role pH plays in all this. The pH of your skin is different for different parts of your body. The buttocks, armpits, and genital area, which are less exposed, tend to keep their natural acidity. Your face, chest, and hands, on the other hand, are more alkaline. The latter portions of the skin are more exposed to the elements, resulting in such inequalities. What Influences the pH of Your Skin?On a daily basis, a variety of elements affect your skin's pH levels and make it more sensitive to injury, including: 1. Ageing © iStock Our skin loses collagen (elasticity) over time, which causes our pH levels to decline. Taking care of your skin with the correct products and sticking to a daily regimen can help you retain its health over time. 2. Changes in Climate © iStock Seasonal and climatic fluctuations are unpredictable and have a negative impact on the health of the skin. To minimise further damage, it is critical to adjust your skin care products in tandem with changes in the weather. 3. Using Wrong Products © iStock Using or experimenting with unfamiliar items that aren't right for your skin can create allergic responses and make your skin more sensitive. Consider whether a skincare product will suit your skin type before using it so that you can avoid depriving your skin of its natural oils, triggering allergic responses, and further sensitising your skin. 4. High-Alkaline Products © iStock Soaps and strong cleansers with alkaline levels ranging from 9 to 14 can cause your skin's natural pH levels to be disturbed. Acute allergic reactions create more damage and aggravate existing skin problems, resulting in dryness. Signs Of Unbalanced pH Level:If your skin's uneven pH levels aren't handled right away, they tend to damage and tear down your skin's natural barrier. Here are some of the consequences of failing to correct an imbalanced pH level in a timely manner: Bacteria, fungus, and other aggressors can invade your skin, making it vulnerable to illness.Due to the skin's inability to retain any moisture, it rapidly cracks and gets injured.Due to continual barrier damage, acne outbreaks, rashes, and other skin sensitivities are common. © iStock How To Fix Your Skin’s pH Level?The best way to maintain and fix your skin’s pH level is by choosing cosmetics and skin care products that have the right pH level. There are a few other ways as well: 1. Avoid Harsh IngredientsThe first step to getting your skin back on track is stepping away from harsh ingredients and making the switch to pH-balanced products. Many men's skincare products carry a pH level of 8 – 10, which means they're going to dry your skin out. These high levels, combined with tap water are a recipe for disaster. __ECOMPRODUCT__2133__ The first step is to avoid harsh cleansers and soap. Avoid skincare ingredients like SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), parabens, fragrance and perfume, BHT, and alcohol - all of which dry out your skin. 2. Don't Forget To Moisturize__ECOMPRODUCT__317__ Dry skin is wrinkle-prone skin. Always use a face moisturizer after cleansing to keep your skin hydrated and avoid anything with artificial fragrances because this can dry out your skin. 3. Look For 'pH Balanced' On The Label__ECOMPRODUCT__2134__ Look for men's grooming products that specifically state they are "pH balanced." If your product doesn't say this - there's a good chance it's not going to be good for your skin. 4. Fix Your Shaving Routine:Many men face skin irritation after the shave. This can happen in many different ways like redness, flakes, razor-burn, dryness, sensitivity. But there’s one basic factor to blame for all of these problems: An off-balance pH. __ECOMPRODUCT__2135__ The soap, hot water, abrasive towels and harsh chemicals involved in the daily shave can raise skin’s pH and cause dryness, breakouts and more. Always use mild, pH balanced shaving creams and aftershave balms. 5. Feed Your Body With Alkaline Greens: © iStock Keeping your insides slightly alkaline helps keep your skin in balance. Incorporating green vegetables and vegetable juices into your diet over several weeks will aid digestion, boost immunity, and improve skin. If your diet is too acidic, acne and signs of ageing may surface as your cells won’t be getting enough minerals and oxygen. To Wrap UpWhile all this might seem intimidating, maintaining the skin's normal pH begins with a good skincare routine. It doesn't have to be very complicated. Just remember to eat clean food and be aware of your skin's limitations, including what it likes and dislikes. That's how you'll be able to keep your skin happy for the rest of your life. Explore More View the full article
  2. There are two kinds of people, first who enjoy their time in the washroom, love long baths and sing aloud in the shower. And second, who are more like quick splish-splash people, almost aversive to water. If you are the former, this article is for you. Yay! And if you fall in the latter type, this article is for you too; because trust us nothing works as a better pick-me-up than a long, relaxing bath. It’s about time that you must test the waters, literally. After all, a long soak not only cleanses your skin but also alleviates stress to a great extent. Are you with us till here? Now, toss in some natural ingredients and essential oils in your bucket to get the secret recipe for soft and supple skin. Best Natural Ingredients For Baby Soft Skin Here are 7 simple ingredients that are easily found in every kitchen cabinet which will deeply nourish your skin when added in your bath. 1. Olive OilPut two tablespoons of olive oil into your bucket and let it settle for 2 minutes. Put water slowly on your body so as to soak up well. Olive oil is rich in natural fats that help deeply moisturise and hydrate your skin. If you wish to mix this routine into a shower bath, gently massage some olive oil directly onto your body 15 minutes before taking the shower. This helps dry spots like elbows, ankles, and feet get moisturised as well. __ECOMPRODUCT__559__ 2. Tea Tree & Eucalyptus OilNext on our list is the wonder skincare ingredient tea tree oil. Add a few drops of organic tea tree oil to your bucket to soothe acne and irritated skin. It also helps nourish the skin and treat dandruff. __ECOMPRODUCT__356__ Couple your tea tree oil therapy with a few drops of eucalyptus oil and practice conscious breathing while taking the bath to reap its maximum benefits. Eucalyptus is particularly good for your lungs and respiratory ailments. __ECOMPRODUCT__1571__ 3. Coconut OilThe humble ingredient found in every Indian household is literally the best bath ingredient for soft and supple skin. Adding coconut oil to your bath water will help deeply moisturize your skin from head to toe. Coconut oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that helps clear breakouts, soothe irritated skin and reduce signs of ageing. __ECOMPRODUCT__556__ 4. OatsExfoliating your skin is an important step of the skincare regime and adding oats to your bath helps remove dead skin from the body. Oat extract forms a protective seal over the surface of the skin which when rubbed sloughs away dead skin. The natural scrub also reduces pigmentation, heals dry skin and removes excessive oils. __ECOMPRODUCT__1266__ 5. Epsom SaltEnhance your bathing experience by including epsom salt along with other natural ingredients. Known for easing muscle soreness and relieving aches, epsom salt can be added to almost any bath salts combinations. It’s also a great source of magnesium which helps detoxify the skin and make it soft, smooth and youthful. __ECOMPRODUCT__2126__ 6. Green TeaAdding a few green tea bags to your bath is an easy recipe for breathing life into your dull and dry skin. Green tea has antioxidants which when mixed with your water help your skin fight the effects of environmental damage and minimise the process of ageing. __ECOMPRODUCT__2127__ 7. MilkThere is a reason why kings and queens in the ancient times used to soak in water mixed with milk and rose petals. The lactic acid in milk helps exfoliate and soften our skin and is a great remedy for eczema, a condition that makes skin red and itchy. Toss in some rose petals or a few drops of rose water to your bath to indulge in a wholesome bathing experience. Rose water is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing. __ECOMPRODUCT__1461__ Final ThoughtsThere you have it guys, your secret recipe to get baby soft skin. Long baths are therapeutic and adding these ingredients will only enhance your bath experience. And you don’t need a fancy bathtub to reap its benefits, just a bucket is good enough. Enjoy a soothing bath! Explore More View the full article
  3. If you are a chai lover, chances are you have contemplated giving it up for the sake of your health and skin. It has caffeine which could make your skin conditions like acne and ageing worse which is why it is recommended to switch your tea with healthier drinks. And, we have some equally delicious options. © iStock While the regular milk tea coupled with sugar is not that good for your body and skin, there are some teas that you can incorporate in your meal, guilt-free. We are talking about herbal teas that not only clear your system and improves your health, but are also incredibly good for your skin. A cup of these healthy teas reduces skin woes like acne, inflammation and dullness and helps you achieve glowing, clear skin. © iStock Never thought skincare could be as easy as having your morning tea? Well, it is. Switch your regular tea with one of these effective and skin-loving teas to get great skin: 1. Green Tea © iStock You probably already know how beneficial green tea is for staying fit and healthy. What you might not be knowing is that it does wonders for your skin too. Because it’s rich in antioxidants, it helps with premature ageing, reduces acne and redness, giving you spotless skin. 2. Chamomile Tea © iStock For people with extremely dry and sensitive skin, chamomile tea is a godsend. Regular intake of it can help tackle serious skin problems such as eczema, rosacea and irritation. Plus, it heals scars faster and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other ageing signs. 3. Peppermint Tea © iStock Peppermint is great for cleansing the stomach which automatically means clearer and glowing skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce skin flare-ups and rejuvenate skin from within. If you have dull and dreary skin, you can include a cup in your morning meal. 4. Black Tea © iStock Black tea is an immunity-boosting ingredient that detoxes your system and hence, clears your skin as well. It makes your body stronger to deal with blemishes, skin infections and irritation better. It also slows down your ageing clock and help you achieve youthful skin. View the full article
  4. Keeping your skin healthy is so hard. Having absolutely no time to squeeze out from our busy schedule only makes it more difficult to achieve good skin. Plus, the stress, environmental aggressors and poor diet do not help. © iStock Have you ever wished skincare was as easy as, say, sleeping? Well, it is. You can actually sleep your way to better skin. There are some easy and helpful habits you can incorporate into your bedtime routine to make sure the little time you get before you go to bed adds to your skincare. © iStock Here are 5 little things you can do before sleeping that can help you achieve good skin without much effort: 1. Sleep On A Clean Pillow © iStock Your pillowcase acquires dirt through the day and oil and dead cells that your skin produces overnight so, make sure you change the covers of your pillows regularly. Especially for people with oily and acne-prone skin type, this little hygiene habit can make a whole lot of difference. 2. Cleanse © iStock Even if you didn't step out all day, your skin could have accumulated dust and dirt. These impurities clubbed with oil and sweat invite skin problems like irritation, acne and dullness. Make sure you wash your face every night before bed. 3. Hydrate © iStock While a night cream or a moisturiser would only hydrate your skin, drinking a glass of water before you hit the sack will help hydrate it from within through the night. Make it a habit to hydrate yourself at night. 4. Eat A Healthy Dinner © iStock Binging on chips late at night or having a beer isn’t helping the health of your body, or your skin. Avoid having carbs, alcohol sweets and fried food and instead have a light, healthy meal a couple of hours before you sleep. Remember, most skin problems are a result of a bad diet. 5. Keep Your Phone Aside © iStock Not only using your phone before bed hampers your sleep but also harms your skin. The blue light that emits from your phone makes your skin age faster and add up to early ageing signs. Also, it can give you dark circles, puffiness and tired-looking eyes. So, put your phone away a couple of hours before bed to sleep better and wake up with even better skin. View the full article
  5. Dead skin, dull face, acne and more, over the years, more and more men have started using face scrubs and creating a skin-care routine. We have all seen the magic a good face scrub does after a gruelling week or even with daily use. Why not use these advantages to benefit your complete body? Body scrubs for men can help reduce acne on the chest and back, smooth out rough spots of skin, and make you feel like a new man. Apart from that, including a body scrub into your skincare routine is quite simple. Here are three things to consider before using a body cleanser for men: To avoid irritating your skin, only scrub your body once or twice a week. A body scrub can help you feel refreshed and relaxed while also rejuvenating your skin. Applying a moisturiser afterwards helps seal the hydration for smooth, supple skin. © iStock Why Is Scrubbing Important?For the longest time, we have just used soap to clean our bodies and then moved to body wash but neither of those actually help in exfoliating the body which is why scrubbing is important. __ECOMPRODUCT__1714__ Saturated fats from dairy, meats, and eggs can clog your pores, preventing moisture and oil from passing through and being eliminated. Your pores are clogged by soaps, fragrances, and lotions that you use on a regular basis. Scrubbing the body removes this layer of pollutants while also activating and improving blood circulation. Scrubbing exfoliates your skin by removing dead cells, scraping away hard, flaky skin, and drawing toxins out. A body scrub can be quite energising because it helps to reduce cellulite and enhance skin tone. It's the one anti-ageing secret that involves very little effort but provides numerous advantages. © iStock How To Do It The Right Way?While there are many ways to use a body scrub, the best way is to shower using hot water (as hot as you can handle), take some scrub in your hand and start rubbing it along the skin. Many people prefer to wash their hands with a washcloth or loofah rather than their hands. In such an instance, soak a cotton washcloth in hot water, squeeze out the excess water, and apply it to your skin over the scrub. Rub your skin aggressively (as hard as you can), soaking the cloth once you've completed one part of your body. __ECOMPRODUCT__2002__ The buttocks, back of the neck, behind the ears, in between fingers and toes, and soles of your feet are all parts of the body that should be massaged. Concentrate on the joints because this is where the most discharge occurs. Scrub each area until it becomes pink but be as gentle as possible. Scrub till your skin feels nice and you are energised. You'll notice a noticeable difference in your skin and muscle tone after a month of everyday cleaning. The skin will retain moisture better and have a more radiant appearance. You'll have more energy and a better night's sleep. Make a daily beauty routine out of the basic scrub. The most crucial thing to keep in mind is that you should never use a body scrub on your face. It's critical to keep the two distinct. Face scrubs are the only treatments that may provide a gentler approach to your skin. To Wrap UpUsing a body scrub is fairly straightforward. But, always remember never to exfoliate after being badly sunburned or injured. Not only will it hurt to exfoliate, but it’s also important that you don’t hurt the skin’s healing process. You need to use pressure while using a body scrub but remember the aim is not to turn your skin red but to remove impurities. Explore More View the full article
  6. We’ve all grown up following a skincare routine. It may not involve the best of products but it did involve some of the best home remedies. However, now that our skin problems have become slightly more complex, all thanks to the sun and pollution damage, we do need better solutions. A good skincare routine is all about finding the right ingredient for your concern and sticking to what works best for your skin. But is it always easy to know about all the different types of skin care products, when and how to use them? Well, you need not worry because this beginner’s skincare guide for men is all that you need. What Is Skincare? © iStock Skincare is a practice that is meant to make your skin look and feel healthier. A typical skincare routine has many number steps that involves cleansing and moisturising, amongst other things. Developing a good skincare routine that actually works for your skin will require patience and a deep understanding of what your skin needs. Do We Really Need Skincare? © Giphy Taking care of your skin is a form of self-care and a necessity if you want to avoid problems like premature ageing. We’re all prone to premature ageing if we don’t develop the right skincare habits. It’s also important to practise skincare according to your skin type and concerns, or else your skin issues will only get worse. From choosing the right moisturiser to washing your face regularly, taking care of your skin is just as important as taking care of any other part of your body. __ECOMPRODUCT__1976__ Types Of Skincare Products © MensXP The most confusing part of skincare is the huge number of products available in the market. Which face cream should you pick? What is a face serum? What does a face mask do? It’s natural for any beginner to have these questions. Here are the many different types of skincare products that every man should know about. CleansersFace and body cleansers help in cleaning out the impurities from your face. It should be chosen based on one’s skin type. __ECOMPRODUCT__1977__ If your skin type is oily, go for clay or a charcoal based face cleanser. These ingredients help in removing excess oil from the skin. __ECOMPRODUCT__775__ If your skin type is dry, go for gentle face washes with moisturising ingredients like honey and aloe vera. You can always read deeply about your skin type before picking out the products. Scrubs & Exfoliants Face and body scrubs help in exfoliating the dead cells from the surface of your skin. Using a scrub at least once or twice a week is important to keep your skin fresh, glowing and soft. Make sure to choose gentle exfoliators as over-exfoliating your skin can be harmful too. __ECOMPRODUCT__1978__ Toners & Mists A face toner is applied after cleansing and before moisturising the face. It helps in tightening and toning the skin. It’s also essential for maintaining the right pH levels of the skin. __ECOMPRODUCT__1979__ Moisturisers Face and body moisturisers are important to nourish and hydrate the skin. Regardless of your skin type, this step is necessary for everyone. A tip for men with oily skin is to go for gel or water based moisturisers instead of oil based ones. They will not make your skin greasy or oily. __ECOMPRODUCT__1711__ As for the dry skin types, go for nourishing body oils or oil-based moisturisers. They will provide long lasting nourishment which is exactly what your skin needs. __ECOMPRODUCT__1980__ Face Serums Face serums are concentrated forms of active ingredients that help with a specific concern. For example, a Vitamin C serum will help in removing uneven dark patches on your skin and will also help you prevent wrinkles and fine lines. __ECOMPRODUCT__1981__ Choosing the right face serum for your skin can be daunting at first. However, all that you need to focus on is the right skincare ingredient for your skin concern. Face Oils As the name suggests, these are oils meant to be applied on your face. They are naturally derived oils that nourish the skin and help in maintaining the right hydration levels. This is mostly a product for people with dry skin. __ECOMPRODUCT__1982__ Face Masks There are mainly three types of face masks - sheet masks, application masks and peel off masks. The purpose of a face mask can vary from product to product. It is meant to be applied once or twice a week for some extra nourishment and pampering for your skin. __ECOMPRODUCT__1545__ A sheet mask is infused with serums and active ingredients that get absorbed into the skin. It provides your skin with all the nourishment that it needs. __ECOMPRODUCT__710__ An application mask is great for purifying the skin. It helps in extracting dirt and pollution and helps in exfoliating the skin as well. __ECOMPRODUCT__1983__ A peel-off mask is great for removing dead skin cells from the surface. You can also get peel-off masks to remove blackheads and whiteheads. Essence A skin essence is somewhat similar to a face serum but is applied after cleansing the face, before applying any other product. An essence allows for greater absorption of skincare products. __ECOMPRODUCT__1984__ What Is Korean Skincare? © Giphy We have all heard about Korean skincare but do we actually know what it is? Korean skin care includes traditional skincare habits from Korea that include using natural and gentle ingredients for the improvement of your skin. Most Korean skincare routines involve seven to ten steps, however, you can always alter the routine based on your preferences. __ECOMPRODUCT__1985__ Beginner-Friendly Skincare Routines For Men © MensXP Here are some easy skincare routines that any beginner can follow for a hassle-free experience. Skincare Routine To Treat Sun Damage If you’re someone who lives in a tropical region and is constantly exposed to the sun, this routine is perfect for you. It will help you fight off tanning, ageing and other signs of sun damage. __ECOMPRODUCT__1986__ Read the full routine here Korean Skincare Routine For All Skin Types This skincare routine is great for beginners who want to try a Korean skincare routine. It’s a seven step routine that is sure to make your skin glow. Read the full routine here Skincare Routine For Oily Skin If your skin type is oily, this routine will surely help you out. It will help you keep all that excess oil at bay and get your skin looking matte and refreshed. __ECOMPRODUCT__1987__ Read the full routine here Skincare Routine For Dry Skin This skincare routine is great for dry and sensitive skin. Follow it for a healthy, glowing and plum skin. This routine will hydrate your skin just right and keep it free from dry patches, redness or irritation. __ECOMPRODUCT__1988__ Read the full routine here The Bottomline Skincare is one of the most important self-care habits out there. Not only is it great for busting stress, it’s also a prerequisite for having good skin. Practising skincare will help your skin stay young for as long as possible and who doesn’t want that? Now that you know all about the basics of skincare, go on and get started with your journey. Explore More View the full article
  7. Wait, don’t throw those food items just yet! The fruits and food items you think are of no use, can actually make for natural and easy recipes for your skin and hair. © iStock Regardless of how many times we are reminded of using natural ingredients for our skin and hair, we always think it’s too much trouble, which honestly it is. However, when these natural ingredients call for you to use them and make the most out of them, you should take that opportunity. © iStock The foods that go bad or leftover food items which you would usually discard without a second thought can actually make for really effective and fuss-free skincare and haircare recipes. Since no one is really interested in whisking a natural recipe from fresh ingredients, you can do it as a last resort when things go bad, quite literally. © iStock Here are 5 food items which can be used as home remedies even if they go bad or are not fit to consume: 1. Coffee grounds © iStock While there are a million ways to reuse old and dry coffee grounds, for example, as a fertilizer or odour neutraliser, one of them is to exfoliate your skin and scalp. Coffee grounds can be used as a hair, face or body scrub by adding some natural oils or other ingredients to it. 2. Tea bags © iStock Once you are done having your morning tea, what do you do with the tea bags? Throw them in the dustbin? That’s where they belong right? No. Next time, put them in the fridge and keep it on your tired eyes for 15 minutes to reduce puffiness and dark circles. 3. Overripe banana © iStock You would be lying if you said you never had a fully ripe banana that turned bad sitting on your dining table for days. We have all been there. However, instead of tossing it into the trash, mash it and make a natural hair conditioning mask. Apply on hair and wash it off. Same can be done with an overripe avocado. 4. Spoilt milk © iStock Dairy products once expired are of no use...for consumption. It is perfectly good to use on hair and face. You can use spoiled or expired dairy products like milk and curd for quick haircare or skincare masks. It is a lot better than simply letting those go to waste. 5. Fruit peels © iStock Not everyone knows but peels are as good and useful for skin and hair as fruits themselves. Don’t eat them though. You can grind orange peel and add yogurt to make an acne-curing face mask or rub banana peel on your face to curb dryness. So next time, you are about to discard a leftover or spoiled food item, maybe google its uses and put it to good use. View the full article
  8. What’s one skincare trend that is one size fits all? Thinking, face packs and masks? Well, to be specific it is the sheet masks. Whether you are a guy or a girl, a 20-something or hitting your mid 30s, sheet masks or face sheets love everyone back equally. Point is, every skincare trend has the good, the bad and the ugly, but face sheets are something that has the good, the best, and the must (keep reading). They barely have any side effects and suit all skin types, and people of all age groups. Working as inexpensive fuss-free mini facials, sheet masks give the skin deep hydration and brightening effects in just 20 minutes! But there is more to sheet masks than just being an instant pick-me-up. Here’s everything you need to know about using one. What Are Sheet Masks?Sheet masks or face sheets are like sachets of serums but more effective. They are infused with hydrating and active ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin C, tea tree, essential oils, ceramide, charcoal etc. that are locked-in and retained by the sheet. The sheet keeps the serum and the essence from evaporating in the air. Why Use A Sheet Mask? Sheet masks strike the right balance between skincare and pampering for a person. Most sheet masks are essentially made for glow, hydration, brightening, acne control, or anti-ageing effects. However, some sheet masks address direct skin concerns like tanning, oil control, pore care, air-pollution etc. © MensXP How Does A Face Sheet Work?When you put a sheet mask on your face, your skin comes in close contact with the nourishing ingredients in the essence or serum. The protective barrier, the ‘sheet’, allows the antioxidants and vitamins to penetrate deep into the skin’s top layer more effectively. The sheet helps your skin absorb the moisture better, making it easier and effective to use. __ECOMPRODUCT__1916__ Best Face Sheet Masks & Their Benefits Here are our top 5 sheet masks that you can include in your daily skincare regime: 1. Brightening & De-Tan Sheet MaskOur skin starts losing its natural glow if it is exposed too much to the sun. While a good de-tanning skincare routine helps address the signs of sun damage, introducing a brightening mask to your regime can help you regain your lost lustre. Most brightening and de-tan sheet masks are enriched with vitamin C, collagen and powerful antioxidants that treat harmful sun damage. They also reduce dark spots and provide younger-looking skin. __ECOMPRODUCT__1715__ 2. Hydrating Or Anti-Pollution Sheet MaskConstant exposure to pollution, smoke, and dust robs your skin off its natural moisture and this is where the ultimate hydration of a sheet mask comes into play. Imbued with hydrating ingredients like seed oil, green tea, aloe vera, fruit extracts, this sheet mask range helps revive the skin’s natural texture and treat dry patches. It effectively soothes and hydrates the skin making it firm and plump. __ECOMPRODUCT__1917__ 3. Acne-Control Sheet MaskAnti-acne sheet masks are a hot favourite for people with oily skin. Infused with active ingredients like tea tree oil, aloe vera, charcoal, coffee and salicylic acid and formulated with oil control paper these sheet masks help in controlling oil secretion, clear pores, and prevent breakouts. Charcoal is particularly good in reducing inflammation in acne-prone skin, while coffee extracts reduce acne by fighting rough and dead skin. __ECOMPRODUCT__1347__ 4. Detoxifying Sheet MaskThe detoxifying sheet masks are mostly packed with ingredients like active charcoal, caffeine and essential oils that help remove the harmful toxins from the clogged pores. It also helps address concerns like uneven skin tone, patchy skin and breakouts. __ECOMPRODUCT__1545__ 5. Anti-Ageing Sheet MaskWe all love plump, youthful skin. While reversing the natural ageing clock may seem tough, sheet masks infused with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and essential oils may address the annoying signs of aging like wrinkles spots and fine lines. It not only addresses the ageing problems caused by environmental damage but also leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated. __ECOMPRODUCT__1918__ © MensXP Sheet Mask Etiquette The Right Way To Use A Sheet Mask Remove the mask from the package and unfold itPlace it on your face and gently press it to align the holes to your eyes, nose, and mouthFeet up and relax for 15-25 minutesPeel off the mask and gently massage the serum into your face for maximum absorptionPat the extra essence in the bag all over your neck, arms, and body How To Reap Maximum Benefits Of A Sheet Mask?Wondering how to fit a sheet mask into your already elaborate skincare routine? Here is the right way to use one and get the most out of your face sheet Cleanse: Always clean your face with a mild cleanser before applying a sheet mask Exfoliate: It’s best to slough away dead skin and clear debris with a face scrub Toner (Optional step): Use a toner to rebalance the PH level of your skin Sheet Mask: Apply your sheet mask!Massage: Remove the sheet mask after 15-25 minutes and gently massage the remaining serum in your skin and neck Moisturise: Follow up with a light moisturiser to seal in all of the ingredients in the skin Sunscreen: If you plan to step out in the sun after applying a sheet mask, don’t forget to apply a thin layer of sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage __ECOMPRODUCT__1794__ Face Sheet FAQsWhether you are a first time user or a regular sheet mask enthusiast, here’s everything else that you need to know about getting your face sheet etiquette right. How Often Should You Use A Sheet Mask?Depending on the climate, your exposure to the sun and pollution, you may need to decrease or increase your sheet mask frequency. But, using a sheet mask twice in a week is good enough. How long do I leave a sheet mask on?Keep it between 15-25 minutes. Do not exceed 30 minutes or leave them on until they dry because it will actually cause a reverse effect and the sheet will start to reabsorb the moisture from the skin. What to do with the extra serum? Don’t trash your sachet away! The leftover serum can be used all over the arms, neck, elbows, and knees to give your skin that extra moisturizing boost. Can I Reuse A Sheet Mask?No, sheet masks are formulated for one-time use only. When should I use a sheet mask?Anytime during the day, either morning or night, whenever you can make time. Just follow up with a moisturiser and if you use it in the morning don’t forget to dab some sunscreen. Different materials of sheet masks?Sheet masks are commonly made out of either cotton fiber sheets or cellulose fibers. However, there are sheet masks made of jelly-like material called hydrogels as well. There also are foil masks that help trap nutrients for best absorption, and mud/clay masks that help detoxify and nourish skin more effectively. Final ThoughtsHope our detailed guide to using sheet masks helps you in your pursuit of achieving the perfect glow. Are there any other skincare products and routines you want us to do a detailed piece on? Let us know in the comments below! Explore More View the full article
  9. Experts recently weighed in on the Palace?s alleged row regarding baby Archie?s skin color
  10. Silk hits your skin differently, doesn’t it? Some of us can’t stop touching our silk bed sheets and pillowcases. But when it’s a wool sweater, we can't wait to get out of it. There’s a science behind how fibres affect your skin. Some fabrics can keep you warm so you repel sweat. The right fabrics can even accentuate the results of your skin and hair products. While the wrong kind of fabrics can irritate your skin by trapping the heat. Just as you keep a close eye on the ingredients of your perfumes, skincare products and hair care essentials, you must also pay attention to which material rubs over your skin all day long. From bedding to clothing. The best fabrics for healthier skin and hair allow it to breathe. Here are the ones you should fill your wardrobe with. __ECOMLOOKS__3042__ __ECOMLOOKS__3043__ __ECOMLOOKS__3044__ __ECOMLOOKS__3045__ __ECOMLOOKS__3046__ The BottomlineSleeping on a silk pillowcase could be the final step of your nighttime skincare routine. In fact, cottonseed oil—which is high in vitamin E, antioxidants and omega-3—can be found in cleansers, balms, night creams, etc. You see, your clothing choices are important for your appearance but they are just as important for your skin and hair! Explore More View the full article
  11. A royal expert has now claimed that the comments were not made for Harry, Meghan's firstborn Archie
  12. You might notice that you experience certain skin issues more than usual in the hot weather than the rest of the year. As soon as summer approaches, you have to deal with sudden acne flare-up, stinky armpits and chapped lips. The reason is simple. It’s just your skin reacting to the change in weather and extreme heat. Plus, excessive sweating and moisture-zapping humidity make things worse. © iStock More often than not, men tend to ignore these problems, probably thinking it will get better with time or that there is no solution to these. However, you can prevent and even get rid of these summer skin woes by making a few, easy changes in your daily habits and skincare routine. © iStock Here are five of the most common summer skin problems that you might suffer from but conveniently neglect, when you shouldn’t. Whether it is breakouts or BO, it is fixable. Here is how to tackle and treat the most common skin woes in summer: 1. BreakoutsSimply put, breakouts happen when your skin accumulates dirt, oil and sweat and bacteria builds up on the surface. The areas you tend to sweat more or the oily zones on your skin will have more acne flare-ups. Fix: To avoid this, cleanse your face two times a day and blot sweat off when outside. Use only clean towels to wipe your face and use non-comedogenic skin care products. © iStock 2. Dry skinWe are not just talking about flaky skin beneath your beard but chapped lips and parched skin too. It can lead to itchiness and irritation and aggravate skin conditions like eczema. Fix: Keep your skin hydrated from within as well as moisturised from outside. Drink lots of water in summer and nourishing moisturiser to make up for the lost moisture. © iStock 3. Body odourThis is one of the most embarrassing and annoying skin care problems that many people suffer from in summer. However, it’s not your sweat that smells but when it encounters bacteria, it causes unpleasant BO. Fix: Use an antibacterial soap and wear fresh and clean clothes. Excluding foods like onions and garlic and cutting back on spicy foods will also help big time. © iStock 4. Heat rashAgain, the natural and the normal process of sweating in hot weather is to be blamed for this skin woe. When sweat droplets get trapped in the skin, they form red itchy bumps which is what you call a heat rash. Fix: Instead of wiping off sweat, pat your skin dry with a soft cloth or towel. Shower with lukewarm water and use fragrance-free talcum. Also, wear loose clothes to avoid friction and further irritation to the skin. © iStock 5. Tanning and sunburnEven a couple of minutes in the summer sun can leave you with tan or sunburn depending on the type of skin you are blessed with. Although it can happen in winters too. But these two are more likely to happen in summer, due to extensive heat and intense rays of the sun. Fix: You cannot remove tan but can avoid it by not staying in the sun for too long, especially during the peak time of the day. Also, use sunscreen and drink lots of water to avoid sunburn. © iStock Stop neglecting your skin and start taking care of it with these super easy and effective fixes so your skin woes don’t intrude with your summer fun. View the full article
  13. What’s good for my body, must be just as beneficial for my skin—be it a plant-based diet or exercising, consistently. This logic is responsible for blurring the line between health and grooming. As the notion of plant-based skincare is gaining popularity worldwide, our appetite for home remedies is also growing. On the other hand, the myths like all chemicals are bad or natural products aren’t as effective as their lab-produced counterparts are limiting skincare for many. But happy groomers bravely explore beyond the mass myths and beliefs and reap benefits, indeed. With that in mind, we’ve highlighted five of the most important skincare ingredients that are trending and have the potential to become your favourite. 1. CBD Oil (Cannabidiol)The discussion about cannabis, one of the most controversial yet coveted ingredients, has entered the realm of beauty. Thanks to its reported skin benefits. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), marijuana has anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, CBD oil may help reduce inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Note: Products formulated with CBD oil will not give you the ‘high’ as they don’t contain THC, the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. __ECOMPRODUCT__1585__ 2. CicaCica aka Centella Asiatica or tiger grass should be your go-to for calming irritation or stressed out complexions. It works like a charm on sensitive skin. So when you’re worried about breakouts or just need some TLC for your skin, reach out for this comforting blanket. Not to forget, Cica is already an important part of the K-beauty routine! __ECOMPRODUCT__1586__ 3. Collagen Collagen—both marine and plant-based—is still being pegged as the next big hero ingredient. Largely due to its capability of showing quick results. Collagen is a protein that naturally occurs in the body and maintains the skin’s structure, smoothness, suppleness, strength and retains water. The production of collagen declines over time resulting in thinner, dryer and dull skin. This is when consumption of collagen supplements helps restore skin’s health and provides holistic wellness benefits. __ECOMPRODUCT__1587__ 4. NiacinamideIf you’re working from home or spending 6+ hours on a screen every day for any other reason, you should familiarise your skin with niacinamide, another form of vitamin B3. Tech screens and the sun, both emit blue light that can penetrate the skin and generate reactive oxygen species. These species can damage DNA and cause hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide can help your skin fight blue light, add radiance and alleviate the appearance the dark spots. __ECOMPRODUCT__1588__ 5. PHAs (Polyhydroxy Acids) © Polyhydroxy Acids When you think of skincare acids, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) surely come to mind. But polyhydroxy acids (PHAs), the new generation AHAs are creating a buzz in the beauty industry now. Much like AHAs and BHAs, PHAs are chemical exfoliators that help remove dead cells from the skin’s surface and reveal an even-toned, radiant look. Unlike AHAs and BHAs, PHAs can cater to all skin types including sensitive skin. They offer similar benefits to AHAs but without irritating the skin. PHAs also provide better moisturisation and help strengthen skin barrier function. Gluconolactone, galactose and lactobionic acid are some of the most popular PHAs. Keep Up With The Trends!Skincare starts with determining your skin type and choosing products with the right ingredients for its concerns. You must understand that buying random products will do no good. But now that you know all about the skin care ingredients that are making a buzz in the beauty town and their importance, make sure you add your favourites to the must-try list! Explore More View the full article
  14. What smells great and makes us feel even better? Thinking of perfumes? Well, think essential oils, also a key ingredient of most perfume making formulas. Whether you diffuse it to make a place smell good or use it for aromatherapy to alleviate stress, the wellness world can’t ever get enough of the goodness of essential oils. Extracted from plants to capture their scents and healing properties, essential oils have been around for centuries and make for a perfect addition to your skin, hair, and wellness routine. Here are 9 essential oils that you must add to your skincare and wellness routine and a lowdown on their unique potent benefits. Lavender Oil To Alleviate StressKnown for its many healing health benefits, lavender reduces signs of ageing, boosts immunity and helps keep the skin calm with its soothing aroma. It’s antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, anesthetic, and antiviral properties makes it a popular oil for aromatherapy and body spa. Try this diluted formula on your skin, to massage your body or put a few drops in a diffuser or your pedicure solution to experience the ultimate self-care therapy there is. __ECOMPRODUCT__943__ Eucalyptus Oil To Ease PainsIf you have used a Vicks VapoRub or a strong pain-relieving ointment, you probably know what Eucalyptus essential oil smells like. It has a powerful and potent scent that has traditionally been used for massages, best suited to calm muscle pain, cramps, headaches and all other bodily distress. Eucalyptus oil is also immunity-boosting, healing and works wonders to clear your airways. It also has the ability to kill bacteria, fungus, insects, moths, weeds and bugs. Diffuse eucalyptus oil at home or apply a few drops on your bed linens to freshen up a room, clean the air and repel bugs and insects. __ECOMPRODUCT__1571__ Tea Tree Oil To Treat AcneTea tree oil right now is having quite a moment in the natural beauty world and rightfully so, as its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal properties makes it ideal to treat dry acne-prone skin. It reduces skin inflammation, pigmentation, itching, burning, pimples and other skin impurities. Tea tree oil is also antiviral and is used to ease coughs and colds, heal wounds, and alleviate sore throats. __ECOMPRODUCT__1572__ Avocado Oil For Healthy HairAvocado oil is known for its moisturizing properties. Works well for dehydrated and sun-damaged skin. Unlike most moisturizers and many other natural oils, it is believed to penetrate through the epidermis and into the dermis layer of our skin. This results in extremely soft and hydrated facial skin. Massaging avocado oil into your scalp also stimulates blood flow to your hair follicles and stimulates new growth and healthier hair in general. __ECOMPRODUCT__379__ Cinnamon Oil For Weight LossThis spice drawer mainstay when used as a massage oil it also works amazingly to help clear up chest colds and soothe muscle aches. Massaging your body with cinnamon oil or consuming a few drops directly in your tea or smoothie also aids the slimming process. It has healing properties that work in synergy to activate the slimming and anti-cellulite process while bringing relaxation to your body. It has a triple action of toning, tightening and toxic elimination. According to Ayurveda, fat and obesity are signs of Vata, Pitta and Kapha imbalances. Cinnamon oil helps remove all three imbalances- Vata, Kapha and Pitta. __ECOMPRODUCT__1573__ Ylang Ylang Oil For Sexual WellnessWhile many people know Ylang Ylang oil to reduce anxiety and stress, it is also an effective oil to boost your sexual wellness. The oil contains natural aphrodisiac properties beneficial for both men and women. The gentle aroma of Ylang Ylang soothes frayed nerves and works on the points around the nervous system, giving a boost to the endocrine system and hence increasing libido. Dilute a few drops of Ylang Ylang oil with a carrier oil like coconut and gently massage it on the lower body to arouse feelings of sexual well-being. __ECOMPRODUCT__1574__ Rosemary Oil To Treat DandruffThe scent of Rosemary oil is commonly found in natural skincare products, because it not only has topical benefits but also extends the shelf life of a product by working as a preservative. The aroma of Rosemary oil has been shown to increase heart rate, blood pressure, and boost your immunity. Studies have also shown that it works as a stimulant to increase brain wave activity and stimulates part of your nervous system that controls organ function. Apart from aromatherapy, the antibacterial properties of rosemary oil make it perfect to be used to protect your hair from dandruff and remove pollutants that clog the hair roots. __ECOMPRODUCT__1575__ Lemongrass Oil To Purify AirFrom teas to cleaning and grooming products, lemongrass has been used for centuries in Indian healing traditions to treat gastrointestinal issues and fever. However, the refreshing aroma of lemongrass and its air purifying properties have made it a popular oil to be put in diffusers for aromatherapy. Lemongrass has a delicious fragrance and is the perfect choice for setting the mood right. Not only does it smell wonderful but it is refreshing, purifies the air, and is completely environment-friendly. __ECOMPRODUCT__1576__ Rose Oil To Address AnxietyWhile rosewater is known for its many skin hydrating and toning benefits, rose essential oil has been shown to slow brain wave patterns to produce sensations of relaxation and provides you complete freedom from stress. According to Ayurveda, rose and geranium oil can be used by people with ‘Vata’ imbalance, which occurs because of over exertion and stress.This herbal oil offers a warm, comfortable feeling of reducing anxiety and calm to the Vata skin. The BottomlineWhile essential oils have numerous benefits and make for great wellness essentials, it is important to dilute any essential oil in a carrier oil before applying it directly to the skin or try a patch test first. The bottomline is that essential oils don’t just smell good but they have the power to make you feel great as well, and feeling good is all that we need in these uncertain times. So, find an essential oil that best suits your wellness and skincare needs and thank us in the comments below. (J) Explore More View the full article
  15. We already know all about the many health benefits of cutting refined sugar out of our lives. But did you know that removing sugar also has many benefits for your skin? If you’ve ever indulged in a late night dessert, you know that it’s not easy to stop. Be it binging on oreos while watching Netflix or replacing water for coke, sugar is proven to be one of the most addictive foods. In addition to its unhealthy effects, here are some other reasons for you to quit sugar if you want better skin. __ECOMLOOKS__2852__ __ECOMLOOKS__2853__ __ECOMLOOKS__2854__ __ECOMLOOKS__2855__ __ECOMLOOKS__2856__ From honey and maple syrup to coconut sugar, the options are many. However, remember to focus on the glycemic index more than the calorie count while choosing the perfect fit for yourself. Explore More View the full article
  16. Oprah clears the air surrounding the identity of the perpetrator responsible for Archie?s skin color row
  17. The summer season is almost here and we are already feeling the brunt of it. The sweaty days, dull skin and the pollution are only some of the many problems that our skin faces during the summer. More so, the sun does a lot more damage to the skin than what is visible. Apart from the tanning and dullness, long term exposure to sun can also cause premature ageing. Well, you need not worry because we are here with the best summer face packs for men. These face masks are made with natural and effective ingredients that will help your skin recover from all that damage. 1. Moisturising Honey Face Mask Turmeric is one of the most popular ingredients in Ayurvedic skincare. It is a tested ingredient because it helps in healing damaged skin and brings back the lost glow. This face pack for men is also enriched with honey making it a perfect fit for men with dry skin. __ECOMPRODUCT__1345__ 2. Combat Ageing & Acne With Glycolic Acid One of the most damaging effects of sun exposure is premature ageing. This face mask helps you combat not just ageing but also dullness and acne. It is enriched with green tea extracts, glycolic acid, kaolin and bentonite clay. All of these ingredients will exfoliate dead skin, combat acne and prevent ageing. __ECOMPRODUCT__1346__ 3. Treat Pollution & Sun Damage With Charcoal If you are living in an urban city, sun damage is not all that you need to worry about. There’s also pollution damage that you need to tackle. Luckily you can treat sun as well as pollution damage with this face pack. This sheet mask has charcoal, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera extracts, which will rejuvenate your skin from within. __ECOMPRODUCT__1347__ 4. Say No To Excess Oil With A Peel Off Mask If your skin type is oily, you know that the struggle is real during the summers. Blackheads and whiteheads not only live on oily skin rent free, they also cause large pores which makes the skin look rough. This cooling face mask will not only remove blackheads and whiteheads but also help you get rid of dead cells that are accumulated on the surface. __ECOMPRODUCT__1348__ 5. Detan Your Skin With Amazonian Clay Another side effect of prolonged sun exposure is tanning. Tanning is not just about darkened skin colour but also the dullness and patchiness that it brings along. This face pack is your solution for a clear, even skin tone. __ECOMPRODUCT__1349__ 6. Purify Your Skin With Black Clay & Charcoal Next up, we have an all-natural and detoxifying formula that will purify your skin from within. With the goodness of black clay and activated charcoal, this face pack will treat pollution damage, soothe and brighten your skin. __ECOMPRODUCT__682__ 7. Soothe & Heal Your Skin With Multani Mitti Multani mitti has a cooling effect on the skin and is a great skincare ingredient for summers. This face pack for men is a unique formulation that combines the exfoliating benefits of multani mitti with the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. __ECOMPRODUCT__1350__ The Bottomline There you go, you can now enjoy the summer season without stressing out about your skin. Pack these face packs, along with some SPF and you’re all set! Explore More View the full article
  18. If you're concerned about your skincare routine, you're probably always looking for products that could make it even better. However, when it comes to skincare, even the slightest of mistakes can be detrimental in the long run. So, you need to make sure you're using the right quantities of product on your face. The quantity of any product matters a great deal and could easily make or break your skincare routine. Here's the ultimate guide to how much product is required to make eye-balling super-efficient when you're applying skincare products. 1. Cleanser__ECOMPRODUCT__127__ One needs two types of cleansers for use during the day. To start with, use a mild face wash that is gentle to the skin. Before you hit the bed, use a foaming face wash to exfoliate the dead skin cells and remove all the dirt and grime you've been exposed to throughout the day. For cleansers, one pump which comes down to the size of a small toffee is usually enough. 2. Acne Spot TreatmentAcne struggles don't just stop after the teen years, adult acne is also something people struggle with. Enter: acne spot treatment. Make sure to only use a chocolate bite-sized amount to cover the acne bump. Avoid any contact with the skin surface as it could lead to skin irritation. 3. An Exfoliating Scrub__ECOMPRODUCT__1265__ You can be generous while using an exfoliating scrub but make sure you're using a chemical exfoliator with AHAs and BHAs and not a granular exfoliator. Use two pea-sized pumps, about once or twice a week. Make sure to use a face lotion right after. Warning: granular exfoliators might make your pores look big and ruin your skin's texture. 4. Sunscreen__ECOMPRODUCT__1288__ Most people neglect buying sunscreen. What people don't realise is the fact that sunscreen is such an integral part of building a skincare routine. For sunscreens, more is always better. If you're planning a beach holiday, keep two separate sunscreens, one for the face and for the rest of your body and make sure you cover all the spots while applying for complete protection. View the full article
  19. Skin conditions are the worst to deal with. Whether you are battling acne or sunburn, you need to have the right sort of weapons in your bathroom arsenal. Considering different skin conditions and their treatment, it can sometimes cause a big moon-sized hole as well in your pocket. Having said that, here's a guide that talks about the 7 main skin problems one often faces and how you can treat them at home, naturally: 1. Aloe Vera Gel © iStock We all know how aloe vera gel works. It has a plethora of benefits but it mostly helps with certain skin issues. It is widely known to treat sunburn and it can heal wounds too. The gel inside the leaf is said to be an effective moisturiser for the skin and it works as a pain relief. The glycoproteins in the gel, help with itching and irritation. People with skin issues like rosacea, melasma or eczema can also try using aloe vera gel. All you need to do is take the fresh gel out of the leaf and apply it to your skin. Use it thrice daily. 2. Turmeric © iStock Turmeric is also another home remedy that is known to have healing properties. This natural home ingredient includes antioxidants and anti-inflammatory contents that can help in reducing scarring from acne. Furthermore, turmeric helps clear acne breakouts as well. Even oral consumption of turmeric, with milk, can control psoriasis. For acne issue and scarring, make a paste with water and apply it to the affected area to reduce inflammation. 3. Lemon © iStock There are several benefits associated with using lemon. Since lemon contains natural compounds, it can help clear your skin but at the same time, helps boost your immune system. This one has vitamin C that helps fight inflammation and infections. Lemons are said to work well on acne-prone skin and they also help reduce pigmentation caused due to dark spots. You can use the juice right before bed and then dab some moisturiser. You can also add it to your food, to reduce oil secretion on your skin. 4. Tea Tree Oil © iStock Tea tree oil is known for its powerful antiseptic properties. The essential oil can treat wounds and also help with other skin problems including eczema, septic wounds, ringworm, dandruff etc. While it can be applied directly to the skin, it is always advised to mix it with a carrier oil and in this case, you can use coconut oil with it. 5. Tomato Juice © iStock Even tomato juice is said to be super useful for the skin as it can help with irritation, redness and dryness. The juice helps regulate the pH level of the skin. In addition, tomato juice is also helpful in adding a protective layer to your skin, to stop acne breakouts. It also helps in collagen production. You can consume tomato juice once a week or use the juice as a face mask on your skin for at least 20 minutes, to see the results. 6. Salt Scrubber © iStock Ingrown hair can be a result of shaving or any other hair removal process. The hair basically tends to curl inwards and enters the skin again, hence growing inside the skin. This is also a common skin issue that can be tackled by using a salt scrub. Take warm water and add 1/2 tbsp of salt. Use a cotton ball and apply the mixture to the ingrown hair. Follow this method for a few weeks. 7. Baking Soda © iStock Blackheads are tricky and no matter what you do, they keep showing up almost every time. They need to be exfoliated and to do that, you can use baking soda as it helps neutralise the pH imbalance of the skin. It also removes dirt, dead skin cells and oil. Mix it with water and form a paste. Massage it on the blackheads and rinse it with warm water. Use a moisturiser post this step. View the full article
  20. Even if you have a dedicated skincare regime—a common problem that most men face in transitional weather is dealing with dry, patchy skin. In fact, various factors contribute to it throughout the year, and one really needs to get to the root of the problem to solve this. However, there are simple steps that you can take that will hydrate your skin effectively, these include: 1. Take Brief, Cooler, And Lesser Showers © iStock Taking hot showers for longer periods might be relaxing, but it has the opposite effect on your skin. Hot water strips your skin from essential moisture and also removes natural oils from your skin. Once, you're in transitional weather, try to not use the water-heater and stick to the regular temperature instead of showering. 2. Moisturise Everywhere Once You're Out Of The Shower © iStock The best time to hydrate your skin is when it is freshly cleansed. When there is no grime, toxins, or other hurdles obstructing your skin. In fact, hydrating your skin post-shower may even result in fewer breakouts. Secondly, showers dehydrate the skin, your skin instantly needs an emollient product that can push the moisture right back in. 3. Stock Some Balms © iStock Balms with thick consistency nourish and protect skin’s moisture barrier function. When looking for balms, look for hydrating ingredients like jojoba extract, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter. These really help hydrate your skin for longer durations. 4. Use Hydrating Soaps and Cleansers © iStock Instead of using products that don't work for your skin, you need products that help collect moisture. Besides, taking shorter showers, it’s important to pick shower products wisely. Using the wrong products can lead to breakouts, allergies, and even rashes. Choose showers that are mild enough to not strip away your skin's natural oils but at the same time hydrating in nature. 5. Repeat Hydration In The Night © iStock It's important to have a nighttime skincare routine as well. This will help retain the moisture during the day and you'll wake up with skin that doesn't feel too dry. You can use the same emollient product that you use in the day for your nighttime routine. View the full article
  21. Nothing is quite as satisfactory as a nice long shower , after a horrible day at work. Well it's been a while since most of us stopped going to work and haven't resumed since, but that doesn't mean that our days have stopped being horrible, right? I know you're thinking #RelateMax right now. But what if I told you even in the shower, you're doing something wrong that will come back to bite you in the, well, bottom? via GIPHY As much as we love our showers and reserve every right to do whatever we want to in there (clean your minds, I know what you're thinking, stop), there are a few things we end up doing that are causing irreversible damage to our skin and hair in the long run. It's scary, I know, but that's where we come in. via GIPHY Let's just get straight to the point then. Here are 10 showering mistakes most of you are unknowingly committing every single day, that you should stop immediately. via GIPHY 1. Please stop washing your hair every single day. By that, we mean go easy on the shampoo. For most people, shampooing thrice a week is more than enough, and using it every day just causes more harm. Using shampoo daily would strip your scalp off natural oils and make it dry, thereby potentially triggering or worsening a dandruff issue because of dryness. via GIPHY If you hit the gym daily and feel that you NEED to wash your hair no matter what, do that, but just stand under the shower and massage your scalp a bit with your fingertips. That should do the job perfectly well. 2. Not drying your hair immediately after showering is another habit you need to get done with. Don't want to blow dry? Don't. In fact avoid it if you can, but please do use a soft, dry towel to quickly dry your hair post shower. via GIPHY Hair soaks quite a bit of water, and also dries slowly on its own. If this continues over a period of time, it can crack, causing permanent damage. Also you'll end up getting a fever, like mum warned. 3. Please stop using extra hot water while washing your face. Hot water strips our face off natural, healthy oils, and makes the skin super dry. That would mean you'd end up needing more moisturizer, and subsequently risk getting pimples and acne in the process. via GIPHY In short, your face skin will age much faster and no one wants that. Ugh. 4. We all have ignored our feet while showering at some point, and that my friend, is inexcusable. It does appear that the shower water anyway washes the feet on its own because, well gravity, but that does NOT count as washing your feet. via GIPHY Not paying attention to your feet in the shower would mean dirt deposits around nails and toes, which means bacterial infestation, and of course, smelly feet. Nope, nope, nope. 5. Please stop giving yourself bruises by being too aggressive. You're a human being, my friend, so please stop treating your body like a piece of dirty equipment that needs a solid round of violent treatment under the shower. Most Indian men have this weird habit of vigorously, hurriedly rubbing and scrubbing their entire body with their hands, which kind of doubles up as a mini workout. One question: Why? via GIPHY Your skin is under its most vulnerable state under the shower, and it needs to be treated gently. Stop giving it third degree treatments every single day. It's wreaking havoc on your skin. 6. This one is basic, but please stop using one soap for everything. It's convenient, yes, but please understand your body is not made of one single thing. You have hair, beard, soft skin, hard skin, pubes - how can one soap wash it all and be good in the long run? via GIPHY Use different products for appropriate places. We're not asking you to use 20 different things while showering, but use at least the basics? Shampoo, facewash, body wash, beard wash if you have one. That's all! 7. Keeping a product on for too long will not benefit you in the slightest. You know what we're talking about. It may be conditioner, shampoo, or a hair removal cream - please don't keep it on for more than 3 minutes, if you don't want it to damage your skin. Especially with hair removal or bleaching items, the aftermath is usually horrible and extremely painful. via GIPHY Stick to the label instructions, and don't add to the prescribed time. 8. Please wash your towel regularly. If you have one of those towels that have that consistent damp smell, there is a problem, my friend. A damp unwashed towel is the breeding ground for bacteria and who knows what you'll end up getting in which part of your body? via GIPHY Also, what's the point in showering if you're going to immediately soil yourself again using that filthy-ass towel? Gross. 9. If you're using a soap dish, please make sure it's clean and dry. Some of our desi bathrooms are far too used to having wet soap dishes with half melted bars of soap. Apart from being gross, it's actually a breeding ground for bacteria. via GIPHY Why would you use that to wash your face? Why? 10. Please moisturize immediately after showering, preferably within 5 minutes. Immediately after the shower, skin starts losing moisture rapidly. Dermatologists actually prescribe waiting for no more than 3 minutes to moisturize your face and body post shower, since the skin starts to get dry post that. via GIPHY Most men don't do it, and that's the reason why skin gets dry, rough, and dull. Please start avoiding these mistakes, and watch your skin and hair health improve in no time. View the full article
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