Benefits of Including Neem Oil in your Skincare Regimen

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Neem Oil is loaded with essential nutrients and therefore, finds itself a place in any natural skincare regimen. It is power -packed with Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, calcium and triglycerides. Because of its essential fatty acid and vitamin E content, neem oil easily penetrates deep into the skin and is able heal the cracks brought on by dry skin. Moreover, the fatty acids and vitamin E are easily absorbed in the skin without leaving the skin greasy.  Its fatty acid composition is as follows: Oleic acid (52.8%), Stearic acid (21.4%), Palmitic acid ( 12.6%) and Linoleic acid (2.1%).

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Neem Oil, being high in antioxidants helps protect the skin from environmental damage. It also contains carotenoids which fight free radical damage and thereby reduce the visible signs of skin aging. The beauty of using neem oil for skincare is the diverse benefits that it has to offer and how easily it fulfills the needs of different skin types.

Below we list out the few of the many benefits that neem oil offers in skin care.

Combat Acne

Acne is usually a problem related to the overproduction of sebum by the skin’s glands but bacterial proliferation usually aggravates this problem. Use of neem oil in mild concentrations is effective in inhibiting bacterial growth and can be considered a much safer option when compared to the myriad creams, face wash and serums available in the market which contain harmful toxins.

Neem oil being anti-inflammatory helps lessen the redness, itching and pain related to acne. Moreover, the high fatty acid content helps reduce scarring and damage to the skin caused by acne.

You can take a teaspoon of Almond or Olive oil and add 10 drops of Neem oil to it. Apply the solution to the skin and depending on your preferences, you can either wash it off after an hour or leave it on for the night.

Hydrate Dry Skin

Neem oil serves as an excellent skin moisturizer, primarily because of its hydrophobic quality, which ensures that it does not readily mix with water and forms a protective layer on the surface of the skin.
Because of its fatty acid content, it is able to easily penetrate the skin and provide moisture and hydration from the inside out. Using neem oil at full concentration might has the potential to irritate the skin so we will recommend diluting it using Almond or Olive oil depending on your skin type.

Help Reduce Sun Damage

Frequent exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage the outer layers of the skin resulting in very visible signs of aging, like fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Neem oil helps reduce and in some cases reverse this damage due to its ability to fight free radical damage. It also helps reduce any inflammations or irritation that might result from sun exposure.

Soothe and Relieve Eczema Prone Skin

Eczema is a condition which is characterized by skin reacting adversely to external irritants. Usually eczema results in dry, irritable, patchy, red skin. At its worst, eczema can result into severely dry, cracked skin which might run the risk of secondary infections. Neem oil can considerably alleviate eczema symptoms, though it cannot cure the root cause of eczema. Nonetheless, due to its healing and soothing ability, it can reduce inflammations and heal abrasions in the skin.

Anti-Aging

Neem oil has high levels of antioxidants which help protect the skin against environmental damage. It also contains abundant reserves of carotenoids which fight  free radicals and slow down visible signs of aging. Further, because of its fatty acid and vitamin e content it gets readily absorbed into the skin and helps to nourish the skin from within, thereby rejuvenating it and bolstering its elasticity.

Please do share your experience with this regimen in the comments below.  Also, for beauty recipes more tailored to your skin type take our Skin Quiz and get a bespoke homemade beauty regimen. Read more at www.osperi.com

Why you should include face scrubs in your skincare regimen

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The primary reason for following a skincare regimen is to look the best that we can. A well balanced regimen can ensure a healthy, radiant looking skin year-round. These days, face washes and moisturizers are fairly commonplace in most skincare regimens. Unfortunately just these two by themselves are not sufficient to meet the needs of our skin. To ensure proper removal of dead skin cells and healthy pores on the surface of the skin, it becomes critical to incorporate a face scrub in your skincare regimen.

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A face scrub contains small particles, or beads which being mildly abrasive, help gently exfoliate the skin by unclogging the pores of the skin and by removing impurities and dead skin cells.  When you scrub away the old, flaky skin, you reveal a softer, smoother looking skin. A skin that looks rejuvenated.

A common question about scrubs is how often should one exfoliate their skin? The answer to that depends on our skin type, although most dermatologists recommend using a face scrub 2-3 times a week. Remember over scrubbing can damage the delicate skin on your face, so it is advisable to exfoliate 2-3 times a week.

Benefits of using a face scrub

Helps remove dirt and impurities from the skin

Sometimes your skin needs a deeper cleansing , something which a face wash cannot provide. A face scrub, with its minute granules or particles gives a gentle exfoliating effect which removes dirt, grime,  dead skin cells and other impurities from the skin. This ensures a cleaner, healthier and more radiant skin

Bolster Aging Skin

Our skin has a very strong self healing capability, which ensures that it keeps on rejuvenating and regenerating itself every 30-40 days. Unfortunately, as we age this ability decreases. This is where a face scrub can lend our skin a helping hand.

A face scrub can bolster the rejuvenation process by improving the skin renewal times. This is done by gently removing the dead skin cells which might end up clogging the pores. Remember, not to overdo it by using a scrub too often. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week is generally recommended for most skin types.

Smoother, Clearer Complexion

One of the biggest contributors of blemishes and other breakouts is the clogging up of pores on the surface of the skin. The pores can be clogged due to sebum buildup or due to dirt and dead skin cells. It, therefore, becomes very important to cleanse and unclog the pores at regular intervals to ensure clear, spot-free skin.

Flake-Free Skin

For people with dry skin, a common concern is flaky skin, which not only looks unattractive but is also difficult to contain. The common reaction in this case is to moisturize (which in a lot of cases helps) but we will recommend using a gentle face scrub. The face scrub will help gently remove the outer flaky layer of the skin to reveal a fresh looking, healthier skin. You can follow the face scrub with a moisturizer or facial oil to yield long lasting effects.

Please do share your experience with this regimen in the comments below.  Also, for beauty recipes more tailored to your skin type take our Skin Quiz and get a bespoke homemade beauty regimen. Read more at www.osperi.com

Rose Water – A Natural Beauty Elixir

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Rose water has been revered and used for centuries in the Middle East and the Subcontinent as a natural beauty elixir. With well documented soothing and healing qualities, as well as natural anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory powers, rose water is a beauty powerhouse.  Not just that, it helps balance skin’s pH, tightens the pores, and helps reduce redness and irritation. As a result, many skincare brands use rose water as a base in their products.

Here’s how you can incorporate rose water in your skincare regimen

  1. As a Toner

Rose Water is an excellent replacement for alcohol/chemical laden skin toners. Rose water is soothing and calming for the skin because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It also helps tighten the pores and reduce their appearance.
Just wet a cotton ball in chilled rose water and dab it on cleansed skin.  Rose water’s mild astringent properties help gently tone the skin.

  1. For Tired, Puffy Eyes

If you have puffy, tired eyes due to lack of sleep, Rose water offers an ideal solution. Soak a cotton ball in chilled rose water and place it on your eyelids. Keep it as long as you want while relishing the soothing feeling around your eyes. This will help reduce the puffiness and give relief to your eyes.

  1. As a Facial Cleanser

Rose water makes for a great natural cleanser because of its hydrating and anti-bacterial properties. You can mix 2-3 drops of glycerine in one tablespoon of rose water and use the resultant mixture as a replacement of your current daily cleanser.

  1. As a Hair Conditioner

Add two tablespoons of pure organic rose water to a cup of water and pour it through your hair, post shampooing and conditioning as final rinse. Your hair will feel silky smooth, with an enviable, healthy shine to boot.

  1. As a Natural Face Mist

A great way to use rose water is to spritz it directly on your face. It is incredibly refreshing and soothing to the skin and can be a mood booster after a long day. A lot of skincare experts swear by its Softening, Toning and Brightening effects.

Please do share your experience with this regimen in the comments below.  Also, for beauty recipes more tailored to your skin type take our Skin Quiz and get a bespoke homemade beauty regimen. Read more at www.osperi.com

How to get a Glowing Skin Naturally in 5 weeks

In this article we will suggest a holistic, all-natural skincare regimen which will help you see significant improvements in 35 days of disciplined use

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Who doesn’t want a radiant, blemish-free, glowing skin!

Just like good hair days, most of us will agree to having good skin days interspersed with bad ones. How we wish we could avoid those breakouts, blemishes, and spots which seem to prop up every now and then. Fortunately, this is possible, just with a bit of discipline. We promise that if you see out the 5 weeks with the following regimen, you will notice a very perceptible improvement in your skin.

All of us have the basics nailed down, when it comes to a broad understanding of our skin type and texture (If you will like a more thorough understanding you can take Skin Quiz here on our website).

And basic understanding is all that is needed for you to have beautiful, glowing skin all year round. Remember our skin has thousands of pores which produce oil so as to keep the skin moisturized and nourished. Almost all the blemishes, breakouts and spots are results of these pores getting blocked or damaged due to environmental factors. Quite often the pores get blocked due to dirt and oil which gets stuck in them resulting in breakouts, while sometimes overexposure to sun causes the oil producing sebaceous glands to get damaged. Despite all the damage and blockage, remember our skin has an innate ability to self heal. But this ability only goes so far, and sometimes we make matters worse by indiscriminately using chemical laden skincare products.

In this article we will give you an all natural skincare regimen with most ingredients which can be found right there in your kitchen cabinet. Natural Skincare helps you not just avoid the toxic chemicals which are present in quite a lot of over-the-counter skincare products but will also enable you to get a better understanding of the needs of your skin.

  1. Water

Water helps flush out toxins from your system and gives skin a fuller appearance. Proper hydration also improves skin’s smoothness and elasticity.

Girls – Aim to drink atleast 2 litres or 8-9 cups of water per day. Also, ensure that you cut out all sugary drinks from your diet.
Guys – Drink atleast 3 litres or 12-13 cups of water per day. An easy metric is to check the colour of your pee, clear pee indicates proper hydration while when yellow you need to reach out for that glass of water.

  1. Luxe Saffron Face Mask Recipe

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This recipe combines the acne & blemish fighting capabilities of  Multani Mitti with the skin brightening qualities of Saffron and Sandalwood. Turmeric and Tulsi provide strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties, resulting in a face mask which judiciously combines traditional ayurvedic and unani treatments. You can find the recipe here or buy the formulated product with additional fortified ingredients from here.  We recommend that you use the face mask daily once. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Continue the usage for the duration of this regimen and we guarantee that your skin will be noticeably smoother with a healthy glow.

  1. Exercise

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Exercise is a great way to get rid of stress, ensure that you keep the nutrient rich blood flowing to your skin, and to get a good night’s sleep. Stress causes pimples. So in order to get that radiant, healthy skin hit the gym or go for a run whatever works for you. Getting a good night’s sleep helps in the body’s healing and repair process. While proper blood flow to the skin helps in providing much needed nourishment and removal or toxins.

  1. Besan Turmeric Scrub Recipe

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This recipe(which you can find here, or buy the made product from here) leverages age old Ayurvedic and Unani wisdom to bring together ingredients like Besan, Indian White Sandalwood and Milk which, in addition to having skin brightening and smoothening qualities, help take the fight against wrinkles and sagging skin. Apply this scrub and leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes and then scrub it off with cold water. Use this mask thrice weekly for 5 weeks for visibly clear and radiant skin.

  1. Eat Healthy

Remember glowing skin is nothing but your body’s way of telling you that all its internal needs are being met in the most conducive manner.  We believe it is imperative not to eat foods that cause the blood sugar to spike. Spiking of blood sugar leads to production of insulin which is unhealthy. We recommend eating clean lean proteins, green leafy vegetables and berries.

Healthy fats are essential to good skin health and treating acne breakouts, so include foods rich in omega-3 in your diet like fish and flaxseed. Foods to avoid for a blemish free skin include wheat, sugar, gluten, dairy products and hydrogenated oils.

  1. Facial Oils

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Using the right facial oils can be the one thing that has been stopping you from getting that elusive healthy, radiant skin.  Oils are highly moisturizing and nourishing to the skin and therefore must form part of any effective skincare regimen. We recommend using facial oils as leave-on overnight lotions on your skin. You can read our in-depth article here, for selecting the perfect facial oil for your skin type. Also, you can learn how to use oils as part of your skincare regimen by going through the article here.

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a powerful natural ingredient used in many skincare recipes. It is rich in Sorbitol, Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kemelate and Glycerine which help in nourishing the skin. Aloe Vera increases the collagen production of the skin thereby boosting the healing and repair capability of the skin. Aloe Vera should be part of your daily skincare regimen, you can either use it once in the night (after using a gentle cleanser) or in the morning (again post cleansing). If you have to adopt just one of these suggestions from this article, we will recommend using Aloe Vera.

Please do share your experience with this regimen in the comments below.  Also, for beauty recipes more tailored to your skin type take our Skin Quiz and get a bespoke homemade beauty regimen. Read more at www.osperi.com

 

 

What is Oil Cleansing and Why you should start doing it today? Hint – Beautiful Skin

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In one of our previous articles ” Skincare Regimen for a Naturally Smoother Skin”, we devised a holistic skincare regimen which helps you achieve that elusive smooth, clear and radiant skin. We deliberately left out one very crucial aspect of that regimen which we believe requires a thorough article all for itself.

The “crucial aspect” we are talking about is the Oil Cleansing method. It has received much attention and hype in recent years. We acknowledge that the hype is well warranted. Not only is the Oil Cleansing Method incredibly efficient, it is very simple to learn and fit into your daily regimen.

We understand that it is totally natural to freak out about using Oil on your face (I did too – given my history of acne breakouts). But as we have explained in few of our previous articles (which you can read here and here),  using the right oils can actually be helpful in your fight against acne. Just remember to select the right oil based on your skin type. (You can look for help here).

Now back to the Oil Cleansing Method, the fundamental idea of Oil Cleansing is to use a natural oils in a particular combination to gently cleanse the skin and balance the skin’s natural oils. From the website dedicated to oil cleansing:

” The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.”

But is it effective?

Oh boy! Are you going to love it.
When we tried it out our skin went through a brief ‘adjustment period’ where our skin got worse for about a week. Based on what we have read, this is a usual reaction because of the impurities being pulled from the skin surface. Post this you will see a gradual improvement over the next 3-4 weeks in your overall skin tone and texture. Remember this treatment requires, in addition to discipline, some amount of patience so as to will yourself through the 1st week or so where your skin will feel worse. Our recommendation is that  you stick to the regimen and see it out for the first 3 weeks atleast.

Here’s what you’ll need

You are going to need a clean wash cloth and a couple of natural carrier oils. The first and the most important oil is the Castor Oil. Castor oil is naturally thick with strong cleansing properties. It is also highly antibacterial in nature. A little amount of it goes a long way and using too much of it will leave you with visibly dry skin.

Since it is quite thick in consistency we need to dilute it with some other oil (we’ll call it the secondary oil) which is thinner in consistency but at the same time nurturing to the skin. For the secondary oil there are a lot of options to choose from – Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil. We recommend using an oil which suits your skin type. To find out which oil suits your skin best, take the skin quiz here and look in the basic regimen tab. Since I have oily acne prone skin, I used Hemp Seed Oil, which worked well for me. Remember to choose only natural cold pressed oils and avoid mineral and refined oils.

Having selected your primary (Castor Oil) and secondary oils, we can now move forward and deal with another critical component of the Oil Cleansing Method – The composition in which we mix the primary and secondary oils to create our own tailored blend. This composition depends on your skin type.  Here’s your rule book:

Oily Skin: 30% Castor Oil and 70% Secondary Oil

Combination Skin: 20% Castor Oil and 80% Secondary Oil

Dry Skin: 10% Castor Oil and 90% Secondary Oil

You can vary these combinations based on your skin’s needs. If your skin feels too dry, you can reduce the amount of Castor Oil. My personal composition used 25% Castor Oil which I store in a flip top bottle. When replenishing the blend remember to wash the bottle thoroughly so as to avoid introducing any bacteria or dirt.

Ready to give it a try?
Here’s how you do it.

Oil Cleansing should ideally be done at night, prior to getting into bed. Once you regularly use this method to cleanse your face you will realize that deep cleansing is not required in the morning. You can just as easily use a warm wash cloth to clean your face.

Remember the objective of the Oil Cleansing Method is to deep clean while at the same time balance the skin’s oils at the same time.

  • Pour a ₹2 coin sized amount in the palm of your hand. Rub it into your hands to warm the oil and apply it to your face
  • Using slow, firm motions massage the oil into your face. Take your time and remember to focus on problem areas. There is no need to remove your makeup or wash your face prior to Oil Cleansing as this method helps easily remove dirt, sunscreen, makeup and even waterproof mascara or concealer
  • Give the oil enough time to dissolve the impurities and once you are satisfied pick up the wash cloth and soak it in clean, steamy water. The water has to be warm enough to soften the pores and remove the oil – which would have already dissolved the impurities and dirt from our skin
  • Hold the washcloth to your face, allowing it to stay until it cools. You will feel your pores softening and releasing the dirt/impurities. Wipe the dirt and oil away with the washcloth. Repeat this step 2-3 times, while avoiding the temptation to scrub, as you will notice this is completely unnecessary
  • Post completing this, you will notice there is still a thin layer of oil which remains on your face. This is actually beneficial

Using this method dirt, impurities, bacteria and dead skin cells will be gently removed from your skin. The oil blend dissolves the impurities from your skin which might end up clogging the pores. Our primary oil – Castor Oil – is the key ingredient here, which helps draw out dirt and grime to the surface of your skin. These are subsequently wiped away using the wash cloth.

Remember, you will require a brief adjustment period of about a week or so. During this time you will feel that your skin is secreting more oil. This is natural. You will see the benefits accrue post this adjustment period.

We will love to know how you found this regimen, please use the comments below.

To learn more about the unique demands of your skin, take the skin quiz to get a customized skincare regimen.

Freshen up your skin with the Green Tea Night Cream

A simple night cream recipe that works wonders for Wrinkles, Tired Skin, Sensitive Skin and Acne.

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This is a highly efficacious night cream recipe that works well with almost all skin types. Remember to apply the green tea night cream on a dry face using circular motions for maximum absorption. Wait for 15 minutes before getting into bed.

Ingredients:

  • 25 oz of pure beeswax
  • 1 oz almond oil
  • 1 tsp of Rose hip seed oil
  • A packet of green tea

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Instructions:

  1. Take 25 oz of pure beeswax and combine them with 1 oz almond oil, 1 oz coconut oil, 1 tsp of Rose hip seed oil in a double boiler, allowing it to melt.
  2. Meanwhile take a cup of warm water and let a packet of green/white tea seep for a few minutes. Pour this mixture to the double boiler and mix. (If you are using a tea bag, open the bag and pour in the tea leaves too)
  3. Once the beeswax melts let it cool for a minute or two, just enough to be able to strain through a fine sieve.
  4. Whip this strained mixture using a hand blender until you reach a smooth, fluffy consistency
  5. Store in a cool, dark place. Avoid refrigeration as it will harden the night cream.
  6. It will last more than a month with daily application.

Benefits:

Green tea has an impressive list of skincare benefits. It is well known for its abundance of antioxidants which make it a very valuable anti-ageing remedy. The polyphenols present in green tea slow down the appearance of age spots. It helps combat free radical production and is also effective remedy for sun damage. It is rich in amino acids, B vitamins, manganese and folate.

Beeswax acts as a surfactant ,when blended with other ingredients, it forms a protective barrier on the surface of the skin and helps protect against environmental damage. Beeswax is antibacterial helping keep the skin clean and free from potential infections. It is also a humectant, which means it attracts water and helps keep the skin hydrated.

Almond oil is approximately 60% oleic acid which gives it a chemical composition similar to our sebum, so it is readily absorbed by the skin. It is a strong emollient which enables it to remove skin impurities. Almond oil has anti-inflammatory properties, helping it calm and soothe irritated skin. It is also extremely nourishing and moisturising for he the skin.

Rosehip seed oil helps protect the skin and increases cellular turnover with the help of free radical fighting antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and beta-carotene which is a form of Vitamin A. Rosehip seed oil deeply nourishes the skin and helps heal it from within because of the presence of essential fatty acids like Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic and Gamma Linolenic  (GLA) acids.

 

 

Skincare Regimen for a Naturally Smoother Skin

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No one likes rough, uneven and tired looking skin. If you factor in sun damage, monthly breakouts and a few age spots most of us feel smooth, blemish-free skin is out of our reach. Luckily, most skincare experts disagree. With just a few minor changes to our lifestyle and the use of some natural homemade beauty recipes that seemingly elusive clear skin is possible.

Although there are a great many skincare products on the market which promise to help you get a flawless skin, please be aware that most of them have harsh chemicals which can only harm you in the long term. We recommend that, wherever possible, you should try homemade beauty treatments. For whatever reasons if making these treatments at home is not possible, ensure that you do your research as to which brands out there use preservative-free, natural ingredients. Remember it is just not enough for a product to be organic and then be laden with preservatives. The thumb rule is to avoid preservative laden cosmetics as much as you can. Why do we say so? Read more here in one of our previous articles.

In this article, however, we will list out a set a holistic lifestyle and beauty regimen which will help you look like your best and most radiant self.

1. Water

Water helps flush out toxins from your system and gives skin a fuller appearance. Proper hydration also improves skin’s smoothness and elasticity.

Girls – Aim to drink atleast 2 litres or 8-9 cups of water per day. Also, ensure that you cut out all sugary drinks from your diet.
Guys – Drink atleast 3 litres or 12-13 cups of water per day. An easy way is to check the colour of your pee, clear pee indicates proper hydration while when yellow you need to reach out for that glass of water.

2. Use Sunscreen

Sun Damage is perhaps the number one cause for premature aging and the appearance of fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. So it is prudent to ensure that you are well guarded in this regard. Find a sunscreen which not only has a high SPF but is made entirely of natural ingredients. Fancy making a highly effective one for yourself – look here.

3. Luxe Saffron Face Mask Recipe

This recipe combines the acne & blemish fighting capabilities of Multani Mitti with the skin brightening qualities of Saffron and Sandalwood. Turmeric and Tulsi provide strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties, resulting in a face mask which judiciously combines traditional ayurvedic and unani treatments. You can find the recipe here or buy the formulated product with additional fortified ingredients from here. We recommend that you use the face mask daily once. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Continue the usage for a month and we guarantee that your skin will be noticeably smoother with a healthy glow.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a powerful natural ingredient used in many skincare recipes. It is rich in Sorbitol, Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kemelate and Glycerine which help in nourishing the skin. Aloe Vera increases the collagen production of the skin thereby boosting the healing and repair capability of the skin. Aloe Vera should be part of your daily skincare regimen, you can either use it once in the night (after using a gentle cleanser) or in the morning (again post cleansing). If you have to adopt just one of these suggestions from this article, we will recommend using Aloe Vera.

5. Proper Skincare Routine

Consistency is your best friend when it comes to maintaining a healthy complexion. So make sure you are doing the following on a daily basis

Cleansing – Washing your face with a gentle cleanser is the first step of any skincare regimen. What we recommend additionally is ensuring that the cleanser you buy is rid of any preservatives. Check whether it is all natural, you can check the ingredients section on the label. To figure out which cleanser works best for your skin type, take the skin quiz here.

Exfoliating – Proper exfoliation ensures the removal of dead skin cells and helps in the unclogging of pores on the surface of the skin. Although beneficial, it is important not to overdo it. Depending on the coarseness of the scrub’s granules, you should exfoliate 2-3 times a week. You can also find a scrub tailor made for your skin by taking the skin quiz and then jumping to the ‘meticulous’ regimen.

Toning –  Toning is an optional step in your skincare regimen and people with dry skin can afford to skip it. It can work wonders though, especially for people with oily or combination skin who are looking for a smooth, clear skin. Toning helps tighten the pores by removing the dirt and unclogging the pores. Always ensure that you use an alcohol free toner, as alcohol dries out your skin.

Moisturize – Moisturizing helps regulate the moisture balance of the skin and keeps a check on excess oil production. Remember to choose a moisturizer based on your skin type. Find one for yourself here. Moreover, keeping skin hydrated and moisturized gets increasingly important as we age. So age also has a role to play in the type of moisturizer you should select for yourself.

Night Cream – Night time is ideal for the body to work on repair and renewal of our skin. It is therefore imperative that we supplement this process by using an efficacious night cream which bolsters this process and helps the body tackle the minor imperfections that might be creeping in.

6. Besan Turmeric Scrub Recipe

This recipe (which you can find here, or buy the made product from here) leverages age old Ayurvedic and Unani wisdom to bring together ingredients like Besan, Indian White Sandalwood and Milk which, in addition to having skin brightening and smoothening qualities, help take the fight against wrinkles and sagging skin. Apply this scrub and leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes and then scrub it off with cold water. Use this mask thrice weekly for 5 weeks for visibly clear and radiant skin.

7. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to get rid of stress, ensure that you keep the nutrient rich blood flowing to your skin, and to get a good night’s sleep. Stress causes pimples. So in order to get that radiant, healthy skin hit the gym or go for a run whatever works for you. Getting a good night’s sleep helps in the body’s healing and repair process. While proper blood flow to the skin helps in providing much needed nourishment and removal or toxins.

8. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural anti-fungal and anti-viral home remedy thus being very effective against acne and a host of other infections. It is also known to cure blemishes and dark spots.
Mix a few drops in your cleanser for daily usage and you will notice perceptibly fewer breakouts.

Please do share your experience with this regimen in the comments below.  Also, for beauty recipes more tailored to your skin type take our Skin Quiz and get a bespoke homemade beauty regimen. Read more at www.osperi.com

What are Laugh Lines and how can you minimize their appearance

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Laugh lines or Smile lines are creases that form at the side of the mouth, nasolabial folds and the outer corners of our eyes. They become more pronounced when we laugh or smile. They are also exacerbated by overexposure to the sun, stress, environmental pollutants and genetics.
The simplest way to get rid of them is to stop smiling and laughing all together….
But for a set of more realistic and feasible solutions read on below.

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For this article what we have done is arrived at a holistic set of natural remedies which you can easily use in the comforts of your home. We begin with a couple of facial exercises that you should do regularly followed by a few natural homemade beauty recipes which replenish and nurture your skin.

Facial Exercises

Refer to this video by Dr. Janine Bowring, ND where she shares key yoga facial exercises to practice to help reduce mouth wrinkles and laugh lines.

  • You can start with the fairly simple yet incredibly effective “puffer fish” which is also a favourite of Dr. Bowring
  • The second exercise requires you to use your fingers as resistance and try smiling
  • In the video, Dr. Bowring also shows a particular point on the large intestine meridian which helps in reducing nasolabial folds or laugh lines
  • You get to learn how to boost the collagen production by boosting the “chi” or the energy in your face using facial acupressure points

Homemade Beauty Recipes

  • Egg white – Coconut Oil Mask: Egg whites are incredibly effective at fighting wrinkles, by boosting skin elasticity and fighting fine lines and sagging skin. Coconut oil is one of the most potent skin nourishing and moisturizing oils. It is a natural antioxidant and helps in rebuilding skin tissue. Here’s what you do – mix 2 egg whites with half a cup of coconut oil, apply this mixture directly to the visible lines and around the corners of the mouth. Let it dry for 10 minutes and then wash this off with cold water. Use this mask thrice a week for 5 weeks for visible improvements.
  • Besan Turmeric Scrub: This recipe(which you can find here, or buy the made product from here) leverages age old Ayurvedic and Unani wisdom to bring together ingredients like Besan, Indian White Sandalwood and Milk which, in addition to having skin brightening qualities, help take the fight against wrinkles and sagging skin. Apply this scrub and leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes and then scrub it off with cold water. Use this mask thrice weekly for 5 weeks.
  • Almond anti-aging moisturizer: Use the almond anti-aging moisturizer daily in place of your regular moisturizer for visible improvements in any kind of age related wrinkles or fine lines on your face. You can find the recipe here. It requires a little bit of effort to prepare but is well worth it given how efficacious it is and once made it lasts for 3 months.
  • Green tea night cream: The green tea night cream recipe(which you can find here) is power packed with ingredients rich in antioxidants and polyphenols which slow down the aging process and help improve skin nourishment and cellular turnover. Apply the cream at night 3-4 times a week. Ensure that you give the cream 15 minutes and then get into the bed.

Please do share your experience with this regimen in the comments below.  Also, for beauty recipes more tailored to your skin type take our Skin Quiz and get a bespoke homemade beauty regimen. Read more at www.osperi.com

What is Collagen and how it can help you have Flawless Skin

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Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It contains a mix of amino acids like glycine, arginine and proline which are found in all the connective tissues in our body. Collagen is found in our skin, bones, muscles, tendons, digestive systems and blood vessels.
It is collagen that gives our skin elasticity and strength, in addition to the ability to repair and replace dead skin cells.

Unfortunately, our body’s collagen production slows down with age. This slowdown is what leads to the visible signs of aging like wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. Lifestyle factors such as excessive sun exposure, an unhealthy diet, alcohol and smoking also serve to negatively influence body’s collagen levels.

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It is therefore important keep up body’s collagen levels by including collagen rich foods in our diet.  Although there are a great many topical collagen-rich cosmetic products available in the market today, they have little to no impact on your skin. For noticeable improvements it is better to have collagen working from inside our system, that is how it is most effective. We recommend supplementing your diet with foods like Chicken, Fish, Beef and Egg shell membranes. All these foods have a very high protein content and concomitantly a high collagen content as well.

Collagen for Skin and Hair

 Collagen helps improve the health of Skin and Hair. In a recent double-blind placebo study, it was found that women who took a collagen supplement (collagen hydrolysate) regularly for a duration of 8 weeks noticed a 20% reduction in wrinkles. In addition to that, collagen appears to bolster body’s own production process of collagen by increasing the procollagen content which is a precursor to collagen.

Collagen consumption also increases skin elasticity and natural moisture content which normally decreases as we age. Collagen helps reduce stretch marks and cellulite. When the collagen levels in the skin go down, it not only loses its elasticity but there is another side effect: the cellulite is more visible. Since the skin becomes thinner due to the depleting collagen levels, the cellulite becomes more evident and visible to the naked eye. Bolstering your collagen levels therefore helps improve not just the elasticity but the cellulite menace as well.

In addition to helping the skin, collagen also has other benefits, including

  • Boosting muscle mass, metabolism and energy output
  • Strengthening hair, teeth and nails
  • Reducing joint pain and degeneration
  • Helping improve liver health and a leaky gut

We recommend having a natural protein rich diet which supplements your body’s natural collagen levels. Go in for Chicken Broth or Beef Broth twice a week so as to get a boost of natural type 1,2 and 3 collagen. You can also have 2-3 eggs a day which are rich in type 1 collagen, although they also contain type 3,4 and 10.

You can also go in for collagen supplements, while choosing a supplement, wherever possible, do ensure that it is obtained from grass-fed and pastured humanely raised sources from a reputed company.

How to use Facial Oils as part of a Skincare Regimen

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Would it be an overstatement to say 2016 was a good year for facial oils?
With the benefit of hindsight, definitely not!

According to the NPD Group, the sales of skincare oils have more than tripled in these past 5 years. It’s hard for us to be surprised at these stats having seen so many of our Skincare-Savvy acquaintances give glittering reviews. Despite the obvious benefits, facial oils still haven’t hit the mainstream yet. Why is that?

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The primary reason for this is the fear of breakouts that some people still have when it comes to including facial oils in their day-to-day skincare regimen.  In reality, though, many of the facial oils are non-comedogenic and can actually control the excess production of sebum.

The first step towards including facial oils in your skincare regimen is figuring out which oil works best for your skin type. You can refer our in-depth piece on this here which is all about selecting the right facial oil for your skin. You can also take the skin quiz here for a more intensive skin analysis and a holistic skincare regimen.

In this article we talk about the next step, Step 2 if you will, which comes after you have figured out the most suitable oil for your skin or better still a tailored skincare regimen for you that works.  Below we list a set of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to using facial oils as part of your daily skincare routine.

  1. Using oils at the right time

We always recommend people use oils at night giving it adequate time before going to bed. Night-time is preferable because the skin is at rest and the oil can work towards repairing the nourishing the skin while we sleep.

If using the oils during the day, always ensure that you use the more absorbent ones (avoid heavier oils like coconut and avocado during the day) lest you might end up with a visibly greasy face. It is also important to know that some oils like grapefruit and lemon essential oils are photosensitive, which means they react to light and can cause your skin to become inflamed. Therefore, it is usually best to use oils at night before going to bed.

  1. Using the right oil for your skin type

We at Osperi believe that your skin is as unique as your fingerprint. It is therefore important to use skincare products and treatments which are tailored to one’s skin type. With that in mind, we must be aware that only particular oils will work effectively for us. This article will help you choose the right oil based on your skin type. Although we recommend you take the skin quiz here to get a more intensive analysis based on your skin type.

  1. Giving it time

If you have been using harsh chemical laden cosmetics all your life, or if you are just starting to with an all-natural skincare regimen, we will recommend that you give your skin time to adjust. Typically you will start to see results in about 2-4 weeks time. It is therefore important to have patience and keep the faith.

  1. Using essential oils without carrier oils

Remember to use essential oils only when diluted in a carrier oil. Essential oils are volatile and can evaporate from the surface of the skin without even penetrating. More importantly, essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus and lemon are highly concentrated and can irritate the skin when applied directly.

It is therefore advisable to dilute these oils in carrier oils like Jojoba or Grapeseed Oil.

  1. Using the right amount

Oils as naturally concentrated compounds. Moderation, therefore, is desirable. We recommend using about 4 drops of the oil and placing it in the palm of your hand. Now using the fingers of the other hand dot the 4 quadrants of the face (1- Forehead and T-zone, 2- Chin and Lower cheeks, 3- Right Cheek and Right Temple, 4- Left Cheek and Left Temple). Massage the oil into the skin evenly.

  1. Using oil as part of a holistic skincare regimen

If we keep on using a harsh chemical-laden cleanser, then no matter the oil we are using, we will not see results. Similarly, if we keep on having a bad diet and then using paraben/preservative laden products, the oils will not help. We must understand that having a beautiful skin requires more than lathering a few products on your skin. It is more a lifestyle choice that requires healthier eating, exercising, and above all using a natural skincare regimen.

An important aspect of any such skincare regimen must be that, not only must it be tailored to your skin type, but it should have elements or treatments which are mutually synergistic and help reinforce each other.  We recommend you take the skin quiz here to get a tailored skincare regimen for yourself and follow it religiously for 31 days. We are sure that you will see visible improvements.