We are all stuck within the four walls of our house for the last four months and we don’t even know when we will get out and breathe freely. We are bound to follow the new e-lifestyle and adapt to it for our own good. We are forced to be self-sufficient when we are in trouble, and what other choices we even have. But on the greener side, we are having a lot of time to look after ourselves and rejuvenate the lost health, which we couldn’t do all these years. It is like life gave us a chance to fulfill our pending works. And quarantine means we need to also look after our skin problems because no one at our hand distance to help us. Hence, we have jotted down a few tips which can be useful to cure some skin problems which we might be facing during the pandemic lockdown.
1. COCONUT OIL
After enjoying a nice, warm bath, pat yourself dry, but not entirely. Keep your skin moist. Pour some coconut oil in your hands and rub it all over the body. It is recommended to use the virgin-pressed ones. This will make your skin soft and supple, and restore the oil and moisture which you lost while bathing. Coconut oil penetrates your skin quickly and starts showing its magic immediately.
2. ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe vera gel increases skin hydration and reduces water loss from the skin. It contains cooling elements that help to reduce irritation and itchiness, and also beneficial for sensitive skin. Hang the aloe vera stem overnight, keeping the open-side upside down so that the yellow juice gets out of the gel. Scoop out the gel and apply it on your skin. If you don’t have access to the plant, then buy products that have aloe vera content.
3. GREEN TEA
In case pimples and acne are the only visitors you are having during the pandemic, then don’t worry. We have a simple solution. Boil some green tea and bring it to room temperature or the temperature your skin can bear. Use a cotton ball or a cloth and soak it in the green tea and tap on the affected areas. Green tea has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial elements that serve the purpose here.
4. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Mix some apple cider vinegar and water in a bowl and use a cotton ball for application, in cases of acne. It is advisable to throw the cotton balls after 2 usages to avoid the spreading of infection. Do it before your bed. If you feel like that the solution is causing irritation, then dilute it with some water. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which is an antiseptic and helps regulate skin acidity.
5. YOGURT-HONEY MUSK
Yogurt contains lactic acid, and on the other hand, honey contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant elements, which help to remove the dead skin cells and unclog pores. Take some yogurt and honey in a bowl and mix them properly till they form a fine paste. Wash your face beforehand with some lukewarm water. Use a brush or your fingers or a cotton ball to apply it all over your face and neck and wait for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with cold water.
Oats have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components that moisturize the skin and decreases itching. Take some oats and grind it to a fine course. Add some yogurt or milk to it to make a fine paste. Apply it all over the face and wait for few minutes and wash it off. There is also another way in which you can make oatmeal to usage. Grind some oats to fine particles and pour it in a sock or cloth and dip it in your bucket of water or hang it from the mouth of the tap of your bathtub. Wait for 15 minutes. Or pour the fine particles in your warm bath water and mix it well. Bath in the same water and do not use soap. Pat yourself dry using a towel when done.
7. FOODS TO AVOID
Some people are already done with the constant appearance of acne, but we have a solution. This step won’t work quickly but might be effective in the future. It is advisable to consume whole grains, whole fruits, and whole vegetables and legumes which keep our carbohydrates in check and controls the rise in blood sugar. Studies have shown that the consumption of food items which increases blood sugar (like junk foods, processed foods, and beverages) heightens the probability of acne on your face.
8. HONEY FOR BURNS
You never know but you might get burns during the lockdown and you wouldn’t have a doctor to help you (of course this tip is for minor burns. If you have something severe, please find a doctor at any cost. Don’t start applying honey). Put the burnt place under the running cold water and make sure nothing infectious is on the burn area. In this case, you have to use unused or clean honey (not the half-emptied bottle where you have dipped your fingers several times). Spread the honey evenly with a clean knife and cover it with a gauze. Don’t make it too tight that will restrict the blood circulation. Change the dressing every 6 hours. Honey is an ancient wound healer and has antibacterial elements that speed up the healing of burns. You can also mix the honey with aloe vera gel.
9. DANDRUFF TOO IS A SKIN PROBLEM
We start losing the old skin cells once new skin cells start forming underneath. Dandruff is a sign of dry skin and causes itching and redness of the scalp, and heat worsens the condition. The affected skin and scalp become inflamed, very flaky, and greasy looking. One of the solutions to this lifelong problem is the yogurt-lemon hair mask. In a bowl, take some yogurt and lemon juice and mix them to become a fine paste. Thoroughly massage the mixture into your scalp. Cover your head with a warm towel or a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes. Shampoo it off. Yogurt has some friendly bacteria that discourages fungal infections in your scalp. The citric acid in your lemon juice also has some anti-fungal elements. If your dandruff appeared after you tried a new shampoo, switch to another, and milder product—perhaps a fragrance-free shampoo. The same goes for other hair products. They can either irritate the scalp or lead to a build-up of oil.