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Thursday 11th of August 2022

Nairobi, Kenya

Benefits Of Lemon For Skin That Should Be An Essential Part Of Your Beauty Routine

You might love a cold glass of lemonade, a steamy bowl of lemon chicken, or, if you’re a Real Housewives of Orange County fan, you might put nine in a bowl (what’s up Shannon Beador?!) but did you know that there are tons of uses for lemons outside of the kitchen?

Turns out, your skin and hair love lemons, too. Lemons have a wide range of beauty benefits. Here are the best beauty uses for lemons:

1. Clarifying Moisturizer

Lemons have strong antibacterial properties, which makes them perfect for nixing breakout-causing bacteria. To DIY your own version, mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it. Note: If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test on your skin first.

2. Elbow And Knee Lightener

Lemons are packed with vitamin C, a natural brightening ingredient. “If your elbows and knees appear dark, simply rub them with half of a lemon,” says Patrice Coleman, owner of DaBlot Beauty. “It’s like magic!”

3. Blackhead Treatment

It might sound too good to be true, but lemons can also help treat your blackheads. This is because they contain citric acid, a natural form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). After cleansing, rub a slice of lemon over your most blackhead-ridden spots (typically your T-zone) to let the AHAs work their pore-clearing magic.

4. Cleansing Wipes

“I like to mix a couple drops of lemon and tea tree essential oil in about six ounces of distilled water. I recommend it as a toner or for use with cotton pads as a cleansing wipe for problematic skin,” says Becky Sturm, founder of Storm Sister Spatique. If you’re not into making one yourself, check out this pre-made version from Clean & Clear.

5. Teeth Whitener

Does at-home whitening leave your teeth sensitive for days? Try this instead: Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse.

6. Skin Brightener

Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. “Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production,” says Marina Peredo, MD, a dermatologist. That means it can help lighten dark spots. Try it in this moisturizer from Fresh.

Just remember to wear SPF when using lemon juice on your skin, though, since the citrus fruit can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.

7. Shine Eliminator

The citric acid inside lemon juice works as a natural astringent. If you’re prone to a greasy complexion, add a few drops of lemon juice to a cotton pad, then wipe it over a freshly washed face to stop oil in its tracks.

8. Lip Exfoliator

Mix a little lemon juice with some brown sugar to create your own lip scrub. The lemon juice’s AHA will work as a chemical exfoliator to loosen up dead skin cells while the sugar will work as a physical exfoliator to slough them off.

One caveat: “Obviously, if you already have severely chapped lips that have any cuts, do not try this,” says Gary Goldfaden, MD, a dermatologist.

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9. Nail Strengthener

Have you been getting too many gel manicures? Make a mixture of your favorite cooking oil (try olive oil) with lemon juice, and soak your nails. This is a good practice if your nails are dry and brittle, but it’s also a great way to help fix nails that have yellowed.

10. Hair Lightener

If your hair is already on the lighter side, score dye-free DIY highlights with lemon juice. Apply it before you expose your hair to sunlight to score a sun-kissed color. For a trendy ombré effect, focus the lemon juice just toward the ends of your hair.

If you notice start to see too much orange poking through, color correct using a blue conditioner, like this one from Joico. Remember, blue is opposite orange on the color wheel, so the two will balance each other out.

Content courtesy of Women’s Health Magazine & Nairobi fashion hub 

More info about Alcohol-Based Products

Alcohol-Based Products: Research makes it clear that alcohol, as a main ingredient in any product, especially one you use frequently and repeatedly, is a problem.

When we express concern about the presence of alcohol in makeup products, we’re referring to denatured ethanol, which most often is listed as SD alcohol, alcohol denat., denatured alcohol, or (less often) isopropyl alcohol.

When you see these types of alcohol listed among the first six ingredients on an ingredient label, without question the product will irritate and cause other problems for skin. There’s no way around it—these volatile alcohols are simply bad for all skin types.

The reason they’re included in products is because they provide a quick-drying finish, immediately degrease skin, and feel weightless, so it’s easy to see their appeal, especially for those with oily skin. If only those short-term benefits didn’t lead to negative long-term outcomes!

Using products that contain these alcohols will cause dryness, erosion of skin’s protective barrier, and a strain on how skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. Alcohol just weakens everything about skin.

The irony of using alcohol-based products to control oily skin is that the damage from the alcohol can actually lead to an increase in breakouts and enlarged pores. As we said, the alcohol does have an immediate de-greasing effect on skin, but it causes irritation, which eventually will counteract the de-greasing effect and make your oily skin look even more shiny.

There are people who challenge us on the information we’ve presented about alcohol’s effects. They often base their argument on a study in the British Journal of Dermatology (July 2007, pages 74–81) that concluded “alcohol-based hand rubs cause less irritation than hand washing….” But, the only thing this study showed was that alcohol was not as irritating as an even more irritating hand wash, which contained sodium lauryl sulfate. So, the study is actually just telling you that one irritant, sodium lauryl sulfate, is worse than another irritant, alcohol.

Not all alcohols are bad. For example, there are fatty alcohols, which are absolutely non-irritating and can be beneficial for skin. Examples that you’ll see on ingredient labels include cetyl alcoholstearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol, all of which are good ingredients for skin. It’s important to differentiate between these skin-friendly alcohols and the problematic alcohols.

References for this information:
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, November 2008, pages 1–16
Dermato-Endocrinology, January 2011, pages 41–49
Experimental Dermatology, June 2008, pages 542–551
Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366
Alcohol Journal, April 2002, pages 179–190

Content courtesy of Beautypedia & Nairobi fashion hub

Benefits Of Using Multani Mitti Face Packs

Multani mitti is not a popular face pack base for nothing. It carries some distinguished properties, which cannot be found in other market products. These properties help it cure a lot of skin troubles. And it is super cheap too, so you don’t have to worry about your budget. Let’s look at the benefits of using multani mitti:

  • The application of this ingredient opens up clogged pores and cleanses your skin.
  • Multani mitti removes the dead cells and makes your skin glow.
  • The regular usage of multani mitti has been found to improve the skin’s texture by several folds.
  • Evenly massaging the face pack onto your face is known to promote blood circulation, which nourishes your skin and makes it glow.
  • Multani mitti comes as a blessing to people with oily skin due to its natural tendency to be a great absorber. The regular usage of multani mitti draws excess oil from the skin and makes it smooth.
  • It is found to effective in reducing pimples too.

While reading about these amazing face packs, you might be having some doubts regarding their usage and other stuff. No worries, here are some answers to a few of your queries.

Content courtesy of Style Craze & Nairobi fashion hub

Tips for using Face Packs Fuller’s Earth

Too budget conscious to get a face clean up or a facial at the parlor? Then, try Multani mitti – a natural solution for all your skin woes.

As you may have guessed, we have dedicated a whole post to the different ways in which we can use Fuller’s Earth or Multani mitti. From getting smooth and supple skin, to reducing all those dark spots and uneven skin tone – multani mitti has a solution for everything. It is also known to be an excellent skin cleansing agent. It helps clean all the oil, dirt, and dead cells that have accumulated on the skin due to exposure to the sun and pollution.

What Is Multani Mitti?

So, what is Multani mitti? Why is it named after the city of Multan?

In the 18th century, a dollop of lime clay was extracted from the city of Multan, and the inhabitants were surprised by its amazing cleansing properties. Its popularity rose so high that it got recommended for cleansing and replenishing old monuments.

And now, several years later, multani mitti has become a part of every household, being used for a number of purposes – from cooling the skin to making it glow. This traditional skin care ingredient is rich in minerals, such as aluminium silicate, which offers high absorbing properties that leave the skin fresh and radiant.

Multani mitti is highly beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin. Its lime content is known to kill harmful bacteria and remove excess oil and dirt, thus leaving the skin clean and soft. It offers a cooling effect to the skin and relieves the inflammation caused due to severe acne. Fuller’s earth also helps tighten the skin, which further reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Whether you have dry skin or a normal one, multani mitti won’t dissapoint you!

But as people say, ‘Great things come in a packaged deal’. Multani mitti, when used along with several other ingredients, can be even more beneficial. Let’s see how!

Multani Mitti Face Packs

  1. Oily Skin
  2. Softer Skin
  3. Spot-Free Skin
  4. Radiant Skin
  5. Get Rid Of Dark Patches
  6. Achieve A Toned And Oil-Free Skin
  7. Fairness
  8. Even Skin
  9. Pigmented Skin
  10. Sun Tan
  11. Acne Scars

HomeMade Remedy for Skin Beauty

Natural skin care products are often even more effective than the chemicals packed store bought ones. So let’s take a look at some very useful beauty tips that might help you find out how you can use natural ingredients that are hiding in your kitchen.

1. Brighten skin with turmeric

You can choose to use natural products on your skin, and they are a lot more cost effective and much kinder to your skin than store bought treatments are. Turmeric, for example, is a great antiseptic that will reduce scars and blemishes and lighten the tone of your skin. To use this age old natural skin treatment, mix some turmeric powder into a fine paste with some fresh pineapple juice. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on until it has dried, and it will fight infection, reduce inflammation, and fade any marks or scars you might have.

2. Tone your skin with cucumber

Cucumber is one of the most simple, yet amazing homemade beauty treatments, it has astringent and hydrating properties, all in one neat natural product. You can improve the overall appearance of your skin by simply rubbing your face with thickly cut slices of cucumber. It will rehydrate the skin, remove some of the dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling fresh and looking great.

3. Use teabags to get rid of puffy eyes

When you’ve had a late night, then teabags are the fastest away to reduce puffiness around the eyes and lighten dark circles. Save the teabags when you next have a cup of green tea and chill them in fridge. The caffeine and tannin in teabags act to tighten the skin around the eyes and reduce swelling. Just hold the cooled down teabags over your eyes for ten minutes and your eyes will look wide awake and fresh again.

Content Courtesy Of Nairobi Fashion Hub & Beauty Tips

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