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The ultimate skin detox with activated charcoal

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Did you know the gritty black powder we all know as activated charcoal or activated carbon is the new IT ingredient to detox, reenergize and purify your skin? While the idea of smearing your face with a jet black mask doesn’t seem all too glamourous (trust us, the selfies are a great source of entertainment), the plethora of benefits of activated charcoal for our skin has us investing in this magic ingredient!

1) Cleanses the skin and makes pores smaller

If you didn’t already know, dirt and pollution trapped in your pores makes them appear bigger and badder. Activated charcoal works as a magnet and pulls out all the toxins and other icky stuff from your skin like a magnet making your pores squeaky clean and hence smaller.

2) Banish the oil

Does your T-zone get so oily in summer it has you scared that your face might get attacked by a superpower country that is much too obsessed with oil? If your answer was yes, we hear you! Add activated charcoal to your cleanser, facewash or mask and watch the magic ingredient pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth. If you don’t have time to deal with the aftermath of a homemade charcoal cleanser in the morning, go for a cleaner alternative such as Pond’s Pure White Deep Cleansing Face wash. Buy here

 

Zap those zits:

Trouble skin is in need of constant attention in terms of cleanliness and exfoliation. Activated charcoal works as a gentle exfoliant and absorbs all the oils and toxins on and below the skin that ultimately leading to cleaner and less bumpy skin. Here’s a tip: Mix aloe vera gel with activated charcoal and use it as a spot treatment to calm angry spots overnight.

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Age is a number: Tips for women with mature skin

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Don’t let fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and crow’s feet dull your shine. We outline the five basic changes you need to make in your life today to have healthy, youthful skin for as long as you want.

 

Massage your face:
Use a cleanser or oil and massage your face muscles upwards to tighten loose skin and give your face a lifted look. This nighttime ritual may seem trivial but you’d be surprised with its results in the long run. Massaging helps exercise your face muscles and stops them from drooping. Make your cleanser or oil has a good dose of Vitamin C so that you can also boost collagen production while you massage your face.

 

Use an egg white mask:
Egg white is a powerhouse of anti-aging agents like omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, and zinc. It is known to tighten the skin making it firm and smooth. Take a tea spoon of honey and one raw egg, and mix it until you have a smooth and consistent substance. Spread this skin tightening face mask onto your face and neck and relax for fifteen minutes. Then wash it with lukewarm water and pat your skin with a clean towel.

 

Invest in a good anti-aging day cream:
The New Pond’s Age Miracle Day Cream has Pond’s’ most advanced anti-aging technology, Retinol-C Complex, to continuously release powerful anti-aging retinoid actives that work help in reducing wrinkles for a youthful glow. If you feel like a day cream isn’t enough you can up your skin game with Fair & Lovely BB Cream packed with the goodness of micro vitamins and SPF for a lightweight coverage that doesn’t set into the wrinkles or fine lines (if any).

 

Use a cream blush and highlighter:
Nothing says youthful glow than a flush across the cheeks and that lit from within glow. Go makeup shopping and take your time to pick what really suits your skintone. However, as skin matures it loses its elasticity and natural oils so we suggest you pick cream blush and highlighter first, test and try and see if it works well with your skin since powder makes dry skin look dryer and cakey.

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Summer skincare regime in under Rs. 1,000

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  1. Cleanse regularly

With sunny season going SPARTA on our skin it is necessary to have a facewash in your beauty regime that only removes oil from your face but also gives deep cleansing to your pores. Our two favourite this season are Pond’s White Beauty Facewash for everyday use and Pond’s Pure White with Activated Charcoal for that deep cleaning people with trouble skin really need on a regular basis.

 

  1. Moisturise your hair

You’d be surprised just how much cotton pillowcases and air-conditioning damages your hair. If you’re on a budget, choose a shampoo that not only cleanses your scalp, but also provides moisture to your hair like Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo.

 

  1. Give your body some TLC

Summer is the season when your body needs you the most from inside and out. Perspiration, body odour and open pores can all lead to irritated, angry skin. Toss out drying soaps and go for something more moisturizing and fragrant like Lux Moisturising Soft Touch Bodywash that leaves a subtle, rosey scent on your skin, making you feel like a luxurious queen for hours.

 

  1. Embrace the BB cream life

Nothing irritates your skin more in summers that heavy makeup that is loaded with all sorts of wack stuff that is not all-that-great for your skin. Go easy, breezy and flawless this summer with Fair & Lovely BB Cream that is bursting with the goodness of micro vitamins that improve the overall health of your skin and SPF 15+ that acts as a shield between you and the big blazing yellow guy in the sky.

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