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.
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.
Age is just a number: Tips for women with mature skin
Don’t let fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and crow’s feet dull your shine. We’ve outlined the five basic changes you need to make in your life today for healthy, youthful looking skin.
Use an egg white mask
Egg white is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, and zinc, making it a tried and tested anti-aging beauty trick. It is known to tighten the pores leaving your skin firm and smooth. Take a teaspoon of honey and one raw egg (just the white – no yolk), and mix it till you have a smooth and consistent texture. Spread this mask onto your face and neck and relax for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
Invest in a good anti-aging day cream
After the age of 25, your skin needs a bit more TLC. Invest in a good day moisturizer with anti-aging properties. Try Pond’s Age Miracle for a hydration boost and to prevent fine lines and wrinkles before time.
Use a cream blush and highlighter
Nothing says youthful glow than a flush across the cheeks and that lit-from-within glow. When you go makeup shopping and take your time to pick what really suits your skin. Mature skin loses its elasticity so it’s best to pick cream blush or strobe cream to prevent a dry and cakey appearance.
Keep these tips in mind when going on your next beauty haul and thank us later.
Massage your face
A nighttime skin regimen may seem trivial but the results will work wonders in the long run. Use a cleanser or oil and massage your face upwards to tighten loose skin and give your face a lifted look. Massaging helps exercise your face muscles and stops them from drooping. Make sure your cleanser or oil has a good dose of Vitamin C so that you can also boost collagen production while you massage your face.
Summer skincare regime in under Rs. 1,000
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.