5 things you must never apply on your oily skin [ according to a dermatologist ]

Raise your hands if you are dealing with oily skin and then read this dermatologist’s guide to the ingredients that you must avoid.
Nikita Bhardwaj

Acing the art of crafting a skincare routine is no joke. You pick, choose, and then experiment with various desi and videos tricks to get that perfect blend that suits your skin type cent percent. But amidst all this experimentation you can’t deny the risk you take. The failure of just one DIY hack can make your skin go for a toss.

Now that you are at home and have some time to spare, we’re sure you must be trying your hands on some home hacks that claim to help your oily skin. But as organic as they may sound not every product or kitchen ingredient is made for you.

That’s why we consulted with dermatologist Dr. Rinky Kapoor to make this list of kitchen ingredients that you must never put on your greasy skin.

“Oily skin means acne and pimples. And due to the sensitivity of this skin type, we have to be extra cautious before applying anything to it and that’s why we should be cautious of what we use and whatnot,” she says.

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“Products that are thick inconsistency should be avoided on oily skin as they will just make another layer on it and won’t let your skin breathe. At times dust also gets trapped under the oil and leads to problems like itching and rashes. That’s why applying coconut oil, even in a mixture, is a big no,” she suggests.
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2. Malai
We think that malai or cream is made of milk and might have lactic acid that can make our skin smooth. But ladies, this malai is nothing but sheer fat which can make your skin look even greasier.

“I have seen women with oily skin applying malai in the night like an overnight serum and sleeping over it. This is just wrong! Applying malai will hydrate your skin to an extent that isn’t required. Instead of that milk is a better option and that too double toned for a few minutes,” she recommends.

3. Besan
We know it sounds weird as besan is one of the most common base ingredients for a face pack, but you must steer clear of it if you have oily skin according to Dr. Kapoor.

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Besan pack might lead to an allergy if you have oily skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

“People with oily skin have large pores and that’s why they are allergic to certain stuff. I have seen patients coming to me saying that besan or gram flour packs have given them rashes. So, that’s why you need to first check whether whatever you are applying is suitable for your skin or not,” she says.

4. Petroleum jelly
Petroleum jelly comes with a lot of benefits but it rarely suits oily skin. “Well, petroleum jelly also comes with the same philosophy of density. Plus, it clogs the pores and doesn’t let your skin breathe properly. So, I think you should avoid this one as well. Also, using it with lime juice is also not going to help,” she suggests.

5. Almond oil
If you have oily or sensitive skin then you should also steer clear from the hallowed almond oil. “Using almond oil can also lead to acne breakout and can eventually make your T-zone super duper oily. Instead, you can go for tea tree oil if you want but just see it suits your skin,” Dr Kapoor said.

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“Another thing that people with oily skin should remember is that they need to vary of sheet masks. They have to be utterly cautious about the ingredients that are used in these sheet masks before putting them on,” she concludes.

There you go, ladies. Now, whenever you want to fix your T-zone you know what kitchen ingredient you can lay your hands on. So, try whatever you want except those above five.

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.


These 5 DIY lip scrubs will give you baby-soft lips without spending a penny

Updated on:9 July 2020, 13:30pm IST

Dry lips can make your face look dull. Here are five DIY lip scrubs you can make at home for soft lips.
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Make lip scrubbing an important part of your beauty routine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If there’s one thing we need to thank Kylie Jenner for, it is for making lip care a thing. Ladies, there’s no need to pretend like you haven’t completely ignored your lips in the past. While the skin on your face has been pampered with the best scrubs and moisturizers, your lips haven’t received that care in spite of needing it. From dryness to the harm caused by biting out of nervousness, your lips have suffered enough and need some care.

Just like the skin on your face, your lips require scrubbing as well. It helps shed away the dead skin cells, provides a more smooth look, and keeps your lips soft. This, in turn, can actually help you look fresh. And guess what? You don’t even need any fancy scrubs because your kitchen cabinet houses all the secret ingredients that can make for the most effective lip scrubs.

Here are five lip scrubs that can give you the smooth, supple lips you want:

1. Honey and sugar lip scrub
Mix two teaspoons of sugar with one teaspoon of honey to make this scrub. Rub it on your lips gently and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. Sugar makes for a good exfoliator that gets rid of dead skin while honey is known for its hydrating as well as healing properties that can help treat the problem of dry lips. And let’s be honest, this makes for quite a yummy lip scrub with all that sweetness.

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2. Coffee and olive oil
There are many who swear by coffee and how it is the magic elixir that they need to wake up in the morning. Turns out, it is also magical for your lips. Two teaspoons of coffee with one teaspoon of olive oil, when used as a lip scrub, can give you moisturized lips. Rich in antioxidants, coffee acts as a great exfoliator that not only clears up the dead skin but also rejuvenates the skin. Olive oil acts as a great moisturizer for the sensitive skin of your lips.

3. Lemon, sea salt, and coconut oil
Lemon is full of vitamin C which lends a glow to the skin, while coconut oil’s antioxidant properties contribute to an even skin tone and sea salt makes for a powerful exfoliator that gets rid of dead, dry skin. Mix the juice of one lemon with half a teaspoon of salt and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Scrub this on your lips very gently and wash. This will leave your lips smooth and moisturized.

4. Cinnamon and honey
Cinnamon, or dalchini as we all know it, has properties that bring about better blood circulation that can contribute to healthier skin as well as an even skin tone. Honey, as mentioned, has properties that help moisturize as well as heal. Scrub your lips with a mix of half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey. You can leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing. When applied to dry and discolored lips, this can be extremely helpful.

5. Orange peel and almond oil
The high content of vitamin C in orange peels makes it not just a good exfoliator but also the perfect remedy for dark and discolored lips. Grind dried-out orange peel and add a couple of drops of almond oil to it to make the perfect lip scrub. Almon oil, too, has properties that brighten the skin and contribute to an even skin tone.


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