What factors are responsible for skin marks and blemishes?
Our skin contains a darkening pigment known as the melanin; which is responsible for our skin color. It is also secreted by our body, to protect against UV damage. However, it is not distributed evenly throughout the skin. Thus, places with a higher secretion tend to get darker than the others. These result in pigmentation or dark-spots as well as freckles.
Another couple of reasons for a blemished skin are acne and other skin infections. While the former is cause by clogged pores, the latter may be a result of clogged pores or dry, cracked skin. However, both tend to leave behind ugly marks and scars.
How does saffron clear up the skin?
A popular anti bacterial, saffron or kesar, as it is popularly known, is very effective in keeping skin infection and acne free. This extract from the flower of Crocus sativus has been used since ages for its cleansing and toning properties, due to its ability to unclog pores, control oiliness and remove dead cells.
It can moisturize and repair dry skin and lighten and smoothen out tanned or uneven complexion. It can also lighten marks of acne, blemishes and pigmentation. Its ability to stimulate cellular regeneration and collagen formation make it an effective anti oxidant too.
What benefits does sandalwood oil impart to the skin?
Derived from santalum album, sandalwood oil has been known to have anti septic and anti inflammatory properties. As an anti septic, it keeps boils and pimples uninfected, and as an anti inflammatory, it works to soothe irritations and inflammation, making it particularly useful for sensitive skins.
It has the ability to contract pores, making it very beneficial for oily skin, while its ability to moisturize skin make it beneficial for dry skin types too. Since it can lighten and reduce under eye circles, freckles and marks left by acne and pigmentation, it is a popular skin lightening agent too. It is also used to reduce fine lines since it has the ability to tighten skin.
What qualities of red cedar oil make it good for skin?
Red Cedar oil is derived from a cedar tree, namely the red cedar or Juniperus virgiana. It is extremely beneficial because of its purifying properties. With its anti-bacterial property, it helps fight acne and other skin infections. And its sedating ability helps relieve itching.
Topping this is its astringent action, which helps reduce the oiliness of the skin; also helping in acne reduction. The same toning activity also tightens the pores and the muscles, firming up a maturing skin.
How are Multivitamins (A, B, C, E) beneficial for skin care?
Vitamins A, C and E are all powerful anti-oxidants; they help fight signs of premature aging; by boosting collagen production, as well as stimulating growth of new skin cells. As such they help maintain the skin’s elasticity; and delay sagging and wrinkling of the skin. Healthy cellular regeneration helps fade away present wrinkles too. They even protect the skin cells from free radical damage.
These three vitamins are also effective in treating the damage, caused due to exposure of the skin to UV rays. While Vitamins C and E, protect the skin from further such damage too. And Vitamin B is known to help the skin retain moisture. It also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, which is effective against a number of skin problems.
These multivitamins all work together to make the skin smooth and clear. Vitamin E and C cleanse the skin; Vitamin C and A reduce oiliness; while C exfoliates the dead cells, unclogs and tightens the pores. Thus fighting and preventing acne and blackheads. Anti-inflammatory Vitamin B helps with the same.
Moreover Vitamin A and B treat pigmentation disorders; while B also reduces red blotchiness. Vitamin C’s bleaching property, along with Vitamin E, reduces dark spots, acne scars and other marks and blemishes. And all these vitamins also reducing wrinkling, and thus smooth the skin.