With a plethora of skincare products available on the shelves of your nearest supermarket which promise to fight everything from acne to chapped lips and hair fall, it is only the strongest among us who can resist their lure in favour of natural products or home remedies which have been a part of the skin care regime of Indian women since times immemorial.

Beauty in your kitchen

The benefits of a gram flour and turmeric scrub or a disinfecting need face pack are part of the wisdom that is handed down from mother to daughter, and it is not unusual for an Indian mother to head to the kitchen instead of the dresser for a remedy when her adolescent daughter comes to her with her first pimple. Although they are mostly easy to concoct and effective, home remedies are often messy and cumbersome, which is why we tend to depend on stores for our daily skincare.

Chemical concoctions to avoid

While commercial cosmetics look and smell great, they may not necessarily be the best option for your skin. The chemicals they use may actually end up harming you by reacting with the bacteria on your skin to aggravate the condition. Thankfully, there are now several brands in the market which claim to sell natural skin care products.

Choose a genuine product

Although brand name is reassuring, it is by no means the only guarantee of quality. When shopping, do consider local, and lesser known brands too and include them in your skincare routine. They are likely to have used fresh ingredients, and may be closer to your grandmother’s recipes as they are manufactured on a small scale. Natural products are easily identified by their label. The ingredients listed are derived either from the land or from the sea. Further confirmation can be gained if the product carries a label from a certifying authority. When shopping, do take care to read the label of the product, and try and buy a natural one for the care of skin.

Symptomatic of a deeper problem

Skin problems are not necessarily only skin deep. The may be symptomatic of a deeper problem. Hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems and even chronic digestive problems can trigger skin ailments. It is important to consult a dermatologist if you are facing nagging skin disorders. A dermatologist will not only identify the root cause of the issue but also recommend a diet and skin care regime which is best suited to your skin type. Do remember that usually dermatologists also have a very real and scientific view of the home remedies we depend on and are best equipped to recommend a suitable chemical free cure for your problem. Speak to your doctor about a natural skin treatment option, and you are sure to get the advice you will treasure.

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