Thursday, May 25, 2017

Top 10 Science-Based Home Remedies For Tightening Your Belly Skin

Author Bio: 
This guest post is by Marry Smith, a blogger with many years of experience on searching the best natural home remedies for beauty and health issues

The collagen and elastin structure of the skin will lose elasticity due to aging. The skin will also lose some of its self-moisturizing properties making it appeared saggy and loose. Besides, the skin loses its elasticity because of rapid weight loss, pregnancy, excessive smoking, daily intake of alcoholic beverages, dehydration, and overexposure to harmful sun rays, etc. To tighten the skin, you can rely on some home remedies at home. Here are top 10 science-based home remedies for tightening your belly skin. Let’s get started!    

1. Coconut Oil Remedy
According to Dr. David Bank, a founder and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in NY, coconut oil contains positive antioxidants that help to reduce the aging process. It also keeps the skin nourished and hydrated.
  • Virgin coconut oil
Take some coconut oil and massage in on your affected area in upward circular motions. Keep massaging for around 5-10 minutes and leave this oil on overnight. Follow this remedy nightly before going to sleep.

2. Mustard Oil Remedy
According to an article posted on Live Strong, the author of the book “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Valerie Ann Worwood shows that mustard essential oil helps to restore elasticity, tighten your skin and decrease reduces the signs of aging. Vitamin E present in this oil can prevent wrinkles and aging. Follow the directions below:
  • ½ cup of mustard oil
Take the mustard oil and heat it until it turns lukewarm. Massage your affected areas with this lukewarm oil before taking a bath. Gently massage for 5 minutes in upward motions. Finally, shower as normal. Try this remedy 2-3 times weekly.

3. Honey Remedy
A 2013 study showed that in cosmetic formulations, honey exerts emollient, soothing, and humectants effects, and retards wrinkle formation. Being packed with natural hydrating, antiseptic, anti-ageing and antioxidant properties, honey is an effective natural remedy for tightening your belly skin.
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of aloe vera gel
Take the aloe vera gel and honey in a bowl at first and later mix them well. Thereafter, apply this mixture on your affected regions and rinse after 30 minutes with plain water. This remedy should be used two times daily to tighten belly skin effectively.

4. Rosemary Oil Remedy
Rosemary oil can improve blood circulation, thereby toning the loose skin. Particularly, this oil contains antioxidants, which enhance the fibroblasts production and improve the elasticity of the skin. Along with that, this oil also reduces the aging process of the skin thanks to its carnosol and squalene. Here is how to tighten your belly skin with this oil:
  • 1 tbsp of rosemary oil
  • ½ cucumber
The first step is peeling and grinding the cucumber to make a smooth liquid. The next step is adding the rosemary oil to the liquid and mixing well. Then, apply this mixture on your affected areas. Rinse after 15-20 minutes with water. This remedy should be used one time in every 3-4 days.

5. Papaya Remedy
This fruit contains a useful enzyme named papain, which helps to tighten belly skin well. Besides, it comes with antioxidants and vitamin A, which make your skin supple and smooth. Its vitamin C plays a vital role in collagen maintenance and synthesis. Try the remedy below:
  • 1-2 tbsp of rice flour
  • Several ripe papaya pieces
Take a papaya and cut it into small pieces. Next, blend these pieces in 1 blender and add the rice flour to this. Then, mix well. Start applying this mixture to your affected area and rub gently in upward circular motions. Wash off with water after fifteen minutes. This scrub should be used two times weekly to get a tighter skin.

6. Ginger Remedy                     
Daily use of ginger can aid in tightening your belly skin. High cortisol levels can increase weight gain and excess belly fat. According to a 2004 article published in the "Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin", ginger helps to suppress cortisol production.
Process 1: Ginger & Salt
  • 500 g of ginger
  • 500 g of salt
  • 1 bag
  • 1 blender
At first, wash the ginger to remove its dirt and cut into small pieces. Then, blend these pieces in the blender to make a paste. After that, mix this ginger paste with the salt and roast it. Now place this resultant mixture in the prepared bag and press it gently on your affected areas.
Process 2: Ginger & Wine
Wine is loaded with Vitamin E and provides nutrition and firmness to the skin, thus making it elastic and healthy.
  • 1 kg of ginger
  • 1 liter of wine
Firstly, wash the ginger to eliminate the dirt and cut it into small pieces. Blend the pieces to get a paste and mix this paste and wine together. After that, store this mixture in a glass bottle for around 2 to 3 months. For use, you just need to massage this mixture on your affected areas. Follow this simple remedy daily for fast results.

7. Tomato Remedy
Basically, tomato acts as a natural astringent, which helps to tighten your belly skin. It also provides a natural glow to the skin. According to Professor Lesley Rhodes, a dermatologist at the University of Manchester, the tomato diet enhanced the procollagen level in the skin remarkably and that these increasing levels recommended a great reversal of the skin aging process.
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 blender
Blend the ripe tomato in the blender to make a puree. Then, massage the affected areas with this tomato puree and keep it on for thirty minutes before washing with plain water. It’s advisable to use this remedy frequently to tighten your belly skin.
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8. Castor Oil Remedy
According to Live Strong, St. Botanica shows that castor oil is very useful for preventing sagging skin because it works as a lubricant. This oil also serves as a great emollient and gets absorbed quickly by the skin.
  • 2 tbsp of castor oil
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
The first step is mixing the two ingredients together. The next step is rubbing this mixture on your belly skin before your bedtime. In the morning, take a bath. Use this remedy nightly for best results.

9. Green Tea Remedy
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming 4 cups of green tea each day helps a lot of people lose more than six pounds within 2 months. Green tea comes with epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) that is a natural antioxidant. EGCG in it helps to boost your metabolism when you sip it. The method is:
  • 1 green tea bag
  • ½ -1 tsp of lemon juice
  • A cup of hot water
  • 4 to 5 basil or mint leaves
  • 1-2 tsp of honey (optional)
Add the green tea bag & basil or mint leaves to a cup of hot water. Cover and step for a gap of 5 and 10 minutes. After that, strain and add the lemon juice & honey. Mix well and drink this green tea. Have around 3 cups of green tea each day for quick results.

10. Aloe Vera Leaf Remedy
The beauty and health website Quick & Dirty tips indicates skin-tightening cremes using aloe vera & other herbs can help to hydrate and increase elastin and collagen formation in the skin. Aloe vera gel comes with malic acid so that it can aid in improving the skin’s elasticity and offer you a flatter stomach. Apart from that, it also moisturizes the skin. You can follow the detailed steps below:
  • A leaf of aloe vera
  • Lukewarm water
Take the aloe vera leaf at first and later cut it to extract its gel. Then, apply this gel on your abdomen and wash off using warm water after 15-20 minutes. Try this remedy twice or thrice weekly.
These home remedies can help to prevent and tighten your belly skin. Plus, following a healthy and regular skin care regime will also help you remain a youthful appearance.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stop fretting over the smelly underarms

So, you are planning a hot date or that exotic vacation with your beau, where you can flaunt your lovely halters and glam noodle straps? But, you are already fretting over your smelly underarms, which can nauseate any living being? Just chill and bid adieu to this sad situation with five simple solutions...

Clean up your act: Now, we don't need to tell you that a daily bath is a must. The level of physical activity you undertake every day and the fact that you are covered in layers of woolens all contribute to this sweat. This sweat is then attacked by bacteria, which emit a foul smell.

So make sure you take a bath daily with an antibacterial soap. However be aware that this bacterium thrives in moist towels and washcloths too. Use a fresh towel every day and make sure you air dry it thoroughly after use to kill this bacteria. Also, wear clothes that let you breathe easily, like cotton and avoid synthetic material. Shaving your armpits also makes it easier to wash out the bacteria.

Antiperspirant or deodorant? There are two common products you find in abundance in the market to deal with underarm odour. They are both different, and understanding the basic difference between them can be a best way to find an ideal solution for treating your underarm stink.

Deodorants aim to fight bacteria that feed on sweat and produce the odour. These are scented and give your skin a fresh smell. The aluminium content in these plugs sweat glands, and some of these are even scented and have bacteria fighting ingredients. Their main aim is to keep the underarms dry and sweat-free. You can find natural and green products in both varieties that are better for your health as well as your skin.

Instant magic: Now, we know how antiperspirants and deodorants work. But, what when your product fails due to excessive sweat and you need a quick fix solution?

Here are some quick-fix solutions for those extremely hot days.

1. If you have a hectic day ahead that is mostly outdoors, wipe your underarms with rubbing alcohol after a bath. This will kill any bacteria in your armpits.

2. Have an important meeting? Try wet wipes or even makeup removing pads as these can instantly freshen up your underarms.

3. If you don't have wipes at hand, try your hand sanitizer. Just like it removes bacteria from your hands, it will also remove odour causing bacteria from your armpits.

Home therapy: A natural cleanser and deodorant, baking soda is a widely used remedy to combat underarm odour. Remember how your mom always used baking soda to remove nasty smells from the microwave? Now use the same formula to get rid of smelly pits. Remember that sodium bicarbonate will not stop you from sweating; it will only remove the odour. So dust your underarms with some baking soda post a shower and see the difference. You could also put it on a clean washcloth and wipe off your underarms with it.

Serious Underlying Causes: If you have tried all home remedies as well as deodorants and antiperspirants available in the market and still suffer from armpit stink, the cause can be something more serious. Persistent body odour can be a sign that you need medical help. It can be an early sign of kidney or liver diseases.

Habits you must include
- Shower at least twice a day if you sweat a lot
- Apply dusting powder in all the body folds after shower
- Wear cotton clothes
- Use the anti-perspirant on the skin
- topical application of aluminium chloride at night

- anti-fungal/talcum powders during the day

How to Stop Underarm Odor

Change Your Lifestyle

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    Shower daily. Make an effort to shower every single day, no matter how tired or busy you may be. This is an excellent way to ensure that your body is fresh and clean throughout the day. If you wake up sweating after a hot night, hop in the shower, and always shower after a long day of movement or especially exercise. You should never forget to shower after working out, or your bad body odor will build up.
    • Use an antibacterial soap for best results.[1]
    • After you shower, make sure to fully towel off, so you don't leave any moisture that invites bacteria on your body.
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    Apply strong deodorants or antiperspirants to your underarms. Though deodorants don't stop sweating, they do mask the smell of bacteria on your skin. Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride, which is a chemical that does reduce sweating, and which also contains a deodorant. Apply the antiperspirant twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
    • If you think you need more than the average deodorant or antiperspirant, then check out products that say they are of a higher strength -- you don't need to go to a doctor to get these.
    • If you've tried a stronger anti-perspirant or deodorant and it's still not working, it may be time to see your doctor to get a prescription for even stronger antiperspirant.
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    Wear natural-fiber clothing. Wearing clothes made of cotton, wool, or silk will make your body less likely to sweat because of the comfort and durability of the materials. And if you're working out, invest in a high-tech fabric that wicks the moisture off your body.[2]
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    Change and wash your clothes often. If you wear the same t-shirt for three days, then yeah, your armpits may smell. Make sure to always wash your clothes after you wear them, and to avoid wearing the same article of clothing for two or more days in a row, no matter how comfortable it may be. And take extra care with your workout clothes -- dirty and moist workout clothes are a breeding ground for bacteria, so you should wash them after every single workout.
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    Try some relaxation techniques. People often sweat not because they are overexerting their bodies, but because they are overexerting their minds. Take whatever measures you can to relax and reduce stress, and your body, mind, and underarms will reap the benefits. Try doing yoga, meditating, or taking at least thirty minutes to wind down before you fall into bed.[3]
    • You can also relax by avoiding situations that you know will cause you stress. For example, if you're always stressed in the morning because you inevitably end up being late for work or school, wake up 15 minutes earlier to make your life easier.

Take Additional Measures

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    See a doctor. If you really have severe armpit odor and have tried every natural treatment you can to eliminate it, then it may be time to see a doctor. A doctor can not only prescribe a stronger antiperspirant and give you sound advice, but he can also discuss a number of more extreme options with you. Here are some treatments you can discuss:[4]
    • An outpatient surgical procedure called superficial liposuction curettage can remove your sweat glands by suctioning out subcutaneous through small cuts in your skin.
    • Open surgery that can include cutting or shaving the subcutaneous tissue that may remove some of the skin along with it. This is riskier, but the results last longer.
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    Shave your armpits. Shaving your armpits will make it tougher for the bacteria in your armpits to find a cozy place to settle. If you're really committed to stopping underarm odor, shave your armpits every time you shower, or at least as often as you can.[5]
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    Use a homemade hydrogen peroxide solution. Mix 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of water. Wet a washcloth with this solution and wipe it on the affected area. This should destroy some of the bacteria under your arms.[6]
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    Avoid tobacco. Tobacco is another guilty pleasure that is known to cause body and underarm odor.
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    Apply witch hazel or white vinegar to your underarms. Use a washcloth to absorb the witch hazel or white vinegar and wipe down your armpits. This will change the pH of your skin so the bacteria can't grow.[7]
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    Dust your armpits with cornstarch or baking soda. This will reduce the wetness under your arms, and will help repel bacteria.[8]
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    Use an alum rock.
    • Get special bath gloves. Use a body wash and scrub with the hand gloves.
    • When you've finished your shower, dry yourself properly with a towel.
    • Use alum rock under your arms. Make sure to apply properly.
    • When finished, apply a layer of oil on top such as coconut oil, just for fragrance.

Adjust Your Diet

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    Avoid a variety of foods. If you want to stop underarm odor, one easy trick is to avoid certain pungent foods or foods that are known to increase underarm odor. Here are some foods that you should avoid:[9]
    • Garlic
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    • Onions
    • Fish
    • Curry
    • Hot peppers and other spicy foods
    • Red meat
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    Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. You may love your morning coffee or have a few beers or glasses of wine throughout the week, but if you want to eliminate your underarm odor, then you should cut down on -- or even eliminate -- these beverages as soon as you can.
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    Stay hydrated. Drinking a lot of water helps naturally cleanse your body and to keep you smelling fresh. Aim to drink a t least 8 - 10 8 oz. glasses of water a day.
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    Eat foods that improve your body odor. Some foods that have been proved to improve your body odor include fruits, veggies, and whole grains. These foods can help improve your body's metabolic function, helping it to work more efficiently. Eating a healthy balanced diet will also help lower your body's stress levels, which may decrease the amount you sweat, and therefore will lower the amount of bacteria that is attracted to your body.[10]
    • Take a wheat grass supplement along with your meals.
    • Chew on parsley, alfalfa, or other leafy greens after meals to help neutralize strong scents.
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    Eat chlorophyll-rich foods. Foods that are rich in chlorophyll, such as kale and spinach, have been recommended to help neutralize the smells of foods that cause underarm odor.[11]
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    Add magnesium and zinc to your diet. You can add magnesium and zinc to your diet through vitamins, or by eating foods that are rich in these vitamins. Here are a few foods to try:[12]
    • Foods rich in magnesium: nuts and seeds, spinach, lentils, avocado, bananas, and figs
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    • Foods rich in zinc: pumpkin and squash seeds, dark chocolate, and peanuts
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    Maintain a more healthy diet. Studies show that if you are overweight, obese, or even just an unhealthy eater, you've placed more strain on your body, which makes movement more difficult and makes it easier for you to sweat, thereby attracting bacteria that can cause underarm odor. If you're overweight, it may be time to eat a more balanced diet to shed those pounds and eliminate that pesky underarm odor.

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