Dark patches? Rashes? Lifeless skin? It could well be your skincare product that is causing it despite promising to remedy these ‘ills’.

Research also shows that 90 per cent of branded face washes contain the chemical Sodium Laurate Sulphate. Almost all skin products such as creams, lotions and body washes contain preservatives like parabens and concentrated form of alcohol. The chemicals may be listed on the bottle. What’s not stated is that over a period of time, these chemicals react when exposed to UV rays and lead to pigmentation, rashes and heightened sensitivity to the sun. They also change the natural PH (acidity or alkalinity) of the skin.

Given the situation, just what are you supposed to apply on your skin?

Skin specialist Diya Dembla proffers an answer: Oats and coconut oil, both common ingredients in a regular kitchen.

“Natural food is allergy-proof in the long run. It is absorbed by the skin faster. Even something as basic as face wash contains penetrators, which are aggressive agents that force ingredients into the skin to do its work.”

Dembla shares three easy-tomake DIY packs that will help you rejuvenate your skin.

Oats scrub 
Ingredients: A tablespoon of oats, a tablespoon whole milk, drop of coconut oil (for normal, dry and pigmented skin), or rose oil (acne prone, red, inflamed skin).
Method: Crush oats into a powder. Add milk to oats and let it sit for some time. Once the oats have bloomed into the milk, add a drop of oil according to your skin type. Apply and then wash it off after 10 minutes.
Benefits: This pack has a mild scrubbing action and helps keep the skin clean and smooth. It also helps settle mild redness, rashes and inflammation and keeps pores clean without leaching too much moisture.

Click here to read the entire article: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-10-16/beauty/33365750_1_dry-skin-coconut-oil-skin-type

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