Skin is epitome of beauty and health. It is the most noticeable and the most exposed organ of the human body. As we age or expose our skin to sunlight, pollution and harmful chemicals, our skin gets damaged and the damage reflects in form of tan, wrinkles, cracks etc. While there are several cosmetics available in the market which offer quick solutions, natural food grains, fruits, vegetables, spices and minerals continue to be best solutions for skin care and beautification. The secret to a healthy and beautiful skin is healthy diet, exercise and skin treatment using natural products. Clove Clove is very effective in treating pimples/acne. One can make clove paste by placing one drop of water on a clean and rough surface, and scrubbing one clove over it until water changes color and turns into a thick paste. This paste can either be directly applied to the pimple or could be mixed with honey before application. Clove oil could also be used for the purpose. Application of clove paste/clove oil may result in burning sensation on aggravated pimples.

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Premature greying of hair is a condition in which hair of younger people turn grey. This makes affected younger people look older than they actually are. Hair is made of the same kinds of cells that constitute epidermis, the outermost layer of skin. Hair grows from hair follicles present deep in the epidermis. Hair obtains it blackness, shine and nutrition from sebum, an oily substance secreted by sebaceous glands. Hair obtains its nutrition from bloodstream and cannot obtain it from external sources.

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Dark circles are rings around eyes which occur due to darkening of skin in area under eyes. Though most common among adults, dark circles can affect anyone at any age. As one grows old the skin around eyes lose collagen and thins down. This leads to appearance of darker area around eyes. Dark circles give one a tired and unhealthy appearance. Dark circles may occur due to several factors and in most cases dark circles are due to deficiencies/ underlying health issues. At times dark circles do not disappear for a long time and this may happen due to anaemia / dehydration. Under eye circles may be accompanied by other symptoms such as

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps a close watch on food, oversees drugs and water in the US, however, it does not monitor safety of cosmetics. In fact, there exists no watchdog for determining safety of chemicals used in cosmetics except for the Cosmetics Review Committee which itself is funded by Cosmetics Industry. Several studies have suggested that many constituents of cosmetics are potentially dangerous to human health. Breast Cancer and under-arm deodorant usage: In a study by European Journal of Cancer, it was established that use of underarm deodorants is linked to breast cancer. Deodorants contain propylene glycol and aluminum. While propylene glycol blocks the sweat gland, aluminum is known to facilitate Alzheimer's. Aluminium, a good conductor of heat, is widely used for making foils, cookware/pressure cookers. Aluminum cookware/foils must be avoided as it may lead to ingestion of its traces. In another test, aluminum traces were found in mother's milk!

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Skin is a reflection of health. A skin full of whiteheads, blackheads and acne indicate oxidative damage, hormonal imbalance, and poor nutrition. Every year tens of millions of Americans suffer from acne breakout. While genetics play a crucial role in skin health, proper care, adequate hydration, a good diet and regular exercise enhance skin health. It is not uncommon to find people constantly struggling to get rid of blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. Acne could be mild or severe, and it outbreaks on face, chest, back and arms. In severe cases of acne, a person may get permanent scars, which may lead to low self-esteem. Prescription drugs and topical medicines may improve symptoms of acne, but bring potential side effects. Through natural treatments, acne could be reduced and scarring minimized.

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Natural treatment for Dandruff: Although several anti-dandruff shampoos are available in the market, harsh chemicals in most of these damage hair roots which may lead to irreparable damage. The first step to cure dandruff naturally is to keep hair and scalp clean so that dead cells do not get accumulated. It is important to brush hair everyday as it improves blood circulation and removes any flakiness. For brushing hair, bend from waist forward and keep head down towards ground. Now, brush hair from nape of neck to the top of head. For long hair two strokes should be fine to minimize stretching. Short hair can be managed in one stroke.

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Tomatoes can be easily found in our kitchens for they add flavor to any preparation. However not many know that tomato can be put to even better use of enhancing beauty. Tomato has immense cosmetic benefits, it can improve skin drastically by reducing acne, soothing sunburn, shrinking large skin pores and bringing a natural glow to skin. In short, tomato is one of the best home remedies for keeping skin healthy.

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