Skin Brightening

Skin Brightening - Shahnaz Husain

Internal good health and external beauty are two sides of the same coin. Good health and physical fitness are imperative for a healthy bright skin. So, along with exernal skin care, take your lifestyle into consideration, which comprises of diet, exercise, relaxation and adequate sleep.

After cleansing, tone the skin daily with chilled rose water, or Sharose rose-based skin tonic. Toning stimulates blood circulation to the skin surface and brighten the skin. Keep a small bowl of Sharose, in the refrigerator. This way, it is chilled and ready for use. Wipe the skin several times a day with it. You can also use green tea, apple cider vinegar and even white wine to refresh and brighten the skin.

Exfoliating the skin once or twice a week helps to remove dead skin cells and brighten the skin. Take sesame seeds (til), dried mint (pudina) leaves and honey. Crush the sesame seeds coarsely and powder the dried mint leaves. Mix them with a little honey and apply on the skin. Leave on for 5 minutes. Rub gently and wash off with water. Sesame seeds actually have sun protective properties and also soothe sun-damaged skin. The Shahnaz Husain repertoire has several scrubs that not only brighten the skin, but also remove tan and delay visible signs of ageing. Among these are Shascrub and Diamond Plus Exfoliating Scrub.

For oily skin with blackheads, oats works wonders. Mix it with egg white and apply on the face. After 20 minutes, moisten with water. Rub gently and wash off. Or, mix Sharose with Shagrain rub gently on the skin, specially on areas with blackheads. This pack not only discourages and dislodges blackheads, but also makes the skin bright and radiant.

Face packs play a vital role in skin care, by dissolving impurities, softening dead skin cells, removing them and adding a healthy glow and brightness. Shamask 1 and Shatex help to clarify the skin and brighten it. So does Shapeel, apricot-honey peel-off pack, which is an excellent pre-party pack for bright skin.