As a woman we are all pretty health and beauty conscious and today I was joined by Seema Sharma, a woman who runs a successful beauty and wellness clinic in the Netherlands. Seema said that papaya was very good for our health and one should make full use of homemade face packs using papaya and even eating it. She suggested that for hair it was important to keep your hair well nourished by putting oil in your hair and massaging it into your head on a regular basis.

Seema even suggested the positive aspects of steaming one’s head and using a hot wet towel around your head to improve circulation and help growth and development — something that we could all do at home when we had some time to spare. We also spoke about the importance of using facial washes especially for your skin and it would not be wise for something that is not suited for you. So even if you aspire to have “normal” skin and have oily, be sure to use products for oily skin as that would be best for you.

A lot of people called with questions about acne/spots. Without a doubt acne and pimples are two of life’s most annoying and prevalent skin curses. Most of us have been in a situation where an ugly red spot has appeared the day before an important event or date. The question is: can you do anything about it without having to indulge in expensive meds? The answer is yes! Try some of my own simple and natural home remedies to fight off those pesky pimples.

1. Aspirin

Aspirin is anti-inflammatory so it can be a quick and cheap way to help reduce a pimple. The other plus is that most of us always have aspirin lying around at home. The simplest way to use it is to make a paste with 3 parts water to 1 part aspirin. Once the mixture had thickened take a Q-tip and apply to the aggravated area. The paste will take roughly half an hour to harden and begin to flake off, which will be your cue to wipe the paste off with a west tissue or face cloth.

2. Aloe Vera

This bad boy is a triple threat. Not only does it cool your skin down, which feels great, it reduces the inflammation and redness of pimples as well as removes the oiliness from your skin.

3. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a good option if you have a mammoth pimple that you want to take care of quickly. It is effective because it contains silica, which is the same substance that can be found in bags of beef jerky to keep moisture out. As such, toothpaste has been known to dry out and reduce the size of pimples overnight. Simply apply some to the affected area before sleep and wash it off in the morning.

4. No Popping!

I’ll admit that I’m guilty of popping a pimple in my time, but you need to try and fight the urge! As tempting and gratifying as it may be at the time, it’s the worst possible thing you could do. Firstly, it further inflames the area which means that it can result in scarring. Secondly, popping causes the bacteria living in the pimple to spread to other pores, thus infecting them too. Ironically, this can easily result in even more pimples. Just don’t do it!

Hope you found these tips useful J