Blackheads are one of the most irritating and dirty looking bumps, which take away the charm from our face. Blackheads occur when pollutants, grime, dead skin cells, sebum and certain germs accumulate in the open pores and form a plug. These are initially brown coloured dots on the skin, but as they accumulate inside the pores, the excess oil gets stuck and gets oxidised. This oxidation process turns these dots into black, leaving the skin rough and bumpy. Most common places where blackheads appear are nose, cheeks and chin. Pollution and dirt are the major reason for blackheads on the face. They not only become a cause of worry for girls; even men face these issues. For one and all, here are few remedies, which will help you remove blackheads at home, as well as prevent their further occurrence.
Egg White Mask – One of the easiest and most effective remedies is the egg white mask. Eggs are readily available and they help in tightening the skin and reducing blackheads with its first application itself. They also help in reducing the occurrence of blackheads temporarily.
? One Egg
? Facial tissue (Kitchen paper-towel or toilet paper-roll)
First and foremost, clean your face with a mild face wash. Take a bowl and carefully remove the egg yolk from the white. Take a clean face brush and start applying the egg white to your face. Utilise a layer of paper roll to cover the mask. Repeat the process three to four times. Wash face with lukewarm water and pat dry. Make sure to let the mask dry completely before putting other layer of tissue and egg white. This will help in creating a facemask and will peel off easily when dried.
Honey and Milk pore strip – Honey and milk both have beneficial properties for skin. Both ingredients leave skin clean and soft just after one wash.
? 1 Tablespoon of milk
? 1 Tablespoon of honey
A piece of cloth
Take a bowl and mix milk and honey. Warm the mixture for at least 10 seconds in the microwave. Leave until it cools down to room temperature and apply it directly on to your blackhead prone areas. Firmly cover it with a thin cotton cloth. Let the paste dry. Peel off the strip carefully and rinse your face with cold water.
Lemon – To clean clogged pores, use lemon juice. Lemon comes with essential astringent properties, which help in reducing blackheads permanently.
? One lemon
? Small bottle
? Cotton ball
Clean face and pat dry. Squeeze one lemon into a small container or a bottle. Dab a cotton ball into the liquid and apply on the affected areas before bedtime. Rinse face with lukewarm water in the morning followed by a moisturiser. The left over juice can be kept in the refrigerator up to one week.
Baking Soda and Water – Small granules of baking soda acts like a scrub and naturally removes blackheads, making the skin feel healthy and refreshed.
? 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
? 1 Tablespoon of water
Mix baking soda and water into a bowl forming a thick paste. Massage the paste onto your skin using circular motions. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash face with lukewarm water followed by a moisturiser. Baking soda contains high pH levels, which can dry out the skin. Never overdo with the paste and always use a moisturiser after applying the paste.
Tomato – Tomato not only helps in removing blackheads but also removes tanning of skin.
? 1 Tomato
Directions: Take a tomato and mash it utilising a fork. Apply the mask on your entire face or just on your blackheads. Rub the area for 2-3 minutes. Keep it intact for good 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
Toothpaste and Salt – The mixture of toothpaste and salt is one of the most effective remedies, which will give you immediate results.
? Colgate toothpaste
? 1 Teaspoon of salt
Directions: Take a minimum amount of Colgate into a bowl and mix it with a teaspoon of salt. Apply the mixture on to the affected area. Run it for 1-2 minutes and leave it until dry. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry. This will instantly clear blackheads and clean the pores.
Turmeric and Mint – One of the best ingredients that provide long-term results, not only clears blackheads but also reduces the appearance of acne. Controls the pH balance of the skin, leaving it fresh and glowing.
? 2 Teaspoons of turmeric
? 3 Teaspoons of mint
Directions: Mix turmeric and mint into a bowl and apply the paste all over the skin, especially on blackheads. Leave the paste on for 15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water a extremely mild face wash.
Green Tea – Green tea his considered on of the great exfoliates, which helps in treating bleached with its anti-oxidant properties.
? green tea
? 1 tablespoon of water
? a bowl
Directions: Mix green tea into one tablespoon of water to form a paste. Gently scrub the mixture onto the affected area for 5-6 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Orange – This juicy fruit comes with vitamin C and has immensely effective properties. Oranges help in improving complexion too.
? 1 Orange
Directions: Peel the fruit and keep aside the peels. Let the orange dry for few hours. Utilise one portion of orange peel to scrub off blackheads every morning. Wash your face with lukewarm water and apply a moisturiser after every wash.
Strawberry – Strawberries help in removing blackheads. The alkalinity helps to reduce the swelling and cleanses the pores, which are blocked. It acts as a natural exfoliator for the skin. This yummy fruit is also rich in vitamin C, which improves the skins dryness as it’s a great moisturiser.
? 1 Strawberry
? 1/2 Teaspoon of honey
? 1/2 Teaspoon of lemon juice
Directions: Crush the strawberry and add honey and lemon juice to it. Form a paste out of the mixture. Leave it on skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it with water.
Try out these amazing home remedies, which not only help clear blackheads but also exfoliates the skin leaving it glowing. Blackheads are one of the most common skin problems that occur with both – men and women. These readily available natural products will surely save you from shelling out huge chunks of money too!
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Anil Deshmukh seeks court permission to visit hometown Nagpur, Delhi
Former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh approached a Special Court on Thursday seeking permission to visit his hometown Nagpur and Delhi. The Bombay High Court, while granting Deshmukh bail, had put a condition that the latter should not leave Mumbai without the trial court’s permission.
The senior NCP leader, who’s out on bail in an alleged money laundering case, was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in November, 2021 and later by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April 2022.
Deshmukh, who filed two separate pleas before the trial court through his advocate Inderpal Singh, said he was a native of Nagpur and has deep family roots there, apart from being the elected representative of an Assembly constituency in Nagpur district. In his plea, Deshmukh stated that he also needed to visit New Delhi to meet his lawyers.
Special judge RN Rokade sought a response from the ED and CBI and adjourned the matter to February 6.
Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal
Dr Dipen Agrawal, President – Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra (CAMIT) reacting to the budget 2023 said that “Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has presented a vision document for India at 100”. In her speech she envisaged various new concepts and proposal to take forward India on its growth journey. She has attempted to provide something for everyone. Outlining the vision of central governments for technology-driven and knowledge-based economy with strong public finances and a robust financial sector, she said that this will be achieved by Jan Bhagidari and Sabka Saath Sabka Prayas.
Dr Agrawal said, the continuation of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for one more year; formation of large producer enterprises to support about 81 lakh women self-help groups; recognizing traditional artisans and craftspeople as Vishwakarma and conceptualizing new package scheme to improve the quality, scale and reach of their products; exploring untapped potential in tourism on mission mode will enable youth in fulfilling their aspirations and provide necessary imputes for growth and job creation.
It is to be seen how government works on the seven priorities ‘Saptarishi’ 1) Inclusive Development 2) Reaching the Last Mile 3) Infrastructure and Investment 4) Unleashing the Potential 5) Green Growth 6) Youth Power 7) Financial Sector identified as guiding factor, added Dr Dipen Agrawal.
The announcement regarding establishment of Digital Public Infrastructure for agriculture to provide farmer-centric solutions on host of farming related activities, massive decentralised storage capacity and government facilitated multipurpose cooperative societies, primary fishery societies and dairy cooperative societies in uncovered panchayats and villages will give boost to rural economy. Similarly establishing new nursing colleges in co-location to medical colleges established since 2014 will improve per-capita nursing staff in the country. While government is considering to introduce teachers’ training through various programs, the government should at the same time ensure that government education institutions are not under staffed.
Dr Dipen Agrawal welcomed the announcement of PAN being made common identifier for business entities; Unified Filing Process is proposed to be set-up to avoid duplication of compliance; National Financial Information Registry to be set-up as the central repository of financial and ancillary information; the Vivad se Vishwash scheme introduced to settle MSME contractual obligations said that these steps will have long lasting positive effect to improve business sentiments.
The announcement to ensure timely payment is made to MSME, government has linked the deduction under Income Tax Act for payments to actual payment to MSMEs. However, the deduction will be allowed on accrual basis only if it is within time mandated under MSMED Act, i.e. 45 days. In its endeavor to give relief to MSME government has inadvertently created compliance hurdle for other side i.e. large scale industries, this step will have large scale tax implication for them, added Dr Agrawal.
Now days there is nothing much expected from FM on indirect tax but people eagerly wait for announcement on direct tax front. FM has disappointed common man by announcing meager increase (Rs 50000) in basic exemption limit. However, FM has given substantial relief to middle-class individuals by increasing rebate limit from 5.00 lakhs to 7.00 lakhs. Similarly high net-worth individuals will be benefited by reduction in highest surcharge limit from 37% to 25%.
Overall, I see this budget as intelligent budget that focuses on key areas of infrastructure, employment while keeping fiscal deficit on track and on scale of 10, I give 7 points for 2023 Budget.
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Social media not only helps me stay visible and relevant, but also have a source of income: Alaya F
Alaya F made her entry in Bollywood with Saif ALi Khan starrer ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’. And after a three year gap we saw her in Kartik Aaryan’s ‘Freddy’. Even though she was missing from action in those three years, social media kept her in the limelight for her fans. The actress, who’ll next be seen in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat’, gets vocal in a chat…
Talking about social media, which kept her connected to her fans during those three year gap, she said, “There’s no such mystery left in the life of an actor in today’s time, thanks to social media. Our fans have access to us a lot of time and I think that’s fine. Because we’ve signed up for it to be part of the industry. And I believe, as an actor, you’ll always want your fans or people to see you a lot more. So, I don’t worry about keeping any mystery on my social media. Whenever I want to take a break, I take a break. At least that’s in our hands.”
Moreover, Alaya feels it’s important for a celebrity to be on social media. It not only gave her visibility, but was a source of income too. “It’s important to be active on social media. It was a big blessing for me at least during the three-year gap between my first ‘Jawaani Janna’ and second film, ‘Freddy’. It helped me to not only stay visible and relevant, but also have a source of income. No matter how much I hate social media, I’m grateful for it as it gave me a great foundation that I managed to continue in Freddy. Now, I want to be active because I’ve realised that if you use social media correctly, it can be really powerful in the right ways.