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Are you spending a lot of time in front of the mirror, worrying about your pimples? Well, the teen years can be filled with agonies, especially when it comes to skin problems. Almost all teens suffer from skin troubles, including painful pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and many other forms of blemishes. Having a good skincare regime is vital during your teen years and is also the best time when you should start to follow proper teenage skincare. If you take proper care of your skin and continue to keep it properly nurtured, you can stop various skin problems from occurring over and over again. 

Know your skin type-

Before we discuss the skincare regime, it is very important for you to know your skin type, whether it is oily, dry, normal or combination skin to help you choose products wisely. 

In this article, we shall see some skincare rules that can aid you in taking better care of your skin.

Facial cleansing-

Wash your face twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. Oil, dirt, and sweat can accumulate on the skin overnight. Thus make sure to wash your face after waking up for better penetration of skin products. Repeat the same process at night before going to sleep to remove the dirt, oil, and particulate matter that accumulate during the day. So, wash it gently and properly to give it a feel of freshness before dozing off. Use products with Salicylic acid, or Vitamin A to help clear your acne. Gently massage your face with circular motions and be careful not to overwash, it can irritate your skin. 

Exfoliate your skin –

Exfoliation of skin helps in getting rid of various dead cells from the outermost layer of your skin, giving you healthy and glowing skin. The build-up of these dead skin cells can lead to excess oil and clogged pores, causing acne and other skin problems. Exfoliation also helps in better penetration of skin care products such as serums, toners, moisturizers, and sunscreen. Use gentle exfoliators if you have acne-prone skin.

Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Scrub is a gentle yet effective scrub. Its extra-fine particles will be gently sloughing off the dead skin cells, blackheads, and whiteheads from the skin. It can also reduce pigmentation, suntan, fine lines, and discolorations. In no time, you will have a soft, supple, younger-looking skin. Avoid over-exfoliation as it can make your skin red and flaky. 

Applying Skin toner –

The Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner is perfect for delivering the most potent ingredients of nature to your skin. The toner will spread evenly and get absorbed instantly to reveal soft and glowing skin. It will also hydrate your skin and maintain your pH balance.

Moisturizing your skin

Moisturizing is an essential part of skin care. You need to balance the application of moisturizer as using it excessively can cause acne problems, and lack of moisture can make your skin excessively dry and cause wrinkles on your face. Also, choose a separate moisturizing product for your face and for your body parts. 

Lip care-

Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body, which makes it prone to damage easily. Opt for a lip balm with natural ingredients and avoid ingredients like petrolatum. Lips are also prone to sunburn as they lack melanin, the pigment responsible for protecting skin from the sun. So, do not forget to apply sunblock on your lips. 

Applying sunscreen –

Make it a regular habit of applying sunscreen every time you go out of your home. A minimum of SPF 30 or more is recommended for daily wear. Pilgrim White Lotus Day Cream is built with SPF 50. It will protect you from the sun, prevent sunspots, and even provide coverage for slight discolorations like hyperpigmentation and redness. Sunscreens are extremely beneficial in protecting the skin against sun damage and aging signs. We generally have a misconception of using sunscreens only during summer. But, if you want better UVA/UVB sun rays protection for your skin, then do apply sunscreens during winter or cloudy season too. 

Skincare rules for you-

  • Drink lots of water to keep your body and skin hydrated
  • Sleep 7-8 hours every day 
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid excessive use of topical creams
  • Don’t pop or squeeze the blackhead or a pimple

We hope with this teenage skincare routine, you can take better care of yourself and have a beautiful and healthy-looking skin lifelong.

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Getting good quality sleep is the best thing you can do for your health. It keeps you fit, healthy, and happy. Its importance goes way beyond boosting your mood and can bestow you with many beauty benefits including less puffy eyes, a glowing complexion, and a younger-looking face.

Our body cells grow much faster while we sleep, which makes it essential to follow a proper night-time skin care routine. The main aim should be to repair the skin damage caused by daily wear and tear including pollution, sun damage, and stress.

Your night time skincare routine will also affect how you look the next day. 

Day-time and night-time skincare- Do we need both?

Without a doubt, you need both as your skin has different requirements during the day than when you are asleep. During the day-time, our main concern is to protect the skin from bacteria, dirt, pollutants, UV exposure, and other environmental elements. So, it is important to opt for products that help prevent damage to your skin. But during night time, our skin is in its repair state, and our main interest shifts to the healing of our skin from the whole day long damage. 

Ingredients for nighttime skincare routine 

Your focus should be on providing hydration and nourishment to the skin cells since your skin is not exposed to the environment. However, choosing a beauty product depends on your skin needs. Here are some ingredients your skin needs at night-

  • Collagen-stimulating proteins like soy protein
  • Strong antioxidants like Vitamin A or Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate
  • Hydrating agents like White Lotus

You may also add other ingredients other than these, depending upon your skin needs.

Here is a skincare routine you need to follow before you grab some zzz’s.

  • Cleanse-

    Wash your face with a mild cleansing lotion to remove the day’s oil, dirt, and pollution that has accumulated on your skin. We recommend the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Wash that is made of Volcanic Lava Ash, Yugdugu, and White Lotus. The best part about using this cleanser is that it doesn’t remove the natural moisture barrier from the skin or disturb its natural pH. It will purify your skin by removing dust and sebum from the face, revealing a soft and supple skin. Massage it in circular motions before washing it off with lukewarm water. Remember not to over-wash as it can irritate your skin.      

 

  • Applying a toner-

    Skin toning is a vital step that should be followed religiously. It helps balance the pH of your skin and prepare it for moisturizing. Buy a toner specifically formulated for your skin type. Avoid buying toner with alcohol, it can dry your skin. We recommend the Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner that has an alcohol-free formula. It can help in tightening pores, hydrating skin, and getting back that youthful look back. Spray the toner and apply it to your face and neck. Do not dry your skin with a towel after applying toner, just let your skin breathe and air-dry before applying moisturizer.  
  • Moisturize –

    Moisture is lost when our skin is exposed to pollution and dirt particles and our skin needs to stay moist in order to be healthy. Moisturizing your skin not just hydrates it, but creates a barrier between your skin and pollutants. Go for moisturizers containing antioxidants, peptides, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A to help fight free radicals. Consider using deep moisturizers for the extra dry areas of the body like elbows, heels, feet etc. Follow this with a night serum. You can try the Pilgrim Vitamin C Night Serum that has an easily-absorbed and non-greasy formula. This serum will help you fight signs of premature aging and environmental damage, and repair your skin while you are asleep.
  • Applying eye cream –

    The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face, it needs lots of hydration to stay taut and wrinkle-free. Hence, it’s time that you add an eye cream to your skincare routine. Good eye cream should have caffeine ingredients to reduce puffiness and niacinamide to increase the moisturizing level.  
  • Remove make-up –

    Sleeping with makeup on can clog your skin pores leading to oily skin and causing acne. So, remove your foundation, eye makeup, lipsticks, or any other makeup that you might be wearing to allow your skin to breathe and recover. 
  • Change pillowcase-

    Wash your pillowcases frequently as they can cause acne by spreading dirt, grime, and dead skin. Also, opt for a silk pillowcase as it is very smooth and won’t irritate your skin.
  • Take your time-

    Instructions on most night products tell you to apply them before going to bed but exactly when? 7 pm? 8 pm? Just before going to bed? Ideally, you should apply these products 10 to 15 minutes before bedtime. This way, they won’t get smudged onto a pillow and they indeed work best when your body is at rest.
  • Humidifier –

    Use a humidifier to help bring moisture in the air, it will prevent your skin from drying out. Use only several units and keep doors closed while using a humidifier for the best results. 
  • Get a sound sleep-

    This can be said as the most important factor out of all. Lack of sleep can cause a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face, giving you dull skin. So, you should get proper 7-8 hours of sleep every night.  

A right nighttime skincare routine based on your skin concerns is paramount. It is always best to go for products that don’t contain harmful chemicals known for causing breakouts. Stick to natural products and your skin will thank you.

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We all have come across this proverb a number of times. Who doesn’t want radiant and healthy skin? Once we reach 30’s, our skin starts alarming us with a number of tip-offs like wrinkles, eye bags, and fine lines.

According to a survey done by Allergen, 60% of women would prefer a younger-looking face than a younger-looking body. Well, the golden key to wrinkle-free, smooth, and glowing skin even after your twenties is a healthy diet. Food acts as our body fuel. The better you eat, the better you look. 

While there is no magic diet that can erase laugh lines or make you look 16 again, but the right choices can indeed boost skin quality. Many experts believe that you can erase many years from your face just by changing your diet. However, it is quite confusing to select the right kind of diet for flawless skin. No more muddling. Read on to discover anti-aging food.

  1. Green tea

Why do the Japanese live so long? Japan stands first in the highest consumption of green tea. From weight loss to diabetic control, green tea is the one solution for all. The tea contains a lot of antioxidants which are essential to keep your skin healthy and shining. Drinking 2-3 cups of green tea daily, without sugar, will help you reduce sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles. It may also add more years to your life by helping you maintain your ideal weight and fitness level. 

  1. Oats

To kick start a healthy day, start with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is the first meal of the day and is more important than any other meal. A bowl of oats with low-fat soy milk is perfect to keep you full and prevent your body from numerous complex problems. Oats are a natural source of plant chemicals and have low-glycemic content which helps skin to prevent irritation, rejuvenate dead skin cells, and keeps your skin young. Replace your breakfast today with oats and see the difference yourself in just 4 weeks.

  1. Oranges

Ever spent a winter with orange? It is loaded with water, which helps hydrate the skin and your cells. It also contains Vitamin C and has oxidants which prevent the formation of free radicals. It helps to build collagen, which keeps skin soft and supple. Our skin loves Vitamin C since it helps skin cells to lighten blemishes and fight against wrinkles. Have 2 oranges daily to see the best results. 

  1. Avocados

Avocados are a delicious and perfect replacement for your high-fat salad dressing. Try dressing your salad with avocados instead of mayonnaise or cheese. Avocados contain mono-saturated fat, which helps skin to stay tight and bestow your radiance from inside. The tighter your skin is, the better it fights against wrinkles.

  1. Tomatoes

Well, tomatoes are not just for pizzas and pasta. These tasty and juicy edible food are known to contain lycopene and carotenoids which keep skin young and healthy. Lycopene not only acts as an anti-aging medicine for the skin but also helps to cure sunburns. It also boosts collagen, which ensures the firmness and elasticity of your skin. 

These foods protect your skin in several ways, some fight against free radicals, some protect you from skin damage, some may build strong cell walls and some may hydrate your skin. 

Apart from these, you can also turn to natural skin care products like a cleanser or a day cream with UV protection. We recommend you to try the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Wash, it is a powerful, yet gentle cleanser. The three main ingredients – Volcanic Lava Ash, Yugdugu, and White Lotus makes this cleanser a powerful, yet gentle solution for getting rid of dust, makeup, and excess sebum from your face. For the day cream, you could try Pilgrim White Lotus Day Cream which is with SPF 50. The cream provides protection from the sun and helps in improving the elasticity of the skin and controlling sebum production.

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Thoughtfully crafted with natures’ best, to bring you the most loving yet thorough care. White Lotus, Argan oil, and Camellia work together to soothe the scalp, strengthen the hair, repair the damaged strands and fights dandruff.

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Taking care of your skin in the party season can be a difficult task. However, following a skincare routine to maintain your skin and keep it healthy is necessary. As everybody’s skin is different, there are some things which might work for you and some might not. Therefore, you should figure out a routine that works well with your skin type. Here are some general party skincare tips that you can follow to keep your skin healthy and fresh during the party season: 

  • Keep your routine simple and fuss-free:

    Your routine should be easy to follow, fuss-free, and shouldn’t take a lot of time to complete. With your skin exposed to makeup regularly during the party season, a pre-makeup routine, as well as a post-makeup routine, can help you look your best during the day and can help your skin rejuvenate when you sleep. Following some steps, before you apply makeup will also make your makeup look flawless and perfect. Your routine should also be based on your skin type as well as your skin sensitivity.
  • Clean your face right before going to bed

    This is one of the most basic but important components of a skincare routine. Removing the makeup, you put on before stepping out and cleaning all the dirt from your face before going to bed should not be forgotten under any circumstance. It is easy to just fall on your bed and sleep without doing any skincare, but washing your face is a must. When you leave makeup on your face overnight, it can be quite damaging to your skin.

We recommend you use the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Wash with Yugdugu and White Lotus which help you clean your face gently. The Volcanic Lava Ash deep cleanses your skin and pulls out any pollution or dirt present in your pores.

Yugdugu has natural anti-bacterial properties that will keep any infections and acne at bay. White Lotus will provide a brighter complexion and keep your skin healthy.  

  • Exfoliate at least twice a week:

    Exfoliation is a method which many of us skip. However, it is a necessary step which should be done at least twice a week, especially as a part of your skincare in party season. Your skin can look dull and lifeless if the dead skin cells and dirt are not cleaned from your pores and the surface of your skin. Exfoliation can brighten your skin up and bring a natural glow to your face. 
  • Use a face primer before applying makeup:

    If you have large pores or you suffer from regular acne breakouts, you should use a pore filling primer which will prevent the makeup you apply on your face from entering your skin. On the other hand, if you have dry skin and need extra moisturization before you apply makeup, you can use a normal hydrating primer that moisturizes your skin. A good primer can create a perfect base for your makeup and your skin will look flawless. Moreover, this will also help in keeping the makeup on the surface of your skin. 
  • Keep a face mist with you:

    Keeping a small bottle of a face mist in your purse will ensure that you never look anything but fresh and lively. Use a face mist whenever you feel that skin might start looking dull and lifeless. It would be great if you use a hydrating face mist as it will rehydrate your skin and freshen up your makeup. 
  • Use a sunscreen before going out during the day:

    Using a sunscreen before stepping out in the sun is an important step. The harmful rays from the sun can harm your skin and can result in dark spots and pigmentation. Excess exposure to the sun can also make your skin look dull and lifeless. You should use a good sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The Pilgrim White Lotus Day Cream with SPF 50 with Camellia and Yugdugu is the perfect cream to apply before stepping out of your house. This cream moisturizes your skin and also protects from the sun. The White Lotus extracts will hydrate your skin, provide elasticity, and control sebum production. The cream is built with SPF 50 which will provide sufficient protection from the sun. If you are in an outdoor setting, directly under the sun, you should reapply the cream every three to four hours. 
  • Use a rejuvenating mask and an eye cream at night:

    While it is a joy to go to a party and enjoy yourself, it can also be long and stressful. The stress can be visible on your skin as well. Therefore, to keep your skin looking fresh and not tired, you should include a rejuvenating face mask and an eye cream before bed for your party skincare routine. This will help control any under-eye inflammation, redness, or puffiness and will also soothe your skin.

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Most women think skincare loses its focus once they hit their 50s. Whilst wrinkles and fine lines do start to make an appearance after a woman hits 30 and by the time they reach 50, it tends to lose its collagen and elasticity. However, there are ways to ensure a youthful glow that you once had. How to do it? We bring you simple and easy skin care tips. Read on. 

Keep Your Skin Moisturized At All Times 

One of the most important skin caretips that you must always follow is to use a moisturizer and keep it moisturized at all times. Invest wisely when it comes to your face creams. Opt for day and night one. The day one will keep it moisturized and will protect your skin from UV rays whilst the night cream will help you with replenishing and rejuvenating your skin. Choose something with anti-aging properties and look for thick creams to keep it hydrated, just like it used to once. 

Retinol 

Retinol is great for anti-aging. It not only brightens your skin, but it also helps reduce your wrinkles and fine lines. When it comes to using this magical ingredient, it must be done at night time only and you shouldn’t apply anything on your skin before or after you are done with retinol. Start with the mild one first and use it every alternate day till you get adjusted to it. Once that happens and a few months pass you can move on to the next one. For instance, start with 0.25% retinol and after 6 months or one year, you can switch to 0.50%. It is one of the best skincare products you can use. 

Never Neglect Your Neck 

Now that you are in your 50s, you already know that aging doesn’t stick to your face only. You experience it prominently on your neck and even hands. You must be thinking, how can I make my skin look better? The rule is simple. Whatever you put on your face, put it on your neck and hands too. Also remember, always move down to up which applying products on your neck and not the other way round. 

Exfoliation 

By the time you hit your 50s, the outer layer of your skin is filled with dead skin, making it thicker. So, for a smooth and youthful glow, exfoliate regularly. You can do it twice a week for best results. When it comes to exfoliations, always choose a mild one. If it is too grainy, it can damage your skin. Along with it, always pair it with a good face wash, which you use regularly, twice a day. And one of the best skincare tips you can follow here is to massage your face with your face wash for at least 60 seconds gently. Once you are done, only then wash it off.

We recommend that you use the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Scrub. Its pillowy texture and extra-fine particles will gently foam your skin and slough off the dead skin cells. The Volcanic Lava Ash, White Lotus, and Yugdugu work together for reducing discolorations, suntan, fine lines, pigmentation, and improving the elasticity of the skin.

Sunscreen Is A Must 

Just because you are 50, it doesn’t mean your sunscreen days are over. You must still religiously follow it every day, without fail. 

Buy The Right Products 

Understand what your skin needs. It actually speaks to you. So, don’t simply buy products that you used to once own. As you grow older, your skin’s needs also change. Make sure that all the best skincare products you buy match your needs. For instance, if you think your skin looks dehydrated, you need something that will keep it well moisturized and if you think wrinkles are the problems then use a retinol-based anti-aging skincare cream. 

Face Mask 

A face mask is an easy skincare tip you can follow to ensure a great skin. Use something that addresses the concerns of your skin along with providing you all the anti-aging benefits. Use face masks at least twice a week and follow all the instructions given on the packet to the T and you are good to go. You can also try Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Mask, a clay-based mask that brings the nutrients from within up to the skin and boosts microcirculation. It draws out pollutants, irritants, and excess oil from the pores and prevents breakouts. Thanks to the unique formation of the mask, it will leave your skin smooth and supple.

Vitamin C Serums 

We all wonder from time to time how we can make our skin look better.And the answer here is definitely the vitamin c serum. It helps reduce the damages caused by the sun and also brightens your skin as it is full of antioxidants. However, make sure you opt for a good brand that does the deed. 

Quit Smoking 

Firstly, smoking is extremely bad for your overall health. But, if you want a youthful-looking skin then quit immediately because smoking just speeds up the aging process. ]

Water And More Water!

You have probably heard this a plethora of times but it is one of the best skincare tips out there. Drinking plenty of water prevents any constipation and helps flush away the waste faster. Also, it helps keep your skin hydrated. 

Carry A Concealer 

Apart from trying to boost a youthful glow naturally, you can invest in concealer, which we can all agree is the best skincare product out there. A concealer does just as what its name suggests, it conceals the flaws. However, choose the right one for your skin tone and also the condition. For instance, if you intend to cover your dark circles, you can choose something with a reddish hue and then cover it up with the foundation to hide it well. 

Hyaluronic Acid 

Use hyaluronic acid for the best anti-aging results. It helps absorb the moisture and also retains it in your skin, keeping it hydrated. Also, it effectively pumps your skin, helping you tighten and brighten your skin. 

Face Oils 

For some women, using face oils work better than using moisturizers but for some, it causes breakouts and just makes it look oily. So, try it as face oils too offer exceptional results, but if it doesn’t work for you, you can always go back to using your moisturizers. Also, when it comes to face oils, instead of DIYing your way through it, stick to brands that work. 

These were our best skincare tips for women who have hit 50. Give them a try and do it regularly for amazing results.

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Lazy winter days filled with cozy blankets, crusty toasts by the fireside with endless hot beverages are just perfect until you realize your skin is a mess with no sound explanation. The low humidity and freezing temperature in winter can give you a winter itch. The moisture content in your skin drops as the temperature drops, which can cause skin irritation.  Many people experience this problem during the winter season. 

Causes

Our skin’s outer layer contains natural oils, which keep your skin smooth, soft, and moisturized. Low temperature can strip your skin of essential moisture, which can be intensified with blower and heating equipment used in the home. Some of the other causes include a viral infection or sensitivity to fragrance-based products. These extreme conditions can strip your body of natural oil, causing dry skin and irritation. Symptoms may include sensitivity, flaking, itching, and redness. When the weather is extreme, you will have to put some extra effort to keep your skin at its best. Here are some tips you can follow for your skin and make the most out of this season. 

Avoid hot water bath-

Frequent hot baths or showers can strip your skin of natural oils and cause skin irritation. Instead, use lukewarm water to keep your skin hydrated and bathe for not more than 10 minutes. 

Be wise with products-

Avoid using fragranced soaps for a bath as they can lead to winter itch skin. Instead, go for soaps that contain moisturizing ingredients such as jojoba oil, olive oil, vitamin E, and glycerin. Shampoos, conditioners, detergents with a lot of fragrance can aggravate your skin conditions. So, buy only fragrance-free products.

 Go with natural products like the Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner. Its alcohol-free formula puts all the moisture back in your skin cell. The White Lotus purifies the pores and hydrates your skin while the Witch Hazel replenishes the moisture, soothes skin irritations, shrinks pores, and prevents blemishes.

Lastly, Camellia flowers nourish the skin and moisturize it. It is a must product for achieving a firmer and brighter skin.

Moisturize your skin

After you come out of the shower, pat dry and moisturize your skin with winter care moisturizing cream while your skin is still damp. Use heavy creams or an oil-based moisturizer to help seal water in the skin and preserve moisture. You can also choose a cream with Aloe Vera gel or vitamin E extracts. Apply a generous amount of the moisturizer and reapply it whenever you wash your hands. It is a crucial step for winter skin protection. Apart from the moisturizer, don’t forget to treat your skin with a night serum. We recommend Pilgrim Vitamin C Night Serum that is the best non-greasy and easily-absorbed formula for fighting against signs of environmental damage and premature aging. Often referred to as ‘Liquid Gold’, it will repair your skin while you are asleep.

Apply sunscreen-

The prolonged exposure to the sun can also cause skin irritation, as in winter snow can reflect up to 75% of UV light. So, make sure that you apply sunscreen before going out. Reapply it after every two hours. 

Shaving techniques-

Use lukewarm water for shaving, it will make your hair soft. Use only organic-based shaving gel that contains soothing ingredients such as moisturizing oils and aloe vera. Wash with cold water to seal off the pores and pat dry with a clean towel. Remember to apply moisturizer to replace the lost moisture and soothe the skin. 

Oil massage:

Oiling your body throughout the winter season is one of the best ways to prevent skin irritation. In winter, skin irritation is caused by a lack of moisture and cracked skin. Oil heals the cracked skin and supplies moisture to it. If you have oily skin, it would be better to use baby oil. However, for dry skin, you can use olive oil, castor oil, or just mustard skin.

Humidifier-

Use a humidifier to help retain the lost moisture in the air due to the continuous use of the blower. Place it in the areas where you spend most of the time to get the best results. 

Protect your hands-

Give a little special attention to your hands, they are more prone to developing dryness as they are more exposed to harsh weather. Cover your hands with gloves before going out and always carry a hand cream. Apply a hand cream whenever you wash your hands and make sure it includes sunblock ingredients for winter skin protection against sun exposure. 

Diet-

Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids to neutralize your skin and prevent dehydration in your skin cells. Also, eat lots of fresh fruits and green veggies to keep your skin hydrated. Add sweet potato, walnuts, and oranges to your diet to relieve dry, itchy skin. Drink 7 to 8 glasses of water every day to keep your skin hydrated, which helps fight skin irritation and rashes.

Comfortable clothing-

Wear loose-fitting clothes made from soft, smooth, and natural fabrics. It will help prevent extra heat from being confined against the skin and reduce skin irritation. 

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There seems to be a buzz around parabens in the beauty world and cosmetic manufacturers are impulsively creating a busy, thriving market with paraben-free products. Before you surrender into this hype, let’s understand what parabens are and why are they bad for your skin? Parabens are a group of chemicals, used in cosmetic and food products. Their purpose is to preserve the products from bacteria, fungus, and mold, which allow your skin care product to survive for months or even years. Commonly used parabens are ethylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and butylparaben. They’ve been in use since 1905 and are inexpensive and effective. Generally, products contain more than one paraben and these are used in combination with other preservatives, for protection against various microorganisms. Parabens are generally found in shampoos, lotions, scrubs and shower cleansers. However, all the products from Pilgrim are parabens free.

For example, the paraben and sulphate free shampoo, the Pilgrim Sulfate Free Shampoo, and the paraben free sunscreen, Pilgrim White Lotus Day cream, etc. 

Lately, there has been much controversy around the dangers of parabens. This has led people to find products that are organic and paraben-free. 

Why are parabens bad?

There are numerous reasons due to which parabens are bad. 

– Parabens are absorbed through intact skin and from the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, many skin products that contain parabens cause irritation of the skin. If you have sensitive skin, then the reason could be the presence of parabens in the products that you may be using. A few skin problems like dermatitis, rosacea, and allergic reactions are also associated with parabens. So, it is important that you use parabens and SLS free shampoo like the Pilgrim Sulfate Free Shampoo that soothes the hair and repairs the damage.

– Parabens can also result in negative effects on hormones. Studies show that parabens have the ability to imitate estrogen. This can cause an imbalance in the natural production of hormones and can lead to growth problems. Endocrine disruptors such as parabens can cause an early onset of puberty, which can also lead to testicular enlargement and development of breasts in boys. These chemicals being associated with estrogens is a big issue for women too, as it can lead to cancer. 

– The main danger associated with parabens is the risk of breast cancer for women. A lot of recent studies have been conducted to examine the link between parabens and breast cancer. According to a recent report by Cornell University, prolonged exposure to estrogen can lead to breast cancer risk. 

The use of products like deodorants and the formation of tumors are correlated. Most deodorants contain parabens and each breast is closest to the armpit, it is seen that most breast cancers develop in the upper outer quadrant of the breast. 

– Paraben products can also lead to UV-induced damage to skin cells and reduce the rate of cell growth. Parabens if combined with other estrogenic chemicals, through their estrogenic and genotoxic activities, can influence the development of malignant melanoma. 

– Parabens also affect the sperm count and cause problems in reproduction. These affect the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system adversely. 

– Parabens have a tendency to get stored in the body, which results in a cumulative effect that can damage health over a period of time. 

What are the ingredients to look out for?

Parabens are the second most common ingredient used in skincare products and cosmetics. They may cause skin rashes and allergic reactions. These may be used in conditioners, moisturizers, creams, makeup, and nail products. Look for these on the label –

– ethylparaben

– butylparaben

– methylparaben 

– propylparaben 

– isobutylparaben

– isopropylparaben

– any name ending in paraben

How to avoid products containing parabens?

– Always check labels

Before you buy any personal or makeup item, make sure to check the labels and all the ingredients to make sure you avoid buying something which isn’t suitable for you or your skin. Also, products are nowadays labeled as paraben-free. 

– Know the difference between chemical and Latin names 

Do not mistake long names for some ingredient and ignore them. Names of the chemicals may seem similar to Latin names, leading to ignorance. 

– Know the pseudonyms

The word paraben may not be mentioned specifically in the list of ingredients but words like “ethyl”, “propyl”, “methyl” and “butyl” are indicators of the paraben family. 

– Use alternative products

Look for products that contain ingredients such as phenoxyethanol or ethylhexylglycerin (plant-derived). You can also opt for skincare and haircare products from Pilgrim. All the products from Pilgrim follow a No-Toxic 20 policy. According to this, the products are free of chemicals that can harm your skin and health. Here are the 20 toxic chemicals that you won’t find in any Pilgrim product:

  1. Parabens
  2. Sulfates (SLS/SLES)
  3. Toluene
  4. Diethanolamine (DEA)
  5. Monoethanolamine (MEA)
  6. Triethanolamine (TEA)
  7. Formaldehyde
  8. Talc
  9. Oxybenzone
  10. Petrolatum
  11. Triclosan
  12. Mineral Oil
  13. Lead and other heavy metals
  14. 1,4 Dioxane
  15. Hydroquinone
  16. Alpha-isomethyl Ionone
  17. Aminomethyl Propanol
  18. Benzoyl Peroxide
  19. Polyacrylamide
  20. Paraphenylenediamine

Pilgrim has a code of creating “Clean Compatible” products. Instead, we use natural ingredients that will improve the balance in your skin or hair.

Sulfate Free Shampoo

Thoughtfully crafted with natures’ best, to bring you the most loving yet thorough care. White Lotus, Argan oil, and Camellia work together to soothe the scalp, strengthen the hair, repair the damaged strands and fights dandruff.

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