I don’t think you can make a case for bras. They’re supportive in some ways, but they’re uncomfortable in many. It’s almost liberating not having to wear one—but they remind me of their existence even on days I’ve tucked them into the far-reaching crevices of my closet—thanks to the marks they leave behind on my body. And I detest it. That’s why I have put together a couple of DIY remedies that can salvage your shoulders and back safely and effectively.
Massaging a scrub into your skin can eliminate any build-up of dead cells on the surface—this removal of cells can diminish the appearance of bra-strap marks naturally. Sugar acts as an exfoliant, and lemon lightens marks. Just mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one tablespoon of sugar to form a DIY exfoliator, and rub the mixture into the skin for about five minutes before washing it off.
Indulging in a massage with a few dollops of olive oil or almond oil can fade marks over time. Remember that this must be done consistently for results to show. All you have to do is rub your fingers over any affected areas on the skin for a couple of minutes, and you’re halfway there.
Yoghurt is known to moisturise and exfoliate the skin gently; while turmeric is an antiseptic that can heal wounds. Mix a tablespoon of yoghurt with a little bit of turmeric, and smear the concoction all over your skin for a few minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water, and repeat for a week.
We’re mixing and matching. Yoghurt, turmeric, and lemon complement each other well. Take a tablespoon of yoghurt, squeeze half a lemon into it, and conclude with a pinch of turmeric as well as gram-flour. Once you’ve mixed everything together, apply the mix all over the skin, and let it dry. Scrub it off in circular motions, and that’s it.
While almond nourishes and softens the skin, gram flour clears up the complexion, and removes a tan. Just crush four or five almonds into a powder, and mix it with one teaspoon of milk, lemon juice, and gram flour. Apply it on the skin, and leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off.
Milk is an exfoliator, and rose water is excellent at stripping away a tan. Mix half a cup of milk with one teaspoon of rose water, and massage it into the affected areas of the skin for five minutes. Let it sit on the skin for another fifteen minutes before washing it off.
Not quite a DIY remedy, but it’s beneficial to layer your skin with sunscreen to prevent further darkening and pigmentation of the skin. Look for one with an SPF that’s higher than 15.
With SPF-30 PA+++ protection, the MyGlamm Superfoods Kiwi And Coconut Sunscreen doesn’t just protect you from UVA rays and UVB rays. It’s enriched with kiwi to boost the production of collagen in the skin; chlorine to restore the elasticity of the skin; coconut to hydrate and moisturise; and vitamin E to soothe and calm. Pretty much embodies the ‘superfoods’ tag, doesn’t it?
These indentations are primarily caused by ill-fitting or tight bras as well as plastic/wire clasps—so make sure you’re picking comfortable ones that are the correct size, and looking for clasps that are a little gentle on the skin.
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