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Sensitive Skin Care - Things To Know About!

Sensitive Skin Care - Things To Know About!

Sensitive skin can make life miserable. Factors such as environmental and climatic changes, certain beauty products and medications can affect individuals with sensitive skin. There may be skin inflammation, irritation, rashes, redness, dryness and flakiness. The extent of the sensitive reaction can vary from one individual to another. In many cases, it has been observed that sensitive skin appears to be thinner than the normal skin. Thus, people with such delicate skin type need to be extra careful. Do not try self medication. It will make things worse. Always seek an expert advice. A dermatologist knows what is best for your skin. 
     
People with sensitive skin need to follow some basic skin care regimes. 

* It is very important to keep a sensitive skin hydrated and moisturised all the time. A dehydrated skin not only appears tighter, but also results in extreme skin dryness and irritation. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water daily. It is very important to flush out the toxins and maintain the alkaline skin pH. Avoid taking very hot water or ice baths. The extreme temperatures will do your skin more harm than good. A warm water bath is an excellent option. Apply generous amounts of moisturiser, whenever your skin feels dry and itchy.

* It is best to avoid products that are harsh on your skin. Consult a dermatologist before using products containing alpha hydroxyl acids. These are strong acids and their application can lead to skin irritation and rashes. It is a healthy practice to keep your skin clean. However, not all soaps are suitable for sensitive skin. Soaps (strong alkali) are a big no. It is best to use a medicated soap, specially formulated for sensitive skin. To cleanse your face, use a mild (soap free) face wash or a cleanser.

* For people with sensitive skin, it is best not to experiment with the skin care products. Play it safe, stick to the brands you have been using for long. Certain beauty products are strongly fragranced. These can trigger severe skin and allergic reactions. Lanolin, artificial mineral oil and alcohol containing products are no better. It is best to use natural and herbal skin care products.

* Do not use cosmetics and beauty products beyond a certain period of time. Face powders, silicone based foundations, sunscreen (titanium oxide or zinc oxide based) are best for sensitive skin. These products are known to be less harsh and thus have little or no side effects.

* Before using any products, know the ingredients and chemicals that goes into its manufacture.
 

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Tips For Effective Stretch Mark Removal!

Tips For Effective Stretch Mark Removal!

A lot of people are looking for effective stretch mark removal methods to get rid of those ugly marks. There are many stretch mark removal solutions and methods have been recommended in recent years but remember that not all of these solutions may be effective for you.

Permanent stretch mark removal is not really possible but you can use various methods and home remedies to lessen the appearance of stretch marks and prevent them from developing.

One of the most effective stretch mark removal methods is laser treatment, which involves a beam of laser light that focuses on the affected area in order to eliminate the thin layers of the skin. This results in the elimination of the scar tissue that produces stretch marks. After the laser treatment, the skin starts to heal and the production of new tissues happens that replaces the eliminated scarred layers. Laser treatment for stretch marks usually takes about twenty minutes to one hour, depending on the extent of the condition. In addition, you may need to undergo a series of laser treatments if your stretch marks are severe. Negative side effects are uncommon but a change in color or swelling may occur temporarily.

Aside from laser treatment, you can also use special lotions and creams for stretch mark removal. These ways are more affordable compared to laser treatment and they are recommended before you opt for pricey options. Stretch mark removal creams and lotions that contain vitamin E oil and cocoa butter are known to be effective for reducing stretch marks. In addition, you may also look for products that have lavender oil and olive oil. Make sure to massage these creams on your skin properly for best results. However, if the condition of your stretch marks is severe and deep, it is best to consult your dermatologist before using any stretch mark removal products.

Though these products are proven to be effective for most people, you may not achieve the same positive result. This is because every individual has different skin reactions so it is recommended to check the product thoroughly before using it. Furthermore, you need to have a healthy diet and regular exercise to prevent stretch marks from developing. If these stretch mark removal methods do not seem to work, you may visit your dermatologist to get better treatment. 
Exercise and a proper diet can effectively help prevent the development of stretch marks.

It is also important to drink a lot of water in order to keep the skin hydrated, making it less prone to stretch marks. People who love to drink coffee should lessen their caffeine intake as it may increase the risk of having stretch marks and if you cannot avoid drinking tea, coffee or soda, make sure to balance your fluid intake. For instance, consume as much or more water as you drink coffee. Remember that stretch marks are also developed due to lack of nutrition. It is best to eat foods that promote healthy skin including foods that are high in zinc such as fish and nuts. Foods that are high in protein are also recommended as well as foods high in vitamin A and vitamin C including citrus fruits, carrots, and milk.

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Three Natural Moisturisers To Help Your Skin Glow!

Three Natural Moisturisers To Help Your Skin Glow!

The skin is the largest organ of a human body which acts as a physical barrier to protect one from various allergens, germs and diseases. While a skin serves a multi-purpose use to help protect and nourish our body, it’s highly necessary that we give it all back to help it thrive as well. Your skin is delicate and needs to be taken care of itself with delicate and synthetic chemical-free products. Harsh chemicals present in your products can not only damage it from outside but also slow down its process to heal itself. Healthy skin is a sign of a hale and hearty human and to help your skin glow like one, it is essential to keep it moisturized and hydrated at all times. Here’s how Ayurvedic ingredients can help!

Honey And Raw Milk For A Soft Dewy Skin - 

Ayurveda has prescribed honey for its therapeutic usage since ages as it’s a widely known natural remedy for anti-bacterial hydration. Raw Milk is another toner that helps your skin absorb the moisture from honey better. Using a paste of honey and raw milk all across your face and skin can help your skin glow like morning dew and you can never get enough of this DIY Skin Spa! Make sure your honey is obtained from natural resources and beat it with raw milk to have an even consistency in your paste.

Use A Range Of Essential Oils To Moisturise Your Skin - 

While chemically produced moisturizers appear to hydrate your skin from above, it’s heartbreaking to know that they don’t penetrate your skin well to nourish it from inside. As a result, the hydrating glow fades in a few hours. We recommend you to go all-natural while taking a step further to hydrate and nourish your skin. Choose an essential oil that helps your skin get that extra oomph factor - you can choose from a plethora of oils such as rosemary, lavender, avocado, rose or orange for soft nourished skin! Mix it with a delicate carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil depending upon your skin and see the magic for yourself!

Use Aloe Vera As Your Secret Ingredient - 

Aloe Vera can never go out of the trend for all its therapeutic usages and your skin cannot thank you enough for choosing it. An Aloe Vera gel is light, hydrating and healing for your skin and to have it as a base moisturizing coat can only up your skin nourishment game a notch higher. Use an aloe vera gel as a moisturizer, its juice as a metabolism booster and opt for products infused with its goodness. There’s nothing like too much of aloe vera whatsoever. 

Apart from turning all natural for your skin, it’s highly necessary that you stay hydrated from inside as well by consuming plenty of liquids and fruits for nourished, glowy skin. And oh, spread the secrets by sharing this post!

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Sensitive Skin Care - Know Regimen For It!

Sensitive Skin Care - Know Regimen For It!

Sensitive skin can make life miserable. Factors such as environmental and climatic changes, certain beauty products and medications can affect individuals with sensitive skin. There may be skin inflammation, irritation, rashes, redness, dryness and flakiness. The extent of the sensitive reaction can vary from one individual to another. In many cases, it has been observed that sensitive skin appears to be thinner than the normal skin. Thus, people with such delicate skin type need to be extra careful. Do not try self-medication. It will make things worse. Always seek expert advice. A dermatologist knows what is best for your skin. 
     
People with sensitive skin need to follow some basic skin care regimes. 

* It is very important to keep a sensitive skin hydrated and moisturised all the time. A dehydrated skin not only appears tighter, but also results in extreme skin dryness and irritation. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water daily. It is very important to flush out the toxins and maintain the alkaline skin pH. Avoid taking very hot water or ice baths. The extreme temperatures will do your skin more harm than good. A warm water bath is an excellent option. Apply generous amounts of moisturiser, whenever your skin feels dry and itchy.

* It is best to avoid products that are harsh on your skin. Consult a dermatologist before using products containing alpha hydroxyl acids. These are strong acids and their application can lead to skin irritation and rashes. It is a healthy practice to keep your skin clean. However, not all soaps are suitable for sensitive skin. Soaps (strong alkali) are a big no. It is best to use a medicated soap, specially formulated for sensitive skin. To cleanse your face, use a mild (soap free) face wash or a cleanser.

* For people with sensitive skin, it is best not to experiment with the skin care products. Play it safe, stick to the brands you have been using for long. Certain beauty products are strongly fragranced. These can trigger severe skin and allergic reactions. Lanolin, artificial mineral oil and alcohol-containing products are no better. It is best to use natural and herbal skin care products.

* Do not use cosmetics and beauty products beyond a certain period of time. Face powders, silicone based foundations, sunscreen (titanium oxide or zinc oxide based) are best for sensitive skin. These products are known to be less harsh and thus have little or no side effects.

* Before using any products, know the ingredients and chemicals that goes into its manufacture.
 

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Can Your Daily Habits Make You Look Older?

Can Your Daily Habits Make You Look Older?

The process of aging differs from person to person. Some tend to age faster than their biological age in comparison to others that look refreshingly younger always. This aging process often is dependent on your lifestyle, dietary habits and environment and all the other habits that you maintain everyday. Let's have a look at some of your habits that may be responsible for making you look older: 

1. Bad sleeping habits: Your body needs to reinvigorate (rejuvenate) itself every day and for this to happen, you need to make sleep a priority. While everyone's sleep requirements are different, seven to eight hours of fitful sleep is required daily. 

2. Having a sweet tooth: Anything in excess is never good, especially when you're not exactly sweet sixteen always. A diet with a definite emphasis on sugar will only add to your waistline. Its end products tend to damage the collagen (the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues) and the elastin, leading to saggy and wrinkly skin.

3. Smoking: It is a known fact that damage your health, but it also speeds up aging. Its harmful chemicals deprive your cells of oxygen leading to a pale appearance. They also break down the collagen in the skin, once again leading to wrinkly skin. 

4. Drinking: Being a natural diuretic (drug), alcohol causes dehydration. This robs (take away) your skin of its natural moisture, making you look much older. It also rids your body of Vitamin A and C that are antioxidants important for making your skin look supple (flexible) and well hydrated. 

5. Exposure to sun rays: Sun rays only do more harm to your skin than good. Exposure to its ultra-violet rays (UV rays) can weaken your blood cells which can make your skin look leathery. It can lead to pigmentation of skin as well. Sagging and wrinkling follow. 

6. Not enough veggies: Veggies are essential antioxidants that help you look youthful, but they only last for so long and must be replenished daily. It is important to take care of your body and small changes to your everyday routine can go a long way to slow that aging process and make you look your age- young and refreshing.

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5 Ways To Look Younger!

5 Ways To Look Younger!

1. Eat healthy: No two ways about it. Your appearance is a direct reflection of your food habits. It could be sipping green tea, eating a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids via walnuts and salmon, biting into fruits like pomegranates and berries, or having red wine regularly. Each has its own benefits from reducing fat deposition to hydrating your skin to improving circulation. All these tell on the quality of your skin and the radiance will be there for all.

2. Reduce stress: The first place that your stress will show is your skin. Wrinkles and dry and sagging skin are some of the first symptoms of stress. As we all know, there is only so much stress that we can control. Don't stress about stress, and the results of this difference in attitude will become very obvious.

3. Passion: Whether it is a new hobby like painting or a language or a new found love life, passion brings energy to life like nothing else can. It gives a new reason to wake up every day and energizes not just the person but everything and everybody around. Find something new to do that you completely enjoy and the glow will just radiate, not just externally but also internally.

4. Work out: Take a break every single day to do whatever excites you, such as  yoga, meditation, walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling. Spend about 30 minutes to an hour and the inner peace that you find will help you stay young and radiant. The benefits of a workout are manifold and those who know it get addicted to it. A day without exercise would feel incomplete for these people. On days when they have had a good workout, the radiance and energy will be greater than normal and will be palpable.

5. Pamper your skin: In addition to all these, whether it is the sunscreen when going out in the sun or the almond oil, give your skin some supplemental treatments once a while.

One word of caution is not to trust these supplements to do the magic without doing the above. The supplements can definitely do what they are called, supplement what the rest do. Try these simple techniques and see a radiant and glowing you.

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6 Habits You Should Avoid To Stay Young!

6 Habits You Should Avoid To Stay Young!

The process of ageing differs from person to person. Some tend to age faster than their biological age in comparison to others that look refreshingly young always. This ageing process is often dependent on your lifestyle, dietary habits and environment and all the other habits that you maintain every day. 

Let's have a look at some of your habits that may be are responsible in making you look older: 

  1. Bad sleeping habits: Your body needs to reinvigorate itself every day and for this to happen, you need to make sleeping a priority. While everyone's sleep requirements are different, seven to eight hours of fitful sleep is required daily. 
  2. Having a sweet tooth: Excess of anything is not good, especially when you're not exactly sweet sixteen always. A diet with an overt emphasis on sugar, will only add to your waistline. Its end products tend to damage the collagen and the elastin, leading to saggy and wrinkled skin. 
  3. Smoking: It is a known fact that is damaging your health, but it also speeds up ageing. Its harmful chemicals deprive your cells of oxygen leading to a pale appearance. They also break down the collagen in the skin, once again leading to wrinkly skin. 
  4. Drinking: Being a natural diuretic, alcohol causes dehydration. This robs your skin of its natural moisture, making you look much older. It also rids your body of Vitamin A and C that are antioxidants important for making your skin to make it look supple and well hydrated. 
  5. Exposure to sun rays: Sun rays only do more harm to your skin than good. Exposure to the  ultraviolet rays of the sun can weaken your blood cells, which can make your skin look leathery. It can lead to pigmentation of skin as well, followed by sagging and wrinkles.  
  6. Not enough veggies: Veggies are essentially antioxidants that help you look youthful, but they only last for so long and must be replenished daily. It is important to take care of your body and making small changes to your everyday routine can go a long way to slow that ageing process and make you look young and refreshing.
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Blackheads - 8 Tips To Prevent Them!

Blackheads - 8 Tips To Prevent Them!

An overproduction of oil, combined with dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells or residual make-up, usually lead up to clogged up pores, that appear black in colour, to show up on your skin. These are called blackheads. Though treating blackheads is not that difficult, it is always better to prevent them.

Here are some tips to prevent blackheads:

  1. The basic thing you can do to keep blackheads away is to wash your face regularly. It is important to keep your face clean, to prevent oil and dirt build-up, which clogs pores and lead to blackheads.
    • Use gentle cleansers that contain salicylic acid.
    • Never wash your face with hot water; use lukewarm water instead.
    • If you have oily skin, use oil-free cleansers. If you have dry skin, use cream or glycerine-based cleansers.
    • Avoid bar soaps since they tend to clog pores.
  2. Washing your face is important, but make sure not to over-wash. Washing your face frequently will irritate skin, strip it off its natural oils and cause more breakouts. Washing your face two-times in a day is sufficient.
  3. Always remove your make-up before you go to bed. Cosmetic products or make-up, if left on skin for too long, can lead to clogged pores.
    • Use gentle make-up remover or cleanser to remove make-up.
    • Keep your make-up brushes or cosmetic sponges clean to prevent bacteria that can cause clogged pores.
  4. If you lead a very active lifestyle, always shower after laborious activities. Sweating generally leads to an overload of bacteria, which ends up causing blackheads.
  5. After washing your face, don’t forget to apply moisturiser. Sufficiently hydrated skin actually helps keep blackheads at bay. Always use a moisturiser meant for your skin types. For example, if you have oily skin, don’t go for heavy creams; choose oil-free lightweight creams instead.
  6. Since excessive dead skin cells are also a cause of blackheads, it is imperative to exfoliate regularly. Gently exfoliate your skin to remove bacteria and dead skin cells to prevent blackheads.
    • Exfoliating will prevent blackheads, so if you already have blackheads, simply exfoliating won’t do.
    • Choose gentle exfoliators as harsh scrubs can irritate your skin.
  7. Having oily skin means your battle with blackheads is never-ending. The best way to combat blackheads, is to use products that absorb extra oil.
    • Weekly clay masks, counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatments can be extremely beneficial.
  8. Lastly, if you do think you see a blackhead on your nose, don’t touch it! Touching or picking it will only spread bacteria and oil, causing more blackheads.
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Stretch Marks - How To Eradicate It?

Stretch Marks - How To Eradicate It?

Stretch marks are white marks, which are caused due to distension of the skin. These appear on the skin as stubborn lines. The most common cause of stretch marks in women is pregnancy, and otherwise, they may also appear on abdomen, thighs and limbs due to gaining or losing weight too quickly.

Causes of stretch marks:
Stretch marks appear when the skin suddenly expands due to which the skin loses its elasticity by stretching too much in a short time frame. This causes white, ugly lines on the skin. These are very difficult to tackle or remove unless you make some efforts to do so.

Home Remedies For Stretch Marks Removal-

Here are some natural ways, which can improve the appearance of the stretched skin a lot, and can fade out stretch marks over time.

  • Applying castor oil on stretch marks and massaging for some 5 to 10 minutes help. After the massage, you should immediately wrap the area in a soft cloth and then apply hot-water bag or a hot pad on the skin over the cloth. Daily treatment for a month reduces stretch marks a lot.
  • Daily massaging of the skin lightly with pure Aloe Vera gel, and then rinsing it with lukewarm water also gives good results.
  • Apply egg whites on the area and leave them to dry. Then wash it with cold water. You should repeat this for at least 2 weeks.
  • Use either pure lemon juice or a mixture of equal amounts of lemon and cucumber juice and apply the juice on the affected skin. Leave it for 10 minutes and then wash it with lukewarm water.
  • Use sugar with a little almond oil and few drops of lemon juice to make a mixture. Use this every day on the skin to exfoliate the skin while bathing to see visibly lighter stretch marks.
  • Potato juice is a good stretch marks remover. You should use this juice on skin daily before bathing and leave for some time.
  • Daily massage with warm olive oil is a great remedy for the stretch marks.
  • Drink a lot of water. As long as you keep your skin hydrated, you will find all other methods working great on the skin.

Medical Treatment for Removing Stretch Marks-

Laser Stretch Mark Removal: During a laser stretch mark removal procedure, a beam of light removes thin layers of skin around the stretch marks. Instead of burning or cutting the affected skin areas like other lasers, it uses high-energy ultraviolet laser light to disrupt the molecular bonds in the skin tissue, which causes the tissue to disintegrate in a process known as ablation. Once laser stretch mark removal is complete, stretch marks will have disappeared, and a renewed, healthy appearance will result.

Benefits of Laser Stretch Mark Treatment:
The most important benefit of laser stretch mark removal is its effectiveness. The treatment has a very high rate of patient satisfaction. It is also extremely safe; the excimer laser is precisely controlled, with little potential to cause injury.

Surgical Stretch Mark Removal: Surgical stretch mark removal is the only effective option for the complete and permanent elimination of stretch marks.

Other Stretch Mark Removal Treatments-

  1. Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are most commonly used on the face to treat wrinkles and age spots, but they can be used on other areas of the body for stretch mark removal.
  2. Microdermabrasion: Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels improve the appearance of stretch marks through the removal of the skin's top layers.
  3. Blue Light Therapy: Although more widely used for acne treatment, blue light therapy is sometimes used to improve the appearance of stretch marks.

Because stretch mark removal is customized to the individual patient, consulting a cosmetic dermatologist specializing in stretch mark removal is the best way to get information on your specific case.

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