Archive for the ‘Skin care’ Category

Step by step winter skin care tips

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The chilly winds have started to blow once again and it is time you start to protect your skin before it dries up. When the winter season comes the skin tends to become dull, tight and dry and if you neglect it then there are chances that the skin will start aging prematurely. There are people who even have eczema and flaking skin during this time. So here are some of the tips that you can follow to take care of your skin during the winter season:

  • You must have noticed that the sun’s heat is not that effective during winter but the action of the UV rays can be very dangerous. So it is better you use a sunscreen lotion before going out. This will not only protect the skin from the harmful UV rays but will also keep the skin oily for some time. One thing that you must remember about the sun screen is that it should be a broad spectrum sunscreen. You must apply it on the areas that would remain exposed to the sun.
  • Since winter is a dry season it is important that the skin gets enough moisture. This problem can be solved if you use moisturizers for your skin. You can also choose non clogging oils for the same purpose but the oil has to be of sandal wood or mineral oil or of avocado. They contain substances such a sorbitol, glycerine and alpha hydroxyl acids that helps in keeping the skin hydrated.

Is bleaching harmful to your skin

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

bleaching on skin, skin careA very common question doing the rounds in the scene of skin care is that whether bleaching creams or pills would be harmful for the skin.  Bleaching, a common form of skin whitening process might make your complexion lighter for the time being but it’s extremely dangerous in the long run leading to severe skin issues. Why so and how? Well, the post here is all set to discus about the bad effects of bleaching on skin and the reasons behind it.

Bad Effects Of Skin Bleach

Regular bleaching would lead to an increased thinning of skin layer that in turn produces stretch marks early leaving you with an unsightly appearance at a young age. Then, since the beaching pills contain toxic properties these could cause damage in internal body organs like liver and kidney. Besides, skin bleaching would make your skin rougher, spotty and blotchy. It can also cause problems in the adrenal gland. Household bleaches, at times have been found to cause severe burns on the face. What more, as skin bleach contains carcinogenic properties, it can even lead to skin cancer as well.

Why Is Bleaching Dangerous?

Well, bleaching products are composed of hydroquinone & mercury that helps in changing the skin color. Hydroquinone is highly harmful toxic & a severely strong chemical involved in the photo processing sessions, rubber manufacturing & hair dyes. Mercury again is a toxic product and contains carcinogenic substances when used in bleaching creams in the form of Ammoniated Mercury which leads to cancerous issues in the body.

How to Deal With Adult Acne

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Adult Acne, acne treatmentThere is not much difference between adult acne and pimples as far as the appearance is concerned. They are usually small in size and reddish white in color. The reasons for acne are different as compared to pimples but the formation mechanism is same. Since the trigger factors for acne are different adults shouldn’t try creams and products meant for teens to treat this condition.

  • Reasons For Adult Acne

Adult acne is usually caused by hormonal imbalance. Stress is a major reason for this hormonal imbalance. This could be mental or physical stress which could be causing the acne. The oil glands on our skin (pores) get clogged which leads to the formation of acne.

  • Treat Adult Acne At Home

Have a good and healthy diet. Make sure that you include a lot of fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables. Fiber in food is also very important for proper bowel movement and digestion. Have at least 10 glasses of water daily and keep your skin clean. You need to let your pores breathe. Keep stress at bay. Don’t bring work home go for a walk in the morning or evening. Take a swim or go for a spa massage to rejuvenate the mind and body. Listen to your favorite music and have at least 8 hours of sleep daily. A clean and neat lifestyle will also help. Keep your home dust free and you’ll feel better about yourself too. See a dermatologist to get a medicated (silicate base) face wash and cream to get rid of the problem permanently.

How to deal with a bad sun tan

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Sun tan, skin careExcess sun tanning can be very bad for your skin. It can dry your skin up beyond repair and that can cause the skin to age much faster. Another problem that you can face because of excessive sun tanning is hyper pigmentation of the skin. There will be a ununiformity of skin shade which is one of the most annoying effects of sun tanning. The UVB rays can cause Melanoma which is a kind of skin cancer and it can even result in death. Therefore, it is very important that you take care of your skin in the best way possible if you have a bad sun tan.

Scrubbing is the most important thing that you will have to do in order to take care of your sun burnt skin. There are a few things that you will need to and a few things that you will need and they are discussed as follows:

• Getting the face exfoliated by scrubbing
• You will also need an exfoliate scrub for the entire body.
• You will require a pumic stone and a loofah
• A bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or half table spoon of washing powder for your body.
• A toning and cleaning face pack that suits the skin. You should not go for facials if your skin is oily.
• You should also go for body lotion and moisturizing cream.

These are some of the things that you will have to consider when you are trying to deal with a bad sun tan.

How to care for burnt skin

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

skin burn careThe first thing that you have to figure out is the degree of your burn. There are three degrees of burn and the treatment will be different in these three cases.

  • A First Degree Burn

These are the mildest types of burns. Generally, a first degree burn will affect only the surface of your skin. They can be very painful and the skin may swell and turn red. In case of a first degree burn, you have to get the area soaked in cool water and keep it like that for about ten minutes. You should get the area washed gently with warm water. You should also keep the area protected with a clean bandage.

  • Second Degree Burn

Such burns will be painful and they will make blisters on your skin. They skin can swell and the area may start to look splotchy. Same as in the case of a first degree burn, you start by keeping the area soaked in cool water. Then, you should take good care of the area with antibiotic creams and keep the area covered with dry clean and a non sticky bandage. If you find that the burn is becoming redder, getting swelled or causing more pain and forming pus, it is advised that you call for a doctor right away.

  • Third Degree Burn

This is the worst case scenario and they cannot be taken care of at home. It is very important that you call 911 for immediate help if there is such an accident that would cause a third degree burn.

How to keep your skin hydrated during winters

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

hydrated skin, skin careWith the winter season just around the corner it is time to keep your skin hydrated because many people tend to have a dry skin during this time. The people who have this tendency get affected in the whole body and also on the face. The dryness in the air often results in dull and blotchy skin and also cracks the skin to a certain extent. The hydration of the skin begins when the inside of the skin gets proper amount of moisture. One of the best ways to keep the skin hydrated during the winter season is by watering it. That does not mean you will have to bath twice or thrice. Rather if you drink 8 to 10 glasses of water it will help to keep your skin hydrated. Following are some of more ways of how you can keep your ski hydrated during the winter season:

  • Exfoliation is one way of keeping the skin hydrated during winter. When you go for exfoliation the flaky and dry layers of the skin are removed and you are left with a more hydrated skin than what it was earlier.
  • Using of moisturizers that has naturals oils such as avocado and jojoba will be a good way to protect the skin from getting dehydrated. The reason for that is because they will help to form a layer over the skin that will protect it from getting dried up and will also keep the moisture intact and will not allow it to escape.

Causes of flaky skin

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

flaky skin, skin careThe main cause of flakiness of the skin is because of excessive dryness. Now the question is why the dryness occurs. Doctors have suggested some of the following reasons why it happens:

  • Facial cleansers– people often have the habit of using facial cleansers to wash their face but sometimes they are really harmful especially if the cleanser has sodium laurel sulfate in it. They make the skin dry and if you use warm water with it then it is more harmful.
  • Showering– this is done by people almost daily and different people have different ways of getting the water while bathing. Some use taps while some use bathtubs. However it has been proved that people who use taps get a dry skin and ultimately it results to flaky skin. The reasons behind that are the water strips which harm the natural oil of the skin.
  • Chlorine– swimming is something that may people practice and in every pool there is chlorine to keep the water pollution free. This chlorine is harmful if it is used in excess in the water. They make the skin dry and also results in pimples in the skin and face. That is many swimmers are forced to treat them with benzoyl peroxide.
  • Dehydration– poor hydration often results in flaky skin. If a person has the habit of drinking too much of alcohol then the same effect will be seen on his skin after a certain period of time. So you should always drink more water and less of alcohol.

How To Remove Stretch Marks Naturally

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Stretch Marks, how to remove stretch marksStretch marks can occur due to two main reasons- loss or gain of weight. Stretch marks can appear around the chest, shoulders, or thighs, hips and even upper arms. After pregnancy, one might notice stretch marks around the mammary glands and the abdomen too. These stretch marks are bound to happen whenever weight is gained or lost so there is nothing to worry about. The appearance of stretch marks could range from light pink, to white to even red or deep purple. What you could do is get rid of the stretch marks naturally.

Homemade Remedies For Stretch Marks

You must start using these remedies as soon as you start gaining or losing weight. If you’re pregnant, start around the 5th or 6th month of pregnancy. If the stretch marks become more prominent, getting rid of them would be tougher.

  • Cocoa Butter

Using cocoa butter or cocoa butter based creams on the affected area can be helpful. Mix a few drops of glycerin in this for faster results.

  • Olive Oil

Rubbing olive oil on the area twice a day can help one get rid of stretch marks over time.

  • Coconut Oil

Use pure coconut oil on the affected area an hour before bath every day. The results can be seen in 4 to 5 weeks.

  • Grape Seed Oil

Grape seed oil and coconut oil have the same effect on stretch marks so it should be applied in the same manner.

  • Through Diet

Proteins will help the body get back the nutrients which it needs to repair the skin so make sure you take a lot of proteins in your diet. Dairy products and pulses contain high amounts of protein. You could also try medicated creams and protein supplements.

Keeping your skin fresh with mint

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

skin care with mint, benefits of mintMint is an aromatic ingredient that helps to sooth the senses. Along with that it is also used in various products that are used daily such as mouth rinses, shampoos, lip balms, etc as it gives a refreshing feeling to the body. But the main reason why mint is so useful is because it has the ability to protect the skin from different kinds of diseases. Here are some of the best benefits of mint for the skin:

• Mint has an antipruritic property that keeps the skin free from any kind of infection and prevents any itchy sensation. Basically it soothes the skin and keeps it calm.

• If you have the tendency of getting acne and a pimple then it is better you start using mint on them. It works wonders as it cleanses the affected area from its root and also prevents further clogging of the pores that result in clearer skin and fewer pimples.

• If you have a glowing skin then you must use mint on a daily basis. There are various recipes for this but the simplest one is if you mix oatmeal and yoghurt with two tablespoons of mint. That would approximately be 15 ml. After the compound is made you will just have to apply it on the face and skin and keep it for ten to fifteen minutes. After that you can rinse it off but make sure you do it with warm water otherwise there may be chances of the compound to stay on the face and it will not look good at all.

Benefits of lemon for skin health

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

lemon for skin, skin care tipsLemon is something that helps to keep the skin in good health throughout your life but the thing is you must know in what way you must consume it. Lemon is normally sour to taste and drinking the juice of lemon can often cause damage to the tooth enamel. That is why it is better if you dilute the juice and then consume it. Another option is to sprinkle it on foods or drinks. It gives an added flavor to them too. Lemon is widely used in salads, salmon and also in tea or water.

Usefulness of lemon for the skin

Lemon has a high percentage of vitamins which include vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E and most importantly vitamin C. as you must know vitamin C helps to keep the skin in its best form. Here are some of the well known advantages of lemon for the skin:

  • Lemon contain different minerals such as copper, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and many other nutrients that helps to keep the skin healthy and prevents wrinkles and fine lines to occur on the skin.
  • Apart from all the above properties lemon helps to provide the skin with the proper amount of vitamin C that keeps skin diseases away. Vitamin C is important to fight the harmful effects of the UV rays of the sun.
  • Lemon is not only helpful for the skin but also for the whole body such as it prevents heartburn, nausea, bloating and constipation.

Damages Sun Exposure Can Cause

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

skin care, skin care to protect sunGetting your skin exposed to the sun for prolonged periods can cause several effects that are not at all good for the skin. They are the main cause for the fine lines and wrinkles and if you are not aware of this then there can be severe problems as well.

Damages caused by the sun’s exposure

Following are some of the most common damages that the sun can cause if the skin is exposed to it for a long time:

  • Age spots– the ultraviolet rays of the sun damage the elastin fibers and collagen of the skin. As a result more melanin is released from the integumentary system and this reduces the ability to stop the harmful effects of the free radicals. When more melanin is produced in the body it results in the darkening of the skin and also makes it rough and in turn produces age spots on the skin. These age spots can be red or black and comes out on the surface of the skin. Since they are very small it becomes difficult to get them treated.
  • Skin cancer– experts have said that along with UVB rays UVA rays are responsible for causing cancer if the skin is exposed to the sun rays for a long time. In the earlier days doctors had the opinion that UVA rays only caused aging but now it has been proved that they are causing cancer also.
  • Uneven peeling– it often happens that the skin’s dermis gets burnt if the skin is exposed to the sun ray’s for a prolonged period. This results in the peeling of the dermis in a few days.

Treating burnt skin

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

skin burn, burnt skin treatment, skin treatmentGetting a skin burn is very painful and most of the times the pain grows because the burnt area is not treated well. When a person gets a skin burn the first thing you must keep in mind is that the area should not get infected. Another thing is that after the treatment there should not be any signs of scar or the burnt area should not be recognized. Depending on what degree of burn you have got the treatment can change.

Tips to treat burnt skin

There are three degrees of burns according to which the area should be treated. Here are some of the basic ways to treat a burnt area:

·            If the burn is a mild one then the treatment can be done at home itself. Soaking the burnt area in cold water for about 10 minutes will relieve you from the instant pain. After that you wash the burnt area with soap and warm water but you will have to make sure that you do it gently. Once you are done with this you can bandage the area to avoid dust and dirt to fall on that area.

·            If the burn is more severe than the above then you will get blisters and the area can get swollen within a short period of time. As soon as possible soak the burnt area in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes and put a wet cloth over it for some time. After that you can apply antibiotic cream over the burnt area.

Importance of oxygen for your skin

Monday, October 15th, 2012

skin care, oxygen for skinOne of the most essential factors that keep the skin both beautiful and healthy is oxygen. As you all know skin is the largest organ of the body and it helps to provide nutrients and also protects from pathogens. There are many advantages of oxygen to the skin. Some of them are as follows:

  • Elastin and collagen, these two proteins are produced with the help of oxygen which helps to keep the skin firm and healthy. There are times when the skin is deprived of these proteins and this may result in wrinkles or may cause the skin to crack.
  • Oxygen helps to keep the skin free from acne. Acne is the result of clogged pores in the skin and the dust and dirt accumulates themselves to breakout in the form of acne. This can be avoided if the skin gets proper amount of oxygen.
  • When you are talking about oxygen’s importance for the skin then you must know that smoking or consuming alcohol can be dangerous. They tend to dehydrate the body and as a result oxygen cannot enter the skin properly. This further result in the skin’s texture making it rough and wrinkled. So in order to have a great skin it is better to avoid the smoking and drinking habits.
  • Many people tend to use deodorant when they go out. Though they give you temporary relief to the body odor but the long term effects are not good for the skin. They are also responsible for making the skin dry.

 

Hyper pigmentation of skin: what are the causes

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

hyper pigmentation, skin care tipsAre you looking older than what you should be? Then there are high chances that your skin has fallen prey to hyper pigmentation. If you are lucky enough and do not have it then take a look at the symptoms and you will be alert about it:

 When certain areas of the skin starts to lose its natural color.

 When the skin starts having spots and freckles at unusual times.

Causes of hyper pigmentation of the skin

When you know the symptoms you must also know why they occur. This will give to chances of preventing such things from happening. Here are some of the most common causes of hyper pigmentation of the skin:

 The first and foremost reason is the sun. It is the villain that causes aging problems in a person and more than anything else it affects the face first. Since it is not possible to cover your face and go outside it is more prone to the UV rays from the sun which is harmful for the skin.

 The second cause of hyper pigmentation of the skin is the hormonal changes. This cannot be controlled but if you have the tendency of consuming birth control pills then there are chances that you will get this disease. Many women during their pregnancy period also get the hyper pigmentation problem.

 Another reason why the hyper pigmentation takes place in the skin is because of the poor diet of the person. Absence of proper vitamins often results in the hyper pigmentation of the skin.

Daily skin care regime for a glowing skin

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Healthy skin, skin careHealthy glowing skin is a dream for everyone but if you want to fulfill that dream then there are certain things that you will have to follow. Following are some of the best ways to give your skin a glow and keep it healthy in the process:

• Cleansing- this is one of the primary steps that you should follow if you want to have a glowing skin. It is very effective in removing grime and dirt from the skin and it should be done on a daily basis. Milk is the prime ingredient of cleansing because of the protein benefits. The process of cleansing is pretty easy. You will just have to wipe the cotton wool after damping it in water along with the cleanser. After doing this you will have to slowly apply the cotton over the skin.

• Toning- this is the second method that you can apply for your skin care. It will help to tighten the skin by cleaning the inside of the pores. Lime juice or rose water can be used as they have been regarded the best toner for the skin. In fact lime juice also acts as an astringent because of its acidic behavior. It will also refresh the skin within minutes.

• Moisturizing- this is one of the best methods to keep your skin both healthy and glowing as well. An excellent moisturizer for the skin is Aloe Vera. It also helps to prevent acne and removes scars from the skin.