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Skincare Tips: How To Choose Right Moisturizer For One’s Skin

When it comes to choosing the right-fit-moisturizer for one’s skin, there are several nuances to it which one must be aware of. The weather, lifestyle, diet, medication, certain medical or dermatological conditions, hormones, skin care regime and most importantly the skin type, are all factors that decide which is the best-pick moisturizer for your skin. What you choose to moisturize your skin is also to be tailor-made to you. The cosmesis of the product according to individual preferences also plays an important role in choosing the right moisturizer. Trial and error help!

By far the most important consideration for the correct moisturizer would be the skin type. Oily skins do better with lightweight, non-comedogenic, gel-based moisturizers. These help to hydrate the skin rather than making it heavy and greasy. Sebum-control ingredients in the product like niacinamide are a bonus. The common myth that oily skins do not need a moisturizer should be debunked, as moisturizers help maintain the skin barrier, keep the sebum secretion in check and help to hydrate the skin especially if a person is on acne medication, which can be very drying.

Normal skins do well with a lotion or cream formulations and dry skins need a thicker cream or ointment oil-based formulations that lock in the moisture. Silicones like dimethicone in the formulation suit normal and dry skins. Sensitive skins do better with lotions or creams as gels are inherently drying. Soothing ingredients like aloe and chamomile in the formulation help.

A peek at the labels for the list of ingredients present in the moisturizer is also helpful. Occlusives like petroleum jelly, lanolin should be avoided as ingredients in moisturizers for oily skin. On the other hand, they do well on dry skins. Hyaluronic acid and kaolin are good ingredients for oily skins. Niacinamide has shown evidence to be a sebum-controller. Sensitive skins do better with products with less fragrance and no artificial dyes. Additives in moisturizers which may be protective or antiaging, may add to the benefit of the moisturizer per se especially for those with mature skins. Moisturizers with antioxidants and spf can be used in the day and those with antiaging ingredients may be used at night.

Dry skins, dry and cold weather, low humidity, sensitive skins, and the use of harsh cleansers all of which leave the skin parched, need the moisturizer to be re-applied twice or thrice a day. The dose can be titrated according to how the skin “feels”. When using a moisturizer both in the day and at night, one can opt for a lighter one for the day and a heavier one for the night. Another useful tip for any skin type is to use the moisturizer within 5 minutes of bathing or washing the face as this helps to prevent the trans epidermal water loss from the skin.

 

Skincare Tips: Natural Packs To Get Rid Of Tan

Summer is often deemed harsh for the skin. Exposure to sun can dehydrate the skin, make it dull and mostly, discolour it. With sun comes the tanned skin so this season opt for natural packs to get rid of the tan from your face, arms, hands, neck, back and feet the natural way.

Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of companies lists down some masks that you can make easily at home.

`Tomato puree works gently on skin and is beneficial in removing tan from the skin. Besides replenishing the skin with oils, it evens the skin tone, and helps in making the dry skin bright and glowing. It can also be applied to hair for that extra shine and can protect hair from sun damage.

`Make a paste of pinch of turmeric and a tablespoon of milk powder in two tablespoons of honey and the juice of half a lime. Apply it on your face and leave it on till it dries. Rinse your face and feel the difference.

`Prepare a mixture of oats and buttermilk. This mixture should be rubbed onto the tanned area as the oats will help in exfoliating the skin and on the other hand the butter milk is known to be extremely soothing for the skin.

`Take equal quantities of black and white cumin seeds and make into a thick paste with milk or cream. Apply the paste all over the face. After 20 minutes rinse it off. Use this mask at least twice a week for maximum effect.

`A regular use of fresh coconut water on the hands and face is known to be very effective in getting rid of a tan as well as making the skin supple and soft.

Kareena Kapoor’s Skincare Hack For Glowing Skin

If you desire to have unblemished skin like Kareena Kapoor, you all are in for a treat! Here’s the diva’s secret beauty tip that she follows rigorously. Kareena Kapoor puts her trust in a homemade facemask for her radiant skin. There are ways in which you, too, can get the benefits of the same.

Indian kitchens are stocked with nutritious fruits, herbs, and ingredients that can be added to your skincare routine. While our mothers and grandmothers are always ready to share their nuskas, Bollywood celeb Kareena Kapoor has shared her desi DIY face pack recipe. Kareena Kapoor uses an age-old desi facemask recipe to achieve glowing and blemish-free skin. The actress had once shared that she uses a desi DIY face mask for radiant skin. She uses a four-ingredient face mask that contains sandalwood, turmeric and vitamin E oil.

Bebo’s facemask uses 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder, 2 drops of vitamin E oil, and a pinch of turmeric. Combine the ingredients together with milk. Leave on for 20 minutes on your face. Your skin will feel super clean, and soft and you will glow!

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The ingredients used in this homemade face pack are completely natural and leave no side effects on the skin. Let us take you through the benefits of using these ingredients on your skin.

Sandalwood Powder

Sandalwood or chandan is one of the most popular beauty ingredients in India. It is also known for its amazing medicinal properties. It helps remove suntan, soothes sunburns, and helps in getting rid of pimples, dark spots, blackheads and acne. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, sandalwood can calm the burning sensation caused due to skin burn or acne.

Turmeric

Turmeric or haldi has always been an integral part of Indian kitchens, and can do wonders for your skin. It has antioxidants that help in delaying the signs of ageing, and its anti-inflammatory properties calm and soothe irritated skin and acne-prone skin. Besides, it helps in restoring the natural glow of your skin and makes your skin look even.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is believed to be a potent ingredient for your skin that is a powerhouse of antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage. Its moisturising properties keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Milk

Milk keeps your skin healthy and soft by treating all the dryness and flakiness in the summer months. Milk has vitamin D which increases collagen production and makes your skin glow. Regular application of milk on your face helps in treating your uneven skin tone and makes your skin bright.

 

Tips To Protect Your Eyes From Harsh Heat Waves

Cornea burn, dry eye, tired eyes, pain and allergies are some of the common ophthalmological issues of the summer season. When people think of sunburns, the focus mostly is on the skin but very few are aware of the fact that excessive hit and harmful UV rays can also lead to corneal burns, a condition where one gets blurry vision, dryness, and a gritty feeling in the eye. Therefore, it becomes all the more important to adhere to an eyecare regime during summers because our eyes’ tear film gets evaporated due to the direct exposure to sunlight and excessive heat.

Here are some essential eye care tips one should religiously follow for healthy eyes:

Wear sunglasses when stepping out

As sunscreens are essential for skin, so do the shades for eyes. When you are stepping out in the peak summers, go for oversized shades as it will provide extra protection to your eyes. Shades protect the eyes from cornea burn from the damaging UV rays. Some of the major symptoms of cornea burn are dryness, discomfort and tearing up.

Remain hydrated


Yes, intake of good volume of fluids is imperative for your better eye health. Since in summers our eyes’ tear film often gets evaporated, therefore drinking more water can help your body produce a healthy volume of tears. But one should refrain from having alcohol and caffeine because it leads to dehydration.

Keep your eyes lubricated with eye drops

Sometimes, remaining hydrated is not sufficient. This is when one should keep an eye drop handy (after consulting with an ophthalmologist) because summer paves way to eye dryness and irritation, which often ends up in pain in the eyes or swelling. To bid adieu to this condition it is recommended to use eye drops on prescription. It will lubricate the eyes and eliminate the pain and dryness.

Be careful when you are applying sunscreen on your face

Summer means application of oodles of sunscreen on the face to block the sun damage. But one should be cautious while applying it near and around your eyes and eyelid region. Sunscreens, which are high in SPF, generally cause discomfort to the eyes if it accidentally goes inside. Though it won’t lead to permanent eye damage, it can cause chemical burn to the surface of the eyes. It can be a little discomforting and painful for a few days.

Avoid midday sun

Restrict your movement in the sun during the later hours of the morning or afternoon, if it’s not that essential. This is the time the sun shines bright and UV rays are at peak. Protecting your eyes from dangerous UV rays is essential for optimal eye health and maintaining your vision.

Always wear eye protection while doing outdoor activities

Besides protecting the eyes from the UV rays, one should wear eye protection when involved in outdoor activities like swimming, mowing the garden or doing woodwork outside. Ensure to wear protection like glasses, goggles, helmets or shields, or face shields to guard your eyes and face from potential damage.

 

 

Skincare Tips To Survive The Deadly Summer

Summers in India can be extremely harsh with temperatures soaring well beyond 40 degrees Celsius therefore, it becomes critical to take proper care of your skin during the summertime when ultraviolet rays can wreak havoc on the skin.

Hence, it’s always a good idea to be prepared beforehand to protect your skin in the summer.

5 skincare tips which can help our skin to survive the deadly summer:

1. Exfoliate – To maintain soft and smooth skin, exfoliation is the key. From time to time, you should exfoliate your skin to free-up clogged pores or prevent acne breakouts since the skin becomes prone to oil during the summers. However, before starting with your exfoliation regime, it is important to choose a product that is free from chemicals and effective ingredients that can minimize pores and remove dead skin cells. Another crucial thing to remember is not to over-exfoliate. Twice a week of exfoliation is sufficient during the summer months.

2. Use sunscreen – Exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun can be a significant risk factor for skin cancers. All year-round, the sun’s rays are the strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it is necessary that you apply sunscreen before heading out in the morning. People of every skin colour can get skin cancer which is why using sunscreen is the best bet in the summer. When choosing a sunscreen, you should always select the one with SPF30 and broad-spectrum. You need to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and re-apply it once every 2 hours.

3. Moisturise – Well, you must be thinking that what’s the point of moisturising the skin during the sticky, hot summer months? Spending considerable amounts of time inside air-conditioned offices, homes, etc. makes your skin dry. When the dry air takes out the moisture from the skin, your wrinkles and aging lines can become more pronounced therefore, it’s essential to keep up with the moisturizing routine.

4. Hydrate – During the summer months, your body tries to cool down with the natural process of sweating. This, in turn, can cause dehydration. That is why it is all the more important for you to drink more water and keep the body well hydrated. Also, without proper water intake, your skin will appear duller, making pores and wrinkles more prominent. With the help of adequate hydration, you can keep your skin plump and improve its elasticity making it less likely to have irritations and blemishes.

5. Eat healthy – The best way to healthy glowing skin is to make sure that you consume all the necessary nutrients that enhance the beauty of your skin from within. You must include Vitamin C as part of your diet to protect your skin from environmental damage. When you stick to an organic diet, it can help repair the skin as well as neutralize free radicals. Seasonal foods like pineapples, fresh berries, citrus fruits, vegetables and seafood are loaded with essential vitamins that boos collagen production.

Sunscreens Or Sunblocks? Know The Difference Between The Two

With the arrival of summer, sunscreens and sunblocks are beginning to sell like hotcakes. They are both an essential part of innumerable summer skin care routines, apart from their names, most people aren’t entirely aware of the difference between the two. So, what are they? What do they do? And which one is best for you? Read on for a detailed understanding behind the two most popular forms of sun protection.

What is Sunscreen?

In layman’s terms, sunscreen is used to filter or screen the ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun. It keeps most rays out, but allows a minimal amount in. It is the most common type of sun protection used and available widely, online and offline. Sunscreen generally has a lighter consistency when compared to Sunblock, this is due to the formulation and difference in their individual purpose. It is also easier to wash off, and sometimes wears off simply by sweat, demanding reapplication if you continue to require sun protection. Experts recommend using it all year round, not limited to hot summers.

What is Sunblock?

Sunblock is the lesser known product of the two. Its purpose is to reflect all the sun’s rays, letting none penetrate your skin. Due to its properties, sunblock is created using a different formula, resulting in a thicker, heavier, paste-like consistency, thereby enabling it to fulfil its purpose. It is much more challenging to wash off and does not wear off as easily compared to sunscreen. It is Ideal to apply when swimming at the local pool, or the beach!

Sunscreen and Sunblock are both excellent forms of protection when used appropriately. It is necessary to experiment with both, to understand which of the two suit your skin, and meet your requirements, within the environment you expose yourself to. I recommend using a light textured, natural, moisturising sunscreen all year round to reap the full extent of its benefits.

 

Fine Lines: Ways To Get Rid Of Them

Just as the name suggests, fine lines are small creases that form on delicate and sensitive skin. The skin near the eyes being the most sensitive skin on the face, the early signs of aging start from this area. Fine lines on the face are associated with repetitive movements like smiling, frowning, squinting, anything that moves the facial muscles. Thus, the mouth area is the second target for the onset on fine lines.

Ways To Take Care Of Fine Lines

 

We all know that no one can stop the ageing process all together. We can however take precautions to prolong or delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.

1. Vitamin C

Looking for ingredients and formulas that are potent in showing the delayed aging process can be beneficial. Vitamin C is one such ingredient that is known to improve fine lines and make the skin smooth and radiant.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

It is a known fact that hyaluronic acid is an excellent ingredient for hydrating the skin to make it plump and supple. Start the use of hyaluronic acid in your skincare regime from the earlier days itself so that the aging process is delayed.

3. Use Sunblock

There is literally no substitute for the use of sunblock gels and creams. Every skin type whether dry, oily, combination or sensitive need to use sunscreens to protect it from sun damage. One of the many repercussions of sun damage are fine lines which turn into wrinkles gradually. So use sunscreen as per your skin type.

4. Retinols

Another ingredient that works for reducing visible signs of aging is retinol. Check for this ingredient while choosing the products for your skincare routine. Retinols are preferably used in the night time skincare regime.

5. Pollution Protection Formulae

As pollution is one of the important causes of fine lines, select anti-pollution skincare products while forming your skincare routine. Also follow a cleansing, toning, moisturisng procedure so that the harmful pollutants are washed away from the skin as soon as you are home after a long day out.

We must accept the fact that ageing is a natural process and fine lines and wrinkles are the signs of ageing. So, we can try to take precautions to delay the signs but cannot treat or reduce them completely. We advise you to consult your dermatologist before starting a new skincare ingredient and always conduct patch tests.

 

 

Study Finds New Hair Dyes Avoid Allergic Reactions

Washington [US]: Researchers have developed a series of permanent hair dyes that avoid the allergenic properties of traditional formulations.

The findings of the research were published in the journal ‘ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering’. A bad dye job is bad enough on its own, but an itchy and irritating allergic reaction to it is even worse. And people who become allergic to hair dye can develop reactions to many other common substances, transforming a simple cosmetic treatment into a big problem.

When applied as hair colour, paraphenylenediamine (PPD) — a common ingredient in permanent dyes — undergoes a chemical reaction that turns the hair a dark colour that won’t wash out over time. This reaction, however, can also produce compounds that bind proteins in the user’s skin, causing allergic responses, such as eczema and facial swelling.

PPD can also sensitize users to other substances, including a compound commonly found in sunscreens and cosmetics, as well as common pigment and ink compounds. Alternatives have been proposed, but they generally are not water-soluble, and the safety of some of the compounds are not well understood.

Gopalakrishnan Venkatesan and colleagues wanted to create new alternatives that would avoid the problems of PPD while still providing permanent hair colouring.

The team prepared seven dyes based on PPD with modifications to the aromatic amine core. The modifications were chosen to potentially make the compounds less reactive toward proteins and less able to be absorbed into the skin.

All seven compounds permanently coloured hair samples, producing a range of hues from rosy pinks to deep blacks that did not fade, even after three weeks of daily washing. The team then examined the dyes in a test commonly used in the cosmetics industry to determine if a product is a skin sensitizer.

Five of the modified dyes were “weak” sensitizers, whereas PPD was “moderate.” Another test showed that the new compounds generated a reduced inflammatory response in cells compared to PPD.

These results suggest that the new dyes can effectively colour hair while also avoiding the potential allergenic and sensitization risks of more traditional ones. (ANI)

Easy And Natural DIY Summer Skincare Tips

The heat is blazing all over us and if you are the one who is not in the mood to step out in this scorching heat and go to your favorite salon to get pampered, we have got you the best affordable solutions. This summer gets glowing and happy skin in the comfort of your home with these cheap, easy, and natural DIY skin tips. It’s time to remember all those old beauty tricks your grandmother or mother used to do all over their face and body.

Scrub it off with Coffee BodyScrub
As the summers are just levelling up day by day, the harmful sun rays are surely dehydrating our body and blocking our skin pores, and taking away all the glow from our face. And if you are a working woman and are thinking of getting your body and face tanning, exfoliation can be a great way to keep your face looking glowing and your body healthy. A homemade DIY body scrub can be the best way to remove all your tanning and impurities boosting your face super soon. To make a simple DIY body polish pack or scrub make sure you have these products in a hand-One tbsp of coffee, one tbsp of wheat flour, One teaspoon of honey, and 2 tbsp of milk and your favorite essential oil and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Once you are satisfied with your body scrub, spoon it up in a container and you are ready to apply it all over your body and face. Try using this body scrub twice a week consistently to have glowing skin.

Remove Blackheads and Whiteheads

Are you are done with these ugly blackheads and whiteheads that often appear on your face in summers due to a lot of sweat and a lot of exposure to air or sun. You can have your hands on the best home remedy and easy-to-go DIY removal and get off these white and blackheads quickly. You just need to have an egg white, remove the yolk part and mix it with the honey, stir it well and apply a thin later of the mixture all over your nose and chin, once it’s dry up wash it up and see you are off these pokey heads.

DIY To remove Facial Hairs

Want to get rid of unwanted and excess facial hairs that make you feel embarrassed it’s time to say a final goodbye to them this summer with this effective nature DIY made at home. To prepare, take a teaspoon of besan, wheat flour,2 drops of coconut oil, rose water, and a pinch of Haldi to make a fluid paste. Apply all this to areas where you have access to facial hair and leave it for 20 minutes and remove it after massaging it in an upward direction. This is a must-try DIY you should try this summer at least 4 times a week to get quick results.

Face Mist

Mist these days is quite a trend as they help to keep your face hydrated all-time cool these summers. Interested to make your face mist all you have to do is put the green tea bag in boiled water, remove it and off & let it cool down, add 4 drops of tea tree essential oil, and put it in a bottle & shake it to make sure it mixes properly. These mists help you to combat summers and let your skin be cool, calm & hydrated instantly. People having acne-prone and oily skin should apply this on an everyday basis.

Ceramides & Benefits Of It For Skin

Ceramides are the key component for healthy youthful skin. Belonging to a family of fats or lipids, they act as a barrier to protect the skin, preventing it from infection, dullness, or dryness. Ceramides can be natural, i.e. found in the outer layers of the skin, at the same time synthetic ceramides are also present, mostly in the form of moisturisers, toners, or serums.

Benefits Of Ceramides For Your Skin

1. Keep The Skin Healthy

Acne, psoriasis, or eczema skin conditions can all be attributed to low ceramides levels in the skin. Weather changes, exposure to heat, aging etc. can adversely impact the levels of ceramides in the skin, thereby leading to dry skin. They are quite literally the glue that holds your skin cells together to keep the skin intact and healthy.

2. Seal In Moisture

Ceramides provide a healthy skin barrier that locks in moisture and locks out harmful substances. They also prevent trans epidermal water loss, retaining adequate water levels in the skin to further prevent skin dryness and irritation.

3. Act As An Anti-Aging Supplement

No one likes fine lines and wrinkles, especially in this weather, when the skin is particularly dry, these lines and wrinkles are often more noticeable. Often with age, the naturally producing ceramide content starts depleting, leaving the skin dehydrated and prone to irritation and dryness. Ceramides provide an anti-aging remedy, which when used can help lower the lines and make the skin look radiant and young always.

4. Protect And Soften The Skin  

Ceramides promote younger-looking skin, by protecting the skin from harsh environmental conditions and pollutants. Among the multiple benefits, it also helps restore the lost lipids that help increase skin hydration and leaves the skin soft, smooth and moisturised.

Using A Retinol Serum? Things To Keep In Mind

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative . It has multiple benefits when used in the right manner and start at the right age.

It includes anti aging effects ,brightening effects, as well as collagen boosting effects and also helps acne prone skin.

It is an excellent way to delay signs of aging and should be started ideally in the mid 20 to 30 s .

Wean your skin on to it

Do not be over enthusiastic with the introduction of a retinal serum on to your skin. The slower the introduction the better the skin acceps it. Always start with a twice or thrice weekly application only and then gradually increase it to every night if your skin agrees with it.

Always use it only at bed time

The most common mistake is to apply retinol serum during the day. This is a light sensitive molecule and causes irritation redness burning sensation and skin sensitivity to UV radiation and hence should be applied only after sunset.

Do not mix it with other actives

There might be a lot of information which is wrong on the Internet but do not mix it with AHAs or BHAs to avoid burning and irritation.

Avoid harsh sunlight if you’re not wearing sunscreen. If you’re set.to go on a holiday it’s wise to discontinue or decrease the percentage of the retinol serum one week prior.

Do not combine it with minimally invasive or abrasive Dermatology procedures like chemical peels or MNRF, or Fractional CO2. Always discontinue at least one week prior and three days after

Start with a minimal concentration like 0.01 and then gradually go up to 0.3 % serum. It can even be diluted with a moisturizer at bedtime

Overall, it’s a beautifully effective molecule that does wonders to your skin when used right and is loved by many!

Study Explores How To Transform From Scarface To Scarless

Tsukuba (Ibaraki) [Japan]: Over the past two years researchers examined skin regeneration and investigated the use of the adult newt, Cynops pyrrhogaster, a model system for studying scarless wound healing for technology development in surgical and cosmetic medicine.

The findings of the research were published in the journal ‘Biomedicines’, a team led by researchers at the University of Tsukuba. Researchers found scars and wounds were very quickly healed over several days without prolonged inflammation. Because of this rapid healing, granulation/dermal fibrosis, and therefore scarring, did not occur. The skin was able to fully regenerate.

These findings provide evidence that this newt species may be an ideal model system to study and prevent scar formation in human skin.

Although human skin heals from injuries and wounds, many of us have scars that are left behind. Scar formation happens in adult mammals because skin regeneration does not fully occur. This poses a challenge to physicians who wish to conduct surgeries without scars appearing afterwards.

After an injury occurs, the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin, can grow and migrate to fill in the wound. This is known as re-epithelialization. Although this takes place, the original skin colour and texture are sometimes not retained, leading to the appearance of what we know as a scar.

Processes called granulation and dermal fibrosis underpin scar formation, making them a focus for scientists aiming to minimize scarring following clinical procedures. Amphibians have been used as animal models for studying this because they do not scar prior to metamorphosis. However, it is not clear what happens to fully mature amphibian skin.

“We chose to examine the adult Japanese fire-bellied newt, which is a type of salamander that is well understood on the genetic level,” said Dr Tatsuyuki Ishii, lead author of the study. “We know adult newts are capable of complicated tissue, organ, and limb regeneration. Despite that, their ability to regenerate skin has not been scientifically demonstrated.”

The team excised a small piece of skin from various body parts of adult newts, including the head, trunk, limbs, and abdomen. They periodically observed the skin healing and regeneration progression for up to two years, making note of re-epithelialization and dermal fibrosis, as well as recovery of texture, appendage, and colour.

“Interestingly, we found that the adult newts could successfully and fully regenerate their skin at each part of the body that we examined,” describes Professor Chikafumi Chiba, a senior author. “Re-epithelialization occurred at all locations, while no dermal fibrosis was observed at all.”

However, the original colour pattern of the dorsal-lateral and ventral skin was not restored. Because humans do not have such colour patterns, the researchers believed this to be a newt-specific issue. Thus, they concluded that Cynops pyrrhogaster could be a perfect model system for investigating skin regeneration and scar formation in humans.

The team also further studied skin regeneration in these newts at the morphological and molecular levels. The wounds tended to heal within only a few days, while skin regeneration took up to two years to complete.

Inflammatory gene markers were only briefly expressed during wound healing.

“Dermal fibrosis is often characterized by prolonged inflammation at the wound site,” explains Dr Ishii. “Scar-free skin occurred in the newts through rapid re-epithelialization and skipping of granulation and dermal fibrosis.”

Overall, these findings will be crucial for future studies on humans focusing on efforts to prevent scarring in human skin following various medical procedures. (ANI)

Natural Remedies For Glowing Skin During Summers

Natural Remedies For A Glowing Skin

Create some of these handy and easy-to-implement home remedies that promise to give you a natural glow!

1. Banana+Lemon+Yogurt 

Fruit masks are a delight and if you love these then we are sure that this mask will become your favorite. For this mask, you need to take mashed bananas in a bowl, add one tablespoon of yogurt to it and then add half a tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixture. Mix the ingredients well and then apply the mask for about 20-30 minutes and wash it off. Make sure you use sunscreen when you step out after using this mask.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is loaded with antioxidant and antibacterial properties and helps in giving a soothing sensation to the skin. It gives a boost of natural hydration and locks the moisture. For this remedy take pulp of fresh aloe vera and directly apply it to your skin. Massage the pulp gently for about 15-20 minutes and then after 10 minutes wash it off.

3. Coffee+Lemon 

Lemon is known for its rich Vitamin C content which helps in brightening the skin, while coffee is a great exfoliator. For this remedy, you need to add one tablespoon of coffee in a bowl and then add one tablespoon of lemon juice to it. Mix them well without forming lumps and then apply the mixture to your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with water. Repeat this remedy twice or thrice a week for better results.

4. Turmeric Mask

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties, which helps in reducing inflammation on the skin. It helps in brightening the skin and gives a natural glow. Add one teaspoon of turmeric into a bowl and add three tablespoons of lemon juice or orange juice to it, mix it well and apply the content on your skin. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes and then wash it off. It will give you naturally glowing skin afterward.

5. Papaya

Papaya acts as a mild exfoliator and hence helps in getting rid of dead skin cells and dirt from the skin, giving you naturally glowing and supple skin. For this remedy, you need to add some fuller earth and sandalwood to freshly mashed papaya and then mix it well in a bowl. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water.

Tips To Prevent Summer Acne

Acne can be a bothersome issue for most of us throughout the year, but during summer it always has a tendency to worsen as increased exposure to UV rays and increased sweating can lead to bad breakouts. It’s always best to change your skincare routine to prevent such episodes, after all summer months are for beaches and holidays.
If you’ve been battling breakouts for a while now, you might have noticed that they get worse during summer. But what we need to understand is that acne doesn’t get worse because of sun exposure, most of the time, it’s related to increased oil production, sweating and hence clogging of the pores that occur with the warmer temperatures.”

We tend to layer our skin with sunscreens, moisturizer, serums to keep our skin glowing and healthy, but these products when mixed with sweat, grim can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

When we use certain sunscreens and moisturizers that are thick in consistency, along with increased sweating during summers it can lead to clogging of pores and development of acne. Acne breakouts can appear in various forms, milder forms like comedonal acne (blackheads and whiteheads) which can be treated with products available over the counter like Salicylic acid or a Benzyl peroxide based face wash. Severe forms with inflammatory lesions, pustules and nodulocystic variants need interventions by a dermatologist.

Tips to prevent summer acne:

a)Using foaming facial cleansers twice a day during summer. You can choose a specific cleanser depending on your skin type. Washing the face too often can also cause excessive dryness and irritation and worsen breakouts

b)Always use a sunscreen during the day

c)If during the day your face feels too greasy, you can use a face mist to feel fresh

d)Avoid heavy lotions or creams as they clog pores easily. Instead switch to a lightweight moisturizer and a gel-based sunscreen

e)Do not use harsh scrubs over your face as it can lead to dryness and irritation making it difficult to treat acne

f)Do not pop those pimples. As squeezing and scratching can lead to inflammation, and scarring.

g)“Maskne” is a subset of acne which is caused as a result of friction or pressure on the skin. , masks can create more humidity and increase moisture in the covered space. This causes obstruction of pores and hence development of comedones and inflammatory lesions. To prevent Maskne, always wear clean masks and wash your face twice daily

h)Sugary drinks during summer. Sugary or high glycemic index foods cause the insulin levels to increase which intern increases sebum production. HYDRATE yourself really well

i)Wash/shower as soon as you’re out of the pool or beach, neither salt water nor chlorine should linger on your face for long.

Sunscreens Can Better Protect Skin With Potent Antioxidants

Claverton Down (Bath) [UK], April 13 (ANI): According to a new study, sunscreen does not protect the skin as well as it could because there is a key ingredient that is missing from all these creams.

The study was published in the journal, ‘Antioxidants’. The missing ingredient is a class of antioxidants (a type of stable molecule) commonly found in nature. Experiments have shown that these antioxidant molecules eliminate excess iron in cells, thereby helping cells maintain a healthy level of free radicals (a type of unstable molecule).

Free radicals and free iron are strongly linked to skin damage.

“By including these potent antioxidants in skin-care products and sunscreen formulations, and therefore trapping free iron, we can expect to get an unprecedented level of protection from the sun,” said Dr Charareh Pourzand, who led the research from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and the Centre for Therapeutic Innovation at the University of Bath.

Scientists have known for some time that iron deposits promote the appearance of ageing, but the latest study highlights the interplay between free iron and free radicals in the skin.

As a result of their findings, Dr Pourzand urged skin-care manufacturers to look more closely at opportunities to include iron-trapping extracts in their products.

A number of iron-trapping natural extracts have already been identified in the Bath lab (these include several classes of botanical, fungal and marine-based compounds, among them, extracts from certain vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, bark and flowers), however, Dr Pourzand said more research is needed before any of these compounds are fit for commercial purpose.

“Though the antioxidants we’ve identified work well in laboratory conditions, they don’t necessarily remain stable once they’ve been added to a cream,” she said.

“These extracts come from plants, and environmental factors affect their stability and long-term effectiveness — anything from the season in which they are grown, soil type, latitude and the time of harvest can change the strength by which they can neutralise free radicals as well as work as iron traps,” she continued.

She added, “What is needed now is for the bioactive chemicals in these extracts to be standardised — once that has happened, they can and should be added to products designed to protect the skin from ageing.”

The sunscreens on the market today are designed to either block or absorb UV rays. In so doing, they lower the number of free radicals that are created on the skin — it is these unstable molecules that cause skin damage and ageing, in a process known as oxidative stress. Free radicals cause harm by damaging DNA and other cell components, and this sometimes results in cell death.

What has not been given consideration in sun-care and anti-ageing formulations is the role of iron, both in damaging the skin directly when it interacts with UV radiation and in amplifying the damage caused by free radicals.

“This needs to change,” said Dr Pourzand.

“Formulations need to adapt and improve,” she added.

The antioxidant compounds identified at Bath have the ability to protect the skin against both chronological ageing (the natural decline in skin texture that comes with age) and sun-mediated ageing (known as photoaging).

Though the body needs iron to function properly, too much (or too little) is harmful or even deadly to our cells. To protect themselves from this danger, our cells have a well-developed system for adjusting excess iron when it builds up, thereby bringing it back to a state of balance (known as homeostasis).

In the presence of sunlight, however, this balance is disrupted, leading to skin damage, ageing and sometimes cancer.

Chronological ageing also contributes to iron levels falling out of balance, especially in women after menopause, meaning older people (and particularly older women) are more vulnerable than others to the ravaging effects of the sun.

List Of Hair Oils That Help With Hair Loss

Hair oils are a powerhouse of natural ingredients that promote longer and stronger hair growth, among other benefits. Here are some hair oils that have proven to enhance healthy, long, and lustrous hair.

1. Sesame Oil

Derived from sesame seeds, Sesame oil is one of the oldest oils used by mankind that stimulates hair growth through its nourishing, calming, and warming properties. It’s widely used to help thicken hair, thus leading to hair regrowth. The light and soothing oil helps in removing dandruff and acts as a conditioner that revitalizes and smoothens hair and repairs heat-damaged hair.

2. Bhringraj Oil

Also referred to as False Daisy, Bhringraj is a miraculous herb belonging to the sunflower family. Touted as one of the most beneficial oils for hair growth, it makes for an overall intensive hair treatment that prevents hair loss, scalp irritation, dandruff, and premature graying, in addition to promoting hair growth. Additionally, the oil has a cooling and soothing sensation and helps prevent scalp infections and premature greying of hair.

3. Sweet Almond Oil

If you have weak and damaged hair, then the powerful nutrients present in sweet almond oil can help in nourishing the hair and repairing the damage. The oil is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, vitamin E, and magnesium that helps in promoting hair growth and smoothens hair cuticles, control hair fall, and adds lustre to damaged hair. Regular sweet almond oil scalp massages can be a beneficial ritual to add to your self-care regime.

4. Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass essential oil is great for taking care of dandruff, a popular reason why hair fall happens. Its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties help strengthen hair follicles, control hair loss and leave hair shiny and fresh. It also makes the scalp conducive to hair growth and prevents further dandruff. Being an essential oil, it must be first diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut, almond, or sesame oils before applying it to the hair.

5. Lavender Oil

Primarily used as a scalp toner, Lavender oil helps soothe itchy scalp apart from undoing the damage caused as a result of extreme weather or pollution. Lavender essential oil has properties that can generate the growth of hair cells by curtailing stress. It also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which can improve scalp health and promote natural-looking hair.

Hair oils are a great way to boost scalp growth, ensure optimal hair fall control, and solve other hair problems. To figure out which oil is best for accelerating your hair growth, check out the ingredients and benefits offered and map it to your hair problems. It is however advisable to consult with your medical practitioner before bringing changes in your haircare regime, to avoid any untoward experiences.

Get Glowing & Happy Skin This Summer With Theses Easy DIY Tips

The heat is blazing all over us and if you are the one who is not in the mood to step out in this scorching heat and go to your favorite salon to get pampered, we have got you the best affordable solutions. This summer gets glowing and happy skin in the comfort of your home with these cheap, easy, and natural DIY skin tips. It’s time to remember all those old beauty tricks your grandmother or mother used to do all over their face and body.

Scrub it off with coffee body scrub-As the summers are just levelling up day by day, the harmful sun rays are surely dehydrating our body and blocking our skin pores, and taking away all the glow from our face. And if you are a working woman and are thinking of getting your body and face tanning, exfoliation can be a great way to keep your face looking glowing and your body healthy. A homemade DIY body scrub can be the best way to remove all your tanning and impurities boosting your face super soon. To make a simple DIY body polish pack or scrub make sure you have these products in a hand-One tbsp of coffee, one tbsp of wheat flour, One teaspoon of honey, and 2 tbsp of milk and your favorite essential oil and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Once you are satisfied with your body scrub, spoon it up in a container and you are ready to apply it all over your body and face. Try using this body scrub twice a week consistently to have glowing skin.

Remove blackheads and whiteheads-Are you are done with these ugly blackheads and whiteheads that often appear on your face in summers due to a lot of sweat and a lot of exposure to air or sun. You can have your hands on the best home remedy and easy-to-go DIY removal and get off these white and blackheads quickly. You just need to have an egg white, remove the yolk part and mix it with the honey, stir it well and apply a thin later of the mixture all over your nose and chin, once it’s dry up wash it up and see you are off these pokey heads.

DIY To remove facial hair-Want to get rid of unwanted and excess facial hair that make you feel embarrassed it’s time to say a final goodbye to them this summer with this effective nature DIY made at home. To prepare, take a teaspoon of besan, wheat flour,2 drops of coconut oil, rose water, and a pinch of Haldi to make a fluid paste. Apply all this to areas where you have access to facial hair and leave it for 20 minutes and remove it after massaging it in an upward direction. This is a must-try DIY you should try this summer at least 4 times a week to get quick results.

Face mist-Mist these days is quite a trend as they help to keep your face hydrated all-time cool these summers. Interested to make your face mist all you have to do is put the green tea bag in boiled water, remove it and off and let it cool down, add 4 drops of tea tree essential oil, and put it in a bottle and shake it to make sure it mixes properly. These mists help you to combat summers and let your skin be cool, calm & hydrated instantly. People having acne-prone and oily skin should apply this on an everyday basis.

 

 

Study: Individuals With Inflammatory Skin Conditions Should Avoid Skincare Products That Contain Goat Milk

Washington [US], April 6 (ANI): A new study suggested that individuals with inflammatory skin conditions should avoid using skincare products that contain food products such as goat’s milk.

The research was published in the journal ‘Clinical and Experimental Allergy’. The study reports on seven patients with inflammatory skin conditions who experienced anaphylaxis–a serious allergic reaction–after ingesting goat’s or sheep’s milk or cheese products.

All of the patients had a history of using goat’s milk skin products to treat their inflammatory skin conditions prior to the onset of their allergic reaction.

“Marketing of skin products derived from goat’s milk is extensive and targeted to patients with ‘sensitive skin’ who commonly have underlying inflammatory skin conditions,” the authors wrote.

“Our findings provide novel evidence of the origins of adult-onset milk allergy and add to the growing body of evidence that use of foodstuffs as therapy for inflammatory skin conditions can lead to the development of new food allergies,” they added.

Types Of Faces Serum & Benefits Of Using Them

If you’re looking to amp up your skin care routine with a product that offers a bigger, more powerful dose of active ingredients than a cleanser or moisturizer, a face serum may be the answer.

Benefits Of Using Face Serums

1. Serums are a one true solution for your skin issues like hyperpigmentation, dark spots and more.

2. Serums give you an instant glow and give you a dewy skin and keeps your skin hydrated, making your skin plump and supple.

3. It also prevents the early signs of aging and fights wrinkles and improves your skin texture and elasticity.

4. Serums are also a great way to reduce the size of open pores which will result in fewer blackheads and whiteheads.

5. Some serums also come with anti-inflammatory properties and aids in the reduction of acne-related redness and swelling.

Types Of Serums

Vitamin C

The goodness of vitamin C is what our skin needs! It helps in brightening the skin and levelling out the skin tone. Vitamin C is also a great way to give a boost of hydration to your skin. It also helps to give a fresh glow to your skin, making it supple and plump. It also helps to repair damaged skin and boosts the production of collagen, eventually in healing the skin.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide is also known as the powerhouse skincare ingredient as it helps in improving skin elasticity and ceramide content. It keeps your skin moisturized and reduces dryness. From dealing with acne and scars to tackling hyperpigmentation, niacinamide is a holy-grain solution for all of them.

Retinol

Another skincare ingredient that seems like an absolute must-have in our beauty repertoire. It helps to clear up acne by unclogging pores, clears skin and prevents further outbreaks from occurring. It also helps in fighting signs of aging and improves the skin texture. It also helps in tackling hyperpigmentation and evens out your skin tone.

Hyaluronic Acid

For people with dry skin, hyaluronic acid could be a great fit for your beauty kits. It helps the skin retain moisture and moisturizes it thoroughly. It makes your skin supple and plump throughout the day.

Signs Of Identifying A Dehydrated Skin

We have often used the words dry and dehydrated for our skin but do they mean the same thing? Experts say, it does not. “Dry skin is more of a skin type, while ‘dehydration’ is a skin condition. One may have oily skin but it can still be dehydrated. To make it easy, dehydration means that your skin cells lack moisture, which makes your skin parched. A lack of moisture means your skin is missing lipids and your sebaceous gland is not nourishing your skin naturally. Dehydration can come and go, and it depends on the amount of water you consume. It can also be affected by the weather conditions and environment around you,” says Aakriti Kundral, co-founder of Hottest Ex which provides skincare solutions.

Going ahead, she gives five signs of identifying a dehydrated skin, which are:

a) Itchy and flaky skin

b) Increased sensitivity, redness and hyperpigmentation

c) Blotchiness. Pinch your skin to check, if it isn’t elastic to touch, it is dehydrated.

d) Fine lines and wrinkles

e) Dullness

Expert solutions for dehydrated skin:

– To battle dehydration, one must increase their intake of water while actively using products to revive the lost hydration and improve moisture retention. Make sure to include products that are rich in antioxidants and humectants.

-Chocolate-based face masks can also help in epidermal rejuvenation, restoring hydration, locking in moisture while also working on hyperpigmentation by reducing excess melanin.

– Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they deplete the skin’s water content. Coffee intake can be limited to two per day while alcohol can be one glass in the evening.

– Use gentle exfoliants instead of harsh scrubs. Healthy skin can take up to 25 days to rehydrate and dehydrated skin can take more than that. So avoid scrubbing off the remaining moisture.

 

Make Your Skin Summer Ready With These Essential Tips

New Delhi [India], March 30 (ANI): The summer season has arrived a little early this year, and with the onset of it, a whole lot of skin issues too.

Oily skin gets oilier and dry skin gets patchy. The summer season, perfect for sipping on lemonades and mango shakes, can prove to be the worst enemy for your skin, causing pimples, breakouts and rashes. But with a few tips and tricks, you can keep these skin issues at bay. While summer is the time to satiate your taste buds with ice creams and coolers, it is also the time to switch up your skincare routine by adding products that go well with the heat and humidity that comes with the season.

The harsh rays and the harmful pollutants that inhabit the air, aggravated by profuse sweating can lead to several skin ailments, which can be prevented if you follow your skincare regime religiously.

Wondering how to make your skin summer ready? You could begin with something as simple and budget-friendly as sunscreen. Dr AA Khurana, Senior Consultant- Dermatologist and Cosmetologist, Jeevan Sree Hospital, Meerut, advises to never step out before applying sunscreen and wearing breathable garments that allow for the perspiration to evaporate.

However, an array of skincare products available in the market can leave you baffled while choosing what goes best for your skin.

When it comes to your skin, knowledge can be really powerful. So before you shop for the best summer skincare products, here are a few tips from Dr Gunjan Verma, Consultant Dermatologist, HCMCT Manipal Hospital, Dwarka.

1. Hydrate your body, not just the face
Hydrating the body is essential not only during the winters but in summers too.
“One should shop for summer-friendly paracrine body lotion because this season aggravates psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis which can cause itchiness and rashes. So, hydrate the skin with a summer-friendly lotion or moisturiser,” suggested Dr Verma.

2. SPF matters
Sunscreen plays a vital part in your summer skincare regime. When choosing a sunscreen, Dr Verma suggested seeing if the product has SPF between 20-50.
“Whenever you plan to go out, plan accordingly so that you apply the sunscreen 1-2 hours before you step out and apply a good thick layer so that it protects you from harmful UV rays,” she said.

3. Organic soaps are best for the skin
While umbrella and loose cotton clothing are your skin’s best friends during summers, Dr Verma said that natural/organic soaps can do wonders for your skin too, given the fact that they are rich in antioxidants and are loaded with glycerine.

4. The role of a good diet for healthy-looking skin
A good diet plays a major role in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Feeding your body with good nutrients will reflect on your skin, giving it a natural shine. So add juicy fruits to your daily diet and keep yourself hydrated during the summer season. Avoid spicy and fried food items.

5. Minimal makeup
Minimal makeup is perfect for the summer season as putting layers of foundation and other makeup products could lead to acne and pimples.

Dr Gunjan Saxena said, “During summers, less makeup and natural makeup is the best. Always use non-comedogenic products, otherwise, the makeup will lead to the growth of acne, pimples, and pigmentation because the skin gets greasier and oily during the summer weather.”

She also suggested washing the face regularly. Picking a gentle cleanser, which is fragrance-free and doesn’t have any harsh ingredients, could be a great addition to your daily skincare routine.

6. Vitamin C for summer nights
Before sleeping, treat your skin with a good hydrating Vitamin C serum after washing your face with a mild cleanser, suggested Dr Verma.
She noted that Vitamin C serum is available in various percentages; the more the percentage, the more are the chances of dryness. So one has to be more careful while using vitamin serum at night, “but yes it is very important since it is an antioxidant,” she said.

7. Urea-based cream for feet
While you take care of your face, don’t forget your feet as they are also prone to tanning during summers. Dr Verma suggested that one should buy a urea-based cream in order to protect their feet from getting damaged by harmful UV radiations.

8. Golden rule
In addition to all these tips, the golden rule for healthy and supple skin is that one should always keep their skin clean. Never sleep with your makeup on, and use an organic scrub once or twice a week.

Always remember to keep your bedsheet, pillow covers and blankets clean in order to avoid any skin issues.
So, now that we have got you all covered, keep in mind these essential tips before you pick products to make your skin summer ready!

Habits You Need To Inculcate To Get A Baby Soft Skin

If you miss your baby soft skin, it’s time to make a few changes in your lifestyle and have that enviable skin back! Yes, you read that right. Besides ageing, an inadequate lifestyle also adds to the woes of the skin and we have listed daily habits that you need to inculcate to get a baby soft skin.

Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising
The first and the simplest step towards healthy skin is regular cleansing, toning and moisturising, it is advisable to use a moisturizing body soap that ensures your skin gets the right nutrients and remains supple and nourished.

Eat healthy 

Healthy skin is an outcome of a balanced diet. The food we eat provides the building blocks for healthy functioning of our bodies. Our diet has everything to do with the health of our skin. The nutrients, minerals, and proteins found in food support collagen production and healthy cell membranes, and protect skin from harmful stressors, such as UV exposure.

Drink water

With our bodies comprising of 70% water, drinking sufficient amount of water is the easiest way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Drinking adequate water helps flush out toxins from our bodies, preventing pimples and acne and boosting the skin’s elasticity. No wonder, water is called the elixir of life.

Workout regularly

Along with cleansing and proper nutrition, another aspect which is important for happy skin is movement. When we move or burn calories, the body produces chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in the brain and trigger positive feelings and happy thoughts. This feeling of pure happiness and joy reflects on the skin, thus having the power to completely change your mood and keep you and your skin beaming.

So the next time you aspire for soft and happy skin, remember to start with the basics.

 

 

Hydrating Face Sheet Masks For Summers

Skincare is a vital part of our daily routine and with a transition in the season, our skincare products need a shift as well. And what better way than cooling and refreshing sheet masks to relax our skin? From choosing hydrating ingredients to picking natural ones, here’s a list of sheet masks that you will absolutely love! Get your summer skincare game on with these sheet masks.

The Face Shop The Solution Hydrating Face Mask

The Solution Hydrating Face Mask by Faceshop is your ultimate beauty saviour! This face mask features a light-as-air sheet that feels soft and weightless on skin.

https://www.nykaa.com/the-face-shop-the-solution-hydrating-face-mask/p/110298?productId=110298&pps=27

SUGAR Cosmetics Aquaholic Water Boost Mask Face Mask

Offering a hydrating and refreshing sensation to the skin, this sheet mask from SUGAR gives deep hydration and retains moisture, making your skin plump and supple. It comes with the goodness of birch juice and aloe that helps in maintaining the skin balance.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B081Z4NC46?tag

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating 100% Hydrogel Mask

Deeply moisturize dry skin with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating 100% Hydrogel Face Mask. This innovative hydrogel mask instantly quenches dry skin, leaving it hydrated, smooth, and supple.

https://www.nykaa.com/neutrogena-hydro-boost-hydrating-100percent-hydrogel-mask/p/2645997?productId=2645997&pps=2

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence Sheet Mask

Nourish your skin with this sheet mask. It gives you a clean and glowing skin afterwards. It is thin, light and easy to use. It hydrates the skin, making it smooth, radiant and supple.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08FTNB8N2?tag

Know How Hydration Could Be The Key To Skincare

Defined as the process of causing something to absorb water, ‘Hydration’ is a word that has been in the limelight in recent years. Whether it is for overall health or for your skin, hydration has been highlighted as a key element of being by doctors and experts alike. The importance of water cannot be emphasized enough for several different reasons.

From a scientific lens, the human body is approximately 70% water. It is an indispensable part of us and every organ requires a sufficient amount of water to function properly. Drinking water flushes out the system and hydrates the body as a whole, which applies to the skin as well. The skin tissue needs ample water to achieve its optimal state of being. The skin performs many different important functions in our daily lives – it eliminates toxins, regulates temperature, serves as a source of our sense of touch, and creates a protective shield for our body to protect it from harmful micro-organisms and bacteria present in the environment. Rajat Mathur, Manager – Education, Kiehl’s India shares some vital points on how hydration could be the key to skincare.

When the skin fails to receive the required amount of water, it becomes dehydrated, dry and flaky. The skin in this state is unable to protect itself from irritants available in the environment and small gaps emerge, making the skin barrier weak. Thus, hydration becomes key for not only the appearance of the skin, but also for its overall health.

Dietary factors

Hydration can be achieved in several different ways. Drinking water is important not just for the skin but for holistic wellbeing. Doctors and physicians generally recommend drinking 3 litres of water on a daily basis. Infusing your water with fresh fruits and vegetables for added benefits such as vitamin C from citrus fruits can be a great way to amp up your water intake and enhance your skin’s health simultaneously.

Another way to keep your skin hydrated, which isn’t spoken about enough, lies in what not to do. Caffeine and sugary delights, while they might give instant gratification, are not your best friends when it comes to hydration. They tend to dehydrate the body and end up taking a major toll on the skin’s hydration retention. Being mindful about what goes inside the body is good for overall health as well.

Topical factors

Other ways of ensuring hydration for the skin are topical in nature. For starters, avoiding extreme temperatures, especially hot, when dealing with your skin is a must. Extreme temperatures can eradicate the skin’s barrier and harm it. Lukewarm water is the way to go. What also helps is using a humidifier to keep the air levels around you balanced and clean.

Environmental factors

It is imperative to identify the environmental conditions around you and adjust the hydration you are providing your skin. For instance, increasing hydrating products in the routine can be key during dry winter months. In the summertime, our bodies lose more hydration and levelling up your water intake is essential. Regardless of the weather conditions, wearing a sunscreen every single day is a must. Sun exposure is extremely harmful to the skin and its hydration level and a good sunscreen must be included in the daily skincare routine to keep your skin’s health intact.

Skincare factors

Finally, hydration can come from certain specific skincare ingredients as well. For instance, hyaluronic acid is essential for moisturising and keeping the suppleness of your skin. The water-binding properties of hyaluronic acid aid to renew your skin while also preventing early indications of ageing. Likewise, glycerine is another ingredient with moisturizing properties. It attracts moisture from the surroundings to the skin’s surface. Adding such hydrating products to the skincare regime is a great way to achieve your dream skin.

Skin health and hydration is connected to holistic wellness and is a process that works both inside and out. When integrated both into the body and on the skin, hydration can be a gift that keeps on giving.

Hydrating Night Gel Creams For Summer

During the hot summer months, when the mercury levels are soaring high, the skin tends to be greasier and oilier. Gel cream formulations are lightweight and hence the best choice in the summer months when the humidity level is high. Using a gel-cream will help hydrate your skin and give it a fresh look and feel because of its water-based formulation, without making your skin look oily or sticky. Add these gel creams for night to your beauty repertoire right now.

Best Gel Creams For Night:

1. Lakme Absolute Hydra Pro Overnight Gel

This night cream from Lakme comes with luxurious gel formula which is infused with advanced HA-PENTA complex and also comes with the goodness of hyaluronic acid. It deeply hydrates your skin and makes it supple and fresh. It gives your skin the much needed natural glow.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07YVHBFPL?tag

2. mCaffeine Green Tea Night Gel

This night gel from mCaffeine replenishes tired and dull skin and comes with the goodness of antioxidant-rich green tea and Vitamin C which eases out fine lines and wrinkles. It also gives your skin a natural detox, leaving a glowing and plump skin in the morning.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07X5M64C7?tag

3. Plum Green Tea Renewed Clarity Night Gel

This night gel cream from Plum is rich in antioxidants which eventually helps in clearing out acne and acne marks leaving behind brighter and glowing skin. It also has argan oil extracts that provide balanced hydration and helps your skin retain moisture overnight.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B076D5V211?tag

4. Oriental Botanics Aloe Vera Night Gel Cream

The night gel cream offers you intense nourishment and helps repair everyday skin damage and retain natural elasticity of the skin. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while giving a soothing and cooling effect.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B082Y8GX3B?tag

Tips To Reduce Hair Loss In Men

The problem of hair loss seems to be quite common these days. The reason for this may be increasing stress and pollution. Some of the causes of hair loss are stress, nutritional deficiencies, dandruff, oily scalp, illness, thyroid or hormonal imbalances, use of chemical lotions and heat applications. In “male pattern baldness,” the causes may be hereditary and hormonal factors.

We tend to think that hair loss and hair breakage are the same, but they are not. Hair breakage happens when the hair shaft breaks off. This can happen due to chemical lotions, heat applications, use of rubber bands, dryness and split ends. Hair loss, on the other hand, happens when the hair falls off from the root. Obviously, hair loss should cause more concern, although 50 to 100 hairs fall off daily in the normal process. If the rate of replacement slows down, we confront the problem of thinning hair.

If you are facing hair loss, try to find out which causes may apply to you. Follow these tips:

Wash your hair according to hair type and season. In hot and humid weather, the hair should be washed more often, in order to remove sweat, dirt and oil deposits. Oily hair may be washed three or four times a week. For dry hair, wash twice a week. In modern times, cleansing of the hair has assumed importance, to remove chemical air pollutants.

It is important to select the right products. Harsh products disturb the normal acid-alkaline balance. They stimulate the scalp further, leading to a build-up of dead cells on the scalp and dandruff. If your work entails travelling long distances, wash the hair more frequently, even daily, using less shampoo. If there is excessive oiliness, a hair rinse should also be used. Use a wide-toothed comb.
If the hair is oily, use a hair rinse or serum and avoid creamy conditioners. Select products containing ingredients like amla, shikakai, reetha, brahmi, bhringaraj, arnica, triphala, hibiscus, bael, neem, sandalwood, etc. They have healing properties and offer the element of safety. We have found that a non-oily herbal hair tonic, containing triphala and brahmi has helped to control hair loss. In fact, brahmi helps stress-related hair loss.
Clinical treatments are also available. These help to stimulate the hair follicles. Blood circulation to the scalp also improves. During clinical treatments, hair tonics are also applied and steamers are used for greater absorption. A nutritious diet helps healthy hair growth since the hair is actually fed by the nutrients in the bloodstream. Take a small bowl of sprouts daily. Sprouts contain amino acids, which promote hair growth. If the scalp is oily, or if there is dandruff, drink plenty of water. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning. Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements. Biotin, a B-Vitamin promotes hair growth. Learn yoga, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques. They help to reduce stress and thus control hair loss.

Skincare Ingredients For Acne Prone Skin

Acne is a cause of agony for many people. It affects not just teenagers but also adults. With so many skincare products available that treat acne, it’s important to know what ingredients to look for. Ingredients are bliss and while we choose them, it is best to know the type of acne and your skin type before inculcating them in your routine. And to help you with it here’s the list of anti-acne ingredients that are a must-try for acne prone skin.

Skincare Ingredients For Acne Prone Skin

1. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 which has been effective in treating inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Also known as the powerhouse ingredient in the skincare sphere, niacinamide has been quite worth the hype. It not only helps in treating acne prone skin but also tackles skincare woes like hyperpigmentation. The antibacterial properties make it super effective. It is always best to lookout for skincare products infused with a certain percentage of niacinamide to get started on.

2. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a type of BHA that is infused with exfoliating properties and is a great way to unclog your pores. It is preferable to be used in the early stages of acne as it helps in treating that and prevents further build up. It also helps in dealing with whiteheads and blackheads and helps in clearing out the skin.

3. Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid It works as an exfoliant and has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which eventually helps in tackling zits. It removes off the dead skin cells and also helps in reducing dark spots and blemishes which are caused on the skin by acne. You can go for a cream or a serum as per your skin requirements.

4. Benzoyl Peroxide

It is an antibacterial ingredient which helps to kill bacteria and prevents further build up as well. It neutralises the acne and reduces the appearance. A word of caution, use this ingredient carefully and consult your dermatologist before using if you have extremely sensitive skin. You can use it in a form or a cleanser or a moisturiser as well.

Benefits Of Ayurvedic Oils For Skin & Hair

Ayurveda heals us with one principle in mind: as above, so below, as without, so within. The Ayurvedic sciences draw parallels between nature and humans, believing us to be interconnected and one entity. Ayurveda also believes that a person can be called health only when they are emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally healthy, i.e. their Doshas are balanced. All Ayurvedic formulations are made keeping in mind the 3 doshas, (Vatta, Pitta and Kapaha) and how we can balance them with nature’s help. Radhika Iyer, Entrepreneur and Founder of Anahata Organics and Raa Foundation, Yogini, Mountaineer and Philanthropist shares insights on Ayurvedic oils.

The use of oils in Ayurveda evolved more than 10,000 years ago. They were first mentioned in the Charaka Samhita, the primary reference text in Ayurveda, and they are widely used to this day because of their effectiveness and no rush benefits. Ayurvedic oils are made by adding holistic healing herbs such as turmeric, tulsi, brahmi and rosemary to a carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil and castor oil.

The best way to use Ayurvedic oils is to massage them into your skin. You can use the technique of Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic method of self-massage to heal the body and the mind and practice self-love. This allows for deep tissue penetration and the body can then heal through the medicinal herbs. Oils are used as nourishers and emulsifying agents to bring nature’s gifts to us. Once applied on the skin or scalp, these oils fertilise our biome and help balance our doshas.

The concept of self-care and listening to one’s own body is an Ayurvedic insight. Ayurveda says that your body knows when it is out of balance and what it needs or lacks. Listed below is an oil for each doshas with their respective health benefits. After a consultation with a professional, understand your dominant dosha and select what you need.

 

Vata Dosha

Sesame oil is highly beneficial in balancing vata dosha properties. It helps better the flow of Prana and through the body and strengthens the Ojas levels (energy behind the immune system). You can pair this oil with wheatgerm.

Pitta Dosha

For Pitta Dosha, you can use Coconut oil or Brahmi oil. Coconut oil acts as a coolant and helps balance the pitta in the body. Brahmi oil helps calm and balance the mind. You can pair coconut oil with frankincense.

Kapha Dosha

Mustard oil and/or castor oil are ideal for Kapha Dosha. Ayurveda recommends warm oils for the Kapha Dosha such as the one mentioned above. People with Kapha Dosha should practice abhyanga lesser than those with Vata or Pitta Dosha.

Ayurvedic oils promote better sleep, hair, skin and most importantly, a calm mind. When our mind is rested, our body heals. This is the true importance of using naturally made Ayurvedic oils.

Study: Detailed Molecular Map Of Skin May Develop New Skin Treatments

Nottingham [UK], March 20 (ANI): A new study led by the University of Nottingham, has analysed that a detailed molecular map of skin may help to develop new skin products and treatments.

The study was published in the journal, ‘PNAS’. Researchers used ex vivo full-thickness human skin tissue samples and a single gas cluster ion beam to both sputter through the skin and generate secondary ions, which were analysed using the OrbitrapTM to generate a depth profile.

This process showed the range of chemistries and 3D distributions within the stratum corneum and indicate how these relate to fundamental biological processes such as the cholesterol sulphate cycle.

David Scurr, Principal Research Fellow in the School of Pharmacy, led the research and said, “This research gives the chemical structure detail of the stratum corneum never seen before. The information we were able to gather on the complex chemistry of this tough barrier layer has the potential to benefit research into fundamental biological processes, such as those associated with ageing and disease in addition to improving the efficacy of topical delivery.”

This research was part of a collaboration with a beauty company and the analysis done as part of this study has also shown the penetration profile of the stratum corneum.

The team were able to accurately track the penetration of No7’s a beauty product following topical application to the skin surface and detected the peptides responsible for targeting invisible photo-damage that occurs early in the ageing process.

Mike Bell, Head of Science Research at No7 Beauty Company said, “Commercially this research is very significant as this technique can offer an improved understanding of topical delivery and therefore lead to the development of more effective peptide-based anti-ageing products.”

Best Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick That Won’t Budge

A smooth lipstick texture that lasts all day long without any hassle is what we all want. We now have many formulas to choose from that give us full-coverage color, extra-long wear, and best of all, remain comfortable so you barely remember you’re wearing anything on your lips. Undoubtedly, liquid lipsticks are immensely a favourite choice and an absolute hit among beauty fanatics but choosing the right one can be a hassle. Here’s a list of best liquid lipsticks for you to choose from.

1. Insight Non-Transfer Lip Color

Featuring a liquid formulation, this lipstick comes with a smudge proof and waterproof liquid matte formulation and is free from parabens.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B081H9LWD7?tag

2. Auric Beauty Mattifying Lip Liquid

This liquid lipstick gives an intense colour payoff and has a high-density pigment.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07YYHGBG6?tag

3. L’Oreal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Liquid Lipstick

This lipstick comes with an oil-in-water formula and has a lightweight texture, making application easy and smooth.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07N34Z986?tag

4. The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid

Offering a matte finish, this lipstick feels super lightweight because of its formulation and is vegan.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B01N1QWQOL?tag

Best Sunscreens To Protect Your Skin This Summer

Sunscreens are not just for the summer season but is a one true solution to our skincare woes. We have definitely heard it a million times that wearing a face SPF every day is key to healthy-looking skin but at the same time, we need to lookout for appropriate formulations and textures as the season shifts. With summer around the corner, we surely would want to stock up on lightweight formulations and non-greasy textures. Here’s a list of best sunscreens for you to choose from. Give your skin the much-needed sun protection with these sunscreens.

1. Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++Ultra Matte Tinted Sunscreen

The right kind of sun protection is a need for the skin. This sunscreen from Lakme blends into your skin easily and offers an invisible, natural finish. It comes with SPF 50 that shields up to 97% of UVB rays causing sunburn. It has a super light and non-greasy formulation that feels lightweight on the skin and gives a naturally toned finish.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B085WJVX7C?tag

2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock

A product that is lightweight and has non-sticky formulation is what we all want and this sunscreen is perfect to serve the purpose right. It is ultra-light with a non-shiny finish which leaves the skin soft and smooth. It is waterproof and gives a matte finish.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B00G7RTYT8?tag

3. The Derma Co Ultra Matte Sunscreen Gel with SPF 60

This sunscreen is an ultra matte sunscreen gel that provides broad-spectrum protection of SPF 60. It is oil-free, lightweight, and won’t clog your pores. It has an effective formulation that protects you from the UV rays.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08TTQ97G3?tag

4. RE’ EQUIL Ultra Matte Dry Touch Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA++++

This sunscreen lends a dry and mattifying finish to the skin. It removes the excess oils and helps in preventing fresh oil to be visible from the skin. It can be simply applied before makeup as well as it is sweat resistant.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07VP5JFRB?tag

Pre & Post Holi Care Tips To Protect Your Hair & Skin From Damage

New Delhi [India], March 14 (ANI): Summertime is here and one of the most fun-filled festivals — Holi — is right around the corner.

Almost everyone enjoys playing with colours and the fun day seems to end way too soon, leading to the dreadful phase of scrubbing the ‘pakka colour’ off our dry and irritated faces for the next two weeks. If you love playing holi but are afraid, you’ll ruin your skin and hair, fret no more as we have some super easy and quick tips to help you have a happy Holi without stressing a bit.

PRE HOLI TIPS
Our skin is very sensitive, especially to the harsh chemicals in most of the colours used in the festival. To save our skin from damage, we need to create a barrier between our skin and the colour. This can be done by applying sunscreen, oil and/or moisturiser, atleast 30 minutes before stepping out to play.

Remember to moisturise not just your face, but your ears and neck as well. All the exposed body parts should definitely be moisturised.

While our clothes can also act as a barrier, if we wear thin fabric like a cotton tee, then chances are that the colour may seep underneath as well. It is therefore advisable to wear comparatively thick fabrics and go for full sleeves to ensure our bare skin gets the least (chemical-loaded) colour exposure.

Another tricky issue is that the colour often gets stuck in and on our nails, failing to wash away days after the festival.

To save oneself from future misery, trim your nails and coat them with nail paint. Those who refrain from using nail paint can apply clear-coated nail polish. A pro-tip is to apply the polish to the skin around your nails so that no colour seeps or gets stuck around your nails.

To protect your hair from getting damaged, oil them overnight. One can use any oil available – coconut, mustard or olive. This step requires drenching your hair in oil, so avoid using your expensive bottles.

An effective hair hack is to tie your hair in a tight bun. This way, most of your hair length would be tucked in, away from any direct exposure.

Lastly, drink plenty of water throughout the day, to keep yourself hydrated from within.

POST HOLI HACKS
Now that your friends have dumped your organic colours down the drain and smeared your face with a combination of black, pink and other indecipherable colour shades, here’s how you can avoid looking ghost-like for the rest of the week.

Once you head back home, instead of stepping straight into the shower, take off the colours with oil first. Some Holi colours only worsen when they come in contact with water. So, use oil for your rescue and try to remove as much colour as possible by dabbing an old cloth with oil and using it to remove the colours off your skin.

In the shower, do not use hot water. Always use cold or lukewarm water, for effective removal of the colour from your skin.

Remember to not exfoliate or scrub your pink-or-green-stained arms. It will only worsen your skin and make it more sensitive to damage.

Use gentle soap and shampoo products instead of harsh ones. Be patient and do not set unrealistic goals, hoping to clean up within a day.

Once you are done with your shower, moisture your skin well. If you have religiously followed the pre-holi tips, your post-Holi efforts will most definitely be reduced.

Lastly, while you may be tempted to go for a relaxing salon treatment, avoid having one around Holi as the skin and hair get more vulnerable to damage.

With these easy-to-do and effective tips up your sleeves, have a Happy and colourful Holi 2022.

Few Oils That Can Be Your Savior During Holi

It’s that time of the year when colors take over everything – the air, your clothes, even your hair and skin and hence, skincare during Holi has to be paramount since the season is changing and our skin is in transition mode hence the care has to be little extra than usual. Beauty Guru, Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies lists a few oils that can be your savior during Holi and are a must apply to have healthy skin after playing Holi.

1. Begin with the king of oils, Coconut oil. This has always been the go-to oil for everyday skin and hair care so how can we forget it during Holi. The best thing about coconut oil is that it’s not thick yet it creates a shield on the skin that doesn’t let the colors penetrate, all thanks to the oil’s big molecule.

2. The second oil which you can try is olive oil, the lightest oil which you apply on your skin, won’t make your face greasy and provide complete protection from sun.

 

3. You can also use almond oil on your skin, some feel that the oil has a very strong smell, so you can mix it with a few drops of Lavender or sandalwood oil. This doesn’t let the color stick onto the skin and can be easily removed.

Many people complain about skin irritation after playing Holi, that’s the time you should layer your skin with oils and moisturizers. First, apply a lighter oil, you don’t need a heavy oil because a heavy oil clears a protective layer but at this point, you want an oil that can seep into your skin and hydrate it. So, use lavender, neroli or sensitive skin oil on your face. Apply it thoroughly all over, don’t forget your neck and then apply a layer of moisturizer over it.

These oils will surely protect your skin from all the harsh colors and chemicals so that you can celebrate the festival of colors with all vigor and joy!

Must Have Eyeliners You Can Always Rely On

Eyeliners have been a beauty favourite but at the same time we feel that the search for a perfect eyeliner is never-ending. From keeping in mind, the texture to looking for long-lasting formulations, we have a bunch of things to keep in mind while picking them. Let’s have a look:

1. L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza Eyeliner

This gel-based eyeliner offers a super smooth application and comes with a smudge proof formulation. It gives a long-lasting stay of 36 hours.

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B00VLPZ0FS?tag

2. Colorbar Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Offering a long-lasting stay, this liner is smudge-proof and comes with a flexible felt tip applicator which gives a smooth application.

http://amazon.in/dp/B00CP3GEFK?tag

3. Kay Beauty Quick Dry Liquid Eyeliner

Kay Beauty Liquid Eyeliner is smudge-proof, transfer-proof and water-resistant eyeliner that defines your eyes beautifully.

https://www.nykaa.com/kay-beauty-eye-stylist-liquid-eyeliner/p/692836?productId=692836&pps=

4. Auric Beauty Eyeliner BrushTip

This liquid eyeliner comes with a brush tip to ace the perfect liner and gives a smooth finish in one stroke.

http://amazon.in/dp/B07YYFZWJQ?tag

 

Quick & Easy Pre-holi Skincare Tips To Follow

With Holi around the corner, it’s the perfect time to rejoice with colours and water. However, Holi may also be a cautionary time as the artificial colours can cause a host of problems. Be it skin dryness, allergies, or hair fall, artificial Holi colours tend to have a worse effect overall. Hence, it becomes really important to make sure that one is fully prepared to avoid this from happening.

Here are some quick and easy tips that you can follow to avoid skin and hair damage whilst rejoicing in the spirit of Holi.

One can start by following pre-Holi care which may help reduce the deeper and worse effect on the day of Holi.


Use ice cubes on your skin
On the day of Holi, before stepping out, you can rub ice on your face as it can help in closing the pores of your skin. Just gently massage ice cubes on your clean face for about 10 minutes. This simple trick will not allow the colours to seep inside your skin and cause damage.

Oil your skin

Before going out and playing Holi, make sure to oil your skin properly. This will help in creating a barrier between your skin and the colours. The oils won’t let the colours penetrate inside your skin and also make it easy to remove them later. One can use a mixture of different oils like coconut oil, almond oil or castor oil.

Use sunscreen and moisturiser

Just like other days, sunscreen is needed before playing Holi as well. Before stepping out and playing Holi in the sun, it is necessary that you apply a thick layer of sunscreen on your skin. Stick to a high SPF as it won’t allow the sun rays to cause damage to your skin and also will keep your skin hydrated and moisturised.

Put varnish on your nails

It can become very difficult to remove Holi colours from your nails. The colours can stick to them for weeks. An easy solution to this is to apply varnish or nail paint. This will provide a layer of protection between your nails and the colours, thus keeping your nails clean and safe.

Wear covered clothing

When going out to play Holi, try to wear clothes that cover your skin. This can reduce the surface area for skin damage. Wear full sleeve clothing so that less area is exposed to colours which means less damage.

 

 

 

Best Compact Powders To Achieve A Flawless Look

Compact powder is one of the most commonly used makeup products. It is a lightweight powder that usually comes in powder form. It is used to give your face light coverage or to give your makeup the perfect finish. From lightweight textures to matte finish and more, we have got you covered with some of our absolute favorites.

1. Maybelline New York Fit Me Compact Powder

Infused with the goodness of SPF 28, this compact powder helps your makeup stay fresh for 12 hours.

https://www.maybelline.co.in/face/powder/fit-me-pressed-powder

2. Lakme Matte Compact Powder

This compact powder comes with a mattifying texture and is enriched with vitamin E. It also has a quick absorbing formulation.

https://lakmeindia.com/products/lakme-9to5-primer-matte-powder-foundation

3. Sugar Cosmetics Mattifying Compact Powder

Offering a mattifying texture, this compact powder controls oil. It is enriched with the goodness of Vitamin E and has SPF15 minerals.

https://in.sugarcosmetics.com/products/dream-cover-spf15-mattifying-compact

4. Kay Beauty Matte Compact

The Kay Beauty Matte Compact is a feathery light powder that mops away any excess oil production and imparts a seamless veil on your skin. It blurs and smoothens imperfectionsnever settling into fine lines or creases. Take your pick from 10 shades that are specially curated for all Indian skin tonesranging from light to deep.

https://www.nykaa.com/kay-beauty-matte-compact/p/1129386?productId=1129386&pps=4&skuId=772893

 

 

 

Tips To Nourish Your Hair And Regain The Shine

One is always excited to try different hairstyles during the wedding season – this means exposing hair to lots of heat, lots of tugging, twisting, sprays – which leaves the hair dull, dry and frayed by the end of it. Now that you are done with all the styling with and are now wondering how to take care of your hair that went through – Here are some tried and tested tips by me to nourish your hair and regain the shine, courtesy Dr. Khushboo Thakker Garodia.

1) Mayo mask

Eggs are the main ingredient of mayo, making it the ultimate fat protein pack for your hair.
How to use: Apply a thick layer of mayo. Start from the scalp and go down to the ends of your hair. Keep a shower cap on and then let it rest for an hour before rinsing it away.

2) Avocado pack

Avocado has many vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, making it a superfood for your hair too.
How to use: Mash one avocado and mix with 2 tbsp curd to form a thick paste. Apply it throughout your hair and leave it for half an hour before washing the mixture away.

3) Coconut Oil, Aloe vera and Vitamin E pack

This pack is the Perfect combination to manage dull and dry hair.
How to use: Combine 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and empty in it one capsule of vitamin E. Mix it all up and apply it on your hair starting from the scalp to the tips. Leave it for half an hour before rinsing it away

4) Honey, Apple cider vinegar & olive oil pack

This combination is one of the best home remedies for damaged hair and is fantastic for boosting the quality of your hair.
How to use: Mix 1 tbsp honey, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and whisk the mixture vigorously. Apply it on your hair and put on a shower cap for half an hour before rinsing it off.

5) Banana and Almond oil pack

This pack is the ultimate for returning the lost glow of your hair

How to use: Mix one banana and 1 tablespoon almond oil and make it into a thick paste. Apply it on your hair starting from the scalp to the tips. Leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing it away

These home remedies are for over stressed, dry damaged hair and are sure to get your hair its lost sheen and bounce back. Consistency is the key when it comes to treating your hair at home with these home remedies. I suggest that you start using these hair masks at least on alternate days if you wish to see great results.

Benefits Of Vitamin E For Skin And Hair

Winter is still around and low humidity often steals moisture from our bodies. Naturally, our skin often ends up dry, flaky, and itchy, while our hair starts looking dull and damaged. Hence it is important to keep your skin and hair healthy, nourished, and looking good all season long. One of the first steps is consuming vitamins and minerals every day, which is essential to sustain a healthy body and mind. Vitamin E plays a pivotal role in your body’s ability to maintain healthy skin, hair, and muscles, as well as support healthy levels of immunity. Dr. Sachin Pawar, MD, Head – Medical & Technical affairs – India Cluster, Procter & Gamble Health Limited shares the benefits of consuming vitamin E for your hair and skin.

As published by the National Centre of Biotechnology Information authors Mohammad Abid Keen and Iffat Hassan, Vitamin E was first discovered in 1922 by scientists Herbert M Evans and Katherine Bishop at the University of California at Berkeley. Vitamin E has since been in use for more than 50 years in dermatology.

Unlike other antioxidants, vitamin E has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that protect the body from free radicals produced by environmental pollutants and stressors. Our cells need daily nourishment to keep us healthy and active and Vitamin E plays a pivotal role in it.

Benefits of Vitamin E for skin:

A component of many beauty products, Vitamin E is a free-radical scavenger that protects the skin from the adverse effects of solar radiation/UV rays. Its antioxidant properties nourish your skin and reduce free radical damage caused by ultraviolet radiation. Vitamin E also acts as a moisturizing agent for your dull skin. Furthermore, collagen, which is an important part of your skin’s structure and elasticity, is less likely to be damaged and can help protect you against the signs of aging.

A study conducted in 2016 showed that vitamin E is also effective for reducing dark under-eye circles when it’s combined with antioxidants like vitamin C and retinol.

Vitamin E also helps you fight acne. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties act upon the bacteria causing acne by reducing the formation of comedones.

Benefits of Vitamin E for hair:

Not just on the skin, Vitamin E also helps improve your hair. Vitamin E supports your scalp’s microcirculation and oxygenation and thus provides nourishment at the cellular level. Therefore, Vitamin E is an essential for maintaining healthy hair.

Deficiency of Vitamin E:

While Vitamin E is a vital nutrient for our body, its deficiency can lead to cellular weakness and breakdown. In addition to its activities as an antioxidant, vitamin E plays a pivotal role in boosting your immune function. One of the most common symptoms of Vitamin E deficiency is a low immune system, muscle weakness, retina-related problems, and trouble with balance and coordination. Nevertheless, you can overcome the deficiency with simple alterations to your diet, as well as the addition of Vitamin E supplements to your daily routine.

How do I find Vitamin E?

We can easily incorporate vitamin E into our diets in the form of seeds, nuts, oils, and a handful of fruits and vegetables. Some people may benefit from taking Vitamin E supplements in addition to eating foods rich in Vitamin E, such as avocados, papaya, spinach, and almonds. However, one must ensure that the supplements are consumed with a full meal since the nutrient is a fat-soluble vitamin, as stated by the National Institute of Health.

Remember, Vitamin E requirements differ based on factors such as age, gender, pregnancy status, and breastfeeding. It is very important to consult with your doctor to learn more about how much Vitamin E your body and lifestyle need.

Is Coconut Oil Good To Leave On Your Face Overnight?

Coconut oil has been used for centuries in different ways by people living in the tropics and is a popular skincare ingredient worldwide which is believed to be safely used for calming skin inflammation, promoting skin healing and slowing down ageing. It is a multifunctional oil with several skin, hair and overall health advantages and is best for dry skin as it helps repair the skin’s outer barrier. 

It is believed to be a gentle natural moisturiser due to its emollient properties and is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties. Many people also use it as oil-based makeup remover, undereye moisturiser and even as a night cream but can it act as a great moisturiser when left on face overnight?

Teena Adarkar, Product Formulation Scientist at Plum Goodness, reveals, “Our grandmothers might have been onto something when they touted the benefits of coconut oil for our hair. However, you’ll be surprised to know that coconut oil does not have the same effect on the skin. Coconut oil forms a barrier layer on the skin and does not get absorbed easily, thus clogging your pores thanks to its high saturated fat and lipid content.”

She adds, “This makes the oil highly comedogenic. If you leave coconut oil on your face all night long, there is a good chance you might wake up to blackheads or whiteheads due to sebum and impurities getting trapped in your pores. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, coconut oil may even contribute to breakouts. While coconut oil does have a high comedogenic rating and is likely to cause a reaction when left on the skin, other factors like your skin type and pore size will ultimately affect how your skin reacts to it.”

Echoing the same, Dr Hitasha Patil, Consultant Dermatologist at Kaya in Pune’s Koregaon Park, elaborates, “The choice of coconut oil is important here. Virgin coconut oil which is cold-pressed gives the best results. As cold-pressed coconut oil was found to have more of the fatty acids which hydrate your skin. When applied overnight, it will trap the moisture into your skin making it soft, supple and hydrated. Lauric acid in coconut oil will help boost collagen production. Coconut oil is said to reduce any signs of inflammation like redness or irritation but its anti-inflammatory properties are yet to be proven. A word of caution, coconut oil is comedogenic – it can cause whiteheads and blackheads or pimples in some people. If you have acne-prone skin or have oily skin do not use coconut oil on your face.”

Highlighting that coconut oil hasn’t been widely researched and supported as a safe skin nourishing and hydrating agent, Vipin Sharma, Senior Product and Research Manager at Fixderma India Pvt Ltd, decided to debunk the hype around using coconut oil on face overnight. He shared, “Coconut oil can act as a great body moisturiser. It repairs your skin barrier and traps in hydration. For dry and non-acne-prone skin, it can also act as a gentle moisturiser but it won’t nourish the skin deep within as oils have large molecule size which cannot penetrate the skin and can clog pores. It is highly comedogenic hence can lead to blocked pores and acne.”

He alerted, “Although its rare but coconut oil can cause allergies to highly sensitive skin. It has no anti-ageing, skin lightening ocollagen-boostingng benefits as believed by many. So, for overnight skin repair and hydration, one should invest in a good night cream and sleeping mask accordingly to their skin type.”

Sonakshi Sinha Struggles With ‘Eyeliner Anxiety’: See Video

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 24 (ANI): Have you ever heard of ‘eyeliner anxiety’? If not, then right away scroll actor Sonakshi Sinha’s Instagram to know about it.

Taking to the social media application, Sonakshi shared a video of her struggling to get perfect winged eyeliner. “Eyeliner anxiety. It’s a thing. Raise your hands if you agree,” she captioned the clip.

As soon as Sonakshi shared the video, fans and followers chimed into the comment section to share their views about ‘eyeliner anxiety’.

“Hahahha.. eyeliner anxiety is for real. I, too, deal with it,” a netizen commented.
“I need a class in person ..love the way your liner is,” another one wrote.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Sonakshi will be seen sharing screen space with Huma Qureshi in ‘Double XL’, which revolves around body weight stereotypes.

Tips To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

Eyes are the interpreters of the soul. Multiple emotions are reflected through it. Beautiful eyes attract all. Everyone wants to look their best every day, even if you don’t like makeup. But one thing that can truly affect the way your face looks are how healthy your eyes look. If you think your eyes are puffy, you need to do something about them.

Various factors lead to puffy eyes. Improper sleep, inadequate water intake, seasonal allergies, excess salt intake, emotional outbursts through tears, not removing make up properly before sleep, and poor diet are some of the reasons.

If you are having those unwanted puffy eyes, then you do not need to worry about it! As Madhumeeta Dhar, Chief Research Officer, Plantas has listed down certain changes that one needs to do in his/her daily routine that can be beneficial in controlling the problem of puffy eyes.

1. Always take proper diet with potassium rich food like curd, leafy green vegetables and bananas.

2. Cold compress over the eyes with tea bags, ice filled cloth, or cucumber or potato slices.

3. Stick to a good under eye cream which helps to reduce inflammation and nourishes the skin around the eyes to increase the skin elasticity.

4. Make sure to get a good sleep of six to eight hours to help repair the skin.

5. Always intake adequate water to keep skin hydrated and plump.

6. Restrict alcohol intake as it dehydrates the skin and makes the skin dull.

7. Sleep position with a flat back with one pillow reduces fluid retention around the eyes.

If we all take care of the above factors and make changes in our lifestyle, we would look our best and face the world more confidently.

Plant-Based Diet Benefits On Your Skin

When it comes to beauty, almost everyone wants a flawless complexion and lustrous hair.

Youthful, radiant skin, free of acne marks, and shiny, voluminous hair are practically every woman’s dream, but very few can genuinely actualise it. The beauty industry has many quick fixes to offer but these options seldom work in the long run. One may often find themselves in dire straits in their multiple attempts to maintain healthy-looking skin & hair over the years.

However, investing in healthy nutritional food choices works best in the long run and benefits the skin and hair from within. Eating a diet rich in diverse whole foods and plants ensures that your body gets all the vital nutrients essential for healthy, glowing skin and long, thick tresses in a natural, sustainable way.

Why are people shifting to a more plant-based diet?

Around the world, people are waking up to the realisation that a plant-based diet is more nutrient dense compared to a diet rich in meat and dairy products. As per the data, over 60% of those who fall between the ages of 22 and 37 are well informed about their food choices’ implications on the environment and health. Shifting to a plant-based diet is their attempt at lessening that impact and leading a healthier & more responsible life.

Diet and health

Given that there’s a close connection between gut health & beauty, ensure you incorporate a daily dose of probiotic + prebiotic in your diet to keep your gut healthy and eventually your skin and hair. After all, our skin and hair are reflective of what we eat and highlights the importance of looking after ourselves from the inside out. One can slow down the effects of ageing, by incorporating a nutrient dense diet, adequate hydration and consuming essential nutrients mentioned below.

Vitamin A aids in slowing down signs of premature ageing, safeguarding the skin from exposure to the sun & in promoting hair growth.

Natural Vitamin C & Zinc helps skin firmness by enhancing collagen, stimulates wound healing,aids in fighting dandruff, inhibits hair loss, and contributes to thicker hair.

Vitamin E shields the skin and hair from damage caused by free radicals. It also has natural antioxidant effects and contributes to hair growth.

Vegan Vitamins D and B12 help in skin cell growth, restoration, and metabolism as well as slowing down signs of ageing. They also inhibit acne, inflammation and dryness. Additionally, they stimulate the growth of new hair follicles thereby preventing hair from thinning. It’s advisable to use natural vitamin D3 melts and vegan vitamin B12 melts for any possible deficiencies, given they’re fast dissolving and far more effective than regular supplements.

Omega 3 fatty acids regulate skin’s oil production and improve balanced hydration, whilst promoting circulation in the scalp and encouraging hair growth.

Natural biotin made from Sesbania Agathi leaves is a pure vegan form of biotin playing a vital role in maintaining healthy skin and hair.

That is why it’s essential to go in for an anti-inflammatory plant-based diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, mentioned below which contain all of the nutrients above

Daily greens such as kale, arugula, spinach, and collards, to name a few.

Nuts like walnuts, almonds, etc.

Fresh fruits such as tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, oranges, among others.

Plant-based oils like olive oil.

Whole grains like millets, legumes, pulses, sorghum, ragi, etc.

Other vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.

Plant proteins provide structural support to skin and hair. Moreover, ensure your sleep-wake cycle is well regulated given it has a direct impact on both skin and hair health. To do so, include melatonin restful sleep melts to your daily routine as they are made of natural ingredients and are not at all habit forming.

5 Beauty Ingredients For That Natural Glow

Beauty has a different definition for different people. However, the common underline pertaining is healthy, glowing skin. Living amidst polluted, unhealthy air having a natural glow is tough. Pollutants in the air make can cause inflammation, pigmentation, acne, etc.

Nonetheless, we can strive to get rid of these environmental impurities and restore our natural glow with these five plant-based natural ingredients.

Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid is one of the most magical skincare ingredients infused with hydrating, anti-ageing and wound healing powers amongst others. HA can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water which helps our skin in holding natural moisture, giving you a natural, hydrated look. Factor like air pollution can decrease the HA level in our skin and hence, it is ideal to use products infused with this magical ingredient to achieve a youthful glow.

Squalane: Until some time back, squalane was mostly found in dermatological solutions. However, it has now paved its way into cosmetic products. Squalane is naturally found in our skin however dulls down from factors like ageing, pollution, etc. This naturally moisturising ingredient is extremely beneficial for both skin and hair. It infuses antioxidants in the skin, acts as a detoxifier and boosts the collagen level which makes the skin tight and firm, giving a younger, healthier glow.

Argan oil: One of the most famous skincare ingredients- argan oil is derived from argan kernels found in the semi-desert region of southwestern Morocco. The liquid gold of Morocco is rich in natural antioxidants like tocopherols (vitamin E), Vitamin A and C, fatty acids. Hence it is the go-to ingredient for the majority of skin and hair solutions. 100% real argan oil products act as a natural anti-ageing and lip moisturizer, helps in treating acne and dry skin. It further provides relief from common skin conditions like inflammation and soothes your skin.

Hydrosol: Hydrosol is a water-based ingredient derived through the distillation process along with essential oils. They are ideal for balancing the pH level and microfauna of the skin. Hydrosol, being water-based is lighter and milder on the skin. Hydrosols derived from lavender, chamomile and curry plant have carboxylic acids that help in reducing skin inflammation. The calming and relaxing element is used in curating fragrances while the cleansing properties are leveraged while skincare products. Hydrosols also have a milder fragrance and can be used without dilution, unlike essential oils.

Retinol: Another commonly known skincare ingredient, retinol is derived from Vitamin A. It is most famous for its anti-ageing properties. Retinol penetrates into the middle layer of the skin and helps in boosting the production of collagen and elastin. It is primarily used to treat skin conditions like wrinkles, fine lines, uneven texture and sun spots. Further, retinol works well for treating acne and other types of hyper pigmentation.

Foods For Hair Growth And Thickness

With busy and hectic schedules, all of us have had a change in our diet patterns, and we have started incorporating junk into our daily lives. This has led to a lot of damage to our body, including the thickness and health of our hair. It is a well-known fact that eating right can help you get those flowing, healthy hair back, and what do we know, even better. Try incorporating some of them into your daily diet and eat them consistently to have your desired result.

1. Avocados

In addition to tasting amazing, avocados can help you in many ways as they are a great source of healthy fats. For the promotion of hair growth, vitamin E is one which is very essential, and avocados are filled with vitamin E. It also protects the scalp from oxidative stress and damage, which helps one in preventing poor hair quality and fewer hair follicles.

2. Citrus fruits

Just like vitamin E, vitamin C is equally essential for your body for iron efficiency. This vitamin C can also help in production of collagen, helping you get your dreamy, shiny hair.

3. Spinach

Well, we don’t think there is an introduction on how spinach is beneficial for your body. But what we don’t know is about its benefits for hair. Rich with nutrients like iron, vitamins A and C, spinach is really helpful to promote hair growth. It is a great source of iron, and helps produce sebum which helps in keeping your scalp hydrated and healthy.

4. Carrot

Filled with vitamin A, carrots have a lot of benefits for your hair. They can help make your hair stronger, longer and thicker. It is also beneficial for improving your blood circulation and prevent the growth of grey hair.

5. Nuts

We have got to agree that including nuts like almonds, walnuts, etc., is one of the easiest one in comparison to others. And when they are filled with nutrients like vitamins E, B, and healthy fats, which help promote hair growth, it is an added on advantage.

6. Chia Seeds

We all know about the benefits of including chia seeds in your diet. They can be really helpful for hair growth as well. Rich with proteins, healthy fats, zinc, chia seeds can help you achieve your desired hair growth if you have it consistently.

7. Eggs

We all know that eggs are a great source of protein for the body. Also, they contain biotin, and when both are combines, they can do wonders for your hair. Having a deficiency of any one of them can result in hair loss and damage. Thus, including eggs in your diet can help you prevent it from happening.

Tips And Tricks To Strengthen Your Nails

Do you fancy long and strong nails? Well, who doesn’t! but guess what! It’s not easy to achieve the nails of your dreams. But it’s not impossible. A few tips and tricks can help to grow some beautiful nails which are not just beautiful but equally strong. Here are a few tips that you can follow.

1. Lemon juice
Vitamin C is considered to be really helpful in the growth of nails. All you need is a lemon wedge and you just need to rub it on your finger nails and toe nails, at least once a day. Rub it for five minutes and then rinse it with warm water. It will help your nails to grow and it will also keep them clean and bacteria free.

2. Coconut oil Massaging your nails with warm coconut oil can promote nail growth. Coconut oil is filled with Vitamin E and is a great source of antioxidants. Massage your finger nails with coconut oil every night before sleep and you will eventually see the difference.

3. Orange juice
Oranges helps in collagen production. Collagen is an important agent that helps in nail growth and adds to the vitality of nails. The antioxidant properties of orange also keep any infections at bay. Take some orange juice in a bowl and soak your nails for around 10 minutes. Rinse it with warm water and moisturise effectively. Try to do this once a day at least for desired results.

4. Olive oil
If you have damaged, brittle nails, then olive oil is your best bet. Being easily permeable in nature, olive oil reaches the inner layer of your nails, soothes it and cures it of all dryness. It also aids in blood circulation and helps in nail growth. Warm up some virgin olive oil and gently massage your nails and cuticles for around five minutes. Cover your hands with gloves and let it rest overnight.

5. Cut down on gel and acrylic nails
Nail art, gel and acrylic nails look attractive. However, these acrylic and gel nails prevent the strengthening and growth of your nails. Getting your nails done with gel or acrylics once in a while is okay. But regularly using nail art, acrylics and gels deteriorate the quality and growth of your nails.

6. Consume biotin
Biotin is the powerhouse vitamin for nail and hair growth. You can choose to include biotin-rich food into your diet such as bananas or avocados along with which you can also take biotin supplements. Before you begin taking biotin supplements, do consult a doctor.

7. Eat lots of greens
Leafy vegetables, especially spinach, are packed with high levels of folic acid or vitamin B9 which supplement the growth of nails and make them strong. A helping of greens once a day will help you get stronger and longer nails.

8. Use egg shells
The extra calcium in eggshells helps strengthen your nails. Take egg shells, clean them and then grind them and make a paste out of it. You can then apply the paste on your nails and let it sit for sometime. This pack will help your nails grow.

9. Honey
Honey helps fight bacterial and fungal growth and can help keep your nails and cuticles nourished and supple. Create a honey and lemon nail mask by mixing 2 teaspoons of honey with a few drops of lemon juice. Massage this into your nails and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly.

10. Garlic oil
Garlic is rich in selenium, which helps promote nail growth. Rub your fingernails with a sliced piece of garlic.If that is too pungent for you, you could make your own garlic oil.Use this garlic oil as a nail mask.Try this once a week.

Tips To Keep Your Hair And Scalp Moisturized

While we do much for our facial skin that it deserves, most of us, unfortunately, overlook the health and hygiene of our scalp. Unlike the skin on your face, the scalp is (usually) covered with thick, long hair. This makes your scalp and hair strand prone to more problems than your face – and it’s the reason why your crown needs special care.

For healthy hair and scalp, it is really important to maintain the right amount of hydration.

Dry hair is not just dull and lifeless, but dryness can also lead to severe damage and eventually result in hair fall. On the other side, if your hair is moisturized and hydrated, it’ll look glossy, thick, your curls will be springier, scalp health will be good and as a whole, your hair will be stronger which means no hair fall. Now that we’ve talked about the benefits of moisturized hair and scalp, the question that arises is ‘how can we maintain the right level of moisturization?’.

1. Use gentle hair care products

It sounds very basic but some simple changes to your hair care regimen can make a big difference for the health of your scalp. I recommend using mild and balanced formulas with restoring & nourishing ingredients like amino acids, refined coconut oil, hydrolyzed proteins, olive, ceramide, Vitamins like B3, B5, and B6, hyaluronic acid, etc. If you have colored hair or feel sensitivity or have a scalp condition please avoid products that contain very strong sulfates, alcohols, or fragrances which will help improve your scalp health.

2. Are you doing it right

It is recommended to use the first shampoo to focus only on the scalp, not the actual hair, it’s
recommended cleansing your scalp for about 2 to 3 minutes before washing, irrespective of your hair length. Some might actually need to rinse and repeat, especially those with long or textured hair. Similarly, one common mistake many of us make is lathering up the scalp with conditioner, conditioner can actually clog the scalp’s hair follicles and cause buildup. For a better approach, it is recommended to start about half an inch from the scalp and pull the product to the ends. Leave the conditioner on for about 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing.

3. What you eat can help

Although you can’t change factors like age and genetics, diet is one thing you have control over, eating a balanced diet with the right nutrients can help promote hair growth, especially if you’re experiencing hair loss due to poor nutrition. Ingredients like Omega 3,6 and 9, probiotics, anti-oxidants, folate, iron, vitamins A and C etc. can give you some surprising results.

4. Friction and thermal abuse can cause unwanted damage

Those blow dryers, flat iron or curling irons may give you a breath-taking moment, while they could be big part of why your hair might be dry. High temperatures strip strands of their natural moisture, especially in the case of irons and rollers which come in direct contact with dry hair. If you love them try to use a heat-protecting formula before usage of such tools, also dial down the heat level. Not to miss the most basic hair care tool a comb! Something so basic that we hardly pay any attention to it; taking it absolutely for granted. Always use a wide-toothed wooden comb a wooden comb is anti-static (unlike a plastic comb) and getting rid of static is important, ‘cos this is the main reason why
your hair gets frizzy, making it brittle and prone to breakage.

5. Emollients your best friends

Now that we have talked about clean beauty, along with skipping sulfates, you must make sure that the shampoo you’re picking for your hair include natural elements like, botanical extracts and natural oils and butters. These give your hair the right amount of nutrition and moisturization without damaging it.

6. Masks for healthy hair

Add a hydrating hair mask for extra moisturization. Apply it once or twice a week whereas If your concern is dry or damaged hair, you will likely need this deep-conditioning treatment more often. Leave it on for about 3 to 7 minutes depending what product you use. Masks are thicker in consistency and contain more active ingredients as compared to other hair products and care really does wonders for your beloved hair.

7. Pre-wash hair treatments

Lastly, you can add a pre-wash treatment in your routine. It’s easy and relaxing! Simply apply a treatment oil formula–with ingredients like Avocado, Rosemary, safflower, sweet almond etc to immediately help the scalp & hair feel moisturized, improve hair’s manageability and provide a natural shine. A good pre-shampoo treatment can promote a healthy scalp environment, leaving hair looking and feeling healthier. Leave it on for about 10 minutes or more as you feel comfortable then rinse, shampoo and condition with a rich conditioner.

Benefits Of Kumkumadi Oil For Skin

Kumkumadi oil is such powerful skincare pick that has been known for its ayurvedic and healing properties. Infused with saffron, it tends to repair and heal the skin, giving it a natural glow from within.

Kumkumadi oil is an ayurvedic oil which is majorly a blend of saffron threads along with oils like almond, sesame and rose oils and other ingredients. The age-old traditional recipe of the oil is known for its skin benefit. It is known to be one of the best treatments for damaged skin. It is extensively used for skincare and has been a part of the beauty routines of queens in ancient times.

If you need more reasons to use this oil, well, we have got you covered with all its benefits.

Benefits Of Kumkumadi Oil

1. Skin Brightening

Kumkumadi tailam is also known for its skin brightening properties as it is infused with the goodness of herbs like sandalwood, saffron and licorice which eventually helps in brightening the skin. You can use it once regularly for best results.

2. Treats Acne

Acne is one common skincare issue that almost every other person has been facing since forever. This oil is also known for its acne treating properties as the ingredients used in the formulation contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It not only helps to treat but also reduces inflammation as well.

3. Deals With Hyperpigmentation

This oil is a great way for treating hyperpigmentation because it has amazing skin lightening properties which eventually helps even out the skin tone really well. . It also treats existing pigmentation very quickly, thereby giving you clear and supple skin. You can use a few drops of the oil daily for best results.

4. Moisturizes The Skin

This oil has moisturising properties which is a great way to also deal with dry skin, thereby giving you a natural glow. With regular use, this oil will help soften even the driest skin and make it plump and supple.

Hacks To Glow On Your Wedding Day

Everyone wants clear growing skin when you walk down the aisle. But how do you achieve that as skin issues are giving you nightmares? Fret not! There is a lot you can do to sort out your skin woes and glow like a goddess at your wedding.

Here are some quick fixes, suggested by Dr. Prabhu Mishra, CEO, co-founder, StemGenn, that you could resort to look ravishing.

Moisturise more: Moisturising creams, which rehydrate the top layer of the skin and seal in the moisture, should be the first weapon in your beauty cabinet to combat dry skin and get the glow back. Find a moisturizer that’s oil-based- oil creates a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture and use it liberally every day before your D-day. Apply while the skin is still damp to seal in the moisture. Almond oil is also an effective moisturizer.

Say No to Soap: Soaps especially perfumed soaps, strip away natural oils. Say no to soap till Diwali. Use hydrating cleansing milk. Better still, use wheat bran and malai paste to scrub and clean your face. If you just can’t do without soap, choose a moisturizing one. Always use a soft towel for your face.

Don’t Forget Sunscreen: Busy with the wedding shopping? Don’t forget to slather sunscreen. Apply generously on your face and your hands before stepping out in the sun. Reapply frequently if you are doing extended wedding shopping.

Keep Well Hydrated: Drinking water helps your skin look youthful. Water is good for your overall health and this is reflected in your skin tone and texture as well. Your benefit from the fluids you drink is passed on to your skin making it soft and supple.

Retinoids can help: Worrying about your dark circles? Use Retinoids. They stimulate the production of collagen. Regular use of a retinol cream will reduce the dark circles. Cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, are also excellent solutions for getting rid of dark circle. Another simple home remedy is using cold tea bag. Repeat the remedy twice a day to get rid of dark circles. But remember, nothing works without discipline. Be regular; be persistent with your skincare regime.

CO2 Laser Treatment: In addition to the above general fixes, you could opt for CO2 laser treatment to rejuvenate your skin and restore its youthfulness. It is, today, a popular cosmetic option for retexturing and tightening facial skin. So you can say bye bye brown spots, hello pink baby skin. The best part is that the downtime is just about 5 days.

Lipokraft Treatment: If your problem is deeper — acne and scars -nothing to worry about; there are good solutions available. It is a holistic and natural procedure to restore skin youthfulness. This treatment helps restructure new skin, allowing skin lesions to get gradually reduced and be replaced by fresh skin. The USP of this treatment is that it simple and painless and confidence-boosting. At the end of it, you acquire healthy, smooth and glowing skin.

Benefits Of Moringa Oil For Skin

Moringa oil, obtained by cold pressing the leaves of Moringa oleifera, or the drumstick tree, is packed with components vital for skin and hair health, such as essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Here are some benefits of moringa oil for skin:

Keeps Skin Moisturized

Moringa oil is loaded with essential fatty acids, the most abundant one being oleic acid. Oleic acid is not only an essential building block for a strong skin barrier, assuring that moisture is kept locked in and impurities out.

Fights Premature Signs Of Ageing

Moringa oil is very high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that nulls the negative effects of fatty acids on the skin, and smoothens creases while boosting collagen production. Vitamin E is one of the most recommended products when it comes to blemishes and scars, and regularly applying moringa oil to these problem areas will have you seeing a positive difference in no time! Vitamin E also keeps your hair moisturised and looking healthy and glossy.

Antimicrobial And Antibacterial

Moringa oil is well known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, with it being used extensively in age-old traditional methods of healing. Because of these properties, moringa can be used as a cleanser and to prevent bacterial and fungal skin disorders like acne, cysts.

Balances Oil Production

Getting the oil balance right with your skin and hair can be excruciating! We all know the feeling, there are two extremes and no in between; you are constantly either trying to dab away loads of oil or desperately condition dry strands of lifeless hair. The key to all this is getting the oil balance right for your specific hair and skin type. Because of moringa oil’s unique moisturising properties, it’s abundance of vitamin E, and the fact that it has been historically well suited for Indian skin and hair, it is the perfect candidate to help restore this balance. On the plus side, this is a light oil that will not weigh your hair down or clog your pores. Truly a one stop solution to all your oil woes.

Anti-inflammatory

The anti-inflammatory properties of moringa oil are being studied on a large scale for medical research, and there is a lot of scope for its use in the field. But for the time being, we can use this oil to our benefit to treat one of the most common skin disorders of all – acne. Acne is an inflammatory problem that moringa oil can address by treating the underlying cause, which is inflammation.

Fix Greasy Hair With Baby Powder

Does your hair get greasy sooner than you’d like? If the answer is yes, then you probably have an oily scalp condition, you engage in high-intensity workouts, or you simply live in a place with high humidity levels. Whatever the causes may be for your scalp getting oily, it still isn’t excusable. The greasiness can make you feel icky and can also lead to troublesome scalp issues like dandruff and even hair loss. While your scalp does need to have balanced pH levels to stay healthy, greasy scalps can also make your hair look super unkempt and unappealing. Who wants that? Sure, you can tie your hair up in a bun and pretend like it doesn’t bother you as you go about your second day post a hair wash. We all can agree that that’s not completely alright at all. Now, what if we told you there is a way to treat greasiness without having to wash your hair?

Dry shampoos were invented specially to relieve you from greasy scalp conditions when you don’t have time for a hair wash. But, if you don’t have a dry shampoo either, just reach for its alternative which is essentially the whole idea of dry shampoo – powder. Powder eliminates the grease from your scalp and hair. It also boosts volume. This is the best way to relieve your scalp from itchiness and grease, believe it!

All you have to do is section or part your hair and sprinkle powder directly on the exposed scalp areas. We recommend you use a non-toxic baby powder or a natural powder without harmful chemcials for this. Once the powder is sprinkled on the scalp, scrub with your fingers and then dust it off. You will notice at first the powder is visible for a few seconds, but as you scrub the powder vanishes. Your scalp will instantly feel cleaner and free of oiliness and your hair will look voluminous. Also, there will be no trace of powder left so don’t worry about it. Once this is done, you can choose to wear your hair however you like with confidence.

Benefits And Uses Of Micellar Water

Micellar water is a multi-purpose skincare product that has become a favorite among beauty gurus and dermatologists alike.

It’s made using purified water, moisturizers like glycerin, and mild surfactants, which are compounds used for cleansing.

The molecules of these mild surfactants join to form micelles, a type of spherical chemical structure that helps pull dirt and oil from the skin.

Micellar water is not only gentle but also highly effective at removing dirt, makeup, and oil to help clear out your pores while toning the skin.

Plus, it’s free of alcohol and may help promote skin hydration while reducing irritation and inflammation, keeping your skin soft, supple, and smooth.

Here are 5 benefits and uses of micellar water:-

1. Promotes skin hydration

Most types of micellar water feature hydrating compounds like glycerin, which has been shown to help the skin retain moisture more effectively.

In one study, applying glycerin to irritated skin was effective at restoring skin hydration and enhancing the skin’s natural barrier function.

Another review reported that glycerin may help speed wound healing, protect against irritation, and improve hydration when applied topically.

What’s more, the surfactants in micellar water are very mild and less irritating, making it a great choice for those with dry skin.

2. Removes dirt and oil

Micellar water is typically used as a facial cleanser to help remove makeup, dirt, and oil from the skin.

This is due to the presence of micelles, which are compounds that are highly effective at removing dirt and oil to keep skin clear.

Micelles can also increase your skin’s permeability, allowing cleansers to reach deeper layers of the skin.

Glycerin has been shown to increase skin permeability as well, which can enhance the effectiveness of the cleansing compounds in micellar water.

3. Good for all skin types

Micellar water is incredibly versatile and well suited for just about any skin type, regardless of whether you have dry, oily, or normal skin.

It’s especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea, as it’s free from ingredients that can be irritating to the skin, such as soaps and alcohols.

Glycerin, one of the main compounds in micellar water, has also been shown to reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin.

For example, one study showed that applying glycerin topically reduced skin irritation and decreased several markers of inflammation in mice.

4. Keeps skin clear

Micellar water could help keep skin clear, especially for those with acne, blocked pores, or stubborn blemishes.

Conditions like acne are often caused by clogged pores, which can become inflamed and turn into pimples.

Although research on the effects of micellar water itself is limited, several studies have found that using a mild face wash can help improve acne and reduce blackheads.

What’s more, micellar water can be applied using just a cotton pad, which eliminates the need for facial brushes and washcloths that can spread germs and bacteria.

5. Portable and convenient

In addition to all the benefits associated with micellar water, this powerful product is portable, convenient, and easy to use.

Because it acts as a makeup remover, cleanser, and toner, it eliminates the need for several other skincare products, which can free up space and reduce clutter in your cabinet.

It’s also great for traveling and can be useful in situations in which you may not have access to running water.

Smaller sizes are also available for when you’re on the go or running low on space.

Conclusion

Micellar water is a skincare product that can help cleanse and tone the skin.

In addition to promoting skin hydration, removing dirt and oil, and helping keep skin clear, it’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Plus, it’s portable, convenient, and easy to use, making it a worthwhile addition to your skincare routine.

Alpha Arbutin In Skincare; Its Benefits And Side Effects

Alpha arbutin, also called Hydroquinone β-D-glucopyranoside, is a naturally occurring antioxidant and skin brightener that is naturally found in the bearberry plant. It reduces melanin formation, improving the appearance of age spots, freckles, melasma, and post-inflammatory pigmentation. It is a glycosylated hydroquinone molecule, meaning a sugar molecule that has replaced one of the hydroxyl (-OH) groups on hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is seen as the gold standard of skin lightening, but there are concerns surrounding this well-studied tyrosinase inhibitor, such as skin sensitization, melanocytotoxicity from oxidative byproducts, and exogenous ochronosis (blue-black splotchy pigmentation) as a result of long-term application. Alpha arbutin is a more tolerable alternative to hydroquinone and is sometimes referred to as “natural hydroquinone.” Alpha arbutin functions similarly to hydroquinone, due to its molecular structure, but with reduced irritation and melanocytotoxicity. Alpha arbutin does not pose a risk in regards to exogenous ochronosis and poses minimal irritation and sensitization risk, making it a more tolerable alternative to hydroquinone.

Alpha arbutin acts as a tyrosinase competitive inhibitor and also slows melanosome maturation (the organelles that synthesize and store melanin or pigment). This is significant because it works on two different mechanisms of pigmentation. Melanin is derived from the amino acid tyrosine and this conversion is regulated by the enzyme tyrosinase. Alpha arbutin is similar in structure to tyrosine, which fits into tyrosinase, needed for melanogenesis. This means that alpha-arbutin is reversibly competing with tyrosine for a spot on the enzyme and not inhibiting cell viability, so, therefore, is not cytotoxic. By targeting tyrosinase, the rate-limiting enzyme in melanin formation, as well as slowing production of the organelles that produce melanin, alpha arbutin is a potent skin brightening agent.

Alpha arbutin effectively lightens and reduces UV-induced pigmentation and free radicals, without increasing sun sensitivity. It fades discoloration caused by inflammation and environmental stressors while evening skin tone. It also addresses glycation, sugar-induced skin sallowness and loss of elasticity.

Benefits Of Using Alpha Arbutin

1. Reduces Dark Spots And Pigmentation

Alpha arbutin works by inhibiting tyrosinase activity that limits the melanin production in your skin. Less tyrosine and less melanin leads to lesser pigmentation, dark spots, and a more even complexion.

Be it age spots, acne scars or post-blemish redness, alpha arbutin minimizes it all. It is also effective in reversing problems like freckles and liver spots.

2. Helps In Skin Lightening

Alpha arbutin helps to reduce tan on your skin by reducing the degree of melanin production. This natural ingredient can be very beneficial in treating melasma characterized by a dark or tan skin discoloration.

3. Promotes An Even Skin-Tone

Alpha arbutin reduces the appearance of sun spots and discolored patches by reducing the amount of melanin produced in your skin. This evens and brightens your complexion, making your skin look healthier and vibrant.

4. Safer Than Hydroquinone

Alpha arbutin is frequently marketed as a safer alternative to hydroquinone. While hydroquinone works by killing the cells that produce pigmentation and melanin, arbutin inhibits the enzymes that stimulate pigment-producing cells.

5. Gentle On Skin

While other skin brightening agents can dry out and irritate your skin, alpha arbutin is less irritating. This is due to its active components that are released slowly.

Side-effects Of Alpha Arbutin

Alpha arbutin is proven to be safe for your skin when used in 3-4 percent concentrations. While arbutin normally suits all skin types, there are still rare cases where it can cause adverse reactions.

Under alkaline condition, there are chances that alpha arbutin converts into hydroquinone, a depigmenting agent used to lighten areas of darkened skin. In such cases, use alpha arbutin under the guidance of a dermatologist.

A few side-effects of using alpha arbutin:

  • Skin irritation that may result in mild acne
  • Sun-sensitivity or sun burns
  • Redness or irritation from an allergic reaction

Eyeshadow Hacks You Need To Know

It goes without saying that creating an eye look is an art form – after all, there’s a reason the pros are called makeup artists.

Whether you’re opting for a smokey eye, a dash of smouldering bronze or keeping it fairly neutral, there are a few simple tricks of the trade that’ll help take your shadow skills from D- to A*.

Always Apply Primer

Eyeshadow primer keeps everything in place, but also prevents it from creasing or fading throughout the day.

Apply A Beige Base

Not only will applying a powder on top of the primer set it in place, but the beige hue will also make the colour of your eyeshadow pop that bit more. The neutral undertones help to reflect light back, so any shadow that’s applied after will be as true as the shade you see in the pan.

Know Your Brushes

The right tools make applying eyeshadow far easier, however a simple look can often use up to six brushes (hence why it’s sometimes far easier to book a makeup artist). The three most important brushes to have at hand are a large shadow brush for highlighting, a precision brush for applying pigment and a fluffy blending brush to help you buff for a flawless finish.

Prevent Pigment Fallout

The bane of our lives -you’ve applied your base to perfection, only to be left with sprinkles of pigment all down your cheeks after applying eyeshadow. The easiest way to solve this (bar applying your eyeshadow before your base)? Fold some tissue into a small rectangle and hold it under your eye while you apply shadow.

Always Highlight

Applying highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes will instantly make your eyes appear bigger, wider and more awake.

Eyeliner

Applying liquid eyeliner along your upper lash line while leave the bottom lash line bare will open the eye up even more. Alternatively, if you already have big eyes, applying some kohl along your waterline will enhance the shadow look. You could even use a smudging brush to bring it along the lash line a bit too.

Skincare Mistakes That Worsen Acne

Washing your face is part of your daily routine. It’s something simple you do to keep your skin looking and feeling clean. What you may not realize, however, is that you might be doing it wrong.

In fact, you could be making any number of skincare mistakes and they could be making your acne worse. From scrubbing too hard to choosing the wrong cleanser, seemingly simple mistakes you make as part of your skincare routine might actually contribute to breakouts and acne.

Let’s take a closer look at some common skincare mistakes that worsen acne.

Using Harsh or Abrasive Products on Acne-Prone Skin

If your skin is prone to acne, you might be using an exfoliating cleanser in an attempt to unclog your pores and reduce acne breakouts. What you may not realize, however, is that using harsh and abrasive products on acne-prone skin can actually make matters worse.

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells—cells that can clog your pores and contribute to acne breakouts. You have to be careful about choosing an exfoliant, however, because if you make the wrong choice, you could end up irritating or damaging your skin, ultimately making the problem worse.

Using Too Much or Too Little Acne Medication

Over-the-counter acne medications are great for spot-treating problem areas and for reducing breakouts. Like any skincare product, however, there is a right and a wrong way to use them.

One of the most common mistakes people make with acne medication is only using it on existing pimples. Your skin contains thousands of pores, any one of which can become clogged to produce your next pimple. 

If you’re only applying acne medication to existing pimples you might help those blemishes heal faster, but you won’t be preventing one from popping up right next to it.

While some women don’t use enough acne medication, others use too much. If you are prone to breakouts, you might think that slathering on an anti-acne product several times a day will help ward off breakouts while, in fact, the opposite might be true.

Over-the-counter acne medications contain blemish-busting ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and sulfur. While these ingredients help unclog pores to reduce the risk for breakouts, they can also dry your skin and contribute to irritation. 

If you overuse these products, you could end up with redness and peeling in addition to more frequent breakouts.

Not Wearing Sunscreen or Applying it Poorly

Wearing sunscreen is the best way to protect your skin from UV damage and it helps reduce the risk of skin cancer as well. What many women do not realize is that it may also affect the frequency or severity of your acne breakouts.

While sun exposure is important for producing Vitamin D, too much of it can dry out your skin. When your skin becomes too dry, it may overcompensate by ramping up oil production. 

The result is oily, greasy skin that leads to clogged pores and frequent breakouts.

Another common mistake women make with sunscreen is wearing too much or not applying it properly. Wearing a heavy layer of sunscreen can clog your pores and prevent them from breathing properly, increasing the risk for breakouts. You should also know that certain ingredients in sunscreen can irritate or dry out your skin.

Squeezing or Picking at Your Pimples

As satisfying as it may be to pop that whitehead, doing so could actually spread the bacteria responsible for the pimple and lead to further breakouts. 

By squeezing a pimple that isn’t ready to pop, you might end up forcing the oil and bacteria deeper into your skin, leading to an even bigger blemish. You’ll also be introducing bacteria and dirt from your hands to the area which can increase inflammation.

Another problem with popping pimples is that you might interfere with your body’s natural healing process. Acne is the body’s response to clogged pores and bacteria. 

The resulting bumps on your skin are evidence that your body is trying to solve the problem. If you pick at the area, you might interfere with the healing process and introduce new bacteria to make matters worse.

Finally, picking at pimples can damage your skin and lead to scarring. When you pop a pimple, you’re forcing the oil, bacteria and other debris out of the pore and, in doing so, you tear the top layer of skin. The result is an open wound that could scar as it heals.

Only Using Makeup Wipes to Clean Your Face

Makeup wipes are great. They come in convenient multi-packs and they make quick work of even the most stubborn makeup. The problem is that many women use them to remove makeup but fail to follow it up with a face wash.

First and foremost, they don’t actually clean the skin. For the most part, all they really do is smear around the dirt, oil, dead skin and makeup that is already on your face and adds to it whatever chemicals are infused in the wipes themselves.

Second, the act of scrubbing your face with makeup wipes can cause low-grade inflammation. Over time, that inflammation can lead to problems with uneven skin tone, early aging and more frequent breakouts. Some makeup wipes can also leave oil on your skin which may clog your pores.

Beauty Hacks Using Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a multi-purpose plant and can be used for skin and hair-related problems. They have a cooling effect, hence it is beneficial to use aloe vera in any whichever form.

If we start to talk about the benefits of aloe vera, then you will be bored as you already know the magic this plant can do. It has myriad benefits and is a plant that can be easily found. Aloe vera is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. By applying aloe vera gel, protect your skin against harmful ultraviolet rays, hydrate skin and reduce acne, and prevent wrinkles and fine lines. The magical plant also helps in keeping your hair soft and smooth. 

Aloe vera provides nourishment to your hair and will help you get rid of unnecessary oil in the scalp and benefit greatly if you suffer from greasy hair issues. The list of benefits of aloe vera is endless and by now, you must be aware of so many of the benefits. 

But do you know there are a few beauty that you can do using aloe vera? Well, if your answer is no, then you are at the right place as we sharing the same with you below. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at them below:

Best beauty hacks using aloe vera

Cure puffy eyes

Puffy eyes are the big no-no and if you have to remove them, then aloe vera is the best solution. Just before sleeping, apply aloe vera gel under your eyes and let it rest and relax. Leave the gel overnight and wash your face in the morning. 

Acne treatment

Aloe vera contains auxin and gibberellins that provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. For the same, take some aloe vera gel and apply it directly to the acne. You should do it for a week to see the results. 

Works as a makeup remover

Another hack that can be done by using aloe vera gel is the makeup remover. Take a dollop of pure aloe gel onto a cotton ball and remove the makeup with the help of it. 

Exfoliation

Using aloe vera as exfoliation will provide benefits to you. Take about 1/2 cup aloe vera with 1/4 cup brown sugar granules.

Eyebrow Gel

Dipping a mascara wand in aloe and brushing it across your brows as eyebrow gel will keep things put without getting sticky, shared Prevention.

Aloe vera gel also help in wrinkle repair, dandruff fighter, soothe cracked heel, smooth and as an aftershave.

Curd In Your Facial Skincare Routine

Curd, often called dahi, is a staple of Indian cooking. It’s made by using an edible acidic product, such as vinegar or lemon juice, to curdle milk.

For years, people have also extolled dahi’s strength as a facial mask.

How curd benefits your skin:

Advocates often attribute the potential skin care benefits of curd to its lactic acid content.

According to the Mayo Clinic, lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that’s often found in nonprescription acne products.

Lactic acid and other AHAs are known to aid in exfoliation, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the growth of smoother new skin.

This may minimize the appearance of:

  • large pores
  • acne scars
  • fine lines
  • sun damage
  • hyperpigmentation

Lactic acid, according to a 2019 studyTrusted Source published in the International Journal of Dermatology, can also help hydrate the skin and work as an antioxidant.

How to use curd on your face

Many proponents of natural healing and natural cosmetics suggest using curd as a face mask.

They often suggest mixing the curd with other natural ingredients that have healing and restorative properties.

Popular recommendations include:

  • curd and cucumber, used once weekly (all skin types)
  • curd and tomato, used once weekly (all skin types)
  • curd and turmeric, used once weekly (all skin types)
  • curd and potato, used twice weekly (all skin types)
  • curd and honey, used once weekly (normal to dry skin)
  • curd and besan (gram flour), used once weekly (normal to oily skin)
  • curd and lemon, used once weekly (normal to oily skin)
  • curd and oats, used once weekly (normal to oily skin)
  • curd and orange peel, used once or twice weekly (normal to oily skin)

If you decide to use curd with other ingredients, make sure you use a recipe from a reputable source.

You should also do a patch test by applying the mixture to a small area of skin. If you develop any signs of irritation over the next 24 hours — such as redness, itchiness, and swelling — don’t apply the mixture to your face.

There isn’t enough clinical research to fully support the anecdotal benefits associated with topical facial application.

If you’re considering adding curd — or one of its many combinations — to your routine, talk to a dermatologist or other healthcare provider to learn how it might affect your specific skin type and its overall condition.

Tricks To Wear Lighter Lipsticks On Indian Skin Tones

Have you ever faced the dilemma of a lipstick shade being too light or bright for your skin tone? Well, if you are an Indian with a wheatish complexion or darker, you probably face this issue more often. Whenever you try to buy nude lipstick, there is a possibility of it being something that won’t suit your lips. Even fair skin tones which are slightly olive can have shades that are too light or bright for your complexion. Simply swatching the lipstick shades on your arm doesn’t always ensure you brought the right one. And now since the pandemic is on, in-store purchases are forced to move online, which can be even more frustrating. So what do you do when you end up with the wrong shade of lipstick? Here are some tips that can help you be happy with your purchase.

Firstly make an effort to try and find the right nude shade that you know will complement your skin tone. This will make it easier to then enhance and tweak the shade to suit you even if it doesn’t look exactly the same as that on the website.

Moisturise And Correct
Shades that are lighter or brighter than expected tend to stand out more against deeper complexions and so it is important that your lips are throughly moiturised. It is also important to do a bit of colour correction as your lips maybe more pigmented. Pigmented lips change the way a lipstick looks when applied. So, either use a tinted lip balm or go one step further and dab concealer on your lips. You can then proceed to apply your colour.

Blur Out The Edges
Bright lipsticks can look tacky if it is applied too precisely on darker complexions. To make it look more natural, use a lip brush to blur out the edges so that there are no harsh lines. This will work wonders for you and you will find this trick is extremely useful when you want to achieve makeup looks that have a lived-in, effortless vibe.

Gloss And Shine
Ideally, lighter shades can look wonderful as is, if you choose a glossy formula instead of matte ones. Nude matte lipsticks can make your face look dull if your complexion is deeper. On the other hand, glossy or hydrating formulas will subtly add glow to your visage and not be a problem even if the shade is super light. Even if you do end up with a nude matte lipstick, you can still use it along with highlighter. Either mix it with highlighter or just highlight your Cupid’s bow and voila, it’s perfect.

Benefits Of Moisturizing Skin

If you want a year-round silky-smooth skin, then prepare to moisturize every day! 

Because the truth is that everyone says they want healthy and glowing skin, but not everyone is willing to invest time and effort to nourish and take care of it.

Here are some benefits Of moisturizing skin:-

Moisturizing reduces the chances of skin problems. Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like acne start to pop up. According to dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain, if your skin tends to be oily, you should look for lotions instead of creams, and try to find a moisturizer with exfoliant ingredient. If your skin tends to be dry, look for a cream – they tend to have a higher oil content.

Moisturizing can reduce the appearance of other blemishes. Freshly moisturized skin has a healthy sheen, which can even out any existing blemishes. Some moisturizers have some tint or self-tanner that can work with any skin tone.

Moisturizing helps your skin stay young. The most sensitive areas of your skin – the face, ears, neck, and chest – replace themselves more often than any other area on your skin. This daily loss of skin cells leaves these areas vulnerable to the dryness and the elements – in fact, they are highest-risk areas for skin cancer. Moisturizing can help give your sensitive skin the boost it needs to repair itself and stay healthy.

Moisturizing fights wrinkles. That plump, firm feeling in your face after moisturizing isn’t an illusion. According to the British Journakl Of Dermatology, people with properly moisturized skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.

It’s the perfect end to a hot shower. Let’s face it – a hot shower feels great and invigorating, but it strips the moisture right out of your skin. Taking just a minute to put on some moisturizer will make sure your skin isn’t only clean, but protected from the stresses of the day and feeling great.

Make sure you’re choosing a moisturizer that works for your skin. Burke Williams has moisturizing products that work for any kind of skin, from dry to oily. If you already have a favorite moisturizer and want to boost it to the next level, add a few drops of the H2V Moisture Enhance serum – it pumps up your moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid and humectants to give you the ultimate hydration experience.

Reason You Have Dark Spots On Your Face

We do all possible things to get spotless skin, but small dark spots still appear on our faces. To remove dark spots, people try different types of cosmetic products and home remedies. But getting dark spots is no easy task. Hence, it is imperative to know what causes dark spots, so that we can avoid them. Our skin gets its natural color from a pigment called melanin. Hormone fluctuations, medications, sun exposure may cause changes in melanin production, particularly on the face.

Here are some of the reasons behind dark spots:

Hormones

When hormone levels zigzag up and down, one of the most common side effects is a change in pigmentation called melasma. Frequently seen during pregnancy, hormonal therapies or even changes in birth control, extra hormones stimulate the production of melanin. Pregnant women often develop dark patches on the nose, cheeks, jawline, forehead or chin, creating a pattern called “mask of pregnancy” or “chloasma.” This type of hyperpigmentation typically lasts until pregnancy ends or hormonal levels return to balance.

Exposure to the sun and heat can worsen the appearance of this hormonally triggered hyperpigmentation. If you suffer from melasma and hope to unwind in a sauna or a session of hot yoga, you may want to rethink your chillaxing plans. A high-temperature environment can affect your hyperpigmentation, helping dark patches enlarge and spread.

Sun Exposure

The number one cause of dark spots is sun damage. When stimulated by harmful UV rays, melanocytes react by releasing melanin which acts as a natural sunscreen. Melanin is useful because it absorbs the energy from UV rays and redistributes it. However, the sun can trigger the production of too much melanin, causing dark patches of skin.

The sun is not just the root problem for sunspots, it also causes the dark marks that we call age spots or liver spots. This type of hyperpigmentation is also caused by sun damage, accumulated over many years of exposure. “As you age,” says Harvard Medical School, “Years of being in the sun start to add up.” Most common in adults over the age of 55, these tan, brown or black spots tend to speckle the areas most exposed to the sun: face, hands, back, feet and shoulders.

Aging can also intensify the appearance of hyperpigmentation for two reasons. First, as we age, melanocytes decrease in number but increase in size and pigment production. Second, skin that is older tends to look thinner, paler and more translucent, emphasizing the appearance of dark spots.

Inflammation

Dark spots can sometimes develop after inflammation or an injury to the skin, especially for those suffering from acne, eczema, allergic reactions or other skin conditions. Termed post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, this type of discoloration is the skin’s natural response to inflammation. After a wound occurs, the skin becomes inflamed and, as it heals, the skin naturally produces excess melanin which darkens the skin.

Hyperpigmentation due to inflammation is especially common after breakouts. As the irritated skin heals from acne, a dark spot is left behind, ranging in color from pink to red, purple, brown or black. The worse the inflammation, the larger and darker the spot can be. Also, there’s a reason why the experts warn you to avoid picking your acne – popping those pimples can increase the likelihood of developing a dark spot.

Here are some Ingredients to fade away dark spots :

Azelaic Acid

Natural Hydroquinone Alternatives

Vitamin C

Licorice Root

Tips To Follow Before Trying Out New Skincare Product

Starting something new is always exciting, be it a new diet plan, workout routine or skincare. During the pandemic, skincare regimes and trying out different products has become a go-to wellbeing routine for many. Skincare is not a ‘one-size fits all’ proposition as everyone’s skin is unique and responds to every product differently. While a product might work wonders on a friend’s skin, it might not have a similar effect on your skin type, that only means, that product is not for your skin type and you need to try more.

Here are some best practices that one can follow while introducing a skincare product in their AM/PM routine. This varies from choosing the right product or ingredient to introducing it correctly in your regime, The Derma Co. expert has everything covered for you to make an informed decision.

Know Your Skin Type

This is the first and the most important step in trying out a new product. There are generally four broad categories of skin types — dry, oily, combination, and normal.

Normal Skin — It’s the ideal skin type, with adequate moisture and no major skin issues.

Dry Skin — It feels tight and is more prone to fine lines and flakiness. Oily Skin — It has a greasier appearance and is more prone to breakouts.

Combination Skin — It has dry or normal skin on the cheeks and an oily T-zone, which is the forehead, nose, and chin. Sensitive Skin — It reacts easily to products with redness, irritation, or breakouts.

To find out your skin type, you can try a quick experiment, wash your face with a mild cleanser and pat dry. Leave it for 30 minutes and notice how it feels. If it feels tight and stretched, your skin is dry. If your T-zone looks a little shinier than the rest of your face, you have combination skin. If the oiliness is more pronounced, you have oily skin. A piece of blotting paper can also tell you where your skin is oily.

Read the Ingredient List

Once you know which skin type you have and know the major skin issues you face you need to choose a product that suits your skin perfectly without leading to any breakouts or adverse reactions. For dry skin, one should always choose products that have antioxidant properties, glycerine, hyaluronic acid, olive oil, or oatmeal that provide intense hydration and restores the moisture barrier of the skin. Oily skin can do wonders with salicylic acid that helps fight acne and keeps the oil in check. Sensitive skin type people should opt for products with Vitamin C which can soothe and heal irritated skin. While purchasing or selecting a product, always make sure that you give the ingredients list a read. Remember that products that stay on longer, like moisturizers and serums have a greater chance to cause reactions compared to products that are washed off, like cleansers and scrubs.

Do a Patch Test

Once you have shortlisted a product, always ensure to do a patch test first. Many people miss this step, and while most people don’t have an issue, it’s absolutely essential for those with sensitive skin or with specific skin conditions like eczema or active acne. Reading reviews and labels will not guarantee how the product will perform on your skin — you can be sure about any new product only after a patch test. Apply a small amount of the product on an area that’s not prominent, but in an area that’s still visible. Start with the inner elbow and wait for 24 hours to check for a reaction. If everything seems fine, do a patch test on the area behind your ear and wait for 24 hours. If the product clears this test, it’s safe to apply on your face.

Remember that when testing products with ingredients like Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, or AHAs, you may experience a slight tingling sensation, and the area may seem a little pink, but this is normal and should subside in about 15 minutes. In case you do develop any kind of reaction, like redness, irritation, itching, or rash, stop using the product immediately. Apply cold milk or yogurt to the affected area and leave on for 15 minutes. If it doesn’t go away in a few hours, consult your doctor.

Apply in the Right Order

After you have figured out a great skincare routine, if you decide to introduce a new product to the skincare routine you need to ensure that the new product is introduced in the right order of usage. A basic rule of thumb is to apply products in the thinnest to thickest order, to ensure every product is effectively absorbed. The general order to follow is this: cleanser; toner; serum; eye cream; spot treatment; moisturizer; sunscreen. If you intend on using a product that doesn’t fit these categories, follow the instructions on the pack carefully. You can also try getting multitasking products so you can eliminate a step or two. For instance, a moisturizer with SPF will do away with sunscreen.

Introduce Gradually

Starting a new product is always exciting, but it’s important to balance your enthusiasm and introduce the new product slowly into your skincare routine. Even after you have patch tested the product, it’s recommended to use the new product once in five days in the initial phase. Like too many cooks spoil the broth, too many new products can also do the same for your skin health. Avoid introducing more than one new product into your routine at the same time. If you do have a reaction, it will be difficult to identify which one is causing it. It can be overwhelming for your skin to adjust to too many actives at one go, hence start with one product, give it two weeks to work, and if all is well, introduce the next product.

Lastly, one thumb rule to always follow is to never introduce a new skincare product right before a major event — a wedding or a festival. Always ensure that you leave a buffer time of at least a month before the event so that your skin has enough time to recover in the off chance that something goes wrong.

Glycolic Acid A Wonderful Ingredient In Skincare

Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant, particularly an alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs), derived from sugar cane, says Pittsburg-based board-certified dermatologist Lindsey Zubritsky. (You can listen to the acids-focused episode of The Science of Beauty podcast for a thorough breakdown of the differences between AHAs and BHAs.)

Of all the AHAs — lactic, citric, and malic, included — glycolic acid has the smallest particle size with the simplest structure, so “it is the most powerful and effective since it can penetrate our skin the best,” Zubritsky adds.

Need something to smooth and brighten your skin stat? Glycolic acid will do the trick. As it dives into skin, the tiny-but-mighty AHA loosens and sloughs away dead skin cells on the top layers of skin, which cause dullness and roughness, says Ohio-based board-certified dermatologist Hope Mitchell. As a result, you’re left with a clearer, more radiant complexion.

In the process, glycolic acid also fades dark spots and other hyperpigmentation to help even out skin tone, board-certified dermatologist David Kim notes. Also, by lifting away pore-clogging dead skin cells, other skin-care products penetrate more readily.

Glycolic acid helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, too, due to its small size. “It can actually penetrate into the deeper dermis, where our collagen and elastin reside,” Zubritsky explains. “Glycolic acid works on fibroblasts to stimulate new collagen, resulting in firmer, tighter-appearing skin.”

Who should use glycolic acid?

With these benefits in mind, the dermatologists we interviewed say glycolic acid is safe for all skin types but is best for those with oily and acne-prone skin types. If you have dry, sensitive skin, though, implement glycolic acid into your routine with caution, especially if you have rosacea or eczema, Zubritsky says. However, it’s not out of the question. “Fortunately, there are products on the market that combine glycolic acid with ingredients that can replenish hydration, such as urea, glycerin, and triglycerides,” Mitchell adds.

Luckily, products are infused with a wide range of glycolic acid concentrations — from as low as 5 percent to as high as 20 percent — so you can seek out different products depending on your skin concerns, too. “People with acne-prone skin or a lot of sun damage will benefit from a stronger concentration than someone who wants a gentle exfoliation to brighten the skin,” Kim explains. Frequency of use comes down to the specific product you end up adding to your skin-care routine. Some can be applied daily while others are for only once a week, he adds.

Sensitive skin types should look for products with low percentages of glycolic acid, specifically under 10, and use it less frequently than their instructions recommend, preferably every other week. “Less is more, and you want to find the optimal frequency where your skin feels smoother and brighter without peeling,” Kim adds. 

No matter what, be sure to not get overzealous with your glycolic acid usage just because you’re seeing amazing results. “Overuse can lead to over-exfoliation, which can result in dryness, irritation, redness, or even more breakouts,” Zubritsky says.

To avoid irritation and compromising your skin’s barrier, be sure to not layer glycolic acid onto your face at the same time as vitamin-A derivatives, like retinol, retinoic acid, and tretinoin, Kim says.

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