Wednesday, September 18, 2013

10 Unusual skin problems you ignore

The thought that every zit, eruption, or boil on your skin is a pimple or acne is untrue. There are a lot of skin conditions that are caused due to allergies, cosmetics, sun damage, stress, puberty or even pollution.

Dr Rickson Pereira, Consulting Dermatologist, M.D. (Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy) from Dr Minal's Dermatherapie Centre talks about 10 unusual skin conditions that people generally ignore.

Keratosis pilaris is identified as skin-coloured or slightly red bumps on the skin. It starts during adolescence and affects the outer arms, back and thighs and rarely the face. It occurs because the unshed skin forms hard plugs in the opening of the hair follicle. The skin has an uneven and spiny feel. It can be treated with moisturisers and exfoliating treatments containing alpha hydroxy acids.

Milia are tiny, pearly, keratin-containing cysts that appear just under the superficial layer of the skin. They can appear at all ages, but more in those who have sun damaged skin. They can be removed easily by a dermatologist. A retinol containing cream can reduce the formation of new ones.

Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE) is an abnormal response of the skin to sunlight. It can appear as whitish to slightly reddish itchy patches on the face, neck and outer side of the arms. PMLE needs a dermatologist's attention. It may heal with some residual marks. A broad-spectrum sunscreen (both UVA & UVB blockers) can prevent recurrences.

Pityriasis alba is a common skin condition seen in children and adolescents. It presents as dry, pale patches on the face and can be confused with fungal infections (pityriasis versicolor) or vitiligo. It is a benign, self-limiting condition. A dermatologist can confirm the diagnosis. It responds to treatment with moisturisers and mild steroid creams.

Pigmentary demarcation lines (PDL) are natural patterns on the skin, composed of dark-coloured areas with abrupt transition into light-coloured skin. This occurs on the face, arms, chest and legs. PDL of the face is a frequent concern among women and appears as tanned patches on the cheeks (bat-wing pattern), forehead and under eye area. Avoiding undue sun exposure, use of a sunscreen and combination of skin-lightening creams, peels and Q-switched lasers can lighten these lines.

Acanthosis nigricans is a condition presenting as dark brown to black, velvety patches of skin in the body folds such as undereyes, neck, underarms, groin, elbows, knees and fingers. It may be familial and the condition worsens with weight gain. It is the most common cause of darkening underarms and neck and sometimes dark under eye circles. Exercise, weight loss and dietary modifications improve the appearance. Mild peels, Q-switched Nd-Yag laser or fractional laser in combination with skin-lightening creams can give good results.

Macular amyloidosis appears as brown-grey, rippled patches on the upper back, outer arms, elbows and rarely, the face. Vigorous scrubbing of the skin, constant friction, prolonged sun exposure and occasionally, an underactive thyroid can be associated with this condition. Combination of exfoliating creams, peels and lasers can be beneficial in this condition, though it cannot be eliminated completely.

Dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN) is a skin condition presenting as numerous, small, brown-black, dot-like growths on the face, neck and decollete. They usually appear during puberty and increase with age. A family history may be present. They are benign, and can be treated to address cosmetic concerns by radiofrequency cautery.

Rosacea is a common skin disease and manifests as an easy tendency to blush or flush easily with or without acne-like breakouts, large pores and a coarse skin texture. Skin may be very sensitive and sting and burn. Stress, sunlight, spicy foods, alcohol and many skin care products can aggravate or trigger rosacea. Oral and topical anti-inflammatory medications are needed to treat an episode. Avoid the trigger factors and use skin care products designed for sensitive skin to avoid flare-ups.

Sensitive skin type is a skin condition in which skin is prone to itching, burning and transient redness when using cosmetics and toiletries. Individuals may also report intolerance to facials and other dermatological procedures. Opt for sulphate-free cleansers and use moisturisers compatible with sensitive skin. Also, avoid skin care products containing alcohol, alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid. Mineral sunscreens and make up suitable for sensitive skin.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Orange, honey for healthy skin

Who  doesn't like to have a clear complexion? Skin problems are nightmares  for people of all ages. Everybody likes flawless skin.

But with the cosmetic industry growing and with it producing numerous  beauty products, it's but natural to get confused on what's the best.  When you are spoilt for choice, then it's even more dangerous as some  products might not suit your skin type. The best solution under such  circumstances is to play safe and opt for tried and tested home  remedies. This also helps should you have a sensitive skin.

Here are a few tips to aid your skin health
- It's cliched, the most popular and common advice that you get from  people. Yet, drinking lots of water is perhaps the most workable way to  keep skin healthy and glowing.
- Squeeze half a  lemon  and add to warm water with honey. Consume this on an empty stomach  everyday. Besides other benefits, this also purifies the blood.
-  If you have oily skin, apply a pack of multani mitti mixed with rose  water. This not just cleanses the skin but also absorbs excess oil and  keeps your skin neat.
- To remove blemishes/scars on your skin make a pack of tomato pulp, haldi, curd and besan. This acts as a natural scrub.
- For a natural bleach, rub lemon peel with  honey on the skin and wash off after few minutes.
- Dry  orange peel, grind and make a powder. Apply this with water on the face for a glowing skin.
- A pack of corn flour and curd applied everyday helps keep the skin clean.
- If you are going out in the sun, make sure you use an umbrella to shield yourself from the harmful effects of the sun rays.
- If you have a dry skin, massage your face with almond or vitamin e oil to keep your skin nourished

All it needs is a few minutes from your busy schedule to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Skincare tips for men

Men may put up a stern-macho exterior, but they like taking care of their skin and sometimes it can be a daunting experience. So, here are some skin care tips for men.

Keep your skin clean
To help you get a clean shaven look and prevent acne and pimples, it is important to have clean skin. So, wash your face at night to get rid of the excess oil and dust that you may pick up during the day. This will help you with get a clean shave and avoid cuts.

Exfoliation is a great way to achieve glowing skin. This process gets rid of dead cells and improves circulation. Exfoliate everyday to enhance the radiance of your skin.

It's important to moisturise, but excess moisturiser can lead to skin problems, due to clogged pores. Try using a light moisturiser after a shave and before going to bed. This helps to prevent irritation of the skin.

When you have more than four-five pimples, it is acne. This skin condition is prevalent amongst teenagers, but a lot of adults also suffer from acne as well. Avoid products that trigger acne, follow a balanced diet to reduce the inflammation of the skin, chew your food properly and avoid oily, spicy and pungent food. Also, drink a lot of liquids.

Dry skin
Rejuvenate dry skin by hydrating it. Dry skin may be caused by environmental changes, age, genetics and temperature. Drink water, apply moisturiser and exfoliate your skin, these are the basic steps to fight dry skin.

Oily skin
Hormonal changes, stress, environment and genetics are the reason for oily skin. Wash your face with a mild skin cleanser, avoid oily food, avoid using soaps, especially strong soaps on the face and drink plenty of water.

Blackheads are a precursor to acne as they attract bacteria, dead cells and oil. Blackheads are triggered by hormones and appear on the nose, forehead and cheekbones. Clean the skin regularly with a good facewash and avoid spending too much of time in the sun. Use nose strips to get rid of the blackheads.

Visible holes on the skin and around the nose are known as open pores. It is important to maintain the hygiene of the skin to prevent acne and skin infection. Drink water, exfoliate your skin and apply a light moisturiser to get rid of open pores. Clean pores are less visible.

Men can also get flawless skin and get rid of wrinkles. Wrinkles are prominent on the forehead, the corner of the eyes and the mouth. Over exposure to the sun causes wrinkles, but plenty of sleep, the right posture, a good face wash, an antioxidant rich diet and Omega-3s can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Shaving tips
You may get a closer shave, while shaving against the hair growth but this can cause inflammation as it irritates the hair and can damage the skin. So, it is important to shave in the direction of the hair growth.

Don't shave dry
Dry skin causes friction and results in irritation of the skin, cuts, ingrown hair and acne. Lather the shaving cream with water to get a clean shave and avoid skin problems. It is advisable to shave after a shower for better results, as the hair and the skin are supple.

Select the right razor
To avoid irritation of the skin, do not apply too much pressure on the skin while shaving. It is also important to change the blades regularly, to avoid bacterial growth.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Drink Coconut Water for Glowing skin

Got dull, lifeless skin? While skin texture is mostly hereditary, there is a lot you can do to improve it.

The effect of diet is seriously underestimated in beauty care. While consumption of fruits and fruit juices is said to be good for the skin, it is best to avoid oily and masala rich foods. While orange juice has been voted the best for skin, not many are aware of the benefits of coconut water when it comes to skin care.

The liquid, considered the purest one after water, hydrates the skin, making it look more youthful and supple. Studies say that the antioxidants and cytokinins present in coconut water have an age defying effect on skin. The nutritious value of the drink has always been acknowledged. If you are feeling weak or have stomach problems, drink coconut water for an energy boost.

An advantage it has over fruit juices is that you can easily have a glass a day since it is almost entirely fat free and sugar free. There are also studies which say that coconut water dabbed on skin has a positive effect. However, there are no studies to prove this.

Well, drink coconut water every day and watch your skin glow!

Friday, July 19, 2013

How to get rid of pimple marks

Keep your skin clear of any make-up and wash your face with water as many times as possible to get rid of pimples.

And never pop the pimples as these would lead to scars. Pimple marks are the scars that result after an acne breakout. They are often difficult to remove and take time to fade. There are commercial and homemade treatment options available. Surface skin blemishes can often be removed by these methods. However, if the skin blemishes are deeper, cosmetic procedures may be needed. Some cosmetic procedures are microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing.

One can try for homemade solutions to get rid of pimples mark;

Sandalwood powder paste can be applied on your face to fade marks.

Honey is also good for fading marks. Apply a small amount of honey on the marks daily. Rinse with water after about five minutes.

A milk and oatmeal face mask can also be used to remove scars. Apply the mixture for about ten minutes and then rinse.

An egg white face mask can also be used to fade marks. Apply only the egg white carefully onto your face. Allow the egg white to dry and rinse with water.

Make-up expert Aniruddha Chakladar says, "Neem paste mixed with sandalwood powder is the best way to get rid of pimple scar mark."

Friday, July 12, 2013

Rosemary for a glowing, soft skin

While rosemary herb is popularly used to add flavour to many recipes, its medicinal qualities also make it quite useful for skin care.

Rich in nutrients including iron, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants, rosemary in various forms —rosemary extract, rosemary oil and rosemarinic acid —is effective for many skin types and is found in skin care cleansers, soaps, face masks, toners and creams. This herb is used widely in aromatherapy as its stimulant properties refresh, rejuvenate and help you feel energised. Here's how this fragrant herb can benefit your skin.

Prevents ageing of skin

Since it contains naturally powerful antioxidants, rosemary oil strengthens the capillaries and helps to slow the effects of ageing on skin. It also tightens sagging and loose skin to help it look firmer and more elastic. Additionally, rosemary stimulates biological activity and cell growth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Treats acne

With its powerful disinfectant and antibiotic properties, the herb can help to treat acne and oily skin conditions. When massaged into the face, rosemary oil can help lightens dark spots and blemishes on the skin resulting in an improved skin complexion.

Prevents infection

The anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary extract help to reduce swelling and puffiness of the skin. It also helps to heal burns and soothe the skin. This herb's medicinal qualities makes it a powerful cure for chronic skin conditions including dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.

Homemade cucumber and rosemary acne treatment mask:

Peel the skin off a cucumber and liquidise it in a food processor.

Add a table spoon of rosemary essential oil into the liquid.

Whisk an egg white and add it to the mixture.

Spread the mixture onto your face and leave it on for 15 minutes

Rinse off.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Drink, apply citrus fruits for natural glow

Bright coloured citrus fruits like orange, lemon and lime can make your skin glow.

Bollywood beauty and makeup expert Puja Taluja reveals how these Vitamin C rich fruits, known for their antioxidant properties, work well for your skin.

Lime juice: Take a lime, squeeze it and add it to a glass of warm water with honey in it. Take a spoon and mix the contents well. Drink it every morning before breakfast.

Lemon: Get glowing skin by simply rubbing a peeled lemon on your skin. But, don't do it for long and be gentle while doing so. It shouldn't be done longer than three minutes. Then wash it off with water.

Orange: After eating the fruit, do not throw the skin. It can be used on your face. Dry the peels and grind them. Use the powder with water on your skin. This works as a natural scrub.

Monday, July 8, 2013

DIY body scrub for super smooth skin

This make-at-home scrub will leave your skin soft and smooth instantly and it can be used on body as well a face.

It's ideal for rough spots like feet, knee, elbow, even cuticles. Those who have acne problems must try this scrub; it does wonders. This easy-to-make lemon and sugar exfoliate leaves the skin soft and insanely smooth. To make this scrub, you need, half fresh lemon, half cup granular sugar, one tablespoon olive oil and one tablespoon organic honey.

Add lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl and mix. Add honey and mix till the ingredients blend together into a thicker consistency. You can adjust the consistency by either adding honey to thicken, or by adding olive oil to thin the mixture. Now, add the sugar and mix. You can add more sugar to make the scrub more intense. When you use as a bodyscrub, pay close attention to your knees, elbows and feet, and rub in circular motions with your hand or with an exfoliating glove to eliminate the dead skin.

Finally, rinse, lather in moisturiser, and enjoy your newly soft skin.

Sunday, July 7, 2013


After long time of study I found 10 best thing that helps you to make your skin tone lightning.
1. Increase fruits intake like blackberry, orange, mango,e.t.c.,
2. Take 1glass of lemon in morning as you wake up in warm water(do not take hot water)
3. Use Scrubing,face massage and face pack once a week only.
4. Use sunscream above 30 Spf (every time you go out of house)
5. Wash your face with cold water everytime you come from out side
6. Wash face 2twice a day only.
7. Do not use bleaching until you have to attend party prefer to avoid bleaching
8. Do not touch your face again and again, avoid touching your face with dirty hands and handkerchief.
9. Drink lot of water more than 7-8liter of water.
10. Last but not the least sleep properly approx 8hrs. Its very important to sleep properly.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beauty tips for perfect eyebrows

If you have light eyebrows, you may need to draw over them or shade them.

For this, you will need to choose the right shade of eyebrow pencil. If you choose a colour that's too dark, your eyebrows will look unnatural and stand out and if you use a shade that's too light, it simply won't help. So choose a colour that will suit your skin tone and features. Ideally, the shade must be two shades lighter that your actual hair colour — this way it will blend and still stand out.

While using an eyebrow pencil on your brows, remember not to colour outside your hairline. Stay within your boundary line. Also, always start with light strokes; if your use harsher strokes, the colour will be dark. If you make your eyebrows too dark, it can clash with the rest of your eye make-up. Never press the pencil too hard on your brows, especially the tip. Keep a light hand.

Keep the pencil down on your eyebrow — avoid using the pencil along the top end of the brow. Since the top arch of your eyebrow is thinner than the rest, keep the pencil as away as possible from this section.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Simple way to say bye bye to PIMPLE

Keep your skin clear of any make-up and wash your face with water as many times as possible to get rid of pimples.

And never pop the pimples as these would lead to scars. Pimple marks are the scars that result after an acne breakout. They are often difficult to remove and take time to fade. There are commercial and homemade treatment options available. Surface skin blemishes can often be removed by these methods. However, if the skin blemishes are deeper, cosmetic procedures may be needed. Some cosmetic procedures are microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing.

One can try for homemade solutions to get rid of pimples mark;

- Sandalwood powder paste can be applied on your face to fade marks.

- Honey is also good for fading marks. Apply a small amount of honey on the marks daily. Rinse with water after about five minutes.

- A milk and oatmeal face mask can also be used to remove scars. Apply the mixture for about ten minutes and then rinse.

- An egg white face mask can also be used to fade marks. Apply only the egg white carefully onto your face. Allow the egg white to dry and rinse with water.

- Make-up expert Aniruddha Chakladar says, "Neem paste mixed with sandalwood powder is the best way to get rid of pimple scar mark."

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pamper your face with a face massage

Face massage is something that you must indulge in as it has multiple benefits. For a glowing skin, it is essential to get a face massage done at least twice a month.

Health benefits

Massaging techniques can be traced back to ancient civilisations of India, China, Egypt, Rome, Greece and Mesopotamia. However, it has evolved over time to offer more benefits.

Face massage comes with an array of exhilarating health benefits as it helps to reduce stress, increase blood circulation and also helps to cure sinusitis and headaches. The lymph nodes present in the chin and jawline areas need stimulation to release lymph fluid that can detoxify the facial area.

Indulging in the luxury of a face massage is a stress-buster and alleviates the mood. A good massage, which ideally lasts up to 20 minutes, can also help strained facial muscles to loosen up and relax, thereby reducing wrinkles.

How is it done?

A face massage involves forehead, eyes, nose, ears, mouth, chin, jawlines, neck, behind the ears and, at times, scalp too. Since facial skin is delicate, massage your face by applying soft strokes. Use the index, middle and ring finger to massage, especially for feather strokes. Additionally, make sure you do the strokes in an upward motion, which can revitalise the facial muscles.

Exfoliate your face with a good exfoliating pack and cleanse it before starting the massage. Start with eyebrows, followed by nose, cheekbones, under the eyes and nose bridge. Make sure you run and pat your fingers in a circular motion. Next, work on ears and behind the ears, and finally the neck.

Before you start off

Firstly, you need to set up an ambience where you can fully enjoy the massage. Dim and soft lights with soothing music in the background can make the experience all the more relaxing. Aromatic oils such as avocado oil, evening primrose oil, rose geranium oil, lavender oil or German chamomile oil are the best choice. Massaging using a good moisturiser can hydrate the skin and can also act as a good lubricant while working on the face.

Ice cubes for a glowing face

Why waste money and time on expensive skin care products when you can achieve the same benefits by applying ice on your face?

And the best part is, no matter what the season is, you can always try this facial therapy - even during the rains. It helps minimise open pores, refreshes your skin and makes it glow.

Applying ice is an instant way to give your face a fresh and dewy look without wearing makeup. It improves blood circulation and gives your face a healthy glow. Ice also prevents premature ageing and wrinkles.

Ice reduces large pores and minimises the production of excess oil. Tie two cubes of ice in a cloth and massage it on your face every night before you go off to bed. Also, to make your makeup last longer, try rubbing an ice cube on your face before you begin applying your makeup.

Place an ice cube on acne and you'll find a considerable reduction in redness and swelling.

Note: Do not use ice cubes directly. They can cause the delicate capillary under your skin to break. Wrap them in a clean cloth before you use them

Thursday, June 13, 2013

5 Natural tips to prevent hair loss

It's better to use natural products to stop hairfall than to go in for expensive parlour treatments, that may not help the problem.

Try the following easy tips at home and see how effective they are in reducing hair loss!

1. Hot oil treatments: Take any natural oil - olive, coconut, canola - and heat it up so that it is warm, but not too hot. Massage it gently into your scalp. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for an hour, then shampoo your hair.

2. Natural juices: You can rub your scalp with either garlic juice, onion juice or ginger juice. Leave it on overnight and wash it thoroughly in the morning.

3. Get a head massage: Massaging your scalp for a few minutes daily will help stimulate circulation. Good circulation in the scalp keeps hair follicles active. Circulation may be improved through massage by using a few drops of lavender or bay essential oil in an almond or sesame oil base.

4. Antioxidants: Apply warm green tea (two bags brewed in one cup of water) on your scalp and leave this mixture on for an hour and then rinse. Green tea contains antioxidants which prevent hair loss and boost hair growth.

5. Practice meditation: Believe it or not, most of the times, the root cause for hair loss is stress and tension. Meditation can help in reducing that and restore hormonal balance.

Monday, June 10, 2013

10 cosmetics that can harm your skin.

Various cosmetics and skin care products are widely available in stores and salons. With these products it is easier for women (and men) to achieve a healthy, smooth and beautiful skin. However, even though these products are effective, not all of these are safe.

Cosmetics are supposed to help women look beautiful, but these products are often so full of harmful synthetic chemicals that they could leave you with unsightly skin conditions. Yes, most makeup products and cosmetics are terribly harsh on your skin and numerous studies report that they are carcinogenic. Moreover, cosmetics and makeup can inhibit your skin from breathing and can harbour bacteria and help external impurities causing skin problems.

So...we give you a list of 10 cosmetic and makeup products that can cause significant harm to your skin and body - the list is by no means complete; it is just the tip of the iceberg!


Lipstick dries the moisture out your lips; whereas, lip balms are better.Therefore, if you want bright colour lips use lip-balm first then put lipstick on top. Some lipsticks and lip- glosses contain oils and chemicals that can damage your lips rather than help them look beautiful.Lead is sometimes found in harmful amounts in red lipsticks. Health problems associated with lead ingestion are brain damage and behavior abnormalities Many of lead's side effects are irreversible. Mineral Oil found in lipsticks acts like a second nonporous skin, blocking the real skin's pores, and can interfere with skin cell development and proper functioning.


It is a fact that, sun damage and pollution ruin your skin so it is good to wear a 'good' moisturiser to block the UV sunrays and harmful pollutants away from your face.

Nonetheless, moisturisers and creams that contain mineral oil and paraffin have been shown clinically to damage the skin barrier and increase moisture loss from the skin.

Virtually all the popular cosmetic moisturizers and emollients sold by skin care companies contain high concentrations of detergents and detergent-like chemicals that damage the skin and degrade the skin's natural protective function. The frequent use of moisturisers by most of us (in order to obtain a smooth radiant and young-looking skin), results in the body absorbing and assimilating the harmful synthetic chemical ingredients of these products that can damage the skin, exacerbating skin problems instead of enhancing the skin's beauty and health.

The solution is to purchase products that contain vegetable oils. Particularly oils high in gamma linoleic acid that effectively suppresses inflammation.A good moisturiser should be made of water, hydrosols, plant oils, and emulsifiers. Using natural products, you can maintain the beauty of your face for longer.


Kajal and Surma are traditional Indian cosmetic preparations used to makeup beautiful eyes. However, kajal can have numerous adverse effects on the eyes; for example, development of chemical, toxic and infective conjunctivitis, uveitis, glaucoma, dry eye and conjunctival discoloration. Hence, it is best to avoid use of kajal and surma or any makeup that goes inside the eye. No eye makeup should be used during any eye infection, injury, surgery, etc. Furthermore, the tissue around the eyes dries out as you get older; rendering the eye shadow as the worst offender!

Nail polish

You must be wearing a lot of heavy, darkand shimmering nail polish on your nails, because you love to decorate your nails and get that glamorous look. Nevertheless, you must be wondering if it will ruin your skin and nails in any way. The answer is - if you use harsh colours like red or black, also if you wear it every day - all the time, then YES they'll be ruined. Dark polishes could stain your nails and turn them yellow. Furthermore, when your nail polish has acetone it means that it is more likely to weaken and damage your nail strength because it is a harsh chemical.

Talcum powder

The chemical ingredients in talcum powder, like silicates talc is not only a potent carcinogen, it also causes allergies and infection in lungs. Talc absorbs moisture and so we use talcum powder to avoid perspiration. But this causes much damage to our skin. Talc particles are asbestos like, capable of moving through the reproductive system. They get embedded on the lining of the ovary, if applied in large excess. This finally results to ovarian cancer.

Bleach creams

Skin bleaching is popular with darker-skinned people to obtain a fairer and even skin tone. Hydroquinone cream, the most common type of skin bleach can result in undesirable effects and significant skin damage. Hydroquinone is a fairly caustic substance with known adverse effects on the skin including redness, peeling, a rash, dryness and burning where you've applied the cream. Strong chemical bleach breaks down the oils that are supposed to keep your skin soft and supple and prevent formation of wrinkles.

On the other hand, whitening can actually be healthy for your skin provided the skin lightening and brightening products contain natural ingredients; such as, organic herbal extracts and essential oils.


Waxing for hair removal has its drawbacks; some people experience ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding. Waxing on face causes the skin to sag earlier than it normally would as it pulls your skin and is harsh.Facial skin is very delicate and waxing will only damage it. Waxing with waxing strips can be painful when the strip is removed from the skin and can cause infection if the skin gets bruised. The wax strip may disturb hair follicles, causing hair to begin to grow in different directions.

Hair colours and hair dyes

Before colouring your hair, it's important to know that allergic reactions to dyes can cause hair loss, burning, redness, itchy scalp, facial swelling and breathing difficulty. There are many chemicals in hair dyes that are known to be dangerous to human health. One of the worst chemicals found in hair dyes is P-Phenylenediamine, which is known to pose the following dangers: cancer, reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, allergies, immune- toxicity, irritation of skin, eyes, and/or lungs.

Deodorants & antiperspirants

Scientific studies have shown that ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants are harmful for your skin and body. It is a fact that deodorants cause irritation (because of alcohol) and redness which leads to itching and eventually pigmentation of the skin. The harmful effects of antiperspirants are greater than deodorants due to aluminum compounds in antiperspirants that block the sweat glands and can lead to conditions like contact dermatitis and allergy. Sweat glands discharge the waste from our body as sweat and if the waste is not being discharged from the body, it is unhealthy.


It is important to be informed that there are dangerous chemicals in cosmetics.Fragrance chemicals present in fabric softeners, laundry detergents, perfumes, personal care products, air fresheners and many other products contribute to health and environmental problems.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Look younger than you are!!

Eating right can take years away from your face.

Is it only genes that make some people look younger than their real physical age? Research and studies have shown that people who eat mostly plant-based foods look younger than their actual age. Including such food in our daily diet can stave off wrinkles, show an increase in our skin elasticity and reduce the obvious effects of ageing.
These anti-aging foods are just natural foods rich in selenium and powerful antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E.
Here is a list of some anti-aging foods to help you look younger. They are not very difficult to find as they are all available in the city hypermarkets and stores.

Avocados are nature's best moisturisers. Avocados are loaded with anti-aging nutrients such as Vitamin C and E, and Omega 3 fatty acids. Though a medium-size avocado has 30 grams of fat, all of it is healthy monosaturated fats that lower cholesterol and protect the heart.
Want to look younger? Eat an avocado a day to stave off wrinkles and keep your skin looking soft and supple.

Lemons are a Vitamin C powerhouse, an antioxidant vital for healthy skin and gums. One medium size lemon contains more than 45 per cent of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C. Lemons are the body's natural internal cleansers which aid digestion and remove toxins; leaving our skin clear and radiant.
Waking up in the morning to a luke-warm glass of water with lemon juice or lemon water will help your skin look younger.

Almonds are an anti-aging food that is excellent for healthy skin, hair and nails because of their high content of Vitamin E. Our body requires this vitamin to protect our cells from the onslaught of free radicals that is generated by peroxides, air pollution and ultra violet rays.
Eaing ten to a dozen almonds in one day will help. A quarter cup of almonds a day provides about 45 per cent of the daily-recommended intake of Vitamin E.

Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are a remarkable anti-aging food and a Vitamin E and selenium powerhouse with very effective youth-enhancing qualities.
Eating a handful of sunflower seeds a day will help you look younger, stave off wrinkles and improve skin elasticity. In fact, a quarter cup of sunflower seeds will provide most part of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin E.

Look younger by eating a handful of blueberries for your daily dose of anthocyanin, an anti-aging antioxidant that increases the potency of Vitamin C, one of nature's best moisturisers and a collagen-stimulating nutrient for the skin.

Whether you eat it as a cucumber salad or make it into a cucumber cleanser, cucumbers are an excellent anti-aging food for improving tired, dehydrated skin. This reason is cucumbers are high in water content and contains high amounts of silica, a necessary mineral for smooth and glowing skin.

Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are a very rich source of selenium, a mineral that works well with Vitamin E to stop oxidative stress and cell damage caused by free radicals; thus, slowing down the aging process. They are a powerful anti-aging food with a high fat content and so you should not have more than two Brazil nuts a day for younger skin.

Friday, May 31, 2013

What to eat for brighter skin

Here's a list of edible items that can help you get that glowing skin you've always craved for

Shelling out that last penny in the salon and still, women fret about maintaining a glowing complexion throughout the year. It's no secret that drinking about eight to 10 glasses of water on a daily basis will help clear those impurities and give you a healthy looking skin. But it's not just water that will add to your skin's radiance. There are many edibles that will keep you glowing. Here's an index of what you should add to your daily food slot to look bright and pretty.

Yes, this is one secret that has been out of grandma's kitchen trove for the longest time. Strawberries are known to be brilliant as it benefits the skin in more than one way. This accessory fruit is known to be rich in coenzyme Q10, a substance that helps fight free radical damage, and lessens the pace of aging, increases both the adeptness and rate of cellular energy production. Quite high in alpha-hydroxyl acid, this fruit helps get rid of dead skin cells and helps the body build collagen. Another great thing about strawberries, it's highly concentrated with vitamin C, an essential antioxidant that helps prevent skin blemishes, fights the aging process and the harmful effects of the sun.

There are many reasons to toss a tomato in your diet, it adds to the content of collagen in the skin, thus preventing it from sagging. Also, tomatoes have higher antioxidants , this helps reduce fine lines on the skin. Also, eating tomato sauce and tomato juice can help clear up acne.

Another fruit apart from the strawberry that is extremely high in antioxidants are oranges. These help brighten the skin. Orange, a citrus fruit, contains vitamin C, that helps prevent conditions like skin inflammation. One thing known about vitamin C is that, it helps improve the absorption of Vitamin E and iron in the body, and this in turn gives you a radiant complexion. You might have noticed, there are many skin care products that have orange extracts in them.

Eggs are great for the skin, they help soften, firm and hydrate the skin. It is known to contain amino acids that help in generation of new skin cells. A study states that two major antioxidants that eggs contain, lutein and zeaxanthin, is known to increase more than four times the protection against the UV damage that leads to lines, brown spots, and cancer. Apparently, eating about one egg a day significantly increases blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin (but not cholesterol).

Monday, May 27, 2013

20 best home remedies for all your skin problems

Are you bothered with rash, acne, pimples or skin breakouts? It is common to develop skin problems at any point of your life due to changes in your lifestyle and hormones.

Your kitchen closet is full of home remedies that can treat all your skin problems. Skin Rejuvenation Surgeon and Hair Restoration Specialist, Dr. Sandeep Suttar shares 20 best home remedies for all your skin problems.

Skin problem # 1: Acne

Home remedies for skin problem # 1: Baking soda treatment
This treatment will help to speed up the healing, clearing and reducing acne, and its scars.


Baking soda


1. Mix some baking soda with some water in a bowl to a thick paste.
2. Apply this paste all over your face as a facial mask for 20 minutes.
3. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

Home remedies for skin problem # 2: Oatmeal magic
Cleansing properties of oatmeal will help to reduce acne scars




1. Blend some oatmeal with water, to make a thick paste.
2. Apply the paste to your face as a facial mask.
3. Let it dry for 15 minutes. Later, wash it off with lukewarm water and towel dry your face.

Home remedies for skin problem # 3: Treat acne with tomato pulp
The pulp of tomato is a very good toner to your skin; it also helps to unclog the pores and prevents acne formation.


Cucumber juice
Pulp of tomatoes


1. Make a good mixture of cucumber juice and tomato pulp and apply it for 15 minutes.
2. Then wash it off.

Skin problem # 2: Scars

Home remedies for skin problem # 4: Say good-bye to scars with sandalwood powder
The cleansing properties of sandalwood and rose milk will help to remove the scars and blemishes from your face.


Sandalwood powder
Milk/rose water


1. Mix sandalwood powder with milk or rose water and make a fine paste out of that.
2. Apply this paste on your face.
3. Wash your face after an hour using cold water.

Home remedies for skin problem # 5: Almond cure


Rose water


1. Soak two to three almonds in water and leave it overnight.
2. In the morning peel the skin and mash it.
3. Mix little rose water and apply to face.

Home remedies for skin problem # 6: Honey blend


Dry oats
Aloe vera gel


1. Blend some honey, dry oats and aloe vera gel, to fine paste.
2. Apply this paste, on your face for 30 minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Skin problem # 3: White heads

Home remedies for skin problem # 7: Honey and egg power


1. Egg white
2. Honey


1. Take some egg white, pour it into a bowl, and add some honey to it.
2. Apply this mixture to the affected area.
3. Leave this paste for at least 30 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.

Home remedies for skin problem # 8: Garlic remedy




1. Wash your face with a good cleanser and rub garlic or garlic juice to the affected areas at least three times a day.
2. Let it stay for 15 minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Home remedies for skin problem # 9: Lemon magic


Lemon juice


1. Extract some lemon juice and apply it to the affect area with the help of a cotton swab.
2. Leave it off for some time and then wash it with cold water.
3. Repeat this treatment three times a day for best results.

Skin problem # 4: Stretch marks

Home remedies for skin problem # 11: Castor oil massage


Castor oil


1. Apply some castor oil to the affected area and gently massage the area in circular motions with your fingertips.
2. Massage for at least 15-20 minutes and the cover it with a thin cotton cloth.
3. Later apply some heat to the affected area, with the help of a heat bag for 30 minutes.
4. Repeat this treatment for minimum one month.

Home remedies for skin problem # 12: Sugar scrub


Raw sugar
Almond oil
Lemon juice


1. Make a mixture of raw sugar, almond oil and few drops of lemon juice.
2. Gently rub the mixture on the affected area for at least 10 minutes, before shower.
3. Repeat this for a month or so.

Home remedies for skin problem # 13: Potato juice




1. Take a medium sized potato and cut it into thick slices.
2. Take the potato piece and rub it gently on the affected area for few minutes.
3. Allow the juice to dry for some time and later clean it with lukewarm water.

Skin problem # 5: Rosacea

Home remedies for skin problem # 14: Chamomile magic


Chamomile tea


1. Steep some chamomile tea bags in some boiling water for 10 minutes then refrigerate it.
2. Once it is cold, dip a cotton cloth in the chamomile and apply it to the affected area.

Home remedies for skin problem # 15: Lavender oil


Lavender oil


1. Wash your face and towel dry.
2. Apply some lavender oil to your face and gently massage it to the affected area.
3. Repeat this procedure daily, for best results.

Skin problem # 5: Ingrown hair

Home remedies for skin problem # 16: Salt scrubber


Warm water
Cotton ball


1. Make a mixture of one-cup water and 1 ½ teaspoons salt.
2. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it over the ingrown hair.
3. Follow this procedure daily, but avoid using it if you face any skin complications.

Home remedies for skin problem # 17: Aspirin mask


3-4 aspirin tablets
Water or jojoba oil


1. Make a mixture of honey, water or jojoba oil in a small bowl, and place this mixture in a large bowl of hot water.
2. Add some powdered aspirin to the bowl of honey mixture and make a tiny paste.
3. Test the temperature and apply it to the affected area with your fingertips.
4. Allow it to dry for 10 minutes, remove it with warm water, and pat dry.

Skin problem # 7: Black heads

Home remedies for skin problem # 18: Green tea


Green tea


1. Make a fine paste using one teaspoon of green tea and some water.
2. Apply this paste on the affected area and scrub it gently for 2-3 minutes.
3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Skin problem # 8: Suntan

Home remedies for skin problem # 19: Turmeric


Chilled yoghurt


1. Make a mixture of turmeric and chilled yoghurt and apply it on the affected area.
2. Wash it off after 30 minutes.

Home remedies for skin problem # 20: Coconut water


Coconut water


1. Use fresh coconut water on the affected area.

2. Wash it off thoroughly after some time.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Taking care of skin around your eyes

The skin around your eye is much different than the rest of your face. Thus it is extremely important to give special care and attention to this area. Here's how...

Getting acquainted
If you want to know how to take care for the skin around your eyes, you need to know about the skin texture very well. The skin around your eyes is supposed to be the thinnest, sensitive and also the driest area. It is also the first place where the signs of ageing begins to appear.

Just like the rest of your face, cleansing around your eyes is extremely important. Especially because it tends to dry up very easily. Removing excess make-up from around your eyes will also ensure that it remains clean. Put some cleanser on a cotton pad and lightly set it on your eyelid. Gently swipe it off.

Not only external care is required for your eyes, but internal as well. Make sure that you are taking vitamin A, B, C, D and E supplements so that not only the skin around your eyes, but also your eyes in general is taken care of.


Getting 7 hours of sleep is extremely important. Make sure that you do not compromise on this point. Sleep will ensure that you do not get dark circles and wrinkles around the area.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Top 20 ways to be beautiful in a healthy way

Being beautiful is a perennial wish women have in their minds. Proper skin care and hair care clubbed rightly with body care gives one beauty and good looks.

Try these tips shared by Dr. Sandeep Suttar, a surgeon at Hairrevive, Mumbai, and fall in love with your reflection in the mirror... all over again.

Go scrub yourself
Use a regular scrub for your body, to remove dead cells and to prevent in-growth on your body. One wise tip, dermatologist Dr. Apratim Goel shares, "apply a good body moisturiser all over your body, after every shower. Your moisturiser should be a good source of Vitamin E and other anti-oxidants." The best natural scrub available is a mixture of honey and sugar.

Up your water intake
Make sure that you drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. This will help to prevent dehydration and will also make your skin healthy.

Get rid of the dirt
If you sweat excessively, make sure that you bathe twice daily. A good shower will help to keep you cool and also maintain your personal hygiene. After your shower, opt for loose cotton clothes, as it will help your skin breathe.

Care for your hair
Rising temperature and pollution can take a toll on your hair health as well. To maintain good hair, shampoo your hair according to your convenience. Dr. Suttar says, "be cautious while shampooing as well, because excessive shampooing can make your hair dry and dull. Add a pinch of baking soda, while shampooing your hair, to remove dirt and pollution."

Use sun protection
One rule you should always follow, all your life, is to use a good sunscreen every day. Find the best sunscreen according to your skin type to avoid allergies and skin rash.

Allow your toes to breathe
Always wear open shoes, as it will allow proper circulation and will prevent smelly foot and other fungal infections.

Make 'yoghurt' your new best-friend
Increase your yoghurt consumption, as it not only revitalises your skin but also slows down your ageing process. You can also use yoghurt as a skin or hair pack, to smoothen sun damage.

Use a new shaving technique
If you are a razor person, then wait for at least three minutes before using it on your arms and legs, during your shower. Use warm water, as it will help to soften the hair shaft and this will provide closer and longer lasting smoothness. Once done, add few drops of natural astringent in cold water.

Use a silky smooth pillow
Using a silk pillow cover, will help prevent friction between hair cuticle and the pillow cover, which can further make your hair vulnerable and frizzy.

Say good-bye to tan
For all those, who get tanned easily; always use natural ingredients to fix your problem. Use a mixture of egg white, corn flower and lemon juice or just simply rub a little potato or lemon juice to remove tan. If this doesn't help, seek help from a dermatologist at its earliest.

Treat your back
To get a sexy back, exfoliate your back regularly. Use a mixture of papaya and apply it onto your skin for 5-10 minutes. This treatment will help to remove dead cells and dirt from your back.

Protect your head
If you cover your hair with a hat, then this technique can trap the oils on your skin causing acne on your forehead. To prevent this, always wipe your forehead with a good cleaner.

Aim for healthy feet
Always use an anti-fungal powder, before letting your feet into the closed shoe. Besides, use a pumice stone to remove dead cells and to rejuvenate your feet skin.

Include a protein rich diet
For a healthy and glowing complexion, add up lots of lean meat, eggs, pulses, milk and cheese as these items are rich in protein. These protein-rich foods will also help in maintaining healthy bones and teeth.

Take adequate rest
To be beautiful, get adequate sleep and water in your life. These two important things will help to give you a radiant complexion to your skin, as it helps to detoxify and prevent red and puffy eyes.

Avoid too much make-up
While applying make-up to your face, make sure to keep it minimalistic. Too much make-up can clog your pores, leading to wrinkles and flaky skin. Besides, make sure to get rid of all your foundation, before going to bed.

Always follow CTM ( Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising)
Choose a cleanser and toner according to your skin type and follow the CTM routine every day. A good cleanser will help to remove all the dead cells along. Besides, it will also take away natural oil from your skin, thus supplement it with a good oil-free moisturiser, to give the best to your skin.

Carry a hand sanitiser always
Constantly touching your face, with dirty hands can cause acne and breakouts. Thus, make sure to use a sanitiser regularly when you are outdoors and try to keep your hands away from your face.

Exfoliate your skin
Use an exfoliator, at least once a week. This will help to remove all the dirt and impurities and will give a healthy glow to your skin.

Condition your hair

After washing your hair, condition your hair, with a good conditioner to prevent frizzy and damaged hair due to pollution. Moreover, also avoid blow-drying your hair, more frequently.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Beauty benefits of walnut oil

High in vitamins and proteins, walnut oil works wonders for your skin.

Apart from eating walnuts, the use of it in the form of oil also helps your
skin. They are known to be rich in fibre, Omega-3, protein and other vital

Fights wrinkles
It is believed that walnut oil has been recommended to fight wrinkles since
at least the 17th century. Though walnut oil is greasy and rich, yet if you
apply it on your skin daily, it helps treat wrinkles and fine lines and
makes your skin look younger!

Cures infections
Walnut oil is known to be a remedy to treat fungal infections. Athlete's
foot and Candida are some of the infections which are known to get treated
with the application of walnut oil. Apply the oil topically on the affected
area. You can also mix this oil with other herbal anti-fungals like garlic
to enhance its effectiveness.

Treats psoriasis
Psoriasis is known to be a painful and persistent skin condition that can
be eased with the use of walnut oil. Add this oil to your bath or use it
topically on your skin to treat this condition.

Excellent source of Omega-3
Walnut oil is known to be an excellent plant source of Omega-3. It is also
associated with numerous health benefits which includes protection against
heart disease, some types of cancer and other inflammatory disorders like
eczema etc

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Eating chocolate may trigger acne, say scientists

Chocolate may increase inflammation that aggravates acne, a new small-scale study has found.
Researchers at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands, collected blood samples from participants before and after they ate 48 g of chocolate, each day for four days. The chocolate contained about 30 per cent cocoa.
They then exposed the blood cells to bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, which contribute to acne when they grow inside clogged pores and cause pores to become inflamed, and to Staphylococcus aureus, another skin bacteria that can aggravate acne.
After eating chocolate, the seven participants' blood cells produced more interleukin-1b, a marker of immune system inflammation, when exposed to Propionibacterium acnes. This suggests chocolate consumption could increase the inflammation that contributes to acne, the researchers said.
In addition, eating chocolate increased production of another immune system factor called interleukin 10 after exposure to Staphylococcus aureus, MyHealthNewsDaily reported.
Interleukin 10 is thought to lower human bodies' defenses against microorganisms, and thus, higher levels of interleukin 10 could create conditions that allow bacteria to infect pimples, and worsen them, the researchers said.
Although there's a lot of talk about chocolate and other foods playing a role in acne, there's very little evidence to show they do, said Dr Kanade Shinkai, a dermatologist at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, who specialises in acne treatments.
There is some evidence that so-called high glycemic foods, such as white bread, which release sugar very quickly into the bloodstream, may be linked to acne, Shinkai said. While there may be a subset of people whose acne is influenced by diet, this is probably not true for everyone, Shinkai was quoted as saying by the website.
Shinkai cautioned against broad dietary restrictions, such as avoiding dairy, because dairy products are important sources of calcium and vitamin D for many people, and the nutritional benefits of the products outweigh the impact of acne, she said.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Top Foods That Rejuvenate Your Skin

Your face reflects what you eat. So to bring a natural glow on your skin, you must introduce a healthy diet in your life. Pollution, harmful rays of the sun and improper diet can take a toll on your skin and age it prematurely. Hence, it is pivotal that you eat healthy, sleep well and know how to counterbalance the effect of the environment. Take a look at the foods that can help revitalize your skin and save it from getting damaged further.
 Tomatoes: They are full of lycopene that helps delay ageing of the skin and protects your skin against sun damage. Tomatoes have lots of water that also helps maintain adequate amount of water content in your body during summer and the glow on your face.
Fruits: Eat as many fruits as you can because they can do wonders for your skin. Mango, papaya and apricots are full of pigments called carotenoids. These get stored in the skin and help in improving colour.
Spinach: Doctors can’t stress on the benefits of green leafy vegetables enough. Rich in antioxidants and nutrients they make your skin happy and sparkling. Spinach, in particular, is a good source of calcium, iron, potassium and various vitamins. The grass is definitely greener where spinach is.
Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin C which helps in smoothing out wrinkles. Experts say that if you consume half a sweet potato regularly for three years, the wrinkles on your skin will be reduced by 11 percent.
Seafood: When we think about seafood, fish is the first thing that comes to our mind. Fish is rich in vitamins, minerals and high quality protein. It is good for your complexion as it has zinc and omega 3 acids that make your skin healthy.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Post Workout Skin Care

Everyone follows a morning and before bed skin care routine, but do you have a after gym routine? Here are some ways you can take care of your skin post workout

Workout without make-up

Make sure you are not exercising with make-up on. Not only will you end up looking ridiculous but also it will keep your pores blocked while you are exercising. Thus, skip the make-up and arrive at the gym bare-faced. Be ready to get all sweaty from your workout and don't worry about how you look with all the perspiration on your face!

Don't use hot water

After a workout, your muscles are sore and you are already very exhausted. Even though washing your face or taking a shower with hot water might ease your muscles, but it will also strip your skin of vital oils, leaving you dry and itchy.

Re-hydrate your skin

The best time to re-hydrate your skin is when you are right out of the shower. Take a few minutes and apply a generous dollop of your moisturiser and body lotion. This will keep your skin supple and moist.

Be gentle

If you've been sweating for the past hour, you might be tempted to scrub yourself from tip to toe to feel clean, but it could only spell disaster for you! Use a gentle shampoo and cleanser which will ensure that you stay clean and your skin stays soft.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Benifits of Rose water

Generations of women have used rose water as part of their skin care regime. It isn't uncommon to hear grannies extolling its benefits and not without reason.

Rose water and rose oil are one of the oldest skin care and grooming products. It used to be added to baths as also to treat mild skin conditions. They are found in many cosmetic products these days.

Here are a few ways how rosewater works wonders for you:

1. Since rose oil has anti-inflammatory properties, using rose water can help in reducing the redness from irritated or over-heated skin.

2. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores. Thus preventing acne and pimples.

3. It has astringent like properties, which is why it is used after facials and clean ups to close open pores. Applying rose water after steaming tightens capillaries, reduces redness and blotchiness.

4. The aroma of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer. It rids you of feelings of anxiety and promotes emotional wellbeing, thereby making you look relaxed. Since it is de-stressing, it helps you sleep better which means you will wake up feeling fresh.

5. The best and easiest way to use it is to apply it at night. It helps clear all impurities that your face has collected through the day.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

FIG is GOOD for Skin

Why figs are good for you


Dried figs are easily available throughout the year, but eating it fresh and sweet is a different experience altogether.

Did you know that figs grow on the ficus carica tree, belonging to the mulberry family? Also, that dried figs are better concentrated sources of minerals and vitamins?

Read on to find out more about the health benefits of figs:
Figs are a great source of dietary fibre and make you feel satiated. So, it's a great option for those who want to lose weight. The fibre content is also excellent for the digestive system and helps relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Being high in alkaline content, figs are great for curbing acid levels in the body.

Studies have shown that figs lower triglyceride levels. Also, their potassium content helps regulate blood pressure and hypertension.

Dried figs contain high levels of phenol antioxidants, which help fight against the damage caused by free radicals. Also, the calcium in figs strengthens bones.

If you're suffering from iron deficiency, figs are the way to go. They are excellent for building red blood cells, which help carry oxygen throughout the body.

The natural sugars in figs make them an ideal snack for diabetics. The magnesium content in the fruit is good for cardiovascular health. Cholesterol levels can be kept in control by pectin, a soluble fibre found in figs. Figs are great for skin, too. Mash two ripened figs and apply it on your face for 15 minutes. This helps to reduce acne. They also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help prevent coronary heart diseases.

Sex it up: Figs have traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac. To treat sexual weakness, soak a couple of figs in a cup of milk overnight and eat them in the morning.

Cure Large Facial Pores

                                             Have large facial pores?

Here's how you can maintain that kind of skin.

It is not possible to completely reduce the pore size on the face. However, what you can do is make them look smaller. This, in turn, will also make your skin look better. Even though age and genetics play quite a big role in determining the size of ones facial pores and the quality of the skin, you don't need to indulge in expensive spa treatments to improve the appearance of your skin. Also, large pores are prone to infections. So if you want a clearer skin, here's what you can do to avoid the situation:

Kick that cigarette butt. Yes, cigarette smoking can add to facial pores. It also makes the skin look dull and sallow. If you have particularly large pores, smoking can surely worsen the situation. It is advisable to give up smoking in such situations.

Exposure to direct sunlight is harmful. It breaks down the collagen and also affects the
elasticity of your skin. Over a period of time, the skin starts sagging. This makes the pores prominent and also makes them look larger. Hence, protect your skin by using a good sun block (use one with a higher SPF). Wearing sun block is as important as cleansing your skin.

Large open pores provide easy access to dust and grime. Thus, it is extremely important to clean your face. Do this at least twice a day with the use of a gentle cleanser. Also, exfoliate your skin with gentle products that contain sugar so you can easily get rid of dead skin and dirt.

Taking care of skin around your eyes

                                          Taking care of skin around your eyes

The skin around your eye is much different than the rest of your face. Thus it is extremely important to give special care and attention to this area. Here's how...

Getting acquainted
If you want to know how to take care for the skin around your eyes, you need to know about the skin texture very well. The skin around your eyes is supposed to be the thinnest, sensitive and also the driest area. It is also the first place where the signs of ageing begins to appear.

Just like the rest of your face, cleansing around your eyes is extremely important. Especially because it tends to dry up very easily. Removing excess make-up from around your eyes will also ensure that it remains clean. Put some cleanser on a cotton pad and lightly set it on your eyelid. Gently swipe it off.

Not only external care is required for your eyes, but internal as well. Make sure that you are taking vitamin A, B, C, D and E supplements so that not only the skin around your eyes, but also your eyes in general is taken care of.

Getting 7 hours of sleep is extremely important. Make sure that you do not compromise on this point. Sleep will ensure that you do not get dark circles and wrinkles around the area.

Treat Marks, Patches on your skin

A handy cause-and-remedy guide to marks and patches on your skin

On: Stomach and thighs

These are fat deposits that sit below the surface of the skin, giving it a dimpled appearance like the rough skin of an orange. Cellulite accumulates on the abdomen, lower limbs, and the pelvic region.
What causes it: "Unlike what most people believe, being overweight or thin has no bearing on the incidence of cellulite, although shedding some kilos can help reduce its incidence," says Thomas. The thickness and colour of your skin, hormonal changes, total body fat, rate of metabolism, crash dieting and lack of physical activity are major contributing factors.
How to beat it: Cellulite is difficult to beat with medication although sundry pills and creams are available in the market. "Creams that claim to dissolve fat, often contain a compound called amino phylline which narrows the blood vessels by forcing water out of the skin. This is dangerous since it can cause blood circulation problems and allergies," says Thomas. Keeping your skin hydrated and indulging in exercise can work towards reducing its appearance.

Dark and light patches
On: Hands, feet, face

Prolonged exposure to the sun and bad hygiene play a part in discolouration on your face, hands and feet.
What causes it: Rubbing your skin with pumice stones and rough sponges can end up causing skin discolouration. "Friction causes the skin cells in the epidermis layer to die," says dermatologist Dr Manohar Sobhani, adding, "This leads to the deposit of amyloid, a type of protein, forming dark spots or patches. Regular back and forth wiping of the back with a towel, and the use of artificial scrubbers on your arms, elbows and knees can leave you with dark patches." Poor hygiene can lead to fungal growth on your skin, causing de-pigmentation also known as tinea versicolor. These light patches resemble spots seen in vitiligo disease. Sweating in tropical weather conditions, skipping a bath, and not drying yourself after a shower can be contributors.
How to beat it: Be gentle with your skin. Use natural loofas and sponges made of plant extracts. Human skin has a Ph level of 5.5. Use soaps and cleansers that match this level, to avoid irritation. Always take a shower after exercising. Check with your dermatologist and rule out skin allergies to perfumes and deodorants.

Spider veins
On: Ankle

The red, blue or purple patterns that resemble a spider's web are most commonly found around the ankle.
What causes it: Dr Mohan Thomas, senior consultant, cosmetic surgery at Breach Candy Hospital, says factors such as abnormal » blood flow and weak vein walls cause spider veins. "It can be occupational hazard for people who are constantly on their feet. On the other hand, sedentary jobs lead to a lack of movement that can cause the blood to remain stagnant in veins, leading to an increase in venous pressure, causing the capillaries to stretch and dilate. That's what gives the skin a characteristic purple colour," he says. Wearing tight clothing and under garments can add to the problem.
How to beat it:Wearing support calf stockings, keeping the legs elevated when resting, and doing calf muscle exercises can help channel the blood flow from the veins to the heart. Consult your dermatologist if you wish to undergo sclerotherapy.

Here, saline is injected into the vein forming an internal scar tissue, and fading the mark over time.

Stretch marks
On: Belly, thighs

When stretched, your skin thins out just like a plastic bag, leaving permanent marks. Stretch marks are common among pregnant woman, teenagers who put on and lose weight radically around their abdomen, butt, thighs and shoulders, and adults who work out.
What causes it: The marks appear on your body when collagen, a fibrous protein that makes up to 75 per cent of your skin, is affected. "Babies don't develop stretch marks even though their bodies are growing because their skin is well nourished," says Sobhani. "The problem arises when the natural order of collagen fibres is disrupted due to an unhealthy lifestyle, bad eating habits and aging." Exposure to ultra violet radiation and free radicals from smoking add to collagen woes.
How to beat it: Despite your age, stretch marks can be made less prominent by stimulating the redistribution of existing collagen and promoting new collagen synthesis in the skin. Eat foods that are high on vitamin C and E, both of which are known to assist manufacture of the protein. Keep your skin well hydrated since dry skin is more susceptible to developing marks. Nourish it every day with a moisturiser.

How to get radiant Skin

Healthy skin radiates with happiness. Clean and glowing skin attracts eyeballs and hides your age.

Dr. Chetna Ramchandani, Dermatologist with Evolve Medspa gives you some handy tips for healthy skin. Find out the differences in skin cleansing methods that will work for your skin.

How to scrub
Scrubbing can be done as a weekly ritual. The agent needs to be applied to the skin and massaged gently for 5 minutes followed by washing the face. It can be combined with steaming the face to remove blackheads. This needs to be followed by toning to close the pores and finally moisturizing should be the final step.

What are the side effects of scrubbing?
Scrubbing can cause increased skin dryness if overused. It can cause redness of skin and irritation. Sensitive skin can break out into a rash.

How to use face masks
The mask should be spread evenly over the skin surface avoiding the eyebrows and the hairline and left to dry. Some masks are to be removed after 15 minutes while others are designed for overnight use. Carefully follow the manufacturer's guidelines.

What are the side effects of face masks?
These masks can cause burning sensations if over-used and hence a patch test over the neck or the forearm before applying on the face is recommended.

Home remedies to exfoliate your skin:

- Tomatoes-for oily skin
- Almonds-almonds soaked in milk and ground to a paste serve as a good exfoliator and lightening agent.
- Oats-ground oats in milk serve as a good exfoliator for people with open pores.
- Sugar and lemon-sugar helps for scrubbing and lime helps in lightening the skin.
- Besan(Gram flour)-This is a common kitchen ingredient and helps for exfoliation. It works better when mixed with turmeric which is a lightening agent
- Sea salt-sea salt when mixed with 1 spoon of yogurt can be a good scrubber for dry skin.

How to Deal with Dark Circles

Most of the times, the reason we get dark circles is due of lack of sleep — that is if you haven't slept for your regular 7-8 hours at night.

You skin under the eyes will not only get discoloured and dull, but will also look tired. So to prevent dark circles, your beauty sleep is essential.

Wear a sunscreen daily. Also, whenever you are stepping outside your house in the day, don't forget to use your sunglasses and if possible, wear a hat. This way the sun's harsh rays won't pigment the skin under your eyes.

If you are addicted to too much coffee or alcohol, it's time you cut down on these two. These contain stimulants, which can cause dark circles!

Most people think vitamins are only for children and adults. But sometimes, if you have a certain vitamin deficiency, its effects can show on your skin too. If your daily diet is devoid of certain vitamins, then start incorporating more healthy food in your meals or pop a multivitamin supplement.

In some cases, under eye circles are genetic or due to some allergy. You should get tested for this and find out the remedies from your general physician.

Getting Rid of Acne Scars

This is how...

-A simple and economical method that you can try at home, use lemon juice to prevent acne scars. Squeeze some lemon juice in a ball, add some water and mix thoroughly. Take a cotton ball and apply this mixture on your acne and repeat this daily.

-Apart from being used in food, olive oil is great for your skin. Take a few drops of olive oil and gently run and massage it in your skin. Do this daily. This will not only help repair damaged skin but also prevent any further scarring due to acne.

-Another easy way to prevent acne scars is by not staying under the sun for too long. The sun can cause pigmentation of the skin, which make the acne marks more visible. So always remember to use a sunscreen lotion before you step out of the house.

-You can also fade acne scars by applying some apple cider vinegar on them, as it contains antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Apply it directly on the scarred skin. Since it is strong on the skin, if you have sensitive skin, don't forget to dilute it with some water before you apply it.

                        Getting rid of acne scars

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Foods that Detox Your Body

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Here is a list of foods that help you detox...

Foods that Detox Your Body
Since garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties, they are one of the great natural foods that help in detoxing the body. When you eat garlic, it stimulates the liver to give out detoxifying enzymes that clear your digestive system.

Green tea
Green tea contains antioxidants, which again help in clearing out toxins from your body. What's more, this tea also boosts immunity and stamina.

Ginger helps your liver to get rid of free radicals. It is also an anti-inflammatory food. You can either use it in your food, or grate it and mix it in your drink, to absorb all its goodness.

Cabbage, which contains loads of nutrients and fibre is also a natural diuretic and will get rid of all the excess fluids from your body. Have it in your salads, sandwiches or in soups!

Water, the universal solvent, helps to keep your body hydrated and flushes out all its toxins. It purifies your kidneys, liver and cleans your system. Try drinking warm water with lemon every morning, as this will boost your immune system.

Fresh fruits
Fresh fruits are a great source of nutrients and antioxidants that clear out the system. Opt for citrus fruits like oranges as they are useful in cleansing the liver.