There is a huge contrast between ageing and ageing graciously. You can find older people who become too sluggish as they age and people who glow like a fine wine as years pass by. There is always something special about the latter. The persona they carry around them wherever they go makes the place a bit brighter.

But to age elegantly, along with the usual haves there are a few have-nots to be followed which are listed below:

Makeup:
Wear lighter makeup. Accept the fact that you can no longer look like your younger self but can look your best in your own skin with lesser makeup.

Excess salt intake:
Intake of sodium in higher amounts can trigger high blood pressure. Ageing elegantly is not only about keeping your outside gleaming but also about keeping your insides healthy. So don’t go beyond 20 percent of the daily recommended intake of sodium.

Pessimism:
Stop being negative and surround yourself with positive vibes. Smile a lot and distance yourself from negative people. People who lead a happy life are less prone to coronary heart disease and have an increased life expectancy.

Watching Television:
Binge watching TV once in a while is fine but considering television as a medium to spend your time is not the best option especially when you’re ageing. An Australian study has found that for every hour spent on watching TV after 25 is found to reduce the life expectancy by 22 minutes. So, excessive time spent on watching TV can make you more vulnerable to ageing pitfalls like social isolation. So get out of your couch and be socially active.

Excessive Exposure to Sun:
It’s normal for your skin to develop lines and wrinkles as you age but don’t allow it to worsen your skin. Prevention is better than cure. So protect your skin with suitable sunscreen lotions before falling prey to wrinkles and sunspots.

Stress:
Manage your stress. Don’t let it take the lead and tame it well. Meditate, exercise or go for a short walk and keep the stress at bay. It’s highly beneficial for both your outer self and inner self.

Overindulging:
Too much of anything is good for nothing. Avoid over drinking, overeating and excessive consumption of whatever that hastens your ageing process.

A newborn’s skin is still in the development stage and needs special care. At this stage, it is common for the newborns to experience skin conditions such as skin rash, diaper rash, skin peeling, acne, and pimples. These conditions are mainly because of the exposure of the newborn’s skin from the water-like environment of the womb to the dry environment after birth. Let’s have a look at how these conditions impact your newborn’s skin.

Baby acne:
Baby acne takes the form of pimples, whiteheads or minor skin rash on baby’s face. It occurs in approximately 20% of all newborns. Small white pimples called milia appearing on the face, especially nose and chin, are the result of immature sweat glands and hormones from pregnancy. They don’t bother your baby and go away on their own. Regular wash of the baby’s face with a baby syndet instead of a soap is more than enough to treat baby acne.

Skin peeling:
In the initial few days, it is common for the baby’s skin to peel slightly, mainly in the palms of the hand, the soles of the feet and the ankles.The skin peeling will go away on its own. Baby ointment and moisturizer can help in these conditions.

Eczema:
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition characterized by dry, flaky, bumpy and itchy red skin. It is more common in newborns having a family history of the condition and in some cases, it is due to the allergies. Gently oil massage your baby’s skin and avoid prolonged baths. Prevent your baby from coming in contact with irritants to get rid of this condition.

Cradle cap:
Cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition causing scaly patches on the scalp or eyebrows of the baby. It starts in the first few days and usually lasts for weeks or months. It usually resolves when the baby attains eight to twelve months of age. To soothe the crusty patches, massage it gently with a moisturizer or oil and comb after few minutes to remove the flakes.

Diaper rash:
Diaper rash is another skin condition in newborns which demands proper care. Effective cleaning and making use of baby wipes can protect the baby’s skin against diaper rash.

Most of these skin conditions resolve on its own, once the baby’s skin matures. If the condition persists, feel free to visit the doctor anytime. Happy parenting!

A healthy skin can bounce back after any damage but it is not the same when the skin grows old. Older skin tends to lose water faster leading to dryness of the skin. Dry skin causes itching, making people uncomfortable. People think itchy skin is normal as they age and it has nothing to do with the products they regularly use, however that is not true. Soap is alkaline whereas our skin is acidic, so having an alkaline clean the skin can naturally damage it, leading to faster water loss. When the water loss occurs, the skin dries quicker, further aggravating the need to cleanse the skin. The instant remedy from all these problems is syndets.

Syndet is derived by combining the words “synthetic” and “detergent”.Syndets are made by combining various detergents also known as surfactants. These surfactants make syndet bars the mildest personal cleaning bars in the market.

Syndets are recommended for cleansing sensitive skin and even baby skin, as they are far more skin-friendly than traditional soaps. Since these syndet bars are pH neutral they help the skin to stay hydrated and clean.

So, the next time you visit your dermatologist, make sure to get the right syndet suggested for your skin type.

A complete guide to Eczema

November 16, 2018

Common Myths about Acne

We are flooded with many facts about health and skin care right from our teenage but as we grow most of them turns out to be a myth. Let’s have a look at some of the common myths about acne.

Myth 1: Washing the face often prevents acne
Washing twice or thrice a day keeps your skin clean but going beyond that might not help you. In fact, vigorous washing can worsen your skin. Using lukewarm water and a mild cleanser specially formulated for acne (containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide) to wash the face in slow circular motions is all it takes to prevent acne proliferation.

Myth 2: Chocolates and Soda are foes to skin
Some studies reveal that consuming chocolates at larger amounts can cause acne. But it is impossible for anyone to consume that much amount of chocolate at once. The same goes for Soda as well. But keeping a check on the consumption of these products is highly suggested.

Myth 3: Squeezing pimples is fine
People believe that squeezing the acne will make it go away sooner. But the reality is it will only worsen the condition and cause further inflammation.

Myth 4: Junk foods lead to acne
It is a common belief that eating oily and greasy food leads to excessive acne breakout. But studies on acne reveal that junk foods like french-fries, potato chips, etc. have no influence on acne formation.

Myth 5: Acne is contagious
People think acne is transmissible and spreads from one person to another, but the fact is though bacteria are involved in acne formation, it is not contagious at all.

Myth 6: It’s a teen problem
Acne has no age and gender difference. It develops not only in teens but in adults too. The only thing is that it is a bit different in teenagers and the way it looks.

Myth 7: More acne indicates health issues
Acne breakouts do not mean you’re suffering from serious health issues. It may be due to other factors as well. For instance, forehead acne can be caused by certain hair styling products like waxes and oils, as they block the pores often. If you have a fringe, the hair rubs against the forehead skin causing irritation, potentially contributing to acne breakouts.

Cheek acne can result from phone use as the touch screens containing large numbers of bacteria brushes against your cheek. Also, placing your phone against your cheek creates pressure that may activate your oil-producing glands.
Acne affecting the lower half of the face like Jawline and around the mouth is often linked to hormonal changes, mainly in women at a later age. They are deep, red, painful cysts under the skin rather than blackheads or whiteheads.

Myth 8: Moisturizer is not a necessity
People with oily skin think they do not have the need for moisturizer but the fact is excess oil does not really mean the skin is fully hydrated. After washing your face, go for a “non-comedogenic” light gel-based moisturizer as this will prevent the formation of blackheads. Use a prescribed retinoid product on the skin before leaving for bed as it helps the pores to unclog and calms the inflammation.

Myth 9: Stress induces Acne
Though people claim that they have more acne breakout while they stress out, no research has evidence for this customary statement.

Myth 10: No makeup
Even if you have acne breakouts, it is completely fine if you go for loose powder foundations like mineral powders. They don’t affect your skin as the myth claims.

As the winter hits, most people don’t feel the urge to drink water making it difficult for the skin to stay hydrated for the entire season. Thus making it easy for acne breakouts to take the lead. Don’t let it spoil your mood, follow these simple tips to beat off the winter acne.

Stay hydrated:
Never make the season a reason to lower your water intake pattern. Drink the same amount of water you consume in other seasons. Except for the frequent bathroom trips, having more water in winter is not a bad choice.

Get some fresh air:
Winter is not meant for curling up in your bed for the entire day. Get out and let yourself surrounded with fresh air.

Regular hair care:
Don’t make winter an excuse to skip that regular hair wash. It leads to dandruff and builds up dirt and oil on your scalp. It further dirties your face leading to acne proliferation.

Nourishment:
Provide your face with the essential nutrients it demands. Fruit face masks and massaging can help you to have an acne free face.

Regular skin care:
Do not avoid cleansing, toning, and moisturizing of your skin at any cause. Don’t go for over-scrubbing in winter season as it can make your skin suffer from a lot of wear and tear.

Avoid hot water:
Do not use hot water often for baths and face wash. It removes the natural oils from your skin leaving it patchy, dry and flaky.

Acne moisturizer:
Carry a moisturizer along with you at all times. Get your dermatologist’s help to get you the moisturizer that suits your skin type.