January 9, 2017
We all love our popcorn, chips, crackers, samosas, murku, and ketchup – but what do all these things have in common? SALT.
According to WHO (2016), adults should consume less than 5 grams (1 teaspoons) per day. In India, an average Indian consumes 10.98 grams of salt per day, which is 119% more than the required intake of salt per day! 119%.
Let’s take a look on how salt effects the skin:
Consuming too much salt in any form can cause us to retain water that can cause swelling around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is very thing so your eyes tend to swell more, says Dr. Schultz.
Your skin can also become dry and cracked as a result of excess consumption of sodium.
Your skin could also go the opposite way and there may be an overproduction of oil due to the dehydration of the skin, leading to skin breakouts and acne.
The bottom line is: reduce your salt intake and consumption of processed foods because they often contain hidden salt. So our advice to you is: take it with a grain of salt!
Are there any other effects that we should know about? Let us know in the comment sections below.
January 2, 2017
What do your cereals, canned juices, jams, ketchup, sodas, and ice creams all have in common? If you guessed sugar, you’re right!
According to the American Heart Association, the ideal amount of sugar consumption is 9 teaspoons for men and 6 for women. The actual consumption of sugar in India is 27.2 million metric tones.
Let’s have a look at the effect our sugar intake has on the skin:
High glycemic foods such as refined bread, sugar, and soda – quickly convert to sugar and eating these foods causes your insulin levels to drastically increase, leading to a “burst of inflammation,” according to Dr. Nicolas Perricone.
The inflammation produces enzymes that break down the collagen – leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.
Moreover, sugar is a dehydrating substance so it increases oil production. It also influences the skin’s oxygenated and glowing nature. An increased oil production leads to more breakouts, swelling, and acne.
The more your sugar consumption, the more likely it is that you will develop an insulin resistance, resulting in excessive hair growth and dark patches or pigmentation on the neck and other parts of the body.
The effects of reducing your sugar intake can be seen as soon as after 48-72 hours. Are there any more effects that we should know about?? Let us know in the comments section below.
December 26, 2016
Aging is not an option, not for anyone. It is how gracefully we handle the process and how lucky we are, as the process handles us. – Cindy McDonald
We believe that you can fight aging from within by eating the right kinds of nutrients and foods. We have complied a list of 5 nutrients you should include in your daily diet.
- Vitamin C
Foods with vitamin C like oranges, capsicum, broccoli, pomegranates, and tomatoes, help produce collagen, which in turn makes your skin soft and supple. Oranges especially, contain 87% water, which hydrates your skin.
- Omega Fatty Acids
Omega fatty acids – be it -3, -6, or -9 also keeps the skin free from wrinkles. Some important sources include walnuts, salmon, flaxseeds, avocado, coconut oil, chia seeds (tulsi seeds), and berries.
- Amino Acids
Amino acids are found in protein sources and help repair the collagen and elasticity in the skin. Some sources of amino acids include eggs, meat, lentils, pulses, nuts, and seeds.
The more antioxidants, the better for your skin! Vegetables like spinach, kale, and other green, leafy vegetables contain beta-carotene and lutein, which improve skin elasticity. Additionally, blueberries provide your skin with extra protection from emotional stress and harmful sun exposure.
- Fermented Foods
Probiotics that are present in fermented foods put the good bacteria into the gut, which makes the skin healthier. Some fermented foods include yogurt, kimchi, kefir, dosa, and idli.
Let us know your experiences with eating these foods and comment below.
December 20, 2016
“I can’t wear this black shirt – my dandruff will show up like crazy!” Ever had this thought?? Well, you are not alone. Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrheic eczemais a serious skin condition that involves the inflammation of the skin – especially parts of the body that contain a lot of sebaceous glands. The most common places you can have seborrheic dermatitis are on the scalp, face, chest, and back. When seborrheic dermatitis is found on the scalp, it more commonly known as dandruff. Though it is more common in adults, it is possible for babies to have this condition, where it is known as cradle cap.
There can be multiple reasons for seborrheic dermatitis, but the main cause is the over-development of the yeast Malassezia, which is generally present on the skin. Some other causes of this condition include:
- Change in weather (to colder weather)
- Oily skin
- Family history
- Hormonal problems
Some common signs that you may have seborrheic dermatitis are:
- Skin flakes on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard, or moustache
- Red patches on the skin
- Red patches on the scalp
- Itchy scalp
- Scalp lesions
- Patches of greasy skin covered with flakes on different parts of the body
- Redness of eyelids
Some don’t’s while you have this condition:
- Don’t use medication if not prescribed by a doctor
- Don’t scratch or pick at the affected areas as it may cause infection
Seborrheic dermatitis is a serious condition that can affect anyone. Lack of proper care can cost you that beautiful skin and hair that you have always dreamt of. Visit your nearest doctor today!!
November 28, 2016
Oily skin or seborrhea is when there is excessive skin oil, called sebum. Unfortunately, both men and women experience oily skin due to hormone imbalances, genetics, makeup products, diet, and humidity. Listed below are a few don’t’s when it comes to oily skin:
One would assume that scrubs help remove oil from your skin, but the reality is that using face scrubs leads to a higher production of oil. Instead, try using masks that contain salicylic acid as it dissolves oil. 2) Unwashed sheets and pillowcases Your body keeps producing oil even when you sleep, and the oil often gets transferred to your sheets and pillowcases. So, remember to wash your sheets regularly so that they aren’t greasy and make your skin oilier.
Both emotional and physical stress triggers the fight-or- flight responses in your body, which leads to an oil overproduction due to the hormonal surge. Try meditation or yoga to reduce your stress.
4) Refined carbohydrates
Foods like white bread, white rice, and other refined carbohydrates have a high glycemic index, which can cause acne and a higher oil production in the skin. Eat more of oats, whole grains, and non-starchy vegetables.
Layers of makeup trap oil and make your skin cake-y, causing oily skin. Moreover, using products that are not suited for your skin type can also lead to excessive oil secretion. So, try using oil-free products and cleansers for your skin.
6) Hot water for your face
Avoid using hot water for washing your face as it dries your skin out, leading to compensation with an increased production of oil. Instead, use warm or room temperature water to wash your face.
Let us know how these tips work out for you, in the comments section below.
November 7, 2016
Dry skin generally occurs in cooler weather or with a change in weather. It is characterized by itchiness, flaky, and scaly skin. Extremely dry skin can cause cracks and breaks in the skin. Some of the common areas for dry skin are legs, hands, and arms.
Don’t worry! We have some solutions for you on how to deal with dry skin.
- Warm Showers
Make sure you have warm showers instead of hot showers as hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin dry.
Moisturizing immediately after your shower and while your skin is still damp, is the best time to moisturize because more moisture is trapped in your skin. The same goes for moisturizing right after washing your face and hands.
Believe it or not, applying milk on your skin reduces dryness and itchiness. Milk contains lactic acid, which soothes the skin naturally.
- Natural Remedies
Try some natural remedies like this face pack. Additionally, eating more foods with Omega-3 like salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts, because they will keep your skin-cell membranes healthy.
So what are you waiting for? Get rid of your dry skin today and let us know which solution works best for you skin!
October 31, 2016
We would have heard of virgin olive oil but virgin coconut oil, or VCO, is not that familiar.
Virgin Coconut Oil or VCO is a cold-pressed oil that extracted from fresh coconut milk without any application of heat, ensuring that there is no bleaching or refining in the extraction process.
Some benefits of this oil are:
VCO contains lauric acid – the most important medium chain fatty acid that has antimicrobial properties, which helps support the immune system, aids in weight loss, and stimulates metabolism in the body.
VCO has antiseptic properties and is easily absorbed by hair, thus preventing protein loss and other hair damage.
VCO is used to treat acne and eczema due to its natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Additionally, VCO is a great moisturizer that is not greasy and leaves you feeling comfortable and dry when you apply it on your skin.
Virgin Coconut oil contains more antioxidants and has a natural coconut smell and flavor, which is perfect for cooking your favorite curry or granola in.
So what are you waiting for?! Let us know your VCO experiences in the comments section below!
October 25, 2016
Diwali is fast approaching – and we know you are gearing up for the patakhas and diyas – but is your skin prepared as well?
Read on to find out ways to protect your skin from all the excessive pollution this festive season
- Wash your face
This might seem like an obvious tip, but this simple measure can prevent your skin from being damaged due to exposure to firecracker smoke. The smoke will irritate your skin – especially if you have dry or sensitive skin. Covering your face while stepping out will also help.
Applying moisturizing cream will help reduce dryness caused due to exposure.
- Drink water
Drink lots of water during this period – since the inhalation of the smoke and gases may lead to problems. Drinking water will – washing will help keep the harmful effects of the smoke at bay
It is essential to consume antioxidants during this time because they protect your hair and skin cells from free radicals. Antioxidants can either be consumed in the form of green tea, berries, nuts, and spinach.
In addition to following these tips, you can make a simple homemade face pack for healthier skin here.
So what are you waiting for? Let us know any other tips you know in the comments section below.
October 10, 2016
Don’t you just hate it when the weather is hot, humid, and muggy? Well that’s Chennai for you during the monsoon. During these months, it is essential to put in more effort to maintain your hair. Here are some tips to deal with the excessive humidity:
Moisturize your hair regularly by conditioning your hair at least 3 times a week. Conditioning helps reduce frizz and smoothens your hair.
2. Cold Water
Use cold water to wash off your conditioner instead of hot water – cold water causes the cuticles to contract, thus maintaining the shine in your hair.
3. No Blow Drying
Blow drying your hair causes a loss of moisture and you need all the moisture you can get! Allow hair to air-dry instead.
Oil your hair more using olive oil, coconut oil, or argon oil. Oiling your hair helps boost the moisture and we all know how important moisturizing is!
5. Avoid damp hair
It is always fun to play in the rains – but you might actually be paving the way for hairfall. Stay dry and always carry an umbrella.
Don’t forget to eat protein-rich food like eggs, yogurt, fish, nuts, leafy vegetables, and legumes to strengthen and nourish your hair from within.
7. Not too tight
Avoid tying your hair up in tight ponytails or buns, especially when wet. This makes the hair brittle and more prone to breakage
Try using an anti-frizz serum or a natural serum like castor oil to tame those flyaway hairs. Serum also helps in strengthening and adds that extra shine!
This is something that you might already be familiar with. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair – this helps in reducing the strain on hair and prevents breakage and hairloss
So what are you waiting for? Let your gorgeous locks do the talking for you this monsoon!!!
October 3, 2016
Adult acne can hit you like a train out of nowhere. Lots of people suffer from acne as adults, even if they had perfectly clear skin throughout their teenage years. Acne in younger people is easier to understand, because it is linked to hormonal changes and an excess of oil production from the sebaceous glands. Acne in adults is much more complicated because even though it comes from a hormonal imbalance, there are more sources to contend with. And the best way to treat this is to address it internally.
The stresses of life increases with age as more responsibilities pile on and our lives become more complicated. People get frustrated with this answer. Either they don’t believe this could be the cause, or they don’t know how to effectively lower their stress levels or even fit in the time to do so.
Besides stress, diet can play a big role in adult acne. Many people begin to develop more sensitivities and allergies as they age, and there is a direct correlation between acne and diet. Food allergies, even slight, trigger inflammation responses in the body, which encourage breakouts. Try getting an allergy test from your doctor to determine if you may be ingesting foods that cause an inflammation response. So eliminating these things could not only assist in clearing your acne, but also prevent a lot of other problems in your system down the road!
Adult acne needs to be cared for differently than acne in your younger years. As you age, your oil production decreases, so harsh topicals may not be the best solution for you – especially topicals that increase Inflammation and dehydrate the skin.
The main take-away with adult acne is this: the only way to fully treat acne is from the inside. As mentioned, this doesn’t have to be done with chemicals and treatments that have side effects. Decrease inflammation and feed your body foods and supplements that nourish. Also, cut out processed foods and sugar. Find out if you have sensitivities to gluten or to animal products such as lactose from milk. De-stress! Make a commitment and carve out the time to nourish your mind and body. All of these things can make huge changes in your condition and in your overall life.