baby skin care tips

A newborn baby skin is DIFFERENT from adult skin.

The differences are newborns have a thinner outer layer (aka epidermis) of skin than adults. A thinner outer layer of skin means increased the risk to irritation.

Be cautious of using too much soap and fragranced products for this reason. Secondly, baby skin has higher water content than adult skin. Thus, baby skin has quicker absorption as well as quicker water loss. Because of these differences, your baby needs a special daily skin care routine.

Baby Skin Care Basic

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  • A massage is an important one-on-one time. Research shows that a baby’s very survival depends on being touched by others – as touch triggers hormones, boosts immunity, and helps fight disease. Also, massaged babies are calmer, sleep better, and cry less — every parent’s dream!
  • There’s no special technique for massage. Lay the baby on a soft blanket or fabric massage the baby’s chest and tummy with a warm baby oil or lotion and make eye contact and talk to the baby.

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Following a regular bath calms a baby and also washes away oils and excess dry skin which is not good for the baby.

  • Using warm water in most areas is more than sufficient. Save your fragrance-free, ph-balanced soap for the areas that need it, like baby bottoms and chubby folds of skin.

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  • Moisturisers replenishes what your baby’s skin loses and gives your child a protective barrier.
  • Ensure that you moisturiser your baby within 2- 3 minutes after bathing.
  • When choosing the moisturiser it is preferable to use a fragrance free, hypoallergenic, preservative free moisturiser as your baby’s skin will be very sensitive.

baby skin care

  • Most often, diaper rash is caused by the irritating wetness of a soiled diaper.
  • The rash can also develop when baby’s skin is not properly dried after a bath.
  • Sometimes, a bacteria or yeast infection will cause diaper rash.
  • Babies taking antibiotics are especially vulnerable to a yeast infection diaper rash because the drugs allow fungal growth.

baby skin care

  1. Check diapers frequently and change every 3 hours
  2. Wash the diaper area with mild fragrance-free cleanser or plain water.
  3. Use a soft, baby wipes preferably perfume or alcohol free wipes
  4. Pat baby dry. Don’t rub. Let the diaper area air-dry fully before putting on a fresh diaper.
  5. Apply a thick layer of diaper creams containing zinc oxide before every diaper change

See your pediatrician if the rash doesn’t clear up in two to three days. If the rash is caused by eczema, a bacterial or yeast infection, or other condition, you may need a prescription treatment.

skincare trends

High-tech masks

Facemasks were a defining beauty product for 2016, whether as panda-faced sheets or colorful L’Oreal Paris clays and the experts predict that their success will continue long into next year.

Beauty trends

Friendly bacteria

There was a smattering of probiotic-based skincare launches this year and, with more research suggesting that bacteria – including lactobacillus and bifid bacterium – are beneficial to the skin, you can expect this genre to grow. ‘Brands already have us rethinking traditional cleansing and skincare regimes and we expect this category to snowball in 2017 as product innovation continues,’ says Chrissy Hilton-Gee, senior beauty researcher at trendstop.com. 

Superfood skincare

Given how concerned we are about what we are putting into our bodies, it was only a matter of time before the beauty industry started to align our bathroom cabinets with those in our kitchens. Expect to see skin care ingredients including algae, moringa, and kale.

celebrities skin care

Popular celebrities are those people who get noticed every day by thousands of eyes and there is a vast majority of people wondering how they have such beautiful and flawless skin and complexion even at this age. Even Though a large part of their beauty on screen are the work of the camera and the highly talented makeup artists, some of them manage to stay the same even off screen or at casual events.

So, here are some of the beauty secrets and the skin care routines followed by 5 popular Bollywood actresses as said by them on several occasions and of course you know it works because we obviously have proof.

Deepika uses Coconut Oil:

Deepika Padukone, the stunning and talented actress of Bollywood admires everyone by her looks. According to her, home based remedies are better and healthy and she prefers to keep her skin glowing the natural way.

skin care tips coconut oil

Deepika uses Coconut oil and baby oil to massage her face regularly to keep it shining and healthy. She also recommends drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day and her diet is rich in carbs and proteins which help her to stay healthy and fresh.

Aishwarya’s beauty secret is cucumber:

When it comes to beauty and looks, no one can be a better example than Aishwarya Rai. Well, for one thing, she was awarded the Miss World title and was a heartthrob for many people for over a decade.

Even now, after being a mother to a child, Aishwarya has never failed to maintain her beauty and stay young. Thanks to cucumber juice which she uses to soothe her skin occasionally. Aishwarya also follows a routine of drinking a glass of warm water along with honey and lemon every day and she uses yogurt to keep her skin moisturized.

Anushka Sharma believes in Neem:

Anushka Sharma, the latest sensation and the talk of her town for her gorgeous looks owes her beauty to Neem leaves and crushed Neem powder which she uses to detoxify her face. Since Neem is considered both religious and also has medicinal property it will help you to stay healthy and beautiful just like Anushka.

She also uses Neem face packs which are apparently a mixture of Neem leaves, yogurt, rose water and milk to keep her skin from becoming dry and to stay beautiful both on and off the screen and even sometimes in the seating areas of popular cricket stadiums.

Sonakshi Applies Ice:

Sonakshi Sinha, the cute and bubbly actress of Bollywood has a unique way of keeping her skin clean and fresh. No, it is not a medical or skin care product like you think and no she does not eat any vegetable or fruits specifically for it.

skin care tips

What she does is rather simple and effective and it can be done at the comfort of your home and it is also fun. She evidently uses cold ice straight from her freezer to rub them on her face to cool her skin and to keep it moisturized and to keep her pores tight.

Katrina plays with clay:

Katrina Kaif is one of the most beautiful women from Bollywood who believes of inner beauty rather than outer beauty. She follows a routine of applying mineral clay pack on her face and skin. This helps her in getting rid of excess oil from the skin and to keep away from pimples and blemishes at their early stages.

She also prefers to drink green tea instead of normal tea to enhance her beauty and keep her skin fresh. Her diet is also heavily influenced by green vegetables which she insists on boiling with hot water and wheatgrass to enhance her nutrition.

prevent your skin from aging

Do Reverse aging and restore your skin by investing in these natural oils right away. We recommend 4 such essential oils you must regularly use on your skin for getting that glowing skin back! These oils not only protect skin and work on your wrinkles, but they are also extremely healthy for your body.

Pomegranate Seed Oil

This oil is for those who are looking for remedies for aging skin and are also trying to protect skin from sun damage. Pomegranate seed oil is one of the best natural remedies for sagging skin and is a great sunblock as it also contains SPF.

Frankincense Oil

This is one of the most commonly recommended and oldest of the lot. Frankincense oil with its anti –microbial and anti-inflammatory properties does wonders to aging skin. This oil helps in reducing scars, age spots and marks. The oil also prevents skin from sagging as it tightens and firms the skin.

Lavender Oil

Anxiety and stress can have direct effects on aging skin. To protect your health and skin from damage, Lavender oil is the best. It is not only soothing and calming for aging skin, but also restores and rejuvenates skin with its anti-inflammatory elements.

Sweet Almond Oil

Rich in vitamin E and K, sweet almond oil helps in better circulation and is another essential oil which acts as an UV protector. Also for those of you who are not fond of the entire odor that these oils come with, sweet almond is the right choice. The carrier oil unlike other botanical oils is odorless and absorbs quickly.

dark and dirty neck home remedies

Have you ever noticed people with dark and dirty neck?

It looks ugly and it seems they have not taken bath for days or maybe for weeks. Maybe they are in a hurry that they don’t even bother to rub soap on the back of their neck. After all, this is the back, invisible to themselves. People generally tend to forget to keep that part of the body clean.

Do you really think so? Yes, at least these people think so.

They think that their dark neck is dirt accumulated on their neck and they keep rubbing it more often. Despite this, their neck remains dark because it is NOT dirt. Then what is it? Is caused by the neck chain that people wear? Or is it an infection?

No, neither. It is much more ominous than you thought. Though the problem appears on the skin, it is a resultant of problems lying inside the body. This condition is named as “Acanthosis Nigricans” by doctors.

What is this dark patchy neck?

The dark patchy neck is due to extra skin cells on the neck giving it a darker look. Your elbow skin is darker, because of more skin cells. More skin cells on the neck may be caused by many problems inside the body. Besides neck, skin on other body folds like underarms, groin & knuckles could also be affected.

What are the reasons for extra skin cells?

The most common reason is hormonal imbalance, especially the hormone which regulates our blood glucose level. When this fails to do its primary work efficiently, i.e. lowering blood glucose level, the body produces more of it. The increased level of this interacts with the skin cells especially on body folds, triggering their multiplication.

Thus, more number of skin cells get produced, giving a look of dirt accumulation. The other very less often reasons could be drugs induced, hereditary, or in rare cases because of cancer.

Why does this hormonal imbalance occur?

  • Sedentary lifestyle,
  • Oily, fatty, carbohydrate rich junky food.
  • Lack of exercise or obesity,
  • Some other diseases like diabetes, hyperthyroidism and PCOS

Would the person be necessarily/diabetic/or having high blood glucose level?

No. Not necessarily. The person might have a normal body weight and glucose level. But this is a warning signal that if not attended to, the person may become diabetic with or without normal body weight.

Who is vulnerable? Is this contagious.

Anyone who is not leading a healthy lifestyle, not having healthy food and not doing regular exercise, irrespective of gender may be at risk. It’s seen even in children of 8-10 years old. Obesity, diabetes and various hormonal disorders are other risk factors. And no, it is not contagious.

Is it curable. If yes, could it come back?

If it is not too late when diagnosed, in most of the cases, yes. Appropriate medicine, regular exercise and healthy food can completely cure it. And Yes. It could come back if a healthy lifestyle is not being followed.

Does someone have to take the medicine lifelong? Or how long the medicine has to be taken?

It has to be taken as per physician’s advice. In most cases, the physician would advise to take medicine till the disappearance of dark patches. After that, exercise & healthy food should contain it. In case dark patches reappear, visit a dermatologist again.

What would be the consequences if attention is not paid to it?

If not attended to, it ultimately leads to diabetes, which is an irreversible disease.

Do all diabetic patients have dark patchy neck?

No, not necessarily. In some patients, the dark patches on the neck are too faint to be recognised, while some may fail to show the symptoms at all and directly head to diabetic stage.

Is it a cause of great concern?

Yes, it is, but not a cause of great worry. Awareness and change in lifestyle will contain this. But awareness or knowledge about this is lacking among patients & people around us.

What to do if you see someone with dark patchy neck?

Tell them, that this is not dirt. Ask them not to ignore, and encourage them to visit a dermatologist. A brief education about the condition will certainly encourage them to visit a specialist. Also encourage them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Why only dermatologist?

Dermatologists know more about skin. They could identify whether the dark patches are Acanthosis Nigricans or just hyper pigmentation or something else. No other specialist will take dark patches on skin as seriously as a skin specialist.

How much time it may take for the dark patches to fade away?

It is purely subjective. It may vary from few months to several months. It depends on the severity, the stage of diagnosis, and individual’s response considering that the medicine and healthy lifestyle are followed religiously.

Over 50 million Indians has diabetes. Many of these patients could have been stopped being diabetic had they known about this dark patchy neck condition. So, let’s spread the awareness. Whenever you see someone with dark patch on the neck, educate and encourage them to visit a dermatologist. Also look for dark patches on neck & knuckles in your family members and friends for the same.

Let’s spread the awareness as a small service to the Nation and Humanity.