salt has harmful effects on the skin

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 per day, which is 119% more than the required intake per day! 119%.

Let’s take a look at how it affects the skin:

Puffy Eyes

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.

Dry Skin

Your skin can also become dry and cracked as a result of excess consumption of sodium.

Oily Skin

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.

December 26, 2016

Eat to look young

What to eat to look young, avoid aging

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Antioxidants

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.

  1. 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.

Treatment for adult acne problems

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.

April 28, 2016

Hyper-pigmentation

hyperpigmentation

We have briefly explained about hyper pigmentation in our previous post.  Hyper pigmentation is a skin condition which can cause mental distress as it affects the most visible parts of the body. Therefore, we thought of giving a detailed insight on hyperpigmentation and the causes behind it.

Hyper pigmentation is nothing but a change in skin color. It is mainly caused by over production of melanin on a particular area which changes the skin color and makes it darker compared to the remaining parts of the body. The reason for over production of melanin can be many and a few main causes are mentioned below.

Age Spots

Age spots, also called as dark spots appear on the frequently exposed parts of the body such as face, arms and feet. They generally appear after certain age because of the over exposure of body parts to sunlight.

Post Inflammation Hyperpigmentation

When a part of skin heals after an injury, skin trauma or acne, it causes post inflammation hyper pigmentation. This is mainly because of the stress undergone by the skin during the healing process. Certain skin treatments which includes extreme abrasion can also cause this skin condition

Melasma

Melasma is a type of skin pigmentation caused by UV radiation. If a person’s sun sensitivity is high, they are prone to Melasma. The change in hormones during pregnancy is also one of the reasons behind Melasma. Sometimes intake of birth control pills can also cause this pigmentation.

Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis Nigricans is caused by imbalanced hormones which are supposed to regulate the blood sugar levels. The pigmentation is caused around neck, underarms, knuckles and in some cases around the groin area. As the blood sugar regulating hormones are disturbed, acanthosis nigricans is also considered as a warning sign for diabetes.

Topical creams

Certain topical creams, especially the ones meant for skin lightening/fairness can also be the reason for hyper pigmentation. Even though they may show some results initially, the ingredients can react with the skin and with exposure to external factors such as sunlight can cause hyper pigmentation.

February 24, 2016

Treatment for Acne

acne treatment

We have listed a few natural preventive measures for acne in our previous post. Natural measures may not cure acne completely and it takes more time to see visible results. If the severity of acne is not reduced even after following certain natural remedies, it is time to go for a medical treatment.
Consulting a dermatologist would be the first right thing to do. He/ She is the right person to diagnose the type of  acne, cause behind it and prescribe a suitable treatment. Treatments can cure acne by means of fighting against bacteria, controlling oil secretion, balancing the hormones and unclogging the pores.

Treatment for acne can be of two types, topical medication and oral medication.
Acne which causes mild inflammation on the skin can be treated using topical medication alone. Such acne fighting topicals may consist benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, retinoids or salicylic acid etc. which fight against the bacteria and calms down the redness or other skin damage caused.
For severe cystic acne, a combination of oral and topical medicine works the best. Oral medications are generally retinoids or antibiotics.
Even though such treatments are considered the best way to treat acne, one has to make sure that proper consultation is done with a dermatologist before intake or application of any medicine. Proper medication with good lifestyle practices can help to keep acne at bay.