skin care

Exercise, diet and the attitude is as important as genetics when it comes to growing old gracefully.

Growing older affects mostly every part of your body, your hair, skin, heart, muscles, and others—but aging well may be as simple as adopting these easy everyday habits.

1.Stay connected with people
Maintaining and existing in relationships is certainly important, but meeting new people can help provide older adults with a world of new possibilities and opportunities. People might treat you differently by judging you with your age, but that is when we kick up and prove them wrong! Surround yourself with others who are a source of positivity. Make friends and you never know when they might turn into family.

2.Keep the brain exercised
Engage in mentally challenging activities and learn new things. Often times, seniors enroll themselves in a class or join a group to do just that. This is beneficial not only for one’s mental stimulation, but also for their social well-being. Play games like candy crush if nothing!

3. Maintain physical activity
Incorporating at least half an hour of moderate physical activity (particularly aerobic exercise or Zumba) into one’s daily routine is vital for well-being. The goal with any exercise is to elevate the heart rate, but it should never be painful. Be sure that your loved ones consult a physician before starting a new workout regimen.

4.Set personal goals
Similar to learning a new skill, setting (and accomplishing) personal goals helps provide a strong sense of control and fulfillment. Most importantly, meeting goals instills a strong sense of independence. Whether it’s doing an exercise routine five days in a row or completing a project at home.

5.Minimize stress
Although it’s impossible to escape some of life’s stressful situations, it’s important to find the best personal method for overcoming feelings of negativity, in a healthy way. Whether it’s deep breathing or taking a walk outside, finding the right solution to tackle this is how we stay out of it.

6.Eat healthy and fresh
Nutrition plays a major role in our body. One of the research shows that a low-glycemic diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is the healthiest. One great example is the following diets with fruits and vegetables, rich in plant-based foods, whole grains, nuts, and red wine. It also involves eating nuts, dry fruits and cutting down on salt. Research shows that this type of diet may help you age better by off guarding heart attacks, strokes, and premature death.

7.Make exercise a part of your routine
Staying active during this period is a very essential part of the process. Staying fit also reduces age-related memory loss. Even if it takes just is walking around the place or going out to the closest shop to get some grocery. Keep your heart rate to a higher level. Do exercise such as breathing, yoga and other light exercise just to remind your body that you still are as young as ever! Keeping yourself fit in this process is very important. Everyone fails to understand the need to do so. As we keeping ageing we start taking our body for granted and that is something we should stop. Our body is used to the exercise and activity we used to do and slowing that down can lead to gaining weight.

understanding melasma and its causes

Melasma is a common facial skin pigment problem with patches of excessively dark skin. Most people with melasma are women, but men also suffer from it too, especially those with darker skin. The disfiguring facial hyperpigmentation of melasma can be emotionally devastating. It can even cause social isolation.

What causes Melasma to happen?

The cause of melasma is complex and not fully understood. We do know that melanocyte cells (the skin’s pigment-producing cells) are stimulated by a number of different things including UV light, but the pigment formed with melasma is not the same as a tan. It is much more complex.

In melasma, there is a cascade of events that happen from UV exposure and visible light, such as from indoor lighting. Yes, indoor (visible) light can also play a role in causing melasma!

The problem of melasma is more than just a problem of excess pigment, it includes what happens to the pigment and the skin around the pigment.

  • Light causes melanin to be formed and cells called melanophages to gobble up the melanin and hold it in both the epidermis and dermis.
  • In the skin where melasma exists, there is also evidence of sun damage in the dermis (changes in elastic fibers).
  • There are also more blood vessels in the skin where melasma pigment exists!
  • Immune cells and dermal fibroblasts are also more active and playing some role in causing melasma.
  • Melasma is a very complex physiologic process that can even sting and itch.
  • Genetics also play a role in whether you are predisposed to melasma.
healthy aging

You would have noticed that there are hundreds of anti-aging products flooding the market and various offers and promises of completely eliminating wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots and so on. The simple fact is that if you want to retain your youthful self you need to take control of things that are in your hand. What you eat, the level of exercise and lifestyle changes are all things that you can easily do to slow down the skin’s aging process. This beginner’s guide will help you get started on how you can age gracefully.

1. Don’t skip the sunscreen: Anti-aging skin care routines should be started at a young age itself, you spend all your time outside and being at a lot of different places, your skin is exposed to the sun and pollution, as you age you will notice the impact of overexposure to the sun. Applying sunscreen frequently will help to decrease early signs of skin aging such as dark spots and lines. Use a sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection, i.e., which can protect you from all the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

2. Your lifelong friend, The Moisturizer: A moisturizer is a must with any other anti-aging creams that you use. You will definitely notice a difference in your skin’s appearance as you keep using a moisturizer. A good moisturizer helps to distribute and lock in water to all parts of the body where applied and helps to promote a radiant, hydrated and glowing skin.

3. Throw away all your bad habits: Your habits and daily lifestyle will determine how your skin will look. Junk food, smoking, exposure to the sun, a lack of sleep are all major causes of unhealthy skin. Make these changes at a young age itself, and your future self will give you a big hug!

things to avoid to age elegantly

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.

November 16, 2018

Common Myths about Acne

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.