November 14, 2018
It’s no surprise that sleep is good for your health and is vital for your overall well-being. But here are some surprising benefits and tips on how sleep can help your skin!
We all love to sleep! It is a naturally recurring state of the mind and body and helps to restore, heal and also removes metabolic waste. Apart from these great benefits, Sleep is essential for you to have a glowing complexion and healthier skin.
These are just a few benefits of sleep that can help you achieve a clear and healthy skin:
1. A younger look: Sleep wont erase your wrinkles and fine lines, but it definitely would help slow down the ageing process
2. Lower levels of stress: A lot of skin problems do have a mind-body connection. Higher stress level can flare up your skin problems. Sleep and rest can reduce this stress.
3. Fewer lines and Dark circles: Sleep helps your body to hydrate and increase oxygen intake of the body, which helps to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles and gives your skin a healthy glow. A goodnight’s sleep helps to reduce baggy eyes.
4. Improved complexion: The increased blood flow during sleep, helps your skin to get a better complexion and.
Tips for a better quality sleep
- Wash your face: Removing the dirt, pollution and excess oils from your face before sleeping results in a calm and peaceful sleep.
- Hydrate: Drink water before you go to bed, and keep a bottle at your side at all times.
- Dim, scented room: A room that is lit minimally will ensure there is no strain on your eyes. Scented candles can help you relax and give a calming atmosphere.
- Heavy meal: Avoid a heavy dinner and try to give your body time to digest your food before you hit the sheets. The later you have your dinner, the harder it is for your body to digest and process the food.
- Say no to electronics: Keep away all your gadgets before you sleep. Phones and electronic devices affect your sleep pattern and will keep you awake longer without you realizing it.
Sleeping well and long can be difficult when you work long hours and you lead a busy life. But sleeping is one of the easiest things you can do to help your skin regain its natural sheen and improve overall health. Even an increase 2 to 3 hours of sleep a day will definitely show improvements on your overall health.
November 13, 2018
If you are preparing yourself for an important meeting, or when you need to get ready for your big presentation, out of nowhere you find your eczema flaring right up. Doctors and experts have known for years that stress can make your skin condition worse.
Stress is your body’s response to certain unfavorable circumstances. When you get tense or anxious, your body protects the skin by boosting inflammation there. If a person happens to have eczema this boost causes the eczema to get worse.
Effective management of your stress levels greatly help in keeping your condition in check. Here are 5 simple ways in which you can keep the stress under control.
When your eczema starts to flare up and starts to get itchy it makes it extremely hard to fall asleep due to the temptation to scratch. Just ensure you get enough sleep and rest to reduce your stress.
Exercise is the best way to reduce stress. It gets your blood pumping and ensures your body is active and engaged. Running, walking or cycling are few of the best ways to improve your mental health. Do keep in mind that sweat can be an eczema trigger so choose your activities wisely, and ensure to take a bath in lukewarm water to get rid of the sweat.
3.Enjoy, cut yourself some slack!
Take some time out from your busy schedule and do something you really enjoy. Maybe a hobby or something that you wanted for a long time and never found the time to do it. It could be painting, singing, dancing, or a walk through the woods. Anything that helps you relax.
4.Speak to someone
Talk your problems out with your dermatologist, your friends and your loved ones. It will give you a clarity and help you to manage your eczema.
If you experience high levels of stress and pressure, yoga and meditation is the best way to relieve mental pressure and calm you down. The important thing here is to find what suits you the best and which reduces your stress levels, so do spend some time to find what relaxes you the most.
October 22, 2018
It’s completely fine when we sweat in the gym, not when we sweat almost all the time. Embarrassment embraces us slowly when we sweat throughout the day. Such a condition characterized by excessive sweating is Hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis, also known as polyhidrosis or seborrhea, is a condition that makes you sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. When you have this condition, it feels like almost anything can open your sweat glands, from eating something spicy to just sitting in a room.
Although not life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable and cause psychological trauma.
Types of Hyperhidrosis
The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary hyperhidrosis. With this type, the nerves responsible for signaling your sweat glands become overactive, even though they haven’t been triggered by physical activity or a rise in temperature. With stress, the problem becomes even worse. This type usually affects your palms and soles and sometimes your face. There is no medical cause for this type of hyperhidrosis. It may have a hereditary reason.
Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excessive sweating is due to a medical condition. It’s more likely to cause sweating all over your body and is not very common.
Seek medical attention if:
- Sweating causes emotional distress or social withdrawal
- You suddenly begin to sweat more than usual
- You experience night sweats for no apparent reason
- your heavy sweating is accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain or
People diagnosed with hyperhidrosis typically describe bilateral sweating, which is evenly distributed on both sides of the body, such as both armpits.
Hyperhidrosis can lead to skin infections including folliculitis or cellulitis due to unevaporated sweat leading to conditions whereby bacteria can thrive. Poorly aerated regions of the body such as the underarms and feet can allow bacterial and fungal infections to spread rapidly if patients don’t practice good hygiene.
People suffering from Hyperhidrosis usually wait for a long-term before coming out. But this problem actually has tons of treatment options, so you don’t have to suffer in the pool of sweat forever. Feel free to discuss the issue for a stress-free life!
October 18, 2018
Pruritus is the sensation or the urge to scratch. If this sensation occurs at old age it is known as Senile Pruritus. This condition can be termed as a long term condition extending over 6 weeks among the elderly. Pruritus is by no means a life threatening disease but the constant urge to itch and scratch can give a person many sleepless nights, and can also cause mental stress, depression and have a negative impact on ones day to day life.
Let’s have a look at some of the most common causes of senile pruritus.
- Dry skin: this is the most common cause, as aging skin tends to dry out more often.
- Certain skin changes: A decrease in skin surface lipids, or a reduced production of sweat and oil, also the skin takes more time to repair.
- Certain diseases: Seborrehic dermatitis and statisdermatisis may cause irritation of the skin. Other diseases that can cause senile pruritus are liver diseases, kidney disease, diabetes and depression.
- Medications: Certain drugs used for treating high blood pressure, calcium blockers and thiazides.
Common symptomsof senile pruritus:
- Bumps, spots or blisters
- Dry, cracked skin
- Leathery or scaly texture
How can it be treated?
The use of moisturizers will ensure your skin stays smooth and will help prevent drying. Do not scratch the lesions it will only make it worse. In certain cases if the itching goes to an extreme the use of anti-allergy drugs will help relieve the sensation. Ensuring simple steps such as applying moisturizer, wearing loose clothing, taking a bath in lukewarm water will help to keep your skin dry free and hydrated.
Senile pruritus is not a life threatening disease but it can cause a lot of discomfort and anxiety issues. In case if the itching worsens, visit the dermatologist immediately.
October 18, 2018
If you find your skin often drying out, cracked, flaky or if you feel it’s too oily it can be a sign that your ph levels are imbalanced. A lot of people don’t understand what pH is and how it affects our skin. A bit of knowledge and learning about what and how pH affects us can go a long way in improving our overall skin care.
PH stands for potential hydrogen. pH helps to measure the level of acidity or alkalinity of a solution. On the pH scale 7 is neutral anything above 12 is deemed alkaline. The human skin operates at a naturally slightly acidic level of 5.5. If you feel your skin is too dry or flakey most likely it is too alkaline, whereas if you feel your skin is too oily and you see breakouts it’s likely to be acidic.
So what are the steps that you can take to maintain an ideal pH level? First and foremost it is really important to eat right. The food that you include in your diet plays a vital role in the levels of pH in your body. A lot of green leafy vegetables, nuts, fruits and whole grains are to be consumed for good overall health. Avoid having items that are heavy in sugar, caffeine. These put a strain on a strain on your body if consumed regularly over a period of time.
Another important factor is choosing a right skincare routine that suits your specific skin needs. Use products that mention pH balanced and contain good antioxidants, the right acids and are chemical free.
A basic understanding of ph levels and how it impacts your skin goes a long way in improving ones overall health.