Living with psoriasis can be tough not only for the person with the diagnosis but also for his/her family and friends. It’s a condition that affects the family, both emotionally and financially. If you are someone with a friend or family member with psoriasis, it becomes necessary for you to help them gain emotional balance.

Be involved medically
Start with the basics and learn about psoriasis – its symptoms, causes, and how it can be treated. Talk with them and understand their needs. People living with psoriasis often get frustrated with treatments and give up easily. Encourage them to get treated and accompany them while they visit the doctor.

Help them relax
Stress is a known trigger for psoriasis. Reduce the stress around the household. Talk to the patient and try to lower his/her stress level. Swapping some responsibilities and allowing that person to have extra time to rest are some ways of offering support.

Support them mentally
People with psoriasis start to pull back from life and isolate themselves as it affects their mental health. Depression and psoriasis can go hand in hand. Don’t ignore any signs like persistent sadness or loss of interest in daily activities. If you see signs of depression in the patient, take it seriously. Encourage them to stay connected with family and friends.

Offering support to a friend or family member, and staying by their side is important but of them all, taking care of yourself stays as the topmost priority. Remember, you don’t have to take care of them completely but help that person take care of himself/herself.

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebrities

Snake Venom Beauty Product:Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebrities

I know this sounds a little odd, but our favorite celebrity, Gwyneth Paltrow is quite the daring diva who applies snake venom for her skin nourishment. Scientists have found a way to convert the deadly venom into a friendly product which acts like a Botox and stuns the muscle. It seems Gwyneth is a fan of this treatment.

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebritiesVampire Facial:

Even my eyes opened wide when I saw this process for rejuvenating the skin cells. Kim Kardashian posted a picture with her face covered in blood that went viral on the internet. Questions were raised. The weirdness of this treatment lies in the fact that infusing blood in the face soars up the platelets count which in turn reduces wrinkles. Substantial trials haven’t yet been done for this so-called Vampire Facial,  but our role models leave no stone unturned in age reversal.

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebritiesSkin care products with Earthworm poop:

As the list goes down, it becomes even more disgusting. There are certain skin care products which contain earthworm poop which is seen as an essential element by skin care manufacturers. The excreted material contains Collagen which helps the skin to remain tight and supple.

 

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebritiesGeisha Facial:

Another facial treatment that has poop.This time, it’s not of an earthworm but of a bird – Nightingale. The excreted material is mixed with other stuff like bran and then the combined mixture is applied on the face. Geisha Facial method originated in Japan,  but famous star Victoria Beckham regularly uses this product for her skin.

 

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebritiesSnail Facial:

Popular Hollywood star Demi Moore is known to use Snail Facial for her skin. Snails excrete slime which contains antioxidant ingredients. It fights aging and keeps the skin smooth and wrinkle-free.

Louis McMorris affected by Albinism

Often we see people with light and dark skin patches yet we know nothing of it. Albinism is genetically inherited skin abnormality which is caused due to the body’s inability to produce melanin- a substance needed for pigmentation.

Not only skin, but the hairs also lose its color due to this skin disorder. It is also associated with vision problems. According to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation, about 1 in 18,000 to 20,000 people in the United States suffer from albinism.

It broke my heart when I read online that people with Albinism in Africa are hunted down for their body parts. They are forced to live in exile. Due to false superstitions, they are dragged out of their houses and killed. Toddlers are snatched from impoverished single mothers or while walking to school.

As I dug deeper, I found even worse information about the superstitions. People in Tanzania kill even their loved ones with albinism and sell their parts. People pay $3,000-$4,000 for a limb or $75,000-£50,000 for the full body as they believe that their body parts will bring luck and more wealth.

While some see this as a very absurd and disturbing disorder, one girl from Denver became an internet sensation when her mother shared her pictures online. Louise Mcmorris’s video became viral when she was just 6 months old and people from all over the world embraced her as a special child.

She was born with no pigmentation and had a very poor sight.

This is Louise Mcmorris at 3 and she looks stunning.

“Albinism is truly beautiful and nothing to fear, something to embrace,” Megan McMorris, Louise’s mom said. “We just want to provide hope and inspiration to families in the same situation.”

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

baby skin care

  • 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.

baby skin care

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.

baby skin care

  • 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.