December 18, 2017
Life isn’t easy for these two girls, Stacey and Emma Picken from the UK as they were born with a rare skin disorder, Harlequin Ichthyosis. Their skin grows six times faster than an average individual.
Even in India, a case was reported on 21st January 2017, when a woman who gave birth to a child with Harlequin Ichthyosis refused to accept her. She even refused to feed the child when they brought her home and said: “I have no idea how did this happen. Me and family are completely devastated. I am in shock as I was really looking forward to becoming a mother of a healthy child, be it a girl or a boy.”
So, what is Harlequin Ichthyosis?
Harlequin Ichthyosis, a genetic disorder causes thickened skin over the entire body. In this rare form of skin disorder, an individual must inherit two recessive genes from both the parents.
Till now, there isn’t any cure for this severe form in which the skin cracks and splits apart.
Signs and Symptoms:
According to Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, the below-denoted points are the symptoms of Harlequin Ichthyosis:
- The infant may be covered with thick skin with distorted facial structure.
- The tightness of the skin pulls around the eyes and the mouth, forcing the eyelids and lips to turn inside out, revealing the red inner linings.
- The child may suffer from breathing and eating difficulties. The hands and feet may be small, swollen, and partially flexed.
Facts about Harlequin Ichthyosis:
- Harlequin Ichthyosis is caused by genetic mutation and it’s not contagious.
- Sunburn and Poor bathing habits are not a cause of this disorder.
- Each year, more than 16,000 babies are born with some form of Ichthyosis.
- Although people with Ichthyosis have difficulties, they live a normal life.
November 27, 2017
Skin Care guide to battle winters
Winter is coming. As your skin has to battle dryness, dullness and other things that ruin your beauty, you should take care and nourish your skin to stay safe from such disasters.
Here are some of the techniques that you could use in winters:
Reduce your shower time – If you shower for more than 15 minutes, your skin will lose its moisture and will leave your skin dehydrated.
Moisturizer – As we all know that winter steals the moisture from your face, so in order to keep your skin soft and supple, you must use good quality moisturizer. Use a product that suits your skin type. Don’t just purchase big brands.
Cleansing oil – Oil is an essential part which doesn’t let your skin to become dry and dull. You must use non-comedogenic products that won’t block the skin pores.
Essential vitamins – Vitamin C nourish your skin and rejuvenate the skin cell which is why your food menu must have ingredients that are rich in vitamins. Also, drink lots of water. As water removes harmful toxins from the body and boosts body metabolism, you should care about this.
Night Time Care – Before snuggling back into the bed, you must put on some cream as a protective layer.
October 9, 2017
Snake Venom Beauty Product:
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.
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.
Skin 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.
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.
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.
September 25, 2017
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.
I can't believe in one week my precious daughter will be starting preschool. Yes, it's just preschool, but it's like the "beginning of the end"… you moms know what I'm referring to, right?! She's been by my side (literally🙄) since she was born. Will be an adjustment but one that we're both ready for. I think😥 #mommasgirl . . . . #albinismisbeautiful #albinismawareness #albinism #albino #kids #kidsootd #kidsfashion #kidsofinstagram #model #momlife #modelkids #mommyandme #cute #sun #sad #tearjerker #school #preschool #biggirl #proud #pretty #precious
July 12, 2017
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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check diapers frequently and change every 3 hours
- Wash the diaper area with mild fragrance-free cleanser or plain water.
- Use a soft, baby wipes preferably perfume or alcohol free wipes
- Pat baby dry. Don’t rub. Let the diaper area air-dry fully before putting on a fresh diaper.
- 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.