April 10, 2017
Cleansing and moisturising
April 3, 2017
We have all heard never-ending theories and advice when it comes to cholesterol. Here is a simple guide to everything you need to know about cholesterol.
- It is a fatty acid like substance present in your body cells.
- Plays a major role in cardiovascular diseases, heat stroke, blood pressure an diabetes
- Cholesterol is vital for 3 elements – Hormones, food digestion and Vitamin D in the body
- Now though the body makes enough Cholesterol, a lot of it additionally enters our body due to our diet.
- Lipo proteins are the carriers responsible for Transporting Cholesterol through our body
- There are essentially two types of lip proteins – Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and High-density lipoprotein (HDL)
Since the two make up your cholesterol count, here is what you must know about LDL and HDL
- LDL is bad cholesterol and HDL is good cholesterol
- While LDL is responsible for blocks in the arteries and heart strokes, HDL helps remove bad cholesterol from the arteries
Note: Your LDL level should never be more than 190. A high LDL level makes you more prone to heart diseases.
- At the same time your HDL level should always be high – means lesser risk of heart attacks and helps carrying LDL to the liver, where it’s broken down.
Now, let’s move on to healthy lifestyle changes you need to implement right away, to control cholesterol levels.
- Avoid food that is high in saturated fat i.e food from animals like mean, egg yolks, milk, butter etc.
- Trans fat also should not be part of your diet, i.e. fried food items like chips, crackers and even cookies
- Your health will automatically improve with intake of nuts, fish, fruits, oats, lentils and vegetables. All these keep LDL levels low and helps in cardiovascular conditions.
Exercising regularly is an indicator of better cholesterol levels and you also fight over-weight issues which usually cause lower HDL levels.
- You are likely to develop cholesterol, if it runs in the family.
- Kidney and liver disease might also contribute to cholesterol levels
- After the age of 20, Cholesterol levels automatically rise.
- Check your blood pressure regularly
Did you know? ‘Cholesterol-free’ labelled foods do not mean they have less of it or they have removed it, they are basically made up of plant based food that contain no cholesterol at all.
March 23, 2017
Your beautician, friends, family, colleagues, almost everyone you know would have offered you these hair tips and tricks at some point in your life. It is time to debunk all those and keep it simple.
Shinier hair with a cold rinse
Did you know? Hair doesn’t really react to water temperature. So, a cold or hot rinse isn’t the key for shinier hair. Conditioner is the tip to shinier hair.
Frequent trimming for growth
Here’s the truth guys, regular trimming does not help in hair growth. It sure does keep the ends healthier and cuts off split ends, but has nothing to do with length. The growth is happening from the scalp and the root. So, growth irrespective of trimming, doesn’t alter. Trimming once in 3 months is more than enough, that too not for faster growth, remember!
Products stop suiting hair texture
We think beyond a point, certain products stop suiting our hair. Now this is the myth we need to debunk. So, if weather conditions, hormones and habits change, that’s when your shampoo starts working in different ways. Also, straightening, coloring, makeovers or other changes to length and texture is the reason products give varied results. Switching brands is not the key, maintaining the texture by avoiding heat and other changes around is.
Hair dyeing can cause damage
Don’t worry about coloring your hair, especially if hair is not healthy or damaged. Dyeing doesn’t tamper health of the hair. Remember, the hair in the scalp is always newer than damaged ends, so coloring doesn’t cause further damage.
Brush your hair when wet
Firstly, excessive brushing is not recommended at all. Secondly, brushing while hair is still wet can cause the most damage. It is better to detangle hair with your fingers. Brushing your hair will easily cause breakage. Most importantly, avoid brushes with sharp edges and use more wide-toothed combs.
March 23, 2017
Since summer is almost here, we thought we must begin with lemon, a perfect essential to beat the heat. Apart from being antibacterial and helpful for digestion and the immune system, lime oils also help in up lifiting your mood. So, this summer here is all you have to do
– Mix lemon oil with your shampoo
– Detox by drinking a glass of water mixed with few drops of lemon oil every morning
– Spray around and on yourself some lemon oil mixed with water, helps with fragrance and also keeps the bugs away from clothing.
– Break free with lemon oil massages, relieves stress and improves concentration
Lavender oil is smooth and is the best thing to let your hair down and break free from all the stress. Not only that, the oil also helps in easing pain. From migraines to burns and stings, lavender oil is a great remedy for multiple purposes/healing.
Also, guess what? this one is also recommended for the kids! Lavender oil is a must have for your child, both during bed time and a bath. Massage it for your kids every night before going to sleep. Around two tablespoons will do. Plus, the fragrance will give you and your kid a good night’s sleep.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a great antifungal! Being antiseptic, it very much helps in curing cuts and infections. Also, this essential oil helps in keeping the acne away. Beneficial for both dry and oily skin, this oil can be combined with your daily soaps and shampoos. Not only that, when mixed with coconut oil, tea tree oil also works as an anti-dandruff agent.
Tip: Stay lice-free by spraying some tea tree oil mixed with water on your hair!
Eucalyptus oil has the cure for more than just one problem. The oil works as an insect repellant (works great when mixed with tea tree or lemon oil) and protects the skin from itching. It is popularly known to aid chest congestion, treat arthritis and acts as reliever for muscle aches. The oil also rejuvenates your sense and takes away the strain from your body.
Tip: A steam with eucalyptus oil mixed with hot water is always a great remedy!
Sandalwood oil is one of the best essential to tackle sleep problems. It also works to reduce stress, anxiety and is highly recommended for depression. And like most oils, sandalwood too helps tackle skin conditions and relieves back pain as well.
Tip: Add the oil to cotton and place it under your pillow for sound sleep.
March 20, 2017
You must be wondering why nail care is so important, considering a manicure or pedicure is just a door step away. But, once the pampering is done, it’s time to maintain the nails. So, here are some tips that will surely come handy in keeping those nails healthy and strong.
Don’t let the polish stay
Sometimes, we tend to let the Nail polish stay for too long. Don’t wait for it wear off by itself. The key is to make sure nails don’t turn brown. So, remove your nail polish every 3 weeks at least to avoid staining of nails.
This one is really simple. Just moisturize your hands every night before going to bed and you are good to go. This not only keeps the nails strong but also helps with healthy cuticles.
Yes, while most of us soak our nails in water in the process of pampering, we are forgetting one important thing. The chemicals used in the water more than often enter the skin, making it vulnerable. So, the best thing to do is to opt for dry manicures and pedicures, which are hygienic and also last longer.
Except at times, salt water soaking helps with nail injuries and kills germs.
Keep them short
Keeping nails short and regular clipping will help in maintaining them dirt free. Though long nails seem fancy and are the trend of all times, short nails are hands down the winners. Short nails help from breaking, avoids ingrowth and definitely reduces infections. Also, you don’t have to worry about broken nails or bruises anymore!
Avoid/sterilize metal tools
How about nail brushes instead of metal grooming tools to clean them up? Clean up with brushes to escape cuts from other tools. Also, if you feel there is no escaping from all of them, then don’t forget to sterilize the grooming tools. Make sure the stuff used to remove cuticles and dead skin is always clean, both at home and the parlor.
November 28, 2016
Oily skin or seborrhea is when there is excessive skin oil, called sebum. Unfortunately, both men and women experience oily skin due to hormone imbalances, genetics, makeup products, diet, and humidity. Listed below are a few don’t’s when it comes to oily skin:
One would assume that scrubs help remove oil from your skin, but the reality is that using face scrubs leads to a higher production of oil. Instead, try using masks that contain salicylic acid as it dissolves oil. 2) Unwashed sheets and pillowcases Your body keeps producing oil even when you sleep, and the oil often gets transferred to your sheets and pillowcases. So, remember to wash your sheets regularly so that they aren’t greasy and make your skin oilier.
Both emotional and physical stress triggers the fight-or- flight responses in your body, which leads to an oil overproduction due to the hormonal surge. Try meditation or yoga to reduce your stress.
4) Refined carbohydrates
Foods like white bread, white rice, and other refined carbohydrates have a high glycemic index, which can cause acne and a higher oil production in the skin. Eat more of oats, whole grains, and non-starchy vegetables.
Layers of makeup trap oil and make your skin cake-y, causing oily skin. Moreover, using products that are not suited for your skin type can also lead to excessive oil secretion. So, try using oil-free products and cleansers for your skin.
6) Hot water for your face
Avoid using hot water for washing your face as it dries your skin out, leading to compensation with an increased production of oil. Instead, use warm or room temperature water to wash your face.
Let us know how these tips work out for you, in the comments section below.
November 7, 2016
Dry skin generally occurs in cooler weather or with a change in weather. It is characterized by itchiness, flaky, and scaly skin. Extremely dry skin can cause cracks and breaks in the skin. Some of the common areas for dry skin are legs, hands, and arms.
Don’t worry! We have some solutions for you on how to deal with dry skin.
- Warm Showers
Make sure you have warm showers instead of hot showers as hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin dry.
Moisturizing immediately after your shower and while your skin is still damp, is the best time to moisturize because more moisture is trapped in your skin. The same goes for moisturizing right after washing your face and hands.
Believe it or not, applying milk on your skin reduces dryness and itchiness. Milk contains lactic acid, which soothes the skin naturally.
- Natural Remedies
Try some natural remedies like this face pack. Additionally, eating more foods with Omega-3 like salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts, because they will keep your skin-cell membranes healthy.
So what are you waiting for? Get rid of your dry skin today and let us know which solution works best for you skin!
October 3, 2016
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.