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.

Regular Moisturizing

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.

Dry Mani/Pedi

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

“Don’ts” for oily skin

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:

1) Scrubs

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.

3) Stress

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.

5) Makeup

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

Battling dry skin

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Moisturize

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.

  1. Milk

Believe it or not, applying milk on your skin reduces dryness and itchiness. Milk contains lactic acid, which soothes the skin naturally.

  1. 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!

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.