Four ways VCO can help you

We would have heard of virgin olive oil, but virgin coconut oil, or VCO, is not that familiar.

Virgin Coconut Oil or VCO is a cold-pressed oil extracted from fresh coconut milk without any application of heat, ensuring that there is no bleaching or refining in the extraction process.

Some benefits of this oil are:

  1. Metabolism

VCO contains lauric acid – an essential medium-chain fatty acid that has antimicrobial properties, which helps support the immune system, aids in weight loss, and stimulates metabolism in the body.

  1. Hair

VCO has antiseptic properties and is easily absorbed by hair, thus preventing protein loss and other hair damage.

  1. Skin

VCO is used to treat acne and eczema due to its natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Additionally, VCO is an excellent moisturizer that is not greasy and leaves you feeling comfortable and dry when you apply it on your skin.

  1. Food

Virgin Coconut oil contains more antioxidants and has a natural coconut smell and flavor, which is perfect for cooking your favorite curry or granola in.

 

Skin care during Diwali

Diwali is fast approaching – and we know you are gearing up for the patakhas and diyas – but is your skin prepared as well?

Read on to find out ways to protect your skin from all the excessive pollution this festive season.

Wash your face: This might seem like an obvious tip, but this simple measure can prevent your skin from being damaged due to exposure to firecracker smoke. The smoke will irritate your skin, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin. Covering your face while stepping out will also help.

Moisturize: Applying moisturizing cream will help reduce dryness caused due to exposure.

Drink water: Drink lots of water during this period since the inhalation of the smoke and gases may lead to problems. Drinking water will help keep the harmful effects of the smoke at bay.

Antioxidants: It is essential to consume antioxidants during this time because they protect your hair and skin cells from free radicals. Antioxidants can either be consumed in the form of green tea, berries, nuts, and spinach.

In addition to following these tips, you can make a simple homemade face pack for healthier skin here.

So what are you waiting for? Let us know any other tips you know in the comments section below.

Hair care during monsoon

Don’t you hate it when the weather is hot, humid, and muggy? Well, that is how the city is during the monsoon. During these months, it is essential to put in more effort to maintain your hair. Here are some tips for dealing with the excessive humidity:

1. Moisturize: Moisturize your hair regularly by conditioning your hair at least three times a week. Conditioning helps reduce frizz and smoothens your hair.

2. Cold Water: Use cold water to wash off your conditioner instead of hot water. Coldwater causes the cuticles to contract, thus maintaining the shine in your hair.

3. No Blow Drying: Blow drying your hair causes a loss of moisture, and you need all the moisture you can get! Allow hair to air-dry instead.

4. Oil: Oil your hair more using olive oil, coconut oil, or argan oil. Oiling your hair helps boost the moisture, and we all know how important moisturizing is!

5. Avoid damp hair: It is always fun to play in the rains, but you might be paving the way for hair fall. Stay dry, and always carry an umbrella.

6. Proteins: Don’t forget to eat protein-rich food like eggs, yogurt, fish, nuts, leafy vegetables, and legumes to strengthen and nourish your hair from within.

7. Not too tight: Avoid tying your hair up in tight ponytails or buns, especially when wet. This makes the hair brittle and more prone to breakage

8. Serum: Try using an anti-frizz serum or natural serum-like castor oil to tame those flyaway hairs. The serum also helps in strengthening and adds that extra shine!

9. Comb: This is something that you might already be familiar with. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair – this helps in reducing the strain on the hair and prevents breakage and hair loss.

So what are you waiting for? Let your gorgeous locks do the talking for you this monsoon!

Adult acne and ways to treat them

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.

Stress increases with age as more responsibilities pile on and our lives become more complicated. 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, encourage breakouts. Try getting an allergy test from your doctor to determine if you may be ingesting foods that cause an inflammation response. 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.

Key takeaway

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.