August 2, 2018
Every day in the media, you are constantly bombarded with advertisements for soaps which claim to be healthy and good for the skin. They claim the most natural ingredients and may promise you Cleopatra’s beauty on a platter.
How do you then find out which one suits you the best? How do you know what parameter to look for in choosing a soap? pH is your magic word. Our skin is naturally designed to fight infection and environmental stresses. But the ability to do so is affected by the pH level. The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is. On a scale of 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, 7 is considered a neutral reading. Skin’s natural pH is about 5.5 i.e., acidic and any deviation from this value leads to failure of the skin’s ability to protect itself.
Most cleansers, including natural soaps, detergent soaps, etc., tend to be too alkaline for the skin. Due to which they remove natural oils from the skin thereby, causing dryness and irritation. Only syndet based cleansers have a skin friendly pH 5.5. Bathing with a syndet over a long-term provides moisture to the skin and maintains skin pH. It proves very effective for the skin to fight off pathogens.
August 2, 2018
Dark Neck? Does it seem dirty?
You might have scrubbed dark neck a hundred times or even more, but it still seems like you haven’t taken a shower for weeks. We understand how it feels. But worry not, because the issue is not on the outside, but on the inside.
Yes! The problem may appear on the skin, but it is caused by cells inside the body. This condition is called “Acanthosis Nigricans”.
This condition on the neck is due to the accumulation of extra skin cells. The main reason for accumulation of extra skin cells is hormonal imbalance, specifically the hormone that regulates blood glucose level. When this fails to lower the blood glucose level, the body produces more of it.
Besides the neck, the skin on other body folds like underarms, groin, elbows and knuckles might also get affected.
Lack of exercise, obesity and junk food are the main reasons for hormonal imbalance. Anyone who isn’t leading a healthy lifestyle is at risk. It’s even seen in children who are 8-10 years old.
Acanthosis Nigricans is a condition which makes people prone to diabetes which is an irreversible disease. So whenever you see people with dark patches on their skin, educate them that it is not dirt and ask them not to ignore the issue. Encourage them to visit a dermatologist immediately. Only a dermatologist can identify if the patches are “Acanthosis Nigricans” or just dark pigmentation and can treat it accordingly.
July 19, 2018
Most of you would find that usual topical creams don’t work well for some kind of acne. It is because there are cases when acne is caused due to the underlying hormonal conditions. These hormonal conditions include symptoms like irregular menstrual cycles, thinning of hair, excessive facial hair and weight gain.
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They are powerful chemicals that travel around your bloodstream telling tissues and organs what to do and control many of your body’s major processes, including metabolism and reproduction.
So when you have a hormonal imbalance, it absolutely means that you have too much or too little of certain hormones. Even tiny changes can have serious effects throughout your body.
To make it easier for you, we have a list of symptoms indicating hormonal imbalances:
• Heavy or irregular periods, including missed periods, stopped periods or frequent periods
• Hirsutism, or excessive hair on the face, chin or other parts of the body
• Acne on the face, chest or upper back
• Thinning hair or hair loss
• Obesity or trouble losing weight
If you have any of the above symptoms, then you need to consult a dermatologist immediately. Do not consider acne just a blemish. It could be an indication of something serious.
July 19, 2018
Skin care tips for your little bundle of joy “Squishy! Squishy!”, “Awwww!” and “So Cute!” are expressions of joy while touching a baby’s skin. Smooth, soft and a nice scent is what we feel. But do we realise that it could get dry, flaky and sensitive at times? Baby can have some funky discolourations on the skin especially during the newborn period.
So here’s the deal on skin care tips for your little bundle of joy
1. Never get too crazy with bathing
Two or three times of baby bath in a week is plenty. Cleaning the diaper area every day is a must, but frequent bathing will dry the baby’s skin and remove the necessary oils and other substances that protect against infections. Every day bathing can be avoided.
2. Choose Gentle Products
Staring at the aisle, are you stumped to buy the right kind of baby products? You don’t have to worry. Go for the products that have lesser chemical names. It’s best to use pH friendly baby soap and baby shampoos that are specifically formulated for their age group. These products are non-toxic, have fewer dyes, deodorants and are alcohol-free.
3. The lotion is your friend
Your little one’s skin is prone to dryness. So use a moisturiser. A risk of using baby powder is that your baby might inhale the powder and that could be dangerous. Hence say ‘NO’ to baby powder and ‘YES’ to baby lotion.
4. Clean those Folds
Baby’s skin shouldn’t be damp often, especially those folds have to be cleaned. Babies also tend to drool so cutely but we have to continuously wipe their mouth and using a bib is recommended. In order to prevent redness, peeling and chaffing, clean the baby skin folds twice a day.
5. Go easy on the sun exposure
You can open the sun cover on baby’s stroller, dress hats with brims and cover the body. Once the baby hits the six-month mark, look for a sunscreen with inorganic filters. Just try not to let the sun directly hit the baby’s skin.
6.The deal with birthmarks
Birthmarks are pretty common among babies and are usually harmless, but you should keep an eye on them for any changes. Consult a baby’s paediatrician if the birthmark develops “knots” (gets bumpy and looks twisted) or is growing quickly.
To all those mommas out there, blend the above six points with love and affection for your baby and you will find that baby’s skin is always cute and squishy-squishy.
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.