December 20, 2016

Seborrheic Dermatitis 101

About Seborrheic dermatitis

“I can’t wear this black shirt – my dandruff will show up like crazy!” Ever had this thought?? Well, you are not alone. Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrheic eczemais a serious skin condition that involves the inflammation of the skin – especially parts of the body that contain a lot of sebaceous glands. The most common places you can have seborrheic dermatitis are on the scalp, face, chest, and back. When seborrheic dermatitis is found on the scalp, it more commonly known as dandruff.  Though it is more common in adults, it is possible for babies to have this condition, where it is known as cradle cap.

There can be multiple reasons for seborrheic dermatitis, but the main cause is the over-development of the yeast Malassezia, which is generally present on the skin. Some other causes of this condition include:

  • Stress
  • Change in weather (to colder weather)
  • Oily skin
  • Family history
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal problems

Some common signs that you may have seborrheic dermatitis are:

  • Skin flakes on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard, or moustache
  • Red patches on the skin
  • Red patches on the scalp
  • Itchy scalp
  • Scalp lesions
  • Patches of greasy skin covered with flakes on different parts of the body
  • Redness of eyelids

Some don’t’s while you have this condition:

  • Don’t use medication if not prescribed by a doctor
  • Don’t scratch or pick at the affected areas as it may cause infection

Seborrheic dermatitis is a serious condition that can affect anyone. Lack of proper care can cost you that beautiful skin and hair that you have always dreamt of. Visit your nearest doctor today!!

October 10, 2016

Hair care during monsoon

Hair care tips to be followed during monsoon

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

1. Moisturize

Moisturize your hair regularly by conditioning your hair at least 3 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 – cold water 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 argon 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 actually be paving the way for hairfall. 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 a natural serum like castor oil to tame those flyaway hairs. 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 hair and prevents breakage and hairloss

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

September 19, 2016

Tips on skin care

Skin Care Tips for Normal Skin, Dry Skin and Oily Skin

It really helps when you know what your skin type is so that one can select the most appropriate products. Common skin types are normal, oily, dry and sensitive. There are also people who have a combination of skin types.

The type of skin depends upon various factors:

  • Water content
  • Oil content
  • Level of sensitivity.

Normal skin:

Thought not being problematic, normal skin also requires nourishment, cleaning and moisturizing.

  • In the morning, cleanse your face with alcohol free tonic and moisturize it with a mild cream.
  • If you use make-up, have quality ones put on your face. Before going to sleep, wash your face with a mild soap and dry it with a napkin.
  • Once a week use egg yolk mask, and rejuvenate your face skin. Do not forget to take care of your body as well.

Dry skin:

You have invisible pores around the face and more visible lines. The texture is usually rough and will project a dull complexion. Your skin is less elastic and will be prone to red patches.

  • Cleanse your skin with goat milk soap as it will make it smooth and develop the texture.
  • Buy natural cleaning products and don’t scrub while bathing or drying.
  • Use a humidifier and avoid over exposure to hot temperature.
  • Apply rich moisturizer after the bath and oils and options may also work. Avoid deodorant soaps.

Oily skin:

They have enlarged pores, dull or shiny skin complexion. People with this skin type are the most prone to blackheads, pimples and other kinds of blemishes in their skin.

Wear gloves while using cleaning agents, solvents and household detergents.

When exposed to drying agents, skin may crack up and become itchy or irritated especially on the back of arms, legs and hands.

 

September 12, 2016

What is your hair type?

Find out your hair type: tips and tricks

Finding out what texture your hair is, helps you figure out what are the necessities, essentials, how to handle it, and how to make it more effective. Your hair involves different types of density, curling pattern and porosity. So knowing what your hair demands help to get stylish products which are best for them and that achieves the best results you need.

  1. Determine your density :

Look into the mirror and identify the middle partition. Separate them into two sides and comb with your fingers. It helps you find how thick your hair is. Chunks of hair in the roots mean that it is strong.

  1. Determining your texture
  • Wash your hair twice a week

Washing cleanses your hair and it helps determine your texture. Usually changing conditioners or shampoo’s make the texture go away. So stick to one brand or it makes the hair fall.

  • Let your hair dry in the air or a dryer. It will make it smooth
  • Use a thick sewing thread of fabric material. Pull a strand of your hair. That should represent the whole texture of it. Place a white cloth in the ground and compare it. You shall see the difference.
  1. Determining the porosity
  • Wash and rinse your hair with shampoo and conditioner. It will cleanse your hair. Partially dry it with a towel. Don’t completely use a hairdryer.
  • Feel your hair with bare hands.
  • Low porosity: it means your hair is very dry and does not retain any moisture.
  • Medium porosity: The hair is considerably wet and withstands moisture.
  • High porosity: it means your hair feels sticky and takes a lot of time to get dry. It retains a lot of moisture.

Make your hair float in the water

If it does not sink into the water it is of low porosity. If it sinks to the bottom of the bowl quickly then it contains high porosity.

  1. Determining the oiliness:
  • Wash and rinse your hair with shampoo and conditioner. It will cleanse your hair. Partially dry it with a towel. Don’t completely use a hairdryer.
  • Make your hair sit overnight. Give your head and hair time for about 8-12 hours so that it produces oil and then you will be able to check it.

Oily: if there is full residue in your hair then it is termed oily.

Medium: If there are traces of the tissue then it is considerably oily.

Combination hair: if there is a lot of oil in one spot and none on the scalp then it is a combination.

It is best to determine your hair when it is free from all chemicals and dyes. If it is natural, you can get the most accurate results.