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How Smoking Ruins Your Skin and Hair
If there only one lifestyle change that you will make to look younger, quit smoking. Smoking affects your skin and hair in many negative ways. Read on to find out how... How Smoking Damages your Skin and Hair When you smoke, the nicotine in the tobacco reduces the amount of blood that is flowing to your skin. The toxins also affect collagen and elastin production, which in turn affect the elasticity of your skin. This makes the skin sag and droop, giving you an aged appearance. Tobacco smoke contains 4000 other chemicals besides nicotine. And most of them trigger the break down of collagen and elastin. These are the fibers that give your skin its supple and glowing appearance. Smoking or even being around a friend or partner who smokes destroys the building blocks of your skin. Apart from your facial skin your lips also become darker in colour. This lip hyperpigmentation is also called as 'smoker's lips'. It can begin immediately after you start smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products. Smoking damages DNA, which can also affects your hair follicles. It damages the hair at the root and negatively affects the hair growth cycle. This causes early greying and hair loss. What You can do to Reverse the Damage Your skin recovers its elasticity when you stop smoking. It will also be smoother, making it more pleasant to look at and touch. Your skin complexion will become visibly brighter in the first few weeks after you stop smoking. After six months, your skin will regain its original vitality. Start an antioxidant supplement that contains N-acetyl cysteine, glycine, glutamine, vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol and astaxanthin. Antioxidants are free radical scavangers that reduce the oxidative stress caused by smoking. Start using retinol in your nightly skin care routine. Retinol is a powerful antioxidant and it boosts collagen repair. It is one of the holy grail ingredient when it comes to skin tightening and anti aging treatment. Explore cyclical vitamin therapy to control hair loss and boost hair re-growth. Cyclical vitamin therapy contains as many as 100 ingredients which are needed for healthy hair and treatment of hairloss. Pick an under eye cream containing chrysin, vitamin K and kojic acid to reverse dark circles caused by smoking. Try a DIY lip balm containing ghee and beets to lighten your lips and restore their pink colour.
Top 6 Summer Must-Haves for Every Sweaty Girl
Well, summer is not my favorite season. There are certain skin infections that usually happen if you don’t take care of your skin properly if you are a sweaty girl. Hence, these products become a necessity to have in your daily routine to stay fresh and safe. 1. Sunscreens This is a very important and basic must-have for summer for every girl, no matter what skin type or tone you have. Sunscreens protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Not only that, the major benefit that you’re going to get from sunscreen is that your skin will be protected from Skin cancer. Even if you are staying home these days, don’t miss out on applying sunscreen as it protects our skin from the blue rays radiated through our mobile phones, laptops, and TV screens. Otherwise, they can cause major damage to our skin. 2. Rosewater Spray Our skin feels tired and fatigued really soon in summers. And it is really annoying and irritating to wash our face, again and again, to feel refreshed. Instead, you can keep rosewater spray with you all the time to refresh your skin instantly. It makes your skin feel relaxed and calm and really cools down the internal heat. 3. Antiperspirants During summers, we tend to sweat a lot. To control your sweat, you can use antiperspirant in your armpits. They prevent sweating. Antiperspirants are very different from deodorants. Deodorants make you get rid of the odor while antiperspirants control your sweating. You can buy amazing quality antiperspirants, which are clinically protected from sites like eBay. 4. Aloe Vera Gel You can use aloe vera gel as a lubricant all over your face whenever you shave your face. It acts great as a lubricant. Also, it is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. This soothes and calms your skin to a great extent. Aloe vera gel can also be used as a part of post skincare regime. It can be applied post-shaving your hands and legs and it will make sure that your cuts won’t turn into an infection if any. 5. Anti-Fungal Powder You can use this whenever your skin has any sort of itching, skin irritation, redness, fungal infection, or any pricky heat issue. You can use this under your arms, on your back, on your neck, between your thighs, on your elbows, knees, and all the areas where you feel excessive sweat. I would suggest you apply this powder between your thighs before the workout to prevent itching, redness, and irritation. 6. Setting Spray Whenever you apply make-up in summer, do not forget to apply the setting spray. It makes the make-up last longer on your face and makes it settle properly. You can even dance at weddings in summer and don’t lose your make-up at all if you have applied the setting spray. Make sure you invest in a good quality setting spray. So, these are some must-have recommended products for all the sweaty girls out there. I’m sure that these products will make your life much easier. So, get them for yourselves!
This Might Be The Reason Your Acne Won't Go Away
Do you feel like you have tried every acne treatment product on this earth and your breakouts still won't budge? Well, this could be because you've got your diagnosis all wrong! Read on to find out what is Pityrosporum folluliculitis or fungal acne and how to deal with it... What exactly is fungal acne? Fungal acne is also known as called Malassezia folliculitis or pityrosporum folliculitis. It is caused by excess growth of an yeast that normally lives on your skin. This yeast thrives on the oil found in your pores and causes inflammation. The result is tiny pustules surrounded by redness and itchy skin. How to get rid of fungal acne? Keep your scalp clean by shampooing daily. Use a scalp cleanser with anti-fungal ingredients such as piroctone olamine, selenium sulfide or ketoconazole. Ask your dermatologist about a short course of oral anti-fungal such as fluconazole to treat your fungal acne faster and more effectively. Use a face cleanser with sulfur at least once a day. Pick a serum with azelic acid and a light moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. Avoid oil based skin care products and also avoid oil application on your scalp and hair. Wash your pillow cover and face towel daily. How to deal with post acne scars? Retinol works well to reduce acne spots and post acne scars. PHAs or polyhydroxy acids also work really well on sensitive skin with fungal acne. Professional treatments such as PRP skin treatment with microneedling is a great way to permanently get rid of acne scars. If your fungal acne refuses to improve even after all the above measures, consider professional chemical peels with ingredients such as tretinoin, azelaic acid, citric acid, glycolic acid in consultstion with your dermatologist.
Is Botox Vegan Friendly and Cruelty-free?
Botox is the single largest performed cosmetic procedure in the world today. And as of January 2021, the total number of vegans in the world is approximately 79 million. Lets find out whether veganism and Botox go together... What is veganism? A vegan is a person who does not eat or use any animal products. Apart from vegans there are many others who are searching for cruelty-free products and cosmetic treatments that don’t include animal ingredients, or are involved in animal testing. What is Botox? Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used by a dermatologist for anti wrinkle treatment. But it has several other uses in medical science. Severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) Cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms Blinking that you can’t control (blepharospasm) Eyes that point in different directions (strabismus) Chronic migraine Overactive bladder Is Botox vegan? The actual Botox injection is vegan friendly. It goes not contain any ingredients of animal origin. But it does have albumin from human plasma as a preservative. Also, like any other pharmaceutical grade medication, it does involve animal testing before it can be certified as safe for human use. So, no.. Botox is not vegan. The final word If you are a vegan, whether you will take Botox or not is a personal choice you will have to make. Maybe if it was for anti-aging treatment, your dermatologist can do away with it and switch to other skin tightening treatments such as Ultherapy and RF skin tightening. But, if it was for other conditions such as an overactive bladder or cervical dystonia then the decision would be more difficult.
3 Lifestyle Habits that can Cause Acne Breakouts
Your acne is coded in your genes and governed by your hormones. While these two factors are not in your control, your lifestyle which affects your skin equally, IS. Here are the most important lifestyle changes that you can make to reduce your acne breakouts... 1. Clean your mobile phone Your mobile phone is pressed against your cheeks while you chat away with friends. The bacteria from your skin gets transferred on to the screen and stays there till it gets pressed on your skin again. Besides this your phone may have food residue from the time that you were eating and texting and dust from lying on dirty surfaces. If you have acne prone skin, make sure you sanitize the surface of your mobile phone at least once every day. 2. Wash your face less often If you have oily skin which is prone to breakouts, chances are that you are washing your face more than twice daily. That, coupled with acne treatment AHA toners, salicylic acid serums and retinol night creams can over dry your skin. This leads your skin to produce even more oil which in turn feeds acne causing bacteria. Wash your face maximum 3 times a day. Once in the morning when you wake up and shower, once before sleeping at night and an additional time after a workout or outdoor exposure. 3. Reduce your carb intake Refined carbs such as bread, pasta and fried food have a high glycemic index. They increase blood sugar and cause a spike in the hormone Insulin. High glycemic foods are very inflammatory for the body and also disturb your gut bacteria. This in turn disturbs your skin microbiome. Increase your intake of fresh vegetables and salads instead. These are loaded with antioxidants which help your skin in healing faster. If you have been struggling with acne breakouts for a while, getting a little help from your dermatologist could go a long way in getting rid of your acne.
5 Skin Treatments That Make You Look Young Forever
You may feel young at heart and ready to conquer the world. But what if your skin doesn't look the part? Here are the top 5 treatments that keep you looking ageless and ready to take on the world... 1. Chemical Peels A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that removes the top layer of your skin. This can help minimize wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation. A chemical peel procedure involves application of a liquid on the face, which is later wiped off. A light chemical peel improves skin texture and tone and lessens the appearance of fine wrinkles. The results are subtle but increase with repeated treatments. If you have a medium chemical peel, treated skin will be noticeably smoother. 2. Botox The Botulinum toxin is primarily used in the Botox Treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other facial lines. Botox injections are performed with a tiny eyelash like needle and a virtually painless. The treatment is FDA approved and results are visible within 3 days. You will need to repeat the treatment after 3-5 months if you wish to maintain the wrinkle-free look. 3. Dermal Fillers Dermal fillers are used for cosmetic purposes and are meant to give volume and fullness to your skin. This treatment reduces the most common signs of aging such as facial wrinkles and skin folds. Most women use dermal fillers to make themselves look younger. Dermal fillers procedure involves small injections of hyaluronic gel to support and volumize sagging areas of the face. 4. Microdermabrasion Microdermabrasion can help improve skin appearance by reducing fine lines, early sun damage, and mild, shallow acne marks. It is not useful for deep acne scars or deep wrinkles. Skin may become noticeably smoother even after one treatment and better absorb moisturizers. The procedure involves gentle sand blasting your skin with aluminium oxide crystals. 5. Ultherapy Ultherapy is a nonsurgical alternative to a facelift. It is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive procedure that lifts the neck, chin and brow and improves lines and wrinkles. The results from Ultherapy® generally last two years. The treatment produces new collagen, but even with natural collagen regeneration, the skin continues to age. Areas of focus for the treatment included brow, neck and jawline. Most of these treatments a re FDA approved and all of them are completely safe. Visit your dermatologist today, to find out which anti aging treatments are right for you!
How Dairy gives You Acne
Everyone who's fighting acne, doubts this at some point in time. 'Does dairy make my acne worse?'. You may stop having dairy for a week, only to realize that it is too much trouble and you can't really tell the difference. Let's figure this out together... Research tells us that inflammatory skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and acne are more common and more severe in those who consume a diet rich in dairy products. These skin problems are even more common in those who indulge in smoking, consume packaged food and are exposed to polluted air. Cow's milk, which is the largest consumed animal milk in the world, contains casein protein and whey protein. Both these are known to raise the levels of growth hormones in calves as well as humans. Growth hormones such as insulin-like growth factor - 1 or IGF-1 is strongly linked with increased sebum formation in our skin. After infancy our body increasingly loses its ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk. We know that more than 50% of the world's population is lactose intolerant. Milk and milk products trigger all sorts of allergies as well as acne. Besides this, cows and buffaloes are regularly injected with artificial hormones to increase their milk supply. When you consume dairy that is mass produced with such practices, it throws your hormones off balance. Dairy may also promote growth of unhealthy gut bacteria and cause gut inflammation. This alters the way your food is digested and absorbed, which in turn leads to vitamin deficiencies and dull skin. How to prevent dairy related skin problems? Reduce dairy intake and switch to high-fiber diet instead. Increase your intake of omega-3 rich food and supplements to achieve a blemish-free skin. Do not substitute dairy with packaged almond milk or soy milk. Consider switching to green tea or freshly brewed black coffee instead. Both of these have plenty of antioxidant benefits which boost your immunity and make your skin glow. If you plan to give a dairy-free lifestyle a try, avoid all dairy products completely for atleast 3 weeks to see the improvement. Any thing less than 2 weeks cannot give you an idea of whether dairy truly aggravates your acne. If your acne persists consider discussing diagnostic tests and acne treatment options with your dermatologist. *Dairy products include milk, yogurt, curd, buttermilk, cheese, paneer, whey protein shakes, cakes and other similar desserts.