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Skincare 101


Eat, Drink And Sleep Right

Munching on natural anti-oxidants like grapes and pornegranates give you a head start to a great face, and eight glasses of water a day and at least eight hours of sleep is just what the doctor and skin experts advise.

Cleanse This Way

Always start with a clean state and adopt a skincare regimen that includes deep cleaning products that are either alcohol-free or have low alcohol content and that contain skin detoxifying minerals and nutrients.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

It can't be said often enough - moisturizing products combat skin dehydration that results in dry, scaly patches and deep creases. Regular moisturisation keeps your skin soft, smooth and supple. Massage moisturizer into your skin with upward strokes while your skin is still damp from cleansing.

Always Remove Makeup

Makeup removal, with gentle, alcohol-free or low-alcohol content makeup remover, should be part of your skincare regimen. Never doze off and leave makeup on overnight.

Choose Your Foundation Wisely

It's important to cover up the right way, to choose a foundation that is best suited to your skin type and age.

What Causes Spots?

Prolonged sun exposure - along with other factors such as hormonal changes - causes dysfunction to the skin's natural pigmentation, called melanin, causing it to over-produce and accumulate on the skin's surface. An excess amount of eumelanin, a darker pigment dominant in Asian skin, on the skin's surface is essentially responsible for unsightly discoloration and dark spots.

Chuck The Orange Peel

Cellulite is the angst of many women, but with the combination of a good diet, regular exercise and an increase in your circulation, you'll be boosting your body's ability to prevent and fight cellulite.

Stop The Stretch

Stretch marks can be treated if you start fighting them early. Don't wait until they have flattened out and faded before you start treatment, it becomes much harder to deal with them afterwards.

Types Of Pigmentation Problems

Melasma

A dark skin discoloration found on sun-exposed areas of the face - cheeks, forehead, nose or upper lips. The uniform brown patches are more often symmetrical (matching on both sides of the face.)

Causes: Mainly hormonal changes. It is especially common in pregnant women, and women on oral contraceptives ("The Pill") or hormone replacement therapy (such as during menopause). Sun exposure is also a strong risk factor. It is particularly common in our tropical climate.

Treat: A combination of tretinoin cream and a bleaching cream containing hydroquinone. Occasionally, your physician may add chemical peels or topical steroid creams as well. In severe cases, laser treatments can be used to remove the dark pigment. However, it is best to avoid aggressiveness in the treatments of melasma as it may proceed deeper into the skin and become more resistant to treatment. Sun avoidance and daily sunscreen use are the key to avoiding melasma.

Age Spots

Also know as lentigines, these are harmless flat, brown discolorations of the skin, which usually occur on the back of the hands, neck and face of people older than 40.

Causes: Age spots are caused by the skin being exposed to the sun over many years and are a sign of sun damage.

Treat: Retin-A cream is commonly used. Apply to the spots once a day for six months. This will lighten large age spots and make small ones disappear. Also, alpha-hydroxy acid peels. This involves applying a mild acid to the skin and then allowing the skin to heal.

Freckles

Flat, dark, circular spots that typically range in size from a pinhead to the head of a nail.

Causes: The spots develop randomly on the skin, especially after repeated exposure to sunlight and particularly in people of fair complexion. They could also be genetic trait.

Treat: One of the more effective treatments is alpha-hydroxy acid gel or beta-hydroxy acid gel. The gel is applied to the spots each night. This can help lighten freckles over time and even out the overall tone of the complexion.

Effective Ingredients In Whitening Skincare

These ingredients work in two ways:

  • By absorbing UV rays, thus preventing the sun from darkening your skin.

  • By inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment found in your skin.

Common Whitening-Skincare Ingredients

Kojic Acid

Has anti-oxidising properties.

Licorice Extract

A de-pigmenting agent that has long been purported to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Arbutin

This popular skin- whitening agent in Japan and other Asian countries is also used to treat allergic inflammation of the skin and sunburn marks, and can prevent liver spots and freckles.

Vitamin C

Helps to regenerate collagen and Vitamin E in the skin and enables Vitamin E to provide sustained antioxidant protection in the skin's elastin fibers.

Vitamin A

Usually found in the form of Retinol, Retinal Vitamin A aldehyde) and Tretinoin Vitamin A acid). It stimulates the production of collagen and helps renew and exfoliate the skin, making it brighter and more luminous.

Carrot, Avocado And Cream Nourishing Mask

This facial mask can help improve skin's texture, diminish age spots and rebuild skin collagen 

What You Need: 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 large carrot, 1 avocado, pitted peeled and mashed 0 3 tablespoons of honey.

How To Do It: Combine ingredients in bowl until smooth. Spread over face and neck. Relax for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. 

Skin Renewal

Skin renews itself every 28 days, a process that allows dulling dead cells to be sloughed off and newer, healthier - and more glowing - skin to shine through. Amazing, for sure. But the process slows in our 30s, contributing to skin that looks ashy and less than radiant, says Dr Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, California. Don't panic: You can give skin a helping hand by exfoliating two to three times per week. (If you're prone to acne, make that once weekly with an extra-gentle scrub.) In addition to diligent skin polishing, and morning and evening moisturisation, take advantage of today's radiance-boosting makeup - you'll love the results.

Good Or Bad Oil?

Mineral oil has been getting a bad rap as many believe this ingredient (present in many body products and makeup) clogs pores and causes acne. But a recent report in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology said otherwise. Apparently, in several studies, mineral oil used in cosmetic products ranged from a zero to two on a five-point scale of oiliness. Go for beauty products labelled "noncomedogenic: rather than "mineral-oil-free."

Benish Blackheads

According to Bharti Vyas, author of Whole Beauty Wisdom, whizz a cup of fresh parsley in a blender and dab onto the offending area. Wash off after 15 minutes.

Soothe Your Skin

If you find that shower gels and normal soaps are too dry for your skin, try shower milks instead. They are enriched, so they clean and moisturise your skin without stripping off its natural oils.

My Skin Isn't Agreeable With The Great Outdoors. My T-zone Greases Up, My Cheeks Go Dry, And I Get Spots. What Can I Do?

Short of staying indoors. tackle the problem sensibly. That means using an oil-control lotion on the T-zone. and an oil-free moisturiser on cheeks so you don't skimp on hydration. Again I stress thorough but gentle cleansing. Dirt and crime clog tile skin - the reason for all those zit outbreaks.

 

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