5 Moisturizer Myths You Should Stop Believing Right Now

The relation between women and moisturisers has been going strong for generations.

Undoubtedly, moisturiser is a critical part of a healthy skin routine, however, there are a few tales going around which advise you to avoid moisturiser completely.

But, lovelies, let that not bother you. The moisturiser has always been an integral part of our daily skin regime, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

Here we are all-set to bust a few popular moisturizer myths for you.
Let’s get started.

  • Myth 1: All creams are same

If you feel that all creams are same, you might need to reconsider your views. It is true that all moisturisers contain water and other ingredients in a certain proportion. However, the basic difference lies in the proportion of the ingredients used.

Thus, there is nothing like one fit standard solution. A moisturizer might work wonders for dry skin and can be a complete disaster for the oily skin.

This is why it is highly recommended to choose a moisturizer which is in line with your skin type and skin needs.

  • Myth 2: Your skin gets addicted to moisturizer

Our skin tends to lose its moisture quite quickly than you might think. It gets dehydrated due to harsher climates, air conditioning systems at our homes, water exposure and genetics.

Since you overall cannot escape these unavoidable factors, it is essential to keep your skin moisturized with the help of a moisturizer on a daily basis.

Thus, it is wrong to conclude that our skin gets addicted to moisturiser, instead, moisturiser helps our skin to stay hydrated.

  • Myth 3: People with oily skin should avoid moisturiser completely

No, you should not avoid the moisturiser completely, but be careful while choosing a moisturiser. Choose a moisturiser which doesn’t add oil to your skin but just hydrates it enough.

You should investigate the ingredients present in your moisturiser for best results. Essentially look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid which keep your skin hydrated without making it look oily.

  • Myth 4: You don’t need sunscreen if your moisturiser has sufficient SPF

Well, this depends.
In winters, a moisturiser with enough SPF might work, but in summers, and especially when you are visiting warm places like the Caribbean, you should always apply a high quality sunscreen for full proof UVA protection.

  • Myth 5: You should always apply moisturiser to a dry skin

This again is a myth. Your skin absorbs the moisture best when it is slightly damped. Thus, make it a point to apply the moisturiser once you have taken bath and within 3 minutes of patting your body dry with a towel.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to lock in the moisture of the skin.

Your Turn

We hope that this article would have cleared a lot of myths we often hear and there. So, stay confident and slay with your beautiful skin!

How to Tell If the Laundry Detergent is messing up with Your Skin

Did you know that your laundry detergent could be the ultimate reason behind your constant skin rashes and irritation? Surprised? This is true.

Our laundry detergents, these days, come loaded with an array of harsh chemicals, and it is not surprising that they might interfere with our skin.

But how to tell if your laundry detergent is at fault? Laundry detergent is capable of causing rashes to your skin known as contact dermatitis. There are certain symptoms that can help you identify if it is your laundry detergent that is messing up with your skin.

Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis is caused when your skin is in constant touch with soaps, metals or plants. It can be an irritant or allergic contact dermatitis.

If you are not allergic to any substance present in the laundry detergent and still have contact dermatitis, then it is due to irritant dermatitis. These are none-allergic skin rashes. When your upper layer of skin is affected by a harmful substance, it starts causing itchiness.

When you are allergic to any substance in the detergent and as a result, your body sends an allergic response, this is allergic contact dermatitis.

If you experience allergy with your laundry detergent, these are some of the symptoms you will experience after its immediate contact or after a few hours of wearing freshly washed clothes. These symptoms include red rashes, prolonged itching, swelling, blisters, burning skin, and dry, scaly skin.

However, these are some common symptoms that can even be triggered when you use a new skincare product, try a new cuisine or anything out of your usual daily routine. If you haven’t done any such thing recently, it makes you closer to identify laundry detergent as the real culprit.

Next, the location of the skin rash can help in determining the underlying cause. If you are a one side sleeper and your rashes appear on the same side, it could probably be from the contact of detergent. If you have recently switched to a new detergent or have been sleeping in hotel rooms, such possibilities make you closer to detergent being the cause.

If still, you can’t be clear cut sure if it is the detergent that is messing up, consult a skin specialist or an allergist. They perform, certain test such as a patch test that can confirm the cause of the allergy.

Tips To Prevent Contact Dermatitis from Laundry Detergent

You need to change the way you use laundry detergent for washing clothes to rule out the contact dermatitis in the future. These changes can be:

  • Try to choose detergent free from fragrance and dye. In order to add fragrance in detergents, manufacturers often add chemicals which might prove disastrous to your skin.
  • To eliminate the possibility of any detergent left in your clothes after the first wash, run your rinse cycle twice just to be sure. Use hot water for washing clothes to kill the allergens.
  • Clean your washing machine after any use to prevent prolonged stay of detergent stuck in them.

 Use possibly less quantity of detergent to wash clothes.

Simply keep the above-mentioned points in mind, and prevent your laundry detergent from messing up with your skin.

What is Making Your Skin Dry And What To Do About It?

Dry skin is one of the most difficult problems to tackle. When external phenomena and sometimes internal ones wipe out the moisture from your skin, you are left with a dry patchy skin. The skin needs a good amount of moisture in order to breathe and stay healthy. But the question is what exactly the causes behind dry skin are?

  • The weather

The first thing which is attributed for dry skin is the weather, especially the winters. During the winters the weather is on a drier side and there is a lack of humidity. Both these things rob the natural moisture from your skin and results in dry skin. The air which blows during this period is known to parch the skin which is also detrimental to it. If you think that staying indoors and using the heater would help then you are sorely mistaken as it also adds in stripping the much-needed moisture from the air.

  • The location

It is true that winters can actually leave your skin dry but the location i.e. the geographical location is more often than not responsible for this skin related problem. For instance, if you are living in a region which exhibits desert like conditions then it is pretty normal for you to experience high temperatures. The problem with these places is that although the temperature here is pretty high, but there isn’t much humidity in the air; hence, chances of having dry skin increases.

  • Showers

If you are one of those who like to take long steamy showers, then it is time to rethink. It has been observed that these showers can be soothing for you but are pretty dangerous for your skin. What they essentially do is accelerate the process of drying the natural oil in your body which is important for keeping your skin healthy and moist. Moreover, if you like to swim, then you should be careful about the pool you are using for this purpose. If the pool is highly chlorinated then it can also contribute in the process of drying your skin.

  • Soap

It is true that you need to clean your body to remain healthy. But you also need to be careful about the soap you use for this purpose. If you are using a soap which is made of elements which have an affinity of consuming moisture then it would be prudent not to use it on your skin. What these soaps do is rob the natural moisture in the skin and make them dry.

  • Sunlight

You have to be careful when you step out of your house, especially in the mornings and afternoons. The sun has a tendency of drying up your skin. Thus iprotecting your skin at all times is necessary. The reason you have to be careful here is the UV rays emitted by the sun can penetrate deep into your skin. This extinguishes the moisture within and leaves it drying and saggy.

  • Skin issues

Another reason why you might have dry skin is due to issues or existing skin diseases. If you are already suffering from skin related diseases like psoriasis and eczema, then chances of having dry skin increases.

Beauty and Skin Care Guide for Autumn

The warmer months are fun and all, but they often leave our skin tired and dull.

As the autumn sets in, and the weather transitions itself to colder months, the environment becomes soothing and starts preparing itself for the dip in mercury levels ahead.

This is the right time that you should start taking care of your skin or else it might become dry as the temperature drops.

Here are a few tips which will help you in getting your glow back.

  • Exfoliation is very important

Irrespective of the season, always remember to exfoliate. Dead skin cells start building up and the skin starts peeling off in the autumn. Thus, exfoliate your skin pretty well.

  • Keep your skin hydrated at all times

During autumn, the winds get colder and your skin begins to feel dry. This is why hydration is of utmost importance. It is highly recommended to use a gentle moisturizer to get rid of a dry and flaky skin and to keep your skin hydrated.

  • Apply a face mask

As mentioned before, staying outdoors during the summer months makes your skin look tired. Autumn is the right time to get your glow back. Use a rejuvenating face mask to nourish your skin from within. Try using skin masks that are organic and gentle.

  • Protect your skin with sunscreen

Even if the days are chilly, and the sunshine is mellow, do not forget to apply sunscreen during autumn. Sunscreen is a must and you cannot drop it from your skin care regime at any time.

  • Avoid very long and hot showers

 It might be tempting to take a long, hot shower during autumn when the days are just beginning to turn cold, but avoid it as much as possible. Unnecessarily long showers with warm water absorb the skin’s natural oils and make your skin feel dry and tired. Therefore, go for shorter showers with lukewarm water and use a gentle, moisturizing body wash.

  • Use anti-aging or anti-wrinkle creams

Dry skin is very prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Thus, this is the ideal time to protect your under eyes. Always use an under eye cream before applying any makeup. You should also moisturize your skin well with an anti-wrinkle cream.

  • Moisturize your hands and feet

As autumn sets in and the weather becomes colder, your hands and feet start becoming dry. The skin around your fingers and heels will start peeling. To get rid of this, it is highly recommended to moisturize using a hand and foot cream. Also, don’t forget to use a scrub to get rid of dirt and dead skin cells.

These were just a few simple and easy-to-follow tips through which you can take care of your skin in autumn. What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments below.

How to Choose the Right Sunscreen?

Sunscreen does a lot more than just protecting your skin from sunburns. It plays a crucial role in shielding your skin from premature aging, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and even skin cancer.

Though you should wear sunscreen every day of the year, it is even more important to use it during summer time when the sun shines bright, days are longer and you tend to spend more time outdoors.

But as it turns out, choosing a sunscreen is not as easy as it seems.

To help you make the task easier, here are some important factors to focus upon:

  • Look for broad-spectrum protection

First things first, you must look for a sunscreen with a label that says broad spectrum protection. Such a label ensures that your sunscreen is well-equipped to guard you against both UVB and UVA rays.

This ensures that you are not only protected against sunburn but also against skin cancer and skin aging.

  • Aim for SPF 30 or higher

Ensure that your sunscreen has a sun protection factor or SPF of 30 or higher. Talking technically, this is actually a measure of protection of how well your sunscreen provides you against UVB rays.

Undoubtedly, higher SPF guarantees better protection, but the numbers become useless after a certain limit. SPF 15, for instance, provides you protection against 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 will filter out 97% of them while SPF 30 will guard you against 97% and SPF against 98%.

Thus, it is necessary to note here that no sunscreen provides you with 100% protection. This is why it is highly recommended to cover your skin with a wide-brimmed hat and wear clothes with full sleeves to protect your skin.

  • Choose water-resistant sunscreen

It is highly recommended to choose a sunscreen which is water resistant. However, do not fall prey to marketing gimmicks which suggest that sunscreen is waterproof. No sunscreen is waterproof, however, they are water resistant, which means that they can provide resistance against water for some time, say 40 minutes or so.

This is why you must reapply the sunscreen after every 2 hours for better protection.

  • Look for a non-comedogenic sunscreen

A non-comedogenic sunscreen is the one which doesn’t block or clog your skin pores. If you often get breakouts and enlarged pores after applying a sunscreen, non-comedogenic sunscreen is what will come to your rescue here.

  • Make sure that it absorbs into your skin flawlessly

Since you should wear your sunscreen every day, you must look for the one which absorbs into your skin without leaving any residues behind. Such a sunscreen is able to blend with your makeup and doesn’t look like an additional layer.

These were some of the factors you must focus upon while choosing a sunscreen. The least you would expect is getting half protection, or breakouts and worsened skin conditions.

Although applying sunscreen is important, it is even more important that you choose the right one!

Say Good Bye to Body Acne with These Tips

Summer is around the corner along with the stubborn and frustrating body acne.  Excessive heat, pollution, and dust are skin enemies and cause uninvited acne.

In here, we’re sharing some easy tips and lifestyle habits to fight body acne and get a clearer skin this season:

  • Hydrate, Feel Great! 

This is perhaps the easiest thing one can do for a healthier body and clearer skin. Make water bottle your all-day companion. Start your morning with lots of water and carry a BPA-free water bottle and sip frequently. This will drain the toxins and help you stay hydrated and, in turn, have a happy acne-free body.

  • Mask it, Honey!

Pamper yourself with a honey mask especially when your skin feels dry/tight/itchy. Honey is antibacterial, hydrating and fabulous for balancing skin pH and reducing acne. Your skin will love this treatment.

  • Veggies Please

Junk the junk food and include more veggies. A balance of vitamins and nutrients is all you need for the body skin to glow and feel alive. Make a bowl of rich green veggie salad to get a good dose of vitamins and nutrients. Healthy food helps to lower inflammation in the body and detoxes it gently and deeply.

  • Sugar? Nah!!

Ease up on the sugar. Refined sugar spikes our blood sugar and hormones levels which can lead to acne while also making you gain weight. Sugar triggers the release of insulin in the blood, which further produces acne-causing hormones in the body. So, next time make sure that you watch the sugar content before buying anything at the superstore.

  • No More Dairy

Avoid eating dairy products like cheese, and milk. They are difficult to digest and produce mucus which can block body pores and cause acne.

  • Goodbye Coffee

It might be hard to say goodbye to the coffee initially, but it will help you in the long run. Caffeine dehydrates the skin, ruins sleep, raises stress and the after effect is early aging and even worse skin. Coffee is known to trigger hormonal acne as well.

  • Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

Sun damage makes the acne worse and extends its stay. Thus it is essential to apply the sunscreen on exposed body parts. It will help skin in so many ways by making you look younger and youthful.

  • Try a Topical Essential Oil Treatment

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. You can add some drops of tea tree, orange, cinnamon or rose oil to ward off acne from your body.     

  • Don’t Pick or Squeeze! 

Last but most important- After all the DIY remedies, try to have patience while the acne is healing. Avoid squeezing them as this will introduce and multiply bacteria’s on other parts of the skin and make the situation even worse.

Along with the above tips, it is highly recommended to wear loose clothes, sleep well and live stress-free. Go out and flaunt your body with confidence and show the world the real you.

5 Beauty Truths Every Woman Must Know About

When it comes to beauty, we all are experts!

We have our own skin care beauty routines, and are somehow, doing great with our skin.

But if you want to take your love towards skin a notch further, here are 5 beauty truths that you must know about and stick to.

Let’s jump onto them to have a look.

  • Skin care is not just about the face

This is one mantra every woman must stick to, no matter what. Taking care of your face is great and all, but it makes no sense to neglect your neck, or the back of your hands, for that matter!

Do not forget to include these vital parts in your daily beauty care routine. Make sure that you nourish these zones with enough moisture and protect them from daily spectrum using a proper sunscreen. Or else, these areas would start looking weathered with time.

Make sure that your rest of the body parts age as gracefully as your face, and the best way to do that is to include them in your daily skin care routine.

  • Bedtime is the best time to take care of your skin

You might feel tempted to hit your bed at the night, but prevent that from happening. Sleeping with makeup on will lead to pimples, pink eyes and damaged skin, to say the least.

Bedtime is the best time to nourish your skin with all the needed nutrients. Moisturize your skin, treat your lips and heels and other areas that need your attention. And believe us, your skin will thank you for all the favor.

  • Hair care is not only about the right shampoo and conditioner

Well, yes, having the right shampoo and conditioner have a lot of say in determining the quality of your hair, but that’s not everything that hair care is all about.

At times, boring products like heat protective products can make all the difference. Using a heat protectant spray before blowing them dry or using any hot tool can prevent your hair from getting dry.

Undoubtedly, this will not reflect in your style almost instantly, but it will surely go a long way in helping you flaunt healthy tresses forever.

  • Exfoliation can easily be overdone or underdone

Exfoliation is the easiest way to get a glow on your skin. It reveals new skin cells and helps you get rid of old flaky skin. However, it is important to know the right exfoliation frequency. While it all depends on your skin type and the kind of product that you use, but the general rule of thumb states that you must not exfoliate more than twice in a week.

  • Regular trimming is necessary if you want to make your hair grow

This might confuse you. You might end up thinking as to how trimming can make your hair grow. The logic is simple – damaged ends end up breaking more easily, which ultimately hurts your hair length.

Thus, keeping them well trimmed will not only boost their growth but healthy ends would also look much better.

6 Amazing Ways to Get Rid Of Acne

Do you have an event to attend tomorrow? Chances are high that acne will accompany you too!

We’re not kidding, but this is what happens most of the time. You will definitely see popping them up when you least want them, may it be your wedding day, a day of your job interview or when you have to attend a party. Here are certain ways in which you can get rid of these unwanted outbreaks so that you can save your day.

1. Garlic to the rescue

Garlic is an effective antidote in curing acne, all thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal qualities. You can choose to add garlic to your diet to get rid of acne permanently. However, for immediate results, you can also rub the peeled garlic clove over the affected area multiple times a day. If you have sensitive skin, then crush the garlic clove and mix it with water before applying it to the affected area.

2. Apply a sulfur mask

Sulfur can be really effective in treating your acne and helping you get rid of a swollen pimple. It works by unclogging the pores and reducing the inflammation. The best way here is to choose a facial mask containing sulfur. Some masks are better left off overnight for better results but we’ll highly recommend you to follow the instructions on the mask for the best results.

3. Go for a honey mask, honey!

This is perhaps the easiest DIY mask to try. All you need to do is add one spoon of cinnamon along with two spoons of pure natural honey. Next, rinse your face properly before applying, and leave it on your face overnight. It will not only make you get rid of pimples but will also remove excess dirt and impurities from your face.

4. Ice it down

Ice can be really helpful in bringing your acne size down. However, avoid applying the ice cube directly but wrap it in a soft cloth before dabbing it on your zit. Also, don’t put it over for too long. You can keep dabbing it for 30 to 40 seconds and continue doing so few times a day.

5. Baking soda is helpful

Baking soda is another natural remedy to get rid of pimples. Its antiseptic properties prevent the outbreak of acne. All you need to do is make a paste of baking soda and water in equal quantities. Apply this for 30 minutes over your skin and rinse your face with warm water thereafter.

6. Trust the toothpaste

It’s the easiest thing of all to get rid of the pimples. Toothpaste is effective as it contains silica and dries out the pimples, thus helping them to heal faster. Leaving the toothpaste overnight on the affected area will make you see a bigger difference. It is effective not only on your face but can also help you in fighting pimples on other body parts like legs, arms and back.

These were some of the instant ways to get rid of your acne and their scars. These are trusted remedies that work well for even stubborn acne.

4 Ways To Protect You Skin From The Sun You Need to Know About

The skin damage done by the sun is probably why most of us hate summers. The scorching heat overhead as you leave your home follows you like a ghost. Don’t let the situation rule you. Instead of waiting for winters to set your skin right, protect your skin from the sun foremostly. Read on to find out. Here’s how.

Sunscreen is a saviour

Apply sunscreen every day to prevent the sun rays from penetrating deep into the skin. It is always confusing to choose a right sunscreen with a right SPF level. The next time you go for sunscreen shopping, buy a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreens with a lower SPF though protect your skin but fail to protect it from skin cancer.

Apply the sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside in a small quantity. 1 ounce of quantity works fine. You should reapply it every 2 hours in case you are out swimming or sweat a lot, no matter how much your brand shouts that the sunscreen stays for a longer time.

Eat healthy

Are you a foodie? If yes, then you are going to love this fact about protecting your skin from the sun. Here are some of the interesting foods of summers which can keep your skin healthy and glowing as ever without much ado.

Dark chocolate

Starting from dark chocolates, yes, now you can eat more of dark chocolates than you usually do. Chocolates protect your skin from the sun, isn’t it the best news you heard today? Consuming cocoa or dark chocolates instantly increase the SPF level and fight against the damage caused by the sun due to oxidation.

Green and black tea

Due to the presence of polyphenols in green and black tea, which are the best botanical antioxidants, they are capable of fighting with free radicals which are responsible for skin ageing. Also, drinking green and black tea increases the skin’s antioxidant shield which protects the skin throughout.

Water

This seems the easiest but toughest way to protect your skin. As 70% of our body contains water, it plays a significant role in protecting against free radicals. Drinking more water keeps your skin hydrated and produces more moisture content which helps your body to protect against the radiations of the sun.

Through skin care treatment

Not a fan of natural treatments to save your skin? There are unnatural methods such as peeling, IPL and microdermabrasion too to reduce the skin damage. They work by producing new cells by extreme stimulation of skin which helps in building the elastin, making the skin healthy as ever.

To start the repairing process, avoid getting exposed to direct rays of the sun. No skin rejuvenation process will be beneficial if you will continue to go out in the sun and burn the skin. You can surely go out on beaches once rejuvenation process ends.

Avoid getting into the sun

Say no to the sun at peak times, i.e. between 10am to 4pm. At this time, the ultraviolet radiations harm the most. You should avoid being in the sun without applying sunscreen. Moreover, you should apply it frequently to prevent your skin from damaging.

Get hold of your sunscreen and hat and stay hydrated!

How to Do Inflight Skincare While Travelling Home For the Holidays?

The holiday season is all about traveling and having fun. However, not all is great about traveling. Undoubtedly, it exposes your skin to the dry and cold air that flows from the plane vents and cracks your skin apart.

Necessarily, in cold season your skin is anything but dry. Additionally, all this travelling takes a toll on your skin. But we’re here to your rescue. Here are some of the skin care tips that can keep your skin healthy inflight and through the whole journey.

1. Wipe off your surroundings

Even a speck of dust can affect your delicate skin. Therefore, it’s better to keep your surroundings clean and tidy. It is highly recommended to wipe off the seats, tray table, and the window nearby your seating area in the flight with an antibacterial wipe. This certainly may look odd to do, but actually, it is a must. Also, you should keep makeup wipes and hand sanitizer handy with you to ensure proper cleanliness.

2. Apply your sheet face mask

The second in-flight skincare trick is to keep your skin hydrated all day long with your sheet face mask. The cold, dry air can make your face dehydrated and feel stretchy all day. To keep the moisture locked in and let not the dry air from vents soak up all your face moisture, wear a face sheet mask to keep your skin fresh and cool.

3. Try on facial mists

What? Have you not used them or heard about them yet? Well, wait no more. Facial mists are the magic potion that your skin needs. They are highly effective in keeping your skin calm, full of life and hydrated. Plus, the smell of facial mists is so earthly that they provide you good scent all day long. And smelling good should definitely be in your priority list while travelling. There are travel facial mists available from various brands that are perfectly sized for carrying around in your travel makeup pouch.

4. Take care of your lips

Those chapped lips are the most dreadful of all. The feeling of having soft lips is lost inflight due to the lack of moisture. Also, it’s really unacceptable when you are going to meet your loved ones and put a peck on their cheeks. Like who wanna be kissed and pampered with dry cracky lips? Thus, it’s highly important to keep using your lip balm and not let your lips lose their originality.

5. Drink lots and lots of water

You are not hearing this for the first time, right? Drinking water is the easiest and best you can do for your skin. While travelling, drinking water isn’t only essential for keeping your skin glowing, but it also keeps you energetic and going. Also, drinking water makes your skin fully prepared against post-travelling repercussions. So, make sure you don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated from the fear of peeing again and again. Also, don’t hesitate to call your flight attendant every time you need water. The best way is to carry your own refillable water bottle with you.

These were some of the in-flight skincare tips to follow.