Seasonal Skin Changes You Need To Be Aware Of

The changing seasons not only pave the way for a changed wardrobe and a different style of living but also deprive your skin of moisture causing havoc on our skin. Our skin reacts to the changing seasons. Well, that’s why we can see heels cracking and a wrinkled skin in winters and red rashes in the summers. This is called seasonal skin changes. The outermost layer of our skin called the epidermis is highly reactive to the changing seasons.

As there are various seasons, there are various kinds of seasonal skin changes too. This article briefly explains how different seasons lead to skin changes. Read on!

The hot summers

Even cool showers and water are not sufficient for us to feel comfortable in the summers especially when we have to step out of our homes. The hot scorching sun just doesn’t stop glaring at us. But we still can manage to bear the heat, while the skin would take a real beating. Heated air in summers leads to low humidity conditions causing the moisture content to evaporate from our body. This will lead to skin changes like irritation, flaking and cracking. Also adding to this is the parched appearance.

You can save your skin from these changes by investing some money in the humidifier which helps keep the air moist at your home. And please make sure you drink a lot of water for keeping yourself hydrated. Also, a replenishing lip balm is a must if you don’t want your lips to crack or look dry and dull.

The cool winters

Humidity levels drop during the winters and autumn. Simple theory behind is drier the air, more moisture from the skin is absorbed. Naturally, you are bound to experience flakiness and dryness in the winters. It is during these winters that many people lose the beauty of their glowing skin and tend to use many heavy duty cold creams.

So, as the weather changes your skincare products must change too! The summer light weight moisturizers should be replaced by winter cold creams.

Sudden changes in temperature

Going from a cold environment into a centrally heated room can have effects on your skin. The vice versa is also true. The capillaries present in our faces expand and contract very rapidly which leads to skin redness and broken veins. Well, no worries! A layer of barrier cream can protect our skin. There are also products which contain anti-inflammatory ingredients like chamomile. If not this, then green tea would do the trick too!

Hot showers and baths

In winters, nothing is more soothing than soaking in a hot shower and bubbles after a tiring day. But it is disappointing to know that these hot showers will dissolve the oily barrier leading to dry skin. All the moisture content is lost! So, resist the temptation to take a hot shower bath rather you can settle yourself for a warm shower. That’s a seasonal temptation which you have to resist for protecting your skin.

Ways Showering Can Affect Your Skin And Skincare

A long and hot shower after a tiresome day is something everyone would love to do. Some people are also habituated to taking showers every day after work.

But people, before you make such decisions make sure you know how taking hot showers affects your skin. Many people have less idea about the showering effects and just take long and hot showers as it is soothing. Regretting later after your skin is already affected is unwise. So, read this article and know how showering affects your skin and make sure you don’t have to regret it later! Read on!

Human skin is made up of three layers which are epidermis, dermis, and subcutis. Hot and long showers affect the epidermis layer which is the outermost layer. This layer is filled with keratin which is responsible for providing defence against outside environment and also help the body skin in retaining moisture. To help keratin retain moisture, a thin oil layer is produced by our body. That’s the biology.

 What happens to our skin when we take long showers?

  • The oil layer is washed off when we take showers. Excessive showering completely washes off this oil thus disallowing keratin retain moisture. So, your skin looks dry and signs of aging like wrinkles can be seen.
  • Although tub time might feel very luxurious, spending more time in a bath tub taking showers can harm your skin by completing making it dry and pale. There is no natural bounce in the skin and we tend to develop folded skin.
  • Excessive showering can cause redness in the skin which gradually turns into itching and peeling. Yes, it is something close to a sunburn. This leads to disrupting of skin’s moisture balance leading to itchy skin.
  • The essential fats and proteins present in the oil layer are washed off thus robbing you of your healthy and glowing skin.
  • It leads to dry skin which can cause infection. The infection if not treated immediately might even lead to skin cancer. Yes. That’s how serious it can get!
  • Itchy rashes are also developed which lessens your beauty. Having a pretty face fails to grab attention if you have rashes all over your skin.
  • Cool showers which can be taken twice in a week can help to keep your hair strong and healthy. Also, there is a natural glow in your skin. But, excessive cool showers as well is a NO.

Thus, both hot showers and cool showers when taken excessively can have adverse effects on your skin. So how do you reduce the effects?

Taking care of skin while taking shower

  • Decrease the temperature of your water once you find out your skin is turning red. Probably, it’s too hot.
  • Use moisturizing products to prevent your oil layer from getting washed off.
  • Do not stay in your bathtub for too long and always make sure the temperature is moderate.
  • Use various skin care products if you are developing rashes and itching. Also, consult a dermatologist if the itches and rashes are increasing.

 

6 Tips to Soothe a Beyond Painful Sunburn

Your summer days are ending and what have you experienced? You might have got sunburns and you now want remedies to treat the sunburn. So, are you looking for natural remedies that can soothe your beyond painful sunburn? We have got the right cure!

You are aware that exposure to UV rays can result in premature aging and could also cause skin cancer. However, although you’ve put a lot of efforts in protecting your skin from getting sunburnt using sunscreens, you still might have got the itching, swelling and painful sunburns. Try out these natural remedies to get rid of the discomfort and cure your sunburns.

1) Use compresses
After sunburn, your skin gets inflamed. You could relieve those burns using compresses dunked in some of these substances. You could use cold water and dab it over the burn. Aluminum acetate could be used if the itching is too intense. You could also use witch hazel to moisten the cloth and later dab it over the skin.

2) Use these foods

The usual kitchen ingredients could help you soothe your sunburns. Wrap oatmeal in a gauze or cheesecloth and later dip it in cold water. You could discard the food item and use compresses to dunk in the liquid and later apply. Yogurt, lettuce, corn starch or even tea bags could be used for the compresses.

3) Refrain from using soaps

Soaps can potentially dry your skin and irritate it. Do not soak yourself in soap water. Also, do not use bubble baths. If you still want to use soap, use mild brands and make sure you rinse the soap off really well.  However, you could make use of vinegar, Aveeno or baking soda in your baths.

4) Moisturize well

You might have damaged the skin real bad and now are looking for remedies. It is high time you rely on lotions and start repairing it. Soaks, as well as compresses, will make you relieved temporarily but can also make the skin feel more dried than it earlier was if you do not moisturize your skin immediately. Dry yourself after the compresses and then apply some bath oil. Let it seep into the skin for a while and later use lotion or moisturizing cream on it.

5) Visit your freezer

Sunburns definitely hurt. If your skin urges you to reach out for cold substances, go for it. Ice packs could give you relief if the burn is subtle. Wrap the ice packs in a damped fabric and keep it on the sunburns. You could also use a pack of frozen peas on it.

6) Drink and eat!

Consuming the right supplements would also help your skin. It is any day a great idea to drink plenty of water to fight back the drying of the skin. You can do better by drinking fresh fruit juices as well. Also consume foods which are rich in fluid content.

And you are done! Thank us later.

Skincare Regime To Follow When You Are in 50s!

Take care of your skin in such a way that people can never make out that you are in your 50s.

Once you complete half a century of years in your life, it’s time to pay special attention to your skin so that aging does not succeed in taking its toll over the skin.

A Los Angeles-based dermatologist named Jessica Wu asserted “This is the decade of collagen loss and saggy skin”.  It is a fact that women in their 50s eventually strike menopause and this is followed by few consequences which are visible over the skin. The production of collagen gets considerably reduced and the skin fails to retain its moisture.

Get your skincare routine entirely revamped in your 50s.

Skincare routine for the ones in 50s

  • Switch to a gentle cleansing gel

As you tend to lose the moistness of your skin at this age, you should wash your face with a cleansing gel that is much milder and gentler. It would be more beneficial to use a water-based cleanser or a milk-based cleanser.

You can avoid washing your face in the morning with the cleanser. Put some cold water on your face. Do not use the cleanser often as you did earlier, because it tends to rip off the natural moisture of the skin.

  • Start using an antioxidant serum

Load your flock of skincare products with creams and serums that are rich in antioxidants. The antioxidant serums prevent the aging and safeguard the skin from sun damage.

Get moisturizers that have SPF or hydrating sunscreen lotions

As mentioned above, in the 50s you always need to keep hydrating your skin. So whatever products you may apply on your skin, they should be moisturizing and softening enough.

While purchasing sunscreen lotions you should check their hydrating components. Suppose you are getting a moisturizer, pick the one that have SPFs. This way your skin is shielded against the damaging sun rays and loss of moisture.

  • Use eye creams

This age witnesses fine lines at the corner of the eyes, dark circles and wrinkled skin in the eye area. So using an eye cream is a must.

Go for eye creams that are to be applied at night because eye creams work best at night when you are asleep. Start using those eye creams that contain peptides, glycolic acid or retinoid which help in boosting the collagen production.

  • Resort to a gentle exfoliator

Too much exfoliation makes the skin dry and flaky. So at this phase of age, when the skin automatically turns dry, one should try all means to keep it hydrated and moist.

So use a gentle exfoliator to scrape off the dead skin cells and kick-start the collagen production. Go for a rather gentle exfoliation at least once in a week or maybe thrice in a month but do not do it often.

Apart from skincare plans mentioned above, you can also go for other chemical treatments and supplements to keep your skin firmer and beautiful.

Who said that 50s cannot stay gorgeous and beautiful? Go ahead and prove them wrong.

Things Celebrities Do to Look Beautiful

Have you ever wondered how come the celebrities always manage to steal the show? In fact, surely there have been times when you feel jealous of their impeccable beauty.

They always look stunning and radiant. With all the glittering and sparkling, no wonder they are acclaimed to be stars.

You often end up blaming God to have bestowed all the beauty to these celebrities and depriving us of it. But we fail to realize this fact that it’s all a matter of different lifestyles.

What do celebrities do to look good?

The flawless beauty that celebrities carry everywhere needs proper maintenance and investments. Read further to find some secrets.

How do they keep their skin glowing?

The celebrities stick to exfoliation as their supreme weapon to keep their skin glow intact throughout. Since exfoliation removes the dull, dead skin cells and prepares the base for the creams and serums to seep into the deep layers, celebrities go for Microdermabrasion treatments. This treatment involves polishing of the face-skin with tiny crystals.

Rachel Weisz and Sienna Miller’s dermatologist Dr. Colbert spills the beans by saying that he does the Triad Treatment for those celebrities before any major event for their skin to glow. The triad treatment includes microdermabrasion followed by laser toning and fruit acid process. Actresses also go for facial peels after any heavy make-up.

How do they prevent skin damage?

Anybody’s skin is prone to damage when exposed to harmful environmental conditions. Agents of skin damage do not inquire whether it’s a celebrity’s skin or ordinary person’s skin before causing any damage to it.

The skin of famous personalities, actors and actresses is more likely to get damaged due to prolonged hours of heavy make-up, sun exposure, pollution, etc. Dr. Evans has treated many of his celebrity patients with his formula of fusing anti-oxidants like vitamin A, C & E with certain skin creams. When this formula is applied by the celebrities, they prevent their skin to get damaged further.

How do they deal with acne?

Celebrities cannot wait for weeks to cure acne problems due to their busy schedule. Hence, using creams and acne solutions cannot be their way out. They turn to skin experts for instant solutions so that they are always ready to face the cameras and the paparazzi.

Dr. Boris Zaks, who is known for treating Beverly Hills, introduced a photodynamic therapy which involves the application of amino acid medication on the pimples and throw blue light on the areas where the medication is applied, to activate and start the process of treatment.

It is very evident that celebrities make a lot of efforts to look good and maintain it. It also requires a hefty investment to continue to look ravishing at all time.  It is really amazing to get knowledge of how these celebrities are always at their best. In a nutshell, celebrities really go a long way to look the way they are.

Why You Should Sleep Often For Flaunting Good Skin

Have you ever taken a beauty sleep? Or have you ever wondered why is it called a beauty sleep?

Sleep is your way to a healthier skin. That is how it goes. Sleep makes us beautiful. Yes, it really does! Though it itself is called beauty sleep, it restores and enhances Your Beauty. No matter how many times you visit the salon and the spa or how many imported skincare products you experiment with; if you want a radiant and glowing skin then a good sleep is a real ingredient.

How is sleep important to your skin?

Seeing your dark circles, bloodshot eyes, or puffiness of eyes anyone can make out that you did not have enough sleep. You need to get good sleep to look good and feel good. According to age-old sayings and science, of course, sleep is a vital phenomenon to keep humans healthy and maintain their well-being. The first thing that comes under everyone’s notice is the effect sleep has on one’s skin.

After examinations, it is quite common to each one of us to glance at the mirror and get a disgusted feeling to see the pale, blotchy face adorned with that puffiness of eyes and dark circles. The consecutive nights of examination stress and lack of sleep due to late-night studies can have such an adverse effect on our skin. Can you imagine what happens to the skin if the sleep deficiency is an almost routine thing of your life?

  • Firm and toned skin

The phase of your slumber accelerates the production of collagen which results in maintaining the firmness of your skin. The collagen produced helps to prevent sagging of your skin and post your snooze mode, your skin looks toned. This also means that snoozing acts as an antidote for wrinkles and fine lines on your face.

  • Beautiful eyes

How much concealer or foundation would you use to cover those dark circles? Sometimes you still get caught and these are the queries you are made to face: “Are you very stressed out or is the workload too much? Aren’t you getting enough time to snooze?”

So please ditch the option of concealers or foundations as a solution to those puffed eyes with dark under eye circles and embrace sleep as a permanent solution. Try and sleep for the next 9 to 10 hours and see the difference for yourself. You would no more look like a punching bag!

  • Lustrous & glowing skin

Stunned by reading this point? Well, it’s definitely not the advertisement of any skincare products or cosmetics. It is just a way of offering the most-ignored sleep’s advantages.

Doze off your way to a radiant and glossy complexion. According to the dermatologists, as you sleep blood flows to the skin of your face and it gives it a supple and brightened look. The nights when you snooze for at least 8 to 10 hours, check your skin instantly as you wake up the next morning. You will be amazed to find a lustrous and radiant skin, which even looks healthier than before.

Hence, you should think of investing sleep rather than most of the times investing money on spa, salon or skin care products.

Sleep tight and be beautiful!

Things Women With Perfect Skin Do (And You Should Do Too)

You might often wonder what the secret to a perfect skin is. And someone with such perfect skin, you come across on your way to work might increase your desire to know more about their everyday habit. The mystery behind such skin perfection has been solved here. Some of the things that women with perfect skin do every day are:

Follow a healthy diet

Eating healthy, avoiding too much rich and oily food, keeping to green leafy vegetable is one of the main things on the agenda that women with perfect skin do on a daily basis to keep their skin healthy and young.

Avoiding direct exposure to the sun

The sun’s harmful UV radiations should be avoided at all costs. These rays are also capable of burning the skin and tanning it considerably, so it must be avoided at all costs. Thus. women having the best skin use umbrellas and sunshades to avoid these harmful sun’s rays.

Keeps the skin hydrated

She does all she can to keep her skin hydrated and in turn, avoid the imperfections as much as possible. Drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water every day is essential in this case.

Moisturizes skin daily

She moisturizes the skin daily, day and night with the appropriate moisturizers available in the market depending on skin type. This is essential to allow the dead cells of the skin to rejuvenate and breathe.

Product loyalty

She does not shift from one skin product to another often just by looking at its benefits. Instead, these women stick to one or two good quality standard products for their skin for a considerably long period of time.

Cleanses the skin

The secret behind the perfect skin of many women is that they take special care in exfoliating and cleansing their skin on a daily basis. This helps to remove the dead skin cells and bring out the brighter new layers of cells which give a brighter look altogether.

Use the right liquid

Like a proper diet, these women also take into consideration the different liquids they take in daily. They need to make sure that they take in the right proportion of the right liquid and at the right time during the day to get the maximum benefits out of it.

Removes makeup regularly

If they put on any kind of makeup while leaving the house, they make sure that they remove it completely as soon as they return home. Removing makeup before going to sleep at night is very essential.

Proper sleep

Proper sleep is the key to the perfect skin. Having a good sleep is what a woman needs in order to have a good skin.

Food and sleep in the right order along with the right habits will take you a step closer to having a perfect skin. Follow the daily routine of these women with perfect skin and get perfect skin yourself.

 

Skincare Routine You Need To Follow If You Are in 40s

Does it seem like those fine lines and wrinkles at the corner of the eye have pledged to become your constant companion?

The women in the phase of 40s would agree to it. Generally, women start freaking out about their skincare plans when they land in the 30s phase. By the time they surpass the threshold of their 40s, the skincare routine needs to get refurbished all over again.

Daily Skincare

  • Use a mild cleanser

It is the time you switch to cleansers that are comparatively milder than the ones you used earlier. These cleansers help to wash your face clean without ripping off the natural moisture of the skin. It is very important to retain the skin’s natural oils in order to avoid aging.

Dermatologists recommend using cleansers that contain natural extracts of aloe vera, green tea, chamomile, etc. which slow down the process of aging of the skin. You should also resort soap bars and gels that are non-acidic.

  • Use moisturizers with silicone and more antioxidants

You should start using moisturizers that have silicone in them which even out the creases on your face and also act as a base for foundations by sealing the moisture balance. A dermatologist named Heidi Waldorf asserted that “one of the best things ever added to cosmetics and creams” for aging skin is silicone.

Skin experts recommend creams and moisturizers rich in antioxidants as they nullify the molecules of sun exposure and pollution that cause the skin to get damaged and aged.

  • Use multitasking serum

You need to use multitasking serums that work on various aspects. These serums protect the skin from harmful sun damage by neutralizing free radicals and ferulic acid.

Tina Alster, being a 47-year-old skin expert, says that she uses these serums for anti-aging purposes and blotchiness along with reverse photoaging.

  • Start taking beauty-boosting supplements

You can start taking beauty-boosting supplements like Omega 3 supplements which are a hit with the women in 40s. Those supplements are highly favored as they help in repairing by defending the cell damage and work on the immune system.

Extra Skincare Treatments

  • Botox

Botox is a special treatment for the women of 40s to swipe away the fine lines for quite a long period of time. Although it is not a permanent solution, it works for a very long time.

The process involves injecting some chemicals on the overlying skin which results in a firmer and younger-looking skin. It is a warning for those who have needle phobias or cannot withstand the pinching pain. Botox is definitely not for those set of women.

  • Super Exfoliators

Super exfoliators can be the home-made peels or the chemical ones too. The exfoliation is done within a week or two and depending on the skin type, women can use it even twice in a month.

The exfoliators prevent the aging of the skin by giving a polished, even skin tone with the adequate moistness.

Skincare routines need to be revamped at every new phase of age you step in. Getting old is something not in our control but maintaining ourselves and our beauty is quite possible.

All you need to do is put in a little bit of extra efforts.

Is My Skin Dry Or Dehydrated? Difference You Should Know

Among one of the generally asked questions when it comes to aesthetics is how is hydrated skin different from a moisturized skin. This is also a vital question for skin care. Manufacturers of skin care products claim on their packets if their products are moisturizing or hydrating. To make sure you select the right product, to know how it functions on your skin, it is important for you to know the difference between these skins.

Hydration

The word Hydration naturally makes you think about water. If something is to be hydrated, it means that the water content needs to be increased. In the context of skin care, it means to increase the quantity of water among your skin cells that result in smooth, plump and a healthy complexion. When the skin is frequently hydrated, the appearance of the fine lines or wrinkles reduce. Besides looking younger, the skin cells also maintain the total functions in the cells when hydrated. To hydrate the skin, lots of water should be consumed. But since skin doesn’t absorb more water, utilization of tropical ingredients which promote hydration could be really beneficial. The hydrating agents such as sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid, honey or glycerin are known as humectants that aid in binding moisture and retain it in the skin. Aloe is one more popular ingredient which promotes Hydration of skin.

Moisture

Oil is the first thing that pops into our minds when moisture is spoken of. We have got sebaceous glands which are connected to hair follicles. These glands generate sebum which is an oily ingredient which aids in protecting, nourishing as well as lubricating the human skin. It also avoids our skin from getting dry and also avoids premature aging. Those who have oily skin will be having excess production of this sebum while people with dry skin lack this production. Irrespective of what type your skin is, moisturizing can definitely be called as an important aspect of your everyday skin care. Sufficient moisturizing will aid in the regulation production of oil and retains water from getting out of the skin.

How exactly are they different?

Since we have known the basics of how moisture skin and Hydration skin works, let us know the difference. As the purpose of Hydration is to bind water in our skin cells and moisturizing is to avoid the skin from putting out water, it is the Hydration which precedes moisturizing of the skin. This is the reason serums are given first, as many Hydration treating serums have humectants. Once your skin is hydrated, it would want to be sealed with the help of oil. This is the combination that maintains the proper balance of sebum in your skin. Those who have oily skin, you might or might not choose to moisturize frequently. For them, just Hydration would be sufficient as the skin itself produces enough oil that ensures water retention.

Dehydrated vs dry skin

Dehydrated skin doesn’t have sufficient water and dry skin doesn’t have sufficient oil. Hence, there is a possibility that your skin is dry or dehydrated or sometimes both. Hence, selecting the right products and knowing how they must be used are really essential.

 

Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes: Why Do I Get Them?

We have experienced looking at the mirror early morning and seeing puffy eyes or dark circles at least once in our life. It might be an everyday issue for some and some might experience it rarely. So it would be good to know what causes it so that you know you can fix the problem.

To begin with, you need to understand the skin around the eyes is basically the thinnest skin in the whole body and is sensitive to minute changes. Be it the flow of fluids or the common makeup application, the skin is prone to higher risks of damage compared to other regions in the body. The major problems that our eyes might experience, barring the wrinkles, are dark circles and puffy eyes. We will tell you why!

 

Puffy eyes

This is caused due to various reasons like cold, seasonal allergies, sinus infection or even insignificant things like consuming salty food or crying before going to bed. Actually, it has got everything to do with osmosis. Water moves from regions that have less salt concentration to regions with high salt concentration so that the sodium levels are balanced. Hence, if you ate a whole bag of salt chips or watched a tragic movie crying, your body will overcompensate.

The way one sleeps can also result in puffy eyes. Sleeping on the stomach or sleeping on sides will make fluids pool in the eyes. If this is the case, sleeping to the right would cause more puffiness. Though the habit is difficult to change, you need to try and sleep on your back. Even rubbing the eyes too much or dozing off with the makeup still put can result in puffiness. These things don’t just cause wrinkles but also irritate your eyes. Avoiding these things would decrease the possibility of your eyes getting puffy. But few of us are born with such habits and it is hard for us to avoid them. But we must!

 

Dark Circles

This problem is usually linked to tiredness but it can be caused due to other reasons than just insufficient sleep. Few of us have genes that play a vital role in causing such pigmentary issues which result in discoloration of skin under the eyes. This problem is mostly seen in people from African and Asian ancestry. Another cause which doesn’t have a solution is aging. Our skin goes thin as we grow older and since this region already has thin skin, there is an increase in the appearance of tiny little blood vessels in the region. With growing age, the skin density here is reduced and shows up orbital bones that appear as a dark circle.

Hence you must ask yourself if you have got blue colored circles under your eyes or brown. Brown circles are a result of genetic issues. It could also be due to excessive pigmentation that is a result of rubbing the eyes or even extensive exposure to the heat of the sun. You could use soy based cream or citrus based cream which will eventually brighten your skin. Besides that, please stop running the eyes rigorously. Sunscreen for the safety of skin is always recommended.

If it is bluish dark circles, it is due to blood pooling in the region under your eyes. It is likely to be seen during mornings.

Sleep well and sleep peacefully. You can also avoid the problem with smart choices for your makeup.