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.

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.

Best Under Eye Wrinkle Treatment Tips You Need To Know About!

Do you hate those under eye wrinkles? We all do.

Eye wrinkles appear due to the presence of thin skin around the eye area. You could make use of some natural treatments at home to get rid of these wrinkles. Here are some ideas.

 

  • Sunscreen

A large amount of sun exposure can have an adverse effect on your skin.  When it is too sunny, your face squints naturally, and due to prolonged exposure to the sun, this becomes permanent in the form of wrinkles.

Thus, one way to prevent wrinkles due to the sun is by using a sunscreen cream. It protects your skin from cancer and aging. In fact, you should start using sunscreen as early as possible to prevent future wrinkles.

 

  • Proper skin care

With age, your skin becomes dry and tight. It loses its elasticity and when this happens, over time, you get wrinkles on your skin. In order to prevent that, you should take proper care of your skin right from the onset.

Moisturizers might not be able to prevent wrinkles directly, but they work well to moisturize and hydrate the skin. In turn, the skin stays less dry than usual. It also prevents the skin from tearing and bruising.

 

  • Face yoga

Believe us, face yoga can help you in controlling wrinkles to a large extent. Face yoga is a combination of exercises and relaxation treatment that can help prevent the skin from getting wrinkled too early.

You could try out some simple face yoga exercises and spend 20 minutes to 30 minutes every day to get naturally beautiful skin! Not only does this prevent the appearance of wrinkles under the eyes, but your forehead and cheeks remain fit as well.

 

  • Skin nutrition

While moisturizers and sunscreen lotions will help in the long run, there are a lot of things you can eat to keep your skin in shape. The idea is to infuse as many antioxidants in the body as possible.

This could be achieved by adding a lot of fruits and vegetables to your diet. Antioxidants, in combination with Vitamin A, C and E can keep the skin healthy and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Controlling your diet from an early age can keep the skin nourished.

 

  • Eye massage

There are very few things that can have the same benefits as a good eye massage. The whole point of the massage is to enhance your blood circulation. What this does is basically delivers nutrients and oxygen to the areas around the eyes such that the skin stays fresh and healthy. It is best to apply some light cream and pressure for massaging the eye.

 

  • Face mask

Using a face mask every now and then can also help you treat eye wrinkles. You could choose a suitable combination like a potato-honey mask or brown sugar-milk mask and then apply it on the skin and keep it for 30 minutes before washing it off. 

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Oatmeal – The Powerhouse of Goodness

Oatmeal, as the name suggests, is made from hulled oat grains which have been grounded or milled.

How often have we come to enjoy a bowl of hot oats and milk in the morning? This is because they are healthy and nutritious.

Furthermore, oats are even useful for the skin.
This makes them a perfect ingredient of face scrubs and the likes.  In general, oatmeal is also known to lower the chances of heart attacks and keeps your blood cholesterol in control.

Ways Oatmeal Benefits You

Oatmeal presents a number of different health benefits when either consumed directly or applied as a skin product. Here are some ways in which oatmeal can be advantageous for you.

  • Oatmeal can hugely reduce the cholesterol level in the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one should consume 3 grams of oatmeal on a regular basis. For better results, you should combine it with fruits containing vitamin C.
  • Oatmeal also works well against skin acne. When it is used as a facial mask, the oatmeal works treats and cleanses your skin well.
  • According to studies, oatmeal also helps you in losing. Since it is high in protein content, consuming a bowl of oatmeal in the morning keeps you satiated for a long time. This, in turn, reduces the fat intake of the body and keeps the metabolism rate high.
  • It has also been found that oatmeal can actually decrease the chances of childhood asthma. According to researchers from across the globe, when a child consumes oats on a regular basis, he or she has lower chances of suffering from asthma or any allergic diseases.
  • Oatmeal can also act as a great moisturizer for the skin. This can be attributed to the high protein and lipid content in these grains. In effect, it helps soften the skin and keeps it hydrated. Add to that, the soothing properties of oatmeal can actually help the skin recover from sunburn.
  • When you are out in those bright sunny days, an oatmeal sunscreen can help you protect the skin from the harmful UV rays and prospective sunburn. 
  • Oatmeal is also known to benefit your hair greatly. It can be used to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss. When mixed with fresh milk and almond milk, and applied on to the hair as a mask, oatmeal can help strengthen the hair roots.

Home Recipes for Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be used to prepare a lot of recipes at home. Read on.

  1. Exfoliating skin mask

Oatmeal can clean your skin and treat your acne. All you need to do is mix some rose water, honey, applesauce and oatmeal. Use this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

  1. Oatmeal mask for oily skin

If you are one of those suffering from an extremely oily skin, an oatmeal mask can help you in the process. Add some cooked oatmeal, honey, and plain yogurt and mix it well. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your face. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

  1. Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal can also work well as a face scrub. Add one tablespoon of oatmeal, some warm water, and wait till it gets soft. In a circular motion, apply it on your skin in circular motion for best results.

  1. Oatmeal breakfast

If you want to consume oatmeal for breakfast, all you have to do is add it to a bowl of milk, and top it with fruits like apples, almonds, and the likes. This will give you a healthy and filling breakfast option.

Are You Over Exfoliating Your Skin?

Frustrated with the redness or irritation on your face? Or are you perplexed to discover sudden new changes in your face? Well, it may be an indication of over-exfoliation. You can also put it in this manner that it is a way of the skin to say that you are ripping off all the natural moisture and leaving it barren. The very first question that will strike you now is that how much is too much exfoliation?

How much is too much?

Everyone, especially the damsels, maintain a simple common beauty treatment every day, which includes cleansing-exfoliating-toning. If you are one of those who feels stressed on the exfoliation part will enhance your beauty, then you are on a wrong track. There are many living examples who are dealing with the predicaments of this common mistake of over-exfoliation. The main point that lies here is that there is no specific measuring instrument or parameter to show how much is too much regarding the exfoliation of your skin. Rather, you should be the very first person to realize or feel that your skin is over-exfoliated. It is right when you begin to discover:

  • Excessive dryness
  • Irritation
  • Patchiness
  • Redness
  • Increased sensitivity

It is also when your skin loses the firmness and tends to get tanned right after a short time span of sun-exposure.

All these symptoms can be agglomerated to address as a changed pattern of the skin. So if you feel these indications mentioned above, then it is high time you realize that you are exfoliating your skin too much. And that is really too much.

You can get my point exactly when you answer this question. How many times do you scrub your face in a day and how many times you are actually supposed to scrub or exfoliate? Caught you! Using a scrub gel or an exfoliator every day is an absolute NO-NO. So when you violate this NO-NO rule, it’s a too much exfoliation. Scrubbing should be done twice or thrice a week depending on your skin texture.

Expert Speak

As illuminated in the www.cosmopolitan.com, a dermatologist of New York City- Deniss Gross (M.D.) claims “As far as manual exfoliants go, such as scrubs with tiny granules, sloughing sponges, or hand-held devices, I find that many people overuse them and/or scrub too vigorously. Cleansing your skin daily with a washcloth, and applying very light pressure using circular motions, [is usually] all you need to gently remove most dead-skin cells.”

According to www.huffingtonpost.com, Jamie Sherrill, who is a nurse and a celebrity skin expert as well, has stated that when your skin adopts certain changes and altered patterns of reaction due to exfoliation, then you are certainly exfoliating too much than you should.

Since you have found out how much is too much, maintain the actual limits of exfoliation. If you are already suffering from too much exfoliation, then take the initiative to cure it. You can go through the solutions offered by Deniss Gross in www.cosmopolitan.com. To reduce redness of your skin, use products of green-tea extracts. You can also use cucumber extract and licorice extract to soothe any inflammation.

Keep it simple and don’t over-do it. Stay beautiful!

Look Youthful After Menopause With Effective Skin Care Regime

Menopause could be frustrating, especially due to the skin changes that it brings along. But take heart, with a little care you can still look healthy and attractive.

A woman’s skin is all about hormones. The youthful skin that you get is all due to the perfect balance of the hormones. But after menopause, your skin starts to change beyond your imagination.

Your postmenopausal skin might show symptoms including of wrinkling, slackness, dryness and withering. After menopause, tearing and bruising of skin are common, and you are prone to dry skin conditions.

After the menopausal damage, the least you could add is the sun. It is a perfect storm that leaves you imbalanced and dull. However, here are some skin care remedies you can follow.

Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing Even After Menopause

In order to look youthful even after your menopause, the best way is to focus on activities that would build collagen and elastic fibers in your skin. Here is what you can do!

Scrub it out

One of the best ways you can enhance the collagen levels in your skin is by scrubbing them regularly. Once the outer layer of the skin is shed, the deeper layers of the skin automatically get the signal to become more active. Choose gentle and good scrubs and avoid over scrubbing, especially when you have a sensitive skin. Stick to twice a week. If you have an oily and tough skin, gentle daily scrub might be okay.

Get hold of creams that build collagen

Grab all those creams that would help your skin build collagen. This will make your skin glow and make you look youthful. It is highly recommended to go for vitamin creams. Renova/ Tazorac/ Tretinoin are a few good names you can reply upon. There are also proof that vitamin C serums enhance the production of collagen. Further, alpha and beta hydroxy acids do wonders in building collagen as well.

Building collagen through lasers

Yes, you read that right! Lasers could also help in building collagen, especially longwave lasers. Intense pulse light devices (IPLs) with photo-rejuvenation send signals to skin instructing it to build more collagen. You won’t get to see the results almost instantly. However, five monthly treatments can have visible results.

Keep your skin well hydrated

Water does more good to your skin than anything else! Your skin is more prone to dryness after menopause and this is when you need to keep your skin hydrated all the more. Use steeply hydrating moisturizers and sensitive skin cleaners to avoid dryness. This would also avoid your skin from looking dull, wrinkled and crinkled.

Boost the production of hyaluronic acid

In order to get youthful skin, look for products with glycolic acid. This will enhance the levels of hyaluronic acid in your skin, thus making you look young.

Whatever you do, stay happy and embrace the change. With a little bit of hard work, you can manage to look young and dynamic forever.

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!

6 Botox Facts That Might Come As a Surprise to You

You might have already heard enough about Botox?

Well, there is a lot of hype that a proper Botox treatment can make the wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines disappear.
This is the reason perhaps why every year hundreds of thousands of men and women undergo this treatment to get a wrinkle-free and smooth skin.

So, what it actually is?
Let’s start with the basics first and then talk about surprising facts related to it.


What is Botox?

Botulinum Toxin (BTX), commonly known as BOTOX, is a protein obtained from different bacteria and chemical compounds. Botox relaxes and softens the wrinkles, and helps you in getting a smooth skin.

Why Botox?

Botox is one of the safest cosmetic treatment as it is well researched, legal, and effective and approved by FDA (in 2002). It is older than you might think; it accidentally came into existence when doctors were attempting to determine the cause of the sudden death of Germans due to food poisoning.

But that’s not just about Botox. There is a lot more to it. Here are 6 Botox facts that may surprise you!

Little-Known Botox Facts

  • Botox was discovered accidentally!

Dr. Justinus Kerner accidentally invented Botox in the 1820s when he was attempting to find the cause of food poisoning that led to the sudden death of Germans due to eating meat. He discovered botulinum toxin, in the meat, and named the ailment that killed the Germans, “botulism.”

  • Botox can help with chronic pain and cure migraine

If you thought that Botox is just for enhancing your beauty, you might be mistaken.

In fact, doctors have developed FDA-approved Botox injections that can help in the treatment of migraines.
The complete treatment requires 31 Botox injections that are injected over seven different sites on head and neck in a span of 12 weeks.

  • Botox can help you through depression

Yes, you read that right.

Botox is helpful in limiting the body’s ability to frown. As frown sends a signal to the brain that can signal depression, the people who could literally not frown were happier than people who could frown.

  • Botox was almost used as a weapon in World War II.

 This might sound a bit weird but the United States almost used Botox as a weapon during World War II where they developed a pill of toxins that would be used to intoxicate the food and drinks of high ranked Japanese Officials.

Prostitutes were expected to execute this plan but it was never really executed.

  • Botox is not permanent.

Many of us assume that Botox is permanent, but the actual results last only for an average of 4-6 months for most of the people.

  • Botox has many medical uses.

Like we already said, Botox has many medical uses that include fixing brow asymmetry, minimizing lines around the nose, decreasing oiliness of skin, minimizing the appearance of the pores, correcting a droopy nose tip, and decreasing scalp sweating.

Were you surprised by any of the above-mentioned Botox facts?

Everything You Need to Know About Overnight Face Masks

If you have not yet believed in beauty sleep, you will start believing now.

Rush and catch all your missing Zzzs and get an instant glow on your face with overnight face masks!

For starters, overnight face masks, are masks which are applied before going to bed in the night and washed off the next day in the morning. Let us tell you – this is the new sizzling trend in beauty, all thanks to South Korea. Yes, the trend has its roots in South Korea and has taken the world by storm since then.

But as with any trend, there is a lot of confusion and chaos prevalent. How should you use an overnight mask? What are the qualities of a good mask and so on?

Girls, do not worry. We have got you covered!

What is a Sleep Mask, Anyway?

In simple words, these are the masks which are left on your skin overnight. Undoubtedly, there is a significant difference between commonly used sheet masks and clay masks which need to be washed off after a few minutes. The sleeping masks, as the name indicates, are meant for sleeping with the mask on, and contain certain formulas and elements which improve your skin condition by addressing your specific skin issues.

Are They Any Beneficial?

This is the most important aspect. Trends come and go, but what determines their utility is if they are any beneficial. Sleep masks come with their own set of benefits as well.

Although sleep masks are designed to help you get over certain skin conditions. But they in one way or the other, work towards a common goal, and that is to provide enough hydration to your skin.

The sleep mask, in addition to hydrating and moisturizing your skin perfectly well, also locks in other products that the mask contains overnight.

Since these masks create a seal over your skin, it facilitates easy absorption of products. Do not worry, they are not as rich as the night creams, and so, your expensive satin pillowcases won’t be damaged at all.

What is The Right Way to Use a Sleep Mask?

The best practice to use a sleep mask is to apply them after cleansing and exfoliating your skin properly. Ideally, wear your serums and essences before covering your face with the mask. This would help in easy absorption of the beneficial compounds.

To gain the best results, you should use these masks at least twice or thrice a week. Also, if you live at a place with a drier climate, you might even consider using them to keep your skin hydrated properly.

What Makes a Great Sleep Mask?

To be able to extract the most out of a sleep mask, it is highly recommended to choose a mask which addresses your skin concerns. Thus, if you want to get rid of acne marks, you should look for a sleep mask that has ingredients to help with marks and blemishes removal.

So, all set? Got any queries? Write to us in the comments below.