Monthly Archives: September 2008

Wisdom Against Wrinkle Woes!

Posted for Skin Care On September 26, 2008

Wrinkles are the sign of wisdom they say…Wisdom that’s gained through age.

But premature wrinkles? They are only a hint for lack of wisdom- wisdom to take care of the skin.

And to tell you what… no one really minds keeping the wisdom lines at bay even if it comes with age.

Let us understand the root cause of wrinkles and ways by which your can prevent them!

As we grow old, cells within the epidermal and dermal layers of our skin become thinner and collagen production of the body is reduced considerably. As a result, the skin loses its former elasticity and develops wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging.

And if you neglect caring for your skin, these signs of aging may appear way before due time. Also, excessive exposure to sunlight may fuel the aging process as the UV radiation tends to damage skin cells from within.

There are several anti aging skin care products available in the market and some of them are quite effective too. Try the Neo Cutis Bio Restorative skin cream that nourishes and restores the original appearance of aged skin making it soft and supple.

However, it is still best to prevent the condition altogether than take help to rectify the situation. Here are some basic tips that you can follow to prevent your skin from aging prematurely:

• Use a good sunscreen that has an SPF content of about 30. Look for ingredients like ecamsule, titanium dioxide and avobenzone.

• Quit smoking as it tends to accelerate the aging process of the skin and develops premature wrinkles and facial lines.

• Moisturize your skin regularly with a good quality moisturizer in order to maintain the proper hydration levels of the skin.

• Wear protective clothing and sunglasses whenever you venture out in the sun and when you know you be spending a lot of time outdoors.

• Avoid going out in the sun in the peak hours of the day between 10 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon.

• Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water everyday to keep the body hydrated and moisture levels of the skin in balance.

• Exercise regularly as it increases blood circulation and enhances sound skin mechanism.

• Limit alcohol intake within the body as they contain anti-hydrating agents that disrupt the moisture level of the skin

• Sleep well so as to give your body the much needed rest and enable it to carry out skin functions properly.

There you are. Follow these tips and say goodbye to any or all signs of premature aging!

Till next time… Byeee!


Toners- Do You Know Them?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On September 22, 2008


So we know how important is it to have squeaky clean skin yeah?

Cleansing usually removes all dirt particles, excess oils and make up residues from the skin. But how do you make sure that there is nothing left behind and your skin is completely clean?

Here comes the toner! Yeah… the oft forgotten and oft overlooked part of skin care regimens. I’ve seen women jump directly from cleansers to moisturizers… which is not quite the right way.

Let me tell you what toners can do for you…

Removes Residues

Thick creamy cleansers generally leave back a filmy residue on the skin. People with dry skin can live with it but those with oily or combination skin will have problems… severe ones. It could result in further oiliness and give rise to blemishes and inflammations.

Toners cut through this film and relieve the skin off any residue that is left behind by the cleanser!

Balances pH

Cleansers tend to change the pH balance of the skin, restoring which is very important. Toners come in handy here. They restore the normal pH balance of the skin and help prevent dryness or irritation.

Clarifies Skin Pores

There is a common misconception that says toners shrink the skin pores which is completely untrue. Stretched pores can never be shrunken down. However, toners can help you minimize the appearance of large pores.
How… u ask?

Toners that contain cosmetic alcohol like SD or isopropyl alcohol cause the opening of the pores to swell a bit… just so much as to make the actual pore less noticeable. But yeah… the effects are temporary!! ;-)

So there you have it! Move over to a 3 step skin care regimen and make use of the ‘jack-of-all-trades’ to get yourself better skin!

Watch this space as I get you more information on toners next time



What Is Summer Without The Sun?

Posted for Skin Care On September 18, 2008

And where there is sun… there are sunburn and sun tanning.

Sunburn are the most common of summer skin woes. Let us address the problem as a whole here:

Well… to start with, let me give you an idea about what exactly causes sunburn!

The sun emits UV radiations that penetrate through the deeper layers of the skin and prompts pre-mature aging of the skin. Thus the skin begins to show fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots! These rays are very harmful for the skin and should be avoided at all costs.

Moreover, when these rays enter your skin cells, they alter the DNA components and can lead to skin cancer in due course. Areas that are most exposed to sunlight are the ones at highest risk of developing the disease.

So, how do you know if it is a sunburn or just a regular rash? Most cases of sunburn are not taken seriously because people mistake them for rashes.

Here are some common symptoms of sunburn:
• Irritation and pain on the affected area
• Escalation in the pain in due course of days
• Redness and peeling of the skin
• Development of blisters, blemishes and inflammations
• Heat stroke or exhaustion

Sunburn, if not treated correctly can intensify and lead to severe consequences. Therefore, it is but necessary that you take adequate precautions and prevention measures to rectify the situation.

Here are some tips:

• Use dollops of moisturizers on the affected area so as to soothe skin and lock the moisture inside.
• Contact your doctor in order to take any medications
• Take regular baths in cold water so that the water cools down the affected area.
• Stay away from alcohol as it tends to dehydrate the skin
• Don’t peel at the skin because it may just serve to increase the healing time

So, adhere to these steps and stay away from the atrocities of the sun.


How To Choose Your Sunscreen?

Posted for Skin Care On September 17, 2008

I need sunscreen only in summer!

That what my teenage cousin declared as she tossed away her bottle of sunscreen this fall.

Sadly, that something most people perceive too.

Sunscreens are synonymous with summer! But that is no reason to think that they are only needed in summer. The sun is sharper during the summer months and milder during winters. But mind it, the ingredients are the same. Sunlight at any time contains ultraviolet rays within that continue to damage your skin be it summer or be it winter.

Here are some tips to choose the right sunscreen for you:

Sun care is essential. It is an integral part of your basic skin care regimen. And sun care is not restricted to any season. As essential as it is in the sunny months of the year, so it is for the winter months. But then again the type of sun care required is different from person to person. The sun care products that you decide to use should cater to specific skin types like normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, combination skin or sensitive skin.

Here are some key points that you should consider while selecting your sun care product or sunscreens:

Sun Protection Factor
The SPF of a sunscreen is the deciding factor of selection. SPF gives an indication about how powerful the sunscreen is. A sunscreen protects you from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun that causes sunburn and also create greater risks of skin cancer. Make sure the sunscreen you choose has avobenzone (Parsol-1789), Mexoryl, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide so that you are protected from all the UVA and UVB radiations of the sun.

Lasting Time
How long the effect of a sunscreen lasts is different from one product to another. Some sun-care products break down due to prolonged exposure to UV light while others continue to fight it longer. Mexoryl, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are some of the ingredients that do not break down when exposed to the UV rays of sunlight, and thus protect you all day long.

Staying power
There are certain sun screen agents that cling to the skin longer than the others. And if you are one of those who do plenty of outdoor exercise and running around or have to travel in the sunlight for long periods, this is a very important factor that you should consider while purchasing sun care products. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are two agents that stay on the skin for longer periods. However some sun care products that contain these two elements tend to look pale on the skin. Therefore, make sure your sunscreen contains ultramicronized titanium or zinc. These agents are finer in nature and are transparent to light but still function appropriately.

Types of Sun Care products

Sun care products are available in a variety of forms like sunscreen creams, lotions, gels and even sprays. Creams are best suited for smooth and normal skins. These products are usually prepared using water resistant formulas so inspite of all the sweating and swimming you do stay on to protect your skin.

Always consider the cosmetic quality of the sunscreen before you start using it. If you follow a good sun care regimen, you can really slow down the skin aging process and even reverse the damage already done.


Miss-Take With Make-up!

Posted for Skin Care On September 15, 2008


Was at a party last night. Sigh… the hangover’s still there. All that glitz and glamour is still fresh. But what still irks me is that some women just don’t get it right. They end up making the very same make-up mistakes time over and over again…

I just can’t wait to enlighten the poor souls.

So here are some very common mistakes women tend to make with their make up.

Foundation mask

Now now now… Foundation is not paint. It is an essential part of your facial skin care. It is used to even out your skin tone, not to make you fair. Women often choose foundation a shade lighter that their skin tone in order to look fair. But that just doesn’t work. After all your neck hands and other décolleté will reveal your true colors ;)

Always choose a foundation that matches your skin tone so that it gives a natural glowing look.

Bling Blotch Blush

Women often look the female versions of Ronald with an overdose of blush. And it is in no way attractive!

The key is knowing how to apply blush correctly. Just look into the mirror and smile, and dab on blush on the apple of your cheeks. For the trendy ones, sweep across some mascara on the corner of your eyes. Pinks and peaches are hot this season!

Unshapely Eyebrows

Your eyebrows can make a world of difference on how you look. Shape them well and you look wow! Ruin the shape and get a foul expression. Often it happens that women don’t pay much attention to their eyebrows, concentrating more on the eye. But you need to realize that your eyebrows can make or ‘break’ the look.

Go to a salon and consult a beautician what shape will look best on your. It can be either arc shaped or round, thin or thick. Once you get them shaped, shade them carefully. Make tiny strokes in the direction of hair growth….

That’s for now… wait till next week as I get you more ways you can go wrong with your eye make-up!