Monthly Archives: December 2008

Keep Jack Frost At Bay Skin Care During Winter!

Posted for Skin Care On December 31, 2008


You know Jack Frost comes knocking when a slight scratch on your skin leaves a white trail behind. Lips become chapped and your face becomes dry and tight.

Winter time spells havoc on the skin. The chilly winds and cool weather rob your skin of moisture and leave it dry and irritated. This is a time your skin needs extreme care and nourishment.

Here are some handy tips that will help you survive through winter.

Cut down on Hot Showers
I know how tempting it is to laze around in a steamy shower room. But as relaxing they are, they strip off your skin’s natural oils leaving it dehydrated.

So just try and cut down your hot water extravaganza and use lukewarm water instead.

Moisturize! Moisturize!
It is an absolute essential during winter months. Immediately after you get out of shower, slather on generous amounts of moisturizer all over your body. This will help you combat the intrinsic dryness of the cool weather. Also make sure to drink lots of water and include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen
A popular misconception among people is that they do not need sunscreen during winter. However, just because sunlight is not as intense as it is during summer, it is not devoid of the harmful UV rays. 80% of sun’s rays penetrate through clouds, snow and fog. So cloudy days harm your skin as well without protection!

Don’t Lick Your Lips
Licking your lips is the easiest way to keep them moist. However, the vicious circle only makes the condition worse. Use a good moisturizing lip balm that also has SPF contents in it and use it around the clock.

There you have it! If you know just the right things to do…. Jack Frost isn’t that evil!


Toners Why Do I Need It Anyways?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On December 24, 2008


This is one question that gets thrown at me quite often.

Women know they need to use cleansers and they know they need anti-aging products and moisturizers but somehow they are skeptical about the importance of toners. Toners are often confused with cleansers and most people think they are just replaceable.

Toners are the last step to ensure that all makeup and residue have been removed. However, there is more to them than just that. Let me explain some benefits of toners.

Toners Restores the pH Balance of the Skin
After using a cleansers on your face, the pH balance of the skin is changed. Toners help to re-establish and normalize the pH balance of the skin. By doing so you allow any other product that you use after to work better.

Obagi Nu-Derm Toner
It is a unique combination of natural ingredients and herbs that tones your skin and restores the normal pH balance by using a natural astringent called ‘alum’.

Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm
It’s a great exfoliating lotion that comprises of Phytic acid and helps make the skin smooth and supple.

Obagi Nu Derm Exoderm Forte
A fabulous exfoliating lotion that has alpha-hydroxy acids in it that smoothes damaged skin and tones it.


SPF Cosmetics Best Of Both Worlds Or Benefits Of None?

Posted for Sun Tanning On December 17, 2008


Dual advantage beauty products… Multi-purpose cosmetics… Triple-action skin care products!

They are the new breed of Sun Care Products in the market. And the most popular version is cosmetic products with SPF benefits claiming to protect against sun damage.?

To enhance the appeal of the products, cosmetic manufacturers have started including sun filtering agents within them. So we have products like foundations containing SPF, moisturizers with sunscreens and so on. Fact remains that cosmetics that boast of SPF agents don’t really offer adequate protection against the harmful UVA/UVB radiations of the sun. They are no doubt a grade ahead of other cosmetics. However, they can’t negate the use of sunscreens at all.

Do You Need Separate Sunscreen?
It’s always advisable to have a separate sunscreen for yourself in addition to all or any of your skin care products. This is because the skin essentially needs an undiluted layer of sunscreen that forms a protective layer to shield against the penetrating sun radiations. Moreover, cosmetics containing SPF agents usually offer protection against UVB rays… Your skin still remains vulnerable to UVA rays.

How to Apply Sunscreen & Make-up

Sunscreens should be placed on top of the skin or be absorbed by the skin totally before any cosmetics. A simple rule of thumb is to apply the products in order of lightest to heaviest texture. This way, the ingredients better absorbed. Lighter products are not able to dissolve through the heavier ones underneath.

So, there you go. Always apply your sunscreen let it get absorbed before you apply any other cosmetics. That’ll get you the best of both worlds!


3 Things You Do not Know About Moisturizers

Posted for Moisturizers On December 12, 2008


We all know that moisturizers form an integral part of skin care regimens. They keep the skin hydrated which makes it smooth and supple. However, like everything else, there are many facts and beliefs associated with their use. While some are just myths some can be shocking facts. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about moisturizers:

One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Moisturizers can be inappropriate too

Moisturizing are an essential element of skin care regimens. However, all moisturizers are not good for you. If you have oily skin, you shouldn’t use a heavy greasy moisturizing cream. Likewise, a lightweight gel will hardly do anything for people with dry skin.

Moist Dryness – Moisturizers can dry your skin
It sure sounds like a paradox, but, if you treat your body to extended showers and baths in a bid to keep it hydrated, you may actually cause it to become drier. This is because the skin’s intracellular matrix breaks down and the intrinsic moisture evaporates. Even when you use moisturizers excessively, the same situation arises.

Moisturizing Agents – Not moisturizing enough
Many moisturizers boast of containing natural moisturizing agents like aloe vera, shea butter, milk cream and so on. However, the concentration of these substances may be so low that they should hardly be labled a moisturizer .


Versatile Vitamins- Get To Know Them Better

Posted for Skin Care On December 5, 2008


You are what you eat!

Good skin care begins from within and so it makes perfect sense to look at what you eat. Trust me… There is nothing like a healthy diet that can guarantee you glowing skin.

Let’s have a look at Vitamin’s and what they have to offer:

Vitamin A
Killer of free radicals, vitamin A fights acne and blemishes and lowers sebum production within the skin. Also, it helps heal wounds faster and stimulates the formation of new tissues.

Vitamin A is abundant in green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, asparagus, peppers. It can also be found in apricots and cantaloupe.

Vitamin B
Responsible for smoothening the skin, vitamin B prevents the formation of blackheads and promotes oil production. Deficiency of Vitamin B can lead to dry and flaky skin.

Meat, fish, eggs, and peanut butter are all high in Vitamin B and so are certain grains like brown rice.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that aids in the repair and growth of tissues and protects against free radical damage. Consequently, it heals burns and wounds and soothes the skin. Vitamin C is known to preserve the collagen tissues within the skin and thus keep in firm and supple. Moreover, it boosts the immune system and protects against cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin C is perhaps the most commonly found vitamin. It’s present in good amounts in citrus fruits like oranges lemons and fruit juices. It can also be found in broccoli, berries, beet roots, avocados, asparagus, tomatoes and peppers.

If you have a smoking habit or consume alcohol or take anti-depressants, then make sure you have extra supplements of Vitamin C in your diet. This is because these habits can reduce Vitamin C levels in the body.

There you go! A versatile array of Vitamins and ways to include them in your diet! If you have a healthy diet, you can be rest assured that your skin will also tell the tale.

Apart from this there are also many skin care products that contains vitamin supplements.


Top 4 Acne Myths

Posted for Skin Care On December 3, 2008


All it takes is a tiny pimple to pop up on your face and you’ll get bombarded with tons of advice and tricks to banish the evil devil. However, most of the suggestions that come your way are useless.

Here are the top 4 acne myths that some women still swear by. Let your knowledge prevail…

Frequent Face Washes Reduce Acne!

Washing your face regularly is a good habit. But excess spells doom. Regularly washing your face will most likely eliminate all the dirt particles and keep your skin squeaky clean. But it an also cause your skin to dry up and encourage further breakouts. So just try not to overdo it and restrict your facial washing to twice a day!

Chocolate and Oily Food Are Responsible for Acne!

This belief has been hammered into young minds and passed on from generation to generation. However, oil intake inside the body does not ooze from your skin pores. Oily food is usually bad for health, but that’s not casues acne breakouts.

Occasional indulgence is safe! Chocolate has also shown to actually have many benefits!

Makeup Can Camouflage Acne!

As long as you use ‘non-acneic’ and ‘non-allergic’ make up, all is good. But if you use make up that’s not high quality, they may cause further breakouts.

Acne is Natural Consequence of Poor Hygiene!

Acne is caused by excessive oil production within your skin cells. However, dirt and environmental pollutants can sure aggravate the situation.

Hope that helps “clear things up” a bit about acne skin care…..