Care For Your Body

Dry skin, pigmentation, and stretchmarks are the most common issues that women come to me for. Like your facial skin, your body skin too gets dry. You will also notice that some areas of your body will have dark patches, especially your back and arms. Your feet also tend to look dark and dehydrated. So here’s how you can deal with them.

  • Change your shower gels to shower oils
  • 10 min pre-bath oil massage
  • Gentle exfoliation
  • Moisturize on a damp body
  • No harsh scrub or rubbing with towel if there is pigmentation
  • Apply sunscreen on all exposed parts
  • Take supplements

Nutrients For Skin and Hair

Here’s a list of diet essentials that you have to ensure gets on your plate every day.

Macronutrients

These are the three food essentials—proteins, carbohydrates, and fats—that our body needs in large quantities to stay healthy. They support the cell structure of our body.

 

PROTEINS: Proteins are fundamental components of all living cells and include many substances such as enzymes, hormones, and antibodies that are necessary for the proper functioning of an organism. Protein is the key element in our skin and hair make up. They are essential in the diet of animals for the growth and repair of tissues. Your body converts standard proteins that you eat into keratin protein to make up your hair, skin, and nails. Ensuring that you include one source of protein in every meal of your day will help hair growth. That said, the amount of protein required depends on the age and ideal body weight of an individual.

Best food sources: Eggs, lean cuts of chicken, oily fish, lentils, soy or tofu, and spirulina.

 

CARBOHYDRATES: Despite varying reports about carbohydrates, it is an essential part of your diet. Carbo­hydrates are a group of organic compounds that include sugar, starch, cellulos, and gum and they serve as a ma­jor energy source for us. Carbohydrates sourced from plants give you fibre that regulate your cholesterol and blood sugar. Fibre also helps in eliminating toxins from our body and in better absorption of the nutrients. How­ever, you have to make sure you get your carbohydrates from plant sources and whole grains, and avoid ‘white’ or ‘refined’ carbohydrates.

Best food sources: Whole grains, unpolished dals, oats, brown rice, beans like rajma, carrots, spinach etc.

 

FATS: Among the macronutrients, fat is essential for supple skin texture and glow. The micronutrients that are essential for skin protection require fat as a medium for absorption. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) is another nutrient that cannot be made by our body and is required to be consumed through our diet. EFAs are responsible for skin repair, moisture content, and overall flexibility. Dry, inflamed skin or skin that suffers from the frequent appearance of whiteheads or blackheads can benefit from supplementing with EFAs. EFAs are essential to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft is made up of these fatty acids. There are two types of EFAs—Omega-3 and Omega-6—that we need to keep our skin and hair healthy.

Omega-6 fatty acids promote hair growth and support skin cell renewal, while Omega-3 fatty acids moisturize your skin and hair follicles for long, radiant hair and a smooth complexion. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Chances are that you already consume enough Omega-6 fatty acids, so focus on increasing your Omega-3 fatty acid intake. For healthy adults, a combined daily total of 500 milligrams (mg) EPA + DHA is recommended either from diet (i.e. oily fish) or supplements. While having fish for dinner is one way to get EPA and DHA, most people don’t eat the suggested two to three servings of oily fish per week to reap the benefits of these powerful nutrients.

Best food sources: Walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, peanut butter, fatty fish like salmon, cod liver oil supplements, and primrose oil supplements.

Five Anti-Ageing Tips For Forever Young Skin

  1. Youth preserving food best known to man is in the form of Omega-3 fatty-acids. To procure this in its most natural form would be to consume fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, or tuna. Other foods rich in these are almonds, soya, olive oil, and ricebran oil. Flaxseeds and flax seed oil is also an excellent source of this EFA; it is also rich in phytoestrogens which have a synergistic effect along with Omega-3 to give you young, youthful skin.

 

  1. Glowing healthy skin is a reflection of a balanced well-nourished body. Adequate hydration and an antioxidant rich diet, being the prime focus. To ensure your daily dose of epidermal enhancing vitamins, you must include a tall glass of freshly prepared veggie juice. Include carrots (vitamin A rich), tomatoes (lycopene and vitamin C rich), avocados (Essential fatty acids (EFA) and vitamin E rich), parsley (chlorophyll, vitamin B12, Folic acid rich)

 

  1. Green tea: it is rich in flavonoids which help protect skin against acne, pigmentations, or wrinkles. Probiotic yogurt is very important for healthy skin because it improves your immune system and kills bacteria that cause acne and other skin problems like psorasis.

 

  1. Natural vitamins and minerals are collagen’s best friend. Egg whites are a strong source of zinc, an essential vitamin that keeps skin firm and youthful. Pomegranates are loaded with nutrients including polyphenols, a very potent antioxidant which is best known to boost collagen.

 

  1. Vegetable juice is the easiest, healthiest, and yummiest way to nourish your body with skin-enhancing, tresses-strengthening, anti-ageing, antioxidant rich vitamins and minerals.

Yoga

Yoga tops the charts when it comes to a well-rounded exercise modality. Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind bringing a lot of health benefits like:

Improved blood and Lymphatic circulation

A light, supple body

A body that remains alert and active

Strong bones and muscle

Fat reduction

Increased physical strength

Improved appetite

Increased capability of coping with fatigue and stress

 

Yoga has the potential to reduce facial wrinkles and produce a natural ‘face-lift’. This is mainly due to the inverted postures such as the head and handstands.

Doing these postures for a few minutes each day has the potential to reverse the effect of gravity and use it to our advantage.

It also increases the circulation to the face that brings much needed nutrients and oxygen to rejuvenate and remove toxin causing matter. Mentally you will become calmer and your body will not experience stress like effects that will cause you to frown and screw up your face.

Also you will sleep a lot better and this always helps in a fresh ready to go look.

The result is firmer facial muscles, which cause a reduction in wrinkles, and a natural face-lift.

 

The inverted yoga postures often delay the onset of gray hair or hair fall. This is due to the inverted postures causing an increase in blood supply to the hair follicles in the scalp.

Increased flexibility of the neck produced by the asanas also helps by removing the pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the neck, therefore giving the head an even greater blood supply to the scalp.

The nerves in the neck supply the scalp muscles and the release of pressure on the nerves in the neck will help the scalp muscles to relax.

Winter Care

A steaming cup of hot chocolate and sitting around the bonfire with friends during the year-end break is all I can think of whenever someone talks about winter. In India, winter means different things in different parts of the country. While people in North India experience really cold temperatures, people in the western and southern regions enjoy pleasant weather. But most people experience dry, dehydrated, rough, sensitive, and chapped skin and lips. Enjoy the chilled wind and water on your face—that can be the best toner ever.

Look and feel of winter skin

Pale and dry

Dehydrated and flaky

Sensitive

Wrinkled under eyes

Chapped lips

Dry frizzy hair

Prone to breakage

Dandruff at its peak

 

Winter special care

Go overboard with moisturizing: Apply your creamy moisturizer after cleansing your face off all the dead skin and grime as they can act as a barrier against the cream soaking into the skin. Apply moisturizer on damp skin. This not only spreads and hydrates better, but also seals the water on the skin.

Bear the burn: Every patient who comes to me in winter tells me, ‘Doc, my skin is so sensitive that any cream that I apply burns my skin,’ and so they don’t apply any cream at all. What causes the burning is dry and chapped skin, and by not applying cream, they worsen the situation. Even if it burns, don’t worry. Apply the cream and let it be. What you could do is spray a mist liberally and apply the cream on top before the effect of the mist dries off. Take plenty of warm fluid intake and healthy amounts of oils in the diet.

Look after your eyes and lips: They lack oil glands and the skin is thin, therefore it dries out and gets wrinkled and chapped. If on any night you do not feel up to skincare, a must-do is eye and lip cream. Since chapping can be a painful condition, give your lips some extra TLC (tender love and care). Exfoliate your lips gently with your finger, then apply a good cold cream, ghee, or 73

lip balm with beeswax. Avoid smacking and licking your lips, as it only aggravates the dryness.

Hands and feet need love: Please make sure the same care that you take with your face is extended to your body as well; especially the exposed parts. Generally, go for short bath with warm and not too hot water. Hot water bath is tempting but it also leads to skin’s drying. Do not step into a room with heaters immediately after a shower. Pat dry but before that, apply plenty of moisturizer on the damp body. A good but gentle exfoliation and oil indulgence helps. Post oil massage, do not overuse soap. Try a moisturizing body wash instead. Even a 5-minute pre-shower oil massaged on to the body helps in a big way.

Winter must dos

Move from a foamy face wash to a creamy one and cleanse your face not more than three times a day

Change liquid remover to a creamy one

Apply plenty of under eye and lip cream

Switch from shower gels to shower oils

Pre bath indulgence with a five minute oil massage

Oil hair overnight

Plenty of moisturizer

Avoid scrubs

Hydrate

Use sunscreen

 

Winter No-No

Long, hot baths

Avoiding sunscreen

Skipping shampoo

Petroleum jelly on your lips

Licking or smacking your lips

Honeymoon Skincare For Brides To Be

One important advice I would like to give to all the brides is to maintain your skincare routine even after you are married. Usually, before the wedding you go all out to do the best for your skincare, you go to the best doctor, get the best of everything, pamper your skin like never before for 3-4 months, and once the D-Day happens, its all over all of a sudden.

I have never seen a bride come to me asking for skincare advice post wedding. The next time I see them, is usually when they are panicking with a bad tan or a breakout. So to most of the women who come to me before their wedding for different treatments, I tell them that they need to take care of their skin before the wedding, through the wedding, and post wedding as well.

Make sure you carry on your skincare routine as meticulously as you were doing it before the D-Day.

It might not be possible to go for regular treatments once you are married, as you have so many things to do, so many relatives to meet, before you go for your honeymoon.

So, in advance you should plan with your doctor about your post wedding skincare routine.

Say, for example, if you are not doing a peel every week anymore, you should be doing some appropriate home treatments after the wedding in consultation with your doctor. Depending upon your skin type; there are milder peels that can be used at home.

To continue taking care, also make sure you do not stop the oral supplements that you’ve been taking.

 

On your honeymoon, you want to look good 24/7, so you are bound to wear make up most of the time, but no matter how tired or busy you are, do not forget to remove your make up at the end of the day.

Always an emergency kit at hand. A new relationship often gives you a lot of excitement and there are other things like travelling and meeting relatives that can also add on to a lot of stress. Add to it the food you are eating, the sleep you are being deprived of—all this adds extra stress to the skin too. In such a situation you may have breakouts, so an emergency kit with anti-breakout creams is important.

It is also very important to ensure you are getting sufficient rest. Plan your itinerary in such a way that there is enough time for rest.

 

In a nutshell

Don’t give up your skincare completely after the wedding.

Continue taking oral supplements.

Make sure you remove your make up at the end of the day.

Keep an emergency kit to deal with sudden breakouts.

Get enough rest, so that there’s no excessive stress to your body and skin.

5 Home Remedies For Glowing Skin

Sugar in honey: A moisturizing scrub that brings back the shine. Splash some warm water on your face and then on wet, clean face, apply honey and sugar mixed together. Using your fingertips very gently massage all over with circular motion. Wash off with water. See your skin glow.

Yogurt and strawberry: Mash a few strawberries into yogurt. Apply all over your face and neck. Gently massage; the tiny seeds that you see on the strawberry peels acts as a scrub. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Wash off with tap water.

Banana: Got banana that have gone too ripe? Don’t dunk them in the trash, instead mash them and apply on your face and hands. Wash off after about 10 minutes. Your skin will be super soft and moisturized.

Papaya: Papaya has an enzyme called papain which can removes the dead skin cells and makes the skin very firm. Mash a few pieces of papaya and apply all over your face and neck. Keep on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with slightly warm water. Your skin feels supple and dewy.

Neem: Once I had met the head of an international skincare brand who was talking to me about this great new product they were coming up with—neem. Hello! We have known about it since ages. Neem is a cure-all for any form of skin infection or trouble. It is a very good antiseptic. Neem can be drunk as shots, applied as paste on the face, or used as a gentle scrub in its raw form. It is great for acne prone skin.

What Is Enzymes – Benefits Of Enzymes On Your Skin

What is Enzyme?

Enzymes are chemicals that speed up the rate of chemical reactions without being consumed in the reaction themselves. Our skin enzymes have two main uses: One for exfoliation and the other as an anti-inflammatory. In fact, enzymes derived from fruits are effective exfoliants and are often gentler than other methods like scrubs and microdermabrasion.

The enzymes work by specifically breaking down the keratin protein or the top dead layer, revealing the newer, smoother skin below. They are able to digest keratin protein and stratum corneum, thus strengthening healthy skin with natural antioxidant vitamins as they exfoliate.

Enzymes Derived From:

In skincare, the most popular and commonly used exfoliating enzymes are derived from pineapple, papaya and pumpkin. Pineapple contains the strongest of the three enzymes called bromelain. Papaya contains the enzyme papain, and pumpkin is rich in the enzyme protease. The enzymes in these fruits are so potent that you can actually mash them up and apply on your face and get supple skin in a few minutes. The antioxidants that are added to the skin as these enzymes work are vitamin-A from pumpkin’s protease, and vitamin-C from pineapple’s bromelain and papaya’s papain. Other fruits that have skin smoothing enzymes include grapes, strawberries, pomegranate, and cherries.

These enzymes function as a scavenger of free radicals and protect the skin against oxidative damage. Simply put, enzymes can protect against damage from the sun, environmental pollutants, and even acne. However, they can be quite unstable because of changes in environmental temperatures and its pH due to exposure. So it is a good idea to use freshly mashed fruit as soon as possible on your skin for maximum benefit.