Thursday, 30 October 2014

Five habits people with lucky skin - Skincare

Habit #1: They never go to bed with makeup on
After a long, tiring night, it may be the last thing you’d want to do – wash your face. But by now we all know that leaving makeup on can be disastrous for your skin. It clogs your skin’s pores, trapping the oil, leading to dead cell accumulation and even breakouts. Worse, leaving eye makeup on can result in you waking up with itchy, red eyes. So no matter how tired you are, walk up to the sink and wash it off.
We suggest you pour some baby oil onto a cotton ball and remove eye-makeup and then just wash your face with a good face-wash. This is less cumbersome in comparison to using a cleansing lotion. Do this only on nights that you are very tired. Otherwise go the elaborate way, as it removes any trace of leftover makeup.

Habit #2: They wear sunscreen everyday

The sun’s harmful rays are known to be a major cause for skin damage; even causing early ageing. So this is definitely one thing you mustn’t skip before heading out during the day. Experts recommend using a sunscreen with SPF 30 at least in combination with a moisturiser. Even oily skin needs external moisture application. But choose one that isn’t too heavy.

Habit #3: They keep their hands off their faces

Many people can’t seem to keep their hands off their faces. This is one nasty habit. By doing this, you’re transferring all the bacteria from your dirty hands — that have touched all things under the sun — onto your face. And now we know why your skin has been breaking out.
Keep your hands strictly off your face. Don’t touch it unnecessarily, when you have to use clean hands.

Habit #4: They get their beauty sleep

When one doesn’t get adequate zzzz time, it shows on the skin. All those lucky women who have glowing, radiant skin never skimp on their sleep. Sleep time is when your skin repairs itself, if you take that away from it – your skin is likely to look haggard.
So get at least 8 hours of sleep a day. Unless you’re doing that you are missing out on the last burst of growth hormone that is released during the last stage of sleep. This growth hormone is known to play a key role in carrying blood to the skin’s surface, which oxygenates the skin and improves its overall appearance.

Habit #5: They don’t overdo it

This one is of utmost import. The best skincare regimes are those that are done in balance. By this we mean, not overdoing them in your hunt for perfect skin. Over cleansing, over moisturising and over medicating the skin upsets the balance. For example, you’re having breakouts, and so you try using a host of products that control oil secretion. When you do this, you end up over-drying your skin, and this puts the sebaceous glands in your skin on alert, and they begin to produce more oil, resulting in more breakouts.
So wash your face two times a day. Moisturise it and apply sunscreen in the morning. At night, make sure you remove all makeup and apply a night cream that suits you. Get facials once a month or perhaps every 15 days if you think your skin needs one. But don not over do any skincare regime.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Basic questions on skincare answered - Skincare


How to care for your skin in summer

Sun screen with a higher SPF: “In the summer season, in addition to an increase in temperature, there in an increase in UV ray intensity that bears down upon the skin. Use of a sunscreen with SPF 30 preferably with a moisturiser is strongly recommended to prevent skin damage from the harsh sun in the summer months.” Next, your skin needs a moisturiser during the summers too. Put away your thick winter body lotions and grab a light lotion that’s best for summers. Makes sure you apply a moisturiser right after your bath, as semi-wet skin absorbs moisture better.
Do not forget to exfoliate your skin. Nearly a million dead cells accumulating every day. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll sit on your skin, making it look dull and tired. We are not talking about just your face, but your whole body. So exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times a week.

How to remove post-party makeup

While makeup can enhance one’s appearance, it is essential to let your skin breathe and keep it clean. Removing makeup from one’s skin, especially after a party or before going to bed is vital to skin repair and rejuvenation.
While many make-up removal products are available, a cotton ball and moisturizer is also quite effective in getting the job done.
A good way to remove makeup is to start with eye-makeup removal. Take some eye-makeup remover on a cotton ball, gently swipe across your eye lashes to remove mascara then do the same to remove kajal or eye liner. Considering eye-make up is expensive, you could substitute it will baby oil.
This can be followed up with makeup removal from the face and neck. Apply cleansing lotion using long strokes, all across your face and neck. Take a wet cotton wool, and remove using long strokes. After which, gently rinse your face with lukewarm water to rid the skin of any removal product, recommends Dr Rasquinha.
It is essential to hydrate the skin, preferably with a revitalising moisturiser or a toner. Explaining the benefits of a moisturiser and toner, “Using a moisturiser and toner reduces open pores and provides much-needed hydration that keeps your skin soft and youthful.”

How to deal with or handle a pimple burst at home

How to properly pop a pimple. First, do not squeeze the tissue around it, he stressed. He recommended using a sterilised needle to pierce through the white of the pimple, and letting all the pus until a little blood comes out.
However, it’s best to not attempt bursting a pimple as it carries risk of infection and scarring.
If a pimple burst occurs naturally or inadvertently, gently apply an anti-bacterial cleanser on the affected area and avoid running your nails or fingers often around the area to avoid further infection. If you suffer from chronic acne or breakouts, consult your dermatologist for further treatment.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Basic skincare routine we should all be following - Skincare

The most basic skincare routine

Ask any skincare expert and they’ll stress on first getting the basics right. So simple as it may sound, we thought we’d give you a step-by-step breakdown of what your basic skincare routine should be.


The most basic of the basic skincare routine – cleansing! The biggest mistake most of us make in this step is that we either under-cleanse or over-cleanse. Experts suggest that for those with normal skin, cleansing your face twice a day is optimum – once in the morning and once at night, before going to bed. The latter is especially important, as you want to get rid of the day’s grime and any make up or lotions that you may have had on.
Remember to find a good soap-free cleanser for your skin and avoid very cold or very hot water to wash your face.


Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead skin cells from the top of the skin. While some skin experts believe that too much exfoliation is bad for the skin, as it can strip away essential oils, most believe that exfoliating once a week is a good practice.
Find a scrub that suits your skin and use just a little bit once a week to clear dead cells and hidden impurities. If you prefer to go natural, you could even try making some home made scrubs and gently exfoliate for natural, glowing skin.


A toner is a liquid that helps to close the pores on your skin, to avoid attracting dirt and to give your skin a tighter, firmer look. Many women swear by this step and almost every major cosmetic brand makes a toner.
However, there are experts who believe that toners should be strictly optional. Try using a toner for a few days and decide for yourself if you want to add it to your skincare routine or not.


No ambiguity here – moisturising your skin is an absolutely essential step of your skincare regimen. Depending on your skin type – dry, normal or oily – find a moisturiser that works for you. Typically, people with very dry skin should go in for a creamy mosturiser and those with oily skin could get a water-based one. For your day needs, get a moisturiser with an SPF or Sun Protection Factor, as that can double up as a sunscreen as well.