Everything your skin needs to know this winter

‘Everything your skin needs to know this winter’

Dr. Sangeeta Amladi, Head Medical Services and R&D Kaya Skin Clinic

With winter fast approaching, the change in the weather can be very stressful on your skin. The low humidity during winter can cause the skin to become dry, flaky, dull and irritated.  When the temperatures change, a change in your skin care routine is necessary. So along with a proper skin care regime, a healthy diet is also essential for healthy skin.  Get to know your skin a little, how it works and the effects of winter conditions on the skin.

How should you alter your beauty regimen as winter approaches?

—     Wash your face with a mild cleanser and rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid antibacterial soaps and very hot water

—     If you have really dry skin, avoid toners as they dry it out even more. If you have oily or normal skin, try an astringent

—     Apply a water-based moisturizer while your skin is still damp to seal in moisture before it’s lost

—     For dryer skin, use a heavier cream

—     Exfoliate once a week to remove flaky skin

Foods that improve skin health, especially in winter

A healthy diet may include the following;

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—     A bowl of green vegetables like spinach, avocado and asparagus with a seasoning of  garlic

—     A salad consisting of grapes, oranges, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and onions

—     A bowl of fruits including watermelon, berries – strawberries, blueberries, grapes, papaya, apricots

—     Drink plenty of fluids: water, juices, milk, soups, and more

—     Caffeine, alcohol, soft drinks and fried foods should be avoided

Daily skin practices for Healthy Skin

In winter, the skin generally gets dry. Dry skin lacks the moisture needed to keep the skin supple looking and therefore has a flaky look. Dry skin needs a daily moisturizer plus possibly a heavier, overnight cream to keep it in a healthy condition. Here are some tips to follow this winter….

—     Use a long lasting moisturizer twice a day, preferably on damp or just washed skin   (for better results)

—     Generally, skin cleansing should be limited to once or twice a day.

—     Do not use alcohol-based astringents, wipes and colognes.

—     Avoid frequent application of moisturizers especially on face as over doing it could clog the pores

—     Do not forget to wear your sunscreen, preferably a moisturizing form.

—     Remove makeup to maintain healthy skin. Use a skin cleanser to gently remove dirt, excess oil and makeup

—     Exercise will do more than simply get your heart rate going. It will clear your pores, increase your metabolism, and sweating allows your inner body to cleanse itself.

1)            Why the skin becomes dry in winters?

There are a number of reasons, both external and internal, why the skin gets dry during cold weather.

External Causes: Low humidity during winter enhances the drying effect on the skin. Exposure to dry wind, cold water or drying soaps further increases the skin’s dryness.

Internal Causes: Due to low temperature, the blood vessels supplying the skin become constricted. This reduces blood flow to the skin and sweat glands and oil producing glands in the body. When the water content of the skin diminishes both internally and externally; the skin cells shrink and dry. This produces flaking of the superficial skin cells. Most people, because they do not feel thirsty during winter, do not drink enough water or fruit juices during winter. This results in low volume of the circulating blood causing dehydration which is another cause for skin dryness.

2)            What are the easy tips to keep the skin healthy and not dry?

—     Drink adequate water

—     Eat balanced food containing all nutrients. Include vegetables, fruits, and fresh fish in your daily food intake.

—     Avoid alcohol and coffee. Both will dehydrate the skin and predispose to more drying and itching.

—     Avoid using harsh soaps. Soap free cleansers containing moisturizers are safe choices.

—     Using a humidifier inside the house will help keep the skin moist even during winter.

—     Exercise will help produce sweat and increase blood flow to the skin, which will improve the hydration of the skin.

—     Colloidal oat meal baths, in addition to their action of preventing water loss, also soothe the skin.

—     Apply a good moisturizing cream or lotion immediately after bath, before the body dries up. This will trap the moisture inside and keep skin soft and supple

3)            Homemade packs which can help in keeping the skin better in winters

 —     Mix honey and milk and apply on the face. Mix half-a-cup honey to your bath water for soft and smooth skin.

—     Aloe Vera also helps to remove dead skin cells and is soothing, healing, and moisturizing. Hence, aloe Vera gel can be applied topically on affected areas.

—     A facemask comprising of egg white and honey gently removes the tan from your face.

—     For oily skin type – Soak Multani Mitti and mint powder in yoghurt for 30 minutes and mix them well by beating. Apply it on face for 15 minutes and leave it to dry. Then wash off with lukewarm water. After that, rinse by cold water.

4)            Do’s and don’ts to take care of skin in winters.

Do’s

—     Use soap – free moisturizing cleansers for face as well as body

—     Can add emollient oil to bath water (1-2 drops per bucket of water)

—     Apply moisturizer immediately after patting dry

—     Use a moisturizing sunscreen on exposed body parts, 20 minutes before stepping out in the Sun

—     Use a moisturizer twice or thrice a day

—     Use a night cream (long acting moisturizer) on face and body before sleeping

—     For oily skin, use light moisturizer, those specifically suited for oily skin

—     For hair, use mild moisturizing shampoo and condition hair every time after shampoo

—     Trim the split ends

—     For frizzy hair, use leave-on condition

Avoid:

o   Toners and astringent

o   Long hours in AC

o   Frequent shampooing

5)            Hair care during winters

The tips below will help keep your hair healthy during winter months –

—     Do not shampoo your hair too often

—     Avoid taking hot showers or washing your hair in very hot water, use warm or cool water instead

—     A leave-in conditioner works wonders for dry and brittle hair

—     Avoid using heated appliances as much as possible. Using a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron dries hair out even more in winter.

Note : Sent by Brand PR.

Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

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Green tea and its health benefits have been greatly extolled by the world. It is portrayed as a savior  for our health. We all know that green tea has antioxidants and helps to repair free radical damage. However, this gives green tea some distinct beauty benefits due its high content of antioxidants and other healthy nutrients  The inclusion of green tea for health and beauty benefits is the top story of the recent times. Nowadays, many beauty products contain green tea extracts. Scientific researches reveal that green tea is flooded with benefits and cannot help praising the immense merits of green tea.

Here are some facts about how Green Tea does wonders to your skin!

Did you know?

  • Green tea can be regarded as a storehouse of benefits for the skin. It contains a great deal of antioxidants which are effective against free radicals. These free radicals, which are formed  when the skin is exposed to the UV rays of the sun, are accountable for premature aging. 
  • Green tea has also been found extremely effective in safeguarding the skin against sunburn and tanning when applied locally.
  • The antioxidants found in green tea are also responsible in combating skin cancer by blocking the cancer causing harmful enzyme, junk.
  • This wondrous natural component is also responsible for the cell renewal process. The aged keratinocytes cells are biologically energized by the polyphenol compounds in green team, which in turn, synthesize the DNA and prevent premature aging of the cells.
  • On occasions of skin inflammation, green tea acts as a great soother. It has also been found out that green tea shows notable improvements among cases of psoriasis and rosacea, accompanied by inflammation.
  • In cases of acnes and pimples, green tea comes in great aid as the antibacterial content in it, known as catechins, reduces over stimulation of the skin hormones. Further, the overall appearance of the skin is also improved along with complexion when green tea is used as a drink or as a mask.
  • Experts suggest that applying green tea mask directly on the face is the most effective sun guard. Acne and pimples subside considerably with green tea treatment when a mask of the same is applied on to the face

Lakmé brings to you Lakmé Clean Up Clear Pores, an easy-to-use professional clean-up range enriched with goodness of green tea extracts that soothe and calm your skin and salicylic acid that helps prevent break-outs fight blemishes and reduce irritation.

Lakmé Clear Pores CLEAN UP range

 

*Press Release

Kaya’s new Multi-Vitamin Rich Super Orange Bloom Range!

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Get Beautiful Summer Skin with Kaya’s new Multi-Vitamin Rich Super Orange Bloom Range!

 Pool parties, BBQs, picnics, boating and beach bonfires. Come the summer months, it feels like everyone is taking the fun outdoors and existing regimes go for a toss! But outdoor fun is always accompanied by skin woes that can rip the moisture from your skin and make it look dull and lifeless!  Sun tan, sun burn, blemishes & dehydration are common as summers are notorious on your skin!

With Kaya’s new ‘Super Orange Bloom’ range of products, all you beautiful women can now flaunt your glowing sun kissed skin and also have fun in the sun! The new Super Orange Bloom range is a special skin care line consisting of multi-vitamin complex that revives dull and lifeless skin, effectively making it bright and radiant. This unique and revolutionary formula awakens and purifies the skin with a refreshing feel of orange bloom, anti-oxidant and moisturizing benefits. Improving the overall skin health, it provides dull skin with daily dose of essential vitamins.

The Super Orange Bloom range comprises of the following products:

1.       SKIN AWAKENING RINSE is a multivitamin shimmering cleanser that is designed to wash away make-up and impurities without altering skin’s natural moisture balance. The perfect combination of Multi-Vitamin Skin Awakening Complex like Vitamin B3, B5, C and E helps in enhancing dull and tired skin, thereby giving it a fresh bloom. Priced at Rs.490 for 100 ml.

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2.       OVERNIGHT SKIN REPLENISHER is a light, rich textured night cream that contains effective Skin Awakening elements like Vitamin B3, B5, A, C and E and is suitable for all skin types. This specifically formulated cream offers anti-oxidant and skin renewal benefits that work best during the night time. It not only helps to revive and revitalize dull skin but also boosts skin texture and gives clarity. Priced at Rs.890 for 50ml.

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3.       SKIN AWAKENING GEL provides a pleasant cooling sensation and moisturizes your skin without any greasy after feel. Designed for all skin types, this complexion booster is formulated with encapsulated vitamins B3, B5, A, C, E and F, which instantly get absorbed into the skin, thereby returning it to its natural fresh, smooth and healthy state. Priced at Rs. 1490 for 50 ml.

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Now go ahead and refresh and rejuvenate your skin this summer with Kaya’s new Super Orange Bloom range and bring back that healthy summer glow!

Editor Note : The whole summers & orange is making me feel fresh. Will defiantly check it out. 

Note : Press Note sent by band PR.

MAX FACTOR COLOUR ELIXIR LIPSTICK-655(LILAC WINE) REVIEW & SWATCHES

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Another review of a gorgeous shade from Max Factor,here I present to you all:Lilac Wine!!!

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:For instant fabulous colour and smoother, softer* lips over time look no further than Max Factor’s new Colour Elixir Lipstick. The Elixir formula contains a 60% blend of skin emollients, conditioners and antioxidants including vitamin E, for a visible transformation in the look and feel of your lips. As you apply the Colour Elixir Lipstick, it actively moisturises and smoothes lips. Enjoy rich and gorgeous looking colour on smooth, beautiful lips!
*vs bare lips .

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PRICE:Rs.750 for 4gm

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SHADE:The shade 655 is a pretty mauve with pink undertones.It has golden shimmer and sheen(both) which provides a healthy look to lips.The lipstick is creamy but looks a bit frosty on lips.

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TEXTURE,FINISH & STAYING POWER:The texture is amazingly soft and smooth and glides on easily on lips.The lipstick appears to be having a frost finish but it might be due to presence of the shimmer otherwise it is comfortable and slightly creamy.

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It keeps my lips supple and moisturised.Staying power is around 3-4 hours which might be low but the shade is subtle and not loud and bright.

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It is pigmented enough to cover slight darker lips.However,i feel that this shade will suit fairer to medium skin tones more.

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PROS:

  • Classy and travel friendly packaging.
  • the shade is very subtle.
  • it keeps my lips soft and moisturised.
  • the shimmer doesn’t settle in the lip lines neither it accentuates dry flaky lips.
  • the range has wide variety of shade.
  • gives healthy sheen to lips.
  • a nice everyday wear shade.

 

CONS:

  • average staying power.
  • expensive
  • might not suit girls with darker skin tones.

RATINGS:3/5

RECOMMENDATION:It s not a must have shade but a nice mauve with golden sheen that  gives a healthy look to lips.This shade might not suit darker skint ones but you can surely check it out!!

For new shades launched in this range,check HERE!!!!

other shades review at MEW check HERE , HERE .

Have you tried any shade from this range?

Planning to buy a new shade from Max Factor?

Please comment and share your views!!!