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AYURVEDA SKIN CARE

BEAUTY IS 'SKIN' DEEP

Good skin care regime and skin treatments go a long way in maintaining healthy skin over the age of 35 Beautiful youthful skin has a great deal to do with your diet, lifestyle, digestion, hormone levels, stress levels and the state of your, entire nutritional health. Anti-aging skin care means maintaining a properly balanced diet; drinking plenty of water, regular exercise; developing a positive attitude to maintain a healthy, desirable and glowing skin. With proper amalgamation of these tools, most women over the age of 35 years can continue to enjoy desirable skin.

PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Whether you are a working woman or a housewife, exposure to the sun is the number one cause of skin damage, including wrinkles.So protect your skin by always wearing skin cream with a built-in sunscreen of at least SPR 25. Additionally makeup will give you added protection. Apply it on top of sunscreen. Also wear protective hats and clothing to limit skin exposure to the sun's harmful rays.

HORMONES

PCOD (polycystic ovarian disease) is common in this age group. This manifests as irregular periods, thick facial hair, acne and weight gain. If you feel you fit in to this profile, please consult an endocrinologist(hormone specialist) for hormone correction.

NATURAL SUPLLEMENTS/VITAMAINS

Your skin requires natural supplements to keep it glowing.

MOISTURISE

Fine lines are often brought on by dry skin cells. Therefore, keeping your skin moisturized can help to minimise their appearance.

ANTI-AGING CREAM

This is the right age and time to start using an anti-aging cream. There is no shortage of wrinkle creams available, and the selection is ever-increasing. Seek a dermatologist's help for prescription products, which will be customized, to your skin and the skin problem. Anti-aging skin care will diminish the fine lines and wrinkles, while some of the anti-aging skin care products will put moisture and nutrients back into your skin. Other anti-aging natural skin care formulas and natural ingredients such as cucumbers, papaya will provide soothing relief for puffiness, swelling, lines and wrinkles.

FACIALS/CLEANUPS

These become a must after you cross your thirties. Remember that if you have oily skin and are prone to acne breakouts, avoid doing facials altogether. You must stick to cleanups and avoid massages. Water based and gel products need to be used. For the ones with dry and normal skin, once a month facial and once in three months, skin polishing is a must.

During these years, attention is drawn to the neglect that your skin has got all these years. If you follow good skin care regime and are still seeking more dramatic improvements, consult a dermatologist, who in addition to skin care products, may recommend some anti-aging cosmetic procedures.

Home care for skin in winter

Boil cabbage in water. Strain it and use the water to wash your face to make your skin look radiant.

Mix yoghurt with cucumber water. Apply on your face and wash it off.

Coconut milk is excellent for skin care, especially in winter. Take half a cup of coconut milk. Use half of this portion to apply it over the face andbody. Mix the rest with red sandalwood powder or sandalwood powder to make a paste. Apply it over the face. It can also be applied all over the body. It exfoliates your skin excellently.

Is your skin looking dull and lifeless? Mix coconut water and thick pine and apply juice. Add Multani Mitti and apply it overyour face and body. This works as an excellent face pack. Do not scrub vigorously; wash it off with ice cubes or cold water.

Do you travel a lot and feel that your skin is always looking tired? Here's a way to make it look refreshed. Mix one teaspoon vinegar with one teaspoon rosewater.Apply on skin and leave for 10 minutes.Wash it off with ordinary water.

A combination of honey and tomato juice can give excellent results in skin care. Mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon tomato juice. Leave it on the face or body for 10 minutes and wash it off with ordinary water.

Multi –Therapy For Allergic Dermatitis

ALLERGIC DERMATITIS or Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by red, blistering, oozing or dry, scaly, thickened lesions. The commonest types of eczema are Atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis Jewellery Dermatitis, Seborrhoeic dermatitis, stasis Dermatitis and Neuro Dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis:Also known a infantile eczema , is a disorder characterized by an extremely itchy and hypersensitive skin. It starts as a simple red rash and then spread all over the body in form of dry or oozing scaly eruptions, very often localising at the elbow bends, back of knees and the neck. Hereditary factors are believed to be the main cause of the disease. Atopic dermatitis is often accompanied with other allergic colds, like rhinitis (common cold) and in severe cases even with even with asthma. There have been certain cases where the two conditions alternate with each other, ie with the flare of skin eruptions, the asthma settles down and is followed by a phase, where there is relief from the skin eruptions and the asthma gets worse. The common triggers of Atopic dermatitis are dust, pollen, animal dander, cows milk eggs, sudden change in temperature, weather, and excessive use of soaps. It is also noticed that in children, extensive emotional trauma caused perhaps die to bereavement or separation of the points can aggravate the condition.

Contact dermatitis: This is a very common skin disorder that can arise from housework. It can occur as an irritation to the skin or as an allergic reaction to some agent. Allergies are often individualistic and what may dramatically affect one person, may not affects another person at all.

The best precaution is to avoid all contact with the offending agent, practically speaking. However, this is not possible for it would mean foregoing all housework.

Jewelery dermatitis(nickel allergy): This refers to a skin condition, which is medically called nickel allergy. This condition develops when a person becomes allergic to nickel and on contact with the metal, develops a reddish, itchy rash followed by tiny water blisters with peeling of skin. It is believed that jewelery dermatitis most commonly develops whenever the damaged or broken skin is exposed to nickel allowing the metal to easily pass into the deeper layers of skin.

This is women it starts most commonly during ear piercing, in which nickel containing studs are used. Common household articles like scissors, needles, thimbles, Zips, press-studs, pens, filling cabinets, taps, keys, key rings, watch straps, and stainless steel kitchen utensils can also aggravate the condition. Green leafy vegetables, acidic food like apples, citric fruits, which are cooked in stainless steel vessels are also common culprits.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis: This is characterized by the appearances of waxy scales on the skin especially of the scalp leading to reddish, scaly eruptions. The commonly found areas are behind the ears and the scalp. Infants and adults of middle age are most affected by it.

Stasis dermatitis: This type of eczema occurs in the portions of the body where the blood circulation is very poor, like around the ankles, and has a great tendency to form ulcers. It is often associated with some circulatory disorder like varicose veins etc.

Neuro dermatitis: This is used to describe eczemas, which are primarily psychometric in nature where stress is the triggering factor.

Multi-therapy treatment:

Allergic dermatitis can be treated through multi-therapy, by using a combination of therapies like Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, and Nutritional therapy. By employing a multi therapy approach patients will get both immediate, as well as long term improvement. All the above therapies work at different is to control and reduce the hypersensitivity of the skin to various agents. In most of the skin cases the patients show a lot of resistance to treatment. This is due to the long-term intake and applications of various medicines in the past. To counteract this, non-needle Acupuncture sessions are given at regular intervals. This makes the skin more receptive to the rest of the treatment given, enabling a better overall response to the medication.

After consultation and a detailed case history, local applications consisting of essential aromatherapy oils are prescribed. These essential oil molecules are very minute and have an incredible ability to quickly penetrate the skin. Bergamot, sage, Juniper and tea three are some of the oils, which are generally food for Eczema. These essential oils are rich in gamma linolenic acids and liquid wax esters. These are substances that reduce the skin inflammation thus alleviating the dryness and itching. Some oils also contain phospholipids, sterols and other active phyto compounds. These compounds are immune system and cell builders and are therefore very vital in treating allergic dermatitis.

Further their anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties prevent and kind of super added infection non the existing lesions. Simultaneously, the patient is also prescribed , Homeopathic medicine, which act as immune system builders and t herby strengthen the body resistance to various allergies and idiosyncrasies. Additionally Nutritional therapy involves advice regarding certain foods,which are healing for Allergic dermatitis.

Some self-help measures

It is advisable for people suffering from atopic dermatitis to keep away from places and objects, which are likely to gather dust like carpets, mattresses, curtains and stuffed toys. Animal skin and hair are known to aggravate this condition. Therefore if you have pets, which molt, do keep them away especially if there is a child in the house suffering from atopic dermatitis. Wool and coarse silk are especially known for making this condition worse. If one uses strong washing detergents, the residue remains in the clothes due to improper rinsing. This irritates the skin and increases the rash. In case of Nickel Allergy, the best thing to do is to identify the offending agent and avoid any contact with it during the course of treatment.

A combination of therapies like Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, and Nutritional therapy, can control and reduce the hypersensitivity of the skin to various agents

Consumption of watermelon and a combination of carrot (200 ml) and spinach (100 ml) juices daily is very effective for patients of Allergic Dermatitis

'Golden ratios' key to beautiful face

Washington: A new study has helped researchers from the University of California, San Diego and the University of Toronto discover "golden ratios" for female facial beauty.

They have found that the distance between a woman’s eyes and the distance between her eyes and her mouth are key factors in determining how attractive she is to others.

Pamela Pallett and Stephen Link of UC San Diego and Kang Lee of the University of Toronto successfully identified the optimal relation between the eyes, the mouth and the edge of the face for individual beauty.

They found two "golden ratios", one for length and one for width. Female faces were judged more attractive when the vertical distance between their eyes and mouth was approximately 36% of the face's length, and the horizontal distance between their eyes was 46% of the face’s width. These proportions correspond with those of an average face.

For the best of nature's bounty

What better way than holidaying with the spirit of the land? Well, Orange County's tag line reads just that, with promise of a holiday amidst Coorg and Kabini's natural bounty. In the heartland of Indian Coffee, Coorg (Kodagu), just four and a half hours away from Bangalore by road, bordered by the 50,000 acre Dubare forest and the serenely flowing river Cauvery, lies an enchanting Orange County resort. This globally renowned premium brand of luxury resorts belongs to the multi-faceted business group, House of Ramapuram in Bangalore. With nearly a century of tradition in planting, this organization has its origins in the coffee and spice plantations of Karnataka. Well-known for its hospitality and superior taste, it was but logical for the minds behind Orange County to enter the hospitality segment in 1994. George Ramapuram, managing director and architectural visionary behind each Orange County resort says, "We believe in providing an exquisite holiday experience while preserving the purity of nature and culture of the land. It reflects in our tagline 'spirit of the land'. All our holiday experiences are customized around this central thought." So amidst 300 acres of coffee and spice, one gets to enjoy an exquisite holiday experience that provides tranquility to the body, mind and soul. Staying in spacious Kodava styled villas with pools or in cottages, one gets to experience a plantation lifestyle reminiscent of the colonial era, blended with native Kodava heritage. Forest treks, visits to an elephant camp and plantation walks await the traveler even while one gets to enjoy a plethora of ethnic cultural activities under starry skies. Waking up to the calls of wide range of enchanting bird life and taking early morning walks down grassy trails is refreshingly magical. An infinity pool, a coffee lounge, an Ayurvedic centre and three fine dining restaurants - Granary, Peppercorn and Plantation Leaf provide a wide range of cuisines adding flavor to the holiday. The Orange County resort at Kabini is great for a wild life holiday and stay in authentic tribal style. Steeped in luxury and situated on the banks of the river Kabini, this resort is located in the land of the Kadukuruba tribe of the Nagarhole forests in Karnataka. Kabini is renowned not only for the tiger, but also the largest congregation of Asiatic elephants. Living in tribal-stylepool huts and jacuzzi huts reminiscent of the mud walled Hadis (villages) of the Kadukurubas is an enthralling experience in a land of sweeping panoramas. There's the nature trail that brings one close to small flora and fauna or a bicycle ride to a tribal settlement that completes the village trail. An exhilarating jeep safari into the Nagarhole National Park and a boat safari along the river Kabini, brings the best of wildlife in this land alive. A coffee lounge, an exquisite restaurant, Ayurvedic spa and an exotic array of native cultural activities at night add to the magic of the holiday. And for those who love to gaze at faraway constellations, all one needs to do is settle comfortably behind the telescope! For more details about Orange County, visit: www.orangecounty.in

5 things your skin needs everyday...

Your skin needs attention not just once a week, but daily if you want it to be healthy.

If you depend on just fortnightly clean up sessions or the monthly facials to prep up your skin, you're not doing your skin any favours.

Here are simple things that your skin needs everyday...

Moisturizing

You skin is sensitive - take good care of it and nourish it with moisturizers. Moisturizing twice a day is important if you want your skin to look healthy, blemish-free and improve your complexion.

Water

When you drink water, it flushes out toxins from your body and allows cells to absorb vital nutrients. It also makes sure that your digestive system works properly. And your skin needs water the most to keep it hydrated. It also removes skin impurities, which cause acne and pimples and keeps the skin looking healthy and smooth. Ensure that you have at least eight to 10 glasses of water daily if you want glowing skin.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are found in fruits, vegetables, certain fish and oils. Antioxidants have free-radical-fighting activities, which kill molecules that damage healthy cells. Are you getting enough Vitamin C and E? While vitamin C helps build collagen for plump skin, Vitamin E protects cell membranes. Vit C is found in whole grains, apples and citrus fruits, while Vit E is present in wheat germ oil, almonds and peanut butter.

Sunscreen

No matter how cloudy or rainy it is outside, wearing sunscreen is a must 365 days of the year. Sunscreen not only protects you from skin cancer but also delays the signs of ageing that are caused due to sun exposure. So if you don't want discoloured, wrinkled, pigmented and flabby skin, ensure that you slap on that sunscreen no matter what. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it 20 minutes before you step out. Re-apply every few hours so that the effects are maximum.

Cleansing

If you want to remove dirt and grime from your skin and keep it oil free, daily cleansing is an absolute must. Cleansing also removes the residue of all the skin products you use and keeps your skin looking fresh and clean. Use a cleanser that suits your skin type and is soap-free so that it is gentle on your face. Women with extra dry skin should opt for a creamy cleanser while those with sensitive skin should opt for an alcohol-free cleanser. If you have an oily skin, use an acidic cleanser, which breaks up sebum - your skin's oily secretion that causes clogged pores. When you use a cleanser, gently massage it into your face for about 30 seconds so it gives good results.

Use a sunscreen

Dermatologist Dr Apratim Goel says, "This is a must for all skin types. An SPF of at least 20 should be used on your skin every time you are out in the sun. This is a must for all ages. Also the sunscreen should be used at least 15-20 minutes before leaving the house. If you need to apply any makeup, it should be applied after the sunscreen."

Cosmetologist Dr Jamuna Pai says, "The key is that one needs to re-apply sunscreen. Every few hours the effect of this protective cream wears off and so, every single time you are going out of your house you need to re-apply." Even while at home, make sure that you are applying sunscreen at least thrice a day, say experts.

Eating right is important

Your diet should be balanced and nutritional. Nutritionist and clinical dietitian Pooja Makhija says that one should eat at regular intervals to keep up the body's metabolism. "You should eat to burn," she adds.

Vitamin requirement differs with all age groups and also sex. Generally, for anybody above 20 years, it is important to start taking an oral antioxidant preparation in the form of a capsule.

Follow a skincare routine

A good skincare routine suited to your skin type is very essential. Though it sounds cliched, the cleansing-toning-moisturising routine is a must at least twice a day. Dr Goel says, "Soaps should be avoided on the face and a face wash according to your skin type should be used. If heavy make up is applied, then it should first be removed with a make-up remover, then deep pore cleanser and then a face wash. Toning after cleansing is good for open pores. A gel toner is preferred over a lotion. Moisturizer is to be the last thing applied to you skin at night. The type of moisturizer depends on your skin, but it should contain rich nourishing ingredients."

Home remedies for low immunity

Almonds Eat a handful of almonds for your daily dose of vitamin E. Studies have found that vitamin E deficiency causes problems in the integrity of the immune system. Crab: Zinc acts as a catalyst in the immune system's killer response to foreign bodies, and protects the body from invading cells. Three ounces of fresh or canned crab will give you one-third of your recommended daily allowance. Guava: This tasty fruit gives you more than twice your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C acts as an immune enhancer by helping white blood cells perform at their peak. Chicken. Selenium is a trace mineral vital to the development and movement of white blood cells. A 3-ounce piece of chicken gives you almost half your daily needs. Wine: Have a glass of red wine and you may help your body take out a few harmful foreign bodies. Certain components in wine seem to help in killing infectious bacteria, such as salmonella. Don't drink too much; a glass a day should do fine. Yogurt: Yogurt seems to strengthen white blood cells and helps produce antibodies. One study found that people who ate 6 ounces of yogurt a day avoided colds, hay fever and diarrhoea. Garlic: Garlic is well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It's even been thought to help prevent cancer.

Home remedies for split ends

When you hair doesn't get enough nourishment or lacks moisture, you get split ends.

The reasons for this can be plenty, like sun exposure, harsh shampoos, blow drying, straightening, dyes and bleaches. All these dry out the hair and damage the amino acids in your hair.

Dry and damaged hair breaks easily while styling or brushing. If you think your hair is not growing fast, then split ends could be a possible reason. Here are some easy tips to cure split ends.

Alcohol-free shampoos

Use alcohol-free shampoos every time you have to wash your hair as alcohol dries out hair. It is best to use shampoos that use natural ingredients. Also, excessive washing with harsh shampoos makes your hair ends dry. You should not shampoo more than thrice a week. It is better to wash your hair every alternate day, not every day. Also, never use hot water to wash your hair.

Let it dry naturally

Heat is your hair's worst enemy but it's hard to completely avoid hair dryers and flat irons. So try to avoid it as much as possible. It is best to apply a heat resistant serum to your hair before using heat. Towel-dry your hair before drying, this way you minimize the damage of heat on wet hair. Also, use flat irons and curlers occasionally instead of every day.

Oil massage: Oiling restores hair moisture. Massaging your scalp with coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil or a combination of these three is very good for your hair. It's best to leave it overnight, but if in a hurry, at least keep it for an hour and then wash with a mild shampoo.

Egg mask: Mix egg yolk in three tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of honey. Gently massage this mask in your hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave on for half an hour and wash with a mild shampoo.

Papaya mask: Papaya is rich in proteins which your hair needs in order to maintain its shine, moisture and growth. Mash two medium slices of papaya with a fork or in a blender. Mix two tablespoons yoghurt in it, and apply to your scalp and hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap to lock the moisture. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then wash with shampoo.

Honey rinse: Another easy home-made conditioner for hair is honey. Yes, it sounds sticky but it will do wonders for your hair. Mix two tablespoons honey in four cups warm water and apply to your hair after you shampoo/condition your hair. Leave it in your hair. It will control hair dryness and frizz.

Natural scrubbers

Sugar: It is considered gentle as it has smoother edges than salt. Can be great for sensitive skin.

Apricot kernels: Rich in vitamin A, which is vital for healthy skin, they are perfect for elbows, backs, heels and thicker skins. Nutshells and fruit kernels can have jagged edges so they aren't ideal for sensitive skin.

Peach benefits for your skin

Dhaka, July 13 (Priyo.com): With the advent of monsoons, markets are flooded with succulent, juicy and aromatic peaches.While you gorge on this delicious fruit, peach also has a positive impact on the skin. A rich source of vitamins, minerals,antioxidants and other chemical contents, the fruit goes a long way in invigorating your skin. In fact, studies have shown that the Vitamin A present in this fruit may also contribute to cancer prevention. Here are some other skin benefits of this fruit.

Good for dry skin

Peaches help to regenerate your skin tissue. A combination of peach paste and yogurt, when applied to the skin and rinsed off with lukewarm water not only moisturizes the skin but also leaves it supple and soft.You can also rub peach juice on your skin to get its glow back. It can also be used in oily skin care regimens to improve the skin.

Reduces wrinkles

A great source of Vitamin C, peach helps to remove dark circles and blemishes. Its macro nutrients also help in removing wrinkles and hence, peach is a common ingredient in anti-ageing face masks. It tightens the skin's pores and does wonders for a tired skin.

Heals skin

Peaches are a good source of proteins and contribute towards tissue repair, so when you have a cut in your skin or a more severe laceration, peaches can help heal your skin quickly. Eating this fruit also improves your immune system, helping to ward off skin infections.

Protects from UV rays

As peaches are loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, and selenium, they help to protect the skin from hazardous ultraviolet rays. In order to prevent any radical damage to your skin, you can boil the fruit, mash it with a fork and apply it on your face once you are back home after venturing outdoors. You can also use the peel of this fruit to cleanse your skin.