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It is rather challenging for a new mom to find 'Me Time'. Self-care doesn't mean one has to spend hours looking into a mirror, even a basic skincare and hair-care routine can be effective and will give the desired result. Major reasons for hair and skin problems are hormonal changes that the body undergoes during pregnancy and lack of sleep making your skin dull and dry. When it comes to hair, hair fall is one of the common concerns which new mothers face and most experience excess hair fall after childbirth.
Fret not! As soon as the hormone levels are back to normal in the body, the hair growth and fall cycle will also return to normal. But this could take several months to a year. So what should you do? Simply try to take care of yourself as much as possible. Most women try to avoid extra medications during pregnancy, this is why home remedies come to the rescue to treat hair fall naturally without worrying about any side effects.
Tips to prevent hair fall:
* Refrain from brushing your hair too much as it may lead to hair fall, especially when the hair is wet, since it's fragile and can break easily.
* Revisit your shampoo and conditioner type. Hormonal changes may bring in a change in scalp type and hair type, use hair products appropriate for scalp type and hair type, sulphate free products are certainly recommended and adding a leave-in cream would be a good option to maintain moisture levels in the hair.
* Avoid tying your hair tightly. Tight hairstyles that pull and stress your hair can aggravate hair fall. Avoid tight braids, cornrows, ponytails, or tight buns. Use soft accessories like scrunchies and keep away tight hairpins.
Refrain from brushing your hair too much as it may lead to hair fall, especially when the hair is wet, since it's fragile and can break easily. Wikimedia
* Healthy dietary habits are the key to having lustrous and healthy hair. Including fresh fruits and vegetables, and protein-rich foods in your diet will help. Also, drink enough water and stay hydrated throughout the day.
* Regularly trimming the ends of your hair can help prevent split ends and dry damaged ends. Additionally, a change in hairstyle will also make you feel good about yourself.
DIY 1: Curry Leaves
* Curry leaves or Kadi Patta are loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and various essential nutrients which help to stimulate hair growth, reduce hair fall and strengthen the hair follicle.
* Boil half cup coconut oil along with half cup curry leaves for 15 minutes and then allow it to cool. Strain the oil and massage your scalp with your fingertips with this oil thrice a week.
Curry leaves or Kadi Patta are loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and various essential nutrients which help to stimulate hair growth, reduce hair fall and strengthen the hair follicle. Photo by Jordan Ling on Unsplash
DIY 2. Methi or Fenugreek seeds:
* Methi or fenugreek seeds are one of the most effective ways to treat hair fall naturally and it also helps to get rid of dandruff.
* Soak ï¿½ teaspoon of fenugreek seeds overnight and strain the water in the morning. Spray/apply this water on your head and allow it to stay for a couple of hours and rinse. This also can be done every alternate day.
* It is normal to lose about 80-100 strands of hair every day because of hair fall during pregnancy, but if you notice more than that then it is a good idea to consult your doctor so that the problem can be investigated further.
Methi or fenugreek seeds are one of the most effective ways to treat hair fall naturally and it also helps to get rid of dandruff. Wikimedia
Skin Care hacks!
Hormonal changes and tiredness that come with being a new parent can cause skin problems too. You may notice dark spots on your face, fine lines, acne, dryness etc. Here are some easy hacks for you to follow as a new mom --
* Try to sleep for 8 hours: We know it's difficult and hard to get the sleep that you need. But if not at night, try to sleep during the daytime when your baby is asleep.
* Share the responsibility with your partner, let the father take care of the baby twice a week while you rest.
* Buy multi-speciality skincare: While you are multi-tasking, let the skin products pull double duty.
* Anti-ageing regimen -- Invest in products that will work on your wrinkles, fine lines, moisturize and act as a sunscreen too. This could be in a night cream or day.
* DIY a baby food facial: If your baby has grown and started eating solids while preparing food for your baby you can also prepare a quick DIY mask for yourself with the same food ingredients like simply mix oatmeal with turmeric and use raw milk for consistency.
Feel revived and see your favourite beautician. Enjoy yourself with a facial, pedicure, manicure, body massage or a spa. Photo by Content Pixie on Unsplash
* Must have Eye Cream: When you are deprived of sleep, dark circles are sure to appear. Invest in a good Eye Cream that will help you to get rid of it.
* Pamper yourself: Many moms isolate themselves especially first-time moms. Get some time out from your busy schedule and visit a salon. Feel revived and see your favourite beautician. Enjoy yourself with a facial, pedicure, manicure, body massage or a spa.
* Use a good moisturiser: If you are someone who wants to get rid of your stretch marks, it is important to know that it is a slow and gradual process. They usually start fading over a period of time. There are plenty of creams and oils available that claim to remove stretch marks. However, the majority of these creams are essentially moisturisers and are effective in the long run.
(Article Originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: vanity, sanity, hairfall, new moms, moisturiser, spa, curry leaves, skincare
From the last decade, the beauty industry has witnessed a boom in anti-ageing and wrinkle-removal solutions. Many new products and procedures emerge daily to cater to the rising needs of "looking picture perfect" among millennials. The blue light from screen time, unhealthy eating practices and ineffective lifestyle choices make our skin and overall health suffer, thereby ageing us in the process. Therefore, it becomes essential to start an anti-aging regimen even after you've started showing signs of fine lines and wrinkles.
When should you start anti-ageing treatment?
Ageing skin is often characterised by dullness, sagging and wrinkled skin. Profhilo, a new skin bio-remodelling procedure, is a remarkable way of giving mature and ageing skin a new lease of life. Profhilo is a hyaluronic acid-based skin procedure that works to galvanise the skin's ability to generate collagen and elastin -- the two scaffolding proteins critical to skin's firmness and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrophilic substance found naturally in the skin, the presence of which is critical to the health of the skin's extracellular matrix and its ability to hold on to moisture. As we age, our skin loses its natural reserves of hyaluronic acid resulting in dull, dry and lax skin.
There is endless information on the internet about the anti-ageing skin care. According to the beauty experts, one should start the anti-ageing skin treatment in their late 20's or early 30's to push off wrinkles as long as possible. One should keep in mind that wrinkle-removal products delay more wrinkles from showing up, but it won't make the ones that are already there disappear. So, the earlier you start, the more protection you will get in delaying the ageing process
As we age, our skin loses its natural reserves of hyaluronic acid resulting in dull, dry and lax skin. Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash
What Should an Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine Look like?
One should start working with the dermatologist or beauty expert to build an effective anti-aging skin care routine depending upon your own beauty goals. The skin professional will first assess your problem areas and make recommendations based on your unique needs. Your custom regimen might include following products and procedures:
Sun Protection: Protecting from the harmful UV rays of the sun is the first line of defense in slowing down the aging process. The most important reason for wrinkles and dark spots on the skin in your 20's and 30's is due to the excessive sun exposure. You should immediately consult your dermatologist about skin care for sun damage, which can include treatments like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser therapy, and retinoids.
Protecting from the harmful UV rays of the sun is the first line of defense in slowing down the aging process. Photo by Onela Ymeri on Unsplash
Topical Creams: Your dermatologist may recommend over-the-counter or prescription creams to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Anti-aging products might contain ingredients like retinol, alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHA and BHA), and vitamins A and C. These ingredients help eliminate dead cells and boost skin regeneration, so you can enjoy a smoother texture.
Anti-aging products might contain ingredients like retinol, alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHA and BHA), and vitamins A and C. Photo by Vya Naturals on Unsplash
Laser Treatments: Laser treatments actually stimulate the skin's natural production of new skin cells and collagen. The treatment also helps individuals in reducing the age spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines following this treatment besides increasing the production of skin cells and collagen. Your skincare specialist will be able to guide you on how many treatments you'll need to achieve the best possible results.
Laser treatment helps individuals in reducing the age spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
Dermal Fillers: With age and loss of collagen, our overall facial volume decreases. This is where dermal fillers come into play to restore this volume. The skincare specialist will go for dermal fillers to fill in wrinkles, where it appears the most, including around the mouth and under your eyes. It also helps in increasing the cheek volume. Dermal fillers generally last between six months and a year.
Dermal fillers come into play to restore facial volume. Photo by Youssef Labib on Unsplash
Microdermabrasion: This procedure can be another effective wrinkle treatment and can also address melasma, age spots, and sun damage. In this treatment procedure, your skincare specialist will use an instrument to spray fine particles of a chemical substance onto your skin. This will enable the skin to regenerate, which can fade some signs of aging.
Microdermabrasion will enable the skin to regenerate, which can fade some signs of aging. Photo by Albert Stephens on Unsplash
(Article originally written by: Jaishree Sharad) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Skin, ageing, sunscreen, sun protection, topical creams, laser treatment, dermal fillers, Microdermabrasion
Have you spent a considerable amount of money to buy organic skincare products without results? Ever wondered why your ayurvedic skincare products are not working? It may be because of certain skin care myths that have been imbibed in us for a long time. If you love reading beauty and wellness articles or have been on the internet to find your best body care products or natural products for skin, the chances are that you have consumed a ton of data. Add to that midwives tales, and we are left wondering what is a fact and what is fiction.
Ritika Jayaswal, CEO & Founder, Nourish Mantra, busts some common myths related to facial care beauty products so you can move a step ahead in achieving your picture-perfect skin!
I only need to use sunscreen in summers
Winters and monsoon have little to no heat from the sun. That, however, does not mean that the sun's rays are not present in the atmosphere. They simply aren't very strong because of the weather. Sunscreens protect your skin from the harmful UV and UB rays of the sun which can cause skin cancer. Therefore, one must continue using a sun protection shield irrespective of the season.
One must continue using a sun protection shield irrespective of the season. Photo by Onela Ymeri on Unsplash
I must exfoliate my skin every day
Exfoliating your skin every day is a beauty and wellness sin! Exfoliation is the process of deep cleaning your skin by removing dirt and oil clogged in the pores. Our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells. Exfoliating it every day will damage the skin and strip it off its natural oils, leaving it flaky and dry.
Exfoliating your skin every day is a beauty and wellness sin! Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash
Using makeup is bad for my skin
A lot of dual-purpose cosmetic products come with moisturisers that nourish your skin. A good quality product does not clog your pores or trap the dirt. What does harm your skin, though, is sleeping with your makeup on! It not only causes skin breakouts but also breaks down the collagen, thereby causing premature ageing.
Sleeping with your makeup on harms your skin. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Expensive products mean a better product
This is not always true! What makes a product better than the other is its composition and formulation. Every skin reacts differently to different ingredients. We must choose products that work best with our skin type. You may consult a dermatologist to know more about your skin so you can pick your ayurvedic skincare products more wisely.
Every skin reacts differently to different ingredients. Photo by Valeriia Miller on Unsplash
I have oily skin and should not use a moisturiser
Many believe that using moisturisers and creams on oily skin causes skin breakouts. Excess sebum production and clogged pores are the significant causes of acne, and your moisturiser is simply, well, a moisturiser! It nourishes your skin and keeps it soft and supple! Ensure that you use a lightweight or gel-based moisturiser for oily skin, and you are good to go. A pea-sized amount of product is enough for my skin. Unless a product asks to use a small dollop, you must use as much as required to reap the benefits. It is not a one-size-fits-all situation with facial care beauty products. Some spread easily, while others need to be used in thick layers to work more efficiently.
A pea-sized amount of product is enough for your skin. Photo by Haley Lawrence on Unsplash
(Article Originally Written By: Ritika Jayaswal) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Beauty, tips, skincare, sunscreen, summers, oily skin, makeup, exfoliate, expensive
Monsoon is a welcome change after the scorching summer heat but it comes with its own set of challenges. Increased humidity causes breakouts, dullness, and greasiness on one's skin. Increased use of face masks to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus also leads to moisture being trapped under the mask thus giving way to acne-causing bacteria and fungal infections.
A change in season calls for a change in skincare to adapt basis the new weather conditions. Making small, quick customizations would be key in ensuring healthy, glowing skin. Plabita Sharma, National Training Manager, The Body Shop India, tips to combat dullness during the rains:
Due to the increased humidity there is a great chance that the skin will produce more oil thus attracting more dust, grime which in turn will lead to clogged pores that cause the breakouts. Photo by Antonika Chanel on Unsplash
Cleansing: Due to the increased humidity there is a great chance that the skin will produce more oil thus attracting more dust, grime which in turn will lead to clogged pores that cause the breakouts. Choose a gentle, effective cleanser that suits your skin type always limit the washing to twice in a day -- this will help avoid over washing and stripping away the natural oils and compromising the skin's natural moisture barrier.
Moisturizing: Monsoon season tends to confuse the skin which changes the skin's type to the combination -- this can be easily identified with an oily T-zone but dry or normal cheeks, chin and jaw. Choosing a lightweight gel or water-based moisturizer would be key in such cases. This will help maintain the balance between the varied regions on your skin. Check for ingredients that have antioxidant properties like vitamin C, aloe, vitamin E etc. That will help fight free radicals while also soothing the skin. Hydrating the skin regularly can be a game-changer that helps to achieve plump and supple skin.
A clean and fresh layer of skin also absorbs products much more easily thus making them much more effective. Photo by Kimia Zarifi on Unsplash
Weekly care: Take out a little extra time for your skin and care for it by following a weekly routine of exfoliating and masking the skin to get a healthy glow. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and adds life back into the skin. A clean and fresh layer of skin also absorbs products much more easily thus making them much more effective. Choose a mask based on your skin types like clay, peel off or sheet masks and you are set to welcome the change in season.
Sunscreen: Though the weather looks pleasant and cloudy one must not avoid the protective shield. Modern sunscreen comes with a variety of textures and spray formats ranging from SPF 15-50. Ensure to opt for one that prevents the skin from harmful effects of the sun because skincare is always incomplete without SPF. It is a must-have despite the season or your exposure to the sun.
Skincare in this season is simply dependent on balancing the pH levels of your skin and switching products as required. Photo by Audrey Fretz on Unsplash
Minimal Makeup: Different seasons may come and go -- but less is more always. Keep your makeup to the minimal and still look presentable with a dash of kohl and lip balms. Opt for subtle colours and just the right kind of texture that helps to enhance your features without the addition of extra ingredients that can react poorly with the environmental conditions.
And that's it, now you are well equipped to handle the comings and goings of the rainy season. Skincare in this season is simply dependent on balancing the pH levels of your skin and switching products as required. Follow these simple rules and ensure healthy, happy skin all year round!
Keywords: Skincare, rainy season, breakouts, dullness, greasiness