Tuesday Tips

Nail Cycling for Healthier Nails !

Embrace nail cycling every 8-10 weeks, take a break from gel, acrylic, or dip manicures to let your nails breathe & repair.

Myth: Nail cycling isn’t necessary.
Fact: Nail cycling is essential for maintaining healthy & strong nails. Taking breaks from gel, acrylic, or dip manicures allows your nails to repair & prevents damage.

Myth: Gel manicures are harmless.
Fact: Gel manicures, without breaks, can result in nail thinning & weakened nails. Regular breaks through nail cycling prevent irreparable damage.

Myth: UV dryers are safe for your nails.
Fact: UV radiation from dryers can lead to skin damage & increased cancer risk. Nail cycling reduces exposure to these harmful effects.

Treating Blind Pimples

Blind pimples are deep, painful pimples that don’t have a visible head.
Here’s how to treat them:

1. Warm Compresses: Apply a warm washcloth for 10 mins, 3-4 times a day. It helps bring the pimple to the surface.
2. Niacinamide: Use a spot treatment with niacinamide gel to reduce inflammation without irritation.
3. Acne Patches: Prevent touching or picking by using plain or medicated acne patches.
4. Benzoyl Peroxide: Apply a non-irritating 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment.
5. Steroid Injections: If persistent and painful, consult your doctor for anti-inflammatory steroid injections.

Debunking Skin Supplement Myths !

Myth #1: Collagen supplements aren’t absorbed.Fact: Not all collagen forms are equal. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides, broken down into digestible amino acids, are easily absorbed. They circulate in the body, promoting their effects.
Myth #2: Vit-C works only topically.Fact: Oral vitamin C supplements benefit overall skin health. They support collagen production, reduce wrinkles & combat oxidative stress for healthier skin.
Myth #3: Skin supplements can be taken sporadically.Fact: Consistency matters! Daily intake is key for optimal results. Find ways to incorporate supplements into your routine, like adding powder to your morning coffee.Importantly consult your doctor before starting any new supplements or skincare routines.

Lip Gloss or Lip Oil - Understand the difference !

1. Lip oils have similar ingredients to lip gloss, however lip oils are lighter in texture. Lip oils have the ability of better skin penetration & offer more hydration & longer lasting results.
2. Infused with nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, plant-derived oils & Vit-E, lip oils can create a barrier between the delicate skin on the lips & environmental factors.
3. Lip gloss on the other hand are a bit heavier in texture & can give more shine to the lips.
4. Lip gloss can hold more colour & can offer some plumping also, but last for a shorter duration than oils.

Carbonated Water & Skin - secret benefits decoded

1. Use of carbonated water for clear skin is the latest trend. Wash the face with carbonated water instead of tap water, it helps get the glow in the skin.
2. The PH of carbonated water matches the skin PH of 5.5. Whereas the PH of tap water is 7 which can cause dryness of the skin.
3. Another benefit of carbonated water is that it acts like a vasodilator even at room temperature. It can help improve the blood supply to the skin, resulting in a healthier & brighter complexion
.4. The bubbles from the carbonated water deliver oxygen to the skin barrier which helps reduce the skin puffiness.
5. For best results – damp the skin with carbonated water or dip the face in carbonated water for 10 seconds, apply cleanser & wash off with carbonated water.

Avoid Sagging Post Weight Loss !

1. Weight loss if done properly can help us avoid undesirable skin sag & laxity.
2. Restricting the weight loss to less than 1 kg per week gives the skin enough time to recover.
3. Increase water intake – helps improve the skin appearance & boosts collagen synthesis. Skin’s moisture levels & moisture retention also improves which boosts the tightness of skin.
4. Following a balanced diet is a must – include essential minerals & Omega 3 fatty acids, these help to avoid skin sag.
5. Muscle strength exercises suggested by a professional will tone up the muscles & improve the appearance of skin.
6. Oral collagen intake & topical moisturizer along with Retinol can help boost the skin quality.
7. In-clinic treatments like RF & micro-needling can be considered for optimum results.

Understanding the Skin’s Circadian Rhythm !

1. Our skin like the body, has its own circadian rhythm or biological clock. It tends to work with sunrise & sunset.
2. During daylight hours the skin is in “protect mode”, as it instinctively needs to fight off environmental stressors – radiation & air pollution. Thus Vit-C & sunscreen are the ingredients of choice during the daytime.
3. Night time is for repair & rejuvenation, skin is more permeable during these hours. Actives like Retinol, AHA, Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, ashwagandha, bakuchiol can offer good support to the skin during night hours.
4. Stress, lack of sleep, blue light can disrupt this natural rhythm of the skin & lead to premature ageing, acne, pigmentation, dehydration.
5. Start night regimes soon after sunset as the skin gets into resting mode from sunset to dawn !

Toners - Importance in skin care ?

1. A toner is an in-between step, after cleansing & before moisturising. It helps clear any impurities, residual dirt & prime the skin for the next step.
2. A toner is an astringent, it is available in gentle formulations too, which do not dry out the skin.
3. It is primarily recommended for oily to acne prone skin. Should better be avoided in dry to sensitive skin.
4. The ingredients to look for – glycolic acid & salicylic acid. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid help to make the solution gentler on the skin. They are also helpful with open pores.

Sunscreen - Tinted or Not ?

1. Sunscreen has to be an integral part of our skin care & preferably should be the last layer.
2. Tinted sunscreens actually help to reduce the steps in the skin care.
3. The tinted sunscreen constitutes of Iron oxide & titanium dioxide which are good physical sunblock. They are capable of giving additional protection from the blue light.
4. The tint also helps reduce any white cast & is usually available in various shades.
5. Application – a one rupee coin size quantity on the entire face including neck & ears.
6. Repeat every 2-3 hours, this helps in fighting the ageing signs, tanning & pigmentation.

Vit C serum - check Potency !

1. Vitamin C has many sub-types in serums with L Ascorbic acid being the most potent yet most unstable !
2. If it’s irritating the skin, it can be harmful for the skin barrier. Look for combinations of L Ascorbic acid, Vit E & Hyaluronic acid.
3. Oral supplements should be considered in conjunction for added benefits.
4. Use Vit-C serum in the morning, top up with an effective sunscreen to achieve photo protection as well as antioxidant benefits.