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Why Skin Needs Direct Nutrition?

(Long post. We promise it'd be worth your time!) Let’s talk about nourishment for your skin. Is it important that you incorporate nutrient-rich topical skincare (serums, creams etc applied on the skin)? Is it enough if you eat well and do nothing else on your skin? Can your food take care of everything your skin needs? No. And here’s why. Your circulatory system and liver ensure that the nutrients are distributed to all the vital functions of the body and also to the regions where they are much needed. Those regions may not always be your skin, at least not always the priority. The nutrients you eat are absorbed by virtually every other organ before reaching the skin, making their skin-health...

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7 Best Ways To Use A Moisturiser Effectively

  We have extolled the benefits of moisturizing daily plenty of times. Moisturizer is as essential to the skin as water is to the human body. A good moisturizer serves as a protective barrier between your skin and environmental elements like sun, dust, harsh winds, chemicals, pollutants, etc. “Look after your skin at each stage, and follow the most important and the basic regime of cleansing-toning-moisturizing. But as you grow older, your attention should mostly shift to moisturizing your skin well. It is very important to take extra care of your skin when you’re in your fifties” says Zarine Nissar, celebrated MUA in the fashion industry and Bollywood for over 20 years. While you know that applying it morning and...

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YOU NEED TO STRENGTHEN YOUR SKIN BARRIER. Here are Top Six Ways to do so...

What is Skin Barrier? Simple. It is the vital front-line, protecting us against the perils of the environment; UV, pollution, infection, toxic chemicals and so on. Why Should You Strengthen your Skin Barrier? If your skin barrier is working well, it will protect your skin from infections, it will retain water effectively, maintaining good hydration balance, and be resilient yet flexible – it’s likely to look more radiant as a consequence. If it’s not, the skin will look dry, dull and prone to microbial infections. If the barrier is compromised,  harmful chemicals and pollutants can penetrate more readily and potentially cause inflammation, which manifests as skin sensitivity.  How to Heal Your Skin Barrier Function? Gentle Cleansing: Harsh cleansers with SLS/ SLES...

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6 Ways to Tackle Hormonal Acne

What is Hormonal Acne? When your skin develops acne in response to the hormonal fluctuations, it is called hormonal acne. What Causes Hormonal Acne? Hormones known as androgens, for example, testosterone, increase sebum production, sometimes thickening the skin. These can contribute to pore-blocking and can trigger breakouts too.  Acne during Periods? Hormones again! About two-thirds of acne-prone women typically note worsening of their acne a few days before their period. This is because female hormones are at their lowest, and male hormones (androgens) are higher at these points. Impact of Hormonal Acne on Your Skin Overall Skin Inflammation (incl. Acne) Increase in Oil/ Sebum Levels Clogged Skin  Bacterial Infections (eg: Propionibacterium acnes) Acne Scars and Pigmentation How to Tackle Hormonal...

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THE SKIN HAS A MICROBIOME TOO!

APARRNA GUPTA Aparrna is a senior beauty editor with 15+ yrs of experience in the beauty and wellness industry. Her articles have been featured in Vogue India, Harper’s Bazaar India, Good Housekeeping, Femina, Lifestyle Asia and L'Officiel India. (Originally appeared in Lifestyle Asia) Do you wonder why your skin refuses to brighten and clear up despite you diligently following the CTM routine? Why it’s still too greasy or too dry despite you regularly applying a serum and mask? The answer lies in bacteria. We are preconditioned to believe that bacteria is a bad word, and so we are on a perpetual quest to keep our spaces, bodies, and skin free of it. However, modern research is pointing to what was...

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