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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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5 Super Skin Food For Acne-Free Skin

EAT YOUR WAY TO A CLEAR SKIN Many a time, we are asked for sure shot remedies for radiant looking clear skin. Asking for miracle products in the hope of cutting out the effort and tossing themselves to an overnight fix.   But we are the first one to start a conversation at the level of wellness of both body and mind, which require consistency and discipline. When we talk about skin health, we believe that our skin is a reflection of what's going inside our bodies and skincare (topical) helps us nurture and nourish the skin from outside. However, more often than not, what's happening on our skin is a result of what we are eating (or not eating), our...

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Monsoon Skincare 101 - Dealing With Infections

Monsoon is the best part of the year for it relieves us from the scorching sun and welcomes pleasant climate and beautiful drizzles followed by sweet mud fragrance altogether making us fall in love with nature again and again. Rainy days are perfectly refreshing for everyone. Having said that, no one can traverse the fact that this season also brings several skin infections along with it. The major of them being fungal infections, skin rashes and other microbial infections which are mainly caused due to the season's humid temperatures and damp surroundings. For this reason, we’ve launched just in time for this year’s monsoon, Wild Himalayan Body Oils that are particularly great for the monsoon skincare. These oils are lightweight, deeply...

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