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Jully - August 2014

Sailing through the Rains

Sailing through the Rains

The rainy season means long drives and roasted bhuttas in Marine Drive, but if you aren't careful, the grey, overcast skies can bring their own unique set of monsoon blues. Wet clothes sticking to your skin, wading through dirty water and high humidity can cause many skin problems. Humidity allows bacteria, fungus and other infections to thrive, but if you take some sensible precautions, you can shine even as it rains.

Ringworm, yeast infections, lice infestations, scabies, acne outbreaks and dandruff are common monsoon-related skin problems. The high humidity causes ringworms and other fungal infections in skin folds, while yeast or mixed infections typically occur in private areas. Mites and lice infestations are also common in the rains. While close contact with a person infected with mites can cause scabies, lice often occur among women who keep damp hair tied up.

However, it's best that you don't try and self-medicate but seek a dermatologist's opinion.

It's quite possible to enjoy healthy, glowing skin in the rains without spending a fortune. Some basic rules that you should remember are:

Cleansing: This is a must at least thrice a day. It's important to wash away the impurities from your skin and unclog your pores, allowing them to breathe. Always use a specially formulated facial skin liquid cleanser or face wash, never soap because it is too drying.

Toning: This product should be applied after cleansing. Use a cotton bud and just dab the product on the skin. Don't use a toner if you have very dry skin, it will dehydrate it further. Toners work well for oily and acne prone skins.

Moisturiser: Despite the moisture in the air, your skin can be completely dehydrated in the monsoons. The result is a dull lifeless skin. Moisturising the skin every night is a must for all skin types. If you spend a lot of time in air-conditioned rooms, moisturize more frequently.

Sunscreen: Don't step out ever without sunscreen protection. As long as there's daylight, your skin needs protection from UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you step out and ideally re-apply every three to four hours.

Stay dry: Make sure you dry yourself after a soaking. Don't tie wet hair as it could lead to lice as well as fungal infections. If necessary carry a hair dryer to work and use it when required.

Maintenance: For a glowing blemish-free skin, make sure you continue your regimen of skin treatments like facials, cleanups, skin polishing, peels and lasers as suggested by your dermatologist. In fact the monsoons are a very good time to do peels and lasers as the post care is less because of softer sunlight.

Foot care: During the monsoons, your feet are often the worst affected, and usually ignored. Wet footwear can do real damage, leaving you prone to fungal infections such as Athlete's Foot that causes irritating itches and scaling of toenails and the delicate skin between toes. It's easy enough to care for your feet, simply wear open footwear when out in the rain and change into dry socks and footwear when you get indoors. Always wash them with soap and water after exposure to puddles or rainwater, and apply antifungal dusting powder prior to putting on socks. During a breakout, apply an antifungal ointment at night. If the condition doesn't improve, consult your trusted dermatologist.

Home Remedies for Fungal Infections in the Feet:

  • Apply a paste of henna (mehendi) leaves in the affected crevices between the toes and leave until the pack gets dry and cracks.

  • Apply a mixture of lemon juice and vinegar to reduce itching.

  • Try massaging some onion juice between the toes. This is a good antidote for itching and Athlete's foot.

  • Beauty Food of the Month-Honey

    Beauty Food of the Month - Honey

    How can something that tastes so delicious be good for you? Actually it can.

    Honey is full of antioxidants, B vitamins, minerals and amino acids. This wonder food comes in a variety of ranging from white, yellow, orange and amber depending on the flower pollen it comes from. Far healthier that sugar, slather it on toast or chapattis and add to yogurt. Not just that, honey's health benefits include healing wounds, softening skin and soothing coughs.

    The luxurious combination of milk and honey works as an excellent skin moisturizer that keeps your skin silky smooth. An easy way to get the shine back in your hair is to mix one teaspoon of honey into four cups of warm water and rinse through your hair. Honey mixed with raw sugar makes an excellent exfoliator to slough off old skin cells and reveal your skin's natural glow.

    Queen Bee of the Month - Kangana Ranaut

    The crown has to go to Kangana Ranaut, upcoming actress with oodles of talent and one of the most expressive faces of Bollywood. Recent photographs reveal that the actress isn't as enamoured by her looks as we are. First it was her lips that looked suspiciously augmented. "No," she denied it, "It's because I ate prawns."

    Now recent pictures show her slim contours mysteriously filled out. Breast enhancement anyone? No, the pretty lady denies that too. "I've just out on seven kilos!" We didn't know one could put on weight at just the places we needed to.

    Lucky Kangana!

    Queen Bee of the Month - Kangana Ranaut

    Exercise for the Month

    Exercise for the Month

    It's a drag when it rains just when you're about to set off for your evening walk at this time of year. So what can you do?

    Try training indoors with aerobic videos. Indoor cycling is also a good option to move those legs and hips. But first don't forget to do some on-the-spot jogging and stretching to get you revved up.

    Question of the Month

    Q: I have an uneven skin tone and pigmentation on my face. I can never go out unless I use foundation to make my skin look better. Can you recommend a treatment that can improve my skin texture and tone?

    A: You will greatly benefit from a Facial Peel. These are ideal for keeping your face fresh and youthful, helping to improve skin tone and texture and reduce visible wrinkles. They are also great for treating acne and acne scarring.

    Facial peels are an accelerated form of exfoliation induced by the use of chemical products. Cutis offers a range of different formulations, depending on particular skin types. After application, the skin will begin to peel in two or three days. The layers of dead skin cells exfoliate and are replaced by healthier ones allowing the skin's own clarity and tightness to resurface. The result is a dramatically softer, smoother younger look, so rejuvenating the skin, reducing fine lines, wrinkles and scarring.

    Beauty Product of the Month

    Moisturize for Glowing Skin

    The sun's rays are risky for all of us, especially for infants, toddlers, children and teens. Early exposure to too much sun can lead to skin cancer, cataracts, wrinkles and painful burns that may permanently damage skin. It can also make the side effects of some chemotherapy worse. Dermatologists say that moisturizing is the most important part of daily skin care. Your skin needs more water than anything else and moisturizers become particularly important in summer when you lose body salts by sweating.

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    More people break out during the hot summer months due to increased perspiration, which can disperse oils on the skin, thus allowing more pimple-causing bacteria to grow. Mild acne can be treated by using over-the-counter products. If you have oily skin, wash your face at least twice a day with a non-creamy cleanser. If you have dry skin, wash in the morning with a gentle, creamy cleanser but also at bedtime to remove oil and makeup. If you have combination skin, keep a close eye on your facial products and take care not to strip your skin of its natural oils.

    We'd like to share some of our time-tested beauty secrets with you that will keep you glowing through this season.

  • Apply topical grape-seed extract in liquid form to help wounds heal faster and with less scarring.

  • A water resistant sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher can protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

  • Drink lots of water through the day, not only to replenish moisture lost to the heat and sweat but also to help flush toxins out of the body and keep your skin looking clear and lustrous.

  • If you have a fresh surgical scar, keep the area well covered. It can get pinker, then darker, if it's exposed to the sun.

  • Applied topically, reservatrol, an antioxidant found in grapes and red wines, decreases the effects of UVB exposure and helps protect skin cells from cancer.

  • Milk is a cooling beverage that also supplies nutrients to your skin and helps to keep it from drying out.

  • Drink nimbu pani in summer to replenish lost moisture and vitamin C to keep your skin lustrous and supple.

  • Sailing through the Rains

    Some Food for Thought

    The Seven-Day Juice Fast

    This was designed to support, detoxify, and strengthen the body's major organs such as the liver, colon, kidneys, skin, and lungs. Why juice? It provides concentrated vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients in an easily absorbed form.

    During the Seven Day juice fast, a different juice is consumed each of the seven days:

    Day 1: Apple and celery juice: Cleanses and strengthens the intestines, liver, and kidneys. Throughout the day, drink a cocktail of equal parts of apple juice and celery juice. Add a few grapes for extra zing.

    Day 2:Pineapple juice that's rich in the enzyme bromelain. This is especially helpful in treating inflammation, allergies, arthritis, oedema, and haemorrhoids. Add an equal quantity of water to the pure juice.

    Day 3: Lemon juice and water: This helps detoxify and cleanse the liver, perhaps the most over-worked organ o the body. Add the fresh juice of half a lemon to each cup of water.

    Day 4: Carrot juice to rejuvenate your liver, lungs and kidneys and get a glow into your eyes.

    Day 5: Beet juice to hasten the removal of toxins from the liver into the bloodstream. This is also helpful for treating arthritis and menstrual problems.

    Day 6: Green Juices made with fresh green leafy vegetables like spinach, coriander and mint. A magic potion, that tastes better than it looks, it flushes toxins out of the body. It is also helpful for improving circulation, skin, digestive problems, obesity and bad breath. Green juices have a very strong taste, so you might want to add a tomato and lemon juice to the concoction.

    Day 7: Plain distilled water to cleanse the entire system.

    Drink these juices throughout the day. You should drink water on all the days of the fast to help remove toxins. Use organic fruits and vegetables as far as possible.

    Some possible variations include a Three-Day Juice Fast where you can follow the first three days of the seven day regime. Another alternative is the Five-Day Juice Fast when you can follow Day 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Seven-Day Juice Fast.

    FAQs for this Diet

    What should I eat after a Detox diet?

    After the Detox diet is over, it's best to continue making healthier choices and opting for whole foods and clear vegetable broths. Many use it as a springboard for a healthy lifestyle and continue eating many of the vegetables and fruits they ate on the detox diet.

    What are the possible side effects of a Detox diet?

    Some people may experience headaches, acne, weight loss or fatigue. However, these symptoms usually diminish after a few days. That's why it might be a good idea to begin a Detox programme on a Friday night.

    What results will I notice?

    In general, people notice improved energy, improved skin condition, regular bowel movements, improved digestion, and increased concentration and clarity. Improvement can also be assessed by measuring markers of disease, severity of symptoms and laboratory tests.

    Is there anyone who should not try a Detox diet?

    If you have any history of cancer, kidney, liver, heart disease or any other disease, are pregnant or under-16, don't start one without consulting your doctor.

    Should I stop my medication during a Detox?

    Stopping regular, prescribed medication during a Detox diet is not advisable.