Dermatology: Skin Types
“It’s important that you hydrate yourself well, either with water, tender coconut water, buttermilk, vegetable juices or soup, the choice is yours”
Like a wrapper protects a candy bar, the skin too acts as the wrapper for our body. Never mind how smooth or what colour it is, keeping your skin healthy is important. The skin is the largest and one of the most dynamic organs in our body. It is also most exposed to the outside, making it vulnerable to ambient humidity, pollution, temperature, sun etc. Therefore, it is necessary to take constant account of your surroundings and notice what it is doing to your skin.
Some surroundings may leave you with a short-term and quickly reversible effect like dryness while some may leave you with long-term damage which may take much longer to undo, like the harmful rays of the sun.
Skin And Elasticity
The skin ¡s elastic to a certain extent and has the tendency to adapt to the changes in the body size as you put on and lose body mass-like muscles, fat or pregnancy weight. But there is only so much that the skin can handle. So, like any other expandable thing, it reaches a breaking point and if the elastin breaks up and the collagen gets too pulled, you end up getting stretch marks. At times, there may be skin excess that may have to be surgically removed but by and large if you are patient for two to three months, the skin shrinks back.
70 Per Cent Of The skin Is Water
There you go! Now you know why every skincare article that you ever read on the internet or in a magazine tells you to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water every day to keep the skin hydrated. However, it is important that you hydrate well and whether with water, tender coconut water, buttermilk, vegetable juices or soup, the choice is yours.
25 Per Cent Is Protein
Protein is not only important for people on a special weight loss or muscle building programme but for all, young or old. Protein are building blocks. It helps build and repair pretty much every tissue of the body, including hair and nails. So, it is very important that you make protein a good part of your natural daily diet. Any kind of supplements should be taken under expert advice only.
Fats And Minerals Constitute
Five Per Cent
Time and again I have seen that the first thing a person on a weight loss spree does is stop the intake of rice and oil. This Is a bad idea. Yes, anything in excess is harmful for the body, but totally cutting out any one food component is no good either. You need at least two spoons of any form of oil, be it coconut, olive, rice bran, or ghee in your daily food plan. If not, it tells on your skin, hair and the general health of your organs.
There are certain important micronutrients like fat-soluble vitamins that may not get absorbed at all. So, not only does your skin need moisturizing from the outside, it also needs it from the inside and definitely more so, it you are 30 plus.
Common Terms Associated With Skin
You may have often seen the letters NMF written on the lotions you buy. NMF stands for natural moisturising factor. NMFs make up an expensive group of ingredients that include amino acids, cholesterol, fatty acids, triglycerides, phospholipids, glycosphingolipids, urea, linoleic acid, glycosaminoglycans, glycerine, mucopolysaccharides and sodium PCA (pyrrolidone carboxylic acid). The creams that have urea, lactate, or any of the ingredients mentioned above also add to the NMF on your skin. They help stabilize and maintain this complex intercellular skin matrix.
Using moisturizers of any kind that contain NMFs allows your skin to do its job of repairing and regenerating itself without the impedances brought on when skin is suffering from dryness, environmental distress, or excess irritation.
Lipids are the fats in the skin that gives the skin its bounce. The lipids in stratum corneum are found between dead skin layers, which also maintain the hydration factor of the skin. These lipids of the epidermis decide the hydration and the oil content of the skin.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, accounting for around 30 per cent of the protein content of the human body. Collagen libres are soft and flexible, but also strong and inelastic. They make up almost 75 per cent of the dry weight of the skin and comprise the major component of the dermis.
Elastin forms a continuous network throughout the dermis. It maintains the normal configuration of the skin due to its elastic recoiling. It undergoes significant changes upon sun exposure and with age.
Super Beauty Fixes!
There is no other day more significant than Valentine’s Day for couples to feel all mushy and loved! It is also the best day to express yourself and fall in love all over again. And what better way than looking your best, to rivet your partner’s attention just on you? A beautiful and fresh looking face, dazzling skin and glowing eyes is all you need. Just start with some natural and homemade beauty techniques to be set for the occasion.
The Shedding Process
The presence of dead cells on your skin makes it look sallow. To look young and fresh, you will need to remove the dead skin by scrubbing it off to reveal fresh younger looking skin. The shedding process also clears the pores and makes your skin healthier.
Whisk Up A Facial
Enrich your skin with nutrients, easily attainable with an egg mask made with white parts of eggs, chopped fresh mint and two tablespoons of honey if your skin is dry or oily. Mix all the components and apply it evenly over your face. Rinse your face after an hour and moisturize after drying. This facial will make your skin soft and smooth to the touch. It will also make it healthier and help your skin to resist infection from external elements.
Nourish And Hydrate
Moisturizers help to repair the skin while you sleep. And since beautiful is not something you become overnight, prepare in advance and use night creams that contain natural accouterments like olive oil, vitamin C, essential oils and plant enzyme for moisturizing. Remember, there is no better treatment for skin than nourishing it with natural products.
Besides pampering yourself with some natural treatments at home, you can also visit a spa or beauty salon that offers an extensive range of beauty treatments. These may include both traditional and advance treatments for skincare, facials, waxing, and a body as well as face massage. These treatments will most definitely provide your skin with essential grooming and will also help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.