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Skin is our first line of defence against dirt, pollution, microbes and keeping it healthy helps maintain our overall health too and vice-versa. moha: SOS Campaign aims at increasing awareness around skin health, and the importance of proper skincare with the use of natural herbal skincare products which not only are gentle to the skin but are also safe.
This campaign brings you all the expert advice from a well-known dermatologist and aesthetician, An Ayurveda expert and also a well-known yoga practitioner to help you decode the ways to improve skin and hair health. It is designed to facilitate advice sharing for women and focus on skin and hair health. All are invited to join us for live interaction with the experts on Instagram every Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
DR MALAVIKA KOHLI
BOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY DERMATOLOGIST
Dr Malavika Kohli is a well-known Bollywood celebrity dermatologist with over 15 years of experience in Aesthetic Dermatology in Mumbai. She is the director of a Cosmetology centre, Skin Secrets.
She will be taking 4 sessions which will cover all skin and hair care basics. She will be live to answer your questions too
DR MANISHA MISHRA
Dr Manisha Mishra is an Ayurvedic expert and Medical advisor to Charak Pharma with over 20 years of experience in holistic healing through Ayurveda.
YOGA PRACTITIONER, ACTOR
Vidya Malvade is well known as a fitness and yoga enthusiast and has been practising holistic healthcare through yoga for over 20 years.
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Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face. It is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Large looking Open skin pores are small pit-like pores that appear in people with combination to oily skin. They accumulate dirt and become clogged which leads to acne. Acne causes facial scars in numerous forms.
- Excess oil production
- Greasy cosmetics
- Hormonal changes
- Emotional stress
Tips to manage acne
- Wash your face no more than twice each day with water and mild herbal soap.
- Do not scrub the skin or burst the pimples, as this may push the infection further down, causing more blocking, swelling, and redness.
- Wash hands frequently, especially before applying lotions, creams, or makeup.
- Choose makeup for sensitive skin and avoid oil-based products.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure, as it can cause the skin to produce more sebum.
- Avoid anxiety and stress, as it can increase production of cortisol and adrenaline, which exacerbate acne.
- Avoid oily, spicy, salty, hot and fermented food
- Have fresh vegetables and fruits
- Stay adequately hydrated
Herbs to heal
- Aloe vera helps reduce acne as it is antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It can also soothe skin irritations in acne.
- Rose water is a natural toner that cleanses your pores, removes excess oil, and reduces the size of acne. It is also effective in healing acne scars.
- Cucumber is mildly astringent which may help to cleanse the skin and tighten pores. So it can also be rubbed directly over acne spots.
Yoga Poses for acne:
Pigmentation and Dark Circles
Hyperpigmentation is the patches of skin that become darker than surrounding areas of skin. Tanning is the process of melanin (skin pigment) increase caused by exposure to sunlight. This is the body's natural way of shielding the skin from sun damage.
Dark circles under the lower eyelids are common in men and women.
- Exposure to the sun.
- Pregnancy hormones
- Skin irritation or trauma
- Loss of sleep and fatigue
- Strain on eyes
- Excessive stress
- Certain medications like chemotherapy
Tips to manage
- Avoid excessive sun exposure. Cover yourself fully while going out during the day. Use hats, sunglasses, stoles, etc.
- Use a sunscreen with herbal ingredients and an SPF of 30 or higher to protect the skin and stop hyperpigmentation from becoming darker.
- Cold compress with a clean cotton soaked in cold water or a few ice cubes can reduce dark circles.
- Seven to eight hours of rest to prevent dark circles from appearing.
- Wash your face no more than twice each day with warm water and mild soap.
- Wash hands frequently, especially before applying lotions, creams, or makeup
- Avoid anxiety and stress, as it can increase production of cortisol which can cause dark circle and puffy eyes
- Herbs like mulethi, neem, rose help to reduce pigmentation
- Practice yoga and meditation to better skin health
- Stay adequately hydrated
- Eat cooling food to balance pitta and regain normal skin complexion
Herbs to heal
- Aloe vera : Aloesin, a compound that is present in aloe vera, helps lighten hyperpigmentation. It works by inhibiting the production of melanin in the skin.
- Licorice : Licorice extracts lighten blemishes. It can have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and skin-whitening effects.
- Cucumber: Placing the thick chilled slices of cucumbers on the dark circles for about 10 minutes is helpful.
Yoga poses for dark circles and pigmentation
Common hair concerns, Hair fall and dandruff
Hair fall: Hair fall is the loss of hair from your head, leading to patchiness, hair thinning, or even baldness
Dandruff: It is a skin condition causing flaky scalp
Hair fall causes:
- Nutritional deficiency,
- Hormonal issues
- Thyroid disorder
- Excess use of Hair styling products
- Stress and
- Certain hair styles
- Fungal or bacterial scalp infection
- Lack of personal hygiene
- dry scalp,
- Yeast overgrowth,
Tips to manage
Ways to manage hair fall and dandruff
- Oiling- massage scalp with luke warm oil, and leave it for 30-45 mins before washing.
- Washing- wash your hair two to three times a week with herbal shampoo
- Conditioning- condition your hair every time you wash it
- Choose the right serum- hair serum makes you hair shiny and reduces the clumps, making them manageable
- Apply hair masks with herbs like triphala and aloe to improve scalp and hair health
- Ensure proper nourishment with timely, healthy meals comprising of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
- Exercise and Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- and sleep well
Herbs to heal:
Coconut, almond, rosemary, tea tree, neem and jojoba – will help improve scalp health and keep it clean, reduce dandruff, and help reduce hair fall
Common Nail issues & their causes
Nail discolouration : The healthy nail plate is pink, and the nail looks white as it grows off the nail bed. Common causes include:
- Nail polish
- Nicotine from cigarette smoking
- Hair-colouring agents
- Injury to the nail bed
- Antibiotics, anti-malarial and some medications used in chemotherapy
Lifted nail plate : If the nail plate lifts off the nail bed, it will appear white. Common causes include:
- Overzealous cleaning under the fingernails
- Nail polishes that contain hardening chemicals such as formalin
- Rough removal of artificial nails
- Psoriasis, fungal infection
Splitting nails: In this condition, the nail plate splits or layers as it grows off the nail bed. Common causes include:
- Having constantly wet hands, especially while using soap and washing detergents
- Frequently using and removing nail polish
- Continuous mild trauma such as habitual finger-tapping or using the nails as tools
Thickened nails: This condition affects the toenails more than the fingernails. Older people are at greater risk. Common causes include:
- Poor circulation
- Altered gait (walking) pattern
- Ill-fitting shoes
Tips to manage Nail problems
Gentle nail trimming: Trim your nails right after you’ve showered or bathed so that the nails are softer. If you’d like to soften the corners or edges of your nails, use a nail file or emery board. File in a consistent direction to prevent weakening your nails. To maintain nail flexibility and prevent nail splits, moisturize your nails after trimming them.
Gentle nail polishing: Nail polishes that contain ingredients like formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate weaken the nail. Repeatedly using bold pigmented colours can cause your nails to become yellowed or weakened. Acetone-free nail polish removers are mild and prevent your nail from drying out.
Moisturizing the nails: Like other areas of your body, your nails can benefit from being kept hydrated. Before going to sleep, try dabbing almond oil or flax seed oil onto your nail beds and cuticles to stop them from getting dry, brittle, or flaky. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
Protecting the nails : Conditions like wet or dirty environments encourage the growth of bacteria beneath your nails, which can be difficult to dislodge. If you frequently wash dishes, garden, or clean with harsh chemicals, try wearing rubber or plastic gloves that can protect both your skin and fingernails from undue stress.
Avoid nails biting : Your mouth has germs and bacteria that can easily enter your body through abrasions created by your teeth. Try protecting your nails by painting a layer of clear gel on them or using a nail polish that tastes bitter, so that the nasty taste discourages you from nail chewing.
Herbs to heal
Almond oil is a natural way to restore your nail health. This oil carries essential antioxidants and nutrients from vitamin E, A, B1, B2, B6. With every almond oil massage, the nail is coated with protection from nail peeling, cracking, dryness and breakage.
Flaxseed oil is one of the very best oils to use on nails because it is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids known to give nails a natural boost.
Yoga for nail health
Common feet issues & their causes
- Cracked feet: Mostly found on the soles of the feet especially on the heels and big toes. Deep cracks are very painful and can bleed.
- Corns : These are round circles of thickened skin on the sole of foot, which may cause pain and discomfort. Hammer toe, bunions, or poor-fitting shoes may be the cause of corns.
- Blisters: ill-fitting shoes may cause blisters over feet leading to pain and pigmentation
Tips to manage feet problems
- Washing : Feet skin is most susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections since it is cloaked in socks and shoes, or exposed to dust and grime. It is therefore very important to soap and wash your feet once every day to ensure clean feet.
- Moisturising: Lack of moisture can leave your feet skin dry, scaly and chapped especially on the heels. Make sure you apply a generous dose of moisturizing agent on your feet every day after washing your feet.
- Soaking : Leave your feet soaked in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes twice a month. This helps soften the skin. Then rub the feet mildly, dry them thoroughly and apply a good herbal foot care cream like moha;.
- Drying : Drying the feet, especially the area between the toes is very essential after every wash, especially if you are wearing socks and shoes immediately afterwards.
Herbs to heal
Aloe vera gets absorb easily so it can help treat dry skin. Its molecular structure helps heal and minimize scarring by boosting collagen.
Papaya: The enzymes present in papaya can assist in treating dry and flaky skin and hydrate it.