Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Adult Acne - NOT A MYTH !!



All my life I have been blessed with clear skin, so imagine when I saw a breakout on my cheeks the other day. Am I breaking out because, I use too much make-up? Or have I been eating a lot of junk food? I could relate to millions of women undergoing stress due to acne. Numerous questions led me to my three point acne prevention quest.

Why?
Studies have traced the cause of acne to one thing: hormonal fluctuations. Whether brought on by lifestyle (stress, diet), PMS, pregnancy, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the result is the same.Other reasons are exposure to sun, extreme weather and improper nutrition. Adult acne is not a myth and it exists for both Men and Women.

Avoid? 

Keep your hair away from your face as much as possible.Even while using hair products like shampoo,gel etc. Make sure you wash your face after applying as oils from these products may seep into your skin.
Keep your hands clean and dont touch your face very often.
Exercise helps cut stress, which may contribute to acne outbreaks.
Physical activity also helps your skin by increasing your bloodcirculation, which sends more oxygen to your skin cells and carries cell waste away.
Wash your face regularly and keep changing your towel, at least once a day.
Practice stress relieving strategies,like meditation.
Sleep More.
Drink more water.
Have a balanced diet.
Become a fan of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s have been shown to control the production of leukotriene B4, a molecule that can increase sebum and cause inflammatory acne.Omega-3s can be found in supplements or in foods like walnuts, avocados, flaxseed oil, and salmon.

Treat?
The best care for acne prone oily skin ,however is, the 3 daily musts of beauty regime,cleansing ,toning and slight moisturising after the above two steps. 

Some home DIY remedies are;

You should use a mud pack once a week. This is available in different brands.In India you get it loose as well and is known as "Multani Mitti" (ie the soil of Multan). It works wonders for the skin and also reduces wrinkles. Just apply it wet, let it dry and wash away. Some people add honey to it as well,but only if it suits you. Honey makes my skin itchy so I avoid it.

Another  pack which works wonders is,the cucumber pack. Take  half teaspoon each of lime and cucumber juice mixed together. You can use cool cucumber pieces (even wet and cooled cotton helps)on your eyes and rest, with eyes closed,for 15-20 minutes. 

Whatever you do, don’t ever pop pimples. 
If the three point acne prevention quest, doesn't work for you, see your dermatologist and let them chemically treat you.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Do women fear success? Why Should they??

Do you fear success? 
No, why should I? Infact, why should anyone fear success?

When the topic was thrown on me, 'no' was an instant answer! But then I was urged more and I got inquisitive and decided to explore around it's terrain. Specially, when you have powerful speakers like Nandita Das(actress), Tara sharma(actress) , Ansu Gupta(COO Pinstorm), Sonali Dhawan( MD P&G),Monica Chaturvedi(FICCI) ,Seema Hingarrany(clinical psychologist and an author) and Arti Gupta(Founder Hopscotch.in). Thanks to FMC(First Moms Club and Ruchita Dar Shah, through their initiative Back to the Front, I got to experience and know so many different perspectives on this.


"Success is personal"-We define our own measures of success. If being a good mother is success for me, then so be it. As mothers we are role models for our kids and being able to do that successfully is success for me.

Women fear success as guilt takes over. So it's guilt that drives the fear. Guilt of not being able to spend time with my kids, guilt of loving my job more than my kids, guilt of doing better than my husband etc.

I have more respect for my mom who has worked all her life, as now I realise that even through the difficult times she held her own.

Is the child really that fragile?Or is the belief  just a projection of our fears?

What about Non-moms?
I am scared of being lonely. The choice of quitting my job was my own, now that I am being offered roles, and I join back will I ever me able to put my feet up and relax? My fear is, will I be happy?


These were some very interesting views that got highlighted.
What I learnt there, was beautifully put in words by Tara Sharma, We are all so different, yet our problems are so common. 

Our fears, our guilt, our missing a support system when we needed it. All this just resonated, one issue, women can move forward and achieve so much in life if given the right guidance, boost and support.

My parents and my husband have and will always be my biggest support. But even them, when it came down to my young kid being left home alone with a maid while I was trying to build my career, did not appreciate or understand my need to continue working. When I was battling my guilt in this case, there was absolutely no one to tell me, that it will be all right. My kid will survive this! I wish women like me are given guidance at that moment of weakness and given the right support, so that what we have strived  and bled for like any other man, should not be let go of that easily.  I believe if we start taking our choices seriously, so will everyone around us. The change in perception should start from us and then only will it trickle down. Our careers, our life choices are not casual!!
What also was the outcome of this meet was that I got aware of the initiatives that FICCI is taking to create a support environment for working women through their initiatives. A cause, that is very close to my heart. Currently, I am corresponding with FICCI and will soon update you on this.  So keep watching this space. Till then just believe in yourself and if you see a battered woman, just support her, if you can't do much, just be kind :)!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How Stay Fresh This Summer Season ?


Isn't it getting really hot? Mumbai's heat is peaking this summer. Heat means sweat and though I don't sweat  crazy, I can't avoid sweating when I indulge in exercise. Yeah, I said 'indulge'. If you follow my blogs, you would know fitness for me is a chosen lifestyle. So, I can't avoid sweating after an of rigorous core training or yoga. But, I am always conscious of it. Not only does it form a stain on my clothing which looks ugly, but also releases  an odour which does not appeal to me, bless the others ;)!
Trust me  bad odour can put people off, no matter how good you look or dress!When we sweat, bacteria grows in our pits, thus the stink. But if we can prevent the bacteria from growing.
So what can you do ? Wear a deodorant, simple!
While picking a deodorant the factors you need to keep in mind are,
Scent, consistency, usability, bottle shape, irritation, drying factor etc.
Easiest way to do this is to buy deodorants off-the-shelf or order online. 
There is no perfect deodorant or antiperspirant to choose, and with varying results from each product truly the choice comes down to personal preference. For those allergic to deodorant the choice might not be so easy, and can vary depending on which deodorants or antiperspirants cause the allergic symptoms and signs and which don't cause any adverse reactions. To avoid causing serious damage to your skin, it is imperative to ensure your skin is safe and free of rashes or redness caused by allergens.
But if you are amongst those who get a dark patch like me then you might like to explore some more options, deodorants which are moisturising or organic ones, which you can make at home.

Let's explore some;

Recipe for Homemade Deodorant with Coconut Oil

The recipe is simple….
Ingredients:
1/4 cup melted unrefined extra virgin coconut oil which corresponds to 4 tablespoons of solid coconut oil

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch
10 drops of essential oils (I used lavender and tea tree oil)
Glass jar with lid
Steps:
Place all the dry ingredients into a bowl .
Add the melted coconut oil and essential oils and stir well.
You’ll end up with a fragrant paste which should be poured into a jar before it solidifies. Remember, coconut oil’s natural state is solid, and the end product should look something like this.
Leave it to cool naturally before placing it in the fridge for extra solidification. I like to keep it at room temperature for easier application, but you can also keep it in your fridge.

Recipe Source :http://www.mommypotamus.com/natural-deodorant-recipe-sensitive-skin/

Try these and let me know, if they worked for you the ones you sourced from the market or the homemade ones?
Be your awesome self, dress pretty and spray/apply a dash of deodorants, so that you can step out feeling pretty inside out :).