Benefits of using cucumber- summer skin friend

When it’s summer we know that temperatures soar up high, your skin needs that extra care and hydration to keep itself glowing. None other than cucumber can be your best friend to help you out.

When we say cucumber for skin, the vivid picture that comes to our mind is a woman who has a towel wrapped on her head at a spa, having cucumber slices over her eyes and all masked up. But is it only on screen and does cucumber really help your skin. The answer is definitely yes.

Swelling, puffing, dark circles or whatever concerns the area around your eyes your inexpensive go to treatment was and is cucumbers.

So let’s see how it helps skin.

Cleanses skin

Cucumber helps in eliminating toxins from deep down the pores. Its a natural cleanser. Due to high water content it can be used as a toner that offers instant freshness when used on skin. Cucumber juice is an excellent alternative to alcoholic toners which comprises of harsh chemicals which can harm your skin.

Reduce dark circles

With abundance of antioxidants and silica , cucumbers help in lightening the dark areas around the eyes making it a successful home remedy for treating dark circles.

Treats fine lines and wrinkles

Though cucumbers contain higher water content they are also good agents for moisturising skin. Applying cucumber slices on the eyes and surrounding areas help in increasing the moisture there by reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

Reduce puffiness

Ascorbic acid and caffeine help in controlling water retention levels. Cucumbers have these in abundance and hence a great ingredient to help you deal with puffiness of eyes. Controlling water retention levels in turn helps in reducing swelling and puffiness around the eyes and surrounding areas.

Cooling agent

The cooling property of cucumber is the main reason that cucumbers are part of many skincare products that concern soothing inflamed skin. The cooling property helps in soothing the inflammated area and helps in faster healing. Products that have cucumber or simply using cucumbers for after sun skin problems will help in faster healing.

Here are some DIY eye pads that can help heal dark circles and puffiness

You need cotton pads and cucumber juice as main ingredients.

Cucumber and sandal

Sandalwood has skin brightening properties and hence when mixed with cucumber juice it makes a great face pack to lighten pigmentation.

Add 2-3 tbsp of cucumber juice to 2 tbsp of sandalwood powder. Apply on face and wash of when it dries off.

Cucumber and potato juice

Potato juice is another best ingredient in treating pigmentation. Imagine how the combination of potato and cucumber will work then.

Use juice of one cucumber and one potato. Dip cotton pads and place over eye. Remove after ten minutes. Do this on a regular basis to see amazing results.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.’

5 skincare mistakes you’ve been doing

While we all want a happy glowing skin, we also end up making some mistakes. Nobody is an exception when it comes to not making mistakes.

People try all sorts of remedies or tips to keep themselves on the safe skin side but what I’m gonna tell is that these minute mistakes might be happening unknowingly.

Here are five mistakes that you might be doing unknowingly.

Not using the right products for your skin

People get tempted when there is a new launch. Sometimes it’s the brand, the ingredient or your favourite star or even fellow peer group influencers who might make you fall into this. Always make sure you choose products according to your skin.

Ice facials

Probably one of the easiest DIY hacks . Make ice cubes of ingredients that address skin issues or your concerns and voila you are sorted. But nobody told you that you will have to be careful even if it’s a simple ingredient like an ice cube.

Applying ice directly on to skin can cause frost bite. It can cause blood circulation to slow down amd also appear like spidery veins on areas near nose and cheek. Always wrap a towel over the ice cube and massage on the face.

Facial steam

It is said that steam helps open up pores. When you take up facials, steam is given to open pores post which blackheads, whiteheads are removed. But it should also be only warm and not too hot. Very hot water can give you broken capillaries and also lead to permanent damage. So make sure you use a warm towel that’s moist and not a hot one.

Supplements without consultation

Always consult an expert before taking any supplement. It’s becoming a trend to start consuming collagen, HA, flaxseed and fish oil supplement. While there are reports that the ingredients are beneficial most of the research is backed up by the company producing the product. So do not take any without proper consultation.

Using products beyond expiry

Always make it a point to keep checking the expiry dates of products you use. Some people continue to use beyond shelf life because some products are only for topical application. The expiry date is in place because certain ingredients lose their tendency to heal and purpose beyond certain period of time. It is always good to use products only within the usage time mentioned on the packaging.

So I hope you’ve made a checklist and ticked if your doing any of these. If at least there is one please try not to. Happy skincare.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva andNoor Anand Chawla in collaboration with RRE Studios and ShowCase Events.’–

Must know benefits of azelaic acid

Azelaic acid is naturally derived from barley , wheat and rye. It is widely know for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it the best choice when it comes to treating acne and rosacea.

Azelaic acid clears out the bacteria from the pores present in skin that cause acne and also helps in preventing future outbreak.

Azelaic acid can be applied topically to skin in the for of cream, gel and foam. But all the forms have the same way of application in terms of the products that are used in skincare routine.

Azelaic acid is getting increasingly popular and is most often the ingredient that is looked down upon and under the radar.

When the ingredient is suggested through prescriptions from dermatologists it would be about 15-20% concentration. But the ones that are sold over the counters are usually lesser in concentration. But usually it is safer to incorporate upto a concentration os 20%.

Azelaic acid takes a lot of time to show results so patience is needed when using this ingredient. The variants that are given through prescriptions take about a month or two and those available over the counter take up to three to four months to visibly see an improvement. The difference in the vast time gap is the strength of concentration that is present in the product.

Azelaic acid acts as an anti-inflammmatory for the acne and as an anti-pigment because of is ability to block tyrosinase. Azelaic acid is a tyrosinase inhibitor since it blocks melanin production.

Who can use?

Azelaic acid is great for people who have combination and oily skin. While those with sensitive skin might experience a mild redness when applying the product.

It is a safer ingredient that can be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women. But it is always advised to consult your doctor before incorporating a new ingredient into skincare routine especially if you are pregnant or a breastfeeding mother.

BENEFITS:

ACNE TREATMENT:

Azelaic acid has been best known for treating acne for a longer period of time. It is an antibacterial as it fights to kill the acne causing bacteria. It is not like the other acid counterparts which fight acne , its an OTC that is quite strong to treat the condition.


It works by reducing the free fatty acid content deep down the pores in your skin. This makes the environment less adaptable to the bacteria. It also disrupts the normal cell functioning of bacteria thereby fighting from within.

GOOD EXFOLIANT

It works to increase the turnover rate of dead skin cells so that the pores are clean. So when you have clean and clearer pores it prevents future formation of acne.

LIGHTENS SCARS AND HYPERPIGMENTATION

Melanin in reduced in hyperactive areas which are the dark spots on skin when azelaic acid is applied.Since it is a tyrosinase inhibitor, it reduces melanin production. Simply put, it doesn’t let tyrosinase do its work and henace melanin production is stalled. Melasma and acne scars are lightened to a greater extent when azelaic acid is used.

ANTI INFLAMMATORY

Azelaic acid reduces pain,redness and swelling due to rosacea and acne. It calms the breaksouts and further inhibits the formation of new acne. For skin that has rosacea it helps to alleviate the redness and soothes the inflammation. Azelaic acid beeing mild than the other counterparts used for treating acne, it exfoliates and clears out the pores in a gentle way

How to use?

Can be used in forms of gel or a cream.

The sequence in usage would be,

  • Cleanse
  • Exfoliate
  • Tone
  • Azelaic acid
  • Moisturizer
  • SUnscreen

Use it initially as a spot treatment. Always begin with a patch test. Can be done on forehead when skin is thickest. Gradually increase areas of application to pigmentation prone area or even entire face. Massage for two minutes to get the product absorbed by skin.

Follow up with moisturizer to keep skin hydrated. The azelaic acid must be dried up before appying moisturizer else it will not absorb into skin and do its job.

Azelaic acid makes skin susceptible to sunburn and UV radiation effects. Since azelaic acid works to inhibit melanin production the skin is delicate and can be damaged easily. So always make sure to use sunscreen when using azelaic acid.

 PRODUCTS IN INDIA

The Derma Co. 10% Azelaic Acid Face Serum For Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots


The formulation has ginger root oil along with bergamot oil along with azelaic acid. It is suited for all skin types and comes in a convenient spray bottle in a cream consistency.


Price: 449
Quantity: 30ml

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Must know benefits of Arbutin

Arbutin is the newest name that rides the bandwagon of active skincare ingredients. Extracted from plants like pear,blueberry and cranberry , the ingredient is mainly used in skin brightening. Treating blemishes and uneven pigmentation are major benefits of using alpha arbutin.

Dermatologists trust this ingredient much more than other active ingredients to treat blemishes than other active ingredient counterparts.

Termed as one of the safest ingredients to provide skin brightening and helping in fading out scars left by acne and breakouts.

It is termed safe than the counterpart hydro uinone but has the same skin brightening benfits without the process of bleaching that could be harmful. Hydroquinone is banned in Europe and Australia which paved way for arbutin to replace it in the shelves.

Arbutin works to suppress the enzymes which produce melanin thereby reducing pigmentation. A slow down happens in process by which the UV rays cause pigmentation. As a result arbutin works to prevent as well as treat pigmentation.

Post blemish redness, dark spots and age spots denote pigmentation in various stages. Arbutin works to treating thse conditions by reducing the redness and making the skin tone even. People with sensitive skin can best chose arbutin over harsher counterparts like retinol and lactic acid.
BENEFITS:

Treatment of hyperpigmentation

A cosmeceutical that helps to fade out scars, age spots and melasma.Arbutin also works to prevent future freckles and hyperpigmentation even after sunburn.

Arbutin stops any extra production of melanin. Melanin production involves a chain of processes. Simply put arbutin stops the chain to treat pigmentation.

BRIGHTER SKIN

Arbutin aids in making skin tone even and to brighten the skin. This makes skin glow and appear healthy. It is a skincare beauty blender that is naturally blending the skin instead of using a foundation.

SAFER AND POWERFUL ALTERNATIVE TO HYDROQUINONE

Traditionally hydroquinone has been used in treating melasma and pigementation because of its ability to clear out scars. But the synthetic hydroquinone thats been used in products is aggressive in nature causing skin damage if not used in proper application methods. Results show that improper usage can lead to blue or grey patches on skin, When compared arbutin is much safer for topical application and it also being a natural derivative makes it a better choice. Arbutin has been proven to work even on the toughest pigmentation conditions and extreme cases of melasma.

What should you keep in mind?


One thing to keep in mind is that alpha arbutin is safe when used in 2% concentration and beta arbutin concentration can go upto 7% for safer limits.

Arbutin is great on all skin types and tones.But few suggestions to improvise the application benefits would be to include vitamin C alongside to boost the brightening benefits or to exfoliate using an AHA and then follow up with arbutin.

Do not use beyond three months and the improvements take at least 1-2 months to show up.
Patience and perseverence are two most important things to keep in mind when treating skin conditions. No product is magical to just make your skincare concerns disappear in a day. Make sure to give time for the product to work and to trust your body.

How to use?

Can be used in forms of gel,cream or a serum.

The sequence in usage would be,

  • Cleanse
  • Exfoliate
  • Tone
  • Arbutin
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen

Use it initially as a spot treatment. Always begin with a patch test. Can be done on forehead when skin is thickest. Gradually increase areas of application to pigmentation prone area or even entire face. Massage for two minutes to get the product absorbed by skin.

Follwo up with moisturizer to keep skin hydrated. The arbutin must be dried up before appying moisturizer else it will not absorb into skin and do its job.

Arbutin makes skin susceptible to sunburn and UV radiation effects. Since arbutin works to inhibit melanin production the skin is delicate and can be damaged easily. So always make sure to use sunscreen when using arbutin.

ARBUTIN PRODUCTS

Minimalist 2% Alpha Arbutin Face Serum for Pigmentation, Dark Spots & Tan Removal with HA

The formulation is made up of 2% alpha arbutin with a combination of hyaluronic acid. Proven to be nine times more effective than beta arbutin. Can be used daily. Promises even tone in 5 weeks.
Suited for both AM and PM routine . To be followed up with sunscreen.

Price: 549 quantity : 30ml
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The Derma Co. 2% Alpha Arbutin Face Serum For Dark Spots & Uneven Skin Tone

The formulation contains 2% alpha arbutin in combination with hyaluronic acid and tartaric acid to reduce pigmentation and stop melanin production. Hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant and also boosts collagen productions whereas tartaric acid on the other hand is naturally derived from grapes to work on lessening pigmentation and spots.

Suited for both AM and PM routine . To be followed up with sunscreen.

Price: 449 quantity : 30 ml
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Dot & Key Alpha Arbutin + Azelaic Biphasic Serum Radiance Concentrate


It is india’s first two phase serum that combines oil and water. Natural oils are infused with active ingredients to provide skin brightening benefits.
Formulation has alpha arbutin in combination with azelaic acid , peony flower rich in antioxidants, mulberry and rosehip oil.

Advised to be used in AM and PM routine.

Price: 491 quantity: 20ml

Must know benefits of retinol or retinoid

Must know benefits of retinol
Must know benefits of retinol

Retinol or retinoid is a derivative of vitamin A. Known for its ability to boost cell turnover, it is one of the widely used ingredients incorporated into daily skincare routine.

Whether you want to maintain a fine glow or shoo away the fine lines and signs of ageing, this is one ingredient that you should be reaching to. Though it is not very tough to source it as its readily availble over the counters in departmental stores, drug stores or over ecommerce websites, it is the ingredient that s often misinterpreted or misused.

One most important factor to take care is to use it during the nights as sunlight decreases the efficacy of the product. And also that using it makes skin more sensitive to UV rays, it is advised to use sunscreen in the day and retinols at night.

HOW TO START?

Thirties are termed to be banner age for retinoids however the mid twenties would be much better to start off with. It has to be incorporated slowly into your routine, say about twice in a week and peas sized amount to start off. In earlier stages make sure to wash it off post two hours.

The side effects are mild with redness, itching, dryness and sensitivityduring the course of time the normal skin gets adjusted to the ingredient. However the sensitive skin reacts triggering acne and rosacea so people with highly sensitive skin can stay away from using this and have many alternatives to choose from to incorporate into their routine.

When you’re getting started you can wash face, wait for sometime for the natural facial oils to set in and then apply retinols. Or in other ways you can incorporate the sandwich technique wherein you can dab the moisturizer, apply retinol and then seal it with moisturizer again.

Start with a lower strength like 0.75% and then proceed to 1%. While the retinols that are available over the counter are for fighting the signs of ageing, The ones that are given in prescription are for treating acne.

When you are using retinold it is best prefered to use cream base under the eyes and for the face use a serum followed by moisturizer.

CONDITIONS BEST TREATED BY RETINOLS

  • acne
  • fine lines
  • wrinkles
  • age (sun) spots, freckles, and other signs of sun damage, sometimes called photoaging
  • uneven skin texture
  • melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation
  • large pores caused by acne, oily skin, or collagen loss

WHY IS IT BENEFICIAL?

Unlike other anti-ageing products , this ingredient does not just stop with removing dead skin cells, they also penetrate deep into the epidermis.

They help in neutralising the free radicals and help in boosting production collagen and elastin. This creates a plumping effect and helps in reducing fine lines, dark spots and wrinkles. Since it also helps in exfoliating the skin the texture is improved to a greater extent.

It is very helpful in clearing out acne, it unclogs pore by forming comedolytic agents to prevent forming blemishes and comedones. If acne is very severe the retinol is prescribed along with antibitoics. It doesn not show results instantaneously, it takes upto six weeks minimum to show visible results.

PRODUCTS IN INDIA

Olay Night Cream: Regenerist Retinol 24 Moisturiser

The cream promises 24 hour potency and hydration on skin. Suited for dry, normal and combination skin. Proven to penetrate 10 layers deep. The formulation works in combination with niacinamide.

The same formulation is available as a serum as well. But it is best to use either one of them and not together since they are of high potency.

The reason the formulation includes niacinamide is to reduce the redness upon using the product.

Price: 379 Quantity: 8gms
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Dot & Key Glow Night Reset Retinol + Ceramide Cream


The formulation includes provitamin B5 and vitamin E along with hyaluronic acid to improve hydration. The other ingredients include hibiscus because of presence of AHAs, seabuck thorn oil, evening primrose oil which help in acne prevention and keeping skin moisturized.

Price: 531 Quantity: 25ml
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The Derma Co. 0.3% Retinol Face Serum For Spotless Skin


The formulation works in combination with vitamin C to fight signs of ageing and alter the aged cells. Also contains glycerine to act as a humectant. Advised to do a patch test before application , especially people with sensitive skin.

Price: 719 quantity: 30ml
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Nykaa SKINRX 2% Advanced Retinol Anti-Aging Face Serum for Wrinkles & Fine Lines

The formulation consists of 2% retinol , along with 2% lactic acid that stimulates collagen renewal and 1% Australian caviar lime extract for it being a rich source of AHA and gentle exfoliant.

Suited for normal, dry , combination and oily skin but no mention about sensitive skin.


Price: 899 quantity: 30ml
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Must know benefits of Hyaluronic acid

Must know benefits of Hyaluronic acid
Must know benefits of Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid, I know its difficult to pronounce but even more difficult to get the right spelling. A skincare ingredient that has recently found its place in almost all serums, sheet mask and moisturizer. And the reason why is that it can be your mandatory addition to daily skincare routine. It is a naturally occurring molecule in your skin that gives you the dewy look.

It helps to bind the water to skin giving it all the more a glowing look. More than retaining moisture it also has various other benefits.

What is hyaluronic acid?

It is a naturally occurring sugar molecule on skin that helps in binding of collagen and water and making the skin look plump and dewy. It helps boost hydration in skin to make it look glowing. The acid molecule binds collagen to one end and water to the other thereby adding to the plump factor of the skin.

What is the need to include hyaluronic acid?

As humans we age so does our skin and in the process there is a decrease in collagen and hyaluronic acid, this makes the skin look dehydrated. Harsh weather conditions like winter, existing skincare problems may cause tiny breaks through which water could leak. So there is a need to include a humectant in skincare regimen to attract the water molecules. Some of which are hyaluronic acid, glycerine and oatmeal.

Hyaluronic acid gets easily absorbed to skin and thereby attracts a lot of water keeping the skin hydrated. This is the reason it finds itself as one of the major ingredients in skincare products.

Skin types

Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that suits all skin types. It does not cause acne, eczema or rosacea.

People with dry and mature skin and those with ageing symptoms might need more of hyaluronic acid. This is because as we age we lose the ability to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid and it is necessary to be supplemented.

On the other hand, since the name contains the term ‘acid’ people with sensitive skin might fear to incorporate products with this ingredient. That is not the case because it is a naturally occurring molecule in skin that is produced by our very own bodies and can be safely used on sensitive skin.

BENEFITS

A molecule of HA can bind about 100 molecules of water of its own size , come to think of the goodness that it has to offer the skin.

TEWL or trans epidermal water loss is a very commonly known term in the skincare industry that describes water loss on the skin. It is a term that denotes the amount of water evaporated from skin.

A product that prevents TEWL actually helps in keeping your skin hydrated. HA does this by slowing down the rate of evaporation of water from the skin.

HA also apart from being a humectant helps in faster healing of wounds.

The other benefits that HA offers are

  • Anti-ageing
  • Reducing redness
  • Moisturizing
  • Treat acne
  • Treat eczema
  • Increasing the elasticity of skin

It also helps in treatinf dry eye and reduced tear production conditions since it is known for its hydration properties.

It has been proven that the naturally produced hyaluronic acid in body helps in lubricating the bone joints.

PRODUCTS WITH HYALURONIC ACID DOING WELL IN INDIAN MARKETS

Loreal paris revitalift 1.5% hyaluronic acid serum

The serum is non-sticky and promises 21% increased plumpness, 42% skin radiance and intense hydration.

Can be used in both AM and PM routine.

Price: 474 Quantity: 15 ml

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Ponds Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E


This is probably the cheapest and one of the effective options to incorporating hyaluronic acid to skincare routine. I’ve personally used this, its non-sticky and does help in retaining moisture , doesn’t give an oily appearance. I loved the fragrance and the gel consistency. Although I felt the packaging can be much more improved.

Price : 149 Quantity: 73gm

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Nykaa SKINRX 2% Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum For Intense Hydration, Plump Skin with 1% Vitamin B5


The formulation has 2% hyaluronic acid, 1% vitamin B5 and 1% marine algae extract.

Can be incorporated in both AM and PM routine. Suits all skin types.

Price: 799 Quantity: 25ml

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Clinique Moisture Surge 100h Auto-replenishing Hydrator(15ml)

The product promises hydration that penetrates 10 layers deep and that lasts for 100 hours. He formulation has hyaluronic acid, activated aloe water and aloe bio ferment.

By far the costliest range I’ve seen in products containing hyaluronic acid.

Price: 950 quantity: 15ml

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel – Mini(15gm)

The formulation incorporates a patented technology that includes prebiotics to boost hydration in combination with hyaluronic acid.

The incorporation of prebiotics helps in 50% boost in HA production.

Price: 370 quantity: 15gm

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Must know Benefits of Kojic acid

Benefits of kojic acid
Benefits of kojic acid

You have a mountain of beauty brands to choose from. These are days where we not only want to choose the brand but also make a choice of ingredients that will work on your skin. The term active ingredient has been making rounds recently and you see a line up of products getting released be it whatever brand there is an active ingredient addressing a skin concern.

When you decide to incorporate products into skincare routine the most important step is to understand your skin and to choose products which are made of ingredients that would suit your skin. Just because there is an ‘XYZ ‘ brand advertising their vitamin C range promises clear skin in 10 days, it doesn’t mean the result is guaranteed, the range of products will work for you, they will not give you side effects. So take time in learning about the ingredients, the problems they can address or the benefits they have for your skin and then choose a brand.

Or if you have complicated skin conditions it is best suggested to consult a dermatologist and proceed with what they describe. Whatever you see on social media is not going to work for every person who purchases the product.

As a skincare blogger here and an influencer on Instagram, when I promote products I leave an honest review after 2-3 weeks of usage of products. However I also leave a disclaimer that what works for me might not work for everyone else as every skin is unique.

The second ingredient that I want to talk about is kojic acid. The first time I hear the term I was like , “Kojic what?”. Using acid on skin sounded to make me terrified.Though I have been someone who has been using lemon peels on skin for the vitamin C absorption, I do it with water sprinkled and patted on skin to not make the acid act directly on skin.

I decided to read through what kojic acid is and what benefits of kojic acid would my skin agree to and who can use it. I tried some and there you also have my reviews on them later on this post.

What is Kojic acid?

Mushrooms are the basic sources of kojic acid or simply put it is a natural by-product derived from various fungi and fermentation of foods like soy sauce and rice wine. Benefits of Kojic acid is it’s mainly used to lighten the skin pigment and helps treat discolouration and reduce dark spots.

How does it work?

Melanin is responsible for providing colour to eyes , hair and skin. An amino acid called tyrosine helps in melanin production. Kojic acid works to block tyrosine production which in turn stops melanin production leaving the skin light.

BENEFITS OF USING KOJIC ACID

ANTI -AGEING

Kojic acid lessens dark spots and helps lighten the skin which in turn gives anti-ageing benefits when used on skin.

TREATS MELASMA

Pregnancy can induce melasma which is pigmentation that causes your complexion to be uneven. Kojic acid works to neutralize the pigmentation there by giving you lighter skin.

SCAR DISAPPEARANCE

Usage of kojic acid can lessen the presence of scar by making it appear light. Though the thick tissue might be there, it’s presence can be greatly reduced by lessening it.


ANTI-FUNGAL BENEFIT


Being derived from various fungi, kojic acid provides anti-fungal protection from diseases like athlete’s foot and yeast infection.

SIDE EFFECTS:

When used over a long period of time kojic acid can make your skin susceptible to sun. Rashes, itches and irritation are commonly observed side effects. So always make sure to incorporate a sunscreen when using kojic acid in skincare routine.

PRODUCTS IN INDIA

The derma . co kojic acid cream for pigmentation

Dermaco kojic acid face cream
Dermaco kojic acid face cream

This cream works with a formulation that incorporates 2% of kojic acid in combination of vitamin C in reducing dark spots and improving pigmentation. I really liked the pump method to get the cream out which is light on application. I do it post cleansing in both AM and PM routine.

Price : 449 quantity: 30 gm

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Kozicare skin lightening serum

Kozicare skin lightening serum
Kozicare skin lightening serum

This is a serum that is formulated with kojic acid along with aloe vera, arbutin, glutathione,glycerine. Compared to a cream base this is lighter because of its serum consistency and requires application through a dropper.

The serum does not leave a oily residue post application.

Price : 399 quantity : 30 ml

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Make sure to do a patch test before trying out any new product on your skin.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with VoxBox and Journery Matters.

Beginners guide to niacinamide #MyFriendAlexa

Lately, you could see the whole skincare world talking a lot about active ingredients. The most commonly talked about is Niacinamide.



Niacinamide also known as nicotinamide is a form of vitamin B3. An essential nutrient whose deficiency could lead to disorders of skin,kidney and brain. Taking niacinamide can prevent the deficiency.


The ingredient has much more to offer when it is used in the general skin department. Applying niacinamide topically is proven to help in treating skin conditions like eczema and acne.



Benefits of niacinamide


Niacinamide is mainly recommended for people who have puffy skin and rosacea. The anti-inflammatory properties aid in reducing the redness.
Skin immunity can be boosted as niacinamide helps in building keratin, the protein that keeps skin firm and healthy.

The lipid barrier that niacinamide helps in building aids in retaining moisture of the skin. This is much beneficial for people who have eczema or mature skin.

When you skin is smooth and moisturized due to topical application of niacinamide it helps in minimizing the pores.

Retention of moisture isn’t beneficial only when the skin is dry. Regulation of the amount of oil that the sebaceous glands produce is one of the most important benefits of using niacinamide.

Concurrent rebuilding of healthy skin cells and also protecting skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation is a benefit of niacinamide as well.



5% concentration of niacinamide in application can help in treating pigmentation and also fight against signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. The application also helped in fading dark spots. The results cannot be visible instantaneously but over a period of four weeks.



Niacinamide helps in treating aggressive acne conditions like pustules. The application over a period of time helps in improving skin texture and lesser number of lesions on the skin.



Niacinamide helps protect skin against environmental stresses like dust, pollution and sun damage. It also offers protection to regenerate the healthy skin cells.




FOOD over supplements



Instead of directly taking a supplement to lessen the deficiency it is always best to try improving intake of vitamins through food. Some sources of vitamin B3 are eggs,fish , milk and green vegetables. So next time don’t reject when your offered an extra portion of any of these over the table.


Ingredients that you can include in skincare routine along with niacinamide



Vitamin C, Kojic acid and hyaluronic acid are ingredients that can be paired with niacinamide in your skincare routine for clear skin.



How to use ?



Niacinamide can work wonders on your skin post cleansing, cause that is when your skin is free of impurities and oil.

Post that you can apply moisturizer and sunscreen before heading out.

The ingredient niacinamide can be included in your AM and PM skincare routine.



Here are some of my tried and tested niacinamide products


NYKAA SKINRX 10% niacinamide



This is mainly used for spot correction. The serum is composed of 10% niacinamide, 1% zinc and 1% alpha arbutin for spot correction of dark spots, blemishes and pigmentation.

The serum can be used in AM and PM routine.

Price: 799 quantity: 30 ml

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Minimalist 10% NIACINAMIDE serum



The serum is oil free and also has aloe vera juice as one of its ingredients for additional benefits. This serum is comparatively light weight and does not leave an oily residue post application.

Price: 599 quantity: 30 ml

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Dot and key 10 % niacinamide spot corrector skin clearing serum



This formulation has 10% niacinamide, 1 % zinc and 1% hyaluronic acid. The serum also has sunflower seed extracts, pomegranate extracts and wheatgerm oil for additional benefits.

Price: 565 quantity : 15 ml

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Few other popular niacinamide serums are listed below. I haven’t personally tried them out.



Mamaearth skin correct face serum with niacinamide and ginger extract

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The derma co 10 % niacinamide serum for acne marks

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Plum 10% niacinamide face serum with rice water.

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5 reasons to use rose in skincare

Rose in skincare

Pick up roses when you find them. This is not just to smell their fragrance but as a perfect skin food. So next time don’t just buy roses for you vase. Be it a cleanser,toner, soap, face scrub, face mask, body butter or rose water the ingredient just works wonders on skin.

Why should you include rose in skincare routine?



POWERHOUSE OF ANTIOXIDANTS: We all know that anti oxidants are great for skin. In terms of protecting against sun damage, neutralizing free radicals and skin regeneration. They also work great to delay premature ageing .



HYDRATION AND HEALING: When it comes to dry skin, the skin lacks moisture and also develops cracks. Roses help in providing moisture and helps in preventing moisture loss and keeps the moisture barrier at check. For other skin types, roses help in providing necessary hydration to skin.


REDUCE OILINESS: Roses help in balancing moisture which would also mean that it regulates excess oil secretion. The natural pH of the skin is maintained due to the astringent properties of roses which help in eliminating dirt and oil from skin. As mentioned above by increasing hydration roses also help keeping the oils at bay.



CALMING EFFECT: Roses have anti inflammatory properties in abundance that they can help in soothing skin from redness and irritation. Skin conditions such as eczema could also result in irritated skin which is eased by using roses because of it containing fatty acids and antioxidant combination.


WRINKLE FREE: We already know that antioxidants are in abundance when it comes to roses but it also contains vitamins A and C which are great for anti-ageing properties. So rose does not only help in reducing wrinkles but also dark spots and age spots. They’re a vital source of retinol and also aid in collagen production.


I recently loved incorporating two rose products from Deyga organics into my skincare routine. I always choose products after going through the ingredients and the process from which they are derived; which also means strictly no harsh chemicals.

Products from deyga organics

ROSE & GERANIUM BODY BUTTER:

Rose and geranium body butter



Body butters are generally helpful to provide more moisture to skin. Especially if you have dry skin, body butters are prepared than body lotions because of the hydration and their heaviness. The rose and geranium body butter helps keep dryness away by providing good amount of moisture. The butter spreads easily and keeps skin supple for longer duration. Since roses help in anti-ageing the butter helps in keeping skin free from spots and wrinkles.Best results when used post bath and night time before hitting the beauty sleep.

INGREDIENTS: Shea butter, almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, geranium oil and rose oil.
PRICE: Rs. 550 for 100gms

ROSE SCRUB

Rose scrub

The ultimate goal of using a scrub is exfoliation which involves removing dead skin cells, dirt and help in regeneration of new skin cells. It helps in polishing the skin and also makes it smooth by drawing out impurities. This one form Deyga has semolina and rice flour which helps in exfoliation whereas rose, aloe vera help in hydration post exfoliation. Beetroot extract provides a rosy glow. Scrubs are mechanical exfoliation so needs ingredients which help soothe skin for which we have the rose. I mixed it with milk for usage and loved how it worked on my combination skin. Best results when used twice a week.
INGREDIENTS: Rose petal, lotus petal, semolina, rice flour, aloe vera powder and beetroot extract.
PRICE: Rs. 570 for 100gms



ABOUT DEYGA:


A brand where purity meets wisdom. This is proven as all products are handmade, organic and gentle on skin. Each product is carefully chosen by hand, formulated and crafted to suit skin types by craftsmen.

Z’s which help in skincare

Z’s which help in skincare

The final alphabet, the final post for this season and the last of ingredients from this series of mine.
This was the most difficult alphabet for me to find ingredients, try out the DIYs and then put them out here.

So here they are, the Z’s which help in skincare.

Zucchini



Zucchini is a type of summer squash. This dark green vegetable also is rich in nutrients which help in maintaining good skin.



Zucchini is rich is water content and thereby it helps in maintaining great skin health.



Zucchini is rich in riboflavin which helps in maturing of collagen.


Synthesis of collagen is very essential for good skin health, hence the vitamin C in the squash that is present in abundance helps in collagen synthesis.



Collagen and elastin is very essential for radiant healthy looking skin. The production of latter is boosted by vitamin C which also helps in reducing cellular damage.



Collagen also helps in keeping skin firm and wrinkle free. So the vitamin from zucchini is very much essential.



Zucchini helps deal with summer heat and helps in hydration which is the reason it is known as summer squash.



The lutein in zucchini helps in dealing with inflammation. Thereby when inflammations are reduced, skin tends to be healthy. The damage to the skin from sun is minimized thereby the moisture barrier is left untouched. Which is the main reason to mention that zucchini helps in hydration.



The water content in zucchini is 95%, which makes it great for consumption as well. So in way you are contributing to the hydration through food so it also helps the skin.



The antioxidants help in protecting against free radical damage.

DIYS:



Blend zucchini peels with overnight soaked masoor dal. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


Blend two tablespoons of zucchini paste with a teaspoon of oatmeal. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes. This is for oily skin.


Blend two tablespoons of zucchini paste with one teaspoon of olive oil and oats powder and a egg yolk.Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes. This is for dry skin.


Slice zucchini and place them over the eyes and face. This is for reducing dark circles and also providing natural glow.

ZINC:


Zinc is a very essential mineral to be included for a healthy body and is also great for skincare, especially in fighting against acne.



When we term it essential it means the body cannot prepare or produce zinc and it needs to be included in daily diet.



It’s known as trace mineral because it is needed only in minute quantities on a day to day basis



Zinc helps fight against viruses and bacteria. Zinc also has anti inflammatory properties which help in healing the redness and sensitivity caused by acne.



It could also help in making the scars disappear.



Zinc protects skin from sun damage and is a common ingredient in the topically applied sunscreens.





Zinc works as an antioxidant but not technically. It helps fight against free radical formation and protecting the cells which helps in formation of collagen.

How can you include zinc in diet?



By including below in your daily food

Beans, nuts, whole grains, poultry and dairy products.

On another note, the body finds it easier to absorb zinc from animal based food than plant based because the latter has phytates which inhibits the absorption of zinc. So in that case you could consult a doctor to take a supplement.

As one of the DIY I’m sharing a smoothie that is rich in zinc.


ZINC SMOOTHIE

Blend the below ingredients

Nut milk two cups

One tablespoon of hemp hearts, coconut oil and vanilla essence

Mixed nuts 1/3 cup

One frozen banana

2 dates deseeded

Protein powder two scoops

3 teaspoon cocoa

You could add in stevia in case you do not prefer bitterness.


This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.