Skin Care, Uncategorized

Are facials good or bad for our skin?

How many of us book appointments for clean-up and facials at a salon regularly? We are all guilty of spending huge amounts of money and time on skin care. Yes, there is nothing wrong with it. A glowing, flawless and youthful skin is every woman’s dream come true. With gorgeous skin comes confidence, beauty, and of course, compliments. Hence, we tend to try everything that is available in the market which claims to make our skin great. The most common among them is getting facials done at a salon by a beautician or an aesthetician.

Now comes the million dollar question: Are facials good for the skin? Do they actually make your skin soft and supple with long-lasting effects?

Well, yes and no!

What does a facial do?

A facial is a skin treatment done by an aesthetician that involves massaging the face with fragrant creams and lotions, giving steam to the face, extracting blackheads, exfoliating dead skin, and finally, toning the skin by using face packs. All this pampering leaves the skin rosy, soft and supple. The massaging gives a temporary plumpness to the skin, with the black heads extracted skin texture appears clean; the tightening of pores makes the skin look firm and refreshed. As a result, post-facial, for a few days, skin looks rejuvenated and beautiful. The glowing complexion is a result of stimulation with various creams. This total pampering and spending money on yourself makes you feel good and positive.

But alas! These effects are short-lived. The benefits of a facial are temporary. Many women complain of skin breaking into zits or pimples (acne) few days after a facial. Some even come home with dry reddish skin. The reasons could be:

  • The massaging creams might not be suitable for you, for example, an acne prone skin requires a non-comedogenic (oil free) moisturizer.
  • The extracting instruments might not be sterilized, allowing germs to penetrate the skin.
  • Too much exfoliating causes skin to dry and become irritated.
  • The aesthetician might be an inexperienced person.



Another lie which you are often led to believe is that facial creams smooth out wrinkles. This is far from true. There is no moisturizer manufactured whose molecules can erase wrinkles. A facial only does superficial cleansing and toning. There are other creams available, which treat wrinkles. But these have to be used only as prescribed by a dermatologist.

Opt for a facial only if you want some good massage with temporary solutions for good skin, lasting for a few days.

So, is there no answer to a woman’s skin needs? Do not get disheartened, pretty ladies! Dermatologists have a solution to our beauty prayers.

After a not so good experience with post facial acne, the dermatologist I consulted gave me options of microdermabrasion and chemical peels for long lasting effects. The good news is that these procedures are carried out by doctors, who specialize in skin and are done in a safe and sterilized environment.

Microdermabrasion:

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive and chemical free method used to exfoliate skin. A fine spray of crystals is used to remove the dead outer layer of cells revealing fresh, smooth and healthier looking skin. This treatment buffers and polishes the skin. It is also useful to remove fine lines and pigmentation.

You might have to attend a series of sessions spaced over a few weeks apart.  Depending on your skin type, the dermatologist will tell you the number of sessions required. Each sitting may take around 30 minutes. After few sessions, you will start noticing results. Results last throughout the course of treatment, and even afterwards. The cost of each sitting depends upon individual dermatologist and where they are located. However, it could cost between Rs.1000-Rs. 2500.

Chemical Peel:

A chemical peel is a medical technique in which a small amount of chemical substance is applied all over the face and neck with a brush. The chemical peels off or exfoliates superficial layer of skin. The new skin is smooth, even and glowing. There are a variety of peels with different benefits suiting various skin types.

For best results, you will be given a schedule of 3-6 peels depending on your skin type and problem areas. The procedure takes around 30 minutes. Cost varies according to the type of peel used, the place where the procedure is done and of course the popularity of the dermatologist. Roughly it might cost around Rs.1000 to Rs.5000. The results after completing a series of peel sittings are great, often lasting up to months together.

The effects of these treatments are not immediate. They are seen after a week or so. But the technology used in both these procedures make the results long lasting, gradually improving the general condition of skin and slowing down the ageing process.

A Word of Caution:

It is important that you get these procedures done only by dermatologists and not some quacks, who claim to have mastered the technique. The reason being, firstly, a skin doctor will educate you about proper precautions to be taken before and after the procedure. Secondly, in the unlikely case of a side effect, the doctor can quickly address it and find a remedy for it.

So, ladies, the result is out! If you wish for a healthy, glowing, acne free skin, which ages much slower than your neighbour’s, then talk to your dermatologist about various options and select the treatment best suitable for you.

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Fashion, Style Trends

Street Fashion trends and tips for women

Street fashion was, is and will be in vogue. There is perhaps something unlikable about street styling. If you are a die-hard fan of street fashion, then you should definitely dope on these amazing street style items and trends, cherry-picked for the fashionista in you. Here is the comprehensive list-

A single statement earring




A single statement earring: Well, this is nothing new. A number of people have tried this idea before. But the question that arises here is- are you game for this style? Yes, you! Don’t fear dissymmetry; being too symmetrical is a passé now. Flaunt a statement earring in one of the ears and simply rock the world.

Stripe it out

Stripe it out! Vertical stripe pants are a street style lovers’ favourite. Whether you team them up with slouchy tops or well-fitted shirts, you can’ simply go wrong with your looks.

Elegant blazers

Elegant blazers! If you are one of those crazy fashion lovers who want their street style items to radiate that uptown feel too, then you should definitely go for a slightly oversized blazer. With the right type and colour of top to complete the look with, you can make your blazer scream out style.

Evergreen polka dots

Evergreen polka dots: Street styling can never be complete without something polka dotted. Whether it’s a puffed shirt, a shade with thick frames, a bag or a pair of the bottom, if it’s polka dotted, it’s street ready. A pair of high waist jeans, oval framed shades, middle-parted hair and a polka dotted crop jacket are all that you need to look like a bombshell this season. Haven’t tried yet? Come on!




Fanny packs are back

Fanny packs are back! A fanny pack never really went out of fashion. But the varieties that you see today can make all earlier styles feel intimidated. Opt for a style that suits your personality best, and get set to slay.

Those ever cool berets

Those ever cool berets! If you thought berets are outmoded now, you couldn’t be more wrong. Berets are back, and they are back with a bang. With the right colour and the fabric, you are simply going to look out-of-this-world. Yes, don’t forget to flaunt your shaggy hair underneath the cool beret for that much-needed downtown look.

Net bags are the order of the day

Net bags are the order of the day! If you don’t have a net bag, you sure don’t figure in the list of craziest street style lovers. A net bag is a rage these days, and with gaudy colours, they look heavenly. The kind of casual feel net bags ooze out is, in one word, ‘matchless.’

Kitten heel mania

Kitten heel mania! Gone are the days when kitten heels were considered unfashionable, today they are the dream pair of shoes for every street style lover. For that extra dash of oomph, just pick the carmine red pair from the market.

Say yes to cowboy boots

Say ‘yes’ to cowboy boots! Cowboy boots are definitely the new in-thing, and with ankle-length jeans, they simply look bold.

It’s not always uptown elegance that rocks one’s look; sometimes that downtown flavour is also needed to tickle the fashion taste buds. If you think you can carry the latter better, then trying out these items and styles mentioned above is a must.

[Images Credit: thefashionspot.com/]

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Impress a Girl, Relationships, Understanding Women

How to impress a girl? Here are 5 essential tips

Drooling over that girl at your workplace or don’t know how to impress a girl? Or every time she looks at you, your thoughts go upside-down? Guys, guys, guys! If looking was to fetch the water, then the crow would never have gone for the pebbles meticulously. If you want to book her for life, or even for a date, you need to go beyond just drooling and make the first move. While asking her out on a date, you need to keep it optimally romantic as guys always run the risk of either being categorized as a ‘cheapo’ or brutally friend-zoned. Here’s a guide that suggests, not to take-the-pains of delivering the cliché poetic lines and sweep her off her feet with your drop-dead attitude instead.   

Yes, light does travel faster than sound! 

As the scientific theory says, light does travel faster than sound, and so does your looks. In order to impress a girl, who is not in your friends’ circle, you have to look your simple best every time you exchange glances with her. Nope, we don’t refer to the hazelnut eye-colour or the Greek’s sculpted faces. No matter how handsome you are, all of it goes futile when you are not properly groomed. An extremely eye-catching hair style and a well-shaven look atop the list in this case. And yes, do remember to smell well. Also, the well-trimmed beard is too ‘in’ these days. When coordinated with your hairstyle, girls go gaga over those with beards. 



Your etiquettes define your personality  

Pulling up a chair for her or the little gestures of respect for the elderly people and especially other women take you to the top in her good books. To a girl, you are considerably well reared up, if and only if you respect women, of course, you got to bring it to her notice. Nope, a show off doesn’t always do it for you, as far as smart girls are concerned. Try to be polite in your gestures and express your high-regard for women while you talk. Don’t miss out on the table etiquettes on your team lunches with her either for a small dose of sophistication. Be your simple self as guys who are more into show-off, seldom gets the wise nod in the long run. 

Keep it simple yet witty  

Girls are not into your heroic cool quotient these days. It is all about your sense of humour for the classy and smart girls. Your girl will be all in for you if she finds you witty enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yet again, you need to be careful with your ways and gestures because they laugh the hardest with their best friends. So, do not opt for the all-time joke-box to prevent the friend zone. The idea is to keep her occupied much interestingly with your witty one-liners and not make her laugh all the time you talk.  

A good vocabulary 

No matter what, to impress the independent and successful women, a sharp vocabulary played well with an ought-to-be correct grammar does get you the ultimate nod. Yet again, you just need not overdo it with fancy words every time, the key lies in keeping it adequate. 

Spoil her with loyalty 

Once you earn her attention, her trust is the next in queue. As most of the contemporary ladies are quite well-sufficient for themselves, diamonds and other expensive gifts of the sort are not enough to please them every time. You need to spoil her with loyalty instead of luxuries, as she can finance herself. And once you earn her trust, you can take it as more than half-way done.  

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So, get your girl at the earliest and book her for a lifetime with these essential tips. 

 

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