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Heat Blisters: Natural Remedies to treat them April 11 2016

By Dr. Roma Thadani
Natural Beauty & Wellness Expert
B.H.M.S., Certified Cosmetic Formulator (London, U.K.), 
Founder & CEO, SPLURGE 

Heat rashes usually occur when the sweat glands under the skin are blocked and the sweat is unable to reach the surface of the skin to evaporate. This causes inflammation that results in a rashes which are referred to as blisters. Since these rashes tend to give that prickly itchy feeling, they are sometimes also called prickly heat.

Usually these blisters are mild and are filled with a transparent fluid or serum. In some cases, they may get infected and get filled with pus and blood. The surrounding area becomes red, itchy, inflamed and sensitive to touch. In rare cases, they affect much deeper layers of the skin and fever and chills may accompany.

These rashes can heal on their own over a period of time, by avoiding heat exposure and cooling the skin. But if the symptoms become worse or last longer, one must see a doctor for necessary care.

Below are the top five, simple home remedies to give you instant relief for these rashes:

  1. Wash the blisters:

    Clean the affected area with cold saline water or apple cider vinegar to rinse away the bacteria in the affected area so that the blisters do not get infected.

  1. Cool your body:

    Avoid excessive heat exposure for the body to cool down. Drink enough water and juices to replenish your body. Increase fruits in your diet since they are a good source of vitamins, minerals and water, which will also boost your immunity.

  1. Apply soothing pastes on the blisters:

  • Aloe-vera gel: Natural aloe-vera gel can be very calming to the blisters.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Blend tea tree oil with sweet almond oil / olive oil, in 1:4 ratio and apply on the affected area with a cotton ball. This will reduce the redness, will give an antiseptic coverage and will promote healing of the blister.

  • Whole milk/Yogurt: Dab a cotton ball in cold whole milk/yogurt and apply on the blister. This works wonders to reduce the tingling prickly burning sensation and to reduce the redness.

  • Tea bags (green/black): Seep the tea bags in boiling water for a minute, remove the bag and let it cool down. Place it on the blister for some time for relief in symptoms.

  • Licorice: Make a thick paste with licorice root powder and water and apply on the affected area. You can repeat this 3-4 times a day. Licorice is antiviral in nature, is soothing on the skin and promotes healing.

  1. During summers, take frequent cold showers, use a mild soap gentle on your skin and wear light fabrics or loose-fitted clothes that allow the skin to breathe. 

  1. Use Sunscreen:

    Apply sunscreen to clean and dry skin about 20 to 30 minutes before leaving home. Choose a sunscreen that has SPF 15 or higher. Reapply every 2-3 hours.

Do not puncture/pop or irritate the blisters. Use natural and safe remedies so they can heal better and if they keep worsening, seek immediate medical help. Blisters are also caused due to reasons other than heat, like cold sores or due to herpes simplex virus. Hence it is always better to consult a physician who can diagnose your condition and give you a solution to treat it appropriately.

Remember that blisters are a way of telling you that your skin is reacting to something not right and that it needs more care and attention.

Treat it well, treat it right, naturally.

Stay blessed.

Love,
Roma


Hair-Care: Expectations Vs. Reality! March 11 2016

By Dr. Roma Thadani
Natural Beauty & Wellness Expert
B.H.M.S., Certified Cosmetic Formulator (London, U.K.), 
Founder & CEO, SPLURGE 

“Smooth, silky, thick, black long hair”, each one of us desires to have this exact kind of hair. Well, you cannot blame yourself for having such expectations, it’s mostly due to the advertisements the hair care brands do to promote their product. Let’s face it, we are all different in our own ways, we look different, are born with a different genetic code, in different geographies, have different lifestyles and eat different foods. We all have different kind of hair, variations could be in the color of your hair, texture, density, length, strength, volume and appearance. All of these are very unique to each of our personalities. However, what is of utmost importance is having healthy and well-nourished hair.

Below are some factors that influence the health of your hair. Make sure to follow these simple guidelines and see how you can transform your hair and revitalize them.

  1. Texture of your hair:
    Your texture is usually the one that you inherit from your genes. However, excessive use of chemical dyes, hair treatments, heat-rollers and chemical sprays can damage the outer layer of your hair by stripping away its nutrients. This results in your hair becoming dry, brittle and unmanageable. It may have split-ends or may even break in between.

Suggestion: Reduce the use of chemicals and heat-rollers/iron on your hair. Embrace your natural texture, maybe learn to style them differently.

  1. Density, length and volume of your hair:
    While some people genetically have thin hair strands, some may notice that they were originally born with thick hair and gradually over a period of time, their hair starts thinning out. Such change is common due to various factors like hormonal imbalance, long-term deficiency of iron and essential vitamins and minerals, stress, low water intake or chronic illness. It essentially means that your hair roots are not getting the required amount of nourishment they need to stay healthy; because of which your individual hair strands become thinner, resulting in overall reduction of volume.

Suggestion: Improve your diet to be rich in vitamins and minerals, increase your water intake and try to control your stress levels. If you have a hormonal imbalance or a chronic illness, seek professional help to solve it and in turn, your hair will start to regain its health.

  1. Length of your hair:
    The length of your hair is directly proportional to the health of your hair. The average rate at which our hair grows is about 0.5 inches a month or 6 inches a year. You can’t really fight that and expect 6 inches of hair growth in a month! We need to be realistic, patient and determined. A holistic approach is going to give you better results than temporary fixes.

Suggestion: Be patient. Be persistent with good eating healthy eating habits, nothing changes overnight. You will gradually see your body and your health state transform!

Like I quote, “Your skin and hair are always a reflection of the health state inside your body.” Be wise, eat right, stay positive, always do things that make you happy and above all, accept and love yourself, unconditionally, if you don’t, nobody else will too!

SHINE, inside out!

 

Love,
Roma


How to choose the right products for your skin? February 11 2016

By Dr. Roma Thadani
Natural Beauty & Wellness Expert
B.H.M.S., Certified Cosmetic Formulator (London, U.K.), 

Founder & CEO, SPLURGE 

Choosing right skin-care is very essential. While some people may want to maintain the beautiful radiant skin they inherit, others may want to resolve their skin issues to make it better. Either ways, a holistic approach is very important. Radiant smooth skin doesn’t happen overnight. Our lifestyle, our mindset and dietary habits, along with the use of right products, help attain and maintain a healthy glow, inside out.

While the process is very simple, it can take a while till you start making this a way of life. Below are few pointers you can start taking towards caring for your skin:

  1. Analyze your skin type:

    Understand whether your skin is normal / oily / dry / or combination type. Keep in mind your age. Young skin may need moderate care, whereas if you’re above 30yrs of age, you must start using specific kind of products, ones that nourish thoroughly to repair your skin thus delaying the process of ageing.

  1. Learn to understand what your skin is telling you:

    Some products may blend in smoothly, while your skin may react to some. Pimples, pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, excessive oiliness, clogged pores or just maintenance for normal skin – know your concern.

  1. Address and act accordingly:

    Seek help from a professional skin-care expert / dermatologist / aesthetician if you need to do so. If you know your skin concern and have learnt to deal with it, persevere.

  1. Use products best suited for your skin type:

    Read what’s on the label of product, always. Make it a habit. If you have a sensitive skin, you could consider hypo-allergenic products. If you have oily skin, choose lotions that are water-based and light, use make-up which is powder-based over oily creams so your pores don’t clog. If you have dry skin, use rich moisturizing creams or butters especially at night before going to sleep, so that they absorb well and skin is thoroughly replenished. If you have mature skin or have started to get fine lines/wrinkles, start using products rich in anti-oxidants (to delay the ageing process), retinoids (to accelerate skin repair), oils like grapeseed oil, walnut oil, rosehip oil, almond oil & alike (to improve elasticity of skin) & so on.

One should never underestimate the importance of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Regular exfoliation and thorough moisturizing are very vital to your skin health.

You should know that whatever you apply on your skin, 60-70% of it is absorbed and enters your system. Hence choosing the right kind of product becomes pivotal. It’s always better to opt for natural/organic products over synthetic chemical-laden products. They’re not only a safe choice for your skin but also for the environment. You may not get results overnight but you know that in the long term, your radiance is here to stay.

  1. Improve your diet:

    The food you eat can either make you healthy or make you sick. You make the choice. Diet very rich in sugars and fats, junk food or white breads can slow your metabolism and hamper your digestion. Try to include at least 2-4 portions of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Eat whole raw fruits over sweetened canned fruit juices. A good digestive system, food rich in the right nutrients and a balanced diet, give your skin a natural glow.

  1. Hydrate yourself enough:

    Drink enough water so that your cells restore and your skin looks moisturized and hydrated. Drinking about 10-12 glasses of water each day can work wonders for your skin.

  1. Exercise:

    Work out or indulge yourself in a sport of your choice, choose any but make sure to get your body moving. Working out releases the good hormones called endorphins. These are confidence boosters, making you feel good about your body and yourself.

  1. Lastly, get your beauty sleep! There’s a reason it is called so, because when you sleep, your muscles relax, your skin repairs and everything positively influences your cognitive ability, reasoning and mood, so you wake up feeling refreshed, recharged and rejuvenated.

Experiment moderately but sensibly. Make sure to be disciplined about your health and well-being. Because, I quote, “Your skin is always a reflection of your health inside”.

Glow naturally, inside out!

#SplurgeOn

Love,
Roma


Importance of following the right Skin-care Routine January 08 2016

By Dr. Roma Thadani
Natural Beauty & Wellness Expert
B.H.M.S., Certified Cosmetic Formulator (London, U.K.), 
Founder & CEO, SPLURGE 

With so many products available in the market today, it’s pretty confusing to decide on products good for your skin-type. The right skin care routine will augment the health of your skin, keep your pores unclogged, bring up a natural glow to your face and keep acne or pore-bumps at bay. Below is a basic step-wise guideline to maintain and enhance the beauty of your skin:

  1. The first step in making your own skincare routine is to identify your skin-type. Your skin-type varies with the amount of sebum secreted by your skin, by which it can be categorized as: Dry skin – constant dry skin which needs external moisture to keep it supple, Oily skin – excess secretion of sebum on the face which if not regularly cleansed gives rise to clogged pores and acne; and Combination skin – wherein the T-zone of the face is oily and cheeks remain dry.

  1. Pick the right products. Always read what’s on the label. If you can relate with the information written on it, know that the ingredients mentioned on it are safe to use, pick it up. When in doubt, pause, read about the product and its ingredients and then buy. Today we have a lot of beauty bloggers reviewing products and immense information available online. Do your bit of research about the product and its ingredients and then make that purchase. 

  1. No matter what your skin-type, your skin needs to be properly cleaned, thoroughly moisturized and appropriately repaired.

 

Cleanse:

Almost like a mandate, you need to wash your face in the morning and before going to bed. Each time you return home from outdoors, you need to wash your face thoroughly to cleanse it off the sweat and pollutants. Use a mild face wash which cleanses your skin well, but doesn’t extract the moisture on your skin making it look dry and pale.
It’s important to exfoliate your skin regularly for at least about 2 times a week. Use natural, gentle exfoliants than harsh granules and chemicals to peel off your skin. Almond powder, ground oats, sugar, rice husks, neem powder, sandalwood, rice powder, salt, cinnamon, seed powders etc make excellent natural, mild exfoliants. Make your own blend by mixing these base scrubs with milk, water, honey, yogurt, oils or any, which suit your skin the best.


Moisturize:

Dry skin usually need products rich in moisture and slightly heavy on natural oils and butters, which help them replenish the suppleness of their skin. Oily skin needs to be moisturized too, but would need products which are water-based, non-irritants and mild.
Natural oils do a great job of moisturizing your skin perfectly. Oils like sweet almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil are power-packed with such beautiful ingredients which blend with the elements present in sebum secreted by our skin and are absorbed easily. If used rightly, you can be assured of using the right products which are not only natural in their purest forms, but are also completely devoid of harmful chemicals which in turn will aggravate your skin-issues. 

Repair:

Maintaining youthful skin is a desire we all have. We constantly strive towards it. The only trick is to find a way to do it right, and pursue! Once you have understood your skin-type and factors affecting it, you will be able to sort your main issues.
If you have acne and inflammation, use products that unclog, soothe and moisturize just right. An SPF lotion (water-based) is a must.
If you have open pores, use products to firm your skin and tighten pores. Also make sure to use products with anti-microbial properties to keep bacteria at bay since chances of open pores getting clogged are higher.
If you have wrinkles, use products which are rich in Vit.A, Vit.C, Vit.E, have anti-ageing properties and are rich in anti-oxidants. Make sure to thoroughly moisturize your skin since dry skin can have visible wrinkles sooner than oily skin.
No matter what your skin-type, using Sunscreen regularly is a must.

Maintain:

Beautiful, spotless, glowing skin is not a quick fix but a way of life.
“Your skin is a reflection of your body state inside”. Listen to what it’s trying to tell you.
1. Keep yourself hydrated. Drink about 10-12 glasses of water a day.
2. Have two servings of fresh raw fruits and vegetables a day.
3. Avoid chocolates, heavy fats, junk food and excess sugars.
4. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and sweat it out.
5. De-stress by involving yourself in an activity/hobby of your choice and practice every day.

Above all, love, care and share to the fullest! The happiness you feel inside will reflect on the outside!

Stay happy …stay Beautiful!

#SplurgeOn!