Skin care during winter

wintercare

During the sweltering summer we always tend to think that winter is better. However when the air gets cold and dry and cold winds blow across the face we tend to reverse our opinion, and wish for summer. Truth be told winter is as harsh as the summer on the skin, perhaps even more so. Follow the following tips to keep your skin as healthy as possible.

1. Avoid the sun.

There is nothing more enjoyable than to feel the warming rays of the sun on your skin when the weather is cold. However beware. The rays of the sun can cause as much tanning in winter as in the summer. So use a sunscreen while going out, and get a good vitamin D supplement.

2. Avoid cold breezes.

Since two wheelers are the mode of transport for the majority, we tend to expose ourselves to the cold breeze. This accelerates dehydration of the skin as well as stimulates tanning. Wear a helmet with face cover or cover the face with your shawl, muffler or duppatta.

3. Moisturize well and often.

Slather moisturizers such a Venusia Max and Nivea repeatedly. If you get any areas of stubbornly dry or cracking skin try to use a urea containing moisturizer. For cracked heels, use a pumice stone to ex-foliate and apply moisturizer. If the cracking persists you may need a prescription medication containing glycolic or salicylic acid.

4. Avoid soap and use a soap free cleanser.

Soap free cleansers like Cetaphil  which do not remove much moisture are better than harsh soaps.

5. Use facial and body scrubs judiciously.

They help the mostuirizers to penetrate the skin better. Use about once a week.

6. Follow a good bath protocol.

Use a pre-bath oil such as good old coconut oil, use lukewarm water, use a gentile soap such as Dove, keep showers short and luke warm, pat dry and use a moisturizer or baby oil while skin is still damp.

7. Use a humidifier.

The typical humidity in hyderabad in winter can go down to 20%, while the optimum is around 50%. Even in late October you can feel the effects in the form of cracked lips and drying of the nose. A cost effective way to increase humidity is to keep house hold plants, soaking towels in water and allow them to dry indoors, and keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open where possible. For a more sophisticated option there are evaporative humidifiers available in the major electronic goods store such as Chroma. However I would suggest buying an ultrasonic humidifier, as it uses less energy and can also be used in dry summers without heating up the air.

8. What about clothes?

Use good quality natural fibers for clothing especially use cotton clothes next to the skin.

9. Drink plenty of water(1.5 to 2 liters in a day) which you may not be drinking because of the cold weather, eat healthy food with lots of vegetables, get your omega threes(plenty of fish are usually available this season)

Healthy Recipe Avocado Chutney

Avocado

Avocados are an unusual fruit which appear now and then in our Indian markets. They are usually imported and thus costly. However with more farmers starting to cultivate them in India, hopefully the prices with reduce.

They contain a fair bit of fat(23%), which is predominantly of the monounsaturated variety(Healthy Fat). They are don’t contain cholesterol and are rich in potassium and carotenoids. I consider it one of skin friendly foods.

They have a unique, rich texture and flavour.

Recipe:
Mash Avocado pulp. Add diced tomatoes, diced onions, some salt, thinly cut green chillies and mix. Add some lemon/lime juice to taste while mixing.
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Make tadka with olive oil. Heat oil and add spices(garlic, Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, Split Urad dhal and toor dhal. If you like add some nuts such as walnuts or cashews.

Mix Tadka in the mashed avocado mixture.
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Eat with rice, or rotis.

Protect your skin from pollution

Pollution is the buzzword in skincare for 2016, thanks to new research into exactly what it does to your skin. It’s not all doom and smoggy gloom though, as it’s easy to protect yourself with the latest air defences.

So, why is everyone talking about pollution?
Clearly nobody ever thought dirty air was great for skin, but now we know exactly why it can add years on to you. A quick science fact — air pollution is made up of particles that love latching onto your skin. Some bind to the fats in your skin, while others are tiny enough to slip in through your pores.

How bad can it be?
Very. First of all, pollution attacks the skin barrier; so your first line of defence is breached. Moisture drains away and skin gets dry and rough. A weakened barrier also leaves you wide open to skin allergies, so you can suddenly react to products you’ve been using for many years.

Is pollution going to make me look old?
I’m afraid it is. Pollutant particles trigger free radicals, which cause the same sort of ageing that too much sun can lead to. It’s not just a case of early onset wrinkles either. Pigmented spots in the forehead and cheeks which were thought to be caused only by sun exposure can also be caused by pollution.

I don’t live in Delhi. So I’m okay, right?
Obviously the more polluted the air you breathe, the greater the ill effects. However, research shows 90 per cent of people living in built-up areas are breathing polluted air. It doesn’t just come from gridlocked traffic or factory fumes either. For instance, cigarette smoke (including the passive variety) is packed with pollutant particles. Plus, research is now looking at indoor sources of air pollution, from stoves and fireplaces to foam insulation and even computer printers!

Sun and smog — double trouble
SPF itself won’t protect you from pollution, but skipping it will make the UV damage worse. Why? Well, UV and air toxins work as a team, which means a combination of sun exposure and polluted air caused more damage than the two individually. Therefore put on a sunscreen even in cold months.

How can you protect yourself?

1. Cleanse
Step one has to be shifting pollutant particles that sit on your skin’s surface or lodge in follicles. Deep cleansing removes more dirt than just washing.

2. Exfoliate
Getting rid of the dead, dulling, polluted cells on your skin surface is another must. Go for a product that’s gentle enough to use at least three times a week.

3. Treat
We’ve moved beyond the cliche of a mud pack and cucumber slices — high-tech masks are huge for 2016. Defending masques not only boost the skin barrier while it’s on the face, but also blocks receptors that pollutants normally lock onto in between treatments.

4. Antioxidants
Anti-oxidants are vital for neutralising the free radicles unleashed by pollution. Wear a day cream packed with antioxidant vitamins, and add in a vitamin C serum. As well as being a potent antioxidant, it helps curb and even reverse age spots triggered by pollution. Antioxidant oral suppliments will also protect your skin as well as improve your general health.

5. Block it
Foundation blocks the amount of pollutant particles that can latch on and penetrate into your skin.

Hair Transplantation

Posted on 23 April, 2015  in FAQs, Hair

A head full of hair is an ideal for men, and many are disappointed when their hair starts thinning and fall out. Few are blessed with hair resistant to balding, while most notice balding in their mid forties. However in our clinic we do see many young men in their early twenties who have lost their hair even before marriage.

When detected early baldness can be delayed to a great extent with multiple new therapies such as stem cell therapy, Platelet rich plasma, minoxidil and oral medications. However most of the time people regret what is already lost. To them hair transplantation is a an effective remedy for their baldness.

1. What are the causes of baldness?

In most of the cases baldness is genetic. It can be inherited either from father or mother side and can skip a generation. Other causes can be poor nutrition, stress, hormonal imbalances, scarring and other scalp diseases.

2.Can baldness be prevented?

Yes. If detected early, medications can preserve the hair and prevent baldness.

3. What is treatment for baldness?

Hair Transplant Surgery is an effective treatment for baldness where growing hair is transplanted from one area of the body to another. Great technological advancements, research and instrumentation have allowed individual follicles to be transplanted.

4. Will there be a scar?

Previous methods of transplantation involved cutting a strip of hair from the back of the head and cutting out of individual follicles before implantation. This technique is called as follicular unit transplantation(FUT), and resulted in a scar in the back of the head. In the latest method we employ called Follicular unit extraction the same is not required as the follicles are individually extracted.

5. Will the transplanted hair fall off?

You may have noticed that most guys get balled in the front and top of the head and the last to fall out are the hairs in the back of the head. This is because the hair in the back of the head are naturally resistant to baldness. When the same are transplanted to the bald areas they retain this resistance to baldness and thus last a very long time.

6.   Can it be used for thinning hair?

Yes. Transplantation can be done within areas of thinning hair to restore the hair density. Medicines will be prescribed to make even the existing thinning hair recover their density so that maximal density of hair can be achieved.

7. How do you prevent existing hair from falling?

By using PRP therapy, and stem cell stimulating factors. along with oral medication and lotions.

8. What is the procedure like?

It takes about 6 – 8hours time, and is done in our operation theater, under local anesthesia,  to numb areas being treated, under strict aseptic precautions. You will be required to change positions few times to access different areas of the scalp. No admission is required. Dressing done is minimal. Snacks tea and coffee are served intermittently.  You can drive back home.

6. Is it painful ?

The entire surgery is done under local anaesthesia. No pain will be felt through out the procedure. Medicines given for pain and swelling will take care of any discomfort after the procedure.

7. What about privacy?

We respect the privacy of all our patients. We do not post any pictures of you on our site, even with eyes covered etc, unless you expressly allow us to do in writing.

11.Any extra care to be taken for the transplanted hair?

In the immediate aftermath you will have to treat the scalp delicately to prevent the grafts from being pulled out. however one healing is complete, you can treat your hair just as you do now. You are however encouraged to maintain the hair properly as we will advise.

12. Would there be any side effects ?

No side effects are known from this surgery. Minimal swelling may be seen which will subside with medicines. No long term complications.

13. Does baldness occur in women? What is the treatment ?

Baldness can occur in women. While there is a genetic component, many ladies have other medical problems resulting in hair fall. So we encourage medical investigations and treatment in women. However if necessary hair transplantation can be done as a last resort.

15. What are the other areas where hair can be harvested ?

Hair can be technically harvested and transplanted anywhere on the body.

16. Results:

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