We share our expert advice for mommies who wish to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy skin!
Have you ever wondered why the word ‘busy’ ends up in front of the word ‘mom’ most of the time? With small kids and a hectic pace, moms do come up with effective ways to manage time but things like skin care and beauty issues take a back seat at times. Finding the time for self-maintenance can be really challenging but worry not, here are some tips that you lovely moms can follow under the supervision of a dermatologist to manage two common maternal beauty concerns– hyperpigmentation and cellulite.
Do you feel you have developed dark spots or dark patches on your skin? These may be because of a condition termed as hyperpigmentation. So, how can you get rid of hyperpigmentation?
What is Hyperpigmentation?
This condition is caused by over activity of skin cells called melanocytes resulting in increased production of melanin, the substance that gives our skin colour. Factors like sun exposure, hormones, certain illnesses and medications, genetics, chronic inflammation, allergies, heat, etc. alone or in combination lead to hyperpigmentation.
If you feel you have developed hyperpigmentation, you must consult a dermatologist as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.
PREVENTION OF HYPERPIGMENTATION
The statement “Prevention is better than cure” applies in case of hyperpigmentation to a very large extent. The tips listed below should help you combat it:
Use a good broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 everyday. Apply your sunscreen liberally 20 to 30 minutes before going out and reapply it every two hours.
Dress to protect
Lightweight, cotton clothes along with a cap, scarf or broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses act as shields from harmful UV rays.
Practice an appropriate skin care regimen
Use an antioxidant cream or serum in the morning to fight free radical damage and a cream or serum containing peptides, alpha hydroxy acids or retinol at night to gently exfoliate the skin and also help increase collagen production.
Sweep away the top layer of the skin and remove excess pigmentation by using a chemical, manual or fruit enzyme exfoliator which is effective as well as gentle on the skin, once a week.
TREATMENT OF HYPERPIGMENTATION
Your dermatologist can help you determine which treatment would best suit your needs. Options may involve the use of bleaching creams or topical skin lightening creams, clinical procedures or a change in your skin care routine and lifestyle. The best treatment however can only be determined by your dermatologist.
The clinic treatments for hyperpigmentation can be Micro-Dermabrasion, superficial chemical peels, Photofacial or IPL Therapy and some laser treatments. Deeper peels or laser peels are usually not recommended for treatment of hyperpigmentation.
Foods rich in antioxidants like berries, papaya, watermelon, tomato, soybeans, nuts, etc. are helpful in protection from UV rays. Make sure you also take vitamin and mineral supplements after consulting your doctor.
HOME REMEDIES FOR HYPERPIGMENTATION:
• Add some plain oatmeal to unflavored yogurt and apply the mixture on to the affected part of the skin. Wash the mixture off after 20 minutes with cold water. Some tomato juice could also be added to this mixture to increase its effectiveness.
• Grind five almonds and mix with 1 teaspoon of fresh cream and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this paste to the face and neck. Leave on for about fifteen minutes.
• Potato has natural bleaching properties. Cut a potato into thin slices and place them on the affected area for 20 to 30 minutes.
• Mint works wonders in lightening the skin tone and therefore, the paste of freshly ground mint leaves should be applied on to the skin for around 15 to 20 minutes, before being rinsed off.
Most of us are slaves to our cellulite. We cover it up, hide it, lie about it, hate it, and try to deny its existence! Now is the time to learn the truth about cellulite and how we can eliminate it:
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is made up of fatty deposits trapped in pockets just below the skin. As a result, the fat cells are squeezed into small bulges that give the skin that unsightly lumpy, dimpled or ‘orange peel’ look. Cellulite is typically located on thighs, buttocks and pelvic region, giving skin a cottage cheese- like appearance.
There are many causes that lead to cellulite formation, some of which are hormones, diet and lifestyle. It is primarily seen in women during their hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Cellulite also occurs when additional toxins and waste products remain in the body.
SOLUTIONS FOR CELLULITE
Under the guidance of your doctor, the following tips can help you reduce cellulite:
Diet and exercise
You need to remove as much saturated fat from your diet as possible to fight cellulite. Eliminate deep-fried food, limit your intake of processed and sugary food and avoid caffeinated/alcoholic beverages. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water to flush out toxins. Focus on specific cardiovascular and anaerobic exercises that target the cellulite area affected area.
Massage, particularly the kind that improves lymph flow, is very good for reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Many popular cellulite treatment products today include ingredients which have proven to be helpful in reducing the amount of excess fat being stored by skin tissue in those areas. While a select few topical products for cellulite can help in reducing it over a period of time, immediate results may be achieved through professional cosmetic treatments.
These treatments provide safe and effective cellulite reduction options when performed by qualified doctors. From among the non-surgical options available, the best one is the body shaping treatment. Endermologie and Laser lipolysis are two promising non invasive treatment modalities used for treating cellulite.
HOME REMEDIES FOR CELLULITE
1. Add about two cups of sea salt to warm bathwater and sit in the soothing water for at least 20 minutes.
2. Take coffee beans, grind it to a powder and mix with a hand lotion. Rub this into your cellulite affected region for 1-2 minutes a day, and then wash it off.
3. Prepare a mixture of dried thyme with small amount of grapefruit juice and corn oil and apply to your cellulite affected region.
4. Mix three parts apple cider vinegar with one part of your favorite massage oil. Gently knead this solution onto affected skin areas twice daily.