Skin – HTV https://htv.com.pk Tue, 11 May 2021 08:59:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Want Radiant Skin? Try This Super Simple Routine! https://htv.com.pk/beauty/want-radiant-skin-try-super-simple-routine Sun, 01 Nov 2020 11:50:43 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=14925

We all want fresh, dewy skin that stands out in a crowd. Pimples, blemishes, and scars are all our worst enemies.

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We all want fresh, dewy skin that stands out in a crowd. Pimples, blemishes, and scars are all our worst enemies. We all also desire to look beautiful and spot-free without makeup. Let’s admit it, it becomes bit of a hassle wearing makeup every single day. But still, the desire for a radiant and fresh skin stays there. But what can be done to achieve that desirable skin? I’ve rounded up few tips for a refreshing and  flawless skin.

Relax for a Healthy Skin

The first step to naturally glamorous skin is to not stress yourself out over your skin, or anything for that matter. Stress is known to increase oil secretion on your face, resulting in clogged pores and acne. One of the healthiest ways to de-stress your mind and body is meditation.

  1. Lie down on your bed with your hands on either side and close your eyes.
  2. Thinking about nothing, and any thoughts dare come your way, shut them out.
  3. Keep doing it until you feel like you’re slipping into a subconscious state.
  4. Continue this for about 20 to 30 minutes in the middle of your day or whenever you get time.

With these steps towards de-stressing your mind, come un-avoidable effects on your skin as well. Always remember, healthy mind leads to a healthy body, and a healthy body can get you a healthy skin.

Drink Lots Of Water and Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Start your day with a glass or two of room-temperature water; not too cold and not too warm. Drink a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Why? It’s pretty simple. By drinking ample quantity of water, you excrete many harmful toxins from the body that also hurt the quality of your skin. Also, did you know that your skin is the last organ of the body to receive whatever supply of water you choose to give to it?

That’s why even when sometimes you think you’re drinking enough water, but are noticing frequent bouts of oiliness on your skin, know that it may not be enough for you. In some similar cases, just increasing the intake of water can solve your issue.

Water makes your skin look radiant, fresh, helps recover the dark under-eye circles and fill gaps between wrinkles.

Keep Oily Foods To A Minimum

Oily foods such as chips and crisps and junk food loaded with cheese and mayo should all be the last of your meal options if you are hell-bent on naturally improving the quality of your skin.

What should you eat instead? Eat healthy green vegetables, eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fruits loaded with Vitamin C! All of these contain variety of minerals and nutrients such as Vitamins (A, B, C, K), minerals such as iron, potassium and magnesium. These greatly contribute to a fresher-looking and a more radiant face, since they work towards cleansing your mind, ultimately reflecting on your face.

Try Coconut Oil

Virgin oil is known for its contribution towards a healthier-looking skin. It has amazing anti-oxidant properties that help fight free radicals in the skin. It also helps even your skin tone giving a subtle glow and improving the texture of your skin. Besides that, it also has healing properties on the skin.

Never Miss Out On Beauty Sleep

When you sleep, you let your body rejuvenate and grow. When you do not get enough sleep, the process remains hindered and incomplete inevitably showing on your skin as blemishes, acne, and large pores.

Always try to take a nap in the afternoon, even if it is for only 30 to 40 minutes, and get a sound sleep of 7 to 9 hours in the night.

 

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As a woman or man, care for your skin https://htv.com.pk/health/as-a-woman-or-man-care-for-your-skin Wed, 27 May 2020 13:23:09 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=12166

As adolescents hit puberty, they start noticing changes in their skin. Hardly any people are lucky enough to not have witnessed either oily skin, break outs, dryness, freckles and clogged pores.

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As adolescents hit puberty, they start noticing changes in their skin. Hardly any people are lucky enough to not have witnessed either oily skin, break outs, dryness, freckles and clogged pores.

It takes you all life to figure out how to care for your skin.

Some blame the weather while others blame their hormones or beauty products they use for their acne and bad skin condition. Regardless, it is a problem faced by males and females together. Acne is difficult to cure and tackle because different people get acne for different reasons.

Bacteria accumulating on your skin and in your pores are the direct cause of pus filled pimples with an added effect of sebum, an oily secretion produced by your glands. The control of sebum production is under sex hormones. Therefore, hormonal imbalance and unhygienic skin condition are the main causes of acne.

Whatever skin problems one faces and to whichever race they belong, everyone wants perfect skin. Although no one can promise you a perfect skin, following a proper skin care routine may prevent and improve your issues.

Depending on your skin type, you should follow a skin care routine and pick the products you use carefully. The order in which you use them and when you apply them will affect the result, so that should be taken care of too.

While many assume that skin care products are only used by women, men who are acne prone or develop acne from stress can benefit from this type of skin care regime.

The essential and basic skin care routine includes:

Step 1: Cleansing

Solely rinsing your face with water doesn’t clean it properly. A cleanser is supposed to clean up impurities, oil and debris from your skin. Pick a gentle water soluble cleanser for a clean face to get ready for the next step of your skin care routine. After cleansing you should expect your skin to feel cleaner, healthy and smooth. If your skin is acne and scar prone, pick a cleanser with kojic acid and salicylic acid for acne treatment.

Step 2: Toning

After cleansing, dab on a ball of cotton soaked in some toner. This removes the last traces of makeup stuck to your pores and further smoothes and calms your skin. A good quality toner will add on vital skin repairing ingredients after cleansing. If your cleanser contains acne treatment, then toner helps soothe redness and dryness that the cleanser might cause. Toner replenishes and hydrates the skin for a smoother look and glow. Daily use of a good cleanser will reduce your acne, spots, and dryness, and help it function in a healthier way.

Step 3: Exfoliation

Once you’re done with toning your skin, the next step is to exfoliate your skin with a scrub with fruit extracts. Scrubs can often be harsh for your skin, so pick one that can be used daily, otherwise it might worsen acne. When you go out in the sun your skin thickens as a mechanism to protect you from too much sun. This adds to oil and debris already on your skin and can complicate acne and other skin problems. Exfoliation eliminates this build up and reveals new and fresh skin. The dead cells shed off and your skin feels rejuvenated. Exfoliation unclog pores, improves redness, black heads and breakouts. A collagen rich exfoliant is best of aging skin.

Since the skin of men is harder and rougher, the use of toner is not needed. However, if you are a man, don’t be afraid to cleanse and exfoliate your skin using products specifically for men.

After this basic regimen you might want to moisturize your skin or it can be followed by your acne, skin lightening or anti aging treatment. If you have any of these problems and are looking for a solution do not pick just any treatment. Ask your dermatologist to refer to you the best treatment for your skin type.

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Shingles https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/shingles https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/shingles#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:52:25 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=38235

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Overview

It is a viral infection, triggered by the Varicella-Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After the chickenpox subsides, the virus becomes inactive and stays in the ganglia (collection of nervous tissue). The inactive virus can reactivate years later and cause shingles.

Causes

The exact cause of shingles is unknown, but it is thought that the inactive virus becomes reactivated when the patient’s immune system becomes weak as a result of old age or fighting off infections.

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms are usually experienced in a specific region on one side of the body, some of them are:

  • Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Red, painful rash
  • Fluid-filled blisters
  • Itching
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

Diagnosis

The diagnosis is primarily clinical, made by history and physical examination. For confirmation, a scraping of the blisters for examination in the laboratory may also be taken.

Treatment

The treatment of shingles is done with antivirals. The following antiviral drugs are used most commonly:

  • Acyclovir
  • Ganciclovir

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Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma) https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/skin-cancer-non-melanoma https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/skin-cancer-non-melanoma#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 11:35:28 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=38196

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Overview

Non-melanoma skin cancer refers to any cancer of the skin, which is not a melanoma. The two major types of non-melanoma skin cancers are:

  1. Basal cell carcinoma
  2. Squamous cell carcinoma

Causes

Melanomas usually develop because of the following reasons and risk factors:

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancers can be listed as the following:

  • An open sore that persists for weeks
  • An exposed sore that bleeds, crusts or oozes, and stays open for numerous weeks
  • A reddish, elevated or irritated patch that may crust or itch, but rarely hurts
  • A shiny pink, red, pearly white, or translucent bump
  • A pink enlargement with an elevated border and crusted central indentation
  • A scar-like, yellow, white, or waxy area, often with a loosely defined border
  • An exposed sore that bleeds, oozes, or crusts and remains open for several weeks
  • A wart-like growth
  • A raised enlargement with a rough surface and a central depression

Diagnosis

Some of the following biopsy techniques are used to diagnose nonmelanoma skin cancer:

  • Punch biopsy
  • Incisional biopsy
  • Excisional biopsy

Treatment

Treatment is subjected to the stage of the disease. The following are all part of the cancer treatment plan, used in combination:

  • Surgery
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Biological therapy

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Poison Ivy https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/poison-ivy https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/poison-ivy#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:44:09 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=38068

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Overview

Poison ivy is a plant, which comprises of an oily resin in its leaves and stems. The oily resin is called Urushiol. Urushiol is responsible for the production of a characteristic rash that manifests when a person’s skin comes in contact with poison ivy plant. This is an allergic reaction.

Causes

The rash is triggered by coming into contact with the urushiol in the poison ivy plant. That contact can occur by the following methods:

  • Brushing against a leaf while walking
  • Urushiol coming into contact with clothes or objects that later come into contact with your body
  • Inhalation of smoke coming from burning the plant
  • Directly touching the plant, ignorantly

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms that are associated with a poison ivy rash are:

  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Breathing difficulty (if smoke from burning poison ivy has been inhaled)

Diagnosis

No testing is needed, as the rash can be identified by a doctor just by looking at it.

If the rash is small, not much is done as it is self-limiting and goes away in 2-3 weeks. However; if the rash is widespread, leading to excessive blister formation, oral corticosteroids (Prednisolone) may be taken to limit the rash.

Treatment

Antibiotics are prescribed to prevent infection of the rash.

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