In life and in skin it’s better to take precautions than repent later. For many times, damage cannot be reversed. Lack of knowledge may propel us to do certain things which may cause permanent damage. Going by the popular adage prevention is better than cure lets have the quick review of the common practices which should be avoided to prevent irreversible damage to skin and hair.

  1. Throw those fairness creams: Have you ever seen a single person getting fair with fairness creams? Still these Multinational companies manage to do business worth crores. They ploy the desire of Indians to look fair. Don’t fall for their marketing gimmicks.

Remember the fact that nobody, just nobody can become fairer than the color their genes have decided for them. Disadvantage of grabbing a fairness cream is you never what it contains. Many contain steroids. Now steroids might give you initial fairness, but on long term use (as in three to four months of continuous use only) would start showing its darker side on your skin. It may lead to skin thinning, skin darkening; pimples flare up, thin visible blood vessels etc. And once these changes appear it’s very difficult to reverse them.  At least,  not without spending a bomb on lasers.

Apart from steroids they may contain other harmful elements. The study for Science and Environment ‘s  pollution monitoring lab has found mercury in 44 percent of all the fairness creams . Presence of mercury in cosmetics is completely illegal and unlawful. Mercury is neurotoxin and may damage kidneys and lead to skin discoloration.

Aroma magic fair lotion, a product of Blossom Kocher Beauty Pvt. Ltd.  Has the highest mercury level at 1.97ppm, followed by Olay natural white (1.79 ppm) , a product of Procter and gamble, India and Ponds White Beauty (1.36 ppm) of Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

Instead what one should target at is removing years of tan which one has accumulated over the years due to sun exposure. You must be shades darker now than what you were when born. So consult a dermatologist who would guide you how and what creams lasers and peels can help de tan you.

  • Never usehair removal creams: Hair removal creams are very strong chemicals whichwork by denaturing proteins. Thus, these creams have very high potency ofcausing skin darkening. They may cause darkening even after first use. Thusswitch to other measures of Hair removal.
  • Never use razor where you don’t have hair or have very soft hair: In case you use razor at areas where there are hardly any hair, hair over that region might start growing thicker. Thus, restrict use of razor only to thick hairy skin regions. Never touch very thin baby hair , else they would turn thicker. It’s called paradoxical stimulation.
Never raze off or wax baby hair on face , else they would turn thicker. Just bleach them. 

Thick hair can be safely waxed or razed off without fear of paradoxical stimulation. 

  • Never use Loofah every single day: Loofah gives micro injury to skin, which if delivered every day may lead to permanent skin darkening after long time. Thus, restrict its use to remove dead skin at once a week frequency. Daily use can lead to skin darkening called amyloidsosis. And there is no treatment for that. 
Amyloidosis : Skin Darkening caused due to daily application of Loofah. 

  • Never use SLS containing soaps: Commonly used soaps like: Lux, Lifeboy etc.contains a chemical called SLS. Using it is equivalent to using a harsh detergent on your soft skin every day. It’s bound to damage skin barrier and leave it prone to eczema and skin allergy. Thus, switch to SLS free soaps like:Dove etc.
  • Neverkeep laptop on your lap directly: Always keep a barrier in form of pillowor wooden table in between laptop and legs. Direct heat from laptop delivered to skin can lead topermanent dilatation of blood vessels underneath. This condition is calledErythma Eb Igne. Though harmless otherwise, it doesn’t look cosmeticallyappealing.   
Eythema Eb Igne : Side Effect of directly keeping the laptop on laps.
  • Never get laser from saloons: One should approach only and only dermatologist who has complete knowledge of complex laser physics and it’s interaction with skin of various colors. Never from saloons, spas, Ayurvedic or homeopathic doctors who have no knowledge of skin and lasers. And majority of time they use cheap Chinese laser instead of US FDA approved lasers.   
  • Never burst an acne: Else it would surely leave a scar.
  • Never use Betnovate / Panderm / Quardiderm without dermatologist advice: These are steroid based creams which can permanently damage skin in form of skin thinning,causing hair growth, pimple, stretch marks etc. at the region applied.
Side Effects of Steroid Application : Skin Darkening 
  1. Avoid very frequent steaming of face: Frequent steaming of face can lead to open pores.
  1. Avoid lip licking: Frequent lip licking done inadvertently, leads to drying of lips and its darkening.

  1. Avoid leaving oil on hair and scalp: oiling hair is a very good practice to get healthy hair. Apply oil half an hour before head wash, massage it , whatever soaps into hair root is beneficial for hair ,hats left over the scalp and hair just attracts pollution and dust , damaging the hair. Thus, never leave oil after washing hair, apply it half an hour before bathing and wash it off with good shampoo.
  1. Avoid cutting nail too deep at edges: Cutting at the side edges of the nail may cause to penetrate deep into skin and thus causing a painful condition called ingrown toe nails. Cut them straight at edges.

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We all want or shall I say crave for a glowing skin. Let’s first understand what brings a skin glow and the mechanism to get it?

Any surface which reflects light smoothly or coherently would appear shiny. In contrast a surface which reflects light haphazardly in different directions, would appear dull and non shiny.

Thus, to get a skin glow first requirement is a smooth surface. Smoother the surface, better the glow. How do we make our skin smooth? 

Superficial layer of skin is dead and uneven. This needs to be exfoliated to get a smoother surface.

Best way to exfoliate it is by peel off peels. A medicine is applied on your skin, so that skin visibly peels off after few days. Thus, leaving a smooth skin behind.

Either retinoid or TCA based peels are applied. They can be dangerous if not applied properly. Consulting a good dermatologist is recommended.

Secondly, any dehydrated surface is uneven .Any surface which absorbs water gets smoothened out. One can understand this with the analogy of comparing dehydrated skin with a raisin and a well hydrated skin with a fresh grape.

Our next target to get a glowing skin to increase the water content in skin. What retains water in skin?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance present in skin which absorbs 10,000 times more water. Thus, responsible for keeping skin hydrated.

People which naturally glowing skin have high amount of hyaluronic acid in their skin.  On the other hand, people with dry skin have lesser amount of same in their skin, making it look dull and lusterless.

How to increase hyaluronic acid content in skin? Hyaluronic acid 2mg/ml can be infused inside skin with the help of a dermaroller.

Derma roller is a hand held device which when rubbed over skin in to and fro moment creates micro channels in skin. After which skin glow serums are rubbed over skin. They penetrate deep inside skin through these channels.  Post penetration, it remains there for long. Absorbs water and makes skin look bright.


Micro needling with derma roller has added advantage that it stimulates skin to form new collagen. Collagen is the main building block of the skin. It’s responsible for its strength and tautness. As new collagen forms, skin gets tighter and brighter. Tighter skin reflects light better adding to kin lusture.

Dull Dry Skin 
Skin Glow after the treatments 

CONCLUSION:  Combination of above two methods:

 Peel off peels to exfoliate superficial dead layer of skin

Infusion of hyaluronic acid in skin which absorbs 10,000 times more water

and micro needling which boosts collagen, is a sure shot wayto skin glow.


 Hitting the root cause is the mainstay of treatment for any disease. Curing the symptoms is like cutting the branches. Thus curing symptoms is not going to help in long term.

  1. There is a hormonal and minerals imbalance in body which leads to regular break outs.
  2. Increased cortisone: Stress leads to increased cortisone. Excessive cortisone leads to acne break out.  Regular meditation is the cure. Releasing the stress by writing it down is the solution.
  • Increased estrogen: Increased intake of genetically modified food especially soybean, corns, milk leads to increased estrogen. Increased estrogen is one of the main factors which lead to repeated breakouts.

Most commonly genetically modified foods are:

  1. Milk: Everybody in India is consuming packed milk. That’s mainly taken from exotic breed of cows. Milk taken from indigenous breeds of cow is healthy and safe. If one can have access to that milk, then only consume milk. Else skip milk altogether.
  2. Stop earning cornflakes in morning breakfast. For they are made of genetically modified corn.
  3. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener. Avoid it all cost.
  4.  Papaya, tomato, potato, rice are other food items which are majorly GMO. Take care to buy the non GMO variety. That is, buy as far as possible organic or naturally grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Increased androgen:  Androgen levels can rise in body as part of PCOD syndrome. Polycystic ovarian disease is a kind of hormonal imbalance in body where excessive androgen is produced.
  • Basically estrogen gets converted into androgen in fatty tissues. Thus weight loss is the ideal treatment for PCOD.

D.  Low zinc: Low levels of zinc in body are yet another reason for acne breakouts. Too much indulgence in carbohydrate rich food like: pastas, pizzas, cakes, cokes etc. also depletes body of its zinc stores. So get your zinc levels checked. In case found low have diet rich in zinc. Like

Meat eggs, shellfish, seeds: pumpkin, whole grains, legumes, beans,

  • Low Vitamin A: Vitamin A deficiency is yet another cause of acne breakouts. Get your Vitamin a levels checked. In case found low have food rich in same.
  • STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE AGAIN AND AGAIN:Unknowing we keep touching our face several times a day.  Thus, transferring bacteria to face.
  • AVOID USING OILY SKIN CARE PRODUCTS: Let your moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen have Non –  Comedogenic written on them.
Check for Non Comedogenic Labels on Skin Care Products 

  • That means they are water based not oil based. Already skin is producing excessive oil,layering it up with further oil would just aggravate the problem.
  • FIND OUT WHICH FOOD GIVES RISE TO ACNE IN YOUR CASE: Different people get acne after consuming different  food items. Some get it after fried, some after sweet, some after spicy, milk, tea, dry fruits.
  • Find out your culprit food item by observation and stop eating that particular food.

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  1. Know what is normal and don’t panic unnecessarily.

Medically hair grows only by 10 to 12 cm per year. In case, you are havingthis much growth, be happy. Nothing to worries guy!

40 to 50 strands of hair falling per day is absolutely normal. Hair fall beyond this range should make one seek medical attention.

  • 2. Apply hair oil once a week. It’s extremely important.

Whichoil? Mustard or flax seed oil are great options. They both contain omega 3and omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin A, D, E, K.

When to apply? Apply just an hour before head massage. Follow it up with 5 minutes massage if possible.

Don’t leave overnight or entire day. Only the oil which seeps into hair roots help. Oil left on scalp for long duration promotes dandruff.

Caution:Make sure to buy cold processed oil. i.e. It has been processed by crushing the seeds and no heat or chemical was used to extract the oil. Later two processes spoil the basis properties of oil, leaving it less impactful.

Flax Seed Oil 
  • 3. Wash hair at least 3 to 4 times a week. The amount of pollution present in air, double of it gets deposited in scalp. Wash it off before it does the damage. 3 to 4 times in a weak, is a must. One washing everyday is also fine.

Which shampoo is best: Sulphate free shampoos are best: Anaphase plus Shampoo, Triclenz shampoo are good options.

  • 4. Dietplays an extremely important part in hair growth.

Ideally 40 to 50 percent of diet should be raw then only enough vitamins and minerals get into your system. Food processing, kills the nutrition in food.  So have daily dose of fruit, sprouts, salads, curd in your diet.

Also have amla, and seeds mixture every day.Seeds mixture containing pumpkin seeds, water melon seeds, f lax seeds etc. iseasily available in market. Chew one teaspoon in morning. Its filled withvitamin and minerals.

Have raw food : amla, dates, seeds, almonds etc. on daily basis. 

  • 5. Hair growth serums containing the chemical extracts of ayurvedic herbs like :brahmi, brhinjraj, ratanjot, kari, hibiscus flowers, neem , haldi, methi , amlaand many more is available at our online store  .Indian ayurveda has stood stand of test of time in treating diseases.
  • Thus, we prepared this serum infused with all the goodness of ayurvedic herbs. It contains no preservatives and is so natural that one can even drink it without harm. Not that you have to drink it.
  • 6. Saloonhair procedures like rebonding, straightening, coluring for sure damagesthe hair . Every day women visit my clinic complaining how their hair lost allvolume and shine post these saloon procedures.

Hair spas suggested at saloons is not the answer to saloon damaged hair. First you damaged your hair with chemicals. Next you want to repair them with chemicals. Is it possible? Don’t get into this trap of chemicals.

First rule, in case you really want to go ahead with these saloon treatments, leave first 4 inch near the roots. Don’t touch this part of hair. Rest of the hair strand one do these saloon treatments.

Repair the damage done by applying curd and oil before head wash. Use each of them once a week.

One can also try our hair mask available at our online store. It contains cold processed almond oil and flax seeds oil mixed with all ayurvedic herbs. Apply on roots and strands an hour before head wash.

Conclude: Oiling once a weak, wash thrice a week with sulphate free shampoo, have natural diet and avoid saloon chemical procedures. Rule out specific causes of hair all by consulting a dermatologist . 



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