What is Retinol? Its Benefits and much more

What is Retinol? Its Benefits and much more

Skincare is a vast industry and with a plethora of products coming every day, it is tough to decide which one to use. To make things easier, the best part is to go by the ingredients and not by the brand name! The ingredient I am going to talk about today is Retinol. What is retinol for skin aging and what are its other benefits? I will also be discussing how to use retinol and incorporate it into your daily skincare routine.

What is Retinol?

I am not going into the scientific details; retinol is made of Vitamin A. it is used for topical application and upon combining with the skin enzymes, it turns into retinoic acid. It is important to note here that it cannot be and should not be applied directly. Hence, retinol creams, serums, and lotions are there in the market.

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Benefits for Your Skin

It is one of the magical ingredients in the skincare industry which can drastically change your skin for the better. However, you do need to be careful of its application. I will be discussing those details later in this blog! Retinol is a masterstroke that reverses the signs of aging. In our late twenties, we generally start to get fine lines, pigmentation, and dark spots and as we age, these signs appear more.

Now incorporating retinol into your daily skincare routine will help you get rid of all of this. You will experience smoother, well-textured, and even-toned skin. It does so by increasing the collagen production in your skin and accelerating skin renewal. Mentioned below are few benefits of topical application of Retinol

  • Smooth outs fine lines and wrinkles due to its minimizing effect.
  • Exfoliates the skin cells and gives brighter and smoother skin.
  • Help get rid of dark spots and pigmentation
  • Prevents breakouts and acne scars as well.
  • Gives plump skin that looks younger

Looking at all these benefits, who wouldn’t want to use retinol? Well, before you jump into buying the products, keep reading because there is more to it. [you may also like to read: Skincare Products that changed my skin]

Side Effects of Retinol

Yes! There are cons too. Too much of anything is bad and the same is the case with this magic ingredient. If used in the wrong way and in the wrong quantity, retinol can actually damage the skin. It can cause redness or can even peel the skin. Furthermore, the drying effect of retinol can also lead to flaky skin if used more often.

So your skin takes time before it understands the ingredient and makes peace with it. Hence, you need to start slow and let the magic work! I would always recommend you talk to your dermatologist before making it a part of your routine.

retinol for anti aging

When to start using?

A question that comes up very often is what is the right age to start using retinol? Well, the dermatologists do say that you can start anytime after your turn 23-24. However, I personally feel you can give it a little time. I would say start once you turn 27 maybe! Having said that, understand that every person’s skin behaves differently. You might need the ingredient later than when others do. So, understand your skin and when you feel it’s time, I will share the list of best retinol products with you… [Also Read: Get Glowing Skin Naturally]

Retinol in Right Way

Coming straight to the point, start with the product that has a retinol composition of 0.025% which is generally the lowest there is. Once your skin gels well with it, you can consider increasing this percentage. Few tips to remember while using retinol products:

  •  Start with a lesser concentration
  • Apply it every alternate day to start with and after a month or two you can start using it daily
  • Once you apply the product, wait for 10 minutes and layer it up with a good sunscreen
  • Avoid stepping out in sun after retinol application
  • The best way is to use it at night.

While you are using the retinol products, make sure you don’t ignore any signs that your skin is giving. If at all you experience something unusual, get in touch with your dermatologist.

In the next blog, super soon (I promise!), I will be sharing the best products in the market that gives good results and are safe to use. Till then, please follow me on Instagram for product reviews.

How to Fix Dry Skin in Winters? Best Tips EVER!

How to Fix Dry Skin in Winters? Best Tips EVER!

How to Fix Dry Skin in Winters

Itchy, stretched, dry, and dehydrated… these are just a few words that a person with dry skin in winter uses the most. Moreover, there is a constant need to apply layers of moisturizer and cover every part of the body so that it doesn’t get exposed to chilly winds. There are tons of things that we do in an effort to fix dry skin in winter. Worry not girl, I am here with all my research and so much good information for your topmost query, how to fix dry skin?

I have combination skin but my skin does become a lot drier during the winter months. It is drier to the extent that I need to patch on my moisturizer many times, use a mild soap or body wash, and a lot of other things that we will discuss today. Although it is not at all a serious condition, it sure is a matter of concern as no one wants the uneasiness that comes with dry, patchy stretched skin. However, if you get red dry patches on your face during the winter months, I would suggest you see a dermatologist once. Although this is extremely common in areas that experience heavy snowfall, red dry patches still need an expert opinion.

Alright! Let us get started on what causes dry skin, how to fix dry skin, and get soft, supple, and glowing skin that breathes! [You may like to read: Skincare Products that Changed my skin for good.]

What Causes Dry Skin?

It is usually the change in temperature! Low moisture in the air tends to suck out a lot of natural oils from your skin (mostly the exposed parts) thus making it dry. Especially in winters, the more exposure to hot baths, bonfires, heaters, and all can also reduce the moisture level in your skin. In the northern hemisphere, where winters are extreme, people might also experience red dry patches on their face.

Other than the climatic factors, it can be due to some medications. Mostly the anti-acne treatments cause dryness on the skin. Another reason can be the soap or body wash that you are using, if you already have dry to combination skin and you are using harsh soaps, it will aggravate the skin condition. More or less, the simple answer to what causes dry skin is lack of moisture.

How to Fix Dry Skin in Winter?

It is not at all difficult to manage the moisture level in your skin. All you need to do is to fix what you apply over it and what you eat. Few fixes that can prove a lot beneficial to fix even the red dry patches on face are as follows

Bath Products

Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to clean your body. Check the ingredient list carefully for any drying elements. Better still, search for milk soap or the one infused with glycerin. Do not overdo the cleansing process by lathering up, instead use only the required quantity to just remove all dirt. The body wash or soap brand that I recommend for dry skin is Dove.

Another way to ensure your bath products don’t take away all the moisture from your skin is to get an oil massage. Just use coconut oil and massage it all over your body before taking your shower. It will create a layer of moisture and will retain the moisture for a longer time.

Bath Time and Temperature

We all love the hot water shower during chilly winter days. However, this is another way of how to fix dry skin! Limit the bath time and take quick showers. Also, say no to hot showers and switch to the warmer ones. Adjust the temperature of water to what doesn’t feel cold but is also not hot enough to irritate your skin.

Once you are done with your warm water shower, pat dry your body with a towel. Furthermore, immediately after drying your body, put on the layer of moisturizer to lock in the moisture.

Skincare Products

Two things I cannot live without because of my dry skin in winters are moisturizer and lip balm. Choosing the right moisturizer is a task! Something that feels just right for the amount of dryness you are dealing with. If you get red dry patches on your face, you should only use the basic petroleum jellies. These are trusted, basic, and effective than any other moisturizer there is. Petroleum jellies are filled with mineral oils and create a protective layer of moisture.

For people looking for moisturizers, search a little more and look for oil-based creams. Make sure you see jojoba oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter, lanolin, Glycerin, Hyaluronic, etc in the composition list. These ingredients have rich moisturizing properties and allow your skin to survive during the harsh winters. Along with this, use a rich creamy lip balm that keeps your lips hydrated and doesn’t let them chap. If required use the moisturizing lipsticks for some time.

Avoid the Heat

Avoid cozying up by the side of your fireplace or direct room heaters. The air gets all dried up and so does your skin. If you can’t do without them, consider using a humidifier. A humidifier balances the dry effect that the heat causes in the air around you.

Dose up on Antioxidants

Sometimes I am actually surprised to see how antioxidants and omega-3s can really bless the skin. They are coming to your rescue to fix dry skin in winters as well. Antioxidants minimize the damage that dry air causes to your skin cells and also help build healthier skin cells. Foods rich in antioxidants that are your answer to how to fix dry skin are:

  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Berries

Foods rich in omega-3s that add a natural glow to your skin are:

  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Seed oils

Make sure you make them a part of your routine in order to get healthy glowing skin. Furthermore, do not forget to hydrate! Winters mean a lot of warm drinks like coffees or teas. However, in order to get healthy skin, switch to herbal teas, soups, or just plain water. You can also read my Health and Fitness section for more information. 

Hope you have found enough tips on how to fix dry skin in winters. The pr-tip today is, cover your body parts as much as you can if you step out. The key is always locking in the moisture. Moisture in your skin, moisture in the air around you, and even in your bath routine! In the next section of my blog, I will be sharing some homemade moisturizers that are a real blessing for dry skin in winters. Till then, follow me on Instagram!

 

Quick Weight Loss Diet Plan for Winters

Quick Weight Loss Diet Plan for Winters

Quick Weight Loss Diet Plan for Winter

Hola beautiful ladies! Hope you all are enjoying the cozy winters and eating all the delicacies of the season! But remember, you do have to maintain a healthy weight in order to be in the pinks of your health. So, here we are with the quick weight loss diet plan for winters that will help you keep your weight in check as you enjoy your favorite foods.

As you all know, in all of my diet plans that I have shared before, I never appreciate starving. We will eat right to stay fit. Also, know that I am not a dietician or a doctor so whatever plans I am sharing with you are based on my own personal experiences. I am a 29-year-old woman with no health issues and no allergies or whatsoever. If you are coping with issues like thyroid or PCOS, please do consult with your doctor before you follow the diet plan for weight loss! 

We will discuss the things that you must do and the things you must not in order to avoid gaining extra weight. I will also share the right time to eat! So stick with me girl I am gonna fill you up with so much knowledge. 

weight loss diet

Fruits 

Winters are my favorite time because it brings along oranges! If you are following me on Instagram you know I am a huge fan of Vitamin C for the skin. What better when you get it through the food that you eat! Make sure to buy fresh oranges, the ones that are juicier, and make them a part of your daily routine. Also, I always prefer eating fruit rather than squeezing the juice out of it because of all the roughage! The fiber in the fruit skin is good for digestion.

Other options that are a plus in your quick weight loss diet plan are Guavas and berries. Although you get berries all year round the ones that harvest in winters are rich in nutrients. Berries can also help subside your sweet cravings. Moreover, you can have dates or jaggery in winters to satisfy your sugar rush! 

Vegetables

Can the plate get any greener?! There are so many greens that you get in winters that the list is endless. So what are we going to do? We are going to add them all into our diet. I will be sharing the meal prep later where you can check how and when you can add what! Other than this, to ensure good health, pls make sure to grab fresh vegetables and this one goes for the fruits as well. Fresh seasonal vegetables are low in calories and rich in nutrients hence ensuring a healthy body and flawless skin.

Winter veggies, especially spinach and fresh carrots are rich in antioxidants that will keep your immune system strong and will also aid in better digestion. 

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Time for Proteins

While many people complain that their body doesn’t adapt to a high protein diet in summers, such is not the case in the winter season. In winters as your appetite considerably increases, you are more likely to binge on junks. A protein-rich diet will help to keep you full for a longer period of time and will also prepare your body for the chilly winter. Opt for eggs, meat, and dairy products in the right quantity. However, if you are vegan, you can always have pulses, soybean, and chickpeas. Make yummy salads and have yourself a lovely treat! 

Little Tweaks


You know diets can also be fun! I never understood the fuss about eating less. You just need to maintain a healthy weight (which our quick weight loss diet plan is helping you with) and that can be achieved with minor tweaks. [You may like to read: How to Increase metabolism rate] All you need to do is 

  • Swap your sugary processed desserts with fresh fruits like apples or a date.
  • Make sure you have at least one cup of herbal tea (not necessarily green tea). 
  • Start with adding less sugar to your tea or coffee and eventually reduce it to zero
  • Can’t go out in winters? Plan an indoor activity. Clean your house or do Zumba. 

You need to stop making excuses as you are no one but are going to benefit from all this. Moving on, the part you are probably reading all this for! Quick weight loss diet plan with proper time to eat and what to eat options. You can change your options depending on the availability. 

herbal tea for weight loss

Morning

The first thing in the morning is to sip a glass of water. Or let’s just say you need to drink as much water as you can! Don’t overdo it as well. Then comes breakfast! Make it as exciting as you can, it is the first meal of the day, and trust me your whole day will depend on this.

Time to eat: Anytime between 7 AM to 10 AM
What to eat: Egg scramble with spinach or Oats pudding with berries

Snack

It’s winter and you obviously want to eat something around 12ish. You need to be wise and not eat whatever you find in your kitchen. In this quick weight loss diet plan I personally prefer sipping a herbal tea and avoid eating at this time but still if you have to, here’s the option.

Time to eat: no later than 12:30 PM
What to eat: a handful of mixed nuts (avoid cashews)
Tip: A bowl of green soup is a highly beneficial meal at this time as it builds your appetite for lunch. 

Lunch

Wholesome! This is exactly the word you need to follow while you plan your lunch meal. It should be full of variety and nutrient-rich. You need to add protein, carbs, and other essential nutrients to this meal.

Time to eat: 1:30 PM to 3 PM
What to eat: Stir fry vegetables with brown rice or Veggie hummus sandwich.
weight loss diet plan

Evening Snack

Ok, so this is the time where most of the diets fail. You are far behind the dinner time yet hungry! There are plenty of snacks that you can eat at this time Keep in mind that you never have to overeat! Eat smaller portions.

Time to eat: 4 PM to 5:30 PM
What to eat: Carrot and hummus or Fruit bowl or Cheese Sandwich.


Dinner

Lighter the better… Keep your dinner light, simple, and extremely basic. Your body detoxifies while you sleep and this is the time you need to allow it to digest properly. Also, you are going to bed soon so there’s not much time to digest heavy meals.

Time to Eat: 7 PM to 9 PM
What to Eat: Soups! Experiment with green soups, vegetable soups, and tomato soup. They are more like healing meals that boost digestion and help be in desired weight.

Apart from the meals I suggested, there’s more in the quick weight loss diet plan. Sharing a few pointers for better help. 

  • Eat small portions, exactly half of how hungry you feel you are.
  • Do not eat in between the prescribed meals. Those are not hunger pangs, those are just cravings.
  • Eat fresh and natural products only.
  • Do not eat processed food. No junk at all! 
  • Sleep at least 7 hours a day.

 

At last, there is no benefit of any quick weight loss diet plan if you are not mentally well. Have happy thoughts, meditate, and stay calm. We will discuss mental health in the next chunk of my blog. Till then, eat right and stay fit! 

 

9 Best Face Wash for Dry Skin

9 Best Face Wash for Dry Skin

Hello, all you beautiful ladies! I am writing here on TGM after a long long time. Many parts of the world are experiencing chilly winters and this is the time when your skin needs extra pampering. Doubling up the moisturizing layers and treating dry patches is the major concern for many. Yes, you do need to take care of your diet as well but that we will discuss some other day! (super soon). Let’s talk about the first part of a skincare routine, the best face wash for dry skin this winter! 

9 Best Face wash for Dry Skin

I have tried to list all kinds! Economical, luxurious, and the best of the rest. Check out the whole list and pick the one you like. 

nivea milk delight face wash

Nivea Milk Delights Moisturizing Honey Face Wash

This super cute teardrop-shaped bottle is a holy grail for people with dry skin. Nivea has maintained its usual blue and white color theme for their face wash range as well. The facewash we are talking about is honey face wash from the Nivea milk delight range. The key ingredient “honey” says it aloud that it is the best face wash for dry skin. It cleanses the face deeply removing all the dirt and excessive oil without drying it up.

After every wash, your skin will feel soft, supple, and hydrated. So if you have dry skin, the milk portion of Nivea milk delights honey face wash is your go-to product. You can try other variants of this range as well as I have found each one of them exceptionally amazing. [You may like to read: Get Glowing skin in 15 days]

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Glo skin beauty conditioning milk cleanser

Glo skin milk cleanser gently cleanses the face washing away impurities thus soothing and nourishing your dry skin. It is so gentle on your skin that it can also be used as a makeup remover. It helps condition the skin with emollients and strengthening actives to give added radiance, softness, and hydration to the face. 

Its rich composition includes Glycerin, Aloe Vera extract, Shea Butter, and Hyaluronic acid. Continuous use of the facial cleanser retains moisture in your skin keeping its happy glow intact! 

best face wash for dry skin

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Cleanser

This intensive moisture cleanser is an innovation in itself. It is a lightweight cleanser with a creamy texture that rebuilds and restores your skin’s barrier. Ceramides and lipids present in this facial cleanser leave your skin plumper and well hydrated. The best part about this best face wash for dry skin is that it is vegan and cruelty-free. There are no parabens, artificial fragrances, or colors. Absolutely nothing that your skin wouldn’t love. 

The presence of citrus, palmarosa, and jasmine gives an instant energy boost and refreshes all your senses. To get the maximum benefits, cleanse the face and neck nicely and wash off with lukewarm water. best face wash for dry skin

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

If I have to name one brand that I absolutely adore and swear by, it has to be Cetaphil! Especially for people with dry, sensitive skin, Cetaphil’s range of products is a savior. Talking about the Gentle skin cleanser, it is basically a cream cleanser that removes all the dirt from your face without drying it at all. It protects your skin’s natural protective oils keeping your skin moisturized always. Cetaphil skin cleanser maintains skin’s pH balance and it is fragrance-free. 

Although it is safe to use by anyone. However, people with oily skin might get breakouts! So it is the best face wash for dry skin but is not recommended for anyone with oily to normal skin. best face wash for dry skin

Avene Mousse Nettoyante Cleansing Foam

The cleansing foam by Avene soothes dry, sensitive skin almost immediately. I am a fan of the foaming face washes as they come in a pump dispensing exactly the right amount. The cushiony leather gives a squeaky clean face removing all the impurities while retaining the moisture in your face. It works perfectly well for people with normal to slightly dry skin. However, if you have extremely dry patchy skin, do not buy this one. 

You just need to massage the foam well on your skin and wash it off thoroughly with plain water. It does not leave your face stretched or dry but you can follow it up with a layer of moisturizer if you feel like it. best face wash for dry skin

Himalaya Herbals Gentle Hydrating Face Wash

This is one of the most simple, basic, cost-effective, and best face wash for dry skin. If you are not much into experimenting and just need a product that is sure to work for all dry skin people, just grab Himalaya! It has a creamy texture with a pink satin look. A small amount of product is just enough to cleanse your face.

It is a soap-free cleanser thus does not lather much but it doesn’t come in the way of giving a squeaky clean face. Perfect to use in winters to soothe dry patchy skin by its nourishing formula. best face wash for dry skin

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam

The face shop is now a trusted brand and loved by many skincare enthusiasts for all the good reasons. The rice water bright cleansing foam that we are going to talk about today is known to cleanse your skin giving a clear and even complexion. Thanks to its creamy texture, it is a perfect choice for dry skin.

It has a pleasant smell giving refreshing feels and instantly lightens up your mood. (I have this thing with the fragrances.. Do you?) A small quantity of product is just enough to lather up and clean your face. After effects? Cleaner, brighter, and fresher face! Continuous use visibly improves your skin tone and texture. best face wash for dry skin

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Extra Mild

Clinique and Extra Mild are the two words that make it pretty clear that this one is the best face wash for dry skin. It is the 1st step of Clinique’s much-hyped cleansing skincare routine. Also, the best part about Clinique products is that they are all dermatologically tested hence they are safe to use. Its gentle lather does not flake the skin, removes all the dirt from it without disturbing the natural moisture of your skin. 

The idea is to prepare the skin for the steps that will follow. It prepares the surface for moisturization to get better absorbed and work wonders on your face. best face wash for dry skin

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

The best drugstore cleanser that you will fall for every time if you have dry skin! It is safe to use even if you have patchy irritated dry skin. The gentle gel formula effectively cleanses the skin keeping it supple. The composition includes hyaluronic acid and ceramides to help restore skin’s moisture providing all-day hydration. You can very well treat dry skin without even additional moisturization in your routine. 

Just wash your face like you normally do! (a small quantity of product would do just enough). Pat dry your face and apply some moisturizer if you wish to double up the hydration factor.  

With all these super-effective cream cleansers, your dry skin is taken care of. Choose any of the best face wash for dry skin to better protect your skin against harsh winters. Also, remember that skincare is always specific to everyone. Even two people with dry skin can have different products that work for them. So, do your own little research and pick the product that can prove beneficial for you. Happy skincare lovelies! Stay tuned for more skincare recommendations and product reviews. Keep following me on Instagram

Benefits of Coconut Milk for Hair Growth: How to Use

Benefits of Coconut Milk for Hair Growth: How to Use

Benefits of Coconut Milk for Hair Growth: How to Use

Coconut milk is referred to as a miracle liquid for many reasons. Today we will discuss the benefits of coconut milk for hair growth. I love this winter season because there are a lot of home remedies that can be done for better skin and hair. Also, the dietary changes in winters, the change in weather all stand in support of good hair and skin. However, little care is always required. Let’s stick to the topic and discuss the benefits of coconut milk for hair growth.

Coconut milk has a creamy texture, ads moisture and richness to your hair as well as skin. Also, coconut milk is not something that comes out as you crack open the coconut. It’s the liquid that you get while you blend the coconut skin and strain it. This liquid tastes extremely bad but it’s actually the opposite for your skin, hair, and overall health. Coconut milk is rich in Vitamin C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6. It is also rich in iron, sodium, calcium, and magnesium.

Benefits of Coconut Milk for hair Growth

Amazing Benefits of Coconut Milk for Hair Growth

Restores Dry and Damaged Hair

Coconut milk works as a scalp tonic. It treats dry, itchy scalp and helps get rid of irritation of any kind. For the proper moisturizing effect, massage coconut milk onto your hair and scalp for 5-10 minutes, and then wrap your hair up with a hot towel. It is a kind of home spa that you give to your hair and visible effects will be seen.

Hair Growth Promotion

As I mentioned earlier, the benefits of coconut milk for hair growth are tremendous. The presence of plenty of vitamins and other nutrients makes it super effective for hair growth. To use it, massage it well for 15 minutes on the hair. Let it stay for half an hour or so and wash your hair with regular shampoo. Regular use of coconut milk will increase hair growth, makes your hair soft and smooth.

Benefits of Coconut Milk for hair Growth

As Hair Mask

Coconut milk also proves to be the best ingredient in your hair masks. No matter which hair mask you are using, add some coconut milk to it. It enhances the effectiveness of the hair mask and promotes hair growth. You don’t have to change the way you use your mask, just add this as an ingredient and you are good to go.

Do use it and let me know if you experienced the benefits of coconut milk. For more such blogs, click here. Also, follow me on Instagram for product reviews! See you in the next one.

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