Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter is a lovely time of the year, when we get relief from the harsh summer. It is a time for parties and catching up with friends. But we need to remember to nourish our skin through the winter months. The cold air and the heating indoors can have a drying effect on our skin. The skin looks sallow, sags and can look rough. Hands and feet need looking after as well. Some easy tips that we can all find time to fit in, into our busy daily routine.

  • Use a cream cleanser which will clean the skin without removing all the natural skin oils. The moisturizer for winter should be richer, maybe oil based, to hydrate the skin well
  • Use oil at night, at least three times a week to give the skin a supple appearance. Warm the oil, any like almond oil, and apply it over the face just before sleeping. Can use coconut oil for hands and feet. Once you apply oil at night, wear thin cotton gloves and socks to allow the oil to penetrate the skin
  • Have a balanced diet and avoid too much oily or sugary food and alcohol
  • Do not forget to use sunscreen as the winter sun can be harsh too
  • Do not use very hot water in the  shower, as it strips the skin of oils
  • Have food containing vitamin C
  • Mash half a ripe banana and massage it on the face. Wash off after 10 minutes and massage your face with honey for 10 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water and apply a toner
  • Use malai or fresh butter milk with a pinch of turmeric, let it be on the face for about 10 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water
  • Use a rich, hydrating scrub like a simple mix of honey and sugar, on dry areas like elbows and knees
  • Mix equal proportions of raw oatmeal flakes, egg yolk, and honey. Apply the mask on your face and keep for 20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water
  • Take 5-6 tbsp. of raw milk and mix it together with 2 tbsp. of honey. Apply the paste on your face and massage for five minutes. Then leave it for another 20 minutes and  wash it off with lukewarm water



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Hope you have all had  a good festive season and are ready for the new year. I will soon be posting winter skin care tips. Look out for them!

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Teenage Nose Job (Rhinoplasty)

The nose job, or rhinoplasty, is the most common cosmetic surgery done in the teens, and according to some reports, its popularity is on the rise. Teenage years are a delicate period in one’s life, and as one matures physically, there is immense peer pressure to look the best.

The nose being the most prominent feature on the face, is often the target of their dislike. But rhinoplasty is one surgery where timing is critical. As a child matures, the bones of the face are growing as well, and prematurely disturbing this facial growth center could lead to abnormal development of the face.  According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the nose has usually completed 90 percent of its growth by the time girls reach the age of 14, and boys reach the age of 16.

It is essential that teenagers should be assessed for physical and mental maturity before accepting them for surgery. Trained and experienced cosmetic surgeons know to ensure, that the youngsters fully understand that the procedure is permanent, the limitations of surgery and that they have realistic expectations of the results of the surgery. If the surgeon suspects Body Dysmorphic Disorder or other psychological issues, then the teenager should be referred for further psychological evaluation.

If the patient is not sure, it is better to delay the surgery, as it can easily be done later but it is very difficult to redo rhinoplasty well.

If you want an opinion, make sure you consult a fully trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon.

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