Thursday, 23 November 2017

Dry winter skin - not any more

The skin becomes dry when it loses its moisture content due to lack of the protective oils. And this problem intensifies during the winter, when environmental humidity is low. The cold air pulls moisture away from skin, tightening your skin cells and weakening your protective barrier.

 Other common causes of dry skin include:

-    overuse of soap and hot water 
-    exposure to harsh chemicals
-    autoimmune skin diseases such as Psoriasis
-    aging

How to Restore Dry Winter Skin? 
     1) Use warm water for bathing
Hot water rather than helping you feeling better in chilled weather, it actually worsens the dry skin problem by stripping off the protective oils from the skin. Thus, it is better to use warm water and short bathing time in winter.

·    2) Use of mild soap and moisturiser
Use of harsh soaps is no way preferable if you have psoriasis or severe dry skin. Rather switch to less aggressive, moisture-rich soaps made for sensitive skin. And apply suitable moisturiser.
     3) Keep yourself hydrated

Drink more water to replace the moisture that the dry air steals away.
     4) Oils are essential

Oils like Almond oil, wheat germ oil, avocado oil etc. help you fight the aging process, wrinkles formation and dry skin.

·    Rely on herbs rather than chemicals
Herbs such as

-  Indigofera tinctoria exfoliates dry skin and contains rich source of flavonoids that are known to protect the skin.

-  Wrightia tinctoria contains flavonoids, tannins, glycosides and phenolic compounds known to augment healing properties of skin.

-  Cynadon dactylon is known to delay skin ageing.

-  Aloe vera contains potent antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. Treats dry skin and associated itching.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Verdura mela gain cream- why to be used

Vitiligo- what and why

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder of skin in which
  • ·         Melanin is lost
  • ·         Melanocytes further fail to produce melanin
  • ·         Melanin transfer will not be proper

Therefore, skin loses its natural colour and white patches are formed which are progressive in nature.

How to treat vitiligo condition?
Ideal products for treating vitiligo or hypo-pigmentary disorders of skin should give the following benefits:

  • ·         Increase melanin synthesis
  • ·         Help in the transfer of melanin from basal layer to the upper layer of skin and
  • ·         Increase the tyrosinase enzyme and its functionality 

These functions are further enhanced by the sun therapy or PUVA therapy. But, due to lack of melanin, the vitiligenous skin becomes very sensitive to the sun exposure. Hence it needs to be protected from the sun damage.

Verdura mela gain cream- what and why

Verdura mela gain cream increases melanogenesis, melanin synthesis and tyrosinase enzyme and also offers sun protection.

It also contains Psoralea corylifolia (natural source of Psoralen) that entraps and boosts the sun therapy and the sun screeners such as Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide that are present in it, give required protection to the skin from over exposure.

Clinical proof for efficacy of Verdura mela gain cream

A clinical study was done on 26 volunteers with cream with and without sun screeners and with and without sun exposure.

The findings of the study suggest that the herbal actives of the cream induce melanin production, irrespective of sun exposure. Simultaneously, the sun screeners minimize the solar vulnerability of the skin.

Hence, with these proven complimentary benefits from contradicting agents, Verdura mela gain cream can be the best product of choice for vitiligo treatment.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Monsoon and your skin

After the soaring hot temperatures in May- June months, it is the time to drench in the monsoon drizzles to get some relief from the heat. Monsoon is lovely, but the rains bring along with it a barrage of health problems that can be downright uncomfortable.

Excessive humidity can make you sweat a lot and skin that doesn’t have enough moisture can look pale and dull. Rain has a dehydrating effect on the skin, Thus, if you already have a dry skin, during this season, you may experience an increase in dryness.

Humidity and constant temperature changes of the monsoon make atopic dermatitis or eczema common and exacerbate the condition in individuals especially with sensitive skin.

Make monsoon your skin’s favourite

  • ·         Use a good moisturiser to prevent and hydrate dry skin. And make sure that the moisturization effect is retained.
  • ·         It is essential that you exfoliate your skin daily to rid it of dead cells but do so gently. Use of gentle cleanser cum moisturiser soap can be the best choice for the season.
  • ·         Shower with steaming hot water may give you a better feeling but it can make your skin capillaries weak and cause skin damage, so shower with luke warm water.
  • ·         Eat wholesome meals which include good fats because they are pivotal in repairing damaged skin and also retaining moisture.
  • ·         Drink good quantity of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.  

Lastly, remember, you need to be more strategic with skin care in monsoon or just follow the expert's advice and get your skin rain-ready.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Complimentary benefits from Contradicting agents

The skin when loses its natural colour due to various disorders like vitiligo, becomes extremely sensitive to the sun exposure. But on the other hand, sun exposure induces the pigment forming cells underlying the skin and kindles the genetic memory of those cells to produce melanin pigment. Therefore, for treating hypopigmentary disorders, certain amount of sun exposure is required.

How much sun exposure does the skin need?

Overexposure to sun can cause sunburn, wrinkle formation, skin damage, photo ageing of skin and even skin cancer. And when the melanin protection is missing, the risk becomes more.
Moderate sun exposure has various positive effects but there is no easy method to measure the amount of sun exposure.

Complimentary benefits from contradicting agents- the best drug of choice

Hence, to manage hypopigmentary disorders, products with Psoralea corylifolia (natural source of Psoralen) that can absorb the sun benefit and with sun screeners like Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide which would protect the skin from over exposure, should be the best choice.

But as the hypopigmentary disorders like vitiligo requires a long term management, we also need to be sure about the product we choose for it. Therefore, doctor’s consultation is must.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Vitiligo and Natural ways to treat it

Melanocyte cells present below the human skin produces and transfers melanin pigment to the upper layer of skin which gives skin its natural colour and also protects from sun/UV rays..

But in vitiligo and hypopigmentary disorders, melanin is lost resulting in uneven discoloration of skin. It is important to use treatment products that will absorb sunlight and induce the pigment formation. Vitiligenous skin has to be protected  from over sun exposure.

Natural resources that can help you out for treating vitiligo:

The plant Psoralea corylifolia (Babchi) contains the active constituent Psoralen which entraps and enhances the benefit of the Sun/UV rays when mild exposure is given. It makes the skin sensitive to sunlight. Sunlight being entrapped by psoralen kindles the genetic memory of the damaged melanocytes resulting in melanin production.

Herbs like Piperine in Piper longum promotes melanocyte multiplication and transfers melanin pigment to the upper layer of skin; whereas Wrightia tinctoria augments healing properties of skin and Indigofera tinctoria works as anti-oxidant and retards the damage of skin cells due to free radicals.

Various herbal ointments with all or any of these herbs also provide sun protection other than inducing melanin production and thus they can be the best drug of choice for treating  vitiligo.

But do always consult with your doctor to choose the right treatment product for your problem.  

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Choose the right shampoo for your Scalp Psoriasis

Most of the psoriatic patients do have it on their scalp as well. All though it looks same as that of dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, psoriatic scales are distinct, silvery and powdery in nature.

What to do and what not?

  • ·      Use shampoo that is mild, will soften and loosen the scalp scales
  • ·      Use of hair dye needs to be avoided as the chemicals in hair dyes can sometimes irritate and worsen the scalp psoriasis or even cause an allergic reaction on top of the psoriasis
  • ·         Thick scalp scales should not be picked, peeled or brushed roughly.

How do you know you are choosing correct shampoo?

Psoriasis shampoo should contain special ingredients designed to soften and loosen the scales of psoriasis on your scalp so that they can be washed away.

Herbal shampoo- shampoos with various herbs such as Cassia alata, Wrightia tinctoria and Aloe vera remain effective in reducing scaling, flaking and associated itching.

Medicated shampoo- medicated shampoos with clobetasol propionate (a topical steroid), salicylic acid, ketoconazole (antifungal medication), Blue Lagoon algae, and zinc pyrithione can also be helpful to treat the problem.

Consult with your doctor and be sure of the product that you choose for treating scalp psoriasis.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Would your soap/bathing bar pass the collagen swell test?

Ordinary soaps can quite often be harsh on the skin and cause irritation – particularly when your skin is dry and scaly.

 Irritation potential of soap/ bathing bar is evaluated scientifically by Collagen swell test. A mild and non irritant soap should pass the Collagen swell test.

Choose VERDURA skin fresh intense moisturizer bar enriched with almond oil, wheat germ oil and avocado oil – an ideal bathing bar for your delicate, dry skin that helps in the exfoliation of scales and intensely moisturizes the skin and what more….

VERDURA skin fresh intense moisturizer bar has passed the collagen swell test. It is mild and non-irritant and safe for regular use.

Collagen swell test

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Collagen swells when it damages. The extent of swelling is directly proportional to the gentleness of the product.

The graph given below scientifically proves that verdura skin fresh  intense moisturiser bar is gentle on the skin and does not cause any skin irritation as collagen swelling is minimal compared to SLS which swells collagen to the maximum. It has no effect on collagen protein.

It gives increased humectancy and offers skin protection through its rich ingredients. It is very  helpful for psoriatic skin, atopic dermatitis and dry skin.