A spotless glowing skin is a wishful thought for many of us. As easy as it may seem, maintaining beautiful skin is a lot of effort! One needs to have a dedicated regime to take care of the skin even after being blessed with good skin genes. There are many skin problems one can encounter not only during the pre-puberty or teenage years but also during adulthood.
Let’s take a look at all the skin woes that one needs to battle at some point in time or the other:
- Acne: It is nothing but an excessive inflammatory skin condition that cause pimples, spots on various parts of the body especially face, shoulders, neck, chest and upper arms. Did you know that blackheads and whiteheads are also acne? It is caused by overactive sebaceous or oil-secreting glands at the base of hair follicles. The hormone estrogen in females and androgen in males is responsible for the enlargement of sebaceous glands which causes an increase in the sebum or oil production.
- This excess oil, in turn, attracts the dirt and finally, the pores of the skin get blocked causing pimples. At times, painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin called cystic lesions are also formed in severe cases. It does not have physiological repercussions but it can leave scars causing lowered self-esteem. In older adults, the sudden outburst of acne can be a signal of an underlying medical condition.
Few factors that may worsen acne are as follows:
- Diet (carbohydrate-rich food)
- Certain drugs like corticosteroids
- Skin pigmentation– Also known as hyperpigmentation, skin pigmentation is the darkening of skin beyond its normal color due to excessive production of melanin. It is accompanied by acne, open pores, rough skin with an uneven texture. Why does pigmentation take place? Melanocytes are special cells in deeper layers of our skin that produce a pigment called melanin which is responsible for giving the skin its color.
- During pigmentation, melanocytes secrete an excess of melanin leading to dark spots, patches on the skin (melasma), tanning, etc. What are the causes that trigger excess melanin production? Anything from excessive sun exposure, chemical peeling, waxing to the use of harmful cosmetic products can cause pigmentation. Some internal factors like thyroid problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, pregnancy, menopause, and hormone therapy can also cause pigmentation. Pigmentation-prone skin can also be a result of genetic disposition.
- Sun tanning– The UVA and UVB rays of the sun are the main culprits causing the skin to tan. Both the rays have different mechanisms of tanning the skin. UVA rays produce a tan on the skin by oxidating melanin which in turn undergoes a chemical reaction making the skin look darker. UVB rays cause an increase in the number of melanocytes in the skin. More melanocytes mean more melanin and more melanin causes a darker appearance of the skin.
- Skin aging– First signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots can unnerve many of us. Skin aging can be a resultant of natural aging and excessive sun exposure. The collagen and elastin fibres that keep the skin firm start becoming thicker, clumped and looser making the skin look less firm and brittle, eventually leading to wrinkling and sagging. Environmental influences like pollution, free radicals, smoking and stress can cause the premature wrinkling of skin.
Yes, agreed that all of the above information sounds scary and for many of us, the beauty regime to delay or prevent them may also feel cumbersome. What if a golden root with magical properties of pyhtochemicals like curcumin and turmerone can help you get a glowing skin minus many skin rituals. Selfieme 10X from Bagdara Farms is one such product and the best part about it is that it is free of any kind of chemical so that your skin gets an all natural beauty.
- Curcumin can regulate the rate of oil production, reducing uneven skin tone, scars and dark circles.
- Rich in calcium, vitamin C, B6, potassium and magnesium, curcumin can eliminate the free radicals that are responsible for premature aging and wrinkles.
- Curcumin has the ability to inhibit the production of an enzyme called MMP-2 that is released when the skin is over exposed to the sun. In the bargain, curcumin prevents the collagen damage caused by the harmful rays of the sun.
- The anticancer properties of curcumin and turmerone have been recognized from time immemorial. They can stop the precancerous cells from becoming cancer cells, thus providing protection against skin cancer.
- Curcumin is also rich in antiseptic properties which help in killing the acne causing bacteria.