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July 22, 2018

Sanam Saeed, Ayesha Toor and Meesha Shafi share their recipes for homemade skin scrubs that they love to use

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Everything affects it: what you eat/drink, put inside your body, what you put on top of your body and the kind of emotional stress you take on.

Therefore it is important to take care of it. Often, it isn’t enough to simply shower and wash away dirt from your skin. You may have clogged pores, be facing the effects of sun burn, acne and more … all of which need more serious attention.

You can provide that attention by doing a little extra in your skin-care regimen. It’s important to scrub not only the skin on your face but also the rest of the skin on your body to keep it in shape.

Instead of stocking up on over-the-counter cosmetic products that often contain chemicals that aren’t good for your skin (or your wallet for that matter) we decided to ask three beautiful and hard-working women from Pakistan’s entertainment industry what their recipes and key ingredient is for their favourite do-it-yourself homemade scrubs and this is what we got.

Sanam Saeed: Porridge

Sanam Saeed

Sanam Saeed

Theatre and television actor and model Sanam Saeed’s homemade scrubs are as simple as the actor is in person. One is to take ground whole-grain porridge (oats are a great option) — the slow-cooking one not the instant one — and mix with some water.

Apply the mixture to your face and scrub. Other than the fact that they’re packed with nutrients which are good for your health, oats contain natural cleansers that remove dirt and oil from pores without causing irritation. This makes them very effective in fighting dull, flaky skin and dryness as they contain polysaccharides that have a gelatinous quality when mixed with water.


Sanam Saeed, Ayesha Toor and Meesha Shafi share their recipes for homemade skin scrubs that they love to use


Oats have also been used for thousands of years for the treatment of poison ivy, eczema, insect bites and skin infections. They have numerous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.

“It’s the best pore-tightener and the gentlest scrub ever,” said the actor, “The other is basin ka atta, haldi and lemon for summer and add yogurt in it for use in winter.”

Ayesha Toor: Salt

“The best one I’ve used at home is a mixture of sea salt, honey, olive oil and baking soda,” said the dusky beauty.

Ayesha Toor.— Photo Courtesy: fashioncentral.pk

Ayesha Toor.— Photo Courtesy: fashioncentral.pk

Sea salt is natural salt left behind after water from the ocean is evaporated. It isn’t processed like iodized salt and therefore contains a lot of vital nutrients that nourish your skin. It contains a large amount of vitamin C and magnesium which makes the function of antioxidants smoother — therefore it detoxifies your skin cells by absorbing dirt, dust and toxins from them resulting in a softer and healthier skin.

Honey helps moisturize skin, fights ageing and bacteria. It’s full of antioxidants and nutrients for your skin and protects your skin from sun damage as well.

Olive oil has been used as a product in beauty treatment since its discovery 5,000 years ago. It’s loaded with nutrients and is closer in chemical structure to the skin’s natural oil. That is why it’s a great moisturizer for dry skin and areas prone to dryness such as the knees and elbows.

Perhaps the best quality of olive oil is its skin-regenerative ability. Regular usage makes your skin remain firm and toned while also being soft and smooth.

“Sea salt gets rid of dead skin. Honey kills bacteria. Olive oil softens the skin. Lemon gets rid of the bad Karachi sunburn and discoloration. Finally, baking soda gives a glow,” said Ayesha Toor of the benefits of the scrub. “Follow it up with a good mustard oil massage and you’ll end up with gold, honey skin.”

Meesha Shafi: Coffee

“When you have an hour of ‘me’ time on your hands, try out my do-it-yourself spa treat,” wrote Meesha Shafi while sharing her favourite routine to pamper herself with.

Meesha Shafi.— Photo Courtesy: koolmuzone.pk

Meesha Shafi.— Photo Courtesy: koolmuzone.pk

You start off with dry brushing your entire body in long, sweeping strokes towards your heart for not more than 10 minutes. Dry brushing is when you take a brush with a long handle with non-synthetic bristles and brush your body starting from your feet.

You must always brush towards your heart. It helps to stand on a tiled surface or inside a bathtub to catch the falling skin. Dry brushing helps unclog pores and excretes toxins that become trapped in the skin.

Coffee beans.—Photo Courtesy: Friendlycuponlie

Coffee beans.—Photo Courtesy: Friendlycuponlie

Step two is to soak in a tub of hot water with two cups of Epsom salts for 20 minutes. Other than its detoxifying properties, Epsom salts are known for their healing properties: helps relieve pain and muscle cramps, prevents the hardening of arteries, etc. It is also used in the removal of splinters as soaking in Epsom saltwater brings the splinter (and ingrown hair) closer to the surface.

Then take a handful of coffee grounds, moisten them with coconut oil (organic, unfiltered and cold-pressed) and scrub the mixture on your body. Coffee contains powerful anti-oxidant agents which protects skin from free radicals and reduces the risk of skin cancer.

It also removes dead skin cells and tightens pores, resulting in a younger looking skin. Needless to say, it also has anti-wrinkle properties. Coconut oil is used as a base in many skin products and is full of vital nutrients for your skin and hair.

After you’re done scrubbing your body, rinse it and finish off with an application of the same coconut oil (without the coffee) while the body is still damp.

“This routine is great for exfoliation, circulation and skin toning,” related Meesha, “It tackles cellulite and leaves you with skin that is smooth as silk and smells like freshly-baked cookies. What more do you want?”

Published in Dawn, Sunday Magazine, January 25th, 2015

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This Smart Skin-Scanning App Could Save Your Life

You can do a lot of amazing things with a smartphone. Fetch a cab. Deposit a check. Identify a leaf (watch out for poison ivy!). Find love. Now you can do something with your trusty handset that isn’t just cool, it could save your life: You can detect skin cancer, hopefully early enough to stop the disease in its tracks.

The founders at SkinVision B.V. have created an app, simply called SkinVision, that helps users pinpoint possibly dangerous moles and other suspect skin birthmarks. The potentially life-saving tool, available for iPhone ($0.99) and Android (free), allows you to snap, archive and track pictures of your moles, beauty spots or insert whatever cute nickname you call your one-of-a-kind spots and dots.

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Once an image of a mole or skin mark is uploaded to the app, a brainy algorithm concocted by SkinVision’s team of computer scientists, mathematicians and, yes, licensed dermatologists, too, instantly assesses your risk for a variety of serious skin conditions. These include melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. One person dies from complications from the common cancer every 57 minutes, according to data from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

SkinVision-scanned moles are evaluated on three risk levels: green (low risk), orange (medium risk) and red (high risk). Depending on your risk level, the app could encourage you to see a doctor in person for a follow-up visit. Over time, using the app’s convenient image archive gallery feature, you can track your moles to gauge whether they’re staying the same or — not good — changing.

Related: Skin and Bones: Oh, the Body Parts You Can Make With 3-D Bio-printers

The app also assists you in assessing your skin type and informs you of the ultraviolet (UV) light index of your immediate surroundings (based on your GPS location). If needed, it will alert you to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Screening moles for abnormalities — like new or darker color, unusual shape or growth, lesions on them that won’t heal or flaky skin on them — can lead to early treatment, ideally in time to stop the spread of cancer to other parts of the body. And that’s pretty much the whole point of the app.

Related: A ‘Smart’ Cup That Knows What You’re Drinking — And Counts the Calories

As SkinVision’s creators are careful to point out (and to legally cover themselves), it’s important to remember that, while SkinVision can be helpful, it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Still, it’s a step in the right direction, a smart, practical tool to help you keep a closer, more informed eye on the health of something very important — your body’s biggest organ, your skin.

What crazy apps, gadgets and tech have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below.

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Dealing with dermatitis

DERMATITIS is a general term that describes an inflammation of the skin. Although dermatitis can have many causes and occurs in many forms, this disorder usually involves an itchy rash on swollen, reddened skin.

Skin affected by dermatitis may blister, ooze, develop a crust or flake off. Examples of dermatitis include atopic dermatitis (eczema), dandruff, and rashes caused by contact with poison ivy or certain metals and leathers.

Dermatitis is a common condition that usually isn’t life-threatening or contagious, however it can be very uncomfortable.

SYMPTOMS
Each type of dermatitis may look a little different and may tend to occur on different parts of your body. The most common types of dermatitis include:
• Atopic dermatitis (eczema). Usually beginning in infancy, this red, itchy rash most commonly occurs where the skin flexes, such as inside the elbows, behind the knees and the front of the neck. When scratched, the rash can leak fluid and crust over.
• Contact dermatitis. This rash occurs on areas of the body that have come into contact with substances that either irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction, such as poison ivy, leather or metals, The rash may burn, sting or itch. Blisters may develop.
• Seborrheic dermatitis. This condition causes a red rash with yellowish and somewhat “oily” scales, usually on the scalp and sometimes on the face, especially around the ears and nose. It’s a common cause of dandruff. In infants, this disorder is known as cradle cap.

CAUSES
A number of health conditions, allergies, genetic factors and irritants can cause different types of dermatitis:
• Atopic dermatitis (eczema). This condition often occurs with allergies and frequently occurs in families in which members have asthma, hay fever or eczema.
• Contact dermatitis. This condition results from direct contact with one of many irritants or allergens, such as poison ivy; jewellery containing nickel, and certain cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics.
• Seborrheic dermatitis. This condition is common in people with oily skin or hair, and it may come and go depending on the season. It’s likely that hereditary factors play a role in this condition.

RISKS
A number of factors can increase your risk of developing certain types of dermatitis. Examples include:
• Age. Dermatitis can occur at any age, but atopic dermatitis (eczema) usually begins in infancy.
• Allergies and asthma. People who have a personal or family history of hay fever or asthma are more likely to develop atopic dermatitis.
• Occupation. Jobs that put you in contact with certain metals, solvents or cleaning supplies increase your risk of contact dermatitis.

COMPLICATIONS
Scratching the itchy rash associated with dermatitis can cause open sores, which may become infected. These skin infections can spread and may, very rarely, become life-threatening.

TREATMENT
Dermatitis treatment varies, depending on the cause. Using corticosteroid creams, applying wet compresses and avoiding irritants are the cornerstones of most dermatitis treatment plans.

REDUCING YOUR RISKS
• Use non-prescription anti-itch products. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion can temporarily relieve itching. Oral antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (for example, Benadryl), may be helpful if itching is severe.
• Apply cool, wet compresses. Covering the affected area with bandages and dressings can help protect your skin and prevent scratching.
• Take a comfortably cool bath. Sprinkle your bath water with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal, which is a finely ground oatmeal that’s made for the bathing.
• Avoid scratching. Cover the itchy area with a dressing if you can’t keep from scratching it. Trim nails and wear gloves at night.
• Wear cotton clothing. Smooth-textured cotton clothing can help you avoid irritating the affected area.
• Choose mild laundry detergent. Because your clothes, sheets and towels touch your skin, choose mild laundry products that are unscented. Avoid fabric softeners.
PREVENTION
Avoiding dry skin may be one factor in helping you prevent future bouts of dermatitis. These tips can help you minimise the drying effects of bathing on your skin:
• Bathe less frequently. Most people who are prone to dermatitis don’t need to bathe daily. Try going a day or two without a shower or bath. When you do bathe, limit yourself to 15 to 20 minutes, and use warm, rather than hot, water.
• Use only mild soaps. Choose mild soaps that clean without excessively removing natural oils. Deodorant and antibacterial soaps may be more drying to your skin. Use soap only on your face, underarms, genital area, hands and feet.
• Dry yourself carefully. Whisk water off your skin with the palms of your hands. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel after bathing.
• Moisturise your skin. While your skin is still damp, seal in moisture with an oil or cream. Pay special attention to your legs, arms, back and the sides of your body.

Contact Dr Maxwell on 3631807/7575411 or maxwelladeyemi@hotmail.com

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5 Myths About Treating Poison Ivy Rashes

5 Myths About Treating Poison Ivy Rashes

Sam here from Itch Juice Poison Ivy Treatment.

In this post, we’ll outline 5 myths we have found online about the treatment of poison ivy rashes. It’s amazing what some people will do to cure this awful, awful rash…but we’re here to tell you what REALLY works.

Myth #1 – You need to touch poison ivy to get a rash
A common misunderstanding that we hear and see all the time is that people think they need to come into physical contact with a poison ivy plant to fall victim to a poison ivy rash or outbreak. This is not true.

Many of our customers have returned from hikes and camping trips without ever touching a single poison ivy plant, but have suffered from ugly red welts and painful itching. If you are allergic to poison ivy and you’re near a plant, you run the risk of a poison ivy rash breakout.

The myths we have outlined below could result in further, long term damage of your skin. Please note – this article has been compiled for entertainment purposes only and we do not recommend using ANY of the treatment methods outlined below.

Myth #2 – Homemade remedies are your only option
We have found dozens of homemade remedies online that sound like methods for washing dishes, rather than addressing a poison ivy rash. Here’s an example for you:

Step 1 – apply dish washing liquid to the affected area
Step 2 – let it dry
Step 3 – apply baking soda to the area
Step 4 – apply vinegar to the area
Step 5 – expect a chemical reaction
Step 6 – remove this from the skin
Step 7 – wait 3 – 4 hours for rash to subside

Not only does this sound like a hair-brained science experiment, but it seems like a lot of effort and long waiting time for dealing with poison ivy rash. We think that poison ivy treatment should be an easy fix.

Myth #3 – Calamine lotion is the only remedy that works.
Err – wrong! We have tested dozens of the remedies that we’ve found online, including cold compresses and all of our competitor’s products.

We have found that different people have different reactions to treatment and there are a number of variables that can affect this. These variables include skin sensitivity, proximity to plant and time taken to treatment. It pays to keep an open mind about ways to treat rashes from poison ivy.

Myth #4 – Rest pennies in vinegar to create a magical chemical compound.
This is ACTUAL advice we found by looking through online forums. One reader claimed that soaking 40 pennies in a cup of vinegar and creating a chemical compound from this concoction would result in a magical cure. This is an old wive’s tale and is simply incorrect.

There is so scientific evidence to back this claim and unless you’re a chemist or like to perform science

experiments with your skin as the test subject, we strongly advise you avoid his method of poison ivy treatment.

Myth #5 – Using gasoline or bleach on your skin is a poison ivy cure.
This is another ludicrous and downright dangerous claim.

Let’s take a moment to consider the implications and danger of pouring gasoline or bleach on yourself or a member of your family. There are critical risks involved in doing this, including accidental ingestion, exposure to eyes or sensitive areas of skin and of course, the fact that gasoline is a flammable liquid.

Please do not ever try this at home.

If you’re interested in a poison ivy treatment that actually works, check out Itch Juice. It’s the ONLY product that actually guarantees results in 24 hours…or your money back.

We’re so confident our product works that we offer a 30 day, 100% money back refund with no questions asked if you’re not 100% happy.

Poison Ivy Treatment – What Works And What Does Not

Introduction

Poison ivy treatment depends on the appearance and degree of the allergic symptoms. Poison Ivy, scientific name Toxicodendron radicans, is an allergen plant found in the United States of America. It grows in vine form; has a slender red stem, green, shiny leaves and, sometimes, green berries. All its parts contain urushiol; a highly poisonous resin/ oil that cause allergic reactions when it comes into contact with the human body. The poison may remain in the equipment, clothes and shoes for a long time, and burning (highly not recommended) elicits fumes that can cause the same allergic reaction as the tangible parts of the plant, to people who react to it. Symptoms of Poison Ivy reaction include red streaks/ patches on the skin, hives, blisters and extreme itchiness.

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Poison Ivy treatment: What works

Preventing further reaction

Not everyone gets an allergic reaction to poison ivy’s direct contact. However, those who do must, in an attempt to minimize the allergic reaction, clean the affected area thoroughly; with water and soap. Immediate washing erases much of the urushiol oil, hence reduces the quantities absorbed by the skin. A person may, also, dab rubbing alcohol on the affected area to prevent further absorption of the resin by the skin. Cold water, on the affected area, closes the skin pores, in effect minimizing absorption of urushiol by the skin.

Soothing the skin and managing symptoms

Managing the symptoms is as good a poison ivy treatment as preventing further spread of allergy or taking drugs. Poison ivy’s red skin streaks, extreme itching, hives and blisters cause great discomfort. However, in extreme reactions, the swelling of the face, throat, eyes, and other parts can be fatal. To reduce blister formation, as well as itching, a person can apply hydrocortisone cream and Calamine lotion. Cold coffee and chamomile tea dabs as well as baking soda, oatmeal, Aluminium acetate and acorn broth baths sooth the skin. Apple cider vinegar, chilled fruits, butter and yoghurt (for those people who do not have dairy products’ allergy) can be applied on the affected area to dry the blisters.

Drugs

As a poison ivy treatment, injections and oral drugs may be recommended to patients who have extensive symptoms. Steroids and non-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to boost the body’s immunity as well as induce a rest mode for the body; reducing the itchiness and discomfort. Physiologically speaking, allergies are an adverse reaction against foreign materials, which the body reacts by producing high levels of histamines to fight off those allergens or minimize their effects. Oral antihistamines may thus be administered to reduce poison ivy’s allergy symptoms.

Poison ivy treatment: Methods that do not work

Antihistamines on the skin

Whereas orally-ingested antihistamines go a long way in curbing the symptoms, they have an opposite effect if applied directly on the affected area. Direct application on the skin not only causes more inflammation, but also causes an infection, which complicates healing. Antihistamines are an excellent poison ivy treatment that works inside the body; triggering the brain to reduce the production of histamines (allergen reactors).

Warm/ hot baths, steaming and hot temperatures

Contrary to popular belief, which poses warm or hot water as a remedy for poison ivy, hot or warm water opens up the skin’s pores, thereby allowing more penetration of urushiol oils into the skin. Steam baths and hot temperatures have the same effects on the skin as hot baths, and in addition to increased absorption of urushiol by the skin, they increase itchiness, rash, blistering and discomfort. Cold water, cold cloths, fruit rinds and cold baths have a much positive effect.

Popping open blisters or scratching the rash raw

Opening wounds has always been assumed to be a poison ivy treatment as well as a treatment for other skin conditions. The assumption is that it dries the wounds, which heals them fast. However, it is a wrong choice for treating poison ivy as it increases the risk of infection and delays healing. Contrary to scrubbing the rash and popping open the blisters, covering them keeps them from infections so that they can heal on their own, within a short time; depending on the extent of the allergy.

Conclusion

Poison ivy, from the urushiol oil of Poison Ivy plant, causes blisters, hives, itchiness and red marks on the skin it comes into contact. Poison Ivy treatment options that work include immediate and thorough cleaning of the affected areas, rubbing alcohol, cold water and ointments/ creams, which soothe the skin and draw water from blisters. Treatment options that do not work, some of which worsen the symptoms, include hot temperatures and hot water baths, opening the blister and applying antihistamine cream.

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Be aware of poison ivy when outdoors

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re starting to see poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak this spring. 22News is working for you on how to identify these plants, and the precautions you can take to save yourself a lot of pain.

These plants cause painful itching and swelling. Being able to identify these plants is key in avoiding them.

Poison ivy is easy to spot; it has three leaves that are distinctly glossy looking. It can be on the ground or wrap around a tree like a vine.
     
Poison oak and sumac are more shrub like.
    
The oils of these plants usually take time to penetrate the skin, so if you believe you had contact with these plants; experts say to wash your skin with soap and water.
     
Max Salvadore, a fisherman from Chicopee, told 22News that he expects running into poison ivy when he takes his kids outdoors, and said he has his own set of precautions.

“I bring my kids in the woods all the time, and when we get home we just take off all the clothes and put them right in the washer machine, hot water. And I don’t get poison ivy too much so it’s been a while since I’ve got it so my precautions must work,” said Max.

Severity and treatment for these poisonous plants depends on the individual, and you are advised to call your doctor if you have a bad reaction or rash.

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