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Unwanted excess hair growth happens due to hormonal imbalances, hereditary factors or may be a reaction to some pills. The latest advanced technique Quantum, especially effective on Indian skin is the only safe and permanent solution. You can visit your nearest VLCC center to find out more about this treatment. It is a painless and scar-less treatment leaving you with soft and supple skin for all the years to come. On the other hand, threading, waxing and bleaching all leads to side effects and harder hair growth. So go the safe way.
Stretch marks are a sign of your skin’s inability to cope with the rapid expansion of the flesh underneath. The collagen and elastin fibers underneath actually tear with the sheer strain of it. Prevention is better than cure in case of stretch marks, as once they appear they cannot be removed completely. However, to prevent the occurrence of stretch marks, you must keep the skin well moisturized. Apply a body lotion after taking your bath and allow it to be absorbed properly. VLCC offers special Essential Oil Therapy that can help you lighten the stretch marks.
The common causes of under-eye dark circles are anemia, lack of sleep, fatigue, heredity, constipation etc. and being in the kind of job you are in, it must be very stressful for you as you must be facing all of these. Make sure that you take a healthy diet, sleep for at least 8 hours a day and drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. Also you could soak a few almonds in some milk overnight. In the morning grind them with the same milk and apply it around your eyes. Wash it off when it dries. If done regularly, it will help you in treating the dark circles. Little potato juice mixed with a tsp. of curd and cucumber juice can also be used in the same way. You can also massage the area around the eyes with pure almond oil mixed with a little vitamin-E oil. A slice of cucumber or cold tea bags should be placed on the eyes while relaxing. You can also take a course of nourishing hydration facials combined with professional treatment for under eye dark circles available at VLCC
The skin of the face is very delicate and is prone to getting various problems. Since it’s not clear from your question what kind of skin you have and what is the nature of the freckles, whether the spots are freckles or are raised spots above the skin, it’s difficult to suggest you anything. If they are freckles apply buttermilk on the affected area daily and wash it after it dries. To prevent the occurrence of freckles always use a sun- block before going out. You must also see a good cosmetologist for skin analysis and the right treatment that your skin requires.
Many different factors determine how healthy your skin will be and how it looks. Heredity, weather, daily skin care, diet and physical activity are some of them. A person’s daily intake should include food from all food groups that should include proper meals i.e. 3 main meals and 2 snacks. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water in a day follow a 30 minutes moderate exercise regime three- four times a week and pamper your skin by cleaning and moisturizing it at night before sleeping. Be stress free, relax and ‘feel positive inside and feel good to look good’.
The principle of a detox is simply to heal the body from the load of toxins. Unknowingly one tends to consume certain foods that hinder the body’s ability to cleanse itself. Caffeine, dairy products, meat, fish, salts and sugars leads to accumulation of toxins. Such foods should be excluded from your diet during a detox and ideally, should be kept to a minimum after a detox. Foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains all supply valuable nutrients and fiber, together with offering healing and curative properties. You can detoxify your body by following a one-day diet containing only the allowed foods or following the same for 3-7days. Do this on a day when you have time to spare for yourself. And take time to rest, relax and sleep.
Today’s world almost all of us are tensed about something or the other. Stop worrying about anything and everything. Develop a positive approach to life. Have a balanced diet and keep fit. Do some general exercises, jogging, skipping etc regularly. Take up any sporting activity of your choice whenever you feel tensed. Meditation and yoga can also help you in relieving tension. You can also try aromatherapy that can be very useful in relieving stress. Also see a psychologist if necessary
The opening in the skin from where the hair comes out is called as PORES, which get blocked. This could be due excessive cell turnover of those cells lining the inner skin wall of the follicle. This blockage leads to inability of the Sebum secreted by the glands from draining to the surface. Soon bacteria start growing and COMEDONE forms. A whitehead is a comedone where the sebum is not visible. Chemical peeling done once a month helps in getting rid of whiteheads.
Body lotion should be applied on the entire body immediately after the bath, this is the moisturizing lotion. Just before you step out one should apply the sunblock lotion on the exposed parts of the body without massaging it. The sunblock works by reflecting the harmful rays.
A night cream is usually formulated to be a thicker cream with its active ingredients working overnight to give the required results. If your skin is oily then you most definitely do not need a cream rather a lotion further diluted with water or rose water would be good. In case the skin is very dry then a cream is suitable. Its benefits would be a high grade of moisturizing effect and in case it contains lightening agents then fairness.
The causes of dark circles or under eye pigmentation are varied. The genetic variety is as good as non treatable. However pigmentation developing secondary to a particular cause like stress, emotional imbalances, lifestyle, wrong eating habits, wrong reading habits, long hours at the computer monitor etc can be reduced considerably and can be thus maintained by the person. Prevention would be tackling the above listed causes and correcting them. An under eye facial treatment on a initial treatment basis followed by regular maintenance sessions would definitely help. Chemical peeling would be another option but should be done a trained specialist.
As such if you are undergoing a treatment facial the frequency could be two sessions in a week but normally a session per week. This should later be tapered off to monthly once or once in two months depending on what facial you are doing.

No there is no compulsion that you HAVE to do a facial once you start. It is just that when you get used to seeing your face having a particular appearance post facial you would like to keep it that way hence you repeat the facials. A facial is not bad but what is important is that the products being used are as per your skin type and requirement and it is being done by a trained therapist.

The treatments that are given cosmetically can only lighten the complexion by a few shades. We now combine chemical peeling and lasers with these facials to improve the results. These procedures cannot and will not change the complexion from dusky to fair and pink. Higher percentages of peels can lighten your colour to a higher degree but these procedures have their own side and adverse effects post treatment which is not practically viable. Bleaching is again a chemical which lightens the colour but only by a couple of shades. We do not advise it on a routine basis as in the long run it can lead to hyper pigmentation following accidental burn.
Steam facial regime every week is bad for the skin unless as part of a specific treatment for a specific time period. It is always advisable to do a steam once a month.