Why does my skin itch when it’s hot?

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It’s February – and an unusually warm February at that. The heat is unbearable and the lack of rain isn’t helping as it seems to get hotter and hotter during day time. But what makes a very warm day worse, is a warm, itchy day.

Does your skin itch when it’s hot? Does a quick walk in the sun (maybe to the supermarket) leave you scratching your exposed skin for the rest of the day? Why does your skin itch when it’s hot?!

1. Heat rash

When the weather is warm and you keep sweating, your sweat pores tend to get clogged, creating itchy bumps on your skin. This is mostly seen in areas where the skin folds, such as elbows and knees, but can appear anywhere. Heat rash usually disappears on its own, but if the rash makes you uncomfortable, apply a non greasy lotion such as Lacto Calamine on the affected area. Do not use any oil based moisturizers as it will only make it worse.

2. Sun rash

If you break out in itchy red bumps every time you go out in the sun, it means you are suffering with photo dermatitis. This is when the sun triggers a case of eczema on your skin. Treating this requires a visit to the dermatologist, but don’t forget to stay safe with your sun lotion, applied over a base lotion that contains calamine, which has healing properties, to keep your skin safe.

3. The Air Conditioner

You run into your air-conditioned room to stay safe from the hot hot sun, but the air conditioner can dry out your skin in no time, causing it to itch even more. If you stay in an air-conditioned room on a daily basis, don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water and stay hydrated. Also, keep reapplying your moisturizer every time you feel your skin drying up, to retain the moisture.

At all times , avoid scratching when an itch hits you. Excessive scratching can break your skin, leaving to skin discoloration and scars. A mild lotion, always with Calamine, such as Lacto Calamine Lotion for example, is a must have during this hot weather to keep your skin soothed and safe.

Written by Shana


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How to stay safe from skin problems caused by air pollution

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Recently , Colombo was covered in the much talked about smog – a blanket of polluted air allegedly all the way over from New Delhi. Environmental watch dogs continue to share alerts on the increasing levels of air pollution in the city of Colombo, and all over the country.

Air pollution, aided and abetted by the many factors such as emissions from vehicles, improper garbage disposal and factory emissions, is a very real and very relevant problem right now. Many of us are aware and take precautions to avoid the negative effects of Air Pollution on our health , but many of us aren’t aware about the effect this has on our skin.

So how does air pollution affect our skin?

1. Premature skin aging

Us Sri Lankans are already under the threat of premature skin aging due to over exposure from the sun. In addition to this, as proven by research , particulate matter emissions from traffic related air pollution, has shown to cause a 20% increase in pigment spots on the forehead and cheeks.

Further, indoor air pollution caused, for example, by cooking with solid fuels, has shown a significant increase in pigment spots and wrinkles.

2. Eczema

Eczema is, usually a generic disease. However, research has shown that increased levels of air pollution can trigger eczema , specially in children. Air pollution also triggers attacks of eczema in people who have the condition in a dormant state. Furthermore, certain researches have so shown that individuals with no genetic history of eczema ended up with the condition due to toxins in the air.

3. Hives

We have all experienced hives atleast once in our lives. This is usually a reaction to a specific allergen such as a food item, medication or insect. However, experiencing sudden hives with no visible trigger is quite possibly a result of high levels of air pollution. A study in Canada has shown a direct relationship between increased levels of air pollution and increased outbreaks of hives.

4. Acne

Even people with perfectly healthy skin are at risk of getting acne due to the pollutants in air. The impurities that land on the skin, clog existing pores and these lead to outbreaks of acne. A breakout of acne can lead to issues such as pimples and scarring of the skin.

How do we keep our skin safe from air pollution?

1. Use a lotion or a moisturizer

Additional layers of moisturizer or a soothing lotion creates a block between the external environment and your skin. This will keep your skin safe as you travel / commute. Opt to use a lotion with skin healing and sun protecting ingredients such as calamine.

2. Cleanse

Make it a habit to use a mild cleanser everyday, and exfoliate to rid your skin of all impurities it may have collected throughout the day. A thorough daily clean up routine is very important in keeping your skin safe from pollution.

3. Use a healing lotion that includes Calamine

Calamine, as an ingredient, has multi faceted properties including healing from sub burns, skin soothing properties and scar healing properties. The lacto calamine lotion , in addition to hosting all the properties of calamine, also includes witch hazel, which helps in healing minor skin wounds and scars.

Air pollution is a reality we must all live with, and it’s in our own best interest to take all necessary precautions to protect our skin from the negative effects of air pollution.

Written by Shana


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8 Amazing Benefits of Calamine

Did you know that the key ingredient of all Lacto products, Calamine, has a history that goes back in to the 1500 BC? The ancient civilizations of China and India show records of using variants of Zinc, which is the main component of Calamine, for skin related conditions and skin enhancement.

Calamine can be considered to be a multi-purpose product, where it acts as a medicinal agent, as well as a cosmetic agent. A combination of Zinc Oxide and Zinc Carbonate, Calamine has been used as a remedy for a number of skin conditions since the late 18th Century, and was a mandatory element of the complicated make up kits of the women in the era. Used as a concealer or a foundation, the older generations treated Calamine with a trust and confidence that is still unchanged.

The benefits and uses of Calamine are many and varied, so much that it’s considered to be one of the most essential medicines by the WHO, and to be effective and safe at the same time. Not just medicinal, Calamine also is a proven cosmetic must-have.

Here are 8 amazing benefits of Calamine!

1. Acts as a moisturizer for dry skin and as an oil controlling agent for oily skin.

Who would say no to a miracle ointment that can treat both dry and oily skin? Calamine comes with the ability to moisturize dry skin, as well to control the excessive oiliness in oily skin. Considering how most Sri Lankan’s have combination skin, Calamine is the ideal dual purpose lotion to ensure that your skin is treated as it’s supposed to.

2. It’s a proven solution for pimples, acne and stubborn marks that just won’t go away!

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With adolescence comes pimples and acne, and it’s a phase many of us go through. Unfortunately, for some people, the pimple phase does not end, or they are left with permanent marks that just won’t go away. Calamine, comes perfectly equipped to treat all these conditions as it contains zinc, which has a drying effect on acne and pimples, and its anti-blemish properties helps you make those stubborn scars disappear.

3. It can make your scars, marks and blemishes disappear.

It’s not easy to make it through life without a single scar. However, as unavoidable as they are, we still work very hard to get rid of scars, marks and blemishes that comes up due to various reasons such as acne, insect bites and minor cuts. With calamine, you can easily make all unwanted scars, marks and blemishes disappear, thanks to its healing properties. Simply use it as a much cheaper and a lot more effective anti-marks cream!

4. Calamine can protect your skin from the sun.

The sun has a way if creating a lot of skin issues, the main of which is sun burns. Calamine lotion, with its soothing and healing properties, is a tried and tested solution for sun burns, healing your skin while nourishing it from the inside. As it’s a lotion that nourishes and protects, you get the dual benefit of sun protection along with skin nourishment! What more could you ask for?

5. It’s also great as a night cream.

Soothe, nourish and heal your skin at night with Calamine. Its nourishing properties can give your skin the care it deserves as you rest after a long day. Wake up with fresh and beautiful skin when you use calamine as a night cream.

6. It improves and evens skin tone.

Beautiful, unblemished and scar-free skin is the result of regular usage of calamine as a lotion. Kaolin, a component of Calamine, has the ability to give you radiant skin. Used as a foundation over make – up will protect your skin from the harmful effects of the chemicals in cosmetics, all the while moisturizing and nourishing your skin. Calamine will also hydrate your skin, and help reduce acne and dark spots.

7. Calamine has anti-ageing properties

Regular application of Calamine will help you avoid wrinkles and lines, giving you smooth and beautiful skin. Besides, Calamine is proven to be safe, a much safer alternative to the overpriced anti-aging alternatives you find on the cosmetics shelf!

8. It can also help you solve the waxing / shaving problem.

We all have been through the perils of waxing and shaving, where within 24 hours our skin becomes dry and itchy. As a post wax / shave moisturizer, Lacto Lotion can soothe your skin while locking the moisture in, thereby giving you a healthy and beautiful body. It is also an alternative to shaving cream, and can give you a much smoother and cleaner shave than traditional shaving cream or soap.

So the next time you wear Lacto Lotion, remember that you are protected from the sun, well moisturized and that your skin tone is improved, all in one go!

Are you a calamine convert too?