DR. MADHURI AGARWAL
Dermatologist, founder and medical director of Yavana Aesthetics Clinic
Your skincare routine:
I use a gentle cleanser Aderma Gel Face Wash twice a day, ZO Vitascrub once daily to keep my dead skin build-up in check, Sebamed toner, a vitamin C serum, Bioderma White Objective Day Serum, ZO Oclipse Sunscreen with Primer SPF 30. At night after cleansing and toning, I use SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic serum and finally, a retinoid cream to renew
the skin cells.
A skincare myth you want people to stop believing:
Myth : Don’t wear makeup if you want clear skin.
Fact : Though make-up does block the oil glands, there is no need to avoid it completely. As long as you choose cosmetics that are nonacnegenic or noncomedogenic, they should be fine on certain skins. In fact, some concealers now contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which help to fight acne. If you have moderate to severe acne, talk to your dermatologist about the best cosmetics to use—he or she may recommend avoiding cosmetics altogether or only using certain brands so your acne isn’t aggravated. Even if a product is labeled nonacnegenic or noncomedogenic, you should talk to your doctor if you notice that it’s irritating your skin or seems to cause breakouts. One trick to avoid acne is to never sleep
with make-up on.
Products your skin loves:
My skin loves my sunscreen. I am currently using the ZO Oclipse sunscreen +Primer SPF 30. It has a silky feel and the sunscreen just melts and blends with my skin on application. My skin feels ready and flawless, and it gives my skin a fresh look even at the end of exhaustive and long
Myth : The higher the SPF, the better the protection.
Fact : The sun emits three types of UV rays—UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Both UVA and UVB rays affect the skin causing tanning, skin DNA damage, early ageing signs and skin cancer. SPF indicates the amount of sun protection the sunscreen product offers from only UVB sun rays. Hence, look for a sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays, i.e. a broad-spectrum sunscreen. SPF 30 is adequate for providing sun protection in all skin types. Ensure reapplication of sunscreen
frequently to get complete and effective sun protection.
Top advice to young people:
I really want to emphasize that it is important to apply a sunscreen everyday, even when you are indoors. Most of them get careless and feel too lazy to apply the sunscreen. In the long run, this damages the skin and you end up with dark spots and early signs of ageing. The second tip is eating the right kind of foods and exercising regularly. Nowadays, most of them consume lot of processed, junk food starting at an early age and weight gain or fluctuation is a common problem. All this leads to early acne, pigmentation, facial hair in girls and early
A skincare secret:
A skincare secret I believe in is to stick to a regular, constant skincare routine and not changing skincare products too frequently. According to seasonal changes and age, I add a product or stop one. However, I don’t skip my routine of skin cleansing, scrub and sunscreen for even a day.