DR. MAD­HURI AGAR­WAL

Der­ma­tol­o­gist, founder and med­i­cal di­rec­tor of Ya­vana Aes­thet­ics Clinic

Hair - - Skin Secrets -

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

work days.

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

hair loss.

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.

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