Skin Care

Pro­tect your skin from dust, pol­lu­tion and sun

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS -

The sun, dust and pol­lu­tion can wreak havoc on your skin. To top it, the scorch­ing heat adds to the skin woes. With all the sweat and grime in the air, it seems im­pos­si­ble to main­tain healthy and vi­brant skin. But a few tips of skin­care if fol­lowed thor­oughly can work won­ders to take care of skin woes and to soothe and calm the skin af­ter a long day of en­vi­ron­men­tal on­slaught, says Dr Sau­rabh Shah, der­ma­tol­o­gist, Bha­tia Hos­pi­tal, Mumbai. Some of the eas­i­est ways of hav­ing healthy skin is to fol­low the age-old mantras that have al­ways guar­an­teed good re­sults. Hav­ing seven to eight hours of beauty sleep, eat­ing the right food, liv­ing a stress-free life,

Fight the sun’s harsh ef­fects on the skin, and keep it glow­ing and…

con­sum­ing enough wa­ter, in­dulging in reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, us­ing proper sun­screens and mois­turis­ers, avoid­ing smok­ing and con­sum­ing al­co­hol are some of the reg­u­lar tips that are sure-shot ways of hav­ing healthy skin. Un­for­tu­nately, to­day’s hec­tic life­style and pol­luted en­vi­ron­ment calls for a lit­tle more ef­fort when it comes to skin­care. Here are a few sim­ple ways to achieve good skin: Ex­fo­li­ate, cir­cu­late and ra­di­ate: Ex­fo­li­at­ing not only re­moves dead skin, but also im­proves blood cir­cu­la­tion to your face. Us­ing a mild ex­fo­li­at­ing cleanser once or twice a week based on your skin type is a good way. You can also use nat­u­ral ones like or­ange peels, grated cu­cum­ber and ap­ple skins. Mois­tur­is­ing: It is very im­por­tant to mois­turise your skin es­pe­cially in the heat. The trick is to use the right mois­turiser as per your skin type in the form of creams, lo­tions or oint­ments for face, hands, feet and body. Re­mov­ing makeup: It’s best to go for a min­i­mal look to help the skin stay healthy. Also re­mov­ing all the makeup be­fore you go to sleep is nec­es­sary. Us­ing ionic skin cleansers which are al­co­hol-based is a good idea. Cleans­ing: It is im­por­tant to cleanse the skin thor­oughly af­ter know­ing your skin type. You can use gen­tle skin cleansers with glyc­erin, cetyl al­co­hol, stearyl al­co­hol and propy­lene gly­col for dry skin and strong sal­i­cylic acid-based cleansers for oily skin types. You can even cre­ate your own

How to pro­tect your skin from the sun? The sun can do much more dam­age than sim­ply give you painful sun­burn. Pro­longed ex­po­sure to sun­light causes many changes in the skin, in­clud­ing wrin­kles, dis­col­oration, age spots, be­nign (non-can­cer­ous) growths, and pre-can­cer­ous, or can­cer­ous

Use a gen­er­ous amount of sun­screen that has sun pro­tec­tion fac­tor (SPF) greater than 30, and UVA and UVB cov­er­age and reap­ply it fre­quently - ev­ery two-three hours.

growths. In fact, most skin can­cers are re­lated to sun ex­po­sure. Avoid­ing mid-day sun be­tween 10 a.m and 3 p.m is ef­fec­tive. But if you sim­ply can­not avoid go­ing out dur­ing this time, make sure you wear wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and pants. Use a gen­er­ous amount of sun­screen that has sun pro­tec­tion fac­tor (SPF) greater than 30, and UVA and UVB cov­er­age and reap­ply it fre­quently - ev­ery two-three hours.

Go nat­u­ral!

Na­ture has a lot to of­fer when it comes to skin­care and all we need to know is which nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ent helps in which process of skin­care. Re­mem­ber these sim­ple home reme­dies: Use corn meal, al­mond meal, wal­nut meal for scrub­bing your skin. Opt for or­ange peels, grated cu­cum­ber and fruit skins for ex­fo­li­a­tion. Go for heavy cream, yo­gurt, honey, glyc­er­ine for mois­tur­iz­ing and use egg yolks for tight­en­ing the skin.

Chem­i­cal peels and their ben­e­fits

A chem­i­cal peel is a tech­nique used to im­prove the ap­pear­ance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. Chem­i­cal peels boast of var­i­ous ben­e­fits for the skin in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing deeper cleans­ing, un­clog­ging of the pores, soft­en­ing the skin, hy­drat­ing the skin, in­creas­ing cir­cu­la­tion, stim­u­lat­ing col­la­gen, slow­ing down pre­ma­ture aging and cre­at­ing a glow on the skin. You can choose op­tions like pump­kin peels that have high con­cen­tra­tions of vi­ta­mins A, C and be­tac­arotene, along with zinc and potas­sium. Try mak­ing a pump­kin peel at home by tak­ing two ta­ble­spoons of pump­kin puree, half-atea­spoon raw honey, oneta­ble­spoon plain yo­ghurt/ olive oil, mix­ing it to­gether and ap­ply­ing it on the skin. Achiev­ing flaw­less skin is not dif­fi­cult and fol­low­ing a sim­ple rou­tine can work won­ders.

Opt for or­ange peels, grated cu­cum­ber and fruit skins for ex­fo­li­a­tion. Go for heavy cream, yo­gurt, honey, glyc­er­ine for mois­tur­iz­ing and for use egg yolks skin. tight­en­ing the

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