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Friday, March 22, 2013

Summer Skin Survival tips

Summer Skin Survival  


Dr Ajay Yadav

This is early march and temperature goes on high so early year by year ,what important is to take care of skin in summer is very much important as I always say skin is mirror of healthy glowing skin Fortunately, your skin needn’t take the brunt of the heat this season. We have for you, some tips that’ll help keep your skin fresh and dewy, even as the mercury continues to stay high.the heat and humidity play a major role in our lives, keeping us hot and bothered. Summer brings with it a host of skin problems,Here are some of the most common summer skin problems, and how best to prevent and relieve them.
Skin tan and burn – very common problem with skin in every summer with sensitive patients and more often A suntan is actually the body's defence mechanism against strong sunlight and the visible evidence of damage to the skin. Severe sunburn results in the redness of the skin, skin peeling and sometimes itching. Best part is get protect with sunscreens .i always advice chemical peel is one best cosmetic procedure to removal of tann .

Acne : Aggravation of acne (pimples) as the heat, humidity, dead skin cells and oil tend to clog the pores thereby leading to comedones (blackheads) and then acne. Hygiene plays an important role. Applying a 'mud-pack' once a week to absorb the oil.

Having plenty of water and taking supplements of Vitamin A, zinc and antioxidants are good

Prickly heat : Excessive sweating and increased dead cell turnover blocks the sweat glands and causes a rash-like picture commonly known as 'prickly heat' especially in the folds of the skin where the sweat accumulates and maybe also on the the back. This leads to itching. Having cool showers, wearing loose clothes, putting talcum powder after a bath, applying calamine lotion on the rashes are good

Rosacea : This is characterised by red and inflamed skin especially on the cheek, chin and frown areas of the face. The rash can also lead to tiny boils on the cheeks and maybe even to severe acne if left untreated Avoiding sunlight, using a soap-free face wash and a good sunscreen, reducing stress with yoga, meditation, having an antacid or aloe vera juice in the morning on an empty stomach.

Fungal infections of the skin : This is very common in the hot and humid weather. The fungi thrive in the humid weather and areas where there is less aeration as in the folds of the skin especially in people who wear tight clothing, shoes the whole day long and synthetic clothing. The treatment is in the form of:Having a shower more often, using an anti-fungal powder in the body folds after a bath and applying an anti-fungal cream at bedtime on affected areas.

Dandruff : Dandruff is a result of over-secretion of oil on the scalp mixed with increased dead cell turnover, sweats and the pollution around. This leads to a 'scale' formation on the scalp which is not only unhygienic but can also lead to hairfall, itching and eventually pimples on the forehead and back. The treatment is in the form of:

Washing your hair often in summer. Using of hair shampoo and conditioner is very important 

Increased pigmentation : Normal skin and skin with pigmentation problems seems to look darker when exposed to the summer sun. This is because exposure to sun activates the melanin to rise to the upper layers thereby increasing pigmentation.
Using a sunscreen of a good SPF 30 before going out in sun  2-3 in the day.

 Using an umbrella and sunglasses while going out in the sun and sun visors for the car.

 Taking supplements of vitamin C, folic acid and antioxidants.

Body odour : This is a characteristic unpleasant body smell which is not only due to increased sweat accumulation but also due to a bacterial decomposition of the same. This could be quite an embarrassing condition for many.

To avoid body odour :

1. Use loose, cotton clothing.

2. Have a shower 2-3 times a day.

3. Use a medicated soap especially in the body folds.

4. Use an anti-fungal powder and deodorant in the body folds.

5. Use a fragrance on clothes rather than on the skin to prevent pigmentation.

Skincare tips for the summer

1. Stay hydrated. Your body tends to lose a lot of moisture in the summer, so it’s important to regularly replenish the H2O. Drink a lot of water and liquids and your skin will stay soft and moisturised as well.

2. Sun protection. If you can, try and stay indoors between 11am and 3pm. That’s when the sun’s rays are the strongest and can have an adverse effect on your skin. Also, don’t forget to apply that all-important sunscreen 30 minutes before you step out. If you’ve been out in the sun for a few hours, touch it up again so you’re well protected.

3. Use a toner. It’s important to keep your pores closed and skin cool by using a toner. Look for a brand that suits you or try rose water. Its natural cooling properties make it an excellent toner for the hot season.

4. Go for a water-based moisturiser. Don’t make the mistake of skipping the moisturising routine altogether as its essential for your skin to remain hydrated. However, if you find your regular moisturiser too oily, go for a water-based one.

5. Ditch those aerated drinks. Most people have the tendency to reach out for an ice cold aerated drink to quench their thirst on a really hot day. However, it’s important to remember that these drinks are full of sugar that is not good for your skin or your figure. Instead drink some water, fresh lime, fresh fruit juices, aam panna (green mango drink) or coconut water to stay hydrated. It’s also best to minimise the intake of diuretics like alcohol and caffeine as they reduce the water from your system.

6. Cleanse your face twice a day. At least! This is important to do even if you’ve been home all day and feel like your skin is clean. Cleansing and moisturising your skin before sleeping is an absolute must.

7. Exfoliate. It's so very important to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don't get rid of them, they'll just sitting on your skin making you look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you're never going to have glowing skin if you don't exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down (you'll want a facial exfoliator for your face and neck) and rinse clean. Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin

 8. Don’t like your tan? Gram flour can also be used as a facemask to get rid of an uneven tan. Mix it with yoghurt and a few drops of lemon and apply and leave it on your face till it’s dry. The citrus properties of the lemon are very effective in removing the tan.

9. Get that warm, summer glow. Papaya is full of natural goodness and you can even use it as a homemade pack. Just mash 2 tbsp of papaya with a tsp of honey and 1 egg white. Leave the mixture on your face for about 15 minutes and enjoy the glow you get afterwards.

10. Cool your skin. Blending half a cucumber and 1 tbsp of yoghurt in the mixer can make another simple and effective homemade face pack. Apply this to your face for 15 minutes and feel completely pampered.

Its very important to take care of skin in summer with few cosmetic procedure like facial ,skin polishing and chemical peel ,this are few procedure which help u to maintain good skin condition.Your skin is the “mirror of your body, which strongly reflects your inner state and body needs”I always says it .  In the case of healthy nutrition, you will notice smooth, moist, fresh and vital skin. On the other hand, poor nutrition and the lack of essential nutrients lead to a pale, rough, dehydrated and irritated skin. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially those which are rich in vitamin C, which plays a major role in keeping the skin looking healthy. Eat more oranges, melon, broccoli, and sweet pepper.Enrich your diet with foods (green, orange and red, nuts and seeds) that are rich in antioxidants that help in destroying the cancerous cells caused by ultraviolet rays. Eat vitamin E-rich foods, such as almonds, walnuts, and avocado. Vitamin E helps keep the skin moist and prevents its dehydration.

Enjoy summer with healthy skin 
this article publish in Right Choice magzine summer issue

Enjoy summer with healthy skin

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