Thursday, July 5, 2007

Monsoon Skin Care

The onset of the monsoon is a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. But don’t be surprised if your skin doesn’t share your enthusiasm! Take a little extra care for that dewy glow…
Monsoon is that time of year when one’s skin behaves a little strange and is often unstable. It may become either oily or dry and dehydrated. Hence, it’s very necessary to take special care of your skin during this season in order to look fresh.
Dr. Rajika Kacheria, a Consultant Cosmetologist with EverYuth, offers some tips that we must adhere to in order to enjoy a healthy, glowing skin without a high-maintenance routine that few of us working women have time for anyway!
l “You must wash and cleanse your face thoroughly with a face wash and then rub an ice cube for five to ten minutes to lower the sweating rate. In case you have an oily skin, you must use a face wash with an oil control formula. It will work best for your skin if the face wash has Tea Tree Oil, Neem and Chamomile, as they would soothe, cleanse and will give immediate freshness to your skin. However, if you have a dry skin you must use a cream-based face wash with fruit extracts to give a natural glow to your skin and keep it fresh in such humid conditions,” Dr. Rajika suggests.
l Cleansing should always be followed by toning. This helps to tighten the pores and prevent pimples and acne, which if neglected will spread all over the face and make it look blotchy. Toning gels help to remove acne-causing bacteria and also act as an antiseptic. However, if you have a dry skin, you must use a toner which is rich in Tea Tree Oil, rosewater and glycerin, which are very effective, she adds.
l “No matter what the season is, as long as there is daylight our skin needs protection from UVA (Ultra-Violet A) and UVB (Ultra-Violet B) rays. Always apply a Sunscreen with SPF 30 before you step out of your house. It is advisable to use products which are dermatologically tested and have options for all skin types,” stresses Dr. Rajika.
l She adds, “You should wear water-based moisturisers during the rainy season to keep away oily skin, acne and water loss due to perspiration and sweating.
l Basic handy tips like the above will ensure a healthy, glowing skin even in humid conditions where it becomes a challenge to manage your skin. Healthy and supple skin will not be so much of a dream if these precautions are taken and the right skin care products are used regularly, she signs off!

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