Skincare during monsoon

With climate change in India and temperatures rising above bearable limits, it is important to take good skin care.

Skin tends to feel oily. Wash your face 2-3 times a day with skin appropriate face

*Sun shines in-between the rains and therefore sunscreen should not be neglected. Good sunscreen of spf above 30, and UVA and UVB rays protection should be used every 4 hours when in sun.

*Remove all make up in night and moisturize your skin, use anti ageing cream containing retinol to keep the skin healthy.

·Try to stay indoors between 11am to 3pm when sun is more harsh.

·Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas at least 20-30 minutes before stepping out. Use sunscreen of spf 30 or more and star rating at least 3 plus. Spf means protection from Uvb rays which cause sunburn, star rating depicts protection from uva rays which prevents tanning.

·If you develop sensitivity to sunscreen, use physical blocker with zinc oxide .

·Boost your protection with antioxidants with skincare products containing vitamin C and E.

·Exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week.

·Don't avoid moisturizing your skin, use light water based moisturizer. Use milder toners.

·Use lip balm regularly with spf protection. Use a good soothing eye cream every night.

·During summer, body tends to lose a lot of moisture everyone tends to succumb to dehydration and so it’s important to replenish water levels.

·Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water.

·Wear cottons with lighter shades which don’t absorb light. Wear hats & goggles if you are out on holiday.

·Add lots of melons , curd to your diet , coconut water help to replenish electrolytes and  take green tea rich in antioxidants to protect your skin from uv damage.

-Dr. Priti Shukla, 
Cosmetic/ Plastic Surgeon,
Ambrosia Clinic, Hyderabad

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