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Maintain a Healthy Skin and Hair Care Routine During This Transitional Season

Self-care routine for a smooth transition to summers

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Your skin and hair deserve special attention, not only seasonal, but also while we transition between seasons. Pixabay

Whether it is dry and windy outside, or scorching and sweaty, skin is the largest organ that comes in direct contact with the environment. It, thus, deserves special attention, not only seasonal, but also while we transition between seasons.

Dr Smriti Naswa Singh, Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetic Dermatologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai suggests top tips for maintaining a healthy skin and hair care routine during this transition period:

Skincare when under the sun:

Sunscreens are a must in all seasons, 365 days a year especially in a country like India. The SPF and the UVA protection factor has to go up when we are transitioning towards summers. Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and repeated every three hours if you remain outdoors. Sunscreen does not substitute, but only complements the physical sun protection by umbrellas, goggles and scarves.

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Moisturized skin looks and feels good. Pixabay

Moisturizing:

Moisturizers are the food for our skin. Moisturized skin looks and feels good, whereas dry skin is dull, lusterless and invites the chances of contracting Eczema, cracked feet, chapped lips, and other dry skin-related problems. While intensive moisturizing is the key to sail through winters, summer needs a transition from thick moisturizing cream to water based moisturizing lotions, which are lightweight. Serums are a good idea for the face.

Excessive sweating, heat, thick creams and make-up clog-up pores and increase the pent up secretions of the oil glands, making pimples pop. Oil control face washes containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid can help, however the usage of these face washes should be followed-up with non-comedogenic moisturizers.

Scrub it out:

Exfoliation once or twice a week is a good idea to open-up the pores. Homemade scrubs, professionally administered microdermabrasion, or peels, all help in achieving the same. Contrary to popular belief, scrubs should not be used on active acne, even microdermabrasion or polishing should be refrained from.

Salicylic Acid based chemical peels though help treat active acne. Exfoliating skin cleansers are a better idea than harsh scrubs. All this must be followed by moisturizing.

Make up:

From the mousse-based and cake-based thick makeups, shift to lotion based make ups which can be removed with water. In summers, it is even more essential to remove make-up before hitting the bed, as summer temperatures lead to enlarged pores – these pores get clogged-up with make-up, resulting in pimples, black heads and white heads. Carrying wet wipes while out of home is a good idea in summers.

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Excessive usage of makeup can harm your skin. Pixabay

Hair care:

While dandruff is rather a rule in winters, summer comes with sweat. Hair needs to be washed often to control the sweating of the scalp, hair should also be adequately conditioned to prevent the frizz and damage due to repeated shampooing.

Clothes:

Wear dry, loose (well fitted, but breathable), cotton clothing; change your clothing including undergarments 2-3 times a day. Apply dusting powder on sweat prone areas (underarms, groin, etc.) to prevent bacterial infections, fungal infections and body odor.

Food, water and exercise:

Increasing fluid intake during the summers is of utmost importance. You can consume coconut water at 11 am, Buttermilk post lunch and fresh lime juice at 5 pm to keep electrolyte levels maintained, besides 2 litres of water.

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Summer fruits like melons are inherently water-rich, they should be consumed on an empty stomach either first thing in the morning or in between the main meals (never with the meals). Raw or steamed vegetables in salad form before cooked meal, help provide all the requisite antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals one’s body needs.

To exercise and remain active is also important; these do not need any transition but a continuity in all seasons. Keep yourself hydrated, apply your sunscreen, wear a smile, and welcome the heat! (IANS)

 

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Here Are Some Home Remedies That Can Make Your Hair Healthy

Lots of water, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich and zinc-rich diet are some steps to follow to preserve hair at its best

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Taking Care of your hair should be a promising part of your life. Pixabay

Utilise this time to indulge in selfcare which we often neglect because of our busy schedules! Dr. Apoorva Shah, Founder of RichFeel, shares some simple home remedies to bring your hair back to being healthy and lustrous.

Coconut oil, honey, lemon

Coconut oil, honey and lemon act as natural conditioners and also reduce hair fall. It gives moisture to your scalp and reduces dandruff. Mix some drops of lemon with coconut oil and honey and apply to your hair as a mask. Once it dries, rinse it with water.

Massaging with oil

Your quarantine hair care programme needs to have specific focus on hydration, lubrication, and should aim to renew its oil and moisture content. Pamper your hair and scalp with an oil massage before going for a wash. You can regain the strength and shine of your hair by massaging it with warm oil.

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Home-made hair masks

Mixture of multani mitti, amla, and shikakai works awesome for oily hair. Shampoo after about 40 minutes. It has a cooling effect. It is also ideal for hair’s conditioning, removes dandruff and lice.

Rose Water

Massage your scalp with some rose water, as it’s useful especially for dry hair.

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Utilise this time to indulge in selfcare which we often neglect because of our busy schedules. Pixabay

Olive oil and honey

If you have olive oil and honey at home, mix it with rice-papaya mash and apply before an hour to shampoo. Mix, apply, let it rest for 20 minutes and finally rinse with cold water. It makes the hair lustrous and smooth.

Bananas

Bananas are excellent if you have dry hair. Bananas have minerals and nutrients in them which will help the hair in recovering if you have dry and permed hair.

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Water and food intake

Water is the most important fuel to your hair as it requires moisture the most. Increase your water intake especially during this quarantine time as we tend to forget to have water since being at home. Lots of water, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich and zinc-rich diet are some steps to follow to preserve hair at its best.

Always oil, shampoo and condition, this three-step mantra which is most important. It is a tried, tested, and a trusted technique in hair care. Conditioning is one step which is skipped way too often and it is perhaps the most crucial one. (IANS)