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Skin Care Regime For Different Skin Types in Winter

Mini Sood Banerjee, Brand Manager at Innisfree India, offers tips on how one should take care of different skin types in winter

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How to take care of skin and hair post Holi, find it out here. Pixabay

Skin tends to become very dry during Winter hence you need extra care to keep the skin moist and supple.

Mini Sood Banerjee, Brand Manager at Innisfree India, offers tips on how one should take care of different skin types in winter.

* For dry skin: The skin becomes more dry in winters. In the morning start your routine with washing your face with a cream based cleanser, since foaming cleanser will make the skin drier. Use a moisturising toner which will maintain the skin’s moisturisation levels. After that use a rich face cream which will give intense moisturisation to your skin. Use an SPF in the last. You can also use honey as a facemask in winters, since dry skin becomes flaky and starts peeling. Honey won’t let the skin peel off.

* For oily skin: For oily skin, it becomes easy during winters. Wash your face with a normal cleanser, use a water-based toner or clean your face with rosewater. Use a water-based moisturizer. Make sure that you moisturise your face after every time you wash your face, to maintain the balance of the oil levels, Use an SPF as a last step.

* For combination skin : Combination skin tends to get dry in winters hence the demand for extra care. Use a normal facewash or cream based face wash as per your choice, tone your face and apply a thick cream for intense moisturisation, apply SPF as a last step. At night also use a cream before going to bed. You can use homemade packs like mix of malai and besan pack for 10 minutes and wash off.

Last but not the least, we tend to drink less water in winters because we turn to hot drinks. But don’t forget your skin needs hydration from both inside and outside. Take some warm water with lemon, that can be both refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

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Try using more herbal products with natural hydrating ingredients. Pixabay

Anuj Mishra, Education Manager at Kiehl’s India also have some inputs to share.

* Use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face and use gentle non-stripping cleansers so that the skin barrier remains healthy.

* Always use a gentle alcohol-free toner so that PH of the skin remain balanced.

* Stay hydrated by using heavier moisturizers but in case your skin breaks out very easily, or you still feel that your skin is oily, try to give hydration through lightweight serums which contains natural glycerin and Hyaluronic acids.

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* Try using more herbal products with natural hydrating ingredients.

* Never compromise on protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. The warm sun rays feel pleasant, but the UV rays can damage your skin a lot. Choose a sunscreen that has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. (IANS)

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Shower Additional Care on Your Skin With Summer Fruits

Tropical fruit fix for skin during lovkdown

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Consumption of various fruits provides us with numerous health benefits. Pixabay

With the prolonged lockdown has come the opportunity to devote extra time to personal wellness. As pollution levels seem to be dropping, and many people are protected from harsh sunlight, use this time to follow Glowing Skin And Face Tips and give your skin additional care with summer fruits.

Seasonal fruit like watermelons, mangoes, kiwi, etc. not only provide us numerous health benefits through consumption, they are also good for our skin in several ways. As per Dolly Kumar, Founder & Director, Skinella, here’s how to incorporate them into your skincare routine.

Consume more fruit in your diet

It is true that your skin reflects what you eat. This means, if you eat healthily, your skin will show it all. Prepare a bowl of fruit salad with summer special fruit like; Papaya – rich in vitamins like A, B and C, and minerals like magnesium, copper and potassium; Mango – a rich source of vitamin A, C, E and K, beta-carotene, flavonoids, polyphenolics, xanthophylls and fibre; and Watermelon – Rich in vitamin A, B1, B6 and C along with ample amounts of lycopene, flavonoids and carotenoids.

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Add a large amount of fruits in your diet to help your skin glow. Pixabay

Watermelon DIY Pack

Watermelon is a blessing for the skin, especially for those who are prone to acne or have sensitive skin. So, apart from taking watermelon juice on a daily basis, you can apply it on the skin as a mask by adding 2 teaspoons of yogurt to 1 teaspoon of watermelon juice. Apply this mixture on your face, keep it for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Using this refreshing face mask everyday can give your face a dewy glow.

Strawberry DIY Body Polish Scrub

Strawberries can keep the skin clean and clear. The ellagic acid content in them helps in preventing wrinkles, collagen destruction and also protects the skin from UV damage. You can make a homemade body scrub by mixing a handful of ripe strawberries pureed with 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 5 tablespoons of sugar and squeeze in half a lemon. Apply this scrub on your body and let it stay for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. This will remove all dead skin cells from your skin.

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Strawberries can keep the skin clean and clear. Pixabay

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Kiwi DIY Face Scrub

Kiwi can do wonders for your skin by saving it from free radical damage, warding off wrinkles and promoting the synthesis of the collagen. Mash kiwi pulp and squeeze the juice out. Mix the juice with some olive oil and gently massage your face with it using strokes upward and in a circular motion. Let your skin soak it in for 20-30 minutes, then wash it off. Your skin will feel hydrated, light and instantly pepped up.

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The high nutritional content and the refreshing scent of grapefruit makes it a favourite skincare ingredient. Pixabay

Grapefruit DIY Lotion

The high nutritional content and the refreshing scent of grapefruit makes it a favourite skincare ingredient for many. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, the extracts of this fruit when applied topically can provide multiple anti-aging benefits like evening skin tone and fighting off free radicals. You can mix 2 tablespoons of grapefruit juice with one-fourth cup Shea butter and one-fourth cup Coconut oil to make it into a lotion. Apply it to keep your skin moisturized and supple. (IANS)

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Take Extra Care of Your Skin During The Pandemic

Skin care tips to follow during the pandamic

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Extra self care is a must during the lockdown. Pixabay

We have entered lockdown 3.0 and still have uncertain times ahead of us. As much as this lockdown has given us an unprecedented break from our busy routine, it also has brought with itself a fair share of stress, anxiety and a fear of the unknown for the future. Since most of us are at home, a little extra self and skin care will go a long way in not only giving the right attention to ourselves but also making us feel a lot better.

It is probably the best time to develop a routine and develop a skin care regimen in the most intricate and personalised manner. Skin care routines will not differ much from the regular phase to a lockdown phase. However, certain skin conditions may be more common due to the change of hygiene measures and routines that have been incorporated in our lives.

Dr. Samipa. S. Mukherjee, Consultant, Dermatologist, Cloudnine Group of hospitals, gives a sneak peek into it. It is important to remember that if you have a skin condition that needs attention, consider using video consultation services with dermatologists.

Skin care routine:

The basic three steps of skin care remain the same. Prolonged usage of mask can cause bruising, pigmentation, pressure related changes on the skin or contact dermatitis to the material of the mask for which you may need to meet your dermatologist.

Cleansing, moisturising and sunscreens are a person’s best friend when it comes to pampering the skin. The choice of cleansers/facewashes/soaps depends on the skin type. Those of you with a dry or sensitive skin type should prefer a cleansing lotion that is non foaming since they are milder and do not aggravate dryness. For those with oily skin a gentle foaming face wash or a moisturising soap twice daily would do the job. The choice of moisturisers again is tough with so many products available in the market. You may choose from traditional moisturisers to the newer ones with silky smooth feel to matte finish ones.

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Cleansing, moisturising and sunscreens are the best ways to pamper your skin. Pixabay

Remember to keep the ingredients of moisturisers to as less in numbers as possible, as fragrance free as possible and preferably a pH balanced formulation. Sunscreens are a must even when you stay at home. Repeat applications of sunscreens during the day is necessary since after 3-4 hours the sunscreens lose their action. So even while staying at home it may be necessary to apply sunscreen at least 2-3 times during the day time.

Most of the sunscreens available today are matte finish so they are very well cosmetically acceptable. While at home in case you do wear make-up it may be worthwhile to use micellar water for make up removal since the make-up used at home are generally short wear water soluble make-up products.

Care of the hands:

Handwashing and routine use of hand sanitisers have become a norm in the COVID times in young and the old alike. As much as it keeps the virus at bay, a lot of people have started complaining of increased dryness of the hands, burning sensation, peeling of skin and development of dry patches and developing cracks in the hand skin. This results from repeated hand wash and use of hand sanitisers which destroys the natural moisturisers and protective layer of the skin. As much as hand hygiene is necessary during these times few tips will prevent the development of these problems.

Use moisturising soaps for hand wash and gel based sanitisers

Repeat application of plain moisturisers and petroleum jelly after every hand wash or sanitiser use

Repeated use of coconut oil on the hand also helps prevent dryness and flaking of skin

Wearing hand gloves while using harsh soaps during mopping, vessel cleaning or washing clothes

Meeting your dermatologist at the earliest if you develop cuts in the skin or dry patches on the hands that do not resolve on moisturiser application

Avoid long nails

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One should avoid long nails in order to take care of their hands. Pixabay

Hair care:

Hair care does not differ much from the routine times. Washing your scalp every alternate day may be a good idea since it helps in clearing the sweat and grime that accumulates in hot climatic conditions. Usage of a conditioner immediately post a mild shampoo helps in improving the texture of the skin. Hair nutrition diets like almonds, green leafy vegetables, apples, pomegranate and sprouts are a rich source of vitamins and micro minerals required for hair growth.

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Diet and lifestyle changes

The incorporation of simple techniques in routine practice not only helps the skin and hair but also helps in having a healthy mind and body. Simple changes in lifestyle and routines will go a long way in giving you not only a beautiful skin but also a healthy mind and body.

Exercise daily

Meditate for sometime during the day

Drink plenty of water

Eat foods rich in antioxidants like lemons, limes, tomatoes, haldi

Do not binge or overeat

(IANS)

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All You Need to Know About Exfoliation

The beauty ritual of exfoliating

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Exfoliation is an important step in skin care. Pixabay

Exfoliation is a critically important step in skin care. When you use the right type of exfoliant, the difference in the appearance and texture of your skin improves over night.

With consistent use, exfoliation will maintain the health and youthfulness of skin. But how you exfoliate is incredibly important because using the wrong exfoliant will end up hurting your skin and causing serious problems.

Why should you use an exfoliant?

Everyone needs to exfoliate because over time, due to unprotected sun exposure, pollution, age, and some skin disorders, skin can no longer exfoliate (shed dead skin cells) as it once did naturally when we were young. When skin can’t exfoliate on its own anymore, it causes an adverse build-up of dead layers of skin that can result in clogged pores, breakouts, having dry or combination skin, making skin look and feel rough and dull, and impeding skin’s ability to heal and repair itself.

Many people think using an abrasive scrub or a rough cleansing brush, or a loofah is a way to exfoliate skin but those are truly terrible because they create micro-tears in the skin’s surface which causes a litany of problems including collagen breakdown, redness, dehydration, and destroys skin’s protective barrier, so skin becomes more susceptible to environmental damage.

Gentle is the key for any skin care step, including exfoliation

Another problem with using abrasive scrubs for exfoliation is they simply can’t reach where the layers of built-up dead skin reside. Scrubs can only impact the very surface of skin. If the scrub is gentle, that may be good for cleansing, but it won’t help skin shed dead skin the way young skin does.

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Tools required for Exfoliation like plastic bath sponge, below it a brush with a pumice stone on one side and a bristle brush on the other side, on the bottom left a mud mask package, on the top left a jar of perfumed body scrub. Wikimedia Commons

The absolute best way to exfoliate is by using a leave-on AHA exfoliant (such as glycolic or lactic acid) or a leave-on BHA exfoliant (which is only salicylic acid). When an AHA or BHA leave-on exfoliant is formulated without any irritating ingredients such as witch hazel, alcohol, or essential oils, the results can be amazing. Both AHAs and BHA minimize the appearance of wrinkles, clarify dull, uneven skin tone, improve skin discoloration, smooth rough skin, strengthen the skin’s barrier, reduce breakouts, unclog pores, and even hydrate skin!

BHA is considered best for normal to oily or combination skin and AHA is considered best for normal to dry skin. Adding a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant to your skincare routine is simple.

Once or twice a day, after you cleanse and tone apply the exfoliant all over your face, neck, chest, and even your hands and arms. You would then follow with your other skincare products.

Remember that during the day the last product you apply is always sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater.

Here are a few other tips for how to exfoliate:

You can exfoliate around the eye area, but not the eyelid or directly under the eye (along the lower lash line).

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You don’t need to wait for your BHA or AHA exfoliant to absorb or dry; you can apply any other product in your routine-moisturizer, serum, eye cream, or sunscreen-immediately afterward.

Experiment with using different types of exfoliants and gauge what frequency of application works best for you. Some people do great exfoliating with an AHA or BHA twice a day, whereas others find that once a day or every other day is a perfect balance. Note how your skin responds and adjust accordingly. (IANS)

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