Dermatologist and Cosmetologist
Tips For Healthy and Glowing Skin:
Your face is the most exposed body part and growing air pollution can take a toll on your skin. Air pollution is the contamination of the indoor and outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere, as defined by the WHO. Exposure to smog can also lead to skin problems like acne, dryness and sometimes rashes. With the growing pollution and its negative effects, here’s how you can protect your skin by following these simple tips shared by Dr. Vikram Lahoria (MBBS, MD, dermatology-Mumbai), working as Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist in CMC, Mohali & Max Superspeciality hospital, Mohali:
CLEAN YOUR SKIN: For cleansing, use a gentle cleanser and make sure you wash your face at least twice or thrice a day. Also, remember to always remove your make-up before going to bed. Cleansing skin is also important to avoid acne breakouts. Always wash your face before going to bed followed by moisturization. Don’t use too hot water to wash your face. Also over cleansing makes your skin dry.
USE MOISTURISERS: Moisturisation helps your skin combat the dryness. It keeps your skin soft and hydrated which can help in minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Studies have proved that pollution and dryness aggravate conditions like eczema and psoriasis, for which one should moisturize more often. Experts suggest moisturizers with natural ingredients like oats that can be a savior as it restores the skin’s pH balance, preventing dry skin. Moisturizers have enhanced the ability to lock-in moisture and relieve dry, itchy and irritated skin. Natural skincare does not only make you look good but also provides you with a lasting glow that makes you feel healthier and beautiful from within.
- Always use a moisturizer which is non-greasy and non-comedogenic.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after a bath on damp skin is one of the best habits you could form for healthy skin as it locks the moisture.
- Avoid moisturizers with heavy fragrance as it can aggravate underlying dermatitis.
USE SUNSCREENS: Use sunscreens with broad-spectrum coverage (UVA and UVB) and sunscreen with minimum SPF 30. Apply it 20 minutes before leaving the house and make sure that you apply it every 3-4 hours. Sunscreens also help to prevent sun-induced aging and tanning.
EAT HEALTHY: Eating a healthy diet including vegetables, fruits & nuts helps you to get essential minerals, vitamins & antioxidants. Vitamins A, C, and E are all powerful antioxidants and acts as anti-aging. They are found in several foods, like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and green leafy vegetables. You can also use topical creams containing vitamin C and E formulations after consulting a dermatologist. Avoid junk food and sweets as they are known to cause acne breakouts.
EXERCISE REGULARLY: it helps to increase the circulation of your skin and open pores also.
Most importantly, take time out for yourself and visit a dermatologist who can suggest an appropriate treatment for your skin type. There are many treatments available varying from topical creams, peels, PRP therapy and lasers which can help.