Monsoon may have its share of gimmicks to play, but thank goodness for the beauty experts, we don’t need to live in worrying days. With the new season coming and the incessant showers, your skin and hair have challenges to overcome. But, this time around, if you feel unprepared or rather feel like your mind is clogged with too much information you may have stumbled upon, take it easy here, we give you a guide and comprehensive guide to bet on with contributions from cosmetic surgeon Dr. Geeta Grewal (anti-aging, beauty and wellness expert).
1) 3 skin and hair care must-haves
A: The most important thing is to remember your supplements – protein, zinc, B12 and D3 for hair as well as skin.
Taking care of your hair is a long-term commitment. You need to avoid shortcuts and treatments and focus on lifestyle changes. Try massaging the scalp with warm coconut oil at least once a week and wash your hair 2-3 times a week. To nourish the deep roots, you can opt for in-clinic therapies like platelet-rich therapy (PRP), micro-needling, or hair Botox.
Having healthy, glowing skin is what everyone wants, but we pay far less attention to what our skin needs. Second, never sleep with makeup on. Have a nightly cleansing and moisturizing routine. Finally, it’s a myth that you don’t need sunscreen indoors, please use sunscreen diligently every day, even when you’re at home.
2) 3 skin and hair care don’ts
A: There are several things that you absolutely must avoid. Never comb wet hair, avoid any heat treatment on your hair and don’t go without washing your hair for more than 3 days, especially in this dry heat.
For your skin, many things are to be avoided. First, avoid using too many products. This could lead to breakouts and clogged pores.
Second, don’t keep touching your face, especially with dirty hands. Hygiene is of utmost importance for healthy skin.
Lately, don’t forget to exfoliate. Many people skip this step and underestimate its importance. It is important to exfoliate a few times a week.
3) A healthy skincare practice to follow before starting and ending the day?
A: Always start the day by cleansing the skin, then toning it with rose water and after that vitamin C and serum. This should be followed by moisturizer and sunscreen. You should also end the day with a good facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. You can also use the Gua Sha tool to shape and even out the moisturizer. This will help in better absorption of the moisturizer. Also, people with dry skin should use a combination of moisturizers and not rely on hyaluronic acid moisturizer alone. When applying, first apply the thickest consistency which is the Hyaluronic followed by a moisturizer of a lighter consistency.
4) Could you name some effective tips for radiant and hydrated skin?
A: 1. Double cleansing at night helps keep skin fresh and healthy.
2. Use a moisturizer during the day and at night.
3. Exfoliate at least once a week.
4. Avoid direct heat exposure and use sunscreen at all times.
5. Keep a healthy diet.
5) Products to trust and avoid this monsoon?
A: 1) For the skin, always avoid very strong acids. In addition, you should never indulge in very coarse scrubs. Anything that is hard on the fingertips should ideally not be used on the skin. The general rule is to use a fine grainy scrub.
2) Products you can invest in are vitamin C, retinol and azelaic acid. Retinol and Azelaic Acid can be used every other night.
3) For hair, any heat treatment and frequent hair coloring is a big no-no.
4) Also, always avoid strong chemicals with fragrances. When washing hair, please do not take prolonged showers with hot water.
In general, coconut oil is one of the best products for hair and skin. You can add a few drops of thick oils like black sesame oil or castor oil to coconut oil and use them for your hair.
6) 2 homemade dandruff hair masks to try
A: We have many products at home that can be used in DIY hair masks. An easy to prepare hair mask is mixing one egg with coconut oil and another is curd and honey. Both of these masks will help heal and repair the scalp to reduce dandruff. Another good dandruff hair mask is two tablespoons of aloe vera gel mixed with 2-3 drops of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Just apply it as is and wash it off after 20 minutes.
7) 2 masks to soothe acne
A: Acne can occur for many reasons and in some cases may require medication, but you can soothe it using many DIY recipes.
A useful recipe is a mixture of turmeric and honey. Form a smooth paste of turmeric and honey and apply it on the face. Keep it on for 10 minutes, then rinse with osmosis/filtered water.
Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Mix aloe vera with lemon juice – ¼ tsp lemon juice to 2 tsp aloe vera, apply evenly on your face and hold for 5-10 minutes before rinsing completely.
8) Simple tricks to exfoliate your skin
A: Exfoliation is done to relieve the skin of dead cells, dirt or impurities that have settled on the skin. Use a scrub suitable for your skin type and exfoliate with your fingertips in small circular motions on your face. You should continue to exfoliate for at least 30-45 seconds and then rinse completely. You can also use the skincare tools diligently like sculptors, Gua Sha and rose quartz for skin, jade rollers to stimulate your skin.
What does your hair care and skin care routine look like? Let us know in the comments below.
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