Umbrella your Skin in the Rain!

Monsoon is that time of the year, when we get a great relief from the scorching heat and all we want to do is sing and dance in the rain! We often forget (or don’t even know) that monsoon can also be very harmful for our skin and therefore do not take any precautions. Here are a few things that you must take care of:

1. Fungal infections are the most common complaints of the rainy season. Never keep your skin wet for a long time. Shower with slightly lukewarm water.Use antifungal creams, soaps or talc. Fungal infections can be in the form of ringworm, or itching caused by wet damp clothing.

2. Clean skin: You should clean your skin at least 3-4 times a day with a non-soapy face wash. This helps to clean excessive oil and dirt from the skin pores and helps it breathe.

3. Skin toning is essential. Toning revives the skin and gives it an impeccable sheen.

4. Keeping dry skin moisturised. If your skin is dry, moisturise it regularly. Application of rose water, glycerine or almond oil before retiring to bed is beneficial in keeping the skin supple and healthy.

5. Keep oily skin clean. If you have oily skin and have visible whiteheads or blackheads, try to minimise oil secretion from the skin by using water based moisturisers, cleansers by applying citrus face packs. Drinking a lot of water also helps in reducing oil production.

6. Shield your skin. Just because it’s cloudy, does not mean your skin is protected from the sun. It is highly important to guard your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so always use a good sunscreen with a minimum 30SPF factor.

7. Gentle exfoliation: Dead skin cells should be daily removed. Use a good skin scrub to get rid of those dead cells and make your skin radiant and glowing.

8. Drink adequate water. Drink at least 7-8 glasses of water to maintain skin hydration. There are high levels f humidity in the monsoon and the skin loses a lot of water due to sweating.

9. Wash your hair often. Wash hair a little more frequently than you usually do in the monsoon as all the humidity and sweat causes it to get dirty soon and attract dust and pollution.

10. Avoid artificial jewellery. For those who have very sensitive skin, it is best to avoid wearing heavy jewellery altogether. The humidity can make your skin break out when it comes into contact with anything irritable. So avoid jewellery around your neck and wrists and allow your skin to breathe.

Keep these simple thoughts in mind and continue singing and dancing in the RAIN! 🙂

Summer is GLARING!

Gone are the carefree days where our skin longed for the sun. With the summer sun heating up the city, we need to buck up and get out our sun protection gear. While we begin to take shelter behind our fashionable glares, hats and scarves, it is our skin that takes the worse beating from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Apart from sunburn, sun spots and blemishes, unprotected exposure to the sun can also cause skin cancer. Therefore, it becomes very important to protect your skin from the summer sun at all times. Follow these simple tips to stay protected.

1. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
The sun’s rays are most powerful during 11am and 3pm. Prolonged exposure to the summer sun at these hours can be very harmful. However, if you must go out at this time, ensure that you take the right precaution by covering your skin and applying a good sunscreen.

2. Always apply sunscreen before you leave the house
Even if you use an umbrella or a hat, the sun’s rays can still reach you by reflecting off the floor. Therefore, it is extremely important that you apply sunscreen every time you step out of your house. This also applies to the days when the sky seems cloudy as UV radiation also penetrates through the clouds.

3. Use the right sunscreen
Using just about any sunscreen doesn’t suffice. You have to choose the right sunscreen for the right purpose. If you have acne prone skin, you will have to choose a gel based sunscreen. You will also have to choose a sunscreen with the right amount of SPF. It is advisable to use a sunscreen that has SPF 30 or above to protect you from the Indian summer.

4. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go out
Putting on sunscreen right before you Summer Specialsgo out is one of the most common mistakes people make. In order for it to work well, you need to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you step out into the sun.

5. Reapply sunscreen every two hours
When you perspire, the sunscreen gets wiped away, thereby exposing your skin to the sun again. Therefore, it is important to reapply sunscreen after 2 hours for complete protection.

Stay protected, stay stylish!

Work on your Face Value…

Be it men or women, we all long for a naturally flawless and gorgeous complexion. All of us want a beautiful, clean, salon-free, make-up free skin. And believe it or not we can have it. How? Well, everyone is born with flawless beautiful skin, however the pollution, impurities and stress of this big bad urban world takes it away from us. All we need to do is… work towards getting it back – by nurturing and protecting our skin so that it looks amazing every morning.

We all have our morning skin pampering routines, from cleansing to moisturizing. The most common mistake here is, we ignore to pamper our skin just before we sleep. There is a reason why we call it the ‘beauty sleep’. Therefore for your perfect ‘beauty sleep’ follow this routine and pump up your face value:

1. Wash: Over the course of the day, makeup, dirt, and oil builds on the face, therefore cleansing (with a suitable facewash) of the skin must be a part of the daily bedtime routine.

2. Tone: A toner removes excess oil and dirt from the skin and also closes the pores. Not everyone needs to use a toner, but it is essential for some (oily skin type).

3. Moisturize: Using lotion in the morning acts as a base for makeup. Moisturizing at night repairs the skin and keeps the wrinkles off. Bottom line is, it’s one of the best things you can do for an ever glowing skin.

4. Exfoliate: For dry and flaky skin, a weekly exfoliation will clear out the dead skin. Use a natural exfoliant (e.g.: a scrub of sugar mixed with honey) that has a super fine grains, and rub it on the face using light pressure and gentle motions.

A once in a while pampering facial or clean up is always a treat, but to keep the glow, avoid ignoring your flawless beauty and pamper yourself every night, waking up fresh and radiant!