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SKINCARE TIPS- NORMAL SKIN

FIND BELOW- ESSENTIAL SKINCARE REGIME, SPECIFIC DO'S & DON'TS, DERMATOLOGIST'S VIEWS, DIET RECOMMENDATIONS

 

DERMATOLOGIST SPEAKS

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER

DIET

Skin-DiagramNormal skin is firm with good muscle tone, appropriate skin hydration, elasticity and skin barrier functions. It is soft, smooth and has an even skin tone along with a healthy glow. This type of skin is rather unfortunately rare. But this does not mean you can ignore basic skincare regime. Correct skincare is as crucial as any other skin type. Therefore, proper hygiene, pampering and protecting your skin is equally important to maintain this skin type. 

Dr. T. K. Gupta (MD, Skin) 

  1. Skin type does not remain static; it can alter with time depending upon a number of external & internal factors.
  2. Factors that can harm/ disrupt the normal balance of your skin are: extreme weather changes, heat, dust, pollution, excessive sun exposure, stress, lack of fresh air, dehydration, artificial heating or cooling devices, poor hygiene, lack of sound sleep, hormonal imbalance, insufficient water intake and diet lacking essential vitamins. Another factor which is extremely important but is usually overlooked is; choosing skincare products. Therefore always- 
    • Use skincare products that are formulated specifically for your skin type.
    • Look for skin pH friendly skincare products.
    • Try to use only those skincare products that do not contain toxic/ harmful ingredients in them & are safe for application on human skin.
  3. Avoid changing your skincare regime frequently.(Skin takes about 3-4 weeks to show any results/ signs of improvement.)
  4. Always consult a dermatologist; without any delay; if you are suffering from any skin problem. (Most of the skin issues can be prevented from spreading/ increasing if timely treatment is taken.)

DIET & SUPPLEMENTS FOR NORMAL SKIN

  • Consume more of green leafy vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes, nuts (almonds/ walnuts etc), citrus fruits, eggs etc.
  • Flax seeds, Omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins (Vit C, E, D etc)
  • Perk up your meals with inflammation-fighting spices. Ginger and cinnamon, both chock full of antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Add probiotics to your diet. 
  • Don’t forget to consume around 2-3 lts of water everyday.

ESSENTIAL SKINCARE REGIME-CLEANSING

EXFOLIATING

MOISTURIZING

PROTECTING

PAMPERING

GENERAL SKINCARE DO's & DON'Ts for SUMMERS, MONSOONS and WINTERS

Step-1: CLEANSING (face wash/cleansers)

  • Use face wash or cleansers that are skin pH friendly so that they do not disrupt your healthy skin barrier layer.
  • The face wash should be devoid of harsh surfactants, skin irritants, colorants and low quality preservatives. Look for ingredients like aloevera extract, mild lactic acid, glycerin etc.
  • Don’t get fooled or spend extra for face washes claiming to have Anti-ageing properties or Anti-pigmentation properties because for combating these skin concerns the ingredients must be in contact with the skin for more than 30 mins. As we wash off face washes within mins, the ingredients will be washed off down the drain before they start acting on the skin.
  • Cleanse your face twice a day; using a mild to moderate face wash.
  • Deep cleansing should be done once a month.

You can also read the DO’s & DON’Ts of CLEANSING 

Step-2: EXFOLIATING (face scrubs)

  • Don’t exfoliate more than 1-2 times in a week.
  • Also opt for non-abrasive & soft textured scrubbing agents. Harsh gritty scrubbing agents scratch our healthy skin layers; which is usually not visible to the eye. 

You can also read the DO’s & DON’Ts of EXFOLIATION 

Step-3: MOISTURIZING (cream/lotion)

  • During the day use a light moisturising lotion. You can easily go in for a moisturizer cum sunscreen which has a semi-lotion base. Also you can go in for a medium textured BB or CC cream; but be very careful in picking one. BB or CC creams should be devoid of any retinols.
  • Deep moisturize using a light weight cream once a day preferably at night just before going to bed. The cream should have adequate amounts of skin replenishing ingredients because during the night your cream’s ingredients get absorbed more efficiently inside your skin; as you are not exposed to sun/dust/pollution. In winters opt for a heavy night cream.

 You can also read the DO’s & DON’Ts of MOISTURIZATION

IF YOU have any skin concerns like (uneven skin tone, acne, post acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, dullness, stubborn blackheads, hyperpigmentation, dark circles, enlarged pores, complexion enhancement, dark spots, sun spots,  rosacea, melasma, skin allergies etc) then in addition to your daily regime you will require TARGETED TREATMENT regime which is specific for your skin concern but at the same time is also mild on your skin (eg milder forms of retinoids/pigment reducing ingredients etc).CLICK TO GET A DETAILED FACE CARE REGIME DEVISED EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE/ CONCERNS/ NEEDS

Step-4: PROTECTING (sunscreens)

  • Sun protection is paramount for every skin type.
  • Apply sunscreen even if you are briefly stepping out of the house.
  • Always choose a broad spectrum sunscreen.
  • Re-application in intervals is very important because though we all know it but we tend to ignore this step.

You can also read the DO’s & DON’Ts of SUN PROTECTION

Step-5: PAMPERING (with face packs/masks)

  • Normal skin people must pamper their skin with a moisturizing & rejuvenating face mask twice a month.
  • As soon as you turn 25; start using rejuvenating facial serums once in 15 days.
  • Preferably start getting regular facials done only after 28 years of age before that you can go in for a deep cleansing.
  • Get a facial done only once in 3-6 months. 

Read our NATURAL REMEDIES- FOR DRY SKIN to find out how to make face packs.

*Disclaimer : Result may vary from person to person.