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By Dr Abdul Nissar ó Hot and humid conditions
also call for extra skin care. The summer months can have its toll on our skin.
People with oily skin have more problems during these months, as they are more
prone to pimples, rashes and other skin problems. People tend to consume more
sugar filled drinks and off course they are exposed to more harsh sunlight. It
is important to take care of your skin throughout the year, but it is absolutely
critical to take extra care during the summers, especially in the hot countries.
Most of the skin related problems are due to: lack of skin care, neglect of
minor skin condition and /or due to wrong skin care products. A good,
old-fashioned skin care can help in getting rid of skin contamination. When
selecting skin care products, you should be extra careful. There are many
products that can aggravate conditions like Rosacea. Avoid the use of toners and
exfoliation products, if you have skin allergies. Also, avoid products
containing witch hazel, alcohol, peppermint, menthol, alcohol, clove oil,
eucalyptus oil and salicylic acid.
While choosing skin care products, please remember ó Different people respond
differently to the skin care products. Every product is not good for everyone.
Hence, it is important to keep a track of the products that you use. If you feel
skin irritation after using any particular product, stop using it immediately
and switch to some other brand, or consult a dermatologist. It is advisable to
carry the product pack to the doctor, so that he can check the ingredients in
We all have different skin types; following a general beauty care routine can be
counterproductive. Following health life style, good skin care can really make
you glow. Here are few suggestions, follow them as per your skin type:
1.Stay hydrated. I cannot emphasise this enough ó Drink sufficient water your
body tends to lose a lot of moisture in the summer, so itís important to
regularly replenish the H2O. Drink a lot of water and liquids and keep your skin
soft and moisturised as well.
2.Protect yourself from direct Sun light. The worst thing we can do to our skin
is: unprotected sun exposure. If you can, try and stay indoors between 11 am and
3 pm. Sunís rays are the strongest during this time, and can have an adverse
effect on your skin. Also, donít forget to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you
3. Use a toner. A good skin toner is a must in hot, humid weather, to cleanse
and refresh the skin. Itís important to keep your pores closed and skin cool by
using a toner. Cucumber juice and rose waterís natural cooling properties make
them an excellent toner for the hot season. You can even keep a small bowl of
rose water, in the refrigerator and apply chilled rose water once you go back
home after spending time out in sun. It refreshes the skin and imparts a clean
and fresh feeling.
4. Do not skip moisturising routine in summers. Skin needs moisturising
irrespective of weather. If you find your regular moisturiser too oily, go for a
5. Cleanse your face minimum twice a day with a medicated soap or face wash. It
is important to do so even when you feel your skin is clean. Cleansing and
moisturising is extremely important for good skin.
6. Exfoliate. More than the rest of the year, itís really important to exfoliate
your skin in the summer to remove dead skin and improve blood circulation to the
face. Choose from any of the medicated scrubs available in the market or make
one at home. Avoid any scrubbing or rubbing of the skin area, if is affected.
7. Avoid sugar loaded drinks. Most people reach out for a chilled aerated drink
to quench their thirst on a hot day. However, itís important to remember that
one 12-oz soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in it! Instead drink some water,
fresh lime, fresh fruit juices, and coconut water to stay hydrated.
8. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get 8 hours of sleep. Good health and
glowing skin go hand in hand. Look beautiful all through the year and enjoy the
ó The writer is a Muscat based dermatologist