Tips to protect your skin and hair this summer!

The summer, apart from the incessant heat bring in its wake a host of skin and hair problems. With summer officially here, experts tell you how to protect your skin and take care of your tresses

Protect your skin from Mumbai’s scorching heat

  • Summer heralds the arrival of sweat, lack of energy, dehydration, seasonal diseases, harsh sunburns, deep tanning and myriad skin and hair problems.
  • With blazing heat, the body’s first defense organ, the skin and hair takes the onslaught of the scorching sun-rays.
  • Know how to keep our skin healthy and hair lustrous.

Dr Apratim Goel, Dermatologist and laser surgeon of Cutis Skin Studio, said, “Skin tan and burn, prickly heat, aggravation of acne (pimples) as the heat, humidity, dead skin cells and oil tend to clog the pores, leading to blackheads formation and then acne. When sunlight penetrates in the skin, free radicals are created; these form collagen and elastin to collapse. This is what can form wrinkles, age spots and drooping flesh. Also, rosacea, fungal infections, photodermatitis and body odour can occur.”

She added, “Dandruff is a result of sweat and the pollution around. This leads to a ‘scale’ formation on the scalp which is not only unhygienic but can also lead to mild hair fall, itching and eventually pimples on the forehead and back.”

As per Dr Goel, for skin care:

  • Take cool showers.
  • Wear loose clothes.
  • Sunscreen is must.
  • Apply calamine lotion on the rashes and use an anti-fungal dusting powder.
  • Use hats, scarf, cap, hand gloves and umbrella.
  • Mix aroma oils in bathing water.
  • Hydrate yourself enough.

 For hair care:

  • Wash your hair often.
  • Use a coal tar based shampoo once a week.
  • Apply lemon juice or curd on scalp before washing the hair.
  • Apply fenugreek (methi) seeds paste on hair for 20 minutes and wash.

Dr Amit Karkhanis, Medical cosmetologist and Director of Dr Tvacha clinic said, “Use a good cleanser, face wash and face spray. Avoid using chemical products, heavy makeup and blow drying your hair. Also, follow a healthy diet.”