Beat the heat: Address your skin and hair woes with these smart tips

October is here and before we even know the heat and humidity becomes a cause of most of our skin and hair woes. Be it back acne, sun tan or acne, our skin has the tendency to have multiple skin problems. Though it can be damaging to your skin and hair, with few tips from the doctors, you can protect your skin and hair

October heat is here to haunt us. October heat has now struck and it feels like summer is all over again. Owing to which, doctors advise to follow a good skin and hair care routine. “Cleansing and exfoliation should be done from time to time. Use anti-pollution serums at night for skin as the skin gets affected by the smog and pollution,” said Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist and laser surgeon of Cutis Skin Studio.”

Dr Goel gives some tips for a healthier skin and a stronger mane:

  • Exfoliate and scrub. Mix rice flour in coconut milk and scrub. But don’t go overboard. Mix oatmeal with almond or coconut milk and scrub. Use sugar and salt should be added in coconut oil and this scrub should be only used on body. Apply tomato mix with lime juice to de-tan.
  • Use anti-pollution serums which contain anti-oxidants.
  • Use an egg mass for hair; take 2 to 3 teaspoon fenugreek seeds powder and mix in an egg and 1 teaspoon of coffee powder. Mix and apply the mask over hair. It nourishes and conditions the hair.
  • Use a right shampoo and conditioner for hair.

“October is that month of the year when weather is largely unpredictable. So your skin needs a special regimen customised to face the climatic change. Rising temperature dulls out the tone and complexion. One needs to keep the skin hydrated and can use water based moisturisers and sip plenty of fluids. People with dry and rough hair should use leave on conditioners. Anti-dandruff shampoos may be used in case of scalp flaking and itching,” said Dr Abhay Talathi, dermatologist, SkinSpace clinic, Mumbai.

Dr Amit Karkhanis, Medical cosmetologist and Director of Dr Tvacha clinic said, “Temperature conditions change during this month. Prickly heat can occur which can be settled by applying calamine lotion. Apply sunscreen and moisturise your skin.”

Dos and don’ts:

  • Use a good cleanser, sunscreen, face wash and face spray.
  • In case of rash, use a soothing cream. If you have acne prone skin, use gel.
  • Avoid using chemical products, heavy makeup and blow drying your hair.
  • Carry umbrella, scarfs, hat or caps.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Hydrate yourself enough and follow a healthy diet.