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7 Habits of Effective Skin Care

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Resolution of a lot of skin problems goes back to very simple skin care. Here’s a quick check list to get you going.

1. Wash Up

Simple washing up of exposed parts of the body a few times a day goes a long way. However never over-do it and never scrub your skin. Skin is a delicate organ and needs gentle cleansing. Use soaps and cleansers which are mild and do not leave your skin feeling dry.

2. Moisturize

You can never over moisturize;Apply moisturizer as many times as you like.  However, never use oil to moisturize. Oil when used on skin does more harm than good. All reputed brands of moisturizers are safe and there is no substantial difference between expensive and in-expensive moisturizing creams.

3. Sun Protection

While exposure to moderate sunlight has its health benefits, prolonged exposure to UV rays can damage the skin. Always cover yourself adequately and wear sunscreen when going out into the sun. Any sunscreen with SPF higher than 15 and from a reputed brand is adequate and safe.

4. Balanced Diet

The co-relation of diet with skin is exaggerated. A healthy balanced diet is all you need. Every type of food is acceptable as long as it is consumed in moderation. The concept that certain foods produce ‘heat’ is a pure myth and should not guide what you consume.

5. Exercise

Moderate exercise of your choice on a daily basis is proven to release ‘endorphins’ in your body and also helps increase blood circulation. These factors affect the health of your skin and keep you looking young.

6. Don’t Stress

Stress is now medically proven to affect your health adversely. It is also an established fact that stress causes aggravation of skin ailments and makes you look older.

7. Catch your ZZZs

Sleep is a big factor in the health of your skin. In addition to getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep also try establishing consistency in the time you go to bed and wake up. Sleep increases collagen in your skin, the component that helps keep your skin looking younger.

The 8th Habit

Know when you need a doctor. Never ever ignore any skin ailment;a small thing today can blow out of proportion tomorrow. Use your sensibilities and approach a dermatologist whenever in doubt.

(Dr. Sejal Saheta has an MD and DNB in dermatology & venereology. She has more than a decade of experience and has been a Powaikar for more than 5  years.)

                                                                                                          - Dr. Sejal Saheta