Expert tips for skincare during holidays
Dubai, June 11, 2008
Kaya Skin Clinic, the leading international chain of skincare clinics, has recommended ways to avoid developing skin issues during the holiday season.
“The key to a successful holiday is the 3 Ps: preparation, planning and prevention. This also applies to your skin’s requirements. As we are all aware that when we are traveling, our skin will be exposed to nature’s elements like heat, sun, salt water and humidity. All these factors definitely will affect our skin and hair. Just carrying few essentials will do the trick and provide a natural effective way to keep your skin protected and clean during the holiday season,” said dermatologist, Kaya Skin Clinic, Dr Bell Eapen.
“The best way is to avoid the sun from 10am to 4pm but we all know that is impossible when we are globe-trotting. The solution is always to layer oneself with a good sunscreen and select a sun block which has ingredients that act as antioxidants. These will help in renewing the skin and prevent cell damage,” added Dr Eapen.
When traveling in a compressed environment like an aircraft, the air is very dry similar to the summer air. Under both conditions, we suffer from dehydration. The answer is to hydrate our skin with a face mist. A mist should be alcohol free as this dries the skin further.
An ideal face mist is one that contains floral waters, vegetable glycerin, and pure essential oils. This is must-have in anyone’s bag as it will keep the skin refreshed, smooth and keep the excessive oil formation at bay.
Exposure to pollution can create a coating of grime and grease on the surface of the skin. The best way to prevent any kind of breakouts, blocked pores and the formation of blackheads is to follow a daily cleansing regime
The first step involves a cleanser: For most skin types, a non-foaming light lotion-based cleanser is the ideal choice. A foam-based cleanser has chemical agents which dry the skin. For an oily-based skin, a light gel-based cleanser is suitable. The toner is the second step following cleansing: The toner fights the effect of dust on our skin and helps to restore balance, control oil formation and keep the pores free from excess dirt and bacteria.
Another way to re-hydrate the skin is to moisturize at least twice a day. A light, non-greasy moisturizer will help keep the skin nourished. Lotions that contain natural oils such as sweet almond, apricot kernel and jojoba moisturize the skin without clogging pores.
One should keep away from those that are too weighty and have ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colours and fragrances. They can irritate the skin and block the pores, especially when used in warmer conditions.
“That if we follow three easy steps as part of our daily skin regime i.e. use good cleanser, moisturize, and apply sunscreen. This will definitely help achieve a healthy skin and keep dark spots & pigmentation at bay,” said Dr Eapen.
When we travel, we do not have the time to visit our favorite spa or facial clinic. We can follow simple home-grown remedies for a quick facial scrub or mask.
The tropical fruit the ’Pineapple’: It can be by all skin types (normal-oily), an excellent skin cleanser and exfoliant. Another fruit is Papaya: Again for all skin types. This fruit gentlely removes all impurities and dead skin cells. This works beautifully on a skin that is exposed to chlorinated water after swimming.
Coconut Milk: We all heard of the all-round qualities of the coconut and not surprising than to hear that it can also be used as skin cleanser to nourish the skin and as a conditioner for dry hair.
The last but not the least, what if we get sun burnt, a nightmare we are all familiar with and the natures answer to us is the Aloe Vera Plant. When applied, it acts as soother and also great for cuts, burns and insect bites. – TradeAr