Beauty

Beat the October Heat

October in India especially in Mumbai is the worst. Yes we get a lot of natural light for our flawless golden hour selfies, there comes another, considerably less exciting element: sweat.

Sweating is harmless, mostly. In fact, it’s good for us and is a part of the way our body maintains homeostasis which is nothing but the ability of the body to maintain stability. And maintaining our skin during this time is essential especially with Diwali around the corner. Humidity, and the sweat that comes along with the season, can have weird, sometimes unpredictable effects on our skin. Even people with naturally “good” skin often complain of skin problems during the October Heat.

That’s because the sun effects our skin in different ways during this time of the year. And naturally, with a change in season should typically come a change in skin care. So here I am answering some of the basic questions that will help you in taking care of your skin in a much better way and achieve a summer skin.

How does the October heat affect oily skin?  

Summer heat can make oily skin oilier. Increased humidity and summer temperatures increase both sweat and sebum production.

In what ways does this weather affect dry skin? 

Summer heat can affect dry skin by making it itchier. Sweat is a cause of skin irritation and can cause itching.

What are the best tips for people with dry skin for staying hydrated in this weather? What about oily skin?

People with dry skin should select a light weight moisturizer that allows sweat to evaporate from the skin. Petrolatum, mineral oil, and plant oils should be avoided as they can prevent the evaporation of perspiration.

Oily skin people may not need a moisturizer in the summer. However, everyone should select a sunscreen containing moisturizer to prevent sun damage.

What are some common skincare mistakes people make?  

People commonly forget to put sunscreen on the back of their ears. An easy place to get a sunburn and ball caps do not protect this area.

How often should people really exfoliate? 

Physical exfoliation, with a brush or pad, should be done weekly. Crushed sugar powder with a little water is a natural exfoliator that you can use to exfoliate your skin if you do not want to use store bought exfoliating cream or face wash.

What are some must-haves in a Summer skincare routine? 

sunscreen in a must have for everyone.

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