Summer and Skin Care
The summer months in hot tropical India generally see an increase in patients' visits to dermatologists. In summer, sweat and oil secretions increase. They are deposited on the skin, making it look greasy and attracting dirt and pollutants. The skin loses its glow and looks dull. Poor personal hygiene often leads to skin infections that affect skin health as well. Personal cleansing is of paramount importance during the summer.
One should shower twice a day and wash one's face several times a day. Hot and humid conditions also require deep pore cleaning, especially for oily skin, in order to keep pores free of clogged oils and dirt. Normal to dry skin needs a cleansing cream or gel, while oily or combination skin should be cleansed with a cleansing milk or lotion. For pimple-prone skin, medicated cleansers should be used. Cleansing pills or scrubs can be mixed with a skin toner and gently rubbed in a circular motion on the face. The pills or scrub should be washed with plenty of water. A simple home recipe consists of 4 to 5 tablespoons of chickpea flour, a pinch of turmeric, 5-6 drops of rose water and milk or yogurt. Mix it into a paste and use it to exfoliate your face.