This is the year you finally make a commitment to be good to the foremost influential person in your life: you, and more specifically, your skin. You have heard all the facts, but bad habits (such as going to bed with your makeup on and running out the door without sunscreen) are still hard to interrupt. By replacing them with new positive habits—daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly—you can make an enormous difference in your skin health.
According to Dr Jamuna Pai, a leading Cosmetic Physician, Author, and Founder of SkinLab, “This year we must resolve to consume more superfoods like Moringa tea, kefir, collard greens, swiss chard, cilantro, kale, etc. that contain hydrating and detoxifying elements, which boost healthy skin and hair growth. It is essential to detox our body once a week and fortunately, our body is well-equipped to eliminate toxins and does not require special diets or expensive supplements to do so.”
OBSERVE AND ABSORB
Understanding and getting to know your skin type is the most important thing you can do for your skin. If you are unaware or misinformed, you could compromise your skin’s natural balance and trigger irritation, inflammation, breakouts, and even premature ageing by using the wrong products. The most common skin types are oily, acne-prone, dry, sensitive, and mature skin; it is also important to note that you can be more than one type, and it can change over time or through the seasons, so always listen to your skin.
“Different skin types have different skincare regimens. One must never try to stop everything and leave the skin to breathe. This is because there are certain products that the skin needs and we must not deprive our skin of them. For example, dry skin type needs a moisturiser, skin types that are prone to getting tanned easily require sunscreen, and so on. Your skincare regimen has to be in sync with the natural structured skin pattern in order to produce the right amount of sebum and allow the exchange of substances via the skin. Application of different products on the skin reduces the skin porosity, resulting in blockage of pores which leads to inhibition of skin's ability to breathe,” shares Dr Pallavi Sule, Dermatologist, and Aesthetic Physician.
She further adds, “I would look at it this way — sometimes the application of skincare products masks the underlying pathology. For example, if anyone is suffering from a dehydrated skin type, which means the internal moisture is less, we need to take care of the water intake. Improving the water intake to optimal levels helps recover skin from dehydrating, replenishing the water content in the skin cells and hence reducing the need for using heavy moisturisers.”
“In my practice of 25 years, I have seen many cases where there has been an accelerated rate of aging due to the wrong diet (more of sugar and sugary food) and of course lifestyle too. Sugar is bad for the skin in more ways than one. When sugar is ingested in any form, be it bread, cake or even potato or raw sugar, it starts the ‘glycation’ process in the body. Here it binds to the elastin and Collagen fibers and leads to the degradation of these important protein blocks of the skin, which are responsible for the elasticity and suppleness of one of our most important organs. This glycation process causes inflammation in the system resulting in further destruction of the Collagen and elastin fibers. All this results in the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, loose skin — which are all signs of aging,” explains Dr Jamuna.
TO EACH IS THEIR OWN
As per Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, “The underlying fact is that the beauty and skincare industry fails to realise that we have to treat each person as one individual. The same type of facial can not be used on every skin type. In order to get the best results, we have to not only analyse their skin, but also their lifestyle habits, the food they eat, and even the environment they come from. On the basis of this analysis, the expert has to assign their skin and hair products. Today, when people go out to buy beauty products, they have so many options to choose from, and yet, they do not know what their skin needs. So, we need more people that can analyse an individual in order to provide better results. Hence, holistic beauty comes from holistic consultation; and that is very important.”
Likewise, Dr Jamuna concludes by saying, “Personalisation is crucial when it comes to skincare. Whether it is the skincare routine or the skincare products, it is very important to have it customised as per your skin type and individual requirement. It is important to look past the containers and check the product ingredients to target your unique skin needs. Therefore, it is imperative to have your skin examined and analysed by a well experienced and qualified aesthetic physician.”