It is a universal obsession to look beautiful and youthful while being natural at the same time. However, the fact very well been laid by anonymous, we only get to harvest what we sow. Ain’t it? We all have a different kind of skin. And it is of utmost importance to know our skin type, and the problems our skin is screaming at us with which we need to hear, to pay attention, and get it fixed.
Bearing this in mind, we got the esteemed Dr Mamta Bhura, Cosmetodermatologist at Skin Mantraa, involved with us in the Personality Development / Grooming and Makeup Seminar conducted by Ritika Sial and Gomit Chopra, and brought to you by the Artistry Workshops’ in an association with Hale and Belle.
Dr. Mamta Bhura is one of the leading dermatologists’ based in the Kanpur city. With an amazing skin talk session delivered by her during the seminar, we’ve got an informative much content for the women to get their skin problems addressed to.
There are several factors that links up to the change in our skin. Few of which are age, hormones, season, stress. Also, our lifestyle contributes pretty much in a manner to our skin that you shouldn’t afford to ignore.
Throughout our life, our skin gets to receive quite a bashing as it shields us from the elements, especially the sun and its harmful UV rays. It has to be little wonder that our skin changes over time.
What our skin looks and feels like today, and what way it will age in the years down the line could be pretty easily traced down to your lifestyle of today – your diet, the stress levels you bear, the toxins breathing in your environment, whether you smoke or not, how much do you really invest into exercising, and how much you sleep.
Did you know? All these lifestyle factors directly affect the appearance of our skin. Ignore sleep for some time, and it will go pretty much visible on your face. Does not it? Excessive use of alcohol and smoking brings down a vascular skin-surface change. The more stress you take in, the more prone you get to building up hives, itching, and loss of skin color. Poorer the diet, the more dry and dull your skin goes. And but obviously, excessive use of the harsh soaps cause your skin to bear a damage.
This is where it calls for you to imbibe a good skin-care routine and a few important lifestyle adjustments to help maintain the beauty inside-out.
Now, how do we take that ‘good skin-care routine‘? Well, we’ve got all your queries answered by the Kanpur’s leading Cosmetodermatologist, Dr. Mamta Bhura.
Question 1: what is the foremost important skin care routine should we go with?
Answer: Framing up a CTM routine is of great importance, for both women and men, to help maintain the skin look best and youthful.
Question 2: Every beauty expert and dermatologist has got to suggest us CTM process. What is CTM actually?
Answer: CTM is a three-way process to be executed at regular intervals so as to help your skin stay in shape and beautiful. It is an abbreviation to Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing.
Question 3: What is an ideal way to do the cleansing?
Answer: Cleansing does not only mean to spread a cleanser all over your face. Make sure your cleansing includes timely exfoliation too. The ideal frequency to exfoliate your face is thrice a week while it could be twice a week for the rest of the body. It is always recommended not to use dry water after cleansing as it dries up the skin. The cleansing session opens up your skin pores, and so it you need to make ensure to shut the pores off by rubbing ice over it. Here, the ice has not to be applied directly but by wrapping it in between some tissue or handkerchief. The ideal way to begin your cleansing is to steam your face first, and then clean off the dirt using a mild cleanser and the tissue. The integral element to your cleansing session is to stick to some cleanser product for at least three-month so it can show you up with soke results. However, if the product causes any kind of irritation to the skin, you must discontinue it.
For excess is bad to any thing and so is the cleansing. And so, it is recommended to cleanse your skin only once in a day and that preferably before bed. And when you got to do extra-cleansing i.e. exfoliation and mask, do it no more than thrice a week on face and twice a week on rest of your body. And yes, do not ever ever go to bed with makeup on. Never!
Question 4: I have an oily skin. What type of cleanser would suit best to me?
Answer: It is really necessary to know about what product ingredients your skin type is calling for rather than choosing a product that’s hot and trending in the market. If you have an oily skin, opt for a cleaner with Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. However, if you have a dry skin, go for some creamy or milky cleanser.
Question 5: Is toning necessary?
Answer: Yes, it is. It, in fact, is an integral part of your CTM procedure. Toning has ideally to go after the cleansing, however, if you’re devoid of time, skip on cleansing with the toning being the basic you can do. In your CTM procedure, when toning takes the least of your time, it is the fastest to do wonders to your skin.
Toners can be used twice a day – in morning and during the bed time after you wash your face.
Toner products works to slough off all the existing sebum, pollutants and dirt om your face, that a usual soap or a cleansing face wash cannot.
Two to five drops of toner would suffice your one-time use. You do not need to splash your face with toner for extra benefits.
Toner categorizes further into balancing toner, cleansing toner, hydrating toner, calming toner, soothing toner, and astringent toner. Here, you got to pick the one that’s with the maximum water composition and suitable to your skin type. Alcohol based astringents should be avoided. Rose water is indeed a best natural toner one could go for while Micellar water is yet another hot and happening choice.
PRO TIP : Always apply toner in a ‘dabbing’ motion over your face and not rubbing.
Question 6: What is Micellar Water?
Answer: Micellar water is growing popular nowadays. It neither is a toner nor it is a cleansing milk. It surely is not a face wash either. Micellar water is a gentle skin care product that can effectively cleanse your skin and also remove your makeup without the need for rinsing. Micellar water have been a trending product at the French pharmacies for many years around and it did gain a cult following internationally as the skin care enthusiasts, the makeup artists, and the beauty bloggers stumbled upon them through the digital grapevine. It was a well-kept secret until then. Today, it is widely available to the women in the UK, who adore the gentle yet powerful one-step cleansing offered by the product.
Question 7: How does Micellar Water work and how do we use it?
Answer: The term ‘Micellar‘ has been derived from ‘Micelles‘, which are tiny round balls of the cleansing molecules that float in the water. When this Micellar water is applied on the skin, the cleansing agents in the product come into contact with the oil and dirt on the skin, thus, allowing them to be swept away quickly and effectively.
The cleansing agents involved with the Micellar water are gentle yet effective. It gives you no tingling or tightening effect, and is effective enough to remove the eye makeup – and this, eliminates your need to use makeup remover.
Soak a cotton swab or a ball in the Micellar water and sweep it across the whole of your face. Special attention needs to be given to the eye area and the lip area while removing makeup. Hereafter, you got no need to rinse your face – just enjoy the clean and a super fresh sensation before you apply a suitable serum or moisturiser to your skin. Micellar water is a must-have product to your vanity boxes when travelling or for the situations when you got no easy access to the running water.
No matter you’re heading to a camping trip, running a photo shoot, or on a long-haul flight – micellar water is one key to fit your need to one-step cleansing process so you don’t need to compromise your skin care routine.
Question 8: What skin types is micellar water suitable for?
Answer: Micellar water is expressly suitable to all types of sensitive skin. There are several varieties available to it, including the formulations for oily, dry or sensitive skins.
Question 9: What’s the dermatologists recommended way to moisturize our face?
Answer: Moisturize your face once or twice a day. Check for your day cream to have Squalene, Lactic Acid and Alpha Hydroxyacid in its content while the Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil, and Shea Butter plays their wondrous role in night creams.
Question 10: How often should I wear sunscreens?
Answer: Daily. No matter your location – indoor or outdoor, sunscreen should go on your face daily. Even if you spend most of your time indoor, your skin is susceptible to getting damaged from the indoor UV that penetrates through glass. This is UVA – the rays that are emitted at the same level throughout the day. UVB is, however, blocked by glass peak mid-days.
UVB rays are responsible to causing sunburns and also, it does play a great role in causing skin cancers. It is for this obvious reason that you need greater protection with sunscreen when outside.
Question 11: What factors or ingredients do we need to check on when picking our sunscreen?
Answer: There exists two types of sunscreens – physical block and chemical block.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the physical blocks, which implies that the sunscreen is NOT absorbed by the skin’s surface. These ingredients indeed will reflect light, much like a mirror does.
In terms of efficacy, zinc oxide takes a slight edge over the titanium dioxide sunblock. When titanium dioxide works effective in blocking the UVB and short-wave UVA rays, it is less effective in blocking than zinc oxide in blocking long UVA rays. The ability of zinc oxide to block several types of rays makes it the top sunscreen product. However, the zinc oxide are often combined with an additional UVB blockers to provide a complete broad-spectrum sunblock.
Contrary to the physical blocks, the chemical blocks works by absorbing the sun rays. Some of the chemical filters generally would scatter the rays, however, most of them would absorb.
The chemical blocks sunscreens offer a higher coverage against the UVA and UVB rays than the physical blocks. However, the range of protection depends on the particular active and its’ stability.
Avobenzone and Mexoryl, for example, works to protect against the full spectrum UVA rays. Look at SPF and PA+++.
With this, we wind up this skin talk. But, this isn’t it. We’ll soon be up with yet second part of this amazing skin talk by Dr Mamta Bhura, over the most concerned topic – AGEING. Meanwhile, get your hands on the right sunscreens as well as begin your dermatologists recommended CTM routine, today!
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