Stuck at home? Tips to take care of your skin and hair during lockdown

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A Dermatologist shares a few tips to help you maintain healthy skin and hair during the lockdown triggered by the pandemic.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The lockdown could also mean adapting to a new routine, which includes hair and skincare
  • Going back to basics to find ideas and solutions for your skin and hair care while being stuck at home is a good idea
  • Here are a few tips you can follow to get healthy skin and hair naturally

New Delhi: It’s been a few weeks since we’ve have been asked to stay at home in an effort to defeat the novel coronavirus that has baffled the world. Like many other businesses, beauty services are shut as we practice social distancing during the pandemic. This also means, adapting to a new normal, including skin and hair maintenance.

Perhaps, it is time to ‘go back to basics’ to find ideas for skin and hair care at home itself. Here are a few tips to take care of your skin, hair, and body during the lockdown.

Tips to take care of your oily, acne-prone skin at home

Beauty parlours are remaining closed, routine non-urgent dermatology and cosmetology OPDs are not functioning, and your local wellness is not able to stock all the products you need. But fret not! You can maintain gorgeous hair and skin by following some golden rules that dermatologists recommend to all of their patients. Here are a few tips suggested by Dr Smriti Naswa Singh, Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetic Dermatologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai, to take care of your skin and hair.

  • With summers setting in, the skincare regime of people with oily, acne-prone skin goes for a toss. If you can, buy a Salicylic Acid-based face wash from the store and use it 2-3 times a day. If you don’t, then search for the Multani Mitti (earthen clay) and Chandan (sandalwood) powder/packs at home, applying these will clear off the acne very fast. If these are unavailable, a pack with turmeric and curd can work wonders.
  • For those with active acne, do not use scrubs because it will burst the painful acne leading to pigmentation and scarring, it will also spread the free fatty acid radicals to other parts of skin and cause more pimples. Those with younger oily skin with open pores and no active acne, using scrub before applying face pack of Multani Mitti or Chandan is a good DIY facial routine that could be followed once or twice a week. The scrub can be made at home too, with walnuts/almonds/besan/wheat flour mixed with turmeric (for its antiseptic properties) and curd. After applying this to the face, let it dry and remove it gently in a circular motion or remove the paste, then wash with water, finish off with a non-comedogenic moisturiser. This scrub can also be used for normal skin. For active acne, it is suggested to wash this pack before it dries.

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