Meet celeb dermatologist Dr Bindu Sthalekar
Q. Climate in India varies from region to region. How can women take care of their skin when they have to deal with heat, humidity, dryness, high UV rays etc?
A.Gentle cleanser is a must. It should be soapless and alcohol free. Lotion will be better in cold areas. You can omit moisturizer in warm areas but don’t skip sunscreen. That should be applied in all regions. It should have broad spectrum to protect you from burning and aging. One teaspoon covers face ideally not just dab here and there. Apply it 15 minutes before stepping out. Re-apply after every two hours. Those with oily skin should go for sunscreen with matte finish.
Q. One major problem that women face is dark underarms. What are the causes and what can be done about it?
A.It can be due to hormonal imbalance. Oral medication is given to people with this problem. They should also not eat refined food and try to lose weight. Deodorants might cause allergy leading to dark armpits. If you get mild itching, change your deodorant. There are skin lightening creams and laser treatments as well.
Q. Eye bags around eyes are not unheard of. How can this be cured or prevented?
A. Lack of sleep and hereditary are usually the causes. But there are few people who rub their eyes frequently. Skin under eye is tender and loose. More you rub, looser it gets. This should be stopped in order to avoid formation of such bags. Temporary fix is putting cold cucumber slice under it for 15 to 30 minutes. If not cucumber, you can even use loose cold tea bag. Permanent would be opting for surgery.
Q. Natural products are suggested by lot of brands. How far can we trust them?
A. If you are staying in a place where humidity level and temperature are high, natural products need to have some preservatives. Heat and humidity will give rise to bacteria. In cold place like Alaska its alright. The brands either add some amount of preservatives or hide this fact from you. Preparing at home and applying it right away is different from bottling it and keeping for months. For instance, you can grind moong dal and apply on your face. Then wash it off. It helps in exfoliation in natural way.
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