A glowing skin in hills

Sakal Times
Saturday, 12 January 2019

Dr Amit Karkhanis,  laser and cosmetic physician and founder of Dr Tvacha Clinic, guides you about skincare while travelling to hill stations

Taking a leisurely walk on the beach, lounging on the sand and enjoying the sound of waves or enjoying a warm cup of tea while admiring the snow-clad mountains, skin care is the last thing on your mind while you are vacationing. We often don’t realise how it’s affecting our body and skin. Many times we come back from a beach vacation with tanned and dry skin. Other times there are pimples and dark circles under the eye. Here are some skin care tips to make sure you come back with happy healthy skin if you are visiting a hill station: 

Just because there is no pinching sunlight does not mean that you don’t use a sunscreen. It’s the most common misconception that sunscreen should only be used in the sunny summer days. In fact, as you go to higher altitudes, the exposure to the harmful UV rays increases. The absence of high-intensity sunlight does not mean the absence of UV rays that actually cause the tanning. Thus you will see many skiers and people who indulge in snow sports applying a high concentration of sunscreen while on snow-clad mountains

Moisturise more than usual. The dehydration of skin starts the moment you sit in the cabin of the aircraft. So moisturise well the night before you have to travel. Be makeup-free on the travel as much as possible. We are familiar with the summer sunburns but the pain of cracked lips in winter is just as bad, if not worse. A good deep moisturing winter cream is essential. You must consult your cosmetologist for the type of cream that suits you best.

Don’t use hot water for showers as it dries up the skin. Short shower with lukewarm water is just fine. While travelling, you are exposed to a plethora of germs and bacteria. Minimise breakouts and skin problems while you’re on vacation, by avoiding touching your skin too much. Use of antibacterial hand wash/sanitiser on the hands will go a long way in decreasing skin issues.

Exfoliate at least two times a week. Exfoliation can be done through skin care products containing AHAs or by using a good simple face scrub from time to time. However, once you return from the vacation, you must get an in-clinic treatment like chemical peels at a certified practitioner. The type of chemical peel used will depend on your skin type and texture on examination.

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