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Common hair and skincare concerns addressed

10/3/2017 6:25:25 PM
written By : Jamuna Pai Print

Should someone with oily skin moisturise?

A: Often people believe that if they have oily skin, they do not need a moisturiser. This is quite a misconception. Each one of us needs a moisturiser and must use it at least two-three times a day. Just pick a product that suits your skin. If you have oily skin, choose a non-comedogenic and oil-free water-based light moisturiser, but use it nevertheless. Re-apply it two-three times a day after suitably washing or wiping off your face. This is needed all the more today as we tend to spend all of our working day inside air-conditioned offices, which sap away all moisture from our skin.

Another option is to go for tinted moisturisers. They effectively hydrate the skin while still brightening and protecting your skin, giving it an even tone. They also replenish fine lines and aging skin. Most likely, the tinted moisturisers have an inbuilt SPF, thereby serving as a day cream offering protection against the UV rays. 

I travel frequently and often use appliances such as hair dryers, hair irons etc provided by hotels. How often should one use them and is quality of appliances important? Do these damage hair?

A. A hotel which provides you with hair appliances, will surely be a well-reputed one, hence it is less likely that they will give you substandard product. But in any case, the power of a hairdryer or an iron used professionally will not match up to the one used at a hotel. It is not just about the quality of the hair dryer or the iron. With repeated heat treatments, in due course of time the hair cuticle gets lifted, making it dry and frizzy leading to hairfall. It is best to use it on low heat - when using the dryer use the cold blast also. Try and use anti-frizz serum on the hair strands before subjecting them to the heat.

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