With summer already here and the mango season soon upon us, there cannot be a better connection that nature has provided to protect us.
The King of fruits provides us with Vitamin A that protects us from the ultra-violet rays. So go on, have the yummy fruit and keep the harmful rays at bay.
But, summer also means a different set of skin issues can crop up, says dermatologist Dr Tina Ramachander.
“The sun is at its worst and protection is the key to save the skin from repercussions. It is best to avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. Those stepping out should apply sunscreen liberally. Repeat again after two hours if they extend being outdoors,” says the doctor.
Those who love to splash around the pool, the advise is to hydrate the skin and apply the right type of sunscreens. A physical block is best when choosing sunscreens for kids but do remember to wash the chlorine water off and re-apply the sunblock after the swim.
In case of sunburn, Dr Tina says apply ice and calamine lotion. If the sunburn is severe, then one has to consult a dermatologist.
Those taking painkillers should remember that it makes them susceptible to the sun and there is a need to protect themselves from the soaring temperature.
Antioxidants protect us from the sun to a great extent. The more colourful the fruits and vegetables, they contain higher oxidant content and that gives us greater benefits. So look out for the most colourful fruits and veggies this season.
“Lastly, during summer, dry skin gets more damaged. So apply a good moisturizer and drink plenty of water to help replenish skin and stay protected,” adds Dr Tina.
So, enjoy the summer season with these tips and don’t miss the King of fruits.
Dr. Tina Ramachander, is a dermatologist and cosmetologist. She is Medical Director, Dr. Tina’s Skin Solutionz, below Bata showroom, KIA road, Sahakarnagar. Call 080-40913394or 9035098652. Log onto www.skinsolutionz.in for more information.