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When it comes to skincare, Im always all ears. Specially when it comes from a dermat, and what better than to take a sneak peek into a dermatologist’s dresser. In this feature, Dr. Nirupama Parwanda of Zolie Skin Clinic reveals her everyday skin care routine, favourite products and shares some valuable tips to keep in mind while buying skincare products. Over to her.

I have combination skin and my daily morning routine starts off with a facial cleanser that has 2% glycolic acid and 2% lactic acid. These two ingredients work as mild exfoliators and help combat skin aging. My favourite facewash would have to be Glogeous by Torrent Pharmaceuticals. After this, I use a hydrating cream to nourish my skin. The third step to my routine is sunscreen with SPF 50 and PA+++. I swear by La Shield sunscreen manufactured by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals.

If I had to give one piece of advice to P&B readers, it would be to never skip sunscreen. I’ve had patients tell me they’ve conveniently left it out of their routines and I tell them that’s a crime. A good Sunscreen not only protects our skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation but also forms the cornerstone of any anti-aging regimen. In my opinion it is the most underrated product. Before buying a sunscreen you should look at two things – SPF (sun protection factor) and PA (protective grade of UVA). Buy a product with a minimum of SPF 30 and PA+++. Out of these two, looking at PA is more important than SPF.

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Why you ask ? Sunlight consists of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. PA protects us against UVA and SPF protects us against UVB. Indians get exposed to a lot of sunlight and we need protection from UVA which is measured by PA. Hence, a good sunscreen is one that has PA+++.

Coming back to the products I use, a Kogic & Arbupin based cream two times a day helps lighten my skin. My night cream has a 12% concentration of glycolic acid. I like using Dewsoft Premia by Torrent Pharmaceuticals as it provides hydration plus combats skin aging and Ducray’s Photoscreen Depigmentant as it helps reduce dark spots. I also go for a chemical peel with a 30% concentration of glycolic acid every 3-4 weeks to exfoliate my skin and occasionally get microdermabrasion treatments to rejuvenate my skin.

While buying skincare products it is important to stay away from Parabens because they have a high allergic tendency. Also, choosing stuff that’s fragrance free is a good bet.

In conclusion I’d like to say that skin care is a life long process. Once you start a routine, you shouldn’t abandon it after a month or two. Stay motivated and continue your basic routine. If any particular issue crops up, add-on a product that provides targeted action towards the issue. Its a little like weight loss. Once you lose weight, you also have to maintain it otherwise you’ll be back to square one in no time. And always, always maintain a healthy lifestyle – your skin will be happier for it !

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