If you ever get a chance, what would you love to ask a dermatologist about skin care? Of course, my list is endless but then I had to choose the more important things. Check out this two part interview which was supposed to be published last week but thanks to my malfunctioning wordpress, I had to rewrite the entire stuff and the second hand copy never gets the same flavor. Anyways, let us get back to our queries.
Vanity is not a bad thing!
Says Dr. Chytra Anand from Kosmoderma Clinics, Bangalore.
Me : Welcome Dr. Chytra to Perfect Skin Care for you. Thank you so much for making time out of your busy schedule and sharing your knowledge with us. So, starting off quickly, how would you define “aging well”?
Her : Aging well is looking the best possible at any given time! Genetics and our skin care routine are two factors which affect how we look as we get older. Do we eat well? Have we protected it from sun? Are we hydrating it enough? Everything plays a role. The good thing is these days people are accepting the fact that looking good and taking care of their skin is not a thing to be frowned upon. Vanity is not a bad thing! Looking our best is often equivalent to our struggle to be the best.
Salicylic acid is the best cleanser to deal with oily, acne-prone and combination skin. It also has great results on blackheads. And, interestingly, dry skin also gets benefited by using salicylic acid face wash or scrub occasionally to get rid of the dry skin patches.
Me : Yeah, that is true! So, to look the best, we have to ultimately do a lot of hit and trial. To start with, how do we exactly find a good cleanser?
Her : A good cleanser must always be pH balanced or soap-free. The soap is alkaline in nature and our skin is naturally acidic. Using a soap or a cleanser with surfactants imbalances the pH levels of the skin and makes it dry.