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Indian Skincare: 15 Best Skincare Tips According To The Experts

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If you want to achieve luscious, glowing skin then it’s essential you tailor your skincare routine to not only your skin type, but your environment and the time of year. If you’re based in India, your skin has to deal with the humid summers and British Indians not only have the summer humidity, but the harsh winters which can dry and irritate skin. Wherever you’re based, it’s important to make sure your skincare routine is working with your environment and skin type for healthy skin that can bring out your inner beauty. 

Is Indian skin different from other ethnicities?

India is home to 1.36 billion people so there isn’t a single Indian skin type but there are some similarities that Indian skin, in general, does share. Learning these similarities can help us take care of our skin in a more informed way. 

Celebrity dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad explained this to Vogue India: “Our Indian skin falls under Type III-VI, on a scale of I to VI. Indian skin is much thicker than that of people from other regions of the world. Compared to Caucasian skin, it is more prone to tanning but less prone to getting sunburnt.” 

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Are there common skin problems faced by Indian skin?

One of the most common skin problems faced by Indian skin is pigmentation. This pigmentation can take many forms including periorbital melanosis, more commonly known to you and me as under-eye circles, and perioral melanosis, which is pigmentation around the mouth area. This type of pigmentation is also known as hyperpigmentation.

Living in India, there are also many environmental factors that can cause skin problems. The heavy humidity in certain regions, like Mumbai, can cause excess sweat which clogs your pores and makes you more prone to breakouts during the summer. 

Sun damage is also a major consideration when caring for Indian skin, while Indian skin is less likely to burn, this doesn’t make it immune to sun damage. Where possible, avoid the sun where it’s at its harshest and make sure to incorporate a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection.  

No matter where you live, your skin is probably having to battle against pollution. This is especially true in busy cities, like London, New York and Delhi, where there are lots of fumes from cars and industrial areas. Air pollution can increase your risk of eczema, as well as allergies and rashes. 

How To Look After Indian Skin

Now that you understand a bit more about what Indian skin is and some of the common skincare concerns faced, let’s learn how to properly look after your skin! We’ve sourced information from top dermatologists, who specialise in Indian skincare, so you can make the right skin choices. 

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Here are our top 15 tips, backed up by the experts: 

  1. If you have oily skin, choose a face wash that contains salicylic acid (BHA). BHA’s penetrate deep into the skin and can actually bypass the oil clogging pores in your skin to dissolve sebum and dead skin cells which can lead to acne. Our Ojas Anti-Blemish Night Cream uses Ayurvedic ingredients to balance skin oils to help prevent breakouts, making it the perfect natural accompaniment. 
  2. To minimise pores and give your skin an everyday glow, ice your face for 2-3 minutes in the morning. This is especially refreshing on super hot summer days!
  3. Heat can make acne worse because it leads to sebum build-up and blocks your pores. Exfoliating twice a week will help clean out clogged pores and keep your skin balanced. 
  4. Use a moisturiser with vitamin C and vitamin E to give your skin a more dewy look. Our Aahana Light Moisturising Cream has Vitamin E rich Argan Oil and Aloe extract which is rich in Vitamin E and C. Perfect ingredients for glowing skin that doesn’t look oily
  5. You might be embarrassed to talk about it but Back Acne is a very common skin issue for Indian skin, especially in the summer! Turmeric is a great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient which can help reduce back acne, and is also great for hyperpigmentation. It’s one of the star ingredients in our anti-blemish cream. 
  6. Another way to help with back acne is to wear loose cotton clothing that won’t encourage sweat build up throughout the day. 
  7. Don’t forget about your scalp, this is a super important part of your skin that can really suffer during the summer. Indian skin is very prone to Folliculitis, which is an irritation of the hair follicles caused by excessive sweating. Indian hair is generally very thick so it’s easy for sweat to build up. You can help it by cleaning the irritated areas with water and soap twice a day. 
  8. While you might want to hide skin problems behind makeup, dermatologists actually advise you to avoid wearing makeup during the summer! Makeup, especially concealer and foundation, will clog your pores and cause more breakouts long term. Focus on repairing your skin rather than hiding it! 
  9. Hyperpigmentation, which is a common problem in Indian skin, is actually exacerbated by the sun. Make sure to use sun hats and sunscreen to offer your skin protection throughout the day. You can also look at products like our Naira eye cream which uses Licorice and Turmeric’s tyrosinase inhibiting abilities to reduce hyperpigmentation. 
  10. Don’t skip sunscreen just because Indian skin isn’t as likely to burn! Sun damage can dramatically age skin and cause a variety of skin conditions. When it comes to the sun, prevention is always the best course of action! 
  11. Make sure to cleanse your skin every night, even if you don’t wear makeup. This will help cleanse your skin of any built-up sebum and environmental pollutants which will help encourage clear, glowing skin. 
  12. Use a night cream, like the Navya Anti-Ageing Night Cream, to give your skin all of the nourishment it needs overnight. This will help your skin repair overnight with ingredients like Ushira which help stimulate collagen production to reduce fine lines. 
  13. Change your skincare routine with the season and weather. Indian skin in a particularly harsh British winter will have different moisturising needs than Indian skin enjoying spring in India. 
  14. Especially in Britain, face masks look to remain part of our lives. Try to find a facemask that’s made with cotton, for maximum breathability, and bring cotton face wipes with you so you can wash your face throughout the day to stop oil build up.
  15. Most importantly: don’t overdo it! While it may be tempting to throw on as many lotions and potions as possible in the hopes you’ll get your dream skin, it’s about finding a simple routine that uses products with high-quality ingredients that suit you and your lifestyle. 

If you have questions about your skincare routine, you can email us or DM us on Instagram for a free consultation!

Sources: 

Dr Akshari Anchan: https://www.facespace.co.in/ 

Dr Shaista Farooqui Kazi: https://instagram.com/ellegenz/  

Dr Chytra Anand: https://www.kosmoderma.com/ 

Chaitanya Kenchammana: https://instagram.com/mayamedispaindia/ 

Kiran Lohia: https://instagram.com/isyaderm/ 

Dr Abhinaya Reddy: https://trskinclinic.com/ 

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Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta is a practising pharmacist and the founder of Dilmaherbals. His experiences from travelling coupled with his extensive knowledge of ingredients is what inspired the creation of Dilmaherbals and a range of products to enhance skin health.

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