Dermatologist to the stars, Dr Rashmi Shetty has some great skin and hair care tips for the summer.
Also known as the ‘Bollywood Doctor’, Dr Rashmi Shetty is a dermatologist with over 12 years of experience in the field of beauty and aesthetics. With high-profile clients ranging from film and television stars, to corporate bigwigs, she knows a thing or two about hair and skincare.
Dr Shetty is also an expert advisor with the Parachute Advansed Knowledge Centre and was kind enough to spend time with us at mDhil and give us some great tips on using coconut oil to keep your skin and hair hydrated.
Dr Rashmi Shetty’s summer skin care advice
- It’s most important to keep your skin clean in the summer. Shower twice a day, making sure you keep the folds and creases of your skin clean.
- Use a moisturiser with an SPF of 20 and keep your skin protected.
- You may have noticed stars or pluses on some of your beauty products. These refer to the ‘Tan Protection Index’ of the product. Using a product with 2 – 3 stars or pluses should be enough to give you the right amount of protection.
- There’s a difference between hydration and moisture and Dr Shetty lies to emphasis on the ‘hydration’ part of skincare.
In the winter, we rub oils into our skin after our shower. In the summer, make this a pre-bath practice:
- Start with a gentle application of coconut oil all over your face and body, before your bath.
- A few minutes before your shower should be fine. If you have the luxury of time, apply it half an hour before your shower.
- Coconut oil has a very light chain in its chemical ingredients. Which is why, when you shower, only the top coat gets washed away and the right amount penetrates your skin to keep it hydrated.
- Dr Shetty even recommends it for the face, as a form of hydration and anti-aging tool.
- Remember, if you have acne or suffer from an extremely oily skin, you must be careful. Don’t apply it in case you have acne on your face right now.
After sun-care protection
- Often, in spite of applying sunscreen before going out, our skin becomes red and irritable after prolonged exposure. When you come back, you must wash your face with plenty of cold water to help to soothe and calm the skin. Follow this up with calamine lotion or a mud-pack.
Lots more skincare tips for the summer, right here.
Dr Rashmi Shetty’s summer hair care advice
- We always think of the sun being bad for the skin, but it can also be very bad for the hair. Sun exposure to the hair can have an adverse affect on the hair. For instance, when people with coloured hair go to the beach and are out in the sun, their colour changes and fades. This is proof of how harsh the UV rays of the sun can be, even on our hair.
- If you have coloured hair, use specially formulated hair and colour protecting shampoos.
- Coconut oil provides great protection for your hair. You can apply it before shampooing and then wash and condition your hair as usual.
- If you like to leave apply oil after shampooing, consider using a lighter version of the coconut oil. This works like a thin coat of protection.
- In the summer, hair swells due to humidity and with coconut oil your cuticles (the outermost layer of the hair shaft) remain well protected.
- If you’re in north India, which has more of a dry heat, you have to be mindful of the fact that sun is harsher and the dry wind or loo that blows can really damage your hair. The damage really shows in the rough ends of the hair. As protection, you must oil your hair well, from root to tip.
- The good doctor advocates massages. It tingles your scalp, improves circulation and gives you an overall feeling of wellness and rejuvenation. However, it is best to avoid massages if you have dandruff or some other skin infection.
Dr Rashmi Shetty holds an MBBS degree from Mysore University, FRSH London, Diploma in Cosmetology, Chester, United Kingdom. She currently practices in Mumbai and has in the past trained under famed plastic surgeon, Dr KS Shekhar.
Photograph courtesy of Parachute Advansed Knowledge Centre
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