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Beauty Tips

Unfortunately pollution and dust is everywhere in Kathmandu. Whether you travel by car, bike or scooter, pollution affects everyone! It plays havoc with your skin and hair and damages it.  But if proper care is taken, you can reverse the ill effects. The most common advice certainly includes drinking lots of water, getting exercise, a healthy diet and enough sleep. But to protect your skin from the sun and pollution in order to win the battle against clogged pores, acne and premature ageing, here are some of my top tips. I have also included a range of products from the luxurious Spanish skin care brand, Skeyndor that you can easily find at my salon:

Cleanse properly! 
Use a mild cleanser on your face at least twice daily. If your skin is excessively oily, try a cleanser with salicylic acid, and use a toner to temporarily battle large open pores. What you may not know is that the time that the cleanser is on your face makes a difference. Use fingertips and keep the cleanser on for just 30 seconds before rinsing it off. The product may be mild, but it can dry out your skin if you leave it on too long.

If you’ve got baby-soft or sensitive skin, you may want to try a non-foaming face cleanser. It is important to get your skin assessed by an expert to know what products address your skin needs.
I also recommend facial juicing every two weeks to tackle clogged pores, blackheads and dead skin. This face treatment allows shiny younger skin to come through, resulting in a great glow.

Seal + Protect: Anti- pollution Spray and Sunscreen!
This is my TOP tip. One of those slightly painful but absolutely essential addition to your morning routine. Cleanse, spray, sunscreen.

The most important thing you have to remember about protecting premature ageing of the skin is that the earlier you start the better.

To seal, spritz on Skeyndor’s Urban White Anti Pollution mist first for instant protection against free radicals and pollution after you have cleansed your face. This facial mist is enriched with a substance which reduces the aesthetic effects of urban pollution that lead to premature darkening of the skin.

To protect, get a good sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15, with both UVA and UVB protection. Slather on every morning, and if you’re going to be outdoors a lot, reapply every two-three hours. Skeyndor’s  offers a SPF50 sunscreen which not only protects your skin from sun damage, but has a dry touch formula meaning no sticky mess.

Physical protection 
It may be inconvenient but a little prevention goes a long way. Wearing a mask, hat or scarf when going outside adds another layer of protection from the sun, dust and pollution especially if you are walking or on a bike.

Night time cleansing
It is vital that you cleanse your face before bed, so pollution doesn’t stay on your skin overnight. It’s during the night that your skin has time to rejuvenate and rehydrate. I recommend that you remove all make up with either a micellar water, cleansing oil or a gentle make up remover. Then continue with your face wash. I personally like to spritz my face with Skeyndor’s Thermal Water for extra clarity. I then proceed to moisturise with Skeyndor’s Power Retinol which replenishes and rejuvenates my skin while I sleep.

DOLLY SINGH, proprietor of Dolly’s Exquisite Creations, will answer all your beauty and makeup queries. Contact her at 4445080.