Dermatology Q&A: On fruit-based moisturizers

Dr. Aparna Santhanam, consultant dermatologist, answers readers’ questions on Dermatology. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Friday.
This week’s answers:

1. Is moisturising the entire body important or only face enough? I have developed dark circles recently. Can u suggest some quick home remedies?

1 Tsp. tomato juice, 3-4 drops of lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder, enough white flour to make a paste

Mash these ingredients together into a medium-thick paste and dab it under your eyes. After fifteen minutes, wash the paste away. This should lighten the dark circles and address puffiness to some degree.

Take a used tea bag (black, green or white), after it has cooled, and apply it to the skin under your eyes. Lay down while you do this – otherwise, it’s hard to get the tea bag to stick. Leave in place for about 10 minutes. Make sure the tea bag is somewhat dry because if it’s too moist, irritating tea can get into your eyes, which can make you look like you’ve been crying.

2. Please suggest some fruit based Moisturizer for my skin. Also, I am travelling to Bangkok; the climate there is quite hot at the moment. Please suggest some sunscreen with an apt SPF for my skin. My skin type is dry.
I would recommend you use natural fruit based moisturisers that have ingredients like coconut ,honey or milk cream. Coconut oil and cream penetrates the skin very effectively, providing superior moisturisation to skin and leave it delightfully soft and smooth.

Use any sunscreen in the market with dual blocking sunscreens with a minimum spf of 20.

3. Hello mam, I am 36 yrs old working lady. Now-a-days my hair is gradually falling, if i comb my hair or at the time of shampooing and also when i try to knot my hair. I feel that if this happen for another one month if will become ‘gunji’ after sometime. pls suggest some remedy.

Regards, lata
Sudden loss of hair could be due to a variety of reasons. A drastic change in diet or a seasonal viral infection as well as stress may give you hair fall problems.

Conditioning your hair regularly is very important. Oil is a very good pre conditioner for your hair. You can apply coconut oil before you shampoo it.

Do not comb wet hair as combing wet hair results in breakage. Also, always use a wide toothed comb.

Include high protein foods like eggs and soya as well as high biotin foods like green vegetables and nuts in your diet.

These are generic tips for hair fall control. However it is best to visit a dermatologist who can get to the root of your problem.

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