If you ask people around you to describe beauty, many of your older and middle-aged friends probably say - “Fair skin and straight hair, what else?” Dealing with beauty and having a skincare routine for Indians in general always focused on the needs of those with the cliched - “straight hair and fair skin” look for decades. Though this still rings true today, many women and men have now pushed these boundaries and started their journey to becoming a more inclusive industry. The Indian beauty market, which majorly consisted of international labels until recently, is suggesting hair and skincare products that are suited for Indian skin.
Understanding Indian skin and recognizing that its needs are different, SkinQ is developing product lines, especially for melanin-rich Indian skin. Read on to know everything there is to learn about our skin (Indian skin) and the best ways to take care of it.
What Makes Indian Skin Different From Other Countries?
Open Google and thumb through the different people of India. You will be seeing a snapshot of people with different colors and skin tones. While the predisposed notion says Indian people have wheatish skin tone, the color spectrum stretches both sides.
The Fitzpatrick scale, which measures the amount of melanin levels in the body and classifies the skin based on the color constitution and exposure to UV radiations, says that our skin falls under types 3 and 4 (on a scale of 1 to 4). Indian skin is thicker when compared to other ethnicities. We are more prone to tanning but less prone to getting sunburnt.
What Are The Primary Concerns Of Indian Skin And The Best Ways To Care For It?
- Numerous environmental factors influence our Indian skin, including pollution levels, UV exposure, humidity, extreme heat, cold conditions, etc. Even the drying chemicals detected in skincare agents, hard and soft water can affect Indian skin. These multiple agents make skincare for Indian skin different from other countries. So, it is crucial to be conscious about the products you use on your skin. Using the proper skincare that is explicitly made for Indian skin will help in keeping your skin even-tones and maintaining a healthy shine.
Try SkinQ. It has a wide range of skincare products specially formulated for Indian skin.
- The next essential step that is commonly skipped in Indian is sunscreen. Indian people has high exposure to the sun, and it is crucial to know its impact on your skin. A sunscreen guards your skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun. So, we have to apply it every day, even indoors, and winter season. When outdoors in the sun, physical protection in the form of scarves, umbrellas, and wide-brimmed hats is equally essential. Also, never forget to apply sunscreen to your arms, neck, and other exposed parts of your body.
SkinQ’s Sun Protect Gel is the first sunscreen with built-in Vitamin C. The gel not only protects your skin from the harmful UV rays but also tones and keeps it looking young and healthy.
- Whether you have normal skin, oily, dry, acne-prone, combination, or sensitive skin, make sure the skincare products you use suit your skin type. Skincare products , even if they are for Indian skin but are made for another skin type, will not do any good for you. So invest in quality products that are curated especially for your skin.
- Due to the humidity, you might feel the urgency of washing your face frequently but never do that. You can use our gentle face cleanser for women and men both so that it can help in removal of dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris. In fact, doing so can dry out your skin, making it think that it needs moisture and hydration. Thus more sebum is produced, causing more oil and acne than before. So it is always advisable to wash your face not more than three times a day. Also apply detan to your face and neck once in a week so that your face and neck will be protected from tanning .
Tip: Before drying your skin with a soft towel, splash your face with cold water. Doing this will close your skin pores.
- Every skin needs to be hydrated no matter the skin type (normal, dry, combination, or even oily). Use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and water content as they help penetrate deep into the skin cells and hydrate fast. For those with dry skin, an extra layer of serum is recommended.
You can try out vitamin c glow serum, It will keep your skin hydrated and helps you in reducing tanning and pigmentation.
- Maintain your diet as healthy as possible. The right inclusion of vitamins and antioxidants can help tackle different skin concerns like pigmentation (one of the major skin concerns of Indians). In addition to this, to center, your body and mind, incorporate a healthy lifestyle with proper exercise and meditation.
The Final Words…
Skincare is not rocket science. But it sure is science. So Indians need to start accepting that not all skincare products are suitable for all skin types. To help keep your skin healthy, recognise your skin type and ensure your skincare routine is optimum.