4 Tips For Doing Your Makeup In The Summer Heat

In the peak summer months, temperatures rise to triple digits and it can be downright impossible to look put together in the sweltering heat. With the sun beating down all day long, your skin suffers from UV exposure, dryness, and redness, not to mention enough sweat to melt your makeup off.

The key to beating the summer heat and having healthy, glowing summer skin is having a good base for your makeup.

 Dr. Devgan's best selling Platinum Lip Plump.

Dr. Devgan's best selling Platinum Lip Plump.

 Dr. Devgan's popular Platinum Hyaluronic Serum.

Dr. Devgan's popular Platinum Hyaluronic Serum.

  1. Exfoliate: The blistering summer heat can leave your skin dry and flaky. Cure your skin of dullness by gently removing the top layer of dry skin skin cells. Use Platinum Microdermabrasion to exfoliate and leave your skin looking dewy and bright. 
  2. Minimal Makeup: Avoid layering on thick products to prevent clogging your pores and your face looking oily, sweaty, and smudged. A good substitute for foundation is tinted sunscreen. Platinum SPF 45 Daily Tinted BB Cream gives you sun protection while streamlining your morning beauty routine. This product is perfect for the heat. With its non-greasy formula and sheer tint it provides just the right amount of coverage and evens out your complexion without overwhelming your pores.
  3. Hydrate: The summer heat can be dehydrating in more ways than one. Drink lots of water and don’t forget to keep your skin and lips quenched as well. Use products that maximize water absorption and retention to combat dry, flaky skin. A few drops of Platinum Hyaluronic Serum nourish the skin and render it moisturized and smooth. The key ingredient, hyaluronic acid, can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and when applied restores elasticity and moisture to skin. For chapped lips, try Platinum Lip Plump which also utilizes hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate lips in addition to enhancing their natural color and increasing their fullness.
  4. SPF: Even if you forego makeup in this heat, sunscreen is still essential. Platinum Sun Shield contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide which act as physical barriers to sun light, protecting skin from UV rays and preventing future wrinkles and skin damage. Its lightweight, water resistant formula makes it ideal for hot, sunny days.
 A daily essential: Platinum SPF 45

A daily essential: Platinum SPF 45

 Perfect for summer: Platinum Sun Shield

Perfect for summer: Platinum Sun Shield

Dr. Devgan discusses options for treating male-patterned baldness

Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) or Male Patterned Baldness (MPB) affects nearly 80% of men at some point in their lifetime. 

There are several methods of staving off baldness and/or treating it, each with varying degrees of efficacy. 

Since AGA has a strong genetic predisposition and is hormonally influenced, sound health is the first defense in preventing or stalling MPB. Eating a balanced diet, supplementing with vitamins such as biotin and folate, and leading a healthy lifestyle should be the first step.

The second step is be to implement the use of a topical agent such as minoxidil. This can help convert some hair follicles which were thinning into thicker strands which reduces the appearance of balding. Minoxidil is less effective if the area of baldness is large or if there has been persistent baldness for more than 5 years. So, this step should be started as early as possible for maximum efficacy. 

Third step is the addition of an oral prescription such as finasteride. FDA approved for treating hair loss, finasteride helps reduce DHT levels in the scalp and general systemic circulation, which can lead to regrowth of follicles that have begun to thin (or miniaturize) or even help stimulate latent follicles to regenerate. 
 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections have arisen as an effective fourth step in treating AGA. PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood. Using autologous platelet rich plasma can enhance the body’s own capacity to repair and regenerate. Platelets contain over 800 proteins which target a slew of cells including stem cells, epithelial cells, and endothelial cells. More importantly, they have high concentrations of growth factors. One of these stimulates epidermal growth factor, the key to hair regrowth and preservation. PRP has been shown to increase diameter of individual hairs and terminal hair density. 

The final step available for treating AGA and MPB is hair transplantation. Using various techniques, a patient’s own healthy hair can be extracted and reinserted into an area where hair loss has occurred. This procedure can be expensive and there are certain risks including scarring and graft failure.