Good Morning Ladies !

For our second round of Your Burning Questions - Answered By Pros , we are addressing the issue of Summer Skincare. With the season almost here, the seasonal skin woes begin. Questions about the ingredients in your sunscreen, UVA / UVB , hyper pigmentation, tan, Vitamin D or any other skin issue that shows up in summer, are welcome ! This is a wonderful opportunity to find out what you need to do to keep yourself protected the right way. Your questions will be answered by Dr. Aparna Santhanam (MD,DNB), is a cosmetic dermatologist and hair specialist from Mumbai. Dr. Aparna has very kindly agreed to help us out ! Big thanks to her !
How You Do It

You can email me your question to makeupgirl007@gmail.com or you can leave a comment under this post stating your question along with a name. You have until Wednesday, June 17 to send in your questions. I will then put them together and send it over to Dr. Aparna so she can answer them all !! Ask anything - how to choose a sunscreen, is protection that important for brown skin,...the questions are endless, aren't they !! Nothing is silly, nothing is complicated ! All summer skin care questions are welcome :)

More On Dr. Aparna

Dr. Aparna Santhanam (MD,DNB), is a 39 year old cosmetic dermatologist and hair specialist from Mumbai, India with a long standing interest in writing of all kinds as well as holistic health and fitness. A firm believer in combining modern medicine with traditional beliefs and remedies, she has worked with various companies like Marico, kaya, cipla and Novartis. She currently has her own practice in chembur and is a beauty and wellness consultant with Kaya skin clinic, kaya life and Marico. She is also, a professionally qualified and trained broadcaster and columnist with experience in various forms of electronic, print and digital media.

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Anonymous said... @ June 12, 2009 at 11:18 PM

I have a question on hyperpigmentation...well melasma. My mother has a serious case of melasma and we have tried many things to remove it and no help. Also she has medium dark skin and is very sensitive. She burned when she was using the sensitive kit from PCA for hyperpigmentation. Are there any home care, over the counter things she can use?

Crissy K said... @ June 12, 2009 at 11:22 PM

I have a question on sunscreen. I never used to use sunscreen because they all either burned, were sticky on the face, or caused me to sweat like crazy and rolled off my skin looking like a greasy mess. I have combination skin. I can see the hyperpigmentation on my face as a result of not wearing sunscreen. Right now I'm using bare escentuals spf 30 powdered sunscreen. I have a question on the effectiveness of powdered brush on sunscreens. Also, Is there any effective liquid or other type sunscreens you can recommend for sensitive skin. I'm also very fair, is spf 30 good or should we use more ?

n said... @ June 12, 2009 at 11:43 PM

I have a question regarding my hands. I have medium color skin. My right hand seems to be darker, i see more lines in them than my left hand but both are dark in the joints around the fingers. I've been told it is because of cracking my fingers so often, is that true or is it from the sun or a combination of both? And are there any lotions or creams that may help even them out?

Anonymous said... @ June 13, 2009 at 2:35 AM

I have question about hyperpigmentation as well. I have dark spots around my mouth that get worse during the summer. I always use sunscreen/exfoliate and i've tried lemon juice, paulas choice lightening gel, tumeric, hydroquinone, the body shops moisturewhite cream, ddf's holistic lightening gel, and the whole line of Shiseido White Lucent products. basically, i've tried everything and spent alot of money on fixing this issue. can you please recommend something that won't cause damage to my skin (meaning not harsh).

Kriti said... @ June 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

question: is it important to put sun protection on your scalp and hair as well? if so, how do you do it? and is there a way of getting rid of dark tan lines around the neck and legs (which are obvious when you wear t-shirts with wider necks, or flip flops)?

Anonymous said... @ June 18, 2009 at 6:43 AM

I have a question. What is the difference between the different rating systems like SPF, PA pluses and the stars? How is SPF measured? I saw a sunscreen in the drug store with SPF 90, what does that mean? Plus I'm confused because I keep hearing people need to apply 1 oz of sunscreen on the body and 1 table spoon on the face and that we need to reapply after a few hours is that true or do they just want us to waste product?

Anonymous said... @ October 26, 2009 at 4:05 AM

i want to know whether tinted moisturizers givwe apermanet tan over time. i usethe dove tinted moisturizer and feel that my facial skin has been turning visibly darker.

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