The obsession over skin colour in India has shattered many young women’s self-confidence and self-belief.
It eventually also took a toll on aggressively buying the wrong beauty products that do not cater to every skincare problems.
It’s taken a long time for the beauty world to think beyond the fair skin concept and adapt to Healthy Skin Concept.
With the increased awareness of skin health among beauty enthusiasts, , it was only a matter of time that the mass-produced skincare products would no longer be a viable option. Everyone is looking towards a more personalized skincare system.
Till date, the Indian beauty market has been about international beauty labels for years.
This meant the products used in our skincare regime are more likely to be suited to the brands home market than the Indian skin type!
Although now some homegrown beauty brands have started to develop an effective product line, for melanin-rich skin.
Why the Indian skin differs from the rest?
“Indian skin is a skin of colour due to the pigment present in it. Indian skin is also thicker compared to other skin types.
Thus, regular exfoliation is required but not the scrub or beaded variety as they are irritating to the skin,” said Dr Chytra Anand, an internationally renowned, Multi Award winning Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist and Chief Formulator & Founder at Skin Q.
The density and the distribution of melanin the skin pigment determines our skin colour.
Melanin is a pigment produced by specialized cells in the living layer of the skin. This melanin is then passed to other cells in the basal layer, giving rise to skin pigmentation.
The range of skin colour ranges from the Fitzpatrick scale 3 – 6. There are over 36 variations in the Indian skin colour & tone.
Importance of having a unique formula for Indian skin tone is a must!
Due to the presence of extra pigment in our skin type, the skin reacts differently. E.g., Caucasian or Oriental Skin will get red on irritation and heal.
Indian skin/skin of colour develops pigment patch; red turns to brown. It leads to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Hence Indian skin is highly sensitive to pigmentary disorders/conditions.
When exposed to the sun, Indian skin does not typically burn but gets tanned soon, which is a superficial pigmentation that wears off. But constant exposure can cause pigmentation, which causes skin patchiness.
Dr Chytra has observed that most skin brands are tested on Caucasian skin or Oriental Skin. For Indian skin, it’s vital to avoid harsh chemicals.
Dr Chytra Anand: Chief Innovator, Founder At Skin Q
Dr Chytra Anand is an internationally renowned, Multi Award winning Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist based in Bangalore. Having trained in India, UK & USA, Dr Chytra is well versed in treating all skin types.
Dr Chytra lectures and trains doctors across the world in the field of Aesthetic Medicine and is a in-demand trainer and lecturer at various international Aesthetic Medicine Conferences, having spoken in USA, UK, Monaco, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Philippines, Dubai, Thailand, Korea etc.
It’s also critical that actives in the skincare penetrate the skin to work on deeper living layers rather than stay on the surface.
Having always formulated skincare for her patients, Dr Chytra decided to use this specialist knowledge to create a unique skincare range specifically for Skin of Colour/ Indian Skin.
After practising in training in India, London, USA and practising in India for over 15 years, Dr Chytra with her vast experience in formulation & skincare conceptualized Skin Q which uses naturally derived active ingredients to deliver results safely and effectively for Skin of colour / Indian Skin.