With the rains having finally arrived, the monsoon humidity is bound to take a toll on your skin. Since every skin type reacts differently to the excessive moisture in the air, some people have to deal with oily and greasy skin, while others develop flaky and itching skin.
Dr Nishita Sheth, aesthetic dermatologist, regular cleansing with lukewarm or even cold water can help control these conditions as well as unwanted acne outbreaks.
“Deep-pore cleansing with a facial scrub is essential to keep the pores free of clogged oil,” she says, adding that using scrub on your face twice a week and keeping your skin moisturised also helps protect it in this weather.
Apart from your face, another part of your body that is regularly exposed to the water and moisture is your foot. Just because the skin on the feet is tougher doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be taken care of.
“During the monsoon, you need to protect your feet from fungal infections and conditions such as Athlete’s Foot,” says Sheth, according to whom, using closed footwear in the monsoon is a bad idea. “We might not realise it, but our feet sweat a lot in this weather. That’s why open footwear, slippers and waterproof sandals are preferable options in the rains,” she says.
Make your own...
* Mix ground almonds with curd and powdered lemon or orange peel.
* Mix rose water with cucumber juice and apply on the face. Wash it off after 15 minutes.
* Keep some neem leaves soaked in four cups of hot water overnight. Strain the mixture the next morning and make a paste out of it. Apply this on the face and rinse it off after 20 minutes.
* Using skin tonic is also essential in this damp weather. Toners help close open pores and keep the skin acne-free and healthy.
* If your skin is oily, make a paste of multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth) with rose water. Wash it off with cold water once it dries.
* Use products containing natural ingredients like coconut, olive or almond oil.
* Include Vitamins E, C and Omega 3 in your diet.