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Look and feel your best this monsoon

It’s that time of the year when we constantly wish for some respite from the heat, with some pleasant bouts of monsoon showers. But, if you aren’t adequately prepared for it, it could lead to many health problems. Here’s a guide to help you tackle monsoon woes.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 23, 2012 02:04 IST
Shweta Mehta

It’s that time of the year when we constantly wish for some respite from the heat, with some pleasant bouts of monsoon showers. But, if you aren’t adequately prepared for it, it could lead to many health problems. Here’s a guide to help you tackle monsoon woes.

Health
A number of diseases are in the air during the monsoon. “Malaria, dengue and chikungunya are spread by mosquitoes, while contaminated water and food are responsible for diarrhoea, dysentery, food poisoning and hepatitis. Damp weather and getting wet in the rain can also cause common colds and flues,” says nutritionist, Dr Rekha Gonsalves.

“During monsoon, the digestive system becomes weak, so the body is highly susceptible to infections,” warns Dr Amrapali Patil. Also, we should take extra-care of our feet during the monsoon season and should not walk barefoot as the soil contains all types of germs during the rains.

Hair
Celebrity hairstylist Savio John Pereira recommends a Keratin Blowout to ensure hair that looks good and behaves well, irrespective of the season. “Braids are back in a big way, so if the frizz in your hair doesn’t ease, knot your hair in an interesting way,” he says. Here are some of his tips to tackle hair problems during rains.

* Use an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner. Use a leave-in conditioner or a serum or both.
* Opt for a partial hair-relaxing treatment for unruly hair — around your hairline, crown or fringe.
* Use Moroccan oil to prevent dryness.
* The more moisture your hair gets, the lesser it will frizz, so indulge in hair spas.
* To get your hair party-ready, wash it a day in advance. It always behaves better the next day.

Skin

Skin-care during monsoon

Humidity is the primary reason behind breakouts during the monsoon. Dr Geetanjali Shetty, consulting dermatologist, Neutrogena, shares a skincare routine to follow:

Cleanse well: Use a deep-cleansing agent that removes oil and dirt without stripping away any kind of natural moisture. Use a medicated cleanser that contains salicylic acid.

Moisturise: Monsoons can have a dehydrating effect on dry skin and an excessive-hydrating effect on oily skin, making it prone to acne. Use a non-oily moisturiser, and soaps that contain glycerine. Drink plenty of water.

Sun protection: Apply sunscreen, as in the rainy season, 90% of sunrays penetrate clouds and are more concentrated, making them more harmful than usual.
Eliminate blackheads: Humidity makes the skin more prone to clogged pores. Use a face wash that contains salicylic acid as it acts as a good exfoliant. Follow this up with an alcohol-free toner.

Makeup: Use only water-based, non-clogging mineral make-up when needed.

Fungal infection: Avoid any kind of contact with dirty water. Let your feet breath by wearing open sandals, so they can dry easily.

Wardrobe
Investing in a good pair of Wellies (gumboots) and a nice raincoat is a must. You could go for glamorous transparent trenches and ponchos. As for clothing, push your denims at the back of your closet. Go for lighter fabrics and bright colours to help lighten your mood on a gloomy monsoon day.