Cleansing, moisturising and more: 5 tips for keeping your skin healthy in the monsoons
You need to follow a proper skin care regimen during the monsoons to protect yourself from the diseases and problems the season brings along.health Updated: Aug 16, 2017 14:07 IST
The monsoons are a welcome respite from the scorching summer heat. However, this change in weather also brings with it many diseases and problems of the skin. Your skin can behave erratically in this weather, indicating that it is time for a change in the skincare regime. From becoming extremely oily to breaking out into pimples and acne, the problems are many. An appropriate skincare ritual in this weather will not only ensure that your skin stays supple and healthy but also helps you in enjoying the monsoons without worry. Here are some things you should take care of during the monsoons:
The wind during the monsoons bring with them dust and other particles which can settle on the skin. This not only damages the skin but also makes the texture dull. Cleansing on a regular basis will ensure that the skin can breathe and glow as well. Try making a paste out of crushed almonds and honey. This works very well on dry skin. Oily skin needs more cleansing, and therefore it is a good idea to get a mild cleanser to keep the pores from getting clogged. Papaya pulp can be used as a good cleanser.
Monsoon leads to a lot of airborne and waterborne particles to clog the skin. This is where toning assumes a lot of importance. An anti-bacterial toner can be used at night to help restore the skin’s pH. It also helps in preventing breakout and infections. Chamomile oil with milk is good as a natural toner for dry skin and lavender oil with water for oily skin.
This is a step that must not be left out. Humid conditions during the monsoon can leave dry skin dehydrated and oily skin over-moisturized. It is a good idea to make use of light lotion-based moisturizers as they give a fresh look to the skin. They also help rehydrate the skin. Use sunscreen liberally even if there is no sun. The ultra harmful UV rays are not visible to the naked eye and it is important to protect the skin from these no matter what the weather is. Do not use heavy make up as it makes the skin more susceptible to dirt and infections. Even if you need to use make up, be sure to wipe it off with olive oil or almond oil. Avoid using harsh soaps as it can affect the skin already affected by make up even more.
4. Hair care
Dirt from the scalp can transfer to the face and affect the health of the skin. Humidity and sweat makes grime and germs to settle on both the skin and scalp. The humid weather and other conditions make this weather ideal for the growth of microorganisms. Thus, it may be a good idea to shampoo and condition the hair twice a week.
It is important to keep a check on what you eat in this weather. Your skin is what you eat. Do not consume junk food. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will not only help in boosting the body’s natural immunity but also make the skin glow. Keep the skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will also prevent any breakouts.
There are many products in the market that claim to make the skin glow and look better in this weather. Incorporating small changes such as a proper diet, exercise, and skin care regime appropriate for the weather can help the skin a lot. It is also a good idea to keep some home remedies handy. Following all the above tips can help you enjoy the rains without having to worry about any skin problems. You can also consult a dermatologist for a personalised skin care routine that best works for you this season.
Dr Lipy Gupta, Dermatologist on Lybrate
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First Published: Aug 16, 2017 14:07 IST