Preparing for Monsoon Part II

Wash your face thrice a day

I had last written on how to take care of our health during the monsoon; but for many of us out there, we want to take care of our bodies from the outside too. And indeed we should. Even if we are not very particular about how we look, it is important to keep ourselves healthy as skin care, hair care etc. are not only about looking good but also keeping it healthy. Some very common tips on how to take care of ourselves include –

  • One of the most common complaints during rains are fungal functions. Make sure you do not keep ay part of your skin wet for a long time. Have a bath with lukewarm water and ensure you dry all the parts of your skin where water tends to remain like between the toes, your belly button, behind the ears etc.  Try using creams and soaps that are antifungal. This will be effective in fighting fungal infections. They include athlete’s foot, ringworm, or itching usually caused by wet damp clothing. Hence, ensure that if you get wet in the rain, change into dry clothes as soon as possible.
  • Keep your skin clean. Avoid using a face wash that has soap and clean your face three to four times a day. This will help to remove the excessive oil and dirt from your skin pores and will help the skin breathe and in turn keep it healthy and glowing. It is good to tone your skin too. But use toners that are non – alcoholic.
  • If your skin is dry, make sure you moisturize it daily. It is necessary that you indulge in cleansing your skin if it is dry. Cleansers that are cream based keep the dry skin hydrated and invest in an alcohol – free toner to keep it moisturized.
  • If it is oily, keep it clean. The facial skin tends to remain oil even after the summer heat is gone as there is extreme humidity in air. Those with oily skin should be extremely careful during the monsoons. The skin tends to get oilier and eventually leads to breakouts. Using a light – weight moisturizer after having a bath is ideal for oily skin. Try using a face scrub twice a week to clean it of the dirt and grime. Use moisturizers that are water- based so as to minimize the oil secretion from your skin. Drink a lot of water. You could also use face packs that are citrus based.
  • If you can, indulge in moisturizing, toning and cleansing. Doing all three will ensure your skin remains healthy and glowing not only during monsoon but during all seasons.
  • Avoid wearing heavy make – up. In fact, try not to wear make – up at all. But if you have to, then stick to water – proof and sweat – proof make – up. Also, wash your face clean and get rid of the entire make – up before going to bed. Products like mascara etc. tend to clog and irritate your eyes.
  • Just because it is raining and the sky is cloudy, does not mean that you should not wear sunscreen. The UV rays penetrate through the clouds as well.
  • Get your skin exfoliated. Dead skin cells need to be removed so that your face remains healthy and radiant.
  • Avoid wearing artificial jewelry during the monsoons, especially if you have sensitive skin. In fact if you have sensitive skin, avoid wearing them altogether. The presence in humidity can cause irritation in your skin whenever you wear such jewelry.
  • Use a mild shampoo during the rains and if they get wet in the rains, wash them immediately. If your hair gives you problems, use shampoos and conditioners that are anti – frizz. You could use a leave-in conditioner or a serum or both If you want, you could go for a partial hair-relaxing treatment especially if your hair is unruly and unmanageable. You could do so around your hairline, crown or fringe. Apply oil to prevent dryness, but do not keep it in for long. Apply Moroccan oil if you get your hands on one. It is important to keep your hair moisturized so that it might not become frizzy. Indulge in hair – spas whenever you can.  Do not go for days without washing your hair. The humidity and the pollution in the air attract a lot of dirt and sweat and hence your scalp requires to be cleaned more often.
  • Avoid styling your hair during the monsoons. These styling products are usually chemical – based and hence when it is humid the chemicals tend to make your hair excessively oily/greasy. This results in harming both the hair and the scalp. The glum and gels in turn result in dandruff.

 

Even if you do not like rains, try to enjoy them. They are beautiful, bring an aura of romance and are beneficial. While doing so, do not forget to take care of yourself too. It does not take much. All it requires is a little effort from your side. Even if you are blessed with naturally healthy hair and skin, indulge in treatments to maintain them.

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