Monsoon is that time of the year, when we get a great relief from the scorching heat and all we want to do is sing and dance in the rain! We often forget (or don’t even know) that monsoon can also be very harmful for our skin and therefore do not take any precautions. Here are a few things that you must take care of:
1. Fungal infections are the most common complaints of the rainy season. Never keep your skin wet for a long time. Shower with slightly lukewarm water.Use antifungal creams, soaps or talc. Fungal infections can be in the form of ringworm, or itching caused by wet damp clothing.
2. Clean skin: You should clean your skin at least 3-4 times a day with a non-soapy face wash. This helps to clean excessive oil and dirt from the skin pores and helps it breathe.
3. Skin toning is essential. Toning revives the skin and gives it an impeccable sheen.
4. Keeping dry skin moisturised. If your skin is dry, moisturise it regularly. Application of rose water, glycerine or almond oil before retiring to bed is beneficial in keeping the skin supple and healthy.
5. Keep oily skin clean. If you have oily skin and have visible whiteheads or blackheads, try to minimise oil secretion from the skin by using water based moisturisers, cleansers by applying citrus face packs. Drinking a lot of water also helps in reducing oil production.
6. Shield your skin. Just because it’s cloudy, does not mean your skin is protected from the sun. It is highly important to guard your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so always use a good sunscreen with a minimum 30SPF factor.
7. Gentle exfoliation: Dead skin cells should be daily removed. Use a good skin scrub to get rid of those dead cells and make your skin radiant and glowing.
8. Drink adequate water. Drink at least 7-8 glasses of water to maintain skin hydration. There are high levels f humidity in the monsoon and the skin loses a lot of water due to sweating.
9. Wash your hair often. Wash hair a little more frequently than you usually do in the monsoon as all the humidity and sweat causes it to get dirty soon and attract dust and pollution.
10. Avoid artificial jewellery. For those who have very sensitive skin, it is best to avoid wearing heavy jewellery altogether. The humidity can make your skin break out when it comes into contact with anything irritable. So avoid jewellery around your neck and wrists and allow your skin to breathe.
Keep these simple thoughts in mind and continue singing and dancing in the RAIN! 🙂