The bright sweat-causing sun has given way to cloudy skies and soaring levels of humidity. The monsoon is here and has brought with it a lot of joy and enthusiasm. With every downpour, your spirits are relished and revived. Your skin, however, does not experience the same kind of enthusiasm and instead suffers from oiliness or dehydration brought on by monsoon. This is the time when the skin becomes irritable due to humidity and summertime rashes give way to other skin problems.
Since your skin behaves differently in monsoon, it becomes important to take special care of it. While everything around you is bright and beautiful, the increasing humidity does not allow your skin to breathe properly.
Monsoon brings humidity and it’s bad news for basically all type of skins.
This skin type is mainly the result of genetically determined hormonal changes. To treat oily skin one needs to remove excess oil by cleansing it twice or thrice a day, but not more than that. Limit washing your face to two or three times a day as too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Scrub your face on a regular basis. This will help unclog the pores and remove the layer of dead cells from your skin.
It is advised to use lukewarm water while washing face as it dissolves skin oil better than cold water.
Other than that, one can also regularly use mud-pack. Homemade face pack made with “Besan and raw milk” can help in keeping skin refreshing and glowing.
Dryness is a sign of dehydration and lack of skin repairing vitamins. During monsoon the problem tends to get worse. A cream base cleanser is a good option for those struggling with dry skin. A moisturizer increases the water content of the outer layers of the skin and gives it a soft, moisturized look and it is always advised that people with dry skin opt for alcohol free toner.
Also, apply glycerin and rose water mixture to keep skin soft and supple.
This type of skin is characterized with the T-portion as oily and the cheeks are usually normal or dry in condition. Since it combines both the oily and dry skin it should be treated as if it were two different types of skin. The dry area requires gentle cleansing and regular moisturizing. The oily part needs to be deeply cleansed and toned with regular scrubbing.
Monsoon also brings skin infections along with the intoxicating smell of damp earth.
- Most of the times use soap free cleansers and a good scrub so as to keep your skin moist all the time.
- An alcohol free toner is suggested as the high humidity could open up your pores (Toning is usually followed after cleansing).
- Most people tend to stop using sunscreen once the climate turns cool, but you must continue it even if it is cloudy.
- Heavy makeup is a huge turn off in rains, better if one opts for a water- proof makeup.
- Opt for a lotion- based serum, which keeps your skin hydrated and brightens it up.
- Avoid bleaching and facials in this season, as bleaching could do more harm for your face and facial makes your skin rough.
- Wash your lips at night and apply some milk cream. Apply coconut oil if they are slightly cracked.
- Waxing, pedicure, and manicure are always recommended to give your skin and body a toned look all the time.
- Always wash your face, hands and feet as soon as you reach your home with lukewarm water. This makes you feel refreshed and stay healthy.
Fungal and bacterial infections are common during rainy season. Moist and damp skin leads to these infections. Also, one can get rashes and even skin gets discolored if one is not careful. Keeping the body dry is the basic tip to tackle the infections.
Switch to cotton clothes as they allow your body room to breathe. Allow damp hair to dry before you tie them again. To circumvent allergies from mosquito bites, wear full-sleeved clothes and use a mosquito repellent cream and make a beeline for air-conditioned rooms. Bathe twice a day to keep the problems at bay.
With the awesome rains come the not so awesome puddles of dirty water and eye infections soar. But rest assured, with a little care and prevention, you can stay safe!
Close your eyes whenever you decide to get soaked in the rain as it screens off atmospheric pollutants. While the rain water is reasonably clean, you need to be wary of the rain water if you stand under a tree or a building, as it can be contaminated with pollutants, which could increase chances of eye infections.
Infections such as conjunctivitis and sty are contagious and can be easily transmitted via towels, handkerchiefs, lenses, glasses and other articles handled during the course of daily activities. To avoid infection, you need to ensure that you do not share articles of personal use with anyone else. Eye infections result in redness of eyes and watery discharge. One should use an antibiotic eye drop to treat eye infections, but only after it has been prescribed by an ophthalmologist. Use of contact lenses should be avoided during any kind of infection in the eye.
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