The focal point
If you think monsoon means preparing for a host of skin troubles, DR AKSHAY BATRA is here to tell you how to knock those problems out of the way.
Rain no bane
When it pours, your skin tends to put up a plea that all is not refreshing — more so, if you have sensitive or dry skin. One moment, it may look oily; at another, it may appear dry and parched. We look at the most common beauty troubles that the monsoon brings with it:
MONSOON BEAUTY CONCERNS
Humidity and the resultant sticky skin may often lead to clogged pores and acne. To treat and prevent breakouts or flare-ups, strictly follow the fundamental cleansing-toning-moisturising routine, preferably with natural or organic products. Fungal infections of the nails and toes are also common during monsoon; keep them as much clean and dry as possible to prevent such problems. Make sure you wash your feet every time you step in from outside and don’t let your feet remain inside wet shoes for long. Your skin may, at times, sport a gloomy look, or shrink and ‘wrinkle’ due to prolonged exposure to rainwater, or excessive dampness. Splash your face with water if you had been out in the rain. Suntan may flare-up intermittently due to exposure to sporadic but bright sunlight. Make sure you use a water-based sunscreen lotion with SPF 15-30.
THE DOS AND DON’TS
Avoid heavy, oily make-up — it tends to block your skin pores. Eat a light, well-balanced diet, supplemented by pulses, legumes and soybean (if you are not allergic to it). You’d also do well to add carrots, green leafy vegetables, oranges, whole grains and nuts, to your diet plan, alongside green tea, with a dash of cinnamon, but without milk and sugar — to keep disease-causing free radicals at bay.
• If your skin is dry, use almond paste or honey cleanser. Massage your face for a few minutes, rinse and pat dry • If your skin is oily, use a mild natural cleanser. You may use ripe papaya pulp too — it is a mild, natural exfoliant. • Toning your skin with lavender oil is useful — it will help prevent skin infections or eruptions. • Exercise and keep yourself well hydrated as water rids your body of toxins.