Mon­soon Glow 101

Tired of bad skin and messy hair in the rainy sea­son? Here’s how you can turn things around


Lit­tle changes in your beauty rou­tine can go a long way in keep­ing your skin and hair glow­ing this sea­son. Here’s what you need to keep in mind to keep daz­zling in the driz­zle:

Keep your skin clean

Splash cold or luke­warm wa­ter on your face. You can also use a mild facepack. Tone your skin at night af­ter mois­tur­is­ing to close the open pores. If you have dry skin, you may skip this part. Use a light mois­turiser.

Get rid of dead skin

A gen­tle ex­fo­li­at­ing scrub can be used twice a week. This will get rid of the dead skin cells, give a glow and re­duce black­heads and white­heads.

Sun­proof your­self

You can get a tan even dur­ing mon­soons. The high UV in­dex com­bined with high hu­mid­ity lev­els de­stroys the skin. At the same time, us­ing a sun­screen is a chal­lenge as we tend to sweat and drip dur­ing this sea­son. Go for wa­ter-re­sis­tant sun­screens with SPF of 30 or more.

Try a sexy bun

Dur­ing rains, do not leave your hair loose/open as they can get oily af­ter min­gling with the rain­wa­ter and sweat. You can ac­ces­sorise your bun with colour­ful hats, caps and ban­danas.

Face­mask for your skin

Use a face­mask two-three times a week to re­duce grim­i­ness. Go for fruit fa­cials as they work as mild peels. A mask made of tomato juice or cu­cum­ber juice leaves the skin cool and fresh. You can also ap­ply fresh cut fruit pieces on the face.

Healthy diet

Go for bright fruits and veg­eta­bles avail­able at this time of the year. Snack on blue­ber­ries, straw­ber­ries, mel­ons and pears, which are rich in anti-ox­i­dants.

Stay hy­drated

De­hy­dra­tion can oc­cur due to ex­ces­sive loss of wa­ter and salts with sweat. This wa­ter needs to be re­placed. An adult fe­male needs about 2 litres of wa­ter and an adult male, about 2.5 litres of wa­ter. This can be had as clear wa­ter, ten­der co­conut wa­ter (which also re­places the salts) or green tea (a rich source of anti-ox­i­dants).

Don’t be lazy, work-out:

An ac­tive lifestyle and reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ex­er­cise of 30 to 45 min­utes a day will stim­u­late blood flow to skin and other or­gans. The in­creased oxy­gen sup­ply and feel-good hor­mones dur­ing ex­er­cise leave you with a clear, rosy com­plex­ion.

Treat your­self to head mas­sages:

Go for gen­tle mas­sages twothree times a week with co­conut or olive oil. Be­sides be­ing re­lax­ing, the move­ments in­crease blood and nu­tri­ents sup­ply to the scalp skin, and the oil mois­turises the hair shaft, thereby re­duc­ing split ends. If the oil is left on the hair, it works as a mag­net for en­vi­ron­men­tal dust and pol­lu­tants, so sham­poo it off in an hour.

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