SKIN TIPS TO BRAVE MONSOON
Here’s how to make sure you keep a tab on your skin and beat monsoon beauty bummers
With each mood swing of the weather, it’s hard to avoid the ailments that tag along with it. You might fight the nagging flu and infections with doctor-prescribed medicines, but it’s trickier to get rid of the effects of the seasonal shifts on your skin. To beat the monsoon blues, get on top of your game, and don’t let your skin woes rain on your parade.
DUST IT OFF
The rain brings with it extreme humidity which makes the skin sticky, and prone to dustinduced acne and breakouts. So to prevent this, create a daily routine so you don’t skip your skin-nourishment cycle, even if it means carrying your product to work. “Keep a cleanser which is water-based always handy and make sure you use it on regular intervals to make sure the oiliness is kept at bay. Afterwards, apply cleansing lotion and remove with a cotton pad,” says skin and beauty expert Seema Malik. “During the rains, use an anti-bacterial toner which helps in combating any raininduced infections,” she adds, suggesting that home-churned or packaged rose water is a fool-proof toner if you want to go the organic way.
Scrub, scrub, scrub! Itchy and flaky skin (and scalp) is something we all try to fight during the rainy season. A great way to get rid of this is by churning your own homewhipped organic scrub. Use brown sugar granules, ground oatmeal, honey, coconut oil and other such elements to create a DIY scrub. Don’t make scrubbing a daily affair as over-exfoliation can lead to patchy, discoloured and extremely irritable skin. Fluctuate between a oilcombating cooling face pack and a scrubbing routine to ensure skin health.
HAIR US OUT
Apart from skin that irritates, the scalp and your tresses also become a battle ground during the rains. “Using a conditioner in this season after every hair wash is a must. Opt for an indulgent oil massage with warm coconut oil. To fight the seasoninduced itchy scalp, neem oil can come to your rescue,” suggests dermatologist Meghna Gupta.
Make your own DIY scrubs this monsoon, using brown sugar granules, honey, and coconut oil