SKIN TIPS TO BRAVE MON­SOON

Here’s how to make sure you keep a tab on your skin and beat mon­soon beauty bum­mers

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Snigdha Ahuja ■ snigdha.ahuja@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

FLAKE FIGHTER

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

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