Beauty wise, this sea­son

Mon­soon calls for a re­vamp in hair and skin­care; ex­perts give sug­ges­tions on how to go about it

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Saro­jini Jose With inputs from ex­perts Amit Sarda and Dr Soma Sarkar

Although rains are a wel­come respite from the swel­ter­ing sum­mer heat, the chang­ing weather con­di­tions tend to af­fect our skin and hair dras­ti­cally. It is es­sen­tial to change the daily rou­tine of cleans­ing-ton­ing-mois­tur­is­ing for skin, as well as sham­poo­ing and con­di­tion­ing for hair. De­pend­ing on one’s skin and hair type, here are some ex­pert-recommended ways to main­tain their health.

OILY SKIN

Oily skin is a re­sult of oil be­ing ex­creted by skin glands in or­der to keep the skin nour­ished. Es­sen­tially, it is not a bad thing. How­ever, ex­cess oil is a prob­lem as it at­tracts dirt and bac­te­ria, which can prove to be harm­ful to the skin. Hence, it be­comes nec­es­sary to clear the skin of the oily tex­ture. Nour­ish­ing the skin with grape­seed car­rier oil is recommended.

In this hu­mid weather, oily skin tends to get greasier as the pores are more di­lated, and thus, end up hav­ing more of acne and se­b­or­rhoeic der­mati­tis. Those suf­fer­ing from acne can add a few drops of tea tree es­sen­tial oil to the car­rier oil.

Mild cleansers can be used with non-al­co­holic ton­ers and non-come­do­genic sun­screens daily. Scrub­bing should be done on reg­u­lar ba­sis like once a week. Recommended nat­u­ral

mask: Ap­ply, fuller’s earth mixed with rose water, once a week.

COM­BI­NA­TION SKIN

Im­proper diet habits along with use of chem­i­cal cos­met­ics or per­sonal care prod­ucts could lead to a com­bi­na­tion skin con­di­tion. Grape­seed or jo­joba oil with laven­der could help re­ju­ve­nate this kind of skin’s health. Splash­ing your face ei­ther with clean water with­out touch­ing the skin or with nat­u­ral soap hav­ing pa­paya and cu­cum­ber ex­tracts would work great too.

As the weather turns hu­mid, the T-zone gets oilier and the rest of the face gets dry. So, one can also get acne and skin dry­ness at the same time. Mild cleansers with a good toner and serum-based mois­turis­ers are sup­posed to be used. A good sun­screen is im­por­tant as well. Recommended nat­u­ral mask:

Ap­ply, mild honey with lime juice on the face, once a week.

DRY SKIN

A skin con­di­tion that causes dry scaly patches on the skin mak­ing it lose its elas­tic­ity and be­come saggy. Jo­joba oil works best for dry skin, while for ev­ery­day nour­ish­ment use soap hav­ing co­coa but­ter.

Eczemas can flare up and one can end up hav­ing skin rashes as well. So, one has to use cream-based cleansers and fol­low the rou­tine. Mois­turis­ers have to be ap­plied two to three times a day. Recommended nat­u­ral mask: Ap­ply a mix of ava­cado and curd, once a week.

SEN­SI­TIVE SKIN

Gen­er­ally, skin be­comes sen­si­tive be­cause of hor­monal changes or chem­i­cal abuse. The best so­lu­tion for sen­si­tive skin is jo­joba oil. In rains, the sen­si­tive skin can also have atopic der­mati­tis — a kind of eczema where your skin turns very red and dry, so one has to use a very good cream-based cleanser. Don’t use ton­ers on sen­si­tive skin. Opt for a good cream-based mois­turiser. Recommended nat­u­ral

mask: For sen­si­tive skin, avoid packs.

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