The Rain God­dess

From frizzy and limp hair to patchy, clogged skin, hu­mid­ity can play havoc with your looks dur­ing the mon­soons. Fol­low these tips for an all- round beauty treat­ment to beat the rainy blues.

India Today - - BEAUTY - By HUMRA AFROZ

Wash your face sev­eral times a day to pre­vent your skin from get­ting sticky and at­tract­ing dirt

FACE FIRST

1 Pim­ples Keep your skin squeaky clean as dirt and oil can clog pores, re­sult­ing in pim­ples, black­heads and other prob­lems. Wash your face fre­quently and use a toner to close the pores to re­store your skin’s pH bal­ance. Ex­fo­li­ate twice a week with a good face scrub.

2 Makeup Use min­i­mum makeup in the mon­soons, and try us­ing prod­ucts that are wa­ter­proof to pre­vent makeup from run­ning. Cream- based colour makeup tends to form ugly patches dur­ing the rainy sea­son, so ditch oily foun­da­tions, blushes and eye shad­ows for their pow­der- based coun­ter­parts. In­stead of ka­jal, you can use wa­ter- re­sis­tant eye- lin­ers and mas­caras. Opt for a coloured lip balm or soft matte lip­sticks in shades of brown and pink. Don’t for­get to use sun- tan lo­tion even in this weather.

3 Diet Drink plenty of wa­ter and eat a pro­tein- rich diet with lots of fresh fruits and green veg­eta­bles. Avoid fer­mented, fried and spicy foods. A nu­tri­tious diet will nat­u­rally make your skin healthy. You can ask your physi­cian to sug­gest the right sup­ple­ments ac­cord­ing to your needs.

Hair prod­ucts with fungi­cides such as ke­to­cona­zole, zinc pyrithione and se­le­nium sul­phide help elim­i­nate dan­druff from the roots

MANE TALK

1 Frizz Hair tends to ab­sorb mois­ture from the air. Dirt par­ti­cles stick to this mois­ture, mak­ing hair sticky, frizzy and un­man­age­able in the mon­soons. Wash your hair more of­ten than usual and keep it well mois­turised. Use mild cream- based sham­poos and leave- in con­di­tion­ers to lock in the mois­ture. Hair masks for dry and frizzy hair will help im­prove its qual­ity.

2 Oily/ Dry and Limp hair Oily hair tends to be­come dirt­ier while dry hair be­comes very dull in this sea­son. For oily hair, opt for a gen­tle sham­poo and con­di­tioner ( prefer­ably gel- based prod­ucts that do not leave your hair sticky). They can be used ev­ery­day to get rid of ex­cess oil and dirt. Those with dry hair should oil their hair ev­ery fort­night. Treat your hair to spas en­riched with pro­tein at least once a month. This will lock in mois­ture, adding gloss to dull hair. Use vol­ume boost­ing sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers to make fine hair look thicker.

3 Hair­fall Mon­soon tends to ag­gra­vate break­age of hair so oil your hair reg­u­larly. To avoid break­age, comb your hair on the edges first and then start comb­ing from the roots. Use wide toothed combs to un­tan­gle hair, and opt for anti- hair fall sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers. Masks and spas can help strengthen hair from the roots and also im­pact its length.

4 Dan­druff Hu­mid­ity leads to itchy, flaky scalp in mon­soons. To get rid of dan­druff, al­ways oil your hair be­fore a wash. It will also make them tan­gle- free and man­age­able. Use an ef­fec­tive anti- dan­druff sham­poo, and con­di­tion your hair with curd and egg to make it shine.

Bathing with luke­warm wa­ter opens up pores, keeps the glands func­tion­ing prop­erly and in­vig­o­rates the body

BODY BA­SICS

1 Al­ler­gies

Var­i­ous skin al­ler­gies like itch­ing and red rashes, skin erup­tions and acne, and Ur­ticaria re­ac­tions ( an in­sect bite like rash) be­come ram­pant dur­ing this sea­son. One may also en­counter ex­ac­er­ba­tion of pre- ex­ist­ing con­di­tions of Eczema, Pso­ri­a­sis etc. The most im­por­tant pre­cau­tion that one can take dur­ing the mon­soons is to keep your­self clean. Also, keep your clothes and footwear dry and hy­gienic.

2 In­fec­tions

Fun­gal and bac­te­rial in­fec­tions are some of the other con­cerns that one can be faced with dur­ing the rainy sea­son. Bathe reg­u­larly and use an an­ti­sep­tic soap/ body wash. Al­ways gen­tly rub your body dry with a soft, clean towel, es­pe­cially af­ter get­ting wet in the rain. You can use gram flour or green gram flour op­tion­ally mixed with but­ter­milk, honey, milk, rose­wa­ter or aloe vera as a scrub be­fore a bath. This helps to cleanse the body and also works as a mois­turiser and a skin pu­ri­fier.

3 Clammy skin

The skin can feel oily, cold and clammy due to hu­mid­ity and heat in the mon­soons. This damp­ness also makes one more prone to con­tract­ing in­fec­tions and al­ler­gies, es­pe­cially when caused by dirty rain wa­ter. You can use ap­pro­pri­ate body scrubs ev­ery now and then to keep the dirt and germs away. You can also make a scrub at home by boil­ing wa­ter with herbs like Man­jishta, In­dian Sar­sa­par­illa ( Sariva), Usheer/ Khus ( Ve­tive­ria), Retha, Lodhra and Yas­ti­madhu ( liquorice). This will be ef­fec­tive in pre­vent­ing any form of skin prob­lems.

4 Dry­ness

Mon­soons can also make the body dry, de­pend­ing upon your skin type. Ap­pli­ca­tion of a lit­tle al­mond and co­conut oil af­ter a bath pro­tects the skin from crack­ing due to dry­ness. This also pro­tects the body from in­sect rashes and mos­quito bites that can cause se­ri­ous al­ler­gies and ail­ments.

5 Body ache

One can also be faced with aches and stiff­ness in var­i­ous parts of the body. Ap­ply­ing warm oil on the head ( Siroab­hyangam) and the body ( Ab­hyangam) be­fore bathing, at least weekly or thrice weekly, helps to pre­vent most prob­lems that af­flict it.

BAN­DEEP SINGH/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

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