Monsoon beauty tips to keep hair and skin problems at bay
Raincoats, rubber boots and umbrellas can be found in our wardrobe during the rainy season. Likewise, it is also important to switch to season-specific skincare routines – especially for the skin and Hair. With the high humidity levels during this season, acne breakouts, dull and oily skin, clogged pores or even excessive hair loss become common.
Dr Apratim Goel, cosmetic dermatologist and founder of Cutis Skin Solution, and beauty expert Tata Sky explains the importance of changing your skin care and hair care routine depending on the season.
During monsoons, humidity makes the skin dull. In addition to this, there is also an increase in fungal infections. To remedy this, the following measures can be adopted:
* To close the pores and reduce fungal infections, crush half an aspirin tablet, dilute it in cucumber water. Store it in a bottle and spray it on the skin once a day.
* For a homemade antioxidant, mix the tomato pulp, aloe vera gel, and well crushed pomegranate. Apply it on the face and, if necessary, on the neck and shoulders. Keep it on for an hour
* If you have oily skin, fuller’s earth (multani mitti) works well. Add a pinch of sandalwood and lime juice to make a paste. If available, grind a stick of sandalwood to make a fine powder. Apply it on the face and keep it only for 12-15 minutes
* To fight acne, empty a chamomile tea bag and grind the leaves with the turmeric and mint leaves. Mix well and apply on the face.
* Exfoliation of the skin during monsoons is very important. For a homemade blend, use coffee and sugar on the face. If you have any extra mixture left, add some argan oil and use it on your body. Papaya the pulp can also be added to the face mixture as it helps to whiten the skin
* If you notice a fungal infection, use oregano oil after diluting it with olive or coconut oil in a 1: 1 ratio.
Some of the most well-known hair problems during the monsoon are an oily scalp, which leads to oily hair, severe dandruff, and itching. Treating these issues effectively is important, and you can do the same by adopting the following:
* To reduce smelly hair, heat chamomile tea in water and mix with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar. For the fragrance, add 5-6 drops of rosemary. Apply it on the scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes
* To reduce frizz, use a homemade hair mask by mixing honey, banana, aloe vera and avocado and a few drops of oil. Apply the mask to the Hair and the scalp for 30 minutes. Wash to see the best results
* To reduce hair loss, soak fenugreek seeds overnight. Grind it the next morning and mix well with coconut milk and an egg white. Apply it on the scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes
* Dandruff is caused by a fungal infection, not a dry scalp. Therefore, avoid oiling your hair during the monsoon. Instead, to reduce dandruff, mix yogurt with apple cider vinegar and keep it for 20 minutes.
Although these recipes involve natural ingredients, it is necessary to check if you are allergic to some, said Dr. Goel. Therefore, do a patch test on your hand or thighs before trying these remedies.
“It’s a myth that you should avoid using a hair dryer. In fact, it is advisable to use a hair dryer during the monsoon, with the heating turned off. Let hair dry naturally leaves humidity in the hair, which can lead to a fungal infection, ”said Dr. Goel.