The monsoons are a wonderful time of the year, especially because they come right after the dry and hot summers. The rains not only take away the heat from the earth, but also from our bodies and who has not loved walking in the rains, getting drenched. However, this is also a time, when your skin and hair needs a little extra care, because the humidity in the air can ruin them both.
There are several myths that are associated with the monsoons, and quelling them would be the first step to healthyier skin. In this article, which is divided into two parts, we will first look at dispelling some such myths and then move onto some easy to prepare homemade remedies to nourish and protect the skin.
Skin problems come because of sweating:
While sweat can be blamed for skin problems, it is often humid that is more at play in such situations. When there is a fluctuation in the humidity, there is bound to trouble with your skin, including dry patches all over the skin. In addition, even though the sun might not be visible, there are ultraviolet rays in the atmosphere and these too can affect the skin. This is why you need to make sure that you apply sunscreen all over your body and face. In addition, you need to make sure that you clean your face, at least twice or thrice a day.
This is not the time to moisturise:
There might be some people in the world, who would think that monsoons are the time when you should abandon your moisturizer. They would think that since skin already feels a little oily, there would be no need for any additional moisturization. However, this would be far from the truth, because even during the monsoons, the skin needs hydration. As a matter of fact, the fluctuations in the levels of humidity, can actually rob the skin of essential moisture. This is why, during the monsoons, instead of giving up completely on moisturisers, you should invest in a lighter moisturizer or lotion.
Since it's not so hot, you can afford to drink less water:
Water is a major component of the human body, which means that at any given point of time, you need to have a certain amount of water in your body. Lesser the water in your body, the greater the chances of you dehydrating, and when your body is dehydrated, it will become very obvious on your skin. During the monsoons, you may not feel as thirsty as during the summers, but your body still requires the same amount of hydration, which is why you need to make sure that you drink water and other liquids too.
The simple dos and don'ts for the monsoons:
• Whether the sun is visible or not, you need to apply sunscreen. If you have oily skin, look for a sunscreen that has a lighter texture. The sun protection factor or SPF has to be a minimum of 15, although you can opt for a higher one too.
• Since the weather tend to get cool, many people opt for showers or baths with really hot water. However, water that is very hot could strop your skin of the natural moisture, which is why you need to make sure that you apply a moisturizer after your bath.
• Because of the sweat, you might want to take showers with cold water, but this could dry your skin up, leading to rough patches.
• Ideally, during the monsoons months, it would be wise to take baths in warm water, which will not strip your skin of moisture, but will wash away the excess oils.
• Invest in a good antifungal powder, which you should apply liberally in the folds of your skin and between your toes. This powder will not only reduce the chances of you sweating, it will also reduce the possibility of fungal infections.
If you are willing to take a little time to pamper your skin, you can actually have great skin, even during the monsoons. Here are some easy to prepare face masks, which are ideal for the monsoon months:
If you have really oily skin, here are two types of face packs that you can create quite easily at home.
• Mix a cup of Fuller's earth with just as much rose water as is required to create a thick paste. To this, add a small amount of camphor that has been powdered. Use this pack on your face multiple times a day, to notice that your skin is less oily and there are less breakouts of acne too.
• Combine equal parts of Fuller's earth with sandalwood powder and grind up a small hand of basil leaves. Use rose water to create a smooth paste and apply all over your face and neck. Wash off with warm water, once dried.
People with dry skin will also have a lot to worry about during the monsoons, so here are a few face packs, mean for them.
• Gather a glass of clean rainwater, to which you will need to add a small spoonful of honey. Massage this into your skin and allow it to get absorbed. In about half an hour, you should be able to wash it off with cold water.
Pimple or acne skin skin:
For people who are regularly plagued by acne or pimples, monsoons spells close to doom, because the humidity and fluctuations in the temperature, lead to a lot of skin problems. These face packs should be able to take care of the pimples and acne.
• Combine Fuller's earth with clove oil, sandalwood powder and neem paste, which should ideally be prepared using fresh leaves. Apply this paste on the pimples and allow it to dry completely, and then wash the same off. This pack can be used on a daily basis, without any worries.
• Create a paste using Fuller's earth, camphor powder, clove oil and rose water. Once you have applied this on the face and the same has discharged, using chilled water to wash it off. Water this cold should be used because the cabbage oil could cause a slight burning sensation.