Tuesday, 7 July 2015

This Monsoon Pamper & Amore Your Skin & Hair


With the monsoon blues hitting you very often, you might be dwelling in the seasonal changes that keep you rejuvenated every now and then. The monsoon bestows pleasant weather conditions, but also undesirable side-effects on the skin and hair. In addition to following the usual beauty rituals, a little extra goes a long way.

The heavenly rains are alluring but the humidity ruins it all. Monsoon brings with it the blessings of natural showers and the curse of some common diseases & infections like Jaundice, Common Cold, Flu, Typhoid etc. The human body reduces its resistance naturally after facing these infections & the effect clearly shows on the skin & hair, so, it is important that you need to take care of the food you eat and the water you drink. You also get affected with skin diseases like prickly heat, eczema etc.

Let’s take a look at the problems can face for their skin and hair in the season:
·        Rainy season brings a lot of humidity along with it. The skin becomes oily and dust particles get settled on the skin. The pores of the skin seem enlarged and the skin is more prone to acne and pimples.
·        The skin tone also becomes uneven and those who have dry skin may experience skin dehydration.
·        Your hair takes longer to dry after you shower and wet hair gives a very foul odor. Wet hair also becomes limp and can break easily. Wet hair is also more prone to get infested with lice and other infections. Do not comb or pull wet hair.

While the world around you debates whether it would rain or not, you should actually be bothered about getting that pedicure specially recommended for this time of the year. While there is little you could do about the way your hair and skin naturally are, damage can still be controlled by availing the right options at spas and salons and following simple DIY home rituals. Here are five monsoon specific treatments you'd like to spend your money on.

It is very important to take good care of your skin and hair during this season:
·        Oily skin care – Exfoliate the skin regularly to remove all the dead skin and dirt and keep your skin clean at all times. You may use a mild cleanser and a toner every night. A toner helps to cleanse the skin and remove all the germs. It helps to shrink the pores.
·        Take a bath every day and also after you get wet in the rain.
·        Apply skin talc on the underarms and under leg area to keep you dry and away from infections.
·        Your footwear should be such that it prevents the accumulation of moisture and sweat in the skin. If you do happen to get wet, wash your feet thoroughly with lukewarm water and dry them completely.
·        Dry skin care – Cleanse your skin and keep it hydrated all the time. A gentle moisturizer must be applied on the skin to keep it moist.
·        Drink plenty of water and include a lot of fresh veggies in your diet to keep your skin healthy and moist.
·        Protection from the sun - Many of us think that our skin doesn’t get tanned during the rainy season, but this is a myth. You can still get tanned even if the sun is not visible to you. You must apply a good sunscreen before leaving home.
·        Cleaning your face - You might feel like washing your face every now and then, since it feels sticky and itchy. Washing the face with soap or face wash too often can dehydrate the face and wash off the essential oils. You may use a homemade cleanser to clean your face.
·        Hair Care – Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner to cleanse your hair. You must conditioner your hair after every wash. Beer may also be used as a conditioner, since it gives a healthy glow to the hair. Cover your head while stepping out. This will protect your scalp from the rain and the dirt that falls with it. Hair should be kept tied most of the time else you may opt for a short hair cut, since it is easier to maintain. Hair must be oiled once a week. Limit the use of hair dryers.

In spite of protecting yourself, your skin and hair might suffer some damage due to the rain.

Here are a few DIY home remedies that can rejuvenate your skin and hair during the monsoon:
Skin care
·        Skin glow pack – Collect a glass of rain water and mix one teaspoon of honey in it. Massage this honey water on to the skin and wash your face with cold water after half an hour. Your skin will glow naturally!
·        Homemade Face Wash – Take two teaspoon sandalwood powder and mix it with two teaspoon fuller’s earth, rose water and ten ground basil leaves. This is a great face wash for oily skin.
·        Keep Pimples Away – Mix one teaspoon sandalwood powder with two teaspoon fuller’s earth, one teaspoon finely ground neem paste and two drops clove oil. Mix nicely to get a thick paste. Apply it on the pimples and let it dry.
·        Egg White Face pack – Mix one egg white with one teaspoon of honey and apply it on your skin. Wash off with cold water after 15-20 minutes.
·        Papaya Mask – Mix one teaspoon brown sugar with half cup mashed papaya. Massage on to the face in circular motion. Wash off with lukewarm water after two minutes and get glowing skin instantly.
·        Sandalwood Pack – Mix one tablespoon sandalwood powder with half teaspoon turmeric and ¼ cup rose water. Make a fine paste and apply it on your face. Wash off with cold water after half an hour.

Hair Care
·        No longer dull and lifeless hair – Mix three teaspoon mint paste with twenty crushed hibiscus leaves and the juice of two lemons. This will make the hair look alive.
·        Hair pack to prevent hair fall – Mix one cup almond oil with one cup of honey and one cup ground chamomile leaves. Apply this mixture on your scalp and wash off with a mild shampoo after an hour. Not only is this a good conditioner for hair, it also makes the hair thicker and healthier.
·        Make your hair shine – We all want that extra shine and bounce in our hair. Prepare a paste of fenugreek, fuller’s earth, lemon juice, mint and water and use this as a shampoo to cleanse your hair. This will make the hair dazzle.
·        Shine with Vinegar – Mix two tablespoons of vinegar in a cup of lukewarm water. Rinse your hair with this mixture and give your hair the perfect volume and shine.
·        Eggs-curd-honey pack – Mix two tablespoons of curd with two eggs, a few drops of honey and half a lemon. Make a fine paste and apply it on your hair from the root to the tip. Wash off after 30 minutes and get manageable and smooth hair!
Remember our little advice and enjoy the monsoons to the fullest!

Author: Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, MD (MEDLINKS)
Consultant Dermatologist & Specialist Hair Transplant Surgeon
Member, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons

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