It is essential that you take better care of your skin, your hair and in general your body, during the monsoon season. Yes, monsoon is a rejuvenating time and the smell of wet earth can truly be intoxicating. But the fact is that the monsoon with its high humidity levels can play havoc with your skin and hair, and this can even lead to some serious skin infections if you do not take adequate care of yourself. Damp weather facilitates the growth of bacteria and fungus, and that’s why you may need to change your skin care regimen during this time.
- Shoes: Let’s start with the most obvious one; it’s the rainy season and that means sloshing through puddles of muddy water. Just so you know, most parasitic infections often make their beeline to your body either through the water or through the soles of your feet or by your drinking infected water. So make sure that when you head out, your feet are adequately protected as are the soles of your feet. While this may not essentially be a skin care tip, it nevertheless involves a part of your skin and is an important suggestion.
- Wax: Chances are that you would have to slosh through muddy water often and given that, it is a good idea to wax often and at the same time, get mani-pedis done. By shortening your nails, you should be letting yourself be less prone to infection. It is necessary that you take care of your largest organ which happens to be your skin from dust and grime adheres itself to your skin, quite easily during this season.
- Scrub & clean: It is a good idea to scrum gently and cleans at least a few times each day. Given the high humidity levels during this time of the year, it is essential that you do all you can to ensure that your skin pores are not clogged and that it is as supple and fresh as ever. Just remember to use a soap-free cleanser for the same, and remember to tone your skin once you have scrubbed it, to close those pores.
- Waterproof makeup: Remember that it is monsoon season; and for obvious reasons, it would be a good idea to go in for waterproof makeup. You may want to use the kajal or lip gloss, but whatever you choose to apply, make sure that it is waterproof. And you may also want to slim it down, and allow your pores to breathe.
- Exfoliate often: If you use makeup often, then chances are that you would definitely need to exfoliate and remove the dead skin cells. Letting the buildup remain on your face and the rest of your body would eventually lead to blemishes and skin infections. So if you want to take better care of your skin, then book a session at the local spa for an exfoliation session.
- Lukewarm water: It is the monsoon season and given the high humidity levels, your body would be sweating more and your sebaceous glands would be going into overdrive as well. All the sweat combined with oil, dust and grime will coat your skin and clog those pores. Using a cleanser in such a condition may not do much since it cannot cleanse deeply. Moreover, if you use various lotions and creams, then these would just add to the mix. That is why, when cleaning your body, you would need to use lukewarm water as this would be able to penetrate deep and clean your skin and your clogged pores at the same time. Moreover, using lukewarm water should get those pores to open up further, thereby enabling you to clean them easily.
- Stay hydrated: If you happen to suffer from dry skin/ chapped skin, then getting drenched in the rain can just aggravate the situation further. The fact is that rainwater can offset the pH balance of your skin, and if that is not enough, the humidity would exacerbate the condition. The best thing that you can do is to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water. And you may want to avoid coffee or tea since they tend to suck the moisture out of your body. Your goal here is to stay hydrated at all times and to ensure that your skin retains its moisture and does not get too dry in the process.
- Facial masks: If you are planning to bleach your skin or go in for some facials, then you may want to wait until the humidity is well back to normal levels. This is not the right time for the same since the process sucks the moisture out of your face. You can, however, opt for homemade facial masks, made from organic matter, which should be just fine and leave your skin looking soft, and fresh.
- Coconut oil: If your lips get chapped too often because of the high humidity in the air, then you may want to rub some warm coconut oil on your lips just as you head to bed. They should retain their natural suppleness by the time you get up.
- Wash regularly: Each time you head out in rainy weather; always wash your face, hands and feet. Make sure that you use warm water for the same as this should help you clean your body and skin thoroughly of all the dirt and grime.
These are some of the essential monsoon tips that you would need to follow to retain that healthy skin, Just remember that your skin also happens to be the largest organ of your body and one that you may take for granted. You need to go the extra mile to ensure that it always looks supple and fresh. Granted that some of the suggestions listed here may sound like a lot of work at the start, but they have all been vetted and they do work.