Monsoon Skin Care
Our skin may act strangely during the monsoons. Sometimes it may feel dry and dehydrated and it may feel oily at other times. This happens because of the alternating rain and sun. The humidity in the monsoon may cause your skin to sweat and become sticky. This will attract dust and dirt that will stick to your face or arms and cause breakouts.
While the monsoons bring a welcome respite from summer heat, they also pose a lot of challenges to healthy skin. The heat-induced rashes of summertime give way to the humidity – induced problems of the rainy season. If you are health conscious and take a few simple precautions, you can save yourself a lot of misery over bad skin.
The biggest skin complaint during the monsoon has to be fungal infections. A fungus thrives in humidity – wet skin folds rubbing against each other gets macerated easily, providing an easy entry to fungi and yeast. As a result, you develop itchy, circular, reddish, flaking patches on the body, especially in the skin folds at the groin, underarms and around the breast in women.
A Complete Guide to Monsoon Skin Care
Keep yourself hydrated: You may not feel as thirsty as you did during summer, but you’ll still need to keep your skin hydrated from the inside. Monsoons are a perfect time to down those herbal teas and nourishing soups. Down your usual 10-12 glasses of fresh water a day. This is a pre-requisite for glowing skin.
Be wary of skin-allergy: The rains are an ideal time to offset skin allergies. Keep your home free of dust and avoid spraying air fresheners or chemical aerosols.
Sun-screen: You may tend to think that just because there is very little sunlight during a particularly active monsoon, you can avoid slathering on the sun-screen! This can spell danger for effective skin care. Though it may not be a particularly bright, or hot, day, the ultra-violet rays of the sun do play havoc with the exposed parts of our body.
Cleansing: The prevalence of high humidity during the monsoon months can cause sweat to run in rivulets over your body. This can create a build-up of dust, dirt, grime and other toxins on the surface of your skin. During these months, you’ll need to adopt a gentle cleansing routine, especially if you are constantly exposed to wind and rain.
Use a natural face-scrub such as gram powder and pat dry with a towel. Apply a skin-toner and lotion immediately to dry areas, and repeat this cleansing-moisturizing routine at night before bed-time. Make sure you carry face tissue or wet wipes so that you can wipe your face clean once you reach your destination.
Fungal infection: Fungal infections are out of control during the monsoon due to the friction of skin against damp clothing. Ensure that all laundered clothes dry out fully before you iron and wear them. Dust your feet and underwear with antifungal powder at the first sign of discomfort.
Face-pack: Mix one teaspoon of gram powder with a pinch of turmeric powder. Add a quarter teaspoon of freshly squeezed lime and mix this with fresh cream and honey. This face pack is good for all skin types.
Honey adds a healthy glow to the skin, the fresh cream acts as a moisturizer, while lime and turmeric act as lightening agents, giving you that fresh, cleansed look that is appealing. Gram powder acts as an anti-bacterial agent that can remove the dirt from clogged pores, making the skin soft and supple.
Watch your feet: You could get infections during the monsoon in spite of wearing the right footwear. Rain footwear does not necessarily protect your feet from bacterial or fungal infections. These infections flourish in damp areas and even though plastic shoes do protect your feet they do not prevent infections completely. Wearing open rain shoes will keep your feet safe and infection free.
This is because fungus and bacteria breeds in moist, closed places. So open shoes allow your feet to get the air, breathe and even dry easily.
If you’ve waded through mucky water, make sure that you wash your feet with antiseptic soap as soon as you can. If you have wet your feet with rain water, then dry your feet thoroughly, especially the area between your toes.
Spray some anti-fungal powder or even talcum powder between your toes as this will protect your feet from possible infections.
Home pedicure should be done once a week. For a pedicure at home, soak your feet in a mixture of warm water, lemon juice and liquid hand-wash. Then scrub your feet with a foot scrubber or pumice stone or exfoliating scrub to remove the dead skin.
Also, you can use hydrogen peroxide to clean the nails. After that dry your feet, trim your nails and push back the cuticles. You have to rinse your feet once again and pat them dry. Afterwards, you can have a foot massage with a light moisturizer as it helps to stimulate the nerve endings.
Dry out your shoes as well. If you dry out your feet but then stick them inside sweaty shoes, you’re just going to get smelly feet again right away. Air out your shoes (preferably outside so you don’t stink up the house) before wearing them again.
Try to find shoes that breathe. You’ll reduce a lot of the foot-odour problem if you’re wearing shoes that breathe well instead of shoes that hold all of that moisture in. Change your shoes regularly.
Don’t wear the same pair every day because this worsens the problem. Rotate the shoes that you wear regularly so that you can dry them out naturally between each wearing.
Apply a foot-deodorizing product to your feet. The problem is often taken care of when you purchase an over-the-counter foot deodorizer to apply regularly to your feet.