Top five monsoon skin and hair savers
Sail through the rains looking gorgeous.
While the monsoons herald a welcome respite from the sweltering summer heat, the humidity can also play havoc with your skin and hair. The high ambient moisture content causes your skin to stay perpetually damp, making it a thriving breeding ground for bacteria and infections. The result: clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads and blemished skin.
Breakouts or acne are a common problem during the rainy season. Thus, keeping the skin germ-free becomes very important if you want a healthy, squeaky clean complexion. Your hair doesn’t fare much better. Humidity and rain water can play havoc with your scalp and strands. Itchiness, dandruff and dull hair are common problems. Frizzy, unmanageable tresses are another common complaint and an over-use of styling products to tame your mane can cause further hair damage. Read on for my Top Five tips to keep your skin and hair healthy this monsoon.
Start with face wash
Switch to an anti-bacterial face wash during the monsoon especially if you have an oily skin. Wash your face thoroughly at least twice a day. If you use public transport and face pollution on a daily basis, take special care of your skin when you come back indoors. Most girls end up using waterproof, long stay makeup during the monsoon to make it last longer. This makes it even more important to cleanse the skin thoroughly at the end of the day to get rid of all traces of residual makeup.
Toner to restore pH balance
The antibacterial action of toners is beneficial in getting rid of breakout-causing bacteria from the skin surface and maintainingits pH balance.Most toners contain a small amount of alcohol which is responsible for the anti-bacterial action. Toners also remove residual grime and oil that remain after using a cleanser. Finally, they tighten pores and prep the skin for better absorption of the moisturizer you should be using next.
Exfoliating for radiant freshness
The build-up of dead cells and other impurities in pores are the primary cause of breakouts. Regularly using an exfoliator can help get rid of dead skin cells, revealing fresh, radiant skin. This also plays a role in the skin renewal process. It’s not advisable to use a harsh scrub on a regular basis. Instead, opt for a mild gel based scrub and use twice or thrice a week to keep skin blemish-free and healthy. If you have dry skin, opt for a cream-based exfoliator to maintain the skin’s moisture balance
Staing dandruff-free in the rain
Most women complain of dandruff, itchiness and flaking in the rain. This can be caused by a build-up of styling products on the scalp by an over-zealous use of sprays/serums to control frizzy, flyaway hair. One obvious solution is to go easy on the use of styling productsor use them sparingly. It’s also a good idea to use an anti-dandruff shampoo at least thrice a week to keep the scalp clean. Home remedies like lemon, yoghurt and neem also work well in getting rid of dandruff.
Taming flyaway strands
The moisture-laden air adds volume to thick hair making it frizzy while it has the opposite effect on fine hair! Dry, thick hair tends to frizz up into unruly flyaways while fine hair end invariably starts looking limp, lanky and flat. The solution is not blasting hot air from the dryer. Instead keep the hairdryer at a low setting and use a round brush to smoothen locks.
To keep the hair sleek, use a moisturizing hair mask every week. This repairs the damage caused bymoisture, heat and pollution, making strands instantly softer and smoother. Use a light serum on damp hair after shampooing or apply to dry hair for instantly taming frizz. However, take care not to overuse serums and sprays to avoid product build-up and itchy scalp conditions. If you have fine hair, use a volumizing mousse at the roots to prevent it from falling limp.
By Ankita Chaturvedi, beauty blogger and author of Corallista.com, a one stop destination for beauty reviews, looks and tutorials.