We all love the fragrance of the wet soil, greenery, and cool breeze on a rainy day. Monsoon is the prettiest of all seasons but people with skin and hair problems understand the pain of it. High moisture levels can cause hair fall, increased breakouts, and chances of various skin and hair-related infections. Here‘s how you can take care of your hair and skin during monsoon-
#Clean your face twice or thrice a day
The rainy season brings in a lot of humidity, making your skin oilier than it usually gets. It clogs all your pores and retains impurities like dust and dirt. It gets important to wash and clean your face 2-3 times so that your skin keeps glowing and stays rejuvenated. You can also clean the face with rose water or other DIY face cleansers like honey and lemon cleanser or pamper your skin by doing clean-ups at home like a pro.
#Exfoliate your skin
You might not realize but your skin carries the damage from summers and when the monsoon arrives, the sticky weather adds dullness to your skin. As such, exfoliation helps you get rid of the existing tan, dead cells and makes your skin look wonderful.
#Use oil-free makeup products
First of all, try not to use makeup during monsoon because it only makes your skin worse during these times but if you cannot avoid it, ensure using waterproof, or matte makeup which feels light on the skin. Tip: While buying a makeup product, pay attention to the ingredients. For example: Choose water-based (“aqua” or “eau” based) foundation instead of an oil-based foundation (you’ll know if there is oil listed as the first ingredient)
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#Don’t forget sunscreen
Whether it’s a sunny day or a rainy day or a pleasant weather day, you should wear sunscreen every day. If it is not in your routine, the right time to adopt this habit is “now”. Not applying sunscreen can accumulate damage and put your skin at risk. Pick a sunscreen with at least 30 sun protection factors (SPF).
- Use skin toner like green tea or cucumber to avoid acne and breakouts
- Avoid eating fried food
- Exercise regularly
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#Wash your hair twice a week with a mild shampoo
Monsoon can make your hair greasy and load the scalp with impurities if you get wet in the rain and even otherwise, due to the moisture content in the air. Wash your hair at least two times a week to keep hair healthy and wear headgear whenever you go out in the rain. Also read: Here is the Right Way to Shampoo Your Hair!
#Apply conditioner after every wash
Excess humidity can make your hair frizzy and cause hair breakage. Using conditioner after every wash will smoothen the hair and make it more manageable.
#Use non-sticky antibacterial oil
Using your normal oil during monsoon season can add to humidity on the scalp and lead to fungal infection or dandruff. To protect your hair, replace them with antibacterial oils like neem oil. Oiling is helpful as it increases the blood flow and nourishes the hair, however, excess oiling is probably not a good idea. Limit it according to your hair type.
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#Stay away from hair bleaches
It will be best for you to stay away from hair colors and bleaches during the monsoon. Hair color is chemical in nature so it can trouble your hair cuticles and cause excessive hair fall. Keep your hair natural during rainy days.
- Towel dry your hair instead of using a dryer
- Avoid brushing wet hair
- Consume lots of fluids
- Include nutritious food in your diet
- Consult a doctor if you have an extra itchy scalp
- Don’t stress too much and know that hair fall during monsoon is usually more than normal days
Also read: Here's how you can enjoy a healthy monsoon
It is important to change your routine according to the seasons. What might suit you in winter might not suit you in monsoon. Stick to home remedies as much as possible and if you experience any symptoms of allergic reactions during monsoon, consult a doctor on The Wellness Corner for treatment. Skin and hair issues can also be due to a lack of essential nutrients in your body. Reach out to an expert dietitian and get personalized meal plans to promote hair growth and achieve healthy skin goals.