Editor’s Tips: Products To Protect Your Skin And Hair This Monsoon
Humidity can prove to be an absolute menace — but here are tips on how to battle it with ease.
Ah, the Monsoon. That time of the year when you think you should thank the Gods for providing much needed relief from the harsh summers till you get stuck knee-deep in a flood and catch a fever and end up cursing your luck instead. OK, sure, the weather is pleasant — but the humidity brings along a hoard of problems of its own, especially for your skin and flowing locks. And if you’ve been struggling with the same this monsoon, here are some expert tips to help you out with the same!
For Your Skin
1. Wash Your Face At Least Three Times A Day
As an urban Indian, pollution is a real serious threat to your skin thanks to the stickiness caused by excessive humidity. Washing your face at least three times a day ensures your pores are clear of excessive oil, dirt, and pollutants, as well as any bacterial or fungal infections the monsoon brings along.
2. Use Face Packs Or Face Scrubs Twice A Week At Least
As mentioned earlier, humidity really affects your pores, and thus, exfoliation is rather important. It helps keep the skin moist, and prevents dust particles from clinging on to your pores. And oh, no matter what you do, never use a soap for your face!
3. Your Feet Need To Breathe
Skincare isn’t restricted to the face — your body matters too. During the monsoon, it’s imperative that you ditch your sneakers and loafers, as you run the risk of fungal and bacterial infections — which, honestly, is rather disgusting. Opt for open shoes, sandals, or good ol’ chappals instead!
4. You’ll Still Need Sunscreen
Surprise, surprise. Sure, it’s cloudy, but the sun does pop out every now and then, and you don’t want its UV rays to destroy your skin when it does. Instead, moisturise and apply sunscreen regularly, just to be on the safer side!
5. And Lastly, Stay Hydrated!
Quite frankly, water is the cheapest and the single best way to maintain great skin. Drink at least three litres of water — or a glass of juice every now and then, if you fancy a change — and you’ll notice the difference in your skin within two to three months.
For Your Hair
1. Getting Drenched Does Not Count As A Hair Wash
One way or another, you will be caught in the rain at some point this monsoon. Instead of simply wiping your hair with a towel, go and shower, because the rainwater might just contain atmospheric pollutants too! The humidity will lead to frizzy hair, and an oily scalp as well, so it’s imperative to shampoo your hair instantly. And oh, avoid a hairdryer, and stick to a towel to retain the moisture, please!
Conditioning your hair is equally important as it helps keep away the frizz, and strengthens your hair which helps avoid hair fall.
3. Beer Is A Surprisingly Great Alternative
We’re genuinely not kidding — try it out yourself and you’ll be surprised! Washing your hair with beer not only helps repair damaged hair, but also helps maintain terrific volume and shine as well. So after a long day of work, you might just now need two chilled pints!
4. Oiling Is Just As Important
Itchy scalp, dandruff, and knots in your hair — all of it can be solved by a good ol’ champi! It helps avoid breakage, nourishes your hair, and keeps it healthy and strong, no matter how humid it gets.
5. Lastly, Stick To Being Natural
It’s gonna be perpetually raining, and chances are, you’ll be caught in the rain often too. Avoid colouring your hair, it just won’t be worth it. Stick to the points mentioned above, and you’ll be just fine!