Thursday, June 21, 2018

Monsoon and your skin

Posted On : August 06,2014

Taking care of skin in summer and monsoon is a huge task especially when the season takes a turn from summers to monsoon?

So what all things when should keep in mind when season is changing?

Dr.Simal Soin, Director and Chief Cosmetic Dermatologist, Aayna explains how to take care of your skin in Monsoon.

1.) When the scorching summer sun is finally covered by the glorious clouds we couldn’t be more thrilled. However, your skin begs to differ. With the monsoon comes the humidity that sparks off all kinds of skin problems. Your skin becomes extremely prone to fungal infections hence it is imperative to keep your skin clean and dry at all times.

Pores tend to get clogged with oil and dirt, especially in people with oily skin, more so during the monsoon which makes your daily cleansing and exfoliating even more important. People with dry skin will notice their skin feel even more dehydrated during this change in season. You must use a good moisturizer that helps hold the water in the outer layers of your skin to give it a soft, supple look.

Not to forget, those magnificent clouds do not block the dangerous UV-A and UV-B rays of the sun that are just as harmful for your skin in the monsoon as they are in the summer. So don’t forget to use sunscreen and re-apply every 3-4 hours.

2.) Rashes, pimples, acne are the most common problem found in skin during season change so how one can take care of that?

i. Avoid fungal infections – You must keep your skin clean and dry to avoid rashes. So change out of your wet clothes after that stroll in the rain as soon as possible, bathe often, use a talc to combat sweat and dust your skin folds like the underarms and the groin with anti-fungal talc to prevent infection.

ii. Cleanse and tone – Acne gets aggravated during this change in season as our pores tend to get clogged with dirt and oil more so in the rainy season, especially in people with oily skin. Cleanse your face more often up to 3 times a day to clean out your pores and help your skin breathe. Use a toner twice a day to maintain the pH of your skin as well as to ward off infections.

iii. Exfoliate – Use a scrub daily to get rid of dead skin cells, dirt and oil to help unclog your pores and make your skin glow.

iv. Sunscreen – Use a gel based sunscreen if you have oily skin to protect yourself from the sun.

v. Use light makeup – It becomes even more important to let your skin breathe in the monsoon. So be kind to your pores and don’t clog them up with heavy makeup.

3) What about hair? How one can take care of hair in monsoon season?

The skin of your scalp is also prone to fungal infections with all the mugginess of the monsoon. Wash your hair more often and use an anti-fungal shampoo twice a week if you have dandruff. You may get a wonderful hair spa treatment to get rid of the horrid frizz.

4) The most common problem that a customer complain about in monsoon and summer season respectively?

In the summer months, people mostly complain of tanning, rashes, itching and excessive oiliness of skin.

In the monsoon, the intense humidity leads to dull skin and frizzy hair.

5) What are the home remedies of such problems as everyone cants spend bucks on hair and skin care every second day or month?

i. Cleansing and exfoliating - As a home remedy, for dry skin, you may use a mixture of crushed almond paste and honey to be washed off after massaging the concoction on your face for 5-7 minutes. For oily skin, you may use plain oatmeal scrub or ripe pulp of papaya.

ii. Moisturizing - For dry skin, you can apply a mixture of 1 tsp each of honey, fresh curd and jojoba oil to your skin and rinse off with water after 10 minutes. For oily skin, you can apply a mixture of 2 tsp rose water/glycerin and some strawberry pulp which is to be washed off in 10 minutes.

And finally, Drink plenty of water, include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, don’t stress and enjoy the beautiful weather!