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Monsoon is possibly one of the most awaited seasons of the year. This is due to its agricultural significance for a tropical country like India and in lieu of being preceded by one of the most excruciatingly painful seasons of the year, Indian summer, when temperatures go up as high as 50.6 degrees Celsius. Naturally, Monsoon seems like a welcome relief. But monsoon, like all other seasons, is not a perfect season. Amongst many diseases and illnesses, skin and hair problems are at their peak during this time of the year due to persistent heat and humidity arising from the dampness. Taking better care of your physical health is essential to keep you safe from developing serious conditions such as dermatitis, scabies, rashes, acne and eczema.
Read this article for expert tips and advice for better skin and hair health.
1. Concern: Dull Skin and Hair
During the monsoon season, people tend to sweat profusely due to the perpetual heat and humidity. This dehydrates you and makes your face look pale and worn-out and your hair dull.
Drinking 2-3 litres of water is essential throughout the day, all year-round. It is all the more important during the monsoon because one sweats a lot and this can lead to dehydration. Drinking water rids the body of toxins and gives a kick to your immunity. It supports healthy gut, liver and kidney health and boosts collagen production. Overall, it imparts a healthy glowing appearance to your hair and skin.
2. Concern: Sunburn and Skin Ageing
In a tropical country like India, the intensity of sunlight is always on the higher side. Even during monsoon, the clouds do not entirely shield you from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Unprotected exposure to the sun can cause not just premature skin ageing, wrinkles and sunburns but can also cause serious conditions like skin cancer and genetic defects.
One should wear sunscreen that provides upto SPF 50. This gives you maximum protection to tackle all kinds of sunlight intensity. Since monsoon is a humid season, opting for a matte gel sunscreen is suitable across skin types. For ease of re-application, you must carry your bottle or tube of sunscreen when you are outdoors. According to expert dermatologists, one should apply sunscreen even when they are indoors as UV rays can pass through open or glass windows.
3. Concern: Dandruff
Dandruff is not something that one comes across in winters only. The humidity and heat make the air dry and this affects your scalp. Dandruff can also occur due to fungal infections and even dermatitis. It is a very annoying hair condition and can cause itching and embarrassment in public.
To resolve dandruff issues, use a gentle or medicated shampoo containing the active ingredient zinc pyrithione. This helps reduce dandruff. Moisturise your scalp with coconut hair oil at least twenty minutes prior to hair wash. You can also make a homemade fenugreek hair mask and apply it to the scalp. This is effective for getting rid of dandruff as it contains nicotinic acid.
4. Concern: Acne
For people with acne-prone skin type, the monsoon season can seem like nothing short of a nightmare. High humidity increases open pores which trap dirt, grime, dust and bacteria. This multiplies your risk of developing acne. Additionally, rainwater is acidic and can lead to rashes and itchiness if you have sensitive skin.
The moment you are back indoors, cleanse your face with either cleansing milk or micellar water and wash your face with a mild or medicated cleanser. You must also apply a face scrub once a week to remove dead skin cells. Do not use a face scrub every day as it can lead to skin breakouts and disrupt the natural pH balance of the skin. End your skincare routine with toner and a light moisturiser.
5. Concern: Dry Skin & Hair
For some people, the monsoon season can make their skin oily, others can face extreme dryness. Humidity and heat can dry up the air moisture levels. This makes not only the scalp dry but also affects your skin. Some can even experience skin flakiness.
To tackle skin dryness you should avoid washing your face and body with very hot water. Drink 2-3 litres of water and ensure to get a good night’s rest clocking 7 hours daily.
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