Experts' guide to monsoon skin care

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Read on to know what skin specialists are saying about ways to keep the skin looking fresh and dewy this monsoon.

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Keep your skin clean and dry to avoid skin irritation and infections

Rains are finally here! But don’t get too excited, because so are skin problems. You read it right. Monsoons might be your favorite season, but it’s not necessarily the best season for your skin.

With constant humidity, dampness, and varying temperatures, comes exposure to contaminated water and microbes. This can lead to a host of skin infections and inflammations.

You might experience acne, blackheads, skin infection, dull skin, and dry skin during the rainy season. Dr Swaraj Waddankeri, MBBS, MD (internal medicine), consultant physician and endocrinologist, Diabetacare, Bangalore, lists some of the most common skin problems women face during monsoons.

  • Bacterial infections such as boils, eye infection (hordeolum or stye), infection of the nails and hair follicles
  • Fungal infections especially in areas surrounding the armpits, groin, breasts, vagina, nails, fingers and toes – ring worm and Athlete’s foot being the more common ones.
  • Atopic dermatitis or eczema characterised by inflamed, dry and itchy skin
  • Exacerbation of acne marked by oily skin, pimples or pustules, formation of blackheads and whiteheads
  • Dry skin problems causing itchy, cracked and flaky skin

Basic skin care during monsoons

Dr Waddankeri suggests, “Women need to take extra precaution of their skin and feet, since wet skin and feet are more prone to cuts, bruises and infections. Most of the skin problems during monsoon can be prevented by keeping oneself dry.” She lists some of the most effective methods of skincare:

  • Use a good moisturiser to prevent and hydrate dry skin
  • Avoid alcohol-based cleansers on the face. Prefer natural agents such as besan and milk, honey, and lemon
  • Avoid bleaching and hard facials
  • Use a sunscreen even if it is not sunny
  • Use light waterproof makeup
  • Avoid bright lipsticks. Use milk cream regularly to prevent chapped lips
  • Avoid strong shampoos and hair colours
  • Towel-dry your hair properly before tying it up. Avoid hair dryers
  • Do not wear wet clothes. In fact, wear breathable clothes, which are preferably cotton
  • Change wet shoes and socks immediately
  • Trim your nails. Use a mirror or get help to check the under part of their feet for any cuts, ulcers, bleeding or infection
  • Clean in between your toes regularly and scrub your feet with a gentle scrubber
  • Keep your towels and undergarments clean and dry. Avoid sharing personal items
  • Take bath with a mild soap, especially if you had been outdoors in the rain
  • Keep your surroundings clean and dry. Maintain an infection free environment

Continue reading to find out about beauty and cosmetic skin care tips in monsoons!

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Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face daily

Cosmetic skin care tips

Apart from such preventive routine measures, you can try different beauty techniques. Bharti Taneja, renowned aesthetician, cosmetologist and founder-director of Alps Beauty Clinics, Delhi, says, “Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness is the sure shot way to prevent skincare problems in monsoon. It includes following a proper CTM (Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing) ritual every morning and night.”

Taneja also advises the following skincare routines during the daytime:

  • Wash you face with a medicated face wash and apply a natural toner to close all the opened skin pores while cleansing
  • Now, slather a good quality moisturizer; preferably water-based
  • You should end this ritual with applying a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above during mornings, and at nights, apply a nourishing night cream with AHA or collagen content

However, using appropriate products for night treatments is as essential during the monsoons. “Night creams are known to weaken one’s ageing process by boosting the cell-regeneration process during the night. Therefore, make sure to buy night creams, containing AHA or collagen, and apply daily for best results,” says Taneja.

Since the rainy season causes humidity in the atmosphere, causing sweat and dripping of makeup, Taneja suggests the following cosmetic remedies.

  • Apply waterproof base
  • Follow it up by patting on loose powder to set the makeup perfectly on the skin.
  • Alternatively, use a two-way-cake as a quick substitute for waterproof makeup while it rains all over.

Make sure to eat right

In addition to using light makeup and routine CTM, you should also eat healthy foods to increase metabolism and cleanse the skin. “Avoid street foods and oily foods. Drink plenty of boiled or purified water and keep yourself well hydrated. Wash and clean fruits and vegetables before you have them. Try to include all colours in your diet. Have vegetable soups to keep yourself warm,” says Dr Waddankeri.

  • Include spices such as coriander, turmeric, garlic, pepper and ginger to strengthen your immune system and aid in digestion.
  • Oats, barley and brown rice are best suited for monsoons.
  • Include milk products, soya and nuts for healthy hair.
  • If you are diabetic, talk to your doctor about the right foods to keep your skin healthy and your sugar levels under control during the monsoons.

So follow the expert’s advice and get your skin rain-ready this monsoon.

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