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Skin problems that arise during monsoons

Shahnaz Husain

The onset of the monsoon drizzles provides refuge from the scorching summer heat. The cool raindrops make your skin dull and cause skin allergies, hyper pigmentation, and facial folliculitis, dull, frizzy hair due to dirt, pollution,wetness and excessive humidity. The suddendownpour take a toll on skin and hair due to bacterial and fungal infection.  Your skin needs extra care in rainy season as   humidity level escalates triggering excessive oil secretion in the body leading to itching which may further facilitate skin and hair related issues.

Your skin is more susceptible to infections during monsoon due to excessive sweating, dehydration, photo-toxic effects of the sun and, of course, seasonal humidity.  Prickly heat is one of the most common skin issues during this season.

Here are a few simple tricks to keep your skin glowing and your hair managed this monsoon:

In case of a skin infection, use an anti-fungal powder to avoid any further infection. Always keep your skin dry. Don't wear wet clothes. Also, wet shoes should be changed instantly. These small precautions go a long way in having a healthy and infection-free skin.

A flower based skin tonic is ideal. I just can’t do without a rose-based skin tonic during hot and humid weather. I keep a small bowl of rose skin tonic in the fridge, with cotton wool pads soaking in it. This way it is chilled and ready for use. One can do this with rose water too, a powerful natural skin toner. I wipe the skin with it several times a day. Rose is a natural coolant and most refreshing. The chilled toner also closes and refines the pores.

I also use cotton wool pads soaked in the skin tonic as eye pads. It is most relaxing and removes fatigue. Splashing the eyes with cold water also provides great relief. Sometimes, eye fatigue leads to puffiness. For this, I first wash the eyes with cold water and then with lukewarm water and repeat this alternate cold and warm water washing a few times. Sometimes, I soak tea bags in water and then apply them over the eyelids as eye pads. Tea helps to relieve puffiness.

For a monsoon face mask, mix 3 teaspoons oats with egg white and one teaspoon each of honey and curd. If you don’t want to use egg white, add rose water or orange juice. Apply it on the face and wash it off after half an hour. Use it twice a week. Almond meal, or dry and powdered lemon and orange peels can also be added to the face pack.

Or, you can go for a fruit mask. They are most refreshing during hot and humid weather. You can also add cucumber pulp to the fruit mask, as it has an astringent effect and closes the pores. Ripe papaya pulp can be mixed with grated apple, water melon, pineapple and so on. Papaya and cucumber also help to remove tan. Mango can be most nourishing for dry skin. Apply the mask on the face and wash it off with plain water after half an hour.

In case of a skin infection, use an anti-fungal powder to avoid any further infection. Always keep your skin dry. Don't wear wet clothes wet shoes and if you are drenched in rains then wet clothes/ wet shoes should be changed instantly.

I wash my hair more often during the monsoons. Tea and lemon juice make a wonderful hair rinse, adding shine to the hair. Just boil used tea leaves again, in enough water. Cool, strain, add the juice of a lemon. Use it as a last rinse after shampoo.  The juice of a lemon and half a cup of rose water can also be added to a mug of water to make a fragrant last rinse.

You can prevent your hair from becoming dull and frizzy by applying a mixture of Apple cider vinegar and water. Mix a tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar mixed with half a cup of water, it will calm your tresses. Use a gentle shampoo to wash your hair and avoid using chemicals on the hair. 

Maintain regular proper hygiene and keep skin fold area dry by using anti-fungal powder to absorb the sweat.

During the monsoons, the body loses fluids through sweat. I take lots of “nimbupaani” and fresh fruit juices. I also turn to home remedies for small ailments. For sore throat and cough, I find ginger tea most soothing. I add some tender tulsi leaves to it, while it is boiling. Water boiled with just tulsi leaves can also be taken as drink in case of sore throat.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
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