As the summer’s scorching heat abates and grey clouds descend, looking good can get tricky. The monsoon may be beautiful, but it’s also rather messy and a tough season during which to look your best. What with the humidity increasing tenfold and the rain trying to wash everything away, you definitely need to up your effort. But don’t fret; we’ve come up with a few timely tips for caring for your skin, hair and makeup during this most challenging season. Make life simpler during the downpour with these helpful hints.
As nice as it is to get some respite from the summer heat, the monsoon tends to enforce bad hair days as often and as widely as possible. Hair care is tedious, but there are some simple tricks that can help. Though it may seem better to wash your hair less often, things are in fact the other way around. Rainy weather makes your hair attract more dirt than usual, so wash your hair a little more regularly.
It’s important to ensure that your shampoo is a good match for your hair type. We often use products because of their fragrances, and fail to pay enough attention to our hair’s needs. If you’re unsure about your hair type, seek the advice of a professional hairdresser. At any rate, don’t skip the conditioner, which moisturises your hair and prevents it from becoming dry and frizzy.
Though you may not always have the luxury of time or virtue of patience to oil your hair or head to the spa for treatment, both are recommended during the rainy season. This is another way to ensure that your hair retains the moisture it needs. However, make sure you don’t leave your scalp oily when you wash it off, or it may become a breeding ground for problems.
Though a hot shower may sound appealing in this weather, avoid subjecting your hair to heat. Use lukewarm water to avoid dry hair. We don’t recommend the use of any kind of heat on your hair, but if you must blow-dry, do so with a leave-in conditioner.
Whether you have hair that gets frizzy or limp in the monsoon, it can be tempting to go a bit overboard with hair care products to force your locks to cooperate. All the chemicals will not help, and can often lead to more problems. Keep it as simple and organic as possible.
If your hair is looking lifeless in the rainy weather, a volume-enhancing shampoo can give it a little more bounce, bringing it back to life.
Another thing that suffers during the rain is your skin. The sultry air results in dermatological issues that can be difficult to gauge and treat. Understanding your skin type is the first step in preventing problems altogether. If you have dry skin, any issues you may have or be at risk for are likely to stem from a lack of nutrients in your diet. Eat vitamin-rich foods to combat dryness. Ensure you get your fill of water every day, as it hydrates the skin, keeping it supple and soft.
Find the right moisturiser and regimen to make sure your skin doesn’t dry up. As you know, alcohol evaporates in no time at all. This is why toners that aren’t alcohol-based are important, as the presence of any is sure to dry your skin out even more. If you have oily skin, you need to be extra careful during the rains. Like your hair, your face gets oilier and dirtier more easily in this weather, so wash it more often.
Monsoons tend to bring a host of skin problems, and many are due to clogged pores. Using a scrub is a great way to unclog your pores and let them breathe. Remember not to over-wash or over-scrub your face; everything in moderation. As with your hair, use as few chemicals as possible. Natural products work best in this weather. Organic face packs that use fruit and other natural ingredients are your best bets for soothing your skin.
Ingredients like sandalwood have a calming and cooling effect on the skin, and leave it glowing. Honey and oatmeal also work well in scrubs or face packs. But unlike your hair, hot water works better with oily skin. It’ll wash off the excess oil much more easily than warm water. If your skin is neither oily nor dry, try a few of these recommendations. Combination skin is tricky, so we suggest treating each dry and oily area by itself.
Infections are very common during the monsoon. Allow your body to remain wet for longer than necessary, and you might catch something fungal or bacterial. Dry off as soon as you get out of the shower and as soon as you can after getting caught in the rain. If your skin is sensitive to certain things like jewellery or tags, don’t let it come into contact with those items. Because of the humidity, it is much easier for your skin to break out in a rash.
Makeup can be a bit taxing during the rain. If you get caught in a downpour, you’re sure to experience some running. Use waterproof products as much as possible and keep the makeup minimal. Foundations, especially oil-based ones, should be avoided or kept to an extremely thin layer. Such cosmetics will lead to running the minute the weather gets even a little humid. Water-based products work best!
Look your best this monsoon and have a blast! ..... Saloni