The monsoon season is here, and it is time to enjoy rains and a cooler climate. But what’s the fun of getting wet and dancing in the rain if you end up with skin problems?
The combination of humidity and heat leading to constant sweating as well as drying of sweat can cause a host of cosmetic and health problems for your skin, hair & scalp.
Here are the most common problems with their quick remedies.
Oily skin problems:
Monsoon weather makes sebaceous glands (oil secreting glands in the skin) hyperactive. This increases oil secretion and leads to accumulation of dust and bacterial growth that also leads to skin problems such as blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.
In order to ensure that the oil secretion is under control, use an alcohol-free, PH-neutralizing face wash and wash your face at least 3 times a day.
You could also try a facial made of two tablespoons of crushed papaya, one tablespoon of curd, two drops of lavender oil and one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Apply this face pack and wash after 20 minutes. Papaya helps de-tan and curd removes blemishes, aloe vera smoothens skin and lavender oil boosts rejuvenation.
Dry skin problems:
For those with dry skin, the dryness in increased in monsoon season when skin is wet and allowed to dry as is. The moisture content from the skin is removed and without essential oils and vitamins, dry skin is in-capable of self-repair.
For this, you need to use a soap-free cleansers suitable for dry skin regularly and also remember to use a toner on a regular basis.
Biobloom's Face Wash for Dry & Normal Skin can work great for you.
You can also, mix two tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of milk and apply it evenly on your skin. Wash after 15 minutes to get the best benefits of this toner.
Frizzy hair is a very common problem during monsoon. The sweat and its subsequent drying off can rid the hair of its moisture and lead to fizzy hair and even split ends.
After shampooing apply a generous amount of conditioner, avoiding the roots and leave it on for as long as possible before rinsing it off. Use a wide toothed comb or paddle brush on wet hair so that the hair is not stretched and damaged. Avoid blow dry as it can rid the hair of natural moisture. At the same time don’t leave the house with wet hair.
Also, try switching to a sulphate free (NO SLS/ SLES) shampoo, especially those with thick, coarse, dry and curly hair. Sulphates (SLS/ SLES) are common foaming chemicals used in soaps and shampoos. But they rid the hair and skin of the natural oils leaving them abnormally dry over and above causing other more serious health issues.
Both Biobloom shampoos are SLS/ SLES free. You can get them here:
Monsoons can really bother people with both oily scalp & dry scalp dandruff. Constant sweating can lead to fungal infections or exaggerate already existing ones and hence enhance oily scalp dandruff.
For those with a dry scalp, the dryness can increase manifolds due to the constant drying of sweat which rids the scalp (just like skin elsewhere) of natural oils.
Lemon Juice can be very effective for all kinds of dandruff.
Take juice of 1 Lemon and apply to the scalp and massage. Leave for 5 minutes and then shampoo & rinse with cold water.
You can also try Biobloom's Anti Dandruff Solution that is effective on all types of dandruff.
Bacterial & Fungal infections:
Bacteria are active and attack damp and moist skin. They can also lead to dermatitis and other skin problems. Eczema, dandruff and other fungal infections are also common in monsoon season. But these can be easily avoided if you make sure that your skin is clean and dry.
Bacterial Infections: To make sure that your skin is protected from bacterial attack, make a paste of one three teaspoons of turmeric powder, two table spoons of curd and one table spoon of gram floor. Apply this facial and wash after 15 minutes. Turmeric helps kill bacteria in the skin and prevent further growth. Curd moisturizes and smoothens skin.
Fungal infections are caused due to improper skin care. Make sure you dry your skin well after you reach home and also apply a moisturizer to keep it supple.
Applying fresh methi paste to the skin helps control eruptions.
The above is only to prevent any sort of infection occurring during monsoons as we firmly believe that ‘Prevention is better than Cure’. But infections can still get the better of us at times. So do remember, once an infection has started, it can spread rapidly and be persistent. Hence, be quick to check with a dermatologist without delay and take appropriate measures if such a situation arises.