After the hot summers, a wave of monsoon comes around to give us some much-needed relief. Besides this, the rains bring back nostalgia and some other problems you should look out for. The arid season now switches to a more humid one, and so should your routines for your skin and hair. So here is a guide for you to learn how to change up your routine without causing damage to your skin.
What happens to skin/hair in monsoon?
The monsoon is the season for oily-prone skin, breakouts, clogged pores, and excess sweating. People with dry skin can experience signs of eczema or flaky skin. The weather remains heavily unpredictable in most cities as it can go from highly sunny in the morning to heavy rains by night. This affects our health greatly, so one can only imagine what our skin must undergo. It can damage the moisture barrier and completely offset the skin's moisture balance. And as for the hair, it can get overly frizzy, dry, oily, or can lead to excessive damage and
During rainy days, it becomes crucial to include additional steps, cleansing, or exfoliation in our daily routine. This can be in the form of a toner, mist, or double cleanser. (Use according to directions on component) Apart from this, one step that should remain constant is sunscreen. Although the sun isn't blazing daily, UV rays will continue to penetrate the earth’s atmosphere and affect our skin. Because of this, it becomes important for us to be prepared and apply sunscreen all over the skin generously.
A way to ensure that your skin retains moisture is to apply a layer of aloe vera gel after your skincare routine. This locks the hydration and ensures your products seep thoroughly into the skin by acting as a lightweight moisturizer.
Additionally, you can opt for natural makeup looks where you are not layering many products on the face. Using only concealers and no foundation can help the skin feel lighter and allow it to breathe. This further helps by not allowing all the sweat to get trapped under all the product, go into pores, and settle as grime.
Because of the rise in humidity in the surroundings, hair tends to feel more sticky, oily, and frizzy and becomes prone to damage. This can lead to flakiness or dandruff. To help avoid this, try your best to protect your hair from rainwater. Rain has a very high saline content and thus can add to the existing problems that you may be facing.
Applying thick and moisturizing oils like coconut oil or castor oil before shampooing can help nourish the scalp and prevent dryness or frizziness. Using a cleansing shampoo after that helps remove all these excess oils without stripping the scalp is also essential.
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After your regular shampoo routine, opt for a nourishing conditioner to help revive the shine and bounce in your hair. Aloe vera gel is, in fact, a lesser-known product that can be used as a deep conditioner. It contains vitamins A, C, and E, which promote cell growth and lead to healthy and long hair. Warm the gel between your palms and apply it to the scalp and length. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and wash off regularly.
When stepping out in this weather, make sure you tie your hair securely in a ponytail or a bun to prevent frizz and other buildups. If you have short hair, maintenance and upkeep becomes easier because you do not have to worry about most issues with letting your hair get excessively sweaty and dirty because of being exposed to pollutants.
Other changes for the monsoon season
Apart from these, you can make more minor changes to your lifestyle to save your skin and hair from the merciless rains.Wearing more loose-fitting, breathable clothing can help the skin not stick to the fabric when one sweats or gets drenched in the rain. Synthetic or organza-type clothes can feel itchy or irritating on the skin. They can lead to redness, rashes or skin abrasions.
Adopting a well-balanced diet incorporating more Vitamin C (found in citrus fruits) can help build immunity against the bacteria festering in the surroundings. Always stay hydrated by drinking sufficient water every day not to let your skin and hair go dry.
Apart from the above, never forget to carry an umbrella or raincoat! Enjoy the rainy season with your favorite aspects without damaging your skin or hair. Happy monsoon!