Get ready for the monsoon


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Get ready for the monsoon

High humidity during the monsoon poses a problem, especially for those with oily or combination skins. Oily skins look even more oily and dull due to sweat and oil secretions on the skin. Sweat on the skin also attracts dirt and pollutants from the atmosphere.

Deep pore cleansing with facial scrubs is important, in order to keep the pores free of clogged oil and dirt. Use a facial scrub twice a week. Apply it on the face and rub gently on the skin, using a circular motion. Then, rinse it off with plenty of plain water. For a home facial scrub, mix rice flour, or ground almonds with curd. For pimples, acne or sensitive skin, avoid scrubs. Wash the face several times with plain water. Night time cleansing is a must, to remove the impurities that have collected on the skin during the day.

A flower based skin tonic or freshener is a boon in humid weather. Rose water is a natural toner. It can be mixed with cucumber juice for oily skin. Keep skin tonic or rose water in the fridge. Wipe the face with it, using cotton wool pads. It is extremely refreshing and also tightens the pores.

Green tea is also a powerful natural skin toner. Soak a green tea bag in half a cup of hot water. Cool and use the liquid to tone the skin.

In humid weather, the skin can be prone to blackheads and eruptions. Mix oatmeal with egg white and apply on the face twice a week. Wash it off when it is dry.

Stubborn blackheads can be removed at a skin-care clinic.

Oily products, like heavy nourishing creams, should not be used when the weather is humid. For dry skin, a light, liquid moisturiser should serve the purpose, both to keep the skin moisturised and as a base for make-up. Carry moist tissues when you are out during the day. After wiping the face with wet tissue, use compact powder. It helps to refresh the skin and remove the oily look. If your skin is very oily, mix multani mitti with rose water into a paste and apply daily on the face. Wash off when it dries.

For a monsoon face mask, mix 3 teaspoons oatmeal 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. Dry and powdered lemon and orange peels can also be added to face packs. Remember to drink more fluids to keep the system flushed. Drink plenty of water and have lime water and fresh fruit juices, diluted with water.

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