Don’t let the rains ruin your hair and skin!

After the summer heat, we all wait for the rains to bring some respite in the weather. But with it comes various hair and skin woes as well. It is very crucial to take care of both hair and skin in the monsoon to avoid dryness which could damage them badly. 
Due to increased humidity, the skin has a tendency to become dry very easily. It requires regular cleansing in order to keep it looking fresh and healthy. Taking care of the skin also depends on the type each one of us has. As per the skin type, one needs to take the necessary care.

Dry skin: Keeping the skin hydrated all the time is very important. Cleansing is also vital during the monsoons. The high humidity causes sweat, dirt, and dust along with other toxins on the surface of skin. Loss of moisture from the skin makes it appear dry and lifeless. Use a good moisturizer at least 2 to 3 times a day.

Oily skin: Use a very mild cleanser to get the dead skin and dirt off from your skin. Use pure oatmeal scrub or use ripe papaya pulp as a mild exfoliant.
Apart from cleansing, toning is also required at night. During monsoon, a lot of airborne and waterborne germs are let free. So a good anti-bacterial toner will go a long way in preventing skin infections and breakouts. It is a good idea to get anti-bacterial face wash too.
Moisturizing in the rains is as important as it is in summer. Monsoons can have a de-hydrating effect on dry skin and an excessive-hydrating effect on oily skin. The skin gets wet often and with the constant wetting and drying, a lot of dehydration takes place. That explains the itchy feeling one gets during monsoons. Use a non-water based moisturizer, if you happen to get wet often. Otherwise, a water-based moisturizer will do just fine.
Though it’s monsoon, don’t avoid the usage of sunscreen, minimum is SPF 15. Since the temperature is humid, make sure the skin is kept dry to avoid getting fungal infections.

Hair care
It is equally important to take care of your hair. It’s very important to keep hair dry to avoid getting infections or lice infestations. The monsoons also bring in humid air which makes the hair drier so avoid usage of any cosmetic products.
Damp hair stretches easily and breaks. It needs to be handled cautiously. Towel dry gently and don’t pull or comb wet hair. Use your fingers or a blow dryer to dry it until it’s just slightly damp. But hair could become brittle or lifeless if there is repetitive use of hair dryers hence allows it to dry naturally.

Tips for clean and fresh hair
  • Keep your hair tied during monsoons. Go for a shorter hair cut if you want to avoid dirt build-up on your scalp or get splits ends.
  • Do not let your hair get wet in the rain. Pollution, floating toxins in the air come down with the rain and settle on your scalp. This makes your scalp feel itchy and may cause dandruff. Always cover your hair. Make umbrellas or raincoats your best friends to avoid danger to your pretty locks.
  • Rinse your hair with a gentle shampoo and condition it.
  • While traveling by public transport or perhaps on a two wheeler, keep the head covered with scarf/cap, etc. This protects hair from probable damage.

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