The monsoon has set in, while the rains are quite welcome, there are days when you can’t escape that humidity because of the lashing rains. You end up feeling all icky and sticky through the monsoons. Here are some tips that you can use to keep your skin feeling fresh, soft and glowing this monsoon. I have a combination skin and I follow most of these tips as often as I can.
Did you know that rubbing ice on your skin post cleansing adds a natural glow to your face? I am not a make up person, but I noticed that this trick added that glow on my face and made it look brighter and fresher. And this is also a perfect way to beat that humidity. I do this at least twice a day.
I’ve never had the problem of break outs and pimples, I do get them, but very rarely. A google search showed me the best way to keep these at bay in the monsoon is to apply a neem pack at least thrice a week. I think an ubtan should do the trick too. I use the Omved ubtan at least once a week that also acts like a good scrub.
Wash your hair daily with a good cleansing shampoo and follow it up with a conditioner if your shampoo does not already have it. I like to use the Triphala Shampoo by Soul Tree because it keeps my hair squeaky clean and this is also one of the shampoos that does not require a conditioner post usage. Oh yes, don’t forget to oil your hair regularly too! I oil my hair at least twice a week and let the oil soak in overnight.
Papaya is one fruit you will always find at my home because my boys love it. I keep aside a slice whenever I am cutting up a papaya for the boys. I mash it with a fork and add a few deops of honey and apply this as a mask on my face, I leave it on for about 10 minutes. Trust me, it is most refreshing feeling ever! And of course, nothing like a papaya milkshake that is a favourite drink!
Monsoon is also when your feet can get smelly, use a scrub to clean your feet at least every alternate day and use bath salts or foot fizzes to relax your feet at least once a week. Soak your feet in a tub of water that is as hot as you can take. Drop bath salts/foot fizz or plain rock salt and a drop or two of your favourite essential oil. Soak your feet for at least 10 minutes. Apply and scrub and massage for a few minutes and wash off with warm water. This really relaxes those tired feet.
Here is a face pack that I found on the internet that is supposed to suit all skin types in monsoon. I am yet to try this one out though!
What you need: One teaspoon of gram powder, a pinch of turmeric powder, quarter tsp of honey and fresh lime juice. Mix this with fresh cream till you get the desired consistency.
Honey adds a healthy glow to skin, and the fresh cream acts as a moisturiser. The lime and turmeric act as lightening agents, giving you that fresh, cleansed look that is appealing. Gram powder acts as an anti-bacterial agent that can remove the dirt from clogged pores, making the skin soft and supple. See, easy ain’t it? And you will find all of these ingredients in your kitchen 🙂
For those of you with an oily skin, combine rose water, lemon and orange peel in a small jar and store it in the fridge, This acts as a natural scrub too and it aids in getting rid of the oiliness.