Monsoon is the most loved season by everyone. Well, its engaging nature tempts us to have a chit-chat with tea, coffee and some street food. But be careful, because the most loved season can even bring lots of allergies and problem to your hair and skin. You wouldn’t want to sit around worrying about dry frizzy hair or oily skin.
Live by these daily monsoon hacks to make this season a joyful experience.
Hair care tips
1.Keep Your Hair Dry – One of the useful and straightforward hair care tips is to keep your scalp dry during monsoon. Remember that rainwater is dirty and acidic (has a pH of about 5.6) which is very bad for your hair. Use a soft microfiber towel that absorbs water rapidly and reduces friction between the hair and the towel, consequently reducing hair fall.
2.Apply Coconut Oil – Applying coconut oil 15 minutes before you shampoo helps in preconditioning of your hair. A pre-shampoo treatment with coconut oil makes hair greasy and lessens the water your hair soaks up during washing. It also deals with the scalp problems in men and women.
3.Have a Proper Diet – Diet plays a significant role in keeping your hair healthy. What you eat decides the quality of your hair. Add protein-rich food like eggs, walnuts, dairy products, and whole grains along with green vegetables to your regular diet as they provide shine to your hair. And berries, nuts, spinach, and sweet potatoes are the one of the best food for hair growth.
4.Pick a Right Comb – Do not comb your wet hair immediately as it is the weakest then. Choose the right comb (wide-tooth), so it can easily detangle your hair. Make sure the teeth of the comb have enough space in between so that the hair does not break while combing. Also, sharing of combs must be avoided to prevent fungal infections.
5.Neem and Turmeric Paste – To get rid of dandruff (fungal infection) in the monsoon season, application of a turmeric and neem paste is an excellent option. Neem and turmeric, both possess antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties which make them a perfect choice to treat dandruff. Moreover, both are also rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants which make your hair and scalp healthy. It is the best and natural way to get rid of dandruff.
6.Oil massage– We all know that the oil massage is the one best option every time. Do massage your hair with hot oil twice a week. To reinvigorate and moisturise your dry scalp, oil massage is a must. But also, do not use the oil much otherwise you will end up doing over shampooing which will damage your hair.
7.Conditioning– We often apply conditioner without knowing the direction of usage. Conditioner should not be applied in the scalp. It should be used only to the ends and the length of your hair. Wide tooth comb helps in spreading it all over your hair.
Skin care tips
1.Cleanse Your Face 2-3 Times A Day – As monsoon comes with humidity, your skin turns oily and sticky more than often. And the dust and dirt gets clogged in your skin pores. So to keep a fresh and glowing skin cleanse your face at least 2-3 times a day. You can cleanse your face with natural rose water.
2.Keep Your Skin Dry At All Times – You are bound to get wet while commuting or while enjoying the rains but it is utmost important to clean up and dry your skin as soon as you enter your home. Moisture and humidity invite a lot of bacteria and can cause fungal infection and you wouldn’t want anything to stop you from enjoying this climate, would you? Also avoid wearing tight and closed off clothes, let your skin breathe. If possible change your footwear to something more open and airy to keep your feet away from bacteria and infection.
3.Use water-resistant Sunscreen – Cloudy weather or not, sunscreen is a must because the UV rays can still damage your skin even if you can’t see them. That’s why as long as there is sunlight, swear by a sunscreen.
4.Exfoliate Your Skin – Your skin gets tanned and damaged due to summers, and as monsoons come, they bring along dullness to the skin. So, exfoliation becomes a must in these crucial times, it helps to get rid of dead skin cells and works wonders for anti-aging and glowing skin.
5.Moisturising– Never ever leave your skin without moisturising it. Even if you are having oily skin, use oil-free moisturisers. Monsoon can make your skin dry and dull, moisturising helps in keeping it soft, glowing and hydrated. Coconut oil can be used as it does not makes your skin oily.
1.Continue drinking plenty of water in this season as it is important to keep your body hydrated every time.
2.Wash all the fruits and vegetables, especially the green leafy vegetables and cauliflower as they play a host for worms and larvae and dirt from streets.
3.Keep your body warm as it becomes easy for viruses to attack once the body temperature cools down.
4.Avoid uncooked fruits and salads in this season as the possibility of getting caught by germs in these kinds of foods is much higher.
5.Instead eat salads blenched in boiling water to disinfect them and a healthy vegetable soup that keeps your body warm. This helps your skin nourish from inside.
6.If you are suffering from asthma and diabetes, avoid staying near wet walls as it could be more harmful which increase the growth of fungus.
7.Including garlic, pepper, ginger, turmeric, jeera powder and coriander in your diet as it helps in reducing indigestion problems and improves your immune system.
8.Do not walk bear footed or wear wet shoes in this season specifically suggested for diabetic patients.
9.Increase milk products, nuts and soya products which give your hair natural healthy look.
10.Maintain general hygiene and avoid road side vendor food as the food easily gets affected with bacteria and fungi.
11.Fresh foods are the best served this season and avoid any food that is straight away from the fridge.
12.Avoid sleeping in the day time and extreme physical exercises but do not forget to regulate your exercises to stay fit and healthy.
With the monsoon blues hitting you very often, you might be dwelling in the seasonal changes that keep you rejuvenated every now and then. It’s okay if you forget to take care of your health and body for quite some time. But you dare to forget the whole season? The answer is a perfect NO, as you know you need to take extra care of your skin, hair and health. As you can find noticeable changes in weather, taking formidable steps would decrease your efforts as the season continues.