Hi ladies! For those who are fighting monsoon related skin, body, and hair care problems this article from Dr Blossom Kochhar is an extensive guide.
Monsoon Skin Care For Face
Lets start with the most important -facial skin. During monsoon one should not wash face with soap. Gently wipe your face with astringents. Some home remedies can also help keep your face glowing with life in this season. Oatmeal and tomato juice pack helps to shrink facial pores and exfoliate dead skin. The recipe for making this pace pack is given below.
Tomato Juice – Oatmeal Face Pack Recipe
Take one tablespoon of tomato juice. Add oatmeal and make a thin paste. Add one drop of pepper mint essential oil. Wash your face with warm water and apply the pack. After 1o minutes wipe off with damp cotton and then rinse with cold water.
General Monsoon Skin Care
An effective skin care routine consists of 4 steps:
Each step of skin care routine has to be customized as per the skin type. Cleansing gets rid of stuff that block skin’s surface. It removes stale make-up, cleans skin pores and exfoliates dead cells.
People with dry to normal skin should use a gentle cleanser to clean the face twice daily and then tone with alcohol-free skin freshener & apply a lotion based moisturizer. For oily skin cleanse with oil free cleanser twice a day. Use exfoliating scrub twice a week (home recipe for exfoliating scrub given below).
Some Home Made Skin Care Recipes
There are many amazing home made skin care packs one can use to keep skin healthy and glowing during monsoon season.
- Mash a banana & beat in a teaspoon of salad or vegetable oil .Brush it on the face & leave it on for 20 mins till it dries. Then rinse it off. This recipe is best suited for dry to normal skin.
- Mix one beaten egg white, 1 tablespoon yogurt and multani mitti (fuller’s earth) into a paste. Apply on the face till it dries. Rinse off with clear water. Use twice a week. This is a good toning formula best suited for dry skin.
- Mix together multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth), gram flour and Sandalwood powder in equal quantities. Store in an air tight container. For applying mix one tablespoon of the powder in water to make a paste. Apply evenly on face and leave it to dry then rinse with cold water. This home made face mask will help remove flakes and dust. This face mask can be used by people with oily skin.
- Use seasonal fruits as facial masks because they are very effective moisturizing agents. For making fruit face mask crush the pulp or squeeze in a blender and apply as quickly as possible. Papayas are useful on blackheads and blotchy or sallow skin. Cucumber is cooling and improves a dull and greasy complexion. Watermelon juice applied to the face and neck freshens up the skin. All these lotions should be left on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinsed off with cool water. Drink a lot of water to replace the liquid lost through perspiration. It is important to nourish the skin from within.