DHAKA: It becomes difficult to keep up our beauty regimen with the menacing downpour and humidity in the monsoon. Skin tends to become either too greasy or too dry. For this reason, the monsoon calls for special care whether it is for your skin, hair or dietary needs. With bacterias and viruses lurking in the air along with water-borne diseases, you need to stay on full alert.
How can different types of skin types combat humidity in the monsoon?
To combat humidity on oily skin during the monsoon, one must wash the face as frequently as possible and cold compression should be applied with iced water at least twice a day. Thereafter use an oil-free sun block.
Persons with dry skin should increase their water intake so that the skin remains properly hydrated. Sitting in air conditioning results in further drying of our skin, so try stepping out of the AC environment every 2 hours for 10-15 minutes. Good quality moisturizing creams should be applied twice a day over face and other exposed areas. Since dryness is one of the causes behind premature wrinkles, cream based face packs should be applied twice a week.
In Indian conditions, mostly the T-zone remains oily and the C-zone remains dry in combination skin. Treatment, therefore, depends on the affected area.
How can one steer clear of eye infections when applying make-up in the monsoon?
In order to avoid eye infections, not only during the monsoon but throughout the year, one should not compromise on the quality of eye make-up products. For personal use, smaller packs should be purchased so that they are consumed at the earliest to avoid bacterial growth due to long storage. Sharing of eye make-up products, particularly their applicators should be discouraged. During monsoon, water-proof eye make-up should be used and before going to bed, one must remove the eye make-up with the help of good quality eye make-up removers. In case of any eye infection, don’t use any eye make-up.
What kind of a diet should one opt for in the monsoon, to keep skin healthy?
Drink plenty of water. Eat properly washed fresh fruits and vegetables. Leafy green vegetables are good for the skin, but these should be dipped in a mixture of salt and water for some time and then washed thoroughly to remove worms or other contaminants. Oily, spicy and pre-cut street fruits should be avoided. Melons should be taken in limited quantity.
What are the best ways to take care of skin allergies during the monsoon?
Onset of the monsoon is a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. But don`t be surprised if your skin doesn`t share your enthusiasm. Humidity has the potential to wreak havoc on our skin.
During monsoon your skin behaves a little strange and is often unstable; it fluctuates between getting oily and becoming dry and dehydrated. Hence, it is necessary that during the monsoon, in order to look fresh and beautiful, you wash your face 2-3 times daily with cold water, use anti-bacterial body wash, face wash and talcum powder.
Wear cotton cloths and don’t leave your body wet for long durations after getting drenched in rain water. Salons also offer treatments especially designed for the monsoon season.
What is the importance of cleaning, toning and moisturizing in the monsoon season?
Humidity causes bacterial infection, change in skin complexion, patchy and dull skin, rashes and boils. Cleaning keeps bacterial growth at bay, toning tones up facial muscles and reduces wrinkles and fine lines and moisturizing nourishes skin and keeps it moist and glowing.
BDST: 1130 HRS, JULY 30, 2012
Edited by: Quamrun Nahar Shumi, Newsroom Editor
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