Skin Care

After the heat and arid conditions of summer, the humidity increases and this heralds the rainy season, or Monsoons. High humidity poses a real problem where the appearance is concerned. In fact, it can be a bane, especially to those with oily or combination skins.

Oily skins begin to look even more greasy. Sweat and oil secretions are deposited on the skin, making it look dull. Sweat on the skin also attracts dirt and pollutants from the atmosphere more easily. Humid conditions call for deep pore cleansing to keep the skin free of clogged oil and dirt. After washing or cleansing the skin, you can use cleansing grains or a scrub, to deep cleanse the skin. Cleansing grains can be mixed with a skin tonic and rubbed gently on the skin, using a circular motion. Facial scrubs can be used in a similar way. Then, rinse off with plenty of plain water. It is important to rinse well with water in order to get rid of all residues and sweat deposits. In fact, during the rainy season, you can wash the face several times with plain water.

You can make a facial scrub at home. For oily skin, mix rice flour with a little rose water. For normal to dry skin, mix choker or ground almonds with a little milk or rose water. For oily skins, a scrub can be used daily. For dry skin, use it twice a week.

A good skin tonic is a must in hot, humid weather, to cleanse and refresh the skin. It should be a light lotion. A flower based skin tonic, containing rose or lavender, is ideal. Not only does it refresh the skin, but imparts a clean and fresh feeling. It also helps to tighten the pores and prevent spots and pimples. In humid weather, the skin can be prone to such eruptions. After cleansing, wipe the skin with a cotton wool pad dipped in skin tonic. Or, mix rose water and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply on the face, washing it off after 15 minutes. Cucumber juice applied on the face also helps to reduce oiliness.

You can even keep a small bowl of skin tonic or rose water in the refrigerator. This way, it is chilled and ready for use. Rose water is a natural coolant and can be most refreshing. Wipe the skin several times a day with the chilled skin tonic or rose water. If you are out during the day, carry a small bottle of skin tonic in your handbag, so that you can use it whenever the skin feels sweaty and greasy. Wet tissues and skin cleansing pads are also available nowadays, to refresh the skin, while you are out of the house.

After wiping the face with wet tissue, use compact powder. It helps to refresh the skin and remove the oily look

If the skin is looking very oily, multani mitti may help. Mix it with rose water into a paste and apply on the face, washing it off when it dries. For a monsoon face mask, mix 3 teaspoons oatmeal with egg white and one teaspoon each of honey and curd. If you don't want to use egg white, add rose water or orange juice. Apply it on the face and wash it off after half an hour. Use it twice a week.

Humid conditions can cause skin sensitivity in some cases. This can show up in the form of rashes. If this happens, discontinue the use of grains and scrubs. Instead, use a medicated mask to soothe the condition. We have formulated a clove medicated mask to soothe the skin, decrease surface grease and protect the skin from pimples and acne. Or, add a little rose water to sandalwood paste and apply on the rashes and eruptions. Naturally, oily products, like heavy nourishing creams, should not be used when the weather is humid. If your skin is dry by nature, you will find it looking and feeling better during the Monsoons. A light, liquid moisturizer should serve your purpose, both to keep the skin moisturized and as a base for make-up.

During the monsoons, the body loses fluids through sweat. Remember to drink more fluids to keep the system flushed. Take plenty of "nimbu paani" and fresh fruit juices, apart from plenty of water. Avoid heavy starchy meals. Include salads, fruits, sprouts and yoghurt in your daily diet.

Substitute your hot cup of tea with iced tea, lemon juice and a dash of honey. Beauty is not just a question of how you look, but how you feel and at no time is this more relevant than during hot, humid weather.