You are mom, you are busy. Period! And I totally get that. With my son now three, being able to apply a face pack once in a week is a luxury. With a few tricks up my sleeves I manage to take care of my skin and pamper it to express my love.
The monsoons bring with them respite from the sweltering heat, mesmerizing fragrance, freshly bathed greens, and cold breeze. Monsoons are the happiest months and I love the natural showers.
However, like every season, monsoon also comes with it’s share of skin problems. The high humidity levels affect the skin in an adverse way.
Here are little things I do to take care of my skin during the monsoons.
1) Less Is More
Whether it is make up or any kind of beauty treatment, I believe less is more. The more facial treatments you do, or the more make up you apply you make it difficult for your skin to relax and breathe. For skin care I opt for natural minimal ingredients than peels and packs that are loaded with chemicals.
2) Cleansing – Toning – Moisturising
Any kind of make up or dirt tends to clog the skin pores, and so thorough cleaning is a must. I use a natural soap free facewash to clean my face. If I have make up on I choose coconut oil/ olive oil or Baby Oil to double cleanse my skin.
Toning is another significant step to remove the leftover dirt and make up. Green tea, cucumber water, rose water, milk, lemon juice are great natural toners
The last step is to apply a good moisturiser to keep the skin hydrated and soft. I firmly believe a good moisture is an investment to make for better skin. I have finally got one that works perfectly for my skin type. Other natural moisturisers that I love are organic coconut oil, Baby cream and olive oil.
Exfoliating the skin is a must to remove dead skin and unclog the pores. However exfoliating it excessively can lead to dryness. My favourite natural scrubs this season are coffee powder,
4) Home made face packs
All you need is a few minutes in the kitchen to get this DIY face mask ready. Take a bowl add a spoonful of wheat four, a few drops of lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder and yogurt to make a creamy paste. Apply this all over your face and neck and let it dry for about 10 minutes. You can then gently scrub the mask off your face and apply a moisturiser.
5) Don’t ditch the sunblock
I know you have heard this an umpteen number of times. But tell me if you aren’t guilty of giving the sunblock a miss when it gets a little cloudy outdoors, because I totally am. I remind myself to apply sunblock no matter what the weather outside is like to keep my skin safe and healthy.
6) Hair care
You may feel the urge to shampoo and condition your hair more often during monsoons. It is because the humidity that is pervasive during that wet spells makes you sweat, making your hair greasy. Also the hair and scalp tends to become dry during this season. I heat a few spoons of coconut oil and squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it. Massage this oil onto the scalp and hair, and leave it on for an hour before I shampoo my hair.
7) Coconut oil for lips
Lips tend to chap during this season. The best way to moisturiser them and keep them supple is to apply coconut oil before bedtime. You can also add a a few drops of beatroot juice to the coconut oil to make your lips look naturally pink.
8) Keep clean from within
A healthier body from within reflects on the outside. During monsoons, it’s not just the kids who become susceptible to diseases and infections, we adults must take precautions to stay away from them too . Regular exercise, avoiding junk, and drinking plenty of water are a must during the monsoons.
9) Splash Rose Water
Whether your skin is oily or dry, spraying rose water onto it is going to make it look refreshed and alive. It’s my most favourite thing to do to get rid of the excess oil and yet keep it glowing.
10) Don’t forget to feel good
If you are feeling good, you can never fail to look good. Don’t let an acne or two hold you back from enjoying the monsoons to the fullest.