The much awaited monsoon season is here, bringing the much-needed relief from the scorching summer heat, besides putting the smile on our face and uplifting our spirits .Though the positive side of the rains can’t be undermined, at the same time we need to realize that it can take a toll on our overall well-being if we don’t tweak our usual health and beauty regime according to rains. So let’s bust some myths and find the apt solutions for you to enjoy healthy monsoon, right from head to toe.
Myth 1. The skin care routine I follow in summers would work during monsoons too.
Reality: Absolutely not, to counter the effect of humidity and dampness we need to follow a different skin care routine.
Use a face wash which has alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) to remove excess oil and grime that might clog pores.
The high humidity could open the pores of skin exposing it further to dirt, so use an alcohol-free toner to keep them close.
The humidity in the air is also the culprit in drying out your skin causing skin irritation or rashes; so use a good moisturizer liberally on your body, especially face.
Not only it’s a turn-off during a cloudy day, but heavy make-up is not advisable for your skin too; use water-proof one, if you must.
Though it’s cloudy outside but it will not stop the harmful UV rays to take a toll on your skin, so do use sunscreen with an SPF of minimum 20 before you step out.
It is advisable to avoid bleaching and facials during monsoons as it will make the skin rough; though waxing, pedicure and manicure can be done.
Oiling your hair with coconut oil and using mild conditioner after shampooing will keep your mane smooth and shiny. Use of hair-dryer can make your hair brittle; instead dry the excess water with towel.
The monsoon season makes the scalp dandruff prone; use neem oil or other antidandruff products to get relief from itching.
Myth 2: Fried foods are the best companion during monsoon season.
Reality: As much as we want to binge on hot pakodas and samosas, they are strict no during this season. The monsoons are the time when our digestive system slows down, so eating food items laden with oil might cause upset stomach, hyper acidity or bloating.
Adapt to the season by eating light vegetables like squash, pumpkin, bottle gourd, bitter gourd. Binge on dals (lentils), oatmeal, khichree etc which are stomach-friendly. As the temperature of the body goes down due to cool weather, it becomes prone to virus attack; therefore keep yourself warm by slurping on some light soups.
Include apt quantities of spices like ginger, pepper, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric in the diet as they help reduce the problem of indigestion.
As against the common myth that leafy vegetables should be avoided during monsoons (they could be laced with bacteria), doctors advise otherwise. Since veggies are the important source of vitamins and minerals, you should consume them after preparing them hygienically; similarly curds should be consumed to keep digestive health in check.
According to Ayurveda, heavy grains like bajra and ragi should be avoided and the intake of foods with high water content such as muskmelon, watermelon and buttermilk should be limited as it can lead to swelling.
It goes without saying that the chaat-panipuri and juices from the roadside vendors should be avoided during rainy season.
Myth 3: We can walk/dance in the rain without harm as it is purest form of water.
Reality: Sorry to state but reality is exact opposite. Though rain is glamorized in the movies, the rain shower is not beneficial for your skin and hair. Due to increase in pollution caused by vehicular emissions, smoke from factories etc, the rain water has become toxic and the chemicals in rain water can cause havoc on hair and skin. So if you are drenched in rain, the first thing to do upon reaching the home is to take shower with lukewarm water to wash off rain water from hair and body.
Wet clothes leads to microbial growth, to keep your clothes dry as far as possible wear raincoat on top before venturing out. Also prefer to wear fabric like cotton and linen which are easy to dry off. Keep an extra pair of shoes and set of clothes at your work place which you can change into upon getting soaked in rain.
One needs to remember the following pointers too
Since dampness in the house during monsoons is quite common, you should ensure that your furniture, cupboards, shoes, leather items do not become breeding ground for fungal growth. Place silica-gel packet inside the cupboards which helps absorbs moisture.
Eye-infections like conjunctivitis are quite common during monsoons. Refrain from touching eyes with dirty hands.
People with low immunity, like kids and elderly people need to take extra care during monsoons. Regular intake of Vitamin C, either in the form of fruits or chewable tablets can boost the immunity.
A by-product of monsoon season is the diseases like dengue and malaria. Don’t forget to apply mosquito repellent cream before heading out. Place plants like lemongrass at home which repel mosquitoes.
Follow the above given tips and enjoy the magical monsoons without worrying about your health and beauty.