August 9, 2010

Tackle Monsoon Skin-care Woes with these tips from experts

Monsoons wreak havoc on your skin. high humidity levels make your skin look oily and patchy. Despite this, your skin can be at its radiant best with good skin care and the right products.
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Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Jaishree Sharad spells out three common monsoon troublemakers and the solutions.

Monsoon Menace 1
Dull and Lifeless skin
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Cause: High humidity causes oil secretion, making your skin look dull and lifeless. Uneven hydration and poor cell cycle turnover are other culprits.
Solution: Follow a daily skin-care routine that involves cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Splash your face with plain water several times a day and exfoliate using a face scrub to remove dead cells.

Monsoon Menace 2
Pimples and Breakouts
Cause: Sweat attracts dirt and pollutants clog the skin's pores and cause pimples.
Solution: Wash away the grime and dirt using gentle face wash. When you are outdoors, avoid accumulation of sweat and dust on your face by using wet wipes such as this or this.

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Fungal infections
 Cause: Wet clothes and shoes that act as a breeding ground for microbes.
Solution: Use an anti-bacterial soap (Dettol) for bathing. Dry yourself thoroughly after a bath and dust anti-fungal powder, such as this on your feet, underarms and in your body's folds (except for the groin area). Always wash your feet with soap and water after exposure to rain water.
Use the right products
Dr Snehal Sriram, Kaya Skin clinic lists the right skin-care products for your skin during monsoons.
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  • Use a soap-free cleanser such as this at least 2-3 times a day to get rid of sweat and grime.
  • Choose a gently face scrub with small, uniform granules that will remove dead cells, open up clogged pores and allow the skin to breathe. 
Alcohol Free Toner
  • After cleansing, use an alcohol-free toner, such as this to prevent infections and eruptions.
  • A few drops of  Lavender Oil added to a teaspoon of water works as a natural toner for oily skin.
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  • Harmful UV rays can penetrate clouds, so don't step out of the house without sunscreen, even on an overcast day.
  • Apply sunscreen with SPF 20+ at least 20 minutes before you step out.
  • Use water-based moisturizer to re-hydrate your skin twice a day.pamper feet
  • Avoid creams, as they will only make your skin oily.
Foot Scrub
  • Since feet are exposed the most to grime and muck, use a gentle foot scrub to clean them every alternate day.
  • Soak your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes daily, and follow it up by cleaning under the nails.
(Guest Post by Dhanya)

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  1. Meena9:30 AM

    How to prevent hair from becoming frizzy during monsoons?

  2. Smita9:31 AM

    Applying hair oil is the best solution for everything.

  3. Anonymous9:32 AM

    During monsoon, inside walls of the rooms of my house have grown fungus. How to get rid of it?

  4. Expert9:32 AM

    Acetic acid i,e, vinegar could be applied sucessfully to remove fungus from walls. Mix 5-10gram per lit vinegar in a bucket of water, stir to mix and then either spray or rub the wall with a piece of cotton with the prepared chemicals allow to stay for 10-15mins then clean it.This is non hazardous and quick method to remove fungus.

  5. unknown9:34 AM

    How to prevent powdery fungus formation on clothes during monsoon, even which are kept neatly in the cupboard?

  6. unknown9:35 AM

    It is right that u have to remove moisture from your cupboard but how that u have to decide. Here r the ways.
    1.Put a small heater or 60W electric buld at the lower portion of ur cupboard so that heat comes up from bottom resulting uniform heat.
    2.Any dehumudifier like Silica gel or calcium carbonate.

  7. Protect your skin from fungal infection.Try to avoid keeping your skin wet for a long time and if you have been in rain, take a bath in lukewarm water.

  8. Gopinath9:15 AM

    Drink a lot fluids, in particular, water as the rainy season can be deceptively dehydrating.

  9. Beauty Expert9:20 AM

    clean your face daily
    follow a regular regime of Toning and cleansing.
    Protect your skin from sun rays-
    Moisturize your skin. Moisturizing the skin is especially necessary for those who spend lot of their time in air conditioning room. This way the skin’s natural oils will be kept hydrated.
    Avoid heavy makeup
    take good diet for your skin. Eat a healthy and nutritious diet and drink great amounts of water throughout day so as to maintain the glow on your skin.

  10. For those who develop dry skin during this, a mixture of rosewater and glycerin applied on your face before bed time works wonders. A mild cleanser can be used to get rid of dead cells and grime for those with oily skin. Oatmeal and papaya are known to act as mild exfoliants.

  11. Nikita9:22 AM

    Use skin fresheners on a regular basis: You should never forget to use fresheners

  12. Goutami9:01 AM

    You’re one of my daily stops online because you are a huge inspiration.

  13. Anonymous9:26 AM

    I have begun down the path of eliminating harmful ingredients in the foods I consume. I am now wanting to start down the path of skin products and cleaning products. I have sensitive skin. Does anyone have some recipes they would like to share? I’m looking for home made natural skin care products and don’t know where to start. Thank you in advance!

  14. Beauty Expert2:50 PM

    Use a good cleanser in the morning and at night.
    •To protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, use a sunscreen daily.
    •You can use a good blemish-reducing cream if you have blemishes on your skin or use a good moisturizer for day and night.
    •Use a good hand and body lotion to keep your hands and feet moisturized.
    •Look after your hair by using the right kind of shampoo and conditioner best suited to your hair.

  15. Kamalnath8:28 AM

    BABY your skin. Don't pick at pimples. Avoid touching your face unnecessarily - the oil on your fingertips belongs on your fingertips, not on your face. Moisturize and use sunscreen with at least a 15SPF every day all year long.

  16. These are nice tips..........

  17. Aaradhyya2:16 PM

    Honey not only helps to smoothen your skin but also keeps acne at bay. The anti-bacterial properties of this liquid can give your skin a nourishing look and feel.


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