Hacks for Monsoon Skincare

Monsoon always brings out the eternal romantic in me. The scent of wet earth, the tasty crunchy pakodas with a steaming cup of tea, romantic music, exciting road trips, dancing in the rain and the scenic beauty, Monsoon brings its own indescribable joys. But, it also brings along its fair share of skin and hair problems- oily skin, open pores, pustules, prickly heat, dull and frizzy hair.

Due to heavily polluted air in our cities, dirt particles tend to cling to the skin, giving it a dull grey appearance. But no worries, here I am going to dole out some DIY tips for all you lovelies to keep that monsoon glow on.

Hair

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2 drops ylang ylang.

½ teaspoon coffee powder.

Mix in your regular protein conditioner and leave the mixture on your hair for 8-10 minutes. Rinse afterwards. This blend helps you get rid of frizzy hair and flyaways.

Shampoo your hair as often as you can during monsoon. Do not use too much conditioner; just use it towards the ends of your hair instead of scalp.

Cleanser

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1 teaspoon green gram flour.

1 teaspoon fenugreek seed powder.

1 teaspoon gram flour.

2 drops of lemon or orange essential oil.

Mix and keep this concoction in a container in your washroom. Now, take a teaspoon of this blend, mix with rose or plain water, put on face and rinse instantly. It helps to get rid of the dirt and pollution on your face.

Puffy eyes

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Cut two round cucumber slices and put on your eyes for that cooling and soothing effect.

Or

Put a big pinch of salt in hot water, dip 1 tea bag in it, 1 drop of cedarwood essential oil, and mix it all up. Then dip cotton pads in this tea water and put on eyes.

Sunscreen

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Use aloevera or cucumber during monsoon season with a minimum 20 SPF.

Tan

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1 teaspoon sandalwood powder

         1 teaspoon milk powder

1 teaspoon orange peel powder

         2 drops of Lavender essential oil

Mix all this with yoghurt and a squeeze of lemon, apply on face, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse afterwards.

Prickly heat and rashes

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During the rainy season, when there is profuse sweating and the body is not exposed to air, red pustules of the size of mustard grains appear on the body, especially chest, back, abdomen and forehead causing a lot of itching. Try the following to get rid of this problem:-

2-3 drops of Tea tree essential oil

1 drop of Lavender essential oil

Make a thin paste with multani mitti or fuller’s earth and water. Apply on problem area, leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse afterwards.

Or

Mix 1 teaspoon of Sandalwood essential oil in coconut water, apply on problem area, keep it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse afterwards.

Hands and feet

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Use a hand lotion regularly after you wash your hands.

Apply a foot cream which has camphor in it every night before going to sleep.

Cracked heels- Go for regular pedicures as heels get chapped easily during rainy season.

Cold & flu

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If you are prone to cold or flu during monsoon, massage the soles of your feet with 1-2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. It helps strengthen your immune system and keeps cold and flu at bay.

Skincare

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Change your moisturiser during monsoon. Use a light moisturiser as the heavy ones get too sticky and clog skin pores causing acne. Do not use creamy moisturisers for oily skin especially, only use gel based products during this season. Use light sunscreen gels with good SPF content.

If you tend to get a lot pimples, pustules or boils during monsoon, try this recipe:-

1 drop of Patchouli essential oil

Few washed and smashed neem leaves

A squeeze of lime

Crushed garlic

Make a paste and apply on the affected area, leave on for 20 minutes. Use this concoction daily till the acne is healed.

BATH WATER

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Use rose essential oil in bath water to feel fresh and pepped up.

Enjoy this lovely weather with these quick and DIY at home tips and enjoy the monsoon glow. Much love!

Reach out to me to know more about skincare & haircare during monsoon, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And i shall be happy to answer all your questions:)

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