Monsoons are considered to be the most romantic seasons in India earning it the epithet of the “King of seasons”. The mesmerizing smell of wet earth, glistening tree leaves and the dip in mercury levels make it the perfect weather for a romantic walk under an umbrella with your special someone. Not surprisingly, some of the most iconic romantic moments in cinema history are paeans to the rains. Remember Nargis and Raj Kapoor sharing an umbrella while singing ballads to their romance in Shri 420 or a rain-drenched Sridevi in a blue sari and an invisible Anil Kapoor confessing their love to each other in Mr. India. Monsoons are indeed magical. However, it’s not all hunky-dory as rains bring with them the multitude of skin concerns as well. We at Epique Blog bring to you some quick skin care tips to help you enjoy the rains to the brim while looking your very best.
Say hello to Aloe
This monsoon make room for the aloe-vera gel in your bathroom cabinet to achieve a glowing, acne-free healthy complexion. Rains bring with them the dreaded humidity leading to oily, dull and pimple prone skin. Aloe Vera gel, extracted from the succulent part of the plant is an excellent moisturizer for all skin-types as it hydrates the skin without making it oily. It has anti-microbial properties making it an ideal solution for combating pimples and skin infections. What’s more, aloe-vera also protects the skin from environmental damage and fights wrinkles. While nothing comes close to the real deal, however, if growing this wonder plant in your house is not feasible, there are a variety of cosmetics brands manufacturing aloe vera moisture cleanser & gels which are easily available in the market making it easy to integrate into your beauty regime.
Freeze the frizz
Monsoons bring with them the much dreaded Monica hair (F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan forever). The humidity is not very kind to the mane resulting in dull, frizzy hair which simply refuses to behave. During the rains, it’s advisable to wash your hair at least thrice a week with a mild shampoo which effectively removes sweat, grime and oil build-up while been gentle on the scalp skin. Squeezing one lemon’s juice in half a mug of water and using it as a last rinse post shampooing is an extremely effective quick-fix for removing excessive oil and adding shine and health to your hair. You can also use a solution of honey diluted in a glass of water around the lengths of the hair after shampooing for controlling frizz. Honey is also an all natural conditioner which makes hair softer, silkier and more manageable.
Give your skin a high with non-alcoholic toners
Alcohol-based skin care products are anyway a bad idea, more so during the monsoons, as they strip the skin of its natural oils and disturb its delicate PH balance. Instead, opt for facial mists and waters during the rains which instantly refresh the skin while locking in moisture. Rose water is an excellent all natural toner which tightens pores, softens the skin while rejuvenating it.
Don’t skip the sunscreen
Don’t be fooled by the cloudy skies and ditch sunscreen during monsoons. Sun’s harmful UV rays could easily penetrate the clouds and cause skin damage. Come sun or rain never forget to use a sunscreen when stepping outside the house. Always opt for sunscreens which offer broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. As per Indian weather conditions, your sunscreen should have a minimum SPF of 30 for effective sun protection. Also, do not forget to re-apply your sunscreen after every two hours especially during the monsoon season as excessive sweating and humidity could easily bleed out the sunscreen making it susceptible to sun damage
Now that you have equipped yourself with these easy monsoon skin care it’s time to step out, get drenched, jump in rain puddles and let your inner child emerge!