The long sweaty summer is over and monsoon has come as a huge relief from the fret. Monsoon is the most romantic of all seasons and raindrops are lovely to watch. But the high humidity and dampness of monsoon takes a toll on your skin, eyes and locks. But fret not! Grandma has lot of tips for the season to keep the skin glowing and hair healthy.
For Oily Skin:
Sebacious glands are hyperactive during monsoons producing more oil, pimples, black heads and white heads. A homemade mud pack with “chane ka atta and raw milk” will help in keeping your skin refreshing and glowing this monsoon. If someone has told you to cleanse the face as many times a day, grand ma says it's not necessary. But instead, whenever you wash, scrub your face with a natural scrub like channe ka atta. This helps to unclog your pores and it removes the layers of dead cells from your skin. Also, using warm water for cleansing is ideal as it dissolves more oil than cold water.
Fruity Treat: Mix 2 tablespoons of papaya pulp with a tablespoon of curd and an ounce of aloe vera gel. Mix this thoroughly and add few drops of lavender oil into this. Apply it on your face and leave for drying. This mixture helps in clearing blemishes and it rejuvenates your skin.
For Dry Skin: Dry skin related problems worsen during monsoons. Take a cotton wool, dab it in a mixture of rose water and glycerin. Apply this mixture over the face and hands. Wash it off after leaving for few minutes. This is good to keep your skin soft. A natural skin toner can be made at your home by mixing few drops of honey with two tablespoons of milk. It helps in toning as well as hydrating the skin.
Fruity Treat: Mix two tablespoons of pomegranate seeds with a cup uncooked oatmeal. Grind it to make a smooth paste. Pour this mixture into a bowl and add two tablespoons of honey and buttermilk. Apply this mix on your face and leave for few minutes and then rinse. It helps removing dead skin cells. Pomegranate seeds are rich sources of antioxidants and vitamin C.
Skin Infections: Monsoons also bring along with them, fungal and bacterial infections on skin. Turmeric is the best natural remedy against skin infections. Applying turmeric paste all over your body 15 minutes before bath at least once in a week is a good idea. Turmeric can be mixed with oil, water or milk. Turmeric and neem are best known natural antiseptics. You can also grind neem leaves with little water and mix turmeric powder into this paste. Wash it off once it is dried.
Rain can spoil the way your hair looks by making them greasy and rough. Even if you remain indoor, the high humidity can affect your hair. Don't worry thinking that homemade remedies are not handy. Here are few tips which you can avail from anywhere. Make a loose paste by mixing gram flour and curd. Add some drops of olive oil to this. Apply it on your hair, wait for 15-20 minutes and then wash well. Serums are getting dearer with girls for hair care. So here is a natural serum which can be made from any kitchen,without burning your pockets! Mix water with little vinegar and apply it on your hair after shampooing. It helps to calm down your hair. Fruity Treat: Mix one beaten banana with a tablespoon honey. Apply this mixture on your hair before bath and leave it for 15 minutes. It will make your hair smooth and soft. Also, follow your grandma's age old advice of regular oiling your hair prevents frizziness. But during monsoon, never leave the oil on your head for long.