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Your hair and skin care guide during monsoons

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Before you let your guard down as the breezy monsoon with its pleasant chill drives away the scorching sun, hang on! No matter how much we relish the advent of the rains, remember it comes with its own set of troubles. “It is important to take care of your skin during the monsoon as the skin can develop bacterial infection due to the constant humidity,” explains Paulomi Dhawan, of Svastii Spa. “This can also cause the skin to become oilier than usual which results in grime and dirt sticking to it,” she adds.

Since monsoons make your skin susceptible to water-borne bacteria, it’s advisable to use anti-bacterial face wash for proper cleansing action. “One should adhere to the regular regime of cleansing/scrubbing, toning and moisturising,” warns Shobha Sehgal, beauty head, VLCC.

Skin care
Dos and dont's

* Go light on make-up.
* Dry your feet to prevent fungal infections. Regular pedicures and manicures will help.
* Don’t give a kick to the sunscreen lotion.
* Rub an ice cube on your face at least twice a day to keep it fresh
* Switch to water-based moisturisers. Cleanse your face just before going to bed.


Diet

* Eat salads and have a lot of vegetable soup, which will keep you warm and healthy.
* Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily
* Avoid vegetables like radish, spinach and cabbage because they might have worms. Eat protein rich food like grams, almonds, cottage cheese, etc.
* Have fresh citrus fruit juices. Even sugar cane juice or apple juice are good sources of vitamins.
* Consume lots of garlic, bitter gourd, basil leaves, fenugreek, turmeric, etc to enhance immunity.
* Stay from too much animal protein which is hard to digest.

Hair care
Hair are exposed to sudden showers and are often not completely dried. As a result, dandruff is rampant in this season. A recent survey by Clear suggested that scalp care is the lowest priority for Indians. Practicing dermatologist and cosmetologist, (also the author of the book Skin Deep), Dr. Aparna Santhanam, says that the most common scalp problem in monsoons is dandruff. “Rain water has the tendency to seep in to the hair and penetrate into the hair shaft, thus making it weak,” she explains.

Dos and dont's

* Just as you massage oil, massage raw milk in your hair. Wash off after an hour.
* Grandma’s advice still holds true. Give your hair a hundred strokes with a brush, before going to bed to increases the blood circulation.
* Heat olive oil and massage into hair, this helps get rid of split-ends.
* A paste of jaggery, curd, and multanni mitti applied on the scalp before shampooing keeps dandruff at bay.


Diet

* Avoid sugar as it promotes inflammation in skin and scalp.
* Biotin is very essential for hair care. Intake of tomatoes, leafy sources like spinach and cabbages; milk products; and walnuts and almonds ensures it.
* Sprouts and soya proteins are the good options for vegetarians; while non vegetarians can have meat, chicken and eggs.
* Avoid leaving your hair open in the rain.
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