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by Sharmila Ramani
November 30, 2019
The rainy season has hit us and brought some comfort from the sweltering heat and toxic haze. However, with it comes a fair share of skin & hair problems. From frizzy untameable hair to extremely oily skin, especially a nightmare to those with curly hair & acne-prone skin.
The sebaceous glands that are responsible for producing body oils and regulating perspiration go into overdrive due to the increased humidity and leads to breakouts & oily skin. The increased moisture content in the air can also make hair look dull, frizzy, greasy and prone to dandruff, while the acidity of rainwater, in turn, leads to hair fall.
According to Ayurveda, during the rainy season, the increase in the levels of humidity leads to fermentation inside the stomach which increases acidity, lowers immunity and bodily strength. This invites possible illnesses and infections that will definitely bog you down in the already gloomy weather.
A few changes in your daily skincare routine and lifestyle is all that is required for fresh glowing skin & glossy hair. Here are some Ayurveda tips and remedies to take care of your skin & hair and sail through rainy days!
The rainy season will set your oil-secreting glands into overdrive and oily skin, in turn, will attract dirt, dust, grime not only irritating your skin but leads to breakouts. Maintain a proper skincare ritual to ensure your skin stays healthy!
Exfoliation removes dead skin, helps unclog pores and control sebum (oil) production. It also helps in the growth of new skin cells giving you glowing skin. Make sure you exfoliate with a mild scrub like Sun Kissed Gold that is gentle on your skin.
(2) Avoid Alcohol-Based Skin Cleansers
Once you exfoliate well, cleanse the open pores and allow your skin to breathe. However, you should avoid alcohol-based skin cleansers as it is likely to irritate and dry out your skin. Instead use natural herbal cleansers like Veda Glow Powder Cleanser regularly to get rid of excess oil, grime and dust, and of course to keep your skin free of bacterial infections.
Tone your skin to remove the leftover dirt and makeup. Using soothing ingredients like rose water & aloe vera found in Saffron & Satin Hydrating Toner is a great addition and can be used throughout the day to prevent moisture loss
Keep the outer layer of the skin hydrated properly. The Mistress of Spice Face Serum seals in moisture and keeps skin soft and supple.
(5) Keep your skin well hydrated
Sip water throughout the day on regular intervals to flush out toxins from body & skin
(6) Avoid heavy makeup
Avoid heavy makeup products such as heavy foundations etc. They do not let your skin breathe and may make it even more oily than it already is during the rainy season.
(7) Don't Skip Your Sunscreen
Yes, you heard us right, you need sunscreen on a rainy day! A cloudy day doesn’t mean your skin is safe from the sun's UV rays. So make sure to invest in a good sunscreen.
8) Take care of your diet
According to the science of Ayurveda, ‘Agni’ controls the digestive and metabolic activities of the body. However, during the rainy season, Agni that controls these activities within your body is weak and indigestion could lead to various skin problems and infection. The dull weather also tends to create an urge to eat a lot of oily junk food. The greasiness of oily food along with the humidity will also wreak havoc in the body and lead to more skin and hair issues.
Eat healthy clean food that incorporates proteins, vitamins, and minerals in your food so that your skin & hair gets their sufficient nutrition. Focus more on eating fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Avoid the consumption of oily and fried food items. Include warm soups and stews as part of your daily diet. Replace your morning tea or coffee with herbal teas comprising of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, etc. We so love our masala teas!
(9) Cleanse your scalp thoroughly
A healthy hair wash can do wonders for your hair, especially during the rainy season when your scalp easily loses out on nutrients and oils. The humidity in the air causes the scalp to become greasy a lot faster too. Ensure that you cleanse your scalp thoroughly. A mild yet deep cleansing shampoo can be used to remove any residue on your scalp left behind by rainwater. Sulfate-free shampoos are recommended to avoid further damage to your hair
(10) Oil & Massage Your Scalp & Hair
During the rainy season, the humid air proves to be an ideal scenario for a certain fungus that creates dandruff to thrive. This fungus causes irritation and dryness in the scalp. The excessive humidity will also have an adverse effect on your crowning glory, including hair breakage and fall, scalp infections as well as hair follicle inflammation. Oiling your scalp with good oil, that has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties is a must. Give your hair & scalp a regular oil massage using a rich warm oil infused with ayurvedic herbs like The Emerald Elixir. A warm oil massage helps to increase blood circulation to the hair follicles and helps the growth of healthy hair. It also conditions your scalp, keeps your hair from being unruly, frizzy, dandruff-free & restores the lost natural oils and luster.
(11) Hair Nutrition
(11) Hair Nutrition
Feeding the hair with nutrition is necessary for the rainy season. Healthy hair is less prone to damage and bacterial infections. Use The Velveteen with revered Ayurvedic herbs like Amla & Hibiscus to strengthen your roots, unclogs pores and clear the scalp of excess sebum and stimulate hair growth. Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin C and helps to increase collagen that ensures hair growth. Amla will make your hair shiny and black and acts as a great conditioner for hair
The best approach to skin & hair care in this rainy season is a holistic one. Ensuring that you have a nutritious and balanced diet, and taking the necessary precautions for hair and skincare, will assure you of lustrous hair and clear skin and help you to sail through those dreary days.
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