Tips for the monsoon
Although we welcome monsoon showers because they provide a much-needed relief from the summer heat, thunderstorms that accompany monsoons come with their own hazards. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the monsoons:
During monsoons, your skin tends behaves a little strangely and is often unstable, going from oily to dry to dehydrated in a matter of days. Here are some tips to take care of your skin during this season:
- Cleanse your skin daily using a soap-free cleanser. Also make use of a gentle scrub once a day to get rid of dead cells.
- Use a sunscreen even on a cloudy day since the harmful UV radiations are capable of penetrating the clouds.
- Use a light lotion-based moisturizer. This will gently rehydrate your skin and also brighten it up.
- Avoid heavy make-up and use water-proof make-up when necessary.
And while we welcome the monsoons, your hair most certainly doesn’t because during the rains, your hair tends to go limp or become greasy, resulting in added hair fall. The heightened moisture in the air makes the texture of your hair dull, flat and tangled. As a result, your tresses can look limp and unattractive. Some tips to protect your hair during the monsoon are:
- Use a mild shampoo and wash your hair regularly.
- If you need to blow dry your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner prior to drying your hair.
- Avoid application of styling products, as this could make your hair very greasy due to increased humidity.
- Do not tie your hair when it is wet.
Monsoons reduce immunity, making us susceptible to many diseases. Exercise extreme caution during this season, and avoid eating out whenever possible.
- Wash vegetables thoroughly before cooking them, especially leafy vegetables like coriander, methi, mint, cauliflower, palak etc.
- Wash fruits before cutting. Opt for seasonal fruits like peaches, litchis, cherries and jamuns.
- Only consume ‘well-done’ chicken, fish and eggs dishes.
- Drink as much water as you can at regular intervals rather than waiting till you become thirsty.
- Use pasteurized and boiled milk.
- Maintain general hygiene while eating out and definitely avoid roadside vendors.