by Ms. Deepshikha Deshmukh, Founder of Love Organically
A healthy skin, I believe, is the result of consistent, season-appropriate care, sensible lifestyle choices, a balanced diet, adequate sleep and hydration. However, all skin types are unique and react differently to seasonal changes.
As the monsoon sets in, it impacts dry and oily skin in different ways and the humid air can cause several skin problems. There are however some basic ground rules for all skin types to stay healthy.
We are already dealing with a pandemic and when the monsoon arrives, it brings with it many allergies and infection triggers. Many people begin to suffer from acne, rashes and discomfort so how do we counter these issues?
My first mantra is to keep the skin protected. Many of us believe that sunscreen protection is only meant for sunny days of summer but our skin needs to be sheltered in all seasons so never forget to use a dermatologist recommended sunscreen that is just right for your skin type. The wrong formulation may lead to more skin breakouts.
I am also diligent about keeping my skin clean with a gentle face wash and exfoliation to reduce the build up of dirt that can block pores. Remember also to remove your makeup at the end of the day. Now that we are constantly wearing masks, a layer of excessive humidity can also lead to skin issues so wash your face often to keep your skin clean and fresh. You can also hydrate your skin with any lovely mist or rose water.
Another important thing to remember is that all skin types need hydration and moisturisation so carry a water bottle at all times and keep sipping from it through the day. Eat fruits and vegetables that are good for skin health and use a moisturiser that is right for you. My favourite skin food is aloe vera that I apply everyday on my face. It soothes, hydrates and nourishes my skin with its natural goodness.
To address a severe acne breakout, do consult a dermatologist. When I get a pimple or two, I mix turmeric and clove powder with aloe vera gel and apply the mixture directly on the pimples and it really helps.
The key to healthy skin is self-love and a dedicated regimen so don’t neglect self-care in any season and keep radiating good health and joy.