Tell- Tale Natural Skincare Secrets to Battle Monsoon Woes

Tell- Tale Natural Skincare Secrets to Battle Monsoon Woes

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Are you feeling the comforting chills amidst the scorching heat? Its probably the monsoon knocking at your door. Calming for someone and annoying for others, the season brings in a mixed feeling. For some monsoon brings in an abundance of joy and relief as they listen to soothing music and read a novel but, for others, the season can turn out to be a nightmare because they spend most days battling the seasonal skincare battle.

Much like our snack days that change to hot and crisp bhajiya and chai, skincare needs a makeover too. For winters we find comfort in moisturizers and hydration, in summers – we take care of the tan, but for monsoons – it’s a combination of skincare routines and ingredients that takes precedence. Speaking of Indian monsoon in particular, its known to bring along humidity that takes a toll on one’s skin causing it to behave unpredictably. Sometimes it could get extremely oily and may break out into an annoying acne and sometimes, it would feel dehydrated and stretched. It is important to adapt an appropriate skincare ritual to keep the skin feeling loved and supple.

Considering the times, we are living in, staying cooped up at home during any weather is a blessing. But, does that mean the skin will have any less impact of the erratic extra hot days, the dusty storms and heavy showers? Well, the skincare experts raise a red flag. Most dermatologists believe that if there is sunlight, there are sunrays and so whether you head out or not, sunscreens play an essential role during summers. The same way, even if one doesn’t head out during monsoon, the skin is sure to feel dehydrated and sweaty, hence they recommend mindful cleansing routines, warm food and face masks.

Though the markets, brands and labels can offer the best of skincare products that are acing in technology, ingredients and advanced healing mechanisms, we believe that, it’s healthy food, ancient herbs and kitchen secrets from Ayurveda that keep our body rejuvenated and fresh throughout! Proof? Our great grandmothers and grandmothers were born during a time when science wasn’t evolved and nature was the key to survival.

Reminiscing the days of her childhood, RG Menon, 75, a resident of Delhi shared “Coconut oils play a very important role in our diet and skincare. Being a Keralite, coconut oil was a mandatory ingredient in every food. I remember as a child my mother used to tell us to massage coconut oil all over the body, let it sit for at least 10-15 minutes and then shower. I don’t remember my skin becoming dry or dehydrated.”

Be it applying haldi and sandalwood paste to dry up a zit or drinking a hot concoction of Neem and Tulsi to cure cold, our ancestors had a secret ingredient list to battle it all. Expressing her idea on the importance of skincare, Manijeh Commissariat, 60, from Pune added to the conversation saying “When I was a child, pollution was at a low. The nature was a lot balanced than it is today. During those days we had Ponds, Vaseline and Lux soap. Though I used these cold creams to keep my skin supple and fresh, I never failed to give importance to my diet. What you consume has a huge role to play on the body. Pure ghee was a diet essential. Having one spoon of raw homemade, the first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is said to keep the body healthy on the inside.”

As monsoon takes over its stride, Ciceroni reveals 5 Skincare Secrets extracted from ancient joojoos to help you reset your skincare routine!

  • Coconut and Mustard Oil for Hydration

Coconut oil helps trap water into the skin to keep it moist with its hydrating capacity owing to the higher amount of fatty acids making the skin feel delicate and supple by penetrating the skin’s deepest layers. You can use it as a night moisturiser as it is sure to work wonders while you indulge in your beauty sleep. Mustard oil on the other hand, works wonders as a cleanser. It is said that mustard seeds are known to reduce tan, dark spots when massaged on the skin regularly, keeping your skin glowing and healthy throughout.

  • Oatmeal scrub for Cleansing

Have oats for breakfast? You can use it on your skin too! Exfoliation is an important part of a skincare routine, irrespective of the skin type. With properties that strive to counter skin issues like dryness, overabundant oil and dead skin development, oats act as an exfoliator that deeply purifies your skin while also hydrating it. You can prepare a simple scrub by adding desired amount of oatmeal to lukewarm water along with small amounts of sugar and coconut oil and apply it for 20 minutes at least twice a week to keep your skin nourished through the humid weather.

  • Multani Mitti and Sandalwood Oil for Acne

Humidity and constant temperature fluctuation makes pimples and acne more prone particularly to those with sensitive skin. Multani Mitti is known for its antiseptic properties. You can choose to apply it with rose water and dab it gently on your pimples and keep it overnight. Or, you can also add a pinch of turmeric to the pack and apply it for 15 minutes and rinse after its dried completely. Known to be a beauty recipe during the reigns of kings and queens, sandalwood is recognised for its soothing effect on inflammation caused by pimples and acne. We recommend you mix sandalwood oil to turmeric and camphor to dry up your zits.

  • Besan and Turmeric Paste for Dry Skin

Popularly known as Besan Ubtan, its another desi nuska passed down through generations. We are sure its not a hoax. Besan and turmeric both hold anti-microbial properties and is known to remove dirt and toxins from deep within. Make a paste of 2 teaspoons besan, 2 teaspoons sandalwood powder, 1 teaspoon milk and a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply it equally on to your face. When it dries, rinse off with cool water.

  • Neem Extracts with Milk and Honey for Anti-bacterial Properties

Bacterial and fungal infections are quite common during the rainy season. Practiced as a part of anti-bacterial regimes for skin across cultures in India, the medicinal properties of neem, honey and raw milk aren’t unknown. While neem plays an essential role as an age-old herb with healing properties, honey is known for soothing the skin and milk acts as a moisturiser. Grind some fresh neem leaves, add some milk and honey twice a week during monsoon, to internally purify your skin and keep infections at bay. Leave it for 20 minutes to keep your skin healthy on the inside too.

Be sure to keep your natural skincare essentials handy with our curated guide for monsoon! Let your skin breathe and stay healthy while you stay home. Skincare secrets, no matter how powerful, cannot work fully until one follows a balanced diet, exercise and drinks proper amount of water.

Aishwarya Menon

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