Monsoon is a tough season for our skin and hair. The infections are rife in the air and the pollution and weather fluctuations only add to the problems of looking and feeling good. Scalp infection, breakouts on the face (or even back and chest and upper arms), body rashes, fungus on your feet – are common issues that flare up in the rainy and humid season. But you can take the following easy precautions to prevent such infections.
1. Your hair scalp becomes unhealthy and dirty during the monsoon season. Use a good shampoo (sulfate-free, and maybe medical) and a good conditioner to maintain the health of the shaft of your hair.
2. Despite what people think, it is important to give your hair the treat of a proper oil massage on a regular basis. Yes, the humidity can make hair roots clogged – but this also means proper nourishment is lacking. Oiling can make up for this partly. Steam your hair with lukewarm water once a week after oiling. Hair masks will also help. But do consult a dermatologist or trichologist to find out what kind of nourishment is good for your scalp
3. Real nourishment also comes from food. Hair and skin will be in ship shape only if they are healthy from within. Take care to ensure fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of proteins in your daily diet. Your dermatologist may also prescribe additional supplements of biotin or other essential vitamins that could enhance the health of your skin or hair.
4. Avoid synthetic or tight clothes. Let your skin breathe! Wear open mouthed footwear to give your toes proper airing to prevent fungus. which prevents it from fungus. and give a gentle dry massage to your feet at night.
5. Keep your face clean to prevent acne, rashes or pigmentation. Take the advice of a dermatologist if you have problem skin and they may advise you to use a medicated facewash.
6. If you are fond of makeup, avoid oil-based make up products. And instead use powdery or mineral base. Ensure you clean your make up application tools – brushes, sponges or silicone pads every alternate day.
7. Hydration is also extremely important. Drink 10-12 glass of water per day so that you can flush out the toxins from inside your body and keep your skin supple. You may not realize this, but drinking adequate quantities of water also prevents hair fall, breakage of hair and also the frizzy appearance of hair.
Text by Dr B L Jangid
Dr B L Jangid, MD Skin is one the top dermatologists of Delhi, with more than 10 years of experience in new treatments, technology and research into skin and hair problems, skin surgeries, hair transplant surgeries, Lasers and anti-ageing. He practices at SkinQure in Saket, New Delhi.
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