Betty Nangia,an electro-homeopath,who recently introduced a range of skin and hair products,is deluged with patients during the monsoon. Open pores,boils,itchy skin,rashes,fungal infections,eczema are some of the common woes. The simplest remedy is to keep the skin clean at all times, Nangia says. To make a cleansing mask,a paste of guava leaves,multani mitti,a pinch of cinnamon and urad dal powder,especially good for those with a hypersensitive skin. Others can omit the guava leaves and use it as a mask. Oatmeal is also great for skin, she adds,recommending it with a toning routine using cucumber and mint water or a non-oily aloe gel. Adding a few drops of essential oils like primrose,rosemary,lavender in the bath water keeps the skin fresh,she adds. Avoiding fruit juices and consuming fibrous food like salads and fresh fruits helps the internal system work effectively,preventing bloating,constipation and acne. Roughage is vital,so have yellow and red bell pepper,cucumber and corn as a perfect mix for a salsa, says Nangia.
Dr Rachna Mittal,consultant dermatologist at Kaya Skin Clinic,has some simple precautions to help the body adapt better to the humidity. Microbes like bacteria and fungi thrive in high humidity conditions. Bathe frequently and apply anti-fungal powder after the bath, she says,advising deep cleansing so that pores are free of clogged oil and dirt for freshness and health. People with dry skin,she adds,can wash their face frequently with plain water or milk,while those with oily skin can use an anti-acne face wash or a foaming one. Wet wipes are a handy way to clean the skin. A good alcohol-free bacterial toner will prevent skin infections and breakouts,and you can also invest in an anti-bacterial face wash, she adds. Those with oily skins can avoid sunscreens,especially if indoors,or a low SPF sunscreen can be used.
Dr KM Kapoor,a cosmetologist and plastic surgeon,recommends wearing loose,cotton clothes to keep sweat at bay and frequent change of clothes to prevent fungal infections. Avoid oiling of hair and wash hair daily,as the scalp attracts sweat,dust and fungal infections. Use conditioners and for any acute conditions like lesions and boils,consult your dermatologist.