Monsoon Ritual: A Complete Hair and Skin Care Guide

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Monsoon is here! And what a change from the hot and dreary summer days! No doubt the rainy season provides a much awaited relief from the hot and humid summer, but they bring their own share of hair and skin woes! Constant drenching, sweating and accumulation of oil tends to make our hair and skin extremely vulnerable during monsoon so it becomes essential for you to take proper care of them!

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Here are a few do’s and don’ts to ensure your hair and skin stays glowing through the rainy days.

Hair care during monsoon: High levels of humidity and moisture during Monsoon tend to make the hair limp, frizzy and also leads to breakage! Read on to find how to take care of hair during rainy season.

1. Keep Them Dry

Rain water is acidic and filled with dust and other impurities which tend to make the hair brittle and prone to damage, so make sure you keep your tresses covered when you’re out! Wet hair is highly prone to hair fall and other hair related problems so dry your hair immediately! Avoid using blow dryers as they tend to further weaken the hair. Rather use a soft towel and pat them dry!

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2. Wash and Condition Regularly

A lot of dust and oil accumulates in the scalp during the rainy season, so it’s advisable to rinse your tresses regularly. Make sure you use a mild shampoo! Conditioning is equally essential to keep your hair healthy and soft. High levels of moisture in the air make the hair frizzy and dry causing split ends and hair fall, so condition them regularly as well but make sure you go easy on the quantity!

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3. Don’t use too many styling products and treatments!

Hair styling products are heavily laden with chemicals which along with the excessive humidity tend to make one’s hair even more oily and greasy! So better refrain from using these products during the rains! Instead make your own home-made monsoon hair care products with stuff lying around in the kitchen!

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4. Instead…Get a Hair Cut!

Get a trendy haircut this monsoon and opt for a new look for the season! Short hair is chic, easy to maintain and hassle free! We’ve got some amazing offers for Shahnaz Hussain and Jawed Habib, so grab some of the salon deals and pamper your hair this monsoon!

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5. Watch what you eat! 

The quickest and healthiest way to a monsoon hair care regime is this – a healthy diet and plenty of water! Drinking water works wonders for one’s hair and scalp. Eating a diet rich in protein, calcium and minerals will strengthen your hair from the roots and keep them strong and lustrous!

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Skin care during monsoon: Regular skin care is essential for healthy and glowing skin but during monsoon one needs to take extra special care! Based on your skin type, there are different monsoon skin care tips available, but we present you with a general monsoon skin care routine.

1. Exfoliate, Wash and Cleanse!

Dirt and grime along with the humidity gives rise to a range of skin problems. So make it a habit to exfoliate (once a week), and wash and cleanse your face regularly. It unclogs the skin pores, removes blackheads and helps your skin breathe! Choose a mild scrub and face wash, and avoid over-washing as it makes the skin dry! You can also try adding a few slices of lemon to lukewarm water and washing your face with it at times.

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2. Use a Toner or Astringent

Each time you wash your face, make sure you use a toner (oily skinned people use an astringent please) as it helps close the pores, restores the pH balance in your skin and makes it look fresh. You can even opt for natural monsoon skin care products and try making your own toner using natural products.

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3. Moisturize and don’t forget the Sunscreen!

It’s essential that you include these in your monsoon skin care ritual! Choose a light gel based sunscreen and moisturizer or go for a moisturizing serum if you’ve got oily skin. Gently massage your skin each time you apply moisturizer as it improves blood-circulation and keeps your skin supple and glowing.

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4. Avoid heavy Make-Up!

Look your natural best during monsoon and avoid heavy make-up as much as possible. Why?? Because it tends to clog the skin pores and makes the skin look patchy! Also, a sudden downpour would cause it all to drip down your face! If you really have to use make-up, then go for water-proof and smudge-proof products. Avoid cream based foundations and go for face powder instead. Choose matt lipstick and powders based eye-shadow and opt for pastel shades.

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5. Hydrate Yourself!

Water’s the best way to maintain your skin’s health and keep it glowing. Specially during monsoon, it’s very important to keep yourself hydrated. So make sure you drink lots and lots of water! Avoid aerated drinks as much as you can. Instead have a fruit juice, coconut water or make some fruit-infused water at home!

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Let this monsoon be a stress free one for your hair and skin! Try some home remedies or head out to your nearest salon.

Got more beauty tips for monsoon?? We would love to know! Do leave a comment and share your views!

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 Monsoon Ritual: A Complete Hair and Skin Care Guide
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