Let the rain kiss you,
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops,
Let the rain sing you a lullaby…
– Langston Hughes
Who doesn’t love rains, well till the time they don’t wreak havoc on our skin and hair that is.
Monsoons are characterised by high levels of humidity that can lead to excess sebum (oil) and sweat production leading clogged pores that may give birth to acne or breakouts. This means, to keep your skin breathing, you must clean the layer that gets composed on your skin through regular exfoliation, i.e. at least two to three times a week. Since oily and moist conditions pave way for bacterial and fungal growth, it’s important to keep your skin dry and nourished. While our Aloe, Rice Bran & Bala Face Cleanser with Walnut Scrub gently exfoliates the excess oil away; for oily to sensitive skin you can try Neem, Tulsi & Tea Tree Face Cleanser that not only cleanses but also disinfects owing to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
As they say, rains wash away the dirt and render the environment around us clean, giving way to new life or regeneration. Our skin and hair also undergo similar regeneration and need intense care and nourishment during this phase, the best is – to do the least – less is more!
Some generic mantras to swear by as we splash into this season:
- Keep it basic and natural when it comes to make up, don’t go clad with it
- Opt for gel based products for cleansing and shower
- Replace extremely oily /creamy products from your vanity counter with light moisture laden / matte-finish products
And when Mehmet Murat Ildan would have said:
“The Sun after the rain is much beautiful than the Sun before the rain!”
He would have meant to cheer and brighten us up.
Our tip to you is:
- Don’t forget your sunscreen, keep it waterproof if available
We spoke to our Naani for her ‘Nuskhaas’, besides warning against the customary ‘chai’ & ‘pakodas’ for their high GI content, she also told us to:
- Stay well hydrated, no matter the moisture around us to flush the toxins away
- Eat freshly homemade simple food to regulate balance Vata, Pitta & Kapha, The Doshas
- Let rose water, rose petals, coconut milk, coconut oil and castor work their magic at night on face, hair or body alike
- The traditional champi before head wash still holds true as hair has tendency to frizz. For hair that’s prone to breakage, go tender with Marmik Neem Tea Tree & Basil Hair Oil while for stress relief, Barahmasa 23 Herbs Hair Oil does wonders.
- Wash using gentle hair rinsers / shampoos and don’t use excessive heat (or equipment)
- Herbal teas are good for detoxication and have a calming effect on mind and body. You might want to try calming chamomile or soothing lavender.
Lips being one of the most tender areas need special attention and extra care. Do keep them hydrated by going light and natural by the day. Intense healing can be provided by using a concoction of malai and rose petal by the night. The Kilol Collective Wild Rose Lip Butter works as a base as well as nourishment ritual at night.
Do let us know what’s your secret to dewy skin in this drizzly weather!