Know The Basics: Monsoon Care Tips For The Rain Lovers ☁☁

Its monsoon time and all of us love to get drenched! :)
But how to be rain safe?? Here are some tips for you to enjoy the rains without the fear of spoiling your makeup, getting dirty coz of puddles and the terror enemies cold, cough and sneeze.

Monsoon Essentials

Here is the list of things you must always have handy during the monsoons to safeguard yourself:
Rain coat
Common pills for treating cold
Cold balm\rub
Flat slippers\flip flops

How to take care of your Health in Monsoon?

Eat healthy
During rainy days, we just love to have hot beverages like masala chai and coffee. Even a bowl of hot soup is loved in this season. It keeps the body warm. Add a dash of garlic in the soups and curries to boost your immune system.

Take Digestive foods 
Fibre and nutrient rich diet is ideal during monsoons. Digestive problems can occur due to seasonal changes so, it is one of the health care tips everyone must follow in the monsoons. Oats, brown rice, whole grains and legumes boost the body's metabolism and also improves digestion.
Avoid road side foods like chaat, pani puri etc.

Drink lots of water
Monsoon diseases are mostly waterborne hence it is of utmost importance to consume boiled and purified water during these days.

Maintain personal hygiene
During monsoons, we get prone to skin and fungal infections. Wash your wet feet to avoid fungal infections. Do not wear wet shoes and wash your clothes regularly.

Say no to oily foods
Oily foods are difficult to digest and also cause increase in body weight.
Avoid spicy foods
Spicy food can increase body temperature and can lead to breakouts. So avoid consuming spicy, oily foods.

Warm water bath
Prefer warm water bath during monsoons. It will protect you from seasonal fever, cold and cough. Moreover, a warm water bath is relaxing and kills bacteria that might have stuck to your skin while you were enjoying the rain.

Indoor exercises
During monsoons, it is difficult to go for a walk. Damp roads and slippery footpaths can lead to accidents. So, prefer indoor exercises to keep yourself healthy and fit.

Consume Yogurt\Milk
Warm yogurt\milk is ideal for monsoon. Yogurt has healthy bacteria that fights infections and also boosts the immune system. Moreover, dairy products improves digestion and bowel movements.

Wash before Eating
Pay special attention before consuming any fruits and vegetables, especially leafy vegetables, because they play host too many larvae, dust and worms. To get rid of all these bacteria’s, run them under water. The other best option available is to soak the greens in salt water for about 10 minutes which can help in removing the insects.

Try to avoid Non-Vegetarian foods
Non-veg lovers please prefer light meals like soups and stews rather than heavy non-veg dishes.

Drive away those Mosquitoes
Use insect repellents, disinfectants and take proper precautions to stay away from mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches termites etc. Use neem, camphor or cloves to minimize the presence of mosquitoes.

Eye care during monsoon

Some of the common eye problems during monsoon are conjunctivitis, eye sties, dry eyes, corneal ulcers. Here are a few precautions with which you can avoid these infections from troubling you:
  • Wash your hands after you touch your face or eyes.
  • Do not share your eye medicines, contact lens solutions/containers, towels and handkerchiefs with others
  • Avoid eye makeup when you have an infection
  • Use an antibacterial lotion
  • Try not to use your contact lenses when you have an infection
Foot care during monsoons

Monsoon means swampy and damp roads – which is the breeding ground of bacteria. With a humid weather as an add-on, it is but natural to have wet and dirty feet, despite your best efforts to stay clean and dry. So whatever footwear you chose – shoes, floaters, loafers or plain slippers – your feet are prone to germs every time you walk out of your house.

Here are some casual tips to keep your foot clean and neat during the rains:

  • Try to wear waterproof footwear to keep your feet safe from puddles.
  • After reaching home or office, immediately cleanse your feet and dry them thoroughly.
  • Keep a spare pair of shoes and socks in your office so that you can use them if your slippers give you troubles.

  • Let your shoes dry at home. Try not to wear the shoes again the next day if they are damp.
  • Cleanse your feet and nails at home. Soak your feet in warm water bath that contains salt for 15-20 minutes.
  • Keep your nails clean. Cleanse the inside of the nails with a soft brush.
  • Whenever you opt for a pedicure, ensure that the instruments are sterilized or take your own set of pedicure instruments. Do  not allow the arlour people to cut or push your cuticles as this will encourage infections.
  • Dust antifungal powder between your toes before wearing socks.
  • Use a foot-spray and let your feet remain dry whenever you are at home.

How to pick your footwear?

  • Prefer wearing flip-flops, Crocs or just flats during this monsoon as they are usually made of synthetic rubber and dry easily. They are washable and easy-to-maintain as well. Also, they come in fabulous colours, transparent, bright, electrifying rubber foot-wear are highly in vogue these days. Go crazy with colours this monsoon.
  • If you are about to pick any ethnic wear and don’t like wearing a croc with it, then the best pick would be strappy sandals as they don’t slip your feet off. Always pick water\slip resistant sandals.
  • Bellies\ballet flats are ideal for any season but make sure they are slip-resistant and the material is water proof so that you just don’t get messy finger.
  • Never ever wear heels during the monsoons. If at all you need to, then make sure your heel is not more than 2 inches as high heels might slip you off in puddles. And when a rain hits, you cannot run with you slippers :P
  • Rain-boots protect the feet from mud, dirt and water during rains as they are water-proof and are mostly made from rubber. Lycra boots also look great for monsoons. 

  • Avoid wearing leather shoes, sports or canvas shoes as they may attract the growth of bacteria.

  • Always clean your footwear after coming back home and let them dry. Don’t ever wear wet footwear. Use deodorant if required to keep them fresh.
How can you dress up this monsoon?

  • Skirts and capris are your besties this monsoon.
    • Pair up a short skirt with knee length boots, or a medium length skirt with bellies andyou rock! 
    • Can pair up your capris either with a chic T or with your favourite kurti.
  • Free and flowing dresses, Punjabi bottoms are also a trend this monsoon.
  • Bright colours like hot pink, turquoise, orange and yellow best suits this weather as it helps to brighten up the grey atmosphere. Despite transparent rain coats being an all-time favourite with most people, neon and sequin raincoats have also become popular especially pairing them up with bright pop colours it can be great for people that would like to experiment with their style this season.
  • Go for darker hues like olive green, brown and indigo in the form of trousers or jeans in the monsoon season. Ladies can also flaunt colorful kurtis in the monsoon season to present a chic and sophisticated look.
  • Polyester fabrics are best this Monsoon as they dry up easily and offer comfort. Try to avoid denims as you will need to stay wet for a long time!

Skin care regime for Monsoons

  • Keep your skin clean to avoid any fungal infection, which can occur quickly during this time. Use a good soap-free cleanser. You can use a face wash containing alpha hydroxyl acid once a day to freshen up your face.
  •  Use a toner each time you wash your face to close the pores and restore your skin’s pH balance. An anti-bacterial toner will prevent skin breakouts and infections.
  • Follow your CTM regularly. Don’t ever skip it to have a healthy flawless skin.
  • Choose the right products based on your skin type and during monsoons pick up light textured products so that they allow your skin to breathe in the humid weather and make you feel light.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin supple and hydrated.
  • Moisturize your body religiously as it is equally important to keep your skin moisturized in humid weather just like in summers. People with dry skin will need to reapply their moisturizer 3-4 times a day.

  • Use Sunscreen even on cloudy and rainy days.
  • Always carry a hand sanitizer so that it comes handy to clean your hands.
  • Always wash your hair and take bath if you happen to get wet in rain in order to remove the impurities.

Makeup tips for rainy days

  • Try to skip your foundation as it would make your face appear cakey and also might get ruined in rain giving you a pale appearance. You can substitute it with a compact or translucent powder.
  • Avoid kohl and use water-proof eye pencils\liners to accentuate your eyes. Even a water proof mascara can do the magic this monsoon.
  • Avoid using colourful makeup and better stick to natural shade blushers and lipsticks.
  • Play with colours this season in eye makeup - choose brown and plum shades for eye shadows, green or blue liners.
  • Do not opt for cream eye shadow as they can melt off the face. Use powder shadows.

  • Make sure you don’t skip your lip balms. Pull out your matte lipsticks this monsoon as they are mostly waterproof. Pick out neutral plain shades that are easy to maintain.

Hair care

Monsoon means Bad hair. You have a very tough time to maintain your hair during monsoons as their nature tends to change oily\dry due to the humidity. This results not only in a bad hair day but also causes severe hair fall. So follow the below tips to keep your hair fresh and clean this monsoon.

  • Make sure your hair isn’t exposed to rain water; try to carry an umbrella or rain cap. If your hair happens to get wet, be sure to wash it again to keep it clean.
  • It is also important to keep your scalp dry during monsoon as dampness leads to hair fall.
  • During the monsoons, your hair becomes weak and unmanageable as the moisture in the air swells up the hair. So make sure to treat your hair with care by giving a deep conditioning treatment with hot coconut oil. Rinse off with a protein rich, volume-enhancing shampoo.
  • Never tie up your wet hair as damp scalp becomes a breeding ground for fungal infections. This could also lead to dandruff.
  • Use wide-toothed combs while combing hair instead of brushes because hair when combed with a brush, can result in split ends and breakage.

  • Never comb wet hair as wet hair is very weak and prone to damage easily.
  • Apply a hair pack of grounded fenugreek and curd once a week to keep your hair dandruff and pollution free.

  • Avoid excess application of styling products, blow dryers or hair spray as this could make your hair very greasy and sticky due to high humidity.
  • During monsoons, short haircuts are the easiest to maintain. Just go bold and stylish this season with Pixie haircuts those require very low maintenance. Shoulder-length hair or bobs best suit most women.

  • Never miss washing your hair twice a week.
  • Apply mild oils like almond or coconut oil to your hair and wash it to keep your hair shiny and healthy.
  • Keep your hair\head covered with a scarf\cap while traveling in order to protect your hair from pollution and damage.
So sweets! Come on follow these tips carefully and enjoy this monsoon. Bye bye babes.. I’m gonna get drenched :D :D

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