After scorching hot summer days rains bring a sense of relief in us. But along with the relief, this season brings many infections that affect our skin and bring the problems like acne, blackheads, whiteheads etc.The humid weather during monsoon makes the oily and combination skin oilier because this time the skin makes sebaceous glands hyperactive that make the skin attract more dirt, bacteria from the air. So, at this time of the year skin needs special treatment otherwise the situation gets worse. Let’s scroll down to know how you’ll take care of your skin concerns.
How To Take Care:
Here I am not going to tell you to take any special expensive facial in a salon or to buy any expensive product to make a hole in your purse. Rather, I’ll share with you some simple home remedies with the natural ingredients those are easily available on our kitchen shelf.
Mix 1 tablespoon of curd (you can use milk too) with 1/2 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel and 2 drops of lavender oil (optional) to form a thick paste and apply all over your face and neck. Keep for at least 10 minutes and massage for 1 minutes and rinse. If you are vegan use soy milk or coconut milk instead of curd or milk and dates paste instead of honey.
This mask will give you radiant and nourished look, by healing your acne. It also soothes the irritated skin, hydrates it and keeps your skin fresh.
Boil 2 cups of water with a hand full of neem leaves or mint leaves and Holy basil leaves for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool down fully. Strain the water and refrigerate it. Use it after cleansing or whenever you feel like soothe your skin.
This toner will control the production of sebum and reduces excessive oiliness. It also soothes the inflammation and reduces redness preventing the acne from coming back.
Special Treatment For Acne, Blackheads, and Whiteheads:
Here, I am going to tell about some ingredients which are greatly known for their healing properties to heal acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Oatmeal is one of the best home remedies for treating acne and blackheads, whiteheads. It absorbs excess oil, prevents clogged pores, draws out toxins, shrinks pores, reduces acne, removes blemishes or any kind of spots, retains moisture into the skin, giving a firm and nourished skin.
How To Use:
You can use oatmeal alone mixing with water/milk/coconut water to treat the skin issues. Also, you can make a face pack mixing some other ingredients with oatmeal. Mix 1 tablespoon of oatmeal with 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 drops of tea tree oil (optional), a handful of rose petals and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply on your face and neck and keep it for 5-7 minutes. Massage for 1-2 minutes and rinse with water.
2. Potatoes To Treat Acne:
Potatoes can absorb excess oil excellently and thus can cure acne, pimples and even acne scars. They also reduce under eye dark circles, puffiness, blemishes and the age spots too.
How To Use:
Cut cleaned potatoes into slices and rub the slices on your face and neck. Keep the juice on your face and neck for 15-20 minutes and rinse off. You can keep two slices on each of your eyes too. You can also grate the slices to take out the juice. Now add coconut milk or regular milk and turmeric to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on your face and neck, keep the paste for 10-15 minutes and wash off.
3. Baking Soda on Acne:
Baking soda is a powerful ingredient to heal acne breakouts, inflammation, acne scars. It is a great exfoliator to remove dead skin cells. After 2-3 uses, you will see a great difference on your skin.
How to use:
Take 1-2 teaspoon baking soda and mix with warm water (not hot), mix well to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on face and leave for 10-12 minutes and wash with plain water. For first few days you may feel the paste a bit strong, but don’t worry it will not harm. As you get habituated, you can increase the time span. You can also add to the mask lemon/orange juice and 1 teaspoon honey. As lemon/orange/honey individually is a good healing agent for acne.
3. Aloe Vera Gel to treat acne:
Aloe Vera absorbs the excess oil from the skin to prevent clogging of pores. It soothes irritation and redness, reduces inflammation and also cleans the pores from dirt, dead skin cells and sebum gathered in them. Aloe vera gel also works on wrinkles or fine lines and on age spots too. It can heal any kind of skin concerns.
How To Use:
You can use aloe vera gel alone on the face and keep it on your skin overnight as a night nourishment cream. Also, you can try a mask. Mix1 teaspoon aloe vera gel with 1 teaspoon honey and one pinch cinnamon powder and apply on face or on the targets, leave as long you will be comfortable, even you can leave the mask overnight. Rinse off with water.
4. Cabbage For Acne:
The vitamins ( A, B, C, E, and K) and minerals (potassium, sulfur, and copper) present in cabbage provide deep cleansing. Cabbage can absorb the excess oil from the skin, heal all skin concerns like acne, eczema, psoriasis, reduce inflammation, works on aging and the sun damaged skin, give nourishment and hydration to skin.
How To Use:
Put chopped cabbage, lemon juice, and olive oil/coconut oil in a blender and form a smooth paste. You can add grated carrot also. Apply the paste on your face, neck and leave for 15-20 minutes or more and wash off with water. You can also make a paste only with cabbage and apply on your face to heal acne, eczema and damaged skin.
5. Garlic For Acne:
Allicin present in garlic kills the bacteria causing acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe the irritation and swelling. Garlic also reduces the appearance of acne scars, fights against free radicals and heals damaged skin.
How to Use:
Crush the 4/5 garlic cloves to form a juice and apply the juice directly on the affected area. Keep it for sometimes or as long as you can bear the burning sensation. Wash off. Some may not bear the burning sensation. They can add water/rose water/olive oil/coconut oil/honey to the garlic juice and apply.
With all the above home remedies you must ensure a healthy lifestyle to treat the skin concerns during monsoon. As this the time when the air is filled with all types of microbial organisms that lead to the skin infections, cleanliness should be considered over everything. Consumption of water must be increased to stay hydrated, use good moisturizer regularly, and the most important part is to Apply Sunscreen religiously. Avoid junk and spicy food, exercise daily to stay healthy and stress-free.
All the above home remedies are tried and tested by me only. These treatments work well on my combination and super sensitive skin. If you have any question regarding those home remedies, can ask in the comment section. I am all ear to hear from you.
Here are some links to posts from my fellow monsoonblogging companions:
1. Hair Care In Rainy Season
2. Newborn baby care in monsoon
3. 12 fun indoor activities for preschoolers
4. Build immunity, stay healthy during Monsoon.
5. Tips Which Might Be Useful During Rainy Season
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