Monsoon Beauty fixes

Jul 29th, 2014

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Monsoon Beauty fixes

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Gloomy days and Rainy nights, everything about monsoon instantly strikes the chord of romance but this season also gives you dirty, smelly feet, muck-filled nails, grubby hands and make-up wearing off your face. How do you tackle these problems and still have fun in the rains

Well… here’s the answer for you

These simple solutions will not let humidity & dampness take a toll on your health & beauty

Foot care

Monsoon brings with it excess humidity & dampness in the atmosphere which translates to sweaty feet, fungal infections, wet mucky shoes, athlete’s foot etc.

Keep your feet clean & dry at all times. Soak your feet for 10 minutes in a tub of warm water with bath salts. Rinse and wipe dry gently. This will prevent the stink. Use a foot scrub for regular exfoliation and removal of dead skin. Opt for the right kind of footwear that offers plenty of ventilation. You can also sprinkle some talcum powder on your feet before putting on your footwear.

Skin care

Constant sweating and accumulation of oil has a detrimental impact on the skin. If you suddenly notice pimples & acne breakouts, it may be a result of high humidity levels during monsoon. Avoid fungal infections by using a good-quality soap-free cleanser. An anti-bacterial toner can also be helpful in preventing skin breakouts and infections. Always keep your skin moisturized. A light lotion-based moisturizer or serum rehydrates your skin and gives it a fresh look. Avoid heavy make-up during monsoon.

Hair care

Monsoon is the time when your hair can sometimes behave strangely. You may feel a difference in the texture of your hair and for some it may also mark the beginning of hair fall problems. Acid rain, dirty rainwater and increased levels of moisture in the air can have a negative impact on your tresses. Keep away as much as you can from chemical based hair products as they can make your hair extremely oily & greasy. Use a mild shampoo. If you wish to have healthy hair, load up on proteins such as eggs, dark green vegetables, carrots, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, nuts, kidney beans, etc.

General Tips

Drink 7 to 8 glasses of water per day. It helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body and keeps your skin glowing

Keep skin problems at bay by reducing the intake of spicy foods. Food items that are extremely spicy increases body temperature which leads to skin irritation, allergies and diseases.

Just because it’s cloudy, does not mean your skin is protected from the sun. Do not forget to apply a sunscreen lotion before you step out even on a cloudy day.

The sky may carry a gloomy cast but you can brush off your beauty woes with these handy tips. Give it a try!

Food Items to avoid this Monsoon

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

After an almost dry spell throughout the month of June, the rain gods finally seem to have blessed us with heavy rainfall. Monsoon showers may appear as a relief but it also makes us extremely vulnerable to diseases and infections owing to reduced immunity power. This is precisely the reason why you must take special care of your skin, hair and dietary needs.

With bacteria and viruses lurking in the air, you have to be extremely cautious about the kind & quality of food you consume. Well, here’s a quick guide on the food items to turn away from, this monsoon:

Roadside Eatables – The tangy flavors of Pani-puri, Pakoras, Samosas, Vada-pav, Bhel-puri, Sev-puri, Dahi-puri etc. is something that we all love. These roadside treats, although absolutely irresistible, are extremely unhygienic. You never know what kind of water is used for the preparation of such food items. If Chaat is what you love, try making it at home with healthy ingredients and toppings.

Juices – Fresh fruit juices are always regarded as healthy hence many people end up at the street vendors who offer freshly squeezed juices but fail to maintain required level of hygiene. Packaged juices are an absolute ‘No-No’ because they are not fresh but preserved. If you have an intense craving for fresh fruit juices, prepare it at home and drink immediately.

Raw food – ‘Salad lovers’ beware. Any kind of food when consumed in its raw state especially during the monsoon can be a vehicle for transporting harmful bacteria. You can very easily fall prey to food infection and serious ailments such as typhoid, jaundice etc. Always make sure that you wash fruits & vegetables thoroughly before consuming them

Sea food – Monsoon is the breeding time for fishes, crabs and prawns, therefore all kinds of seafood should be strictly avoided as most of them that are sold in the market are frozen and not fresh. If you are one of those who just can’t survive without seafood, double check to see if they are fresh.

Spicy food –Not many of you would be aware of the fact that spicy food can aggravate skin allergies.

Yes, it’s true! Spicy food stimulates blood circulation and raises body temperature which in turn triggers skin irritation, allergies and diseases. It can also lead to the development of boils, pimples, acne, rashes and dullness. So, if you love your skin, say ‘No’ to spicy food during monsoon.

Dairy Products have a very high tendency to be infected by germs. Although milk is said to be a wholesome diet, it is definitely not advisable to drink too much of it during monsoon. Instead go for low fat milk, curd and buttermilk.

Always remember… Moderation in all things is the key to good health.

Have a safe and healthy monsoon