Monsoon is truly blissful weather, lush green, and tranquil. But it has a rather detrimental effect on your skin. With monsoon comes intense humidity, and since your skin isn’t used to the excessive oiliness, it starts acting out through rashes, pimples, fungal infections, blisters, and body odour. Washing your face or body excessively with harsh soaps damages your skin and makes it dry and irritated.
To ensure that you do not have to tackle the ill effects that monsoon drags in, you must make alterations in your monsoon skincare routine. This helps your body gain the right nourishment and can then gear up for seasonal changes.
Here are some Ayurvedic tips to help you combat common dermatological concerns caused by the monsoon season.
Tablespoon of Laxatives
Despite it being incredibly pleasant outside, the monsoon contributes to body heat. If your stomach’s acidic levels are not properly balanced, your skin takes the hit as well. Pimples and boils are two common problems that arise due to excessive acid or heat in the body. In fact, even indigestion adds to skin ailments. You can experience clear, radiant skin only if your digestive system is well maintained.
To improve your digestion, bowel movements, and acidic levels, you can consume ayurvedic herbs that have laxative properties. Triphala and Ginger are two excellent examples of the same. Since most of us run on air-tight schedules and are on the go around the clock, you can choose easy-consumption alternatives like Kapiva’s chyawanprash to aid your digestion and healthy bowel movement. The robust blend of more than ten potent ayurvedic herbs can give your body a healthy boost, and shield your skin against monsoon-related skin ailments.
Consume pitta-pacifying herbs
Another way to support healthy digestion and maintain good skin is by controlling body heat through pitta-pacifying herbs. Honey, Cardamom, and Saffron are some examples of pitta-pacifying herbs that are easily absorbed by the body. These must be added to your monsoon skincare routine.
Try out versatile usage of herbs during your routines, for instance, adding honey, saffron, cardamom, and tea leaves into boiling water and making a wonderful pitta-pacifying tea that keeps your body heat in check.
You can also consume a tablespoon of honey and turmeric before going to bed for healthy digestion. Turmeric is also known to give your skin a natural glow while honey smoothens the skin.
Eat less spicy food
Reducing your intake of extremely spicy food can shield holistic well-being. Since it’s dramatically tough for your body to break down and digest spicy food, it causes your body to struggle, thereby birthing health concerns like indigestion, piles, heart diseases, and excessive body heat. Yet again, pimples and rashes bounce in when you eat a lot of spicy food.
Make skin-nourishing smoothies
Everything is a little tastier when it’s in a smoothie. If you aren’t a fan of herbal chyawanprash, capsules or supplements, you can always uplift your skin health by harnessing the powers of ayurvedic ingredients in the form of delicious smoothies. We have curated a list of easy-to-make ayurvedic smoothies that you must try for better monsoon skin.
- Cooling Shatavari Smoothie
Mix a can of pure coconut milk with any of your favourite cooling fruits (watermelon, peaches, strawberries). Then add a tablespoon of Shatavari powder and cardamom powder to this mixture and blend finely. Give your skin the rejuvenation that it needs by drinking this Shatavari-rich smoothie once a day.
The saponins in Shatavari root shield your skin from free radicals present in the body and also help delay anti-aging effects on your skin. The ayurvedic herb is regarded as a natural antidote for collagen breakdown and aids skin elasticity.
Nutritious Ashwagandha Smoothie
Use plant-based milk to make this smoothie even more nutritious. Add a pinch of saffron, a tablespoon of ashwagandha powder, chia seeds, and cinnamon powder to your choice of milk. Blend the mixture until all ingredients are completely well-dissolved. Unfurl smoother and naturally healthy skin by consuming this nutritious smoothie every day.
Ashwagandha is a traditional ayurvedic herb enriched with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that curb infections and acne caused by the monsoon.
Tangy Peppermint Smoothie
Take 1-2 cups of your choice of milk and blend with one peeled banana, a tablespoon of cardamom, sugar-free chocolate powder, seedless dates ¼ mint extract. Grind the mixture until all ingredients are blended together. Enjoy the delicious smoothie and restore skin wellness.
The cooling effects of peppermint shield your skin against irritation, itchiness, dryness, and other skin concerns that are caused during summer and monsoon.
If Smoothies aren’t your favorite, you can always shift to a different beverage like Chai to incorporate these Ayurvedic herbs in your diet regimen for better skin health.
Monsoon skincare masks
If your skin feels oily and moist, prevent using concentrated face washes or soaps only to get rid of the oil. These products have colossal amounts of chemicals and can damage your skin excessively. Instead of restoring to unhealthy practices, you can use mild and calming herbal mixes on your skin. Since ayurvedic ingredients always tie back to holistic wellness, these do no harm to your body. Apart from consuming ayurvedic ingredients for enhanced skin health in the monsoon, you can also directly apply these herbs to your skin through DIY ayurvedic masks. Here are some must-try ayurvedic masks for the monsoon season.
- Take a tablespoon of crushed sandalwood, a tablespoon of rose water, or wild honey along with half a teaspoon of natural turmeric powder. Blend this mixture well and apply it to your skin for natural radiance. Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and skin-enhancing ingredient while sandalwood and rose water nourish and strengthen your skin.
- Add one egg white, a tablespoon of honey, and a tablespoon of curd to 3 tablespoons of oatmeal. Mix the ingredients until blended finely and apply to your skin. This mixture helps in reducing monsoon skin dullness and moisturizes your skin naturally.
- Massage your skin with a mixture of rosewater, coconut oil, and cucumber juice for prevention against skin conditions like infections, rashes, blisters, and more. The mixture is also a natural facial toner.
Ayurvedic ingredients help you harness the nutritional value of nature for better skin health. You must also always remember to maintain skin hygiene and physical fitness for holistic well-being. Since digestion and skin health are deeply intertwined, make sure you consume the right food to aid digestion. Apart from making conscious efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle, you must try these ayurvedic monsoon skincare tips to nourish your skin naturally during the monsoon season.