Have you ever felt your skin turn dry and itchy? Does it tend to peel every time monsoon sets in? If yes, then you are not alone. Having dry and cracked skin can be a blessing during summers but a huge hassle during the monsoon. Fortunately, there are easy everyday treatment options that are fairly simple and inexpensive to restore the moisture to your parched skin.
The best moisturizers to use during monsoon are oil based instead of water based. An oil based moisturizer will create a thick, protective layer that will lock the moisture for longer periods especially when the humidity levels are low. Remember to opt for oils like avocado oil, almond oil, primrose oil when using one for the face.
Pro-tip: Moisturizers with Shea butter work deeper and moisturize for longer.
While the weather is cold, the sun is still out there in monsoon, drying your skin. Also, the UV rays are the harshest during this season. If you are planning to head outdoors, ensure you are using a sunscreen of SPF more than 15 at least half an hour before you leave. Re-apply when you are outdoors for longer periods.
- Avoid harsh irritants
Stay clear of all items that tend to irritate the skin especially if your skin is sensitive. Wash clothes in detergents which are especially suited to sensitive skin and are free from added perfumes or chemicals.
- Avoid long baths
Frequent or long bathing can strip the skin of natural oils. Steer clear of antibacterial soaps, perfumed soap bars or any skin products that are alcohol based. Instead, opt for mild soaps or a milk based moisturizing body wash. Wrap up your baths and showers in under 10 minutes and moisturize while the skin is still wet.
Use humidifiers to add moisture back in the air around you. Maintain humidity levels at 45-55 % to prevent your skin from drying out. Levels beyond 55% can increase dust mites in your home. Place the humidifier where you spend maximum time to yield better results.
Usually, itchy skin can be treated at home using over-the-counter drugs. If the symptoms cease to reduce, a visit to the doctor may be necessary. If the itchiness or dryness turns into something worse, you may be suffering from a skin disorder that presents with these symptoms like eczema. Also, certain medical conditions like hypothyroidism, malnutrition, diabetes can also present with dry and itchy skin. Certain allergies and medications may also make the skin dry. In such cases, it is wise to visit your doctor to solve these problems.