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 in 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. You can also use aloe vera on your 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 the 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 that 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. It will help you to maintain your Summer Skin health.
Use humidifiers to add moisture back into 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 are 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.
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.