The monsoon season brings relief from the sweltering summer heat and rejuvenates the earth with its refreshing showers. However, the change in weather patterns during the monsoon also affects our skin. High humidity levels and excess moisture in the air can cause skin problems like acne breakouts, fungal infections and a dull complexion. To maintain healthy and glowing skin during the monsoon it is essential to adopt a skincare routine that aligns with Ayurvedic principles.
As per Ayurveda, the monsoon is referred to as “Varsha Ritu” where there is an aggravation of the “Vata” dosha which leads to various skin problems like dryness, breakouts, skin discolouration etc. Ayurveda always emphasizes the importance of balancing the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) to achieve overall well-being.
In this blog, we will explore effective skincare practices to combat unique issues during the rainy season. We will help you achieve radiant and nourished skin. Also, we will give some practical tips and a recommended monsoon skincare routine according to Ayurveda.
Understanding monsoon skin problems
During the monsoon, Vata dosha is highly aggravated. If not controlled properly, it can cause various skin problems, such as
- Dullness: At this time of the year, the amount Vata dosha is aggravated, which leads to dull and dry skin
- Acne: Acne is one of the most common skin problems seen in monsoon. High humidity, along with onset of pitta dosha accumulation in this season leads to increased heat in blood and skin. This Rakta dushti and increased sebum secretion gives rise to acne and oily skin
- Allergies and skin infection: During monsoon, your skin is more prone to bacterial and fungal infections.The increased pitta and vata dosha makes skin susceptible to minutest infection. Raised humidity and unhygienic conditions adds to the misery.
Essential Monsoon Skin Care Tips
For healthy and radiant skin, Ayurveda has essential monsoon skin care tips for you. Some of them are:
- Allergies and skin infection: During monsoon, your skin is more prone to bacterial and fungal infections. The increased pitta and vata dosha makes skin susceptible to minutest infection. Raised humidity and unhygienic conditions adds to the misery.
- Make sure to keep your gut healthy to keep your skin healthy. Regular bowel movements helps to eliminate the wastes and accumulated toxins from the body. Consume a fibre-rich balanced diet that is easy to digest to keep the gut healthy and skin radiant
- To combat “Vata” dosha, do eat food items that help to balance “Vata” dosha. Food items like nuts and ghee may help to keep the “Vata” in equilibrium
- Include medicated or boiled water , herbal tea, various health drinks like, medicated milk, soups to maintain dosha equilibrium, nourish the skin and boost immunity.
- Avoid daytime sleep as it is described in Ayurveda texts as “Kapha vardhaka” i.e., aggravates Kapha dosha.
- Maintain a proper sleep routine during night time
Recommended Monsoon Skin Care Routine
As the seasons change so do our bodies. Therefore, it is essential to understand our body’s needs. You can keep
your skin healthy, young and radiant by following a small skincare routine during the monsoon which includes:
- Cleansing: Cleansing your skin is crucial during the monsoon to remove impurities and excess oil. Use a natural cleanser like Charya Ubtan that rejuvenates all 6 layers of your skin from within. It is designed for all skin types with the goodness of herbs like Ushir, Anantamool, Yashtimadhu, Arjun, etc., that suits your skin.
- Exfoliation: Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and unclog the pores preventing acne breakouts. Natural ubtans such as Charya Ubtan made of herbs help to exfoliate dead and dull skin.
- Moisturization: Although the air is humid during monsoon it is still important to moisturize your skin. As “Vata”
is the dominating dosha in this season and has dryness as one of its prominent characteristics. Hence, it is highly recommended to keep your skin moisturised. For moisturization Charyā face oil works wonders. It nourishes the skin from within. It also adds radiance to the skin and reduces dark spots, pigmentation, and blemishes.
- Herbal Face Masks: Ayurvedic face masks made of herbs like Ushir, Anantamool, Yashtimadhu, Neem, Aloe vera,etc., can help address specific skin concerns and enhance the overall complexion.
- Ayurvedic Facial Massage: Regular facial massages can stimulate blood circulation improves lymphatic drainage and promote relaxation. Use Ayurvedic oils like Charya Face oil, sesame oil, or almond oil for facial massage. Ayurvedic facial massages not only nourish the skin but also calm the mind and relieve stress providing an overall sense of well-being
- Protection from Environmental Factors: During the monsoon, it is also important to protect your skin from harmful environmental factors like pollution and UV rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to shield your skin from the sun even on cloudy days. Carry an umbrella, wear loose-fitting clothes made of breathable fabrics and avoid going out during peak hours to minimize exposure to pollution.
Additional Tips for Healthy Skin
Some more tips can be added to the list of monsoon skincare essentials, including:
- Wash your face twice a day with a light weighted and chemical-free face wash. You can use a soft cleanser like Charya Ubtan to clean your face. It also moisturizes the skin leaving it soft and supple
- Use authentic and chemical-free skin care products to avoid any skin infections or allergies
- Consume a properly balanced diet, and avoid oily food as “Agni” or digestive fire is very low in this season
- Follow the right sleep pattern for mental as well as physical well-being
- Stress less and meditate more
- Do not delay to report an Ayurvedic practitioner in case of any skin problems like fungal infections or persistent acne during monsoon
In every season, maintaining a proper skincare routine is essential for glowing, flawless, and healthy skin. Being consistent with your skincare routine in the monsoon will help you in the long run. The routine has a few basic steps like cleansing, exfoliation, miniaturization, the application of a herbal mask, and a gentle face massage. By following these Ayurvedic tips and incorporating them into your monsoon skincare routine you can maintain a healthy and radiant complexion.
Remember Ayurveda emphasizes each individual’s unique needs. Therefore, it’s essential to choose products and practices that align with your specific dosha type. Do not forget to eat healthy food. After all your skin reflects what your gut feels. Hence, prioritize healthy food habits.