Ayurvedic Beauty Tips For The Monsoons

The rainy season is beautiful. It gives us respite from the scorching heat and dust of summer. But if it is not handled carefully, it can invite disease and cause bouts of gloominess.

During the rains, a good bath twice a day is essential as the salts stick to the body because of the incomplete evaporation of sweat due to humidity. It can cause irritation and skin inflammation or infectious skin eruptions.

Tips for monsoon comfort During the monsoons, use lukewarm water and medicated soap for bathing. Never use strongly perfumed talc or antiperspirants. The frequency of hair washes should also be increased. Avoid complicated hairstyles, synthetic clothes and strong perfumes. Make-up should be minimised. If necessary, while going out, use waterproof make-up.

What to eat
Your diet should be carefully chalked out. A good diet scientifically worked out to suit the demands of the weather is very important. Root vegetables such as radish and potatoes should be avoided. Even leafy vegetables such as spinach and cabbage should be completely out of your daily intake because the rainy season is the breeding time for worms and these veggies might carry infection in the form of invisible eggs. Fermented foods also play havoc with health.

Go vegetarian
Meat and fish should be completely eliminated from the diet plan. Grams, gramflour, lentils, almonds, cottage cheese, paneer and sprouts are good sources of protein and minerals. A little butter or pure ghee is recommended if you do not have a weight problem.

Consuming fresh fruits and juices is essential as it cleanses the system and brings a glow to the face.
Fresh lemon and mint should be used in abundance; curd or mattha, chhachh / lassi (buttermilk) is not good for the system in Sawan-Bhadon months of rainy season. Never take more than two or three varieties of food at a time.

Since digestion becomes sluggish in this weather, salads should be minimized. Never stuff your stomach to full capacity. Eat small meals at an interval of two to three hours.

Freshen up with fruit
Increase the intake of fresh fruit juices, especially citrus. Sugarcane juice or apple juice are good sources of vitamins. The green vegetables that flourish on creepers are vitality providing. One glass of sweet lemon juice ( mausambi ) one or two lightly buttered toasts and a little (50 to 100 grams) helping of sprouts, gram or lentils can make a good breakfast. Sprouts can be replaced by paneer (cottage cheese) or almonds.

Shikanji, an Indian drink made of fresh lemon juice, sugar and a pinch of salt is fabulously refreshing. Use of salts and spices should be minimized in this sticky weather. Lots of pudina (mint) works wonders with the digestive system. It can be used in chappatis, raita, drinks, chutney, dips, salads etc.

Dressing right
Wear light cotton clothes with bright colours; avoid dark colors, as they will dampen your spirit. Use medicated talc, eau-de-cologne or rose water with a pinch of borax to remain odour-free in the sultry weather. Do not rub the skin hard and avoid luxury soaps with animal fats.

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