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5 Ways To Deal With Skin Concerns This Monsoon

During monsoon, the humidity in the air causes a buildup of oils and leads to skin breakout. Therefore, we bring you a few ways to make your skin healthier this season. 

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Paawani Gupta
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Rough and dry skin are the concern of many and it also seems to be the most common problem when it comes to skin care. The human body and skin go through change all year round and it is very natural to experience damaged or rough skin. Just as the seasons, temperatures and weather change so does our skin. During monsoon, the humidity in the air causes a buildup of oils and leads to skin breakout. Therefore, we bring you a few ways to make your skin healthier and smoother. 

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5 Ways To Deal With Rough Skin Issues

1. Plant Proteins Save The Day

While many don't consider plants and legumes as their skincare-friendly companions and usually rely on serums and toners, we hate to break the news to you but there is nothing richer than consuming these plant proteins. The free radicals in our body can damage our skin cells and lead to premature ageing. Plant proteins are rich in antioxidants and help combat these radicals, they also aid collagen production which will improve the skin's elasticity and reduce wrinkles.

They contain high levels of Vitamin A, C and E which are important for skin health. Pea and brown rice, lentils and spinach are some of the essentials. Gytree's Protein Powder is packed with 16 plant proteins and is an easy drink mix if you're struggling to incorporate these plants into your diet.

2. Exfoliate All the Way Through

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Rough and bumpy skin is the result of skin cell buildup. This is primarily caused by closed pores or the buildup of dead skin cells which are otherwise supposed to be renewed by new skin cells. These blockages are also caused by excessive oily skin which causes a buildup of dead skin cells. The best way to combat this is to exfoliate your skin through and through. These are commonly found as body scrubs but for your face, they come as cleansers.

You can also make your scrubs at home which work wonders as they are natural and fresh. Coffee scrub made from coffee grounds, brown sugar, coconut and avocado oils replenish your skin. Coffee has anti-inflammatory properties and is a great exfoliator. There are other scrubs made from oats, bananas, roses and strawberries which are milder and gentler scrubs better for facial skin. 

3. Hydrate and Let Your Skin Breathe

Our skin, like every other living component, needs nourishment, care and hydration. Facial skin is one of the most delicate skin and is always exposed to pollutants. Facial skin is also that part of our skin that quickly reacts to pollutants and develops acne, buildups, blemishes and bumps. In the end, no matter how many serums you use, the most basic thing that our body needs is water and hydration.

Whatever we eat, drink and breathe is reflected on our skin in the form of scars and acne, this is known as face mapping. A Chinese Ayurvedic technique where acne on certain parts of your face reflects some ailment in a particular organ. Often, acne on the forehead points to the buildup of hair products and oily skin. Water is the best mechanism to cleanse our system both in and out. Once our body, our colon is cleansed from inside, our skin gets hydrated too. 

4. Massage Your Face and Let it Stretch

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While many still think that face massages are nothing but a scam, we are here to tell you that it is a technique that people have been using for centuries and is also proven by modern medicine as a remedy for lymphatic fluid buildup, sinus, headaches, regulating blood flow and puffy or bloated skin. According to medical research held in 2018, Healthline mentions various benefits of facial massages in correlation with physiological and psychological wellness.

These massages can be done with the help of oils or balms. These massages stretch your skin and open up lymph nodes and sinuses which reduce bloating and puffiness in the face. This also reduces headaches and migraines by regulating blood flow to your face. Not only this, but facial massages also have anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle implications on your skin. 

5. SPF is a Shield and Your Best Friend

SPF (Sun Protective Factor) or sunblock or sunscreen has been put in the corner and reduced to a 'whitening cream.' This is a myth! SPF does protect your skin from UV rays (sun rays) but people have simplified its benefits and reduced it to just a whitening cream, which it is not. SPF cannot change the colour of your skin which is something you inherit through genes. UV rays are not just sun rays but are extremely harmful rays that have cancer-causing abilities along with other skin diseases.

SPF is used to protect your skin from these damages and more. The humid, hot and unreasonable weather can cause discolouration, blemishes and acne to your skin. SPF is a protective layer that doesn't completely shield your face but to a certain extent hydrates and prevents your skin from unnecessary build-ups. It has been seen and proven that SPF helps your skin retain moisture and keep it hydrated during extreme weather and heat. It is time we stop shoving it in the corner and accept it as our saviour.

Every Skin Is Pretty In Its Own Way!

It is time we accept that every skin texture and look is different from others. In recent years we have witnessed a craze for clear glass skin which has been regulated by the Internet but we need to understand that we all have inherited different skin types. While Koreans enjoy glass skin genes, Westerners proudly flaunt their freckles but South Asians and Indians have been caught up in trends for far too long. We have a different and much more smoother skin type if we look back on the books. Our home cures and scrubs have been hidden for too long, and it is time we ditch some serums and hop on self-curated scrubs, oils, massages and foods.

Video credits: Nimisha, Team SheThePeople

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