Monsoon — the season for curling up with a book and a steaming cup of chai, and forgetting about the storm raging outside. The season for, perhaps, splashing in puddles, making paper boats. But also the season for fungal infections.

No one wants to talk about it, but with high levels of humidity in the air that allow bacteria and infections to multiply with ease, fungal and bacterial infections are a common occurrence during the rainy season. Especially for those with sensitive skin, monsoons can mean a time of having to deal with icky infections with no respite. However, while you can't escape the rain, you can escape fungal infections in the monsoon season. Here's how!

 

01. Wear breathable footwear

Wear breathable footwear

When it comes to the monsoons, treat breathable footwear as your BFF, and push your streetwear kicks to the back of your closet for a while. Wearing footwear such as rubber boots or open-toed sandals specifically meant for the rainy season will ensure no dirty water gets trapped in your shoes. It will also help you avoid fungal infections like Athlete's foot.

 

02. Use a mattifying moisturiser

Use a mattifying moisturiser

Matte moisturisers are a saviour for oily skin. While the humidity can make you feel like forgoing moisturiser, at the end of the day, it's not great for your skin – we're talking breakouts, acne, eczema, and more. Opt for a lightweight, mattifying moisturiser like the Lakmé Matte Moist Mattifying Moisturiser. It’s infused with ingredients like green tea extracts (possesses superior antioxidant and anti-fungal benefits) and witch hazel (a natural astringent) that help with oil control and provides up to 12-hour moisture to keep your skin moisturised and looking matte all day.

 

03. Use a detoxifying body wash

03. Use a detoxifying body wash

With increased bacteria and fungi during moisture-laden monsoons, keeping your body clean becomes a top priority, especially when that means no more itching, redness, or infections. Look for products with anti-fungal ingredients like tea tree oil, lemongrass, eucalyptus, etc. Our favourite is the Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree and Vetiver Aroma Daily Detox Body Wash. It’s infused with ethically sourced tea tree oils and vetiver to ensure you get the perfect body detox.

 

04. Goodbye, wet clothes

04. Goodbye, wet clothes

Sometimes, getting stranded in the rain is unavoidable. And while you may feel like someone out of a '90s movie in your drenched clothes, you should ideally change out of them as soon as possible. Keep on wearing them, and you'll be susceptible to severe itching, which will only lead to fungal infections. We suggest wearing loose, breathable clothes instead. They're comfy, and they'll help you avoid some nasty infections too.

 

05. Talcum powder to the rescue

05. Talcum powder to the rescue

If you've fallen prey to a fungal infection, one of the best things you can do for some self-care is dust some talc, like the Pond’s Dreamflower Fragrant Talc Powder, for relief. Not only do they smell like a dream, but they also absorb oils, moisture, and odour and reduce friction.