Are you tired of your skin and hair looking dull during the monsoon season? Try out some monsoon skincare and haircare using Ayurvedic products and treatments for best results.
With pretty much every beauty guru and influencer adding Ayurvedic treatments to their beauty routine this monsoon, it’s time for you to jump on this “monsoon skincare and haircare” trend as well. You may have heard of this term from your mum or grandma, but what is Ayurveda? It’s an ancient practice of Indian medicine that makes use of natural ingredients like herbs and food items to treat diseases and other ailments. Let’s take a look at some Ayurvedic products and treatments to get the flawless skin and shiny locks that you’ve been dreaming of.
Haircare and skincare using Ayurvedic products
While DIY packs and treatments are all well and good, they may take time and turn messy which may deter many of us who don’t have much time to spare. Well, the beauty industry has decided to help us out by introducing several Ayurvedic products that contain natural ingredients and are free of harsh chemicals. Discover easy and simple monsoon haircare and skincare routines that boast actual results.
Ayurvedic Indulekha Bringha Hair Oil to reduce hair fall
The bringharaj plant is good for the hair as some of its benefits include reviving hair follicles and growing new hair. It can be found in the Indulekha Bringha Hair Oil which has been a favourite for effectively reducing bald patches. Indulekha Bringha Hair Oil also contains 10 other herbs along with amla, vatadha and svetakujata which are all known to maintain the thickness of the hair and nourish your scalp.
Simply take off the applicator, break the seal and put the applicator back. Get to massaging the oil with the comb applicator all over your scalp to encourage blood circulation. As a natural product with no sulphate or parabens, you can use the oil twice or three times a week for best results.
Ayurvedic shampoo is a must in monsoon
With bringharaj being an antioxidant that is clinically known to reduce hair fall among Indulekha lovers, add it to your hair wash routine as well. You can expect no more dryness or dullness during the monsoons thanks to the Indulekha Bringha Shampoo. This chemical-free cleanser also contains neem, shikakai, tulsi and rosemary that reduce dandruff and soothe the scalp, while also making your hair shiny. So if you’re wondering is Indulekha shampoo good for hair, reviews left by happy customers suggest shampooing with it three times a week for best results.
Condition your hair without fail
While you may love the rains, pretty much everyone hates what the monsoon does to their hair whether it is the frizziness or sudden breakage. Upgrade your monsoon haircare routine by moisturising and strengthening your strands by adding fermented rice water that smoothens frayed ends found in Tresemme Pro Pure Damage Recovery Conditioner. This mild conditioner is paraben and sulphate-free making it suitable for all hair types. Get professional care at your fingertips by conditioning your hair after every shampoo, by applying it from the mid-lengths to the ends.
Pamper with hair masks
Instead of creating DIY masks that you do not have time for, the Indulekha Bringha Hair Strengthening Lepam is the perfect substitute. This Ayurvedic mask is loaded with natural ingredients and herbs like rosemary oil, henna, bringhraj and amla which are all needed to strengthen your dry and dull hair. It also reduces hair breakage and frizziness that are rampant during the monsoons.
Made with a non-greasy formula, all you need to do is take a coin-sized amount of the mask, and apply it to damp hair from the roots to the tips. Be sure to avoid your scalp. Rinse your hair thoroughly after three minutes. You can apply it twice a week for best results.
Add shine with hair serum
One of the most annoying aspects of monsoon is your hair looking dull no matter how much you moisturise it. And after all, how often can one keep oiling and getting champi treatments? Flaunt your shiny hair without making it greasy with Indulekha Bringha Hair Strengthening Serum. This isn’t just for cosmetic purposes either. This plant-based monsoon haircare staple has several super ingredients like bringharaj, methi, brahmi, hibiscus and more that deal with multiple issues from hair breakage and hair loss to dry hair, you name it.
Take two to three drops of the hair serum on your hand and apply it to your locks from mid-length to the ends. Comb through your hair to evenly spread it. Apply it twice a week for best results.
Cleanse your face daily
While this should apply to you all year round, wash your face daily, especially during the monsoons. Along with the usual sweat, the grime accumulated on your skin after getting caught in the rain needs to be thoroughly cleansed with a face wash. The Simply Detox Purifying Facial Wash is gel-based that deeply cleanses all that dirt and oil from your face. You can expect clear and glowing skin almost instantly as it contains thyme and witch hazel that detoxes your skin after a rough day.
Use this chemical-free face wash twice a day, once before heading out and after you get home for best results. Take a small amount and massage it onto wet skin before rinsing it off.
Don't forget to moisturise your face
A vital step in any monsoon skincare regime includes moisturising your face. Just because there is water in the air does not give you the freedom to skip out on using face moisturisers. If you hate feeling icky, opt for a lightweight, gel-based face cream like the Simple Detox SOS Clearing Booster. Loaded with thyme and witch hazel, it acts like a primer, controlling sebum production while moisturising at the same time. Free of parabens and artificial fragrance, it’s gentle on sensitive and oily skin prone to acne.
Squeeze out a dollop and apply it to the T-zone area after washing your face. You can also apply it three times a day directly on acne, blemishes and irritated patches to treat them.
Apply sunscreen before heading out
Monsoons may provide relief from the harsh heat of summer but the cloudy skies don’t protect us from those harmful UV rays. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you head out. Slather it generously on your face and exposed parts of your body. Wait for 30 minutes so that it is fully absorbed by your skin and then head out.
Glowing skin with DIY face pack
Ayurvedic face packs provide that added boost that your skincare routine might be missing. With this medical practice emphasising natural ingredients, you can easily make face packs with items lying around in your kitchen. There are several face packs for glowing skin like banana-honey-sugar, egg white-aloe vera, oatmeal-lemon juice and fuller’s earth aka multani mitti. We’d suggest the gram flour, turmeric and curd pack that treats several skin conditions all in one go.
Mix four teaspoons of gram flour aka besan, half a teaspoon of turmeric aka haldi and a teaspoon of yoghurt in a bowl. Mix it well and apply the paste to your face. Once it dries after 20 to 25 minutes, then wash it off. It evens skin tone, and gets rid of dead skin cells and blackheads to make your face glow. It even reduces oiliness and acne, and has antioxidant properties that fade acne scars and hydrate dry skin.
Make sure to stay hydrated
According to Ayurveda, if you have vata, aka dry skin or pitta, aka oily skin prone to breakouts, you need to hydrate externally, as well as internally. That means drink your designated eight glasses of water every day without fail.
Change your diet
You should also add certain food items to your meals according to your skin type. If you have vata, add warm spices to your cooking, as well as grains and sweet fruits that are easily digestible. If you have pitta, add cooling elements like watermelon, cucumber, curd, buttermilk and coconut water.
To control hair fall in the monsoons and increase hair growth, Ayurveda also suggests some superfoods. Add items like nuts, moringa oil, sesame seeds, ghee, triphala and curry leaves to your cooking. Amla, fenugreek aka methi and even leafy vegetables can also help strengthen your hair.
Opt for light and waterproof makeup in monsoon
To make sure you have glowing skin with and without makeup, opt for light and waterproof makeup. Let your skin breathe on certain days by swapping foundation for a primer as your base. The Lakme Absolute Blur Primer blurs blemishes and imperfections giving you a flawless base. It has a matte finish and is waterproof so that you don’t have to worry about your makeup for the day.
And while this is a given, don’t let your makeup run and get messed up in the rain by opting for waterproof formulas. Avoid risking smudged eyeliner and mascara by opting for the Lakme 9 to 5 Black Impact Liner which is waterproof and dries instantly. Similarly, go for a lightweight and waterproof mascara like the Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara which naturally curls your lashes.
Why monsoon is the best time for Ayurvedic treatments?
Did you know that the monsoon is the best time for Ayurveda therapies since it maximises the benefits of your skin and haircare routines? The humidity opens up your pores and magnifies the benefits of these herbal treatments. Ayurvedic ingredients also prevent fungus and bacterial infections that your skin and scalp might be prone to in the monsoons.
Monsoon Ayurvedic therapies guide
- Snehan - This includes a body and hair massage with ghee or natural oil like coconut oil. It promotes blood circulation while also letting the oil’s benefits get absorbed into your skin and hair.
- Swedan - Sweat out all bodily toxins by sitting in a steam or sauna. It also opens up your pores and makes your face more receptive to your skincare routine.
- Fasting - Intermittent fasting or fasting once a month depending on your capacity helps your body detox and lets your digestive organs rest. This in turn reduces skin inflammations and breakouts.
Lifestyle tips for monsoons
There are several easy lifestyle changes you can make that can prevent your skin and hair from reacting to seasonal changes. The first is diet - add foods that are rich in proteins and vitamins to strengthen your hair. Avoid fried food and junk food to keep your skin clear. There’s also stress management - stress is connected to hair fall and premature ageing of the skin. Find your favourite ways to de-stress whether it’s yoga, meditation, walking or listening to soothing music.
FAQs on Ayurvedic treatments in monsoon
What is the Ayurvedic treatment for hair fall?
Snehan and Swedan encourage blood circulation and let your scalp breathe which in turn strengthens weak hair follicles.
How to use Ayurvedic hair oil effectively in monsoon?
Massage your hair with Ayurvedic hair oil twice or three times a week to strengthen your hair follicles and reduce breakage.
Which Ayurvedic cream is right for your skin?
If you’re after the best Ayurvedic cream for glowing skin, first assess your skin type. If you have vata or dry skin, opt for an oil-based and rich moisturiser. If you have pitta or oily skin with rosacea, you will need cooling moisturisers that have aloe vera or other anti-inflammatory ingredients. For kapha skin type which includes oily skin prone to pimples and excess water retention, gel-based creams and face masks are your best friends.
What are your favourite monsoon skincare and haircare rituals? Tell us in the comments…
Written by Lopa K on Jul 05, 2022