5 Monsoon Skincare Remedies Using the Natural Goodness of Fruits
Expert Tips by Dolly Kumar – Founder & Director, Skinella
Monsoon is undoubtedly a beautiful season. But just like a coin has two sides, monsoon comes with its own set of pros and cons. Along with joy, the rainy season also brings a host of fungal and bacterial infections. Excess humidity and sweating, dehydration, the photo-toxic effect of the sun, and increased heat, leave your skin exposed to infections. It can leave your skin looking dull and saggy as well as prone to acne and other skin disorders.
Though skin issues during the monsoon season become common, many women refrain from visiting a dermatologist. This is where seasonal fruits come to play. Including these fruits in your diet or applying them topically on your skin can help you keep your skin nourished and glowing. You can eat the whole fruit or mash, grind or cut them and apply it on your face.
Here are 5 nutrient-rich fruits that will help you keep your skin fresh and supple during the monsoon season.
Carambola: Also known as the star fruit, carambola is a rich source of antioxidants like quercetin, gallic acid, polyphenolic compounds. It is also a powerhouse of dietary fibre, Vitamin A, B and C, and of minerals like zinc, magnesium, sodium, iron, and phosphorus. It helps in countering the effects of oxidative stress preventing the growth of free radicals. The anti-inflammatory properties of the fruit help fight acne, treat sore eyes and help in having a clear, glowing, blemish-free skin. You can include the fruit in your diet or apply its juice topically on the affected areas to get beautiful results.
Peach: Peaches are a great source of fiber and Vitamin C that help remove dark circles and blemishes from your skin. Vitamin A, K, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, and selenium found in peaches boost the skin’s defense mechanism, tighten pores, rejuvenate the skin, and leave it looking smooth and soft. The juice and pulp of the fruit can be applied to the skin to remove dead cells, moisturize the skin, and prevent it from UV-rays.
Watermelon: Watermelon, owing to its high water content, helps in keeping the skin hydrated. Rich in antioxidants and beta carotene,
watermelon helps fight dull skin and prevents sunburn and other skin problems. Vitamin A found in this fruit reduces skin pores and minimizes the excessive oil secretion from the sebaceous glands. Watermelon juice can be used on the skin as a skin toner. You can also make a face mask by mixing watermelon, banana, and honey for your face.
Blueberries: Blueberries are considered skin’s superfood and rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. The fruit helps in having smooth skin, prevents fine lines, eliminates scars, and increases skin elasticity. It also helps in fighting blemishes and acne by balancing the level of oil present in the skin, thereby providing an even tone, radiant, and glowing skin that everyone dreams of. You can make a face mask using half a cup of crushed blueberries mixed with a cup of plain yogurt. Apply this mask on your face for 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water for glowing skin.
Cherries: Found abundantly during the monsoon season, cherries are a rich of the antioxidant anthocyanin, potassium, flavonoids, fiber, and Vitamin A, B, C, D, and E. Regular consumption or application of cherries helps fight free radicals in the skin, helps renew skin cells, and lighten the dark spots by fighting pigmentation. As a result, you are left with younger-looking, healthier skin. Cherries are also proven to promote better sleep that again plays an important role in having beautiful skin. You can mash a handful of cherries to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste as a face mask, leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off with cold water. You will be able to notice the difference in your skin in the first use itself.
Including seasonal fruits in your diet as well as in your skincare regime is not only essential but also a natural and cost-effective solution to fight the skin problems and to get glowing flawless skin.