Skincare tips for the rainy season

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The wet and humid weather is known for aggravating skin problems such as dermatitis, urticaria, ringworm and eczema. If you or your children have sensitive, problem skin, take these precautionary and care tips to reduce the chances of skin flare-ups.

Cleanse frequently
The high humidity level tends to aggravate clogged pores, which in turn causes an increase in sebum production. The excess oil on the skin's surface traps dirt and dust and is a breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to skin flare-ups. Counter this by cleansing skin with a gentle oil-free cleanser for yourself and baby wash for your kids twice a day to get rid of unwanted sebum build-up on your skin's surface.

Keep skin dry
If you get caught in a storm, try to dry off as soon as possible as dampness and wet skin folds can cause fungal infections to develop. Pay special attention to the armpits, groin, toes and back of your ears and knees as these are spots that tend to remain damp. Give your kids a lightweight microfibre towel they can easily pack in their schoolbags to dry themselves if necessary. If possible, take a hot shower immediately to warm up the body and use antifungal soap to wash away residual rainwater and other bacteria that may be lingering in the water.

Eat anti-inflammatory food
What you eat can help keep skin flare-ups at bay. An anti-inflammatory diet is recommended, to strengthen your body's defense against skin issues. Making sure your children have a nutritious diet ensures that they will grow up appreciating the taste of fresh, healthy food. This includes drinking green tea and eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids and whole grains. Spices such as turmeric and ginger are known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, so use them when you cook.

Supplement your diet
According to Indian Ayurvedic traditions, aloe vera has purifying properties that can soothe inflamed skin. Drink aloe vera juice if the skin starts to act up. You can mix this with a sweet fruit juice if your children are fussy. Alternatively, apply cooling aloe vera gel to affected areas to calm the skin. Wheatgrass is another power-packed option that's rich in antioxidants to boost your immune system and keep skin disorders at bay. Add some wheatgrass extract to a juice or smoothie for a delicious and nutrient-rich, skin-friendly drink.

Wear breathable clothes
Wear comfortable, loose clothing made of natural fibres such as cotton or linen as these fabrics allow moisture to evaporate and let your skin breathe. Avoid synthetic or wool-blend fabrics as these are known to aggravate


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