Smooth, clear and glowing skin may seem next to impossible during monsoon months, given the downpours, humidity and a diminished immunity system. Dr Deepali Bharadwaj, dermatologist and cosmo physician, says, “Immediately after summer, there’s slight water retention in the body and the humidity in monsoon months can lead to eruptive skin problems like spots, pimples and rashes. Also, in monsoon one is prone to patchy hydration and poor cell regeneration. This makes your skin look dull.” But the good news is that by eating the right kind of food and with a little effort you can get that envious glow. Read on to find out.
Well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric has been used for ages in solving skin issues. Add a dash of it to your curries, rice, teas, vegetables or milk to get rid of acne, pigmentation and blemishes. It also has anti-bacterial properties that keep infections at bay.
Skin eruptions occur mostly due to toxic accumulation in the body and when the skin comes in contact with microbes in the environment. Cumin contains active components such as thymol, cuminaldehyde, and phosphorous, which have detoxifying properties. Eat cumin daily to rid your body of toxins.
A rich source of calcium, manganese and magnesium, bitter gourd is especially essential during monsoon. Adding it to your diet will improve skin tone and impart a healthy glow. It is also a rich source of vitamin C that protects the cells from damage. Bitter gourd also boosts the production of collagen.
Pumpkin, eggplant and tomatoes
Root vegetables as well as the green leafy ones are healthy and should be eaten around the year except for monsoon. When these vegetables are plucked from their roots, the wet mud and dirt get tagged along too and if not washed properly they can cause allergies and infections. Instead opt for pumpkins, eggplants, tomatoes, cabbage, etc.
Avoid eating watermelon and muskmelon in monsoon as these fruits are high in water content and cause water retention in the body. Banana should be your go-to fruit in monsoon as the vitamin A in it will moisturise and treat dullness and damaged skin.
Regular tea and coffee will dehydrate the skin whereas anti-oxidant rich green tea will flush out toxins and help you attain a healthy glow. It also counters the free radicals in the body and prevents the formation of wrinkles and arrests ageing.
Eating spicy and fried food can take a toll on your already weaker digestive system. “Poor digestion is one of the main reasons for breakouts. Eat food that’s rich in fibre and boiled or steamed to avoid an upset stomach”, says Dr Bharadwaj. Also, reduce your salt intake as that will lead to water retention and can also cause the blood pressure to shoot up.