Priyanka, DKODING Media
Finally, the most awaited season is here. The monsoon season has hit us and brought along some relief from the scorching heat. One cannot ignore the fragrance of rain called ‘petrichor’ (Thank me later), the lush green freshly bathed natural beauty, and the coolness of the breeze.
But that isn’t the only thing that this season brings with it, like every other season, the heavy rains, soaring temperatures, and increasing humidity can wreak havoc on the skin and scalp, causing infections, acne, clogged pores, dull skin, and ughhh don’t even get me started.
Monsoon is like a nightmare for your skin health.
Especially for people like me who already have oily skin. Trust me, we have do deal a lot with this stuff.
We spoke to a makeup artist and skincare expert to find out how you can take care of your skin this season and inculcate the tips suggested by them in your everyday routine.
Cleanse Your Face Frequently
The excess build-up, oil, and dirt tend to settle on the sensitive layers of skin during this season. It is better off to wash your skin thrice a day before it clogs pores.
Especially before you go to bed, to remove all the buildup. Opt for a mild face wash that will leave your skin clean and fresh.
Also, for those who have dry skin, avoid soapy cleansers, they make your skin feel more dry and dull and use a moisturizing cleanser to cleanse your skin thoroughly.
Normal Water Bath
A common mistake that people often make during this season is having baths with extremely hot water. This might feel pleasant in the rains since the weather becomes a bit cooler and these hot water baths make you wanna snuggle.
But, as cozy as it sounds, hot water actually messes with your skin Big time. It triggers the pH balance and can dry it out, making your skin more prone to breakouts.
It is advisable to use water close to your body temperature i.e as close to 45 degrees and refrain from using extremely hot water in any season to avoid flushing of the skin. Switching between extreme cold and hot water on the skin is not good.
Toning is a must
Most people don’t include toning in their skincare routine because they believe it’s a step better avoided. What is a face toner? It is a skincare product with a liquid consistency that’s meant to be used right after cleansing and before moisturizing.
A toner is a must during the monsoon, as it refreshes skin and unclogs pores preventing any monsoon buildups. It adds an even tone and natural glow to your skin.
Don’t Forget To Exfoliate
This is one of the most important skincare habits that you can’t skip out on. Exfoliation should be a key part of your regular skincare routine to help maintain a beautiful, glowing complexion.
The main purpose of exfoliation is to scrape off the dead cells from the surface of your skin. And that’s most important since your skin’s natural ability to shed off dead skin slows down as you age.
Use a gentle exfoliating face wash that will take away dirt and build-ups but still retain the natural moisture and glow your skin actually needs.
Moisturize Your skin
One might think they don’t need any lotion to moisturize their skin since it’s humid and your skin becomes super greasy and oily on its own. Like you literally just stepped out of a frying pan.
However, your skin in this season is actually losing its natural oils. Stick to a water-based lotion since it’s lighter than most while still rejuvenating damaged skin.
Don’t Skip Sunscreen
It’s cloudy which means you need no sunscreen- FALSE!
Ohh it’s a cloudy day, no sign of even a single sunray, so you just head out without the sunscreen. Gurrlll that’s where you made the huge mistake.
You’re wrong for thinking the sun can do no harm to your skin during monsoons, and you need to rectify it!
UV rays damage skin, no matter the weather conditions and it requires SPF year-round. Find one that doesn’t wash off too quickly in the rain and is good quality.
Less is more when it comes to Make-up
Heavy makeup during this season is not advisable. Since the make-up doesn’t hold well due to constant exposure of your skin to the moisture of monsoon, and because of your skin already prone to infections and other skin related issues.
When it comes to a makeover during this season, apply as less and light make-up as possible.
Just go with a minimalist approach or you can call it the ‘no make-up’ look. (It’s the new trend you know).
Drink Water, Of course!
Skincare starts from within.
What you consume definitely reflects on the outside. Just because its raining and you feel hydrated, doesn’t actually mean that your body is getting enough water.
To maintain healthy glowing skin during the rains drink plenty of water, at least 8 glasses per day, as the old adage says. It not only flushes toxins out of your body but also adds a natural glow to your skin.
Natural remedies are a boon to skin care.
Many times the beauty products that you use can cause build up on your skin due to all the chemicals and ingredients in them (that are obviously not fresh).
We suggest pampering yourself with a home spa using natural ingredients like coconut oil, honey, sugar, yogurt, almond oil, olive oil, turmeric, rose water, gram flour, cucumber juice and what not! phew!
These natural ingredients will keep your skin looking naturally fresh and healthy. Plus, they won’t cost you a bunch.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
Remember- The better you feel from the inside, the better your skin will appear.
It is important to take note of what you feed your body to maintain healthy and healthy skin.
Eat less oily, junk, and high-sugar foods and include green vegetables, fresh citrus fruits and you’ll begin to notice the change that you want in your skin on your own.
So, just follow a healthy diet, I mean how hard can that be?
Keep Bacteria at BAY!
Due to all the constant exposure to moisture and humidity in the air, your skin becomes prone to break-outs, dirt, and of course Bacterial infections.
Using anti-fungal talc powder can reduce the risk of infections and can also absorb unwanted moisture off your skin. You can also add a little talc in your face powder to keep those harmful dirty bacteria at bay.