After a long, scorching summer, the monsoon has finally knocked on our doors. It has relieved us from the harsh sun and skyrocketing temperatures. But, as much as we enjoy dancing in rain, eating hot and tasty pakoras, and snuggling in our beds while it rains outside, monsoon can be pretty taxing for your skin.
Unpredictable weather during the rainy season causes high levels of humidity and moisture in the atmosphere. These can result in various skin infections and skin issues like acne, pimples, fungal infections, etc.
It is necessary to change your skincare routine with the weather to keep it healthy and glowing. Here are 7 tips to maintain glowing, blemish-free skin this monsoon.
- Use an oil-free cleanser
Washing your face at least twice a day is one of the most essential tasks in any skincare regimen. Since there is so much humidity in the atmosphere, your sebum glands are already working overtime, using an oil-free cleanser would calm your skin gently and remove excess oil from the surface. This will reduce the chances of acne breakouts and clogged pores as well.
Pro tip: Use face wash which is rich in salicylic acid especially if you have oily skin.
- The key is to exfoliate
Exfoliate your skin gently at least twice every week with a good scrub or a chemical exfoliator. Scrubbing your skin helps in blood circulation and also unclogs the pores. This reduces the chances of getting acne or whiteheads as well. Scrubbing will also strip your skin of extra oil, dirt, sweat, and dead skin and will help you in getting a bright and glowing face.
Pro tip: Scrubs containing Vitamin C will be beneficial for your face.
- Invest in a toner
Monsoon humidity opens up your skin pores and makes them clogged, regularly using a face toner will assist in reducing your enlarged pores and will overall maintain the pH balance of the skin. This prevents the pores from getting clogged and therefore, decreases the possibility of acne breakouts and skin infections.
Pro tip: Toners rich in antioxidants like green tea or vitamin C are good for your skin.
- Don’t forget to moisturize
Many people do not moisturize their skin regularly during monsoon because of high levels of humidity. They believe that using a moisturizer will make their skin oily. But, this is not the case, your skin needs a good lotion as the weather will dry your skin and make it look dull and tired. Investing in a lightweight, hydrating moisturizer will make your skin look bright and fresh daily. It will also decrease your chances of getting fine lines and wrinkles on your face.
Pro tip: Buy a water-based moisturizer to boost hydration.
- SPF is your best friend!
Just because it’s raining outside and the sun is not visible, does not mean that you will ignore your sunscreen. SPF is one of the most important skincare products in your vanity kit. Just because you can’t see the sun does not mean that its UV rays will not be able to harm your skin. So make sure to apply sunscreen every day before stepping out of the house.
Pro tip: Use gel-based sunscreen in monsoon as it is lightweight and has good SPF and won’t produce extra oil on your skin.
- Face masks to the rescue!
Your monsoon skincare routine is incomplete without a good mud mask, rich in antioxidants and antibacterial ingredients like aloe vera, green tea, orange peel, etc. Applying face mask twice a week will soothe your skin and will also help in healing the acne or pimples on your face. These will also help in removing excess oil from your skin.
Pro tip: Simply DIY a Multani mitti or Fuller’s earth mask to get healthy skin.
- Go easy on the makeup
With your sweat and oil glands working extra hard in the monsoon and producing excess sebum, applying heavy makeup can harm your skin. It can get clogged in your pores and can lead to heavy breakouts and painful pimples. Furthermore, if you do apply makeup, then make sure to fully remove it using the double cleansing method. Do not under any circumstance go to sleep with your makeup on.
Pro tip: Instead of applying heavy products like foundation and concealer, use light products like BB or CC creams on your face.
Thus, following a good skincare routine that adapts according to the change in seasons is extremely important. The above 7 skincare tips will not only save your skin during the monsoon season but will also make it look bright and glowing. Your skin will say a thank-you for following these tips and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful rainy season while looking your best.