With the onset of monsoons, comes the increase in humidity that might be a nightmare for the skin. Due to the high moisture content in the environment, the skin is prone to acne, rashes, and other skincare conditions. A good monsoon skincare routine is essential to combat these issues.
Those with oily and acne-prone skin may also face a hard time during this season trying to keep all the excess oil on their face under control. It is crucial that you change your skincare routine along with the weather. Monsoon skincare calls for gentle and lightweight makeup.
Here are some monsoon skincare tips that help maintain healthy skin in monsoons –
Cleanse with a gentle cleanser
Monsoon can be a breeding ground of bacteria that cause acne and other skin conditions. The excess humidity in the environment causes an excess build-up of grime, which leads to clogged pores. Use soap-free cleansers as they are mild and do not dry out your skin of its natural oils. Depending on your skin type, wash your face at least 2 to 3 times a day to avoid fungal infections and to combat oily skin and open pores. However, do not over-wash your face as it can cause excess sebum production and lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
The humid climate can make your skin excess greasy and oily. A toner might be handy as it clears excess dirt and oil, making the face look clear. Invest in an alcohol-free toner for a non-greasy look. Ingredients like green tea, and glycolic acid help in maintaining the pH levels of the skin, tightening pores, and managing blemishes and pimples.
Exfoliate up to thrice a week
Exfoliation is essential as it helps get rid of the dead skin cells and promotes a healthy glow by stimulating blood circulation. Gentle exfoliation ensures that your skin is clean, and has an even skin tone without drying it out. Some of the best exfoliators include coffee, tea, sugar, papaya, oatmeal, and yogurt. Ensure that you exfoliate gently using abrasive agents, otherwise it can lead to micro-tears and damage the skin.
Chemical exfoliation is considered safer compared to physical exfoliation as they do not involve rigorous rubbing of abrasive agents on the face. Besides, some chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid and glycolic acids also penetrate deeply into the skin.
Moisturize with a light moisturizer
Select a serum or a moisturizer, depending on your skin type. Ensure that the product does not contain any irritants. A good moisturizing regime ensures that your skin gets the right amount of nourishment and locks in the benefits of the moisturizer. During monsoons, as the humidity increases, the skin becomes sticky and attracts a lot of dirt and pollutants, which leads to acne and imperfections. Thus, it is essential to opt for a lightweight moisturizer.
SPF throughout the year
Contrary to the popular belief, sunscreens should be used throughout the year. During monsoons, even though the sun is hidden by the clouds, the powerful UV rays penetrate easily through the clouds and damage your skin. Adding a lightweight sunscreen with at least 30 SPF is beneficial for reducing the damage caused by the harmful UV rays.
Opt for a clay mask
Clay masks are a popular beauty product that helps cleanse, smoothen and brighten the skin. They are useful for people with oily, combination, dull, and acne-prone skin as they help eliminate excess oil and impurities that cause clogged pores. Ideally, clay masks should be used once a week; excess use can cause dryness. Clay masks with aloe vera, green tea, ginger, and honey, are some ingredients that remove bacteria that cause acne breakouts.
Use minimal makeup
Heavy makeup looks do not last long during monsoons. Additionally, they can also clog your pores and cause pimples. Opt for lighter products like CC or BB creams for an even complexion as this will allow your skin to breathe. Instead of lipsticks, go for tinted lip balms as they not only nourish the lips but also give them a hint of color. Moreover, if you apply makeup, remove all makeup with Micellar water before going to bed.