Monsoons are all about curling up with a book and a steaming cuppa, skincare often doesn’t top our priority list in this season. If the only efforts you make for the rainy season is to hoard waterproof make-up, then you will have to start a whole new routine. The high humidity levels in monsoons can play havoc with your skin. Dull and tired skin, acne and allergies are some of the common problems. Here are six expert-approved ways to get radiant skin.
Don’t skip the sunscreen
There is a common misconception that sunscreen isn’t essential during monsoon season. “It is important to apply sunscreen every four hours in cloudy and rainy season, as harmful UV rays can still penetrate the cloud cover and damage your skin,” says Dr Manjul Agarwal, Senior Consultant, Dermatology, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh
Exfoliate once a week
Its essential to get rid of dead skin cells that clog pores and lead to ugly eruptions. Try an exfoliating clay masque to clear out the dead skin cells. You can alternatively try using a natural exfoliator like curd, oatmeal or coffee.
Follow a regular cleansing routine
The humidity during monsoon season causes increased sweating. It’s essential to cleanse and let your skin breathe. Use a gentle face wash to wash your face twice or thrice a day.
Avoid getting drenched in the rain
No matter, how much you fancy dancing in the rain, thanks to Bollywood movies, resist the temptation. Dr Manjul says, “the rain water especially in polluted metro cities is acidic as it contains environmental pollutants like nitric oxide and sulphur dioxide. This can damage your skin, hence try to limit exposure to rain.”
Choose the right face wash
If you have oily skin, you need to take extra caution. “Humidity causes sebaceous ducts to swell and get blocked causing sudden eruption of acne. Wash your face with face washes containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil as these keep the acne bacteria at bay,” says Dr Manjul.
Remove make-up before calling it a day
Waterproof make-up tends to stay on until removed with a waterproof make-up remover. Soak cotton swabs in the remover and keep it on eyelids and lashes for 10-20 secedes. This breaks down the stubborn make-up and makes it easier for you to wipe it away. Follow this routine to wakeup with fresh, glowing skin the next day.