We all love monsoon, don’t we?! But the one thing we can’t get on board with is the skin problems it brings along—dull complexion, zits, you get the drift… When it comes to skincare, there is no ‘one routine fits all’. It’s important to adapt our basic CTM regime to suit the changing weather conditions. Here are 10 ways your skin can win this season.
1. Cleansing is one thing you just can’t skip. Use a gentle cleanser two to three times a day to remove excess oil and grime that can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
2. Toner is another saviour. Opt for a non-alcoholic version that will help maintain the pH balance of your skin.
3. Even though the weather seems humid and sticky, it’s important to moisturise—it keeps skin supple and hydrated. Water- or gel-based moisturisers are a great option for oily/combination skin types as they keep sebum production in check.
4. If you have super-oily skin, use a clay mask at least once a week to cleanse your pores and remove excess oil. (Image: Pinterest)
5. A cloudy sky does not stop those harsh UV rays from wreaking havoc on your skin. Translation: don’t skip on sunscreen, like E.V.E.R. Again, there are a bunch of gel-based, non-sticky options for those your love a matte face.
6. Exfoliation is a great way to get rid of dead cells that can lead to dullness. Normal skin types can use an exfoliator twice or thrice a week. Got sensitive skin, opt for a gentle exfoliator once a week—and remember, don’t scrub your skin too hard. Natural ingredients like fuller’s earth (mixed with rose water) is a great DIY option. (Image: Pinterest)
7. The humid weather can cause you to sweat more than usual, which leads to lack of moisture, resulting in dull and lifeless skin due. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day to keep your skin healthy from within.
8. Scalp health is just as important as taking regular care of your facial skin. You might want to shampoo and condition your hair more frequently than usual, as excessive humidity makes it easier for dirt, grime and germs to latch on to your scalp. A gentle shampoo-and-conditioner duo can be used every day during the monsoon season.
9. Try and steer clear of any artificial jewellery, especially if you have sensitive skin. The moisture in the air can cause your skin to react with the metal and increase the risk of breakouts and rashes.
10. Lastly, avoid any heavy make-up as it can severely clog your pores. Go with sweat-proof BB creams—they do the job well and don’t wear off when the humidity goes up.