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How to tweak your skincare routine to fit the monsoon?
Now that we’re through with the summer’s heat, say hello to the rains—another season loaded with humidity and stickiness that can mess with your skin and hair, if not looked after well. So here are my tips to keep you glowing in the gloomy monsoon
Stay dry: an increase in humidity during the rains and getting drenched unprepared can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. If you do get wet, the first thing to do is to go straight for a shower, don’t let the water sit on your body or you could set yourself up for a fungal skin infection.
Clean up: use a soap-free, mild face cleanser as your skin can get itchy in the season. If you have dry skin, make sure you use a cream-based cleanser and if you have oily skin, it’s a good idea to wash your face 2 to 3
Times a day
Exfoliation is key: scrubbing your face two-three times a week will help you get rid of dead cells and clogged pores. However, make sure you use a mild scrub without any thick granules that can damage your skin. If you have normal or combination skin, you can also use an exfoliating face wash with glycolic or salicylic acid instead. For dry skin, use a moisturising scrub so you don’t dehydrate your skin.
Pay attention to ingredients: in your weekly face mask, look for ingredients like tea tree oil, aloe vera and neem to clear oily skin, or use a homemade concoction of honey, lemon and yoghurt for dry skin. Multani mitti also helps to rid your skin of dirt, while a mask with papaya helps get rid of tan.
No, you can’t skip sunscreen: even though most days are cloudy, don’t ditch your sunscreen during the rainy season. Make sure it’s spf30 or more and waterproof, and have it on every time you step out of the house.
Weather-proof your make-up: if you’re going to wear make-up in the rains, make sure it’s lightweight—anything cakey can cause acne—and ensure products like your eyeliner and mascara are waterproof. Mineral-based make-up is the best choice for the humid monsoon.
Protect your hair: you should wash your hair every time it is exposed to rain water, even if that means you have to do it every day. Use an sls-free shampoo and don’t forget to condition it.