Beauty Regime for Monsoon 2022: Skincare Tips to Beat the Moisture fashion trends

Keeping your skin beautiful during monsoon is not easy as monsoon brings with it a lot of moisture, which is not good for your skin. Moisture makes skin sticky, which invites pimples, acne and oily skin and as a result, you should step up your skincare game when it comes to taking care of your skin during monsoons.

During monsoon, dust storms and high humidity bring skin concerns, especially for those with oily or combination skin. As sweat and oil secretions accumulate on the skin, oily skin appears even more oily and dull and airborne dirt and pollutants are attracted to sweaty skin. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Pooja Nagdev, Founder, Intour, advises, “To keep the pores free from clogged oil and dirt, deep cleansing of pores with a facial scrub is essential. Therefore, facial scrub should be used twice a week. Apply it on your face and gently rub on your skin in a circular motion. Then, wash off thoroughly with plain water. To make a homemade facial scrub, mix rice flour or ground almonds with curd and a pinch of turmeric. Scrub should not be used on pimples, acne or rashes. Wash your face several times with plain water. Cleansing at night is essential to remove the impurities that have accumulated on the skin during the day.”

In the humid weather, a flower based skin tonic or freshener is a boon. Pooja Nagdev advises, “Rose water can be used as a natural toner. Keep skin tonic or rose water in the fridge and use a cotton swab to wipe the face with it. It is very refreshing and also helps in tightening the pores. The skin can be prone to blackheads and cracks in damp weather. On areas prone to blackheads, a facial scrub should be used. The scrub can also be used to treat open pores and acne scars. Mix oats and egg white into a paste and apply on the face twice a week. Wash your face with a medicated cleanser if you have rashes, pimples or acne. Use a skin tonic or astringent lotion by mixing equal quantity with rose water. Refrigerate the mixture in an airtight bottle. Apply sandalwood paste with a few drops of rose water on the rashes and boils. It may take an hour to boil a handful of neem leaves in 4 cups of water on very low flame. Let it sit for a day. The next morning, strain the liquid and use it to wash your face. To treat the affected areas, make a paste from the leaves and apply it on the affected areas.

Noting that multani mitti can help reduce oiliness if you have very oily skin, Pooja Nagdev shared, “Make a paste out of it and rose water, then apply it on your face and wash it off after drying . To make a monsoon face mask, mix 3 teaspoons oatmeal, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon curd. If you do not want to use it, then add rose water or orange juice instead of egg white. Apply it on your face and leave it for half an hour before washing it off. It should be used twice a week. Lemon and orange peels, both dried and powdered, can be used in face packs as well. Use a facial sheet mask often. These help to hydrate the skin while closing the open pores. During monsoon, there is a loss of fluid from the body due to sweating. Drink plenty of water to keep your system flush. Apart from water, drink plenty of lemonade and fresh fruit juices. Avoid eating a lot of starchy foods. Salads, fruits, sprouted grains and yogurt should all be a part of your daily diet.”

Bringing her expertise in the same, Sanchi Sehgal, founder of Ozone Signature, lists 5 monsoon skincare tips to beat the moisture:

1. Cleaning – The moisture that comes with monsoon leaves the skin greasy and sticky. Dust and dirt, as well as excess oil produced by the skin, clog pores, leading to acne and worsening of pre-existing disorders. Cleanse your face at least 2-3 times a day with a gentle facial cleanser that suits your skin type to maintain a fresh and healthy complexion.

2. Exfoliating – Your monsoon skin care routine should include exfoliating. Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and open pores. Exfoliation is essential for those with oily skin because oily skin tends to collect more dirt and debris than other skin types. It helps in removing dead skin cells along with giving a healthy glow to the skin. Scrubbing your skin 2-3 times a week improves blood circulation, which helps remove toxins. Once the layer of dead skin cells is gone, your skin care products will be more easily absorbed.

3. Toning – Toner for oily skin cleanly removes any remaining oil residue and pollutants. It reduces the size of the enlarged pores due to excessive oil production. It minimizes the appearance of pores and gives a smooth, even tone to the skin.

4. Moisturizing – It’s important to remember that just because your skin feels oily and sticky doesn’t mean you shouldn’t moisturize. Lack of a good moisturizer is one of the main reasons why skin looks dull in monsoons. During monsoons, apply a gel-based moisturizer, especially if you have oily or combination skin. Gel moisturizers absorb quickly without leaving your skin feeling sticky or oily.

5. Don’t Skip Sunscreen Even in this season you should apply sunscreen daily. Apply a good amount of SPF, whether it is cloudy or not, to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. Apply a water-resistant sunscreen gel to protect your skin. Also, apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out.

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