Monsoons may provide a welcome relief from the summer's sweltering heat, but not everything about the rains is perfect. Whether it's getting caught in an unexpected rainstorm, battling with frizzy hair, or rescheduling your plans, the rainy season can be both a blessing and a curse. Then there's the fact that rainfall can damage your skin, too. More than any other season, it’s during the monsoons that you are up against acne, humidity, and an excess of dirt. At this time of year, the body has a weaker immune system. Skin disorders and infections are quite often brought on by the season's contamination of the air, atmosphere, and surroundings.
If you’ve read Our Guide To Layering Your Skin Care Products The Right Way, you know how we cannot stress enough about having a proper skincare routine. Monsoons are no different, we need to be mindful of how this weather affects our skin.
A monsoon skincare routine is essential as it will help you manage the impact of the harsh weather. During the monsoon season, our skin pores secrete extra sebum due to the increased humidity in the air. They become clogged as a result of this excess production, which results in acne and inflammation. The excessive production of sebum in some situations might cause your skin to become dry, itchy and irritated, as well.
Now that we've established what monsoons can do to your skin, let's see how you can protect it.
A simple 3-step Routine for all skin types:
STEP 1: CLEANSER
Use a mild oil-free cleanser to eliminate all the filth, grime, and oil build-up on your face to keep your skin looking its best.
Our recommendation: We recommend a single pump of Purging Purity facial cleanser. It clears out excess oil and dead skin while regenerating skin cells, giving you a youthful glow and supple texture.
STEP 2: TONER
A facial toner can help shrink enlarged pores and keep the skin's pH level in check. Acne, outbreaks, and excess sebum production can all be avoided by following this step to protect the skin.
Our recommendation: Take one pump of the refreshing Rose Panasea toner onto your hand or cotton swab and gently massage your face and neck in an upward circular motion. This calms the skin and keeps it refreshed and hydrated.
STEP 3: MOISTURISER
Moisturizers are an essential part of any skin care regimen. It is a step in maintaining the skin barrier. Protecting this is an essential part of healthy skin. The right moisturiser will keep your skin hydrated, and nourished, fixing problems like dry, flaky skin.
Our recommendation: A single pump of Facial Felicity Skin Balancing Moisturizer provides intensely hydrating goodness, with natural emollients to soften & smoothen your skin.
STEP 4: SUNSCREEN
It doesn't matter if it's raining or not; sunscreen is still essential. Using a good sunscreen every morning will protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. When applied to the skin, an SPF serves as a shield against the sun's rays.
Recommendation: Sunshield with Zinc Oxide shields the skin from damaging UVA rays, preventing cell damage and slowing the effects of ageing. It reduces sunburns and treats chapped skin.
Keep in mind:
For Normal Skin
If you have normal skin, your face glands secrete the right quantity of sebum to keep your skin healthy and hydrated without making it appear oily. As part of monsoon skincare, those with normal skin types do not need to take any additional steps beyond we’ve suggested above.
For Dry Skin
A lack of sebum production causes dry, flaky skin. Apply a lot of moisturiser to dry skin during the monsoon, and only exfoliate once a week to avoid removing natural oils.
For Oily Skin
The monsoon season may be more difficult if you have oily skin. Exfoliating your face twice a week with a facial scrub is the best way to keep your skin in good health. Additionally, you can cleanse your face three times per day if your skin becomes greasy.
For Combination Skin
Combination skin means that certain areas of your skin are oilier than others. To get an even skin tone and oil-free skin, target that area separately rather than the full face.
For Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin, it's important to moisturise gently and stay away from fragranced or harsh products.
Additional Tips To Remember
- Acne is undoubtedly a skin issue that worsens during the monsoon season. Breakouts are nearly certain if you have acne-prone, combination, or oily skin. You should avoid getting rainwater on your skin if at all possible. Use light, non-comedogenic products and properly cleanse your skin before applying them.
- If you get wet in the rain, cleanse your skin and/or take a shower right away to keep it from getting irritated. You can also use a face mist to soothe and calm any redness or irritation on your skin, as well.
- Particularly during the monsoon, excessive humidity can cause bacterial development on your skin, increasing your risk of developing blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. Use a gentle cleanser every morning and night to clear your skin of bacteria and grime.
- While it may appear gloomy outside, the sun's UV rays are still penetrating your skin. Even if you can't see the sun's rays, they can still hurt your skin, so you should always use sunscreen.
- When it comes to skincare and makeup, avoid products that are too thick and heavy. The monsoon-caused humidity makes your skin produce more sebum, which makes it feel sticky. Skincare products that are too thick can clog your pores and make acne worse. Skin still requires hydration, even in high humidity. To prevent breakouts, use a mild gel or lotion to keep it well hydrated.
- Stay hydrated, drink enough water as it will help you keep a natural glow on your face while washing away impurities.
- Use a gentle exfoliator twice or three times a week as part of your skincare routine to keep your pores clean without making it too dry. Exfoliation also promotes cell turnover and minimises dullness, keeping your skin appearing youthful and radiant throughout the day.
- Once a week, use a skin-cleansing face mask as a detox treatment and follow it up with a hydrating mist to clean and calm your skin at the same time. As a deep-cleansing treatment to remove excess oil, you can make your own DIY mask with Fuller’s Earth or Multani Mitti and aloe vera at home. You can also try some from our previous blog - 8 Simple DIY Masks To Make That Skin Glow.
Follow a routine that keeps your skin healthy and glowing naturally. Every skin is different, remember to use products that are more natural and that suit you. Be mindful of what works for you and don’t just go along with what works for everyone else. You are unique and so is your skin. Now go on and brace the monsoons, confident in your skin!