Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are key steps in maintaining a healthy complexion.
The monsoon season brings with it its fair share of challenges for the skin. Increased humidity and humidity can lead to various skin problems, from acne to dehydrated skin.
However, with a well-crafted skincare routine, you can keep your skin healthy, even glowing during the rainy season. Here is a guide to help you:
A deep cleansing routine forms the foundation of any skincare regimen, especially during the monsoon. Excess moisture in the air can make skin more susceptible to oiliness and clogged pores. Opt for a gentle cleanser that effectively removes dirt, oil, and impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Use lukewarm water instead of hot water, as hot water can further dry out the skin. Consider incorporating a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, promoting a brighter complexion.
Toning and hydration
Toning is an essential step that helps balance the skin’s pH level and tightens the pores. Look for an alcohol-free toner enriched with natural ingredients like rose water or green tea, which have calming and antioxidant properties. After toning, focus on keeping your skin well hydrated. Choose a lightweight, water-based moisturizer that provides plenty of hydration without making skin feel heavy or greasy. Hyaluronic acid-based products are great options, as they attract and lock in moisture, keeping skin plump and supple.
Don’t let the cloudy skies fool you. Harmful UV rays can still penetrate through clouds and damage the skin. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days. Opt for a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly into your skin and won’t leave a white streak. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors or get wet in the rain.
During the monsoon, certain skin problems can become more frequent. If you’re prone to breakouts or acne, use a gentle salicylic acid-based face wash or spot treatment to control excess oil and prevent breakouts. Add a clay mask to your routine once a week to deep clean and purify your skin. For those with dry or dehydrated skin, consider using a hydrating sheet mask or hydrating overnight mask to restore and replenish lost moisture.
Extra care for the body
Although we focus on facial skin care, it is equally important to care for the rest of the body. Keep your body well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and moisturizing daily with a light, non-greasy body lotion. Pay special attention to your feet, as they are prone to fungal infections during the monsoon. Make sure your feet are completely clean and dry, and apply a foot cream enriched with antibacterial and antifungal properties.
With the right skin care routine, you can effectively combat skin problems that arise during the monsoon season. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are key steps in maintaining a healthy complexion. Don’t forget to protect your skin from harmful UV rays with regular application of sunscreen. Customize your routine with specific treatments to address specific skin concerns. Lastly, expand your skincare routine to include your body and feet to ensure holistic care.
Mansak Shishak is a dermatologist at Clinic Dermatech.