Monsoon! A season that automatically implies a romantic atmosphere, lush greenery, cool wind, heavy rains, the smell of earth and piping hot tea and pakoras, also reminds many of humidity, dampness and a skin that is prone to get sweaty, oily or that triggers acne frequently.
Honestly, rainy days are not much different from summer, as the humidity levels are high and perspiration is a big problem. However, if you want to balance out these skincare cons with practical tips this monsoon, then all you need to include are a few essentials that will help you achieve a refreshing and hydrated feel throughout the drizzling months.
- Sunscreen – Do not frown on seeing the word ‘sunscreen’ or ‘sunblock’ as an essential part of your monsoon skincare regime. Unlike summers, you are not directly exposed to the harsh sunlight during the rains. However, the rays coming through the cloudy sky are UV concentrated, making it imperative to apply a layer of sunscreen before stepping out of your house. A sunblock that is oil-free, water-based and that is in the range of 25-50 SPF is a good bet during the monsoons. Apart from including a sunscreen and drinking lots of fluids in your regular skincare regime, using a mild facewash (instead of beauty soap), exfoliating your facial skin daily and gently by using a natural exfoliator and moisturizing your skin with a nourishing and moisturizing cream are must-do essentials for supple and soft skin.
- Waterproof Matte Compact and Mascara – Which lady doesn’t like a good touch up to illuminate her looks? Well, you will hardly find many. With humidity and rain drops ready to put a dampener to your makeup ideas, all you need to effectively do is ditch a few products and make way to new ones, to nurture you skin and augment your beauty. A great beauty tip this monsoon is to keep away from liquid foundations, glossy lipsticks and creamy eyeshadows. A water-proof, matte compact in powdered form and waterproof mascara are sure to help you highlight your understated features and have a glowing face for the maximum part of your day.
- Lip Balm with a Tint – You say monsoon and chapped lips soon come to your mind. Chapped lips during the rainy season are triggered by fewer intakes of water, constant wetting of lips with your saliva and exposure to cool breeze for long hours. However this problem can be easily rectified by drinking lots of water and using a good lip balm that will help moisturize and nourish your lips. If you want to add a dash of colour and brighten your face, then you can either go for tinted lip balms or matte lipsticks that last for a long time.
- Haircare During Monsoon – Monsoon brings its own set of hair problems, due to the cool, humid and drizzly weather. This results in hair getting rougher, dry and brittle, eventually causing more hair damage and hair fall. To keep your hair healthy, safe and shiny during monsoon, it is vital to wash your hair, at least twice a week with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Massaging your hair with warm coconut oil, avoiding elaborate hairstyles, limiting usage of hair dryers and tying your hair up into a bun, ponytail or braid are critical tips to be included during the rains.
- Wear a Good Antiperspirant/Deodorant to Keep Body Odour at Bay – Whether you are working at home/office or constantly at a go, you cannot get rid of perspiration. To get rid of body odour due to sweat, you need to pick a skin-friendly deodorant that is free of unnecessary chemicals, synthetic fragrances and dyes. To feel fresh, fragrant and clean all day, look for a floral or citrus based deodorant or body mist, that is preferably made with some natural ingredients.
- Wet Wipes or Face Tissues – It is not possible to splash water regularly on your face, especially when you are working. Hence the best way to keep your face cool and clean from sweat, breakouts, dirt, dust and other pollutants is by using a wet wipe. Nowadays, wet wipes or face tissues are enriched in vitamins and natural cooling ingredients to rehydrate and refresh your skin. Keep a pack of face tissue in your handbag and feel free to pat away the oil on your face or forehead sweat, whenever you need.