For the past week, the rains have created a havoc in Mumbai by pouring non-stop. Lucky me, I sat by my window and worked on my articles, with some green tea and my leftover birthday cake (yes, the cake cancels out the purpose of green tea, but who cares! birthdays don’t come often). But for those who have to make the daily commute to office or college in these rains, it can be quite a task.
Hence, I have put together a list of monsoon beauty essentials to help ease your worries. Keep these monsoon essentials with you and it will make your life a lot easier during the rains.
1. Waterproof makeup
An obvious choice, you can’t wear your regular eyeliners, mascaras etc. during the rains. Especially in Mumbai where you get drenched within minutes of stepping out of your house. Try and avoid wearing too much makeup during the monsoon. But if you have to, use waterproof makeup to avoid your makeup running down your face when it rains.
2. Hand sanitizers
The number of germs and bacteria in atmosphere increase during the monsoons, leading to a rise in water-borne diseases. And since carrying a soap everywhere and washing hands is not possible, hand sanitizers can be handy to kill the germs and bacteria. They easily fit into any bag and are super easy to use before and after meals, especially while travelling.
I use the regular Lifebuoy one I have at home but if you are looking for natural hand sanitizer, Grinding stone makes one.
3. Wet wipes
Wet wipes again come super handy during rains when you don’t have access to a water source. Use it to freshen up your face mid-day, fix any smudged makeup etc. I always have a pack in my bag with me wherever I go. Mamaearth has biodegradable bamboo-based wipes which are quite affordable and environment-friendly making it a good buy.
4. Tea tree oil
The one solution for all skin and hair issues during monsoon. Itchy scalp, dandruff, acne, breakouts, smelly feet, etc. Tea tree essential oil will come to your rescue for these and many more such issues. It’s a great antibacterial ingredient that fights bacteria and prevents fungal growth. This article has some great ideas to help you use tea tree oil in various ways.
5. Sea Salt spray
I already shared this tip in my monsoon haircare guide. If you are trying to avoid silicones and other harmful chemicals from your routine, you might find difficulty in finding hairsprays that fit your needs. A sea-salt spray is easy to make at home and can be used to add volume and texture to your hair while styling. You can buy sea salt for cheap here.
Dissolve 1 tbsp sea salt in 1 cup of water. Add a spoonful of aloe vera gel and hair conditioner/oil. Shake it all well and voila! Your DIY sea salt spray is ready to use.
6. Waterproof bag
A waterproof bag/pouch is a necessity to store all your makeup and beauty essentials on the go. This Nykaa Metallic Pouch is total chic to carry around in your tote or backpack and so is this one from Colorbar. Also, you can reuse those pretty pouches from your Fabbag or other monthly subscription services to keep these monsoon beauty essentials with you at all times.
I hope these will help you enjoy the rains without any guilt. Do you have a product which is a must-have for you during the monsoon? Share your monsoon beauty essentials with me in the comments below.
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