Last Updated on April 25, 2023
If you thought taking care of your skin in summer was difficult, and now since it’s raining, you can let go, think again! Monsoon skincare routine brings its own share of skincare troubles.
As I write this article, the scorching summers are finally coming to an end and monsoon will take over. And I love it.
Monsoon brings down the soaring temperatures but along with it increases the humidity levels. The dampness in the air leads to a rise in bacterial and fungal infections and can also dehydrate or make your skin oilier.
6 Tips For The Perfect Monsoon Skincare Routine
These monsoon skincare routine tips are quite easy to follow and will help you keep your skin healthy so you can enjoy the rainy season without any guilt.
1. Cleanse Thoroughly
The best monsoon skincare tip I could tell you is never to ignore your cleansing routine. It will clean away your pores to keep bacteria, dirt, and harmful pathogens at bay.
Too much cleansing can leave your skin dehydrated and dull. So use only a gentle cleanser that hydrates your skin but also cleanses your skin well in the morning (powder cleansers are perfect for this).
And in the evening, it’s best to double cleanse your skin, first with an oil cleanser and then an effective foaming cleanser. This helps ensure all your makeup and skincare has been removed completely and it is not clogging your pores.
The Moms Co. Vit Rich Face Wash (for dry skin): A gentle, non-stripping facewash with humectants, niacinamide, and hydrolyzed oat protein that works great for sensitive, dry skin types.
Soultree Nutgrass Facewash (for combination skin): A gentle face wash that removes excess oil without irritating or drying out the skin.
The Moms Co. Clay Face Wash (for oily skin): A gentle yet effective face wash that deep cleanses skin and controls oiliness and breakouts.
Mix kaolin clay, neem, oatmeal and rosewater to create a homemade powder cleanser. Use curd instead of rose water if you have dry skin.
2. Use a Toner
After proper cleansing, use a toner to prep the skin for moisturizing. Rosewater can prove to be an excellent cheap and hydrating toner for dry skin.
While oily-skinned girls can use witch hazel for its astringent properties which help tighten the pores. A tea tree hydrosol will also prove to be beneficial if you have acne-prone skin as it has strong antimicrobial properties that keep bacteria in check.
Demure Beauty Picks:
Zofla Pure and Natural Rose Water(for all skin types): Hydrates, soothes, and refreshes skin.
Tattvalogy Tea Tree Hydrosol (for acne-prone skin): Has natural antimicrobial properties that soothe acne-prone skin.
Bonsoul Witch Hazel Distillate(for oily skin): A natural alcohol-free astringent that can tighten your pores and reduce oiliness.
Brew some green tea and allow it to cool. Fill it in a clean spray bottle and use it as a toner.
3. Hydration is Must.
High humidity levels during monsoon can dehydrate your skin leading to dullness and excessive oiliness too.
So make sure you moisturize your skin well twice a day to keep it hydrated. Use a lightweight, water-based, and humectant-rich moisturizer if you have oily skin.
Meanwhile, if you have dry skin use a more nourishing moisturizer with a mix of emollients and humectants to prevent moisture loss from your skin.
Soultree Tulsi and Sandalwood Moisturizing Gel (for oily skin): An extremely lightweight gel with aloe vera, witch hazel, tulsi, neem, sandalwood, honey, and lodhra extracts that calms and hydrates oily skin.
Koko Chemistry 10% Niacinamide Serum( for combination or oily skin): A moisturizing serum with Niacinamide, Vitamin B5, Hyaluronic Acid, and Zinc PCA that controls oil production, minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores, and reduces hyperpigmentation.
4. Get Exfoliating
High humidity levels during monsoon can make your skin look dull and lifeless. Hence to bring back the lost glow, and prevent pimples, exfoliate your skin twice a week at the least.
Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells from the top revealing brighter and fresher skin underneath. It also helps prevent your pores from being clogged with sweat and dirt, thereby preventing blackheads, whiteheads, and comedones.
Ubtan India D-Tan Face Scrub: A gentle brightening scrub of orange peel, lemon peel, rose petals, and sugar granules.
Juicy Chemistry Rose, Saffron and Sandalwood Face Scrub: A super-gentle hydrating and brightening face scrub that gently exfoliates the skin with soft sugar granules and rice flour.
Fiducia Botanicals Calendula Goatmilk Brightening Exfoliator: A gentle, brightening scrub with calendula petals, turmeric, oats, and goatmilk powder.
Vaunt Complete Care Body Wash: A gentle body wash with 7% Mandelic acid and 2% salicylic acid that exfoliates skin without drying it out. Can be used for the face too.
Use oatmeal, orange peel powder, besan, and green gram to create a homemade scrub. Use it with rose water if you have oily skin or honey/milk/curd if you have dry skin.
5. Face Masks to Rescue.
Treat your skin with a face mask 1-2 times a week to get glowing, healthy skin. A good face mask will firm up your skin, remove impurities, improve blood circulation and even help detan or get rid of pigmentation issues.
I prefer homemade masks. But you can use readymade ones too if you are not into DIYs.
Demure Beauty Picks:
Juicy Chemistry Kakadu Plum and Matcha Face Mask (For All Skin Types): A glow-getting face mask with kakadu plum, licorice, rose, hibiscus, and orange peel that hydrates and evens out skin tone.
Raw Beauty Muddly In Love (for oily, acne-prone skin): A oil-controlling face mask that deep cleanses your pores and leaves your skin smooth and fresh.
There are endless ingredients to make a face mask. Fuller’s earth, kaolin clay, rose petal powder, hibiscus powder, bentonite, activated charcoal, honey, aloe vera, etc.
You can also use fruits like banana, papaya, etc. Mix them up with honey/milk/curd/rose water/ aloe vera or anything else. The sky is your limit when it comes to making DIY face masks!
6. Use SPF
Just because the sun is hiding beyond the clouds, does not mean its UV rays cannot reach you. The umbrella will block out only a small amount of radiation.
Demure Beauty Picks:
Qurez Mattifying Mineral Sunscreen: A SPF 30 sunscreen with a matte finish that leaves no white cast and blends quickly into the skin.
Earth Rhythm Phyto Shield Mineral Sunscreen: An SPF 50 silicone-based sunscreen that leaves no white cast and has a velvety-matte finish.
Some Dos and Don’ts for Monsoon Skincare Routine:
- Use rose water to cleanse and refresh skin throughout the day
- Use waterproof makeup, if you have to wear makeup. You don’t want your makeup being washed away in rain.
- Store your skincare products in a cool, dry place to avoid any fungal growth.
- Take a shower if you get wet in rain to avoid skin infections.
- Drink adequate water and eat a healthy diet.
- Take care of your hands and feet as they are most exposed to dirty rainwater. Keep them clean and indulge in regular manicures/pedicures.
- Use alcohol-based toners to prevent dehydration of the skin.
- Wear heavy makeup or any makeup at all as much as possible. Makeup can clog pores and lead to breakouts if not removed properly.
- Forget to practice CTM every day.
- Take hot showers, it can strip off your skin of natural oils.
Monsoon skincare routine does not have to be complicated. Follow these simple tips and it will definitely help you maintain healthy skin this season. What’s your monsoon skincare routine like?
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