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A Practical Guide For Monsoon Skin Care Routine

Last Updated on August 5, 2020

If you thought taking care of your skin in summers was difficult, and now since its raining, you can let go, think again! Monsoon brings its own share of skin care troubles.

As I write this article, the gods have officially upon the floodgates of heaven and rains are descending all over India. The scorching summers are finally over and monsoon has taken over.

Monsoon brings down the soaring temperatures but along with it increases the humidity levels. The dampness in air leads to a rise in bacterial and fungal infections and can also dehydrate or make your skin oilier.

This can lead to clogged pores and acne! Hence, a proper monsoon skin care routine is a must for clear, healthy skin.

How To Care For Your Skin in Monsoon

*Updated June,2020

These monsoon skin care tips are easy to follow and will help you keep your skin healthy so you can enjoy the rains without any guilt.

1. Cleanse Thoroughly

Keeping your skin clean of dirt and sweat is vital in monsoons to prevent your pores from clogging and avoiding any breakouts.

Dry skinned women should use a mild cleanser twice a day to avoid the skin from dehydrating due to humidity. And a hydrating face wash preferably with tea tree oil, salicylic acid or neem will help oily and acne-prone skin deal with possible breakouts.

Demure Beauty picks:

Juicy Chemistry Hemp, Tea Tree and Neem Face Wash (Use code “DEMURE10” for 10% off)

Soultree Nutgrass Facewash 

Skincare Villa Green Tea Mint Cleanser

DIY Fix:

Mix kaolin clay, neem, oatmeal and rosewater to create a homemade powder cleanser. Use curd instead of rose water if you have dry skin.

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2. Use a Toner

After proper cleansing, use a toner or astringent to tighten up pores and prep the skin for moisturising. 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. A tea tree hydrosol will also prove to be beneficial if you have acne-prone skin.

Demure Beauty Picks:

Zofla Pure and Natural Rose Water

Nature’s Tattva Tea Tree Hydrosol (Use code “RUTUD10” for 10% off)

Bonsoul Witch Hazel Distillate  

DIY fix:

Prepare some green tea and allow it to cool. Store it in a clean spray bottle and use it as a toner.

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3. Hydration is Must.

High humidity levels during monsoon can dehydrate skin so make sure you moisturize your skin well twice a day. Use a water-based, humectant rich moisturizer if you have oily skin.

Meanwhile, if you have dry skin use a nourishing moisturizer to prevent moisture loss from their skin.

Aroma Magic Juniper Berry Moisturizer 

Soultree Tulsi and Sandalwood Moisturizing Gel

Bon Organics Aloe Vera Gel (Read review)

DIY fix:

Fresh Aloe vera gel works as a great moisturizer for both dry and oily skin. You can also use carrier oils like olive oil, almond, jojoba, grapeseed, hemp seed etc.

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Also Read: How To Pick The Right Moisturizer for Oily Skin

4. Exfoliate regularly

High humidity levels during monsoon can make your skin look dull and lifeless. Hence you bring back the lost glow, exfoliate your skin twice a week at the least to remove dead skin cells.

This reveals brighter and fresher skin underneath. It also helps prevent your pores from being clogged with sweat and dirt. 

Demure Beauty Picks:

Ubtan India D-Tan Face Scrub

Juicy Chemsitry Ylang Ylang and Lavender Cleansing Grains (Use code “DEMURE10” for 10% off)

DIY Fix:

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 for 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:

MamaEarth C3 Facemask (for dry skin)

Neemli Naturals Four Clay Gentle Face Mask ( Use code “DEMURE15” to get 15% off on your orders.)

DIY Fix:

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, lemon 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!

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Also Read: Best Activated Charcoal Face Masks in India

6. Use SPF

Just because the sun is hiding beyond the clouds, does not mean it’s UV rays cannot reach you. The umbrella will block out only a small amount of radiation.

So use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day irrespective of the cloud cover to avoid sun damage and tanning.

Demure Beauty Picks:

Mamamearth SPF 50 Sunscreen

mamaearth ultra light sunscreen

Some Dos and Don’ts for Monsoon Skin Care:


  • 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 rains.
  • Store your skincare products in a cool, dry place to avoid any fungal growth.
  • Take a shower if you get wet in rains 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 rain water. 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 practise CTM every day.
  • Eat street food. They are really unhygienic as it is, but during monsoon, there is a rise in water-borne diseases and water used by them can be contaminated with bacteria and germs.
  • 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?

Next part: The Complete Guide to Take Care of Your Hair in Monsoons.

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