The Practical Guide to Monsoon Skincare Routine

Monsoon Skincare Guide
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. But 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 down the soaring temperatures but along with it increases the humidity levels. The humidity 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 skincare routine is a must for clear, healthy skin.
These monsoon skincare tips are easy to follow and will help you keep your skin healthy so can enjoy the rains without any guilt.
  • Cleanse thoroughly
Keeping your skin clean of dirt and sweat is vital in the monsoons to keep your skin clear of impurities and avoid any breakouts caused by clogged pores. Dry skinned women should use a mild cleanser 2-3 times a day to avoid the skin from dehydrating due to humidity. An antibacterial facewash with tea tree oil or neem will help oily and acne-prone skin deal with possible breakouts.
Demure Beauty picks:
Rustic Art Neem basil Facewash
Aroma Magic Neem and Tea tree Facewash  (My favourite cheap facewash for oily skin)
Biotique Bio Papaya Visibly Ageless Scrub Wash ( Read Review
Skincare Villa Oats and almond cleanser (Read Review)
DIY Fix:
Mix besan, oats and rosewater to create a mild homemade cleanser. Use curd instead of rose water if you have dry skin.
  • Use a Toner
After proper cleansing, use a toner or astringent to tighten up pores and prep the skin before moisturising. Rose water 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 toner will prove to be beneficial for acne-prone skin.
Demure Beauty Picks:
Zofla Pure and Natural Rose Water
Cucumber Organics Tea Tree Clarifying Toner
Bonsoul Witch Hazel Distillate  (Read Review)
DIY fix:
Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to rose water or witch hazel water to make your own antibacterial toner.
  • Moisturise well.
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 while dry skinned girls must use a good nourishing moisturizer.
Aroma Magic juniper berry moisturizer (Read Review)
Rustic Art Aloe Vera 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 use carrier oils like olive oil almond, jojoba, grapeseed, hempseed etc. Add in a few drops of essential oils to suit your needs. (e.g tea tree, rosemary for acne; rose for dry skin; geranium for ageing skin, or lavender for all skin types)
  • Exfoliate regularly
High humidity during monsoon can make your skin look dull and lifeless. Exfoliate twice a week at the least to remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter and fresher skin underneath. This will also prevent pores from being clogged with sweat and dirt. 
Demure Beauty Picks:
Biotique Tan Removal Scrub (all-time favourite)
Cucumber Organics Holy Basil & Mint Oatmeal Scrub
Juicy Chemistry Revitalising Face Scrub
DIY Fix:
Use oatmeal, orange peel powder, besan, green gram or coffee powder to create a homemade scrub. Use it with rose water if you have oily skin or honey/milk/curd if you have dry skin.
  • Face masks to rescue.
Treat your skin with a face mask 1-2 times a week for glowing, healthy skin. Homemade masks always work better in my opinion. A good face mask will firm up your skin, remove impurities, improve blood circulation and help to detan or get rid of pigmentation issues.
Demure Beauty Picks:
Skincare Villa Coffee Mud mask (Read Review)
MamaEarth C3 Facemask
Juicy Chemistry Coffee, Chocolate and Maca Root Facemask
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!
  • 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:
Aroma magic Sunblock lotion SPF 30 (trying to find more clean sunscreen options, comment below if you know any)
Some DOs and DON’Ts for Monsoon skincare:
Do:
  • Keep wet wipes handy to cleanse on the go
  • 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 now, do you?
  • Store your skincare products in cool, dry place to avoid any fungal growth.
  • Take a shower if you get wet in rains to avoid germs and infections.
  • Drink adequate water and eat a healthy diet.
  • Take care of your hands and feet as they are most exposed to dirty rainwater. Indulge in regular manicures/pedicures.
Don’t:
  • 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.
  • Forget to practise CTM twice 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 does not have to be complicated. Follow these simple tips and it will definitely help you maintain a healthy skin this season. What’s your monsoon skincare routine like?
Next part: The right way to hair care in monsoons. (coming up next week)

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