As the sweltering summer makes way for the monsoons, we need a routine to get us through the breakouts, oiliness, and excess sebum that camp on our skin and make themselves at home, much to our displeasure. When it comes to skincare, it’s always great to have some hacks up our sleeves that help change our routines according to the season and combat these issues with ease.
The rains may be a welcome change from the sticky summers, but they bring along more humidity, leading to escalated sweat and sebum secretion.Add moist conditions to it, and you have an array of fungal and bacterial infections lined up. Not looking forward to monsoons anymore, are we? Before you look up ‘how long do monsoons last?’ on the internet, let’s try combating skin concerns by taking a look at some of our summer products that can help.
Transition Your Skincare Routine From Summer To Monsoon
Instead of putting away our summer skincare products, let’s use them as hand-me-downs for the rainy season. Check out some smart hacks for making your summer skincare routine work during the monsoons:
Sunscreen’s A Must
Whether we’re drenched in sweat in May or breathing in the emanating petrichor in July, we cannot skip sunscreen. It’s a must in every season, and experts also recommend using it in the evenings. Use a gel-based, waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from excess oil secretion.
Salicylic Acid Cleansers
Double cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser followed by a salicylic acid cleanser. We need to prevent excess sebum secretion during monsoons, and salicylic acid cleansers help us take care of it. You can also scrub your skin once or twice a week to get that gorgeous glow.
Don’t Skip The Serums
Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid serums are taking over the skincare industry and for good reason. They work wonders to lock in the moisture without making your skin oily. A few drops of hyaluronic acid serums in the morning and niacinamide at night will help tighten pores and rejuvenate your skin.
Mattifying Mists To The Rescue
A mist or spray with silicone or clay elastomers helps retain moisture in your skin while giving it a matte glow. No more wiping off excess oil every few minutes!
Use Facial Masks
A facial mask containing clay helps cleanse the skin deeply while hindering sebum and oil secretion. Go easy on the mask, though, and use it twice a week at most.
Non-comedogenic Makeup Products
We may not be able to escape the humidity, but we sure can beat it. Use non-comedogenic and water-resistant skincare products to keep the skin clean, dry, and light.
Choose Your Moisturizer
Save your body butter and waxes for the freezing cold, and go for moisturizing gels that help increase water content in the skin. Oil-based, heavy moisturizers can take a backseat as lightweight moisturizers walk the ramp and steal the spotlight this monsoon. Psst, you can also skip the moisturizer if you want. We won’t tell anyone!
The excess humidity during monsoon calls for effective ways to keep your skin dry. Use blotting sheets to absorb the excess moisture from the face, armpits, inner thighs, and the folds of the neck. Follow it up with dusting powder to help prevent sweat from accumulating for some time.
Excess humidity does nothing good for the hair, so we suggest you incorporate some of our summer hair care hacks into your monsoon routine as well. Instead of coating your hair with hair oils, use an anti-frizz serum after towel-drying your hair. It helps lock moisture and gives your tresses a healthy shine. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo twice a week, and do not skip the conditioner.
What Do You Need To Add To Your Monsoon Routine?
While your summer skincare products can take care of your monsoon regime for the most part, you need to add certain products to your routine for the rainy days. Let’s take a look at a few of them:
Waterproof Makeup Products
Imagine heading out to a party with your makeup on point only to get drenched in the rain. No one likes runny eyeliner smeared across the cheeks or lipstick smudges on the corner of the lips. Using waterproof makeup might be the smartest hack this season. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that waterproof makeup is difficult to remove, so instead of depending on makeup wipes, go for the double cleansing method.
Antibacterial And Antifungal Powders
Make sure the lines ‘tip tip barsa pani, pani ne aag lagaayi’ does not stand true in your case with painful acne, itchiness, and rashes peppered on your skin. Commercial talcum powders may not be enough to stave off fungal or bacterial infections, so it is always important to keep antifungal and antibacterial powders at hand to get rid of any infections and help soothe the skin from prickly heat. You can also use calamine lotions to get rid of irritated, itchy skin.
Monsoons inevitably provide relief from the hot summers. However, it is also a time when our skin needs additional TLC. What are your skincare hacks for the rainy season? We’d love to hear from you in our comments section below!