The stickiness, grime, pollution are some of the external factors that affect your skin during the rainy seasons. Also you need to take in to factor the fact that immunity becomes low during the rainy season.
So indigestion, dysentery, cold, cough etc can lead to boils, pimples, eczema, and break outs.
The monsoons actually have an effect not only on your skin directly but tend to cause issues with your food and drink also and therefore you need to be extremely careful and alert about what you consume.
As for your skincare routine, as per your skin type you need to change or tweak it from what you were following for the harsh summer sun. One thing though, just because it isn’t as sunny anymore, doesn’t mean you skimp on your sunscreen that remains very much a part of your regime. Little changes can go a long way to keep your skin healthy and fresh.
Here is a breakdown of skin care tips based on your skin type:
Contrary to what is believed, rains actually have a drying and dehydrating effect on the skin. Skin repairing vitamins are also lacking during this season. You need to keep your face clean with a soap free cleanser. Stay away from alcohol based toners.
Use a toner made of honey and milk; it tones as well as hydrates the skin. For an effective face pack as well as scrub blitz together two tablespoons of pomegranate seeds with one tablespoon of oatmeal, add honey and buttermilk to it, apply all over your face and let it sit there for a few minutes. Scrub it and wash it off for a smooth and fresh face.
Monsoons just make your oil glands go hyperactive and on another level. You are constantly oily and sticky and the feeling is horrid for sure! The oil secretion leads to a host of problems such as blackheads, whiteheads, breakouts and the works. Use a cleansers meant for oil control, which cleans the pores and controls the oil secretion.
Again, stick to an alcohol free toner, use a gel based sunscreen. Use a pack made of chickpea flour (besan) and milk to keep your skin clean and clear. Use aloe vera to battle the pimples, curd helps in keeping the oil under control as well as remove any tan, use a few drops of lavender oil and wash your face with it, it helps rejuvenate the skin.
So this one is a tricky skin type with the T zone being oily while the rest of the face dry. During monsoons the T zone tends to become oilier and attract dirt and grime, thus leading to irritation and breakouts.
Use anti bacterial cleansers. Take a few drops on lemon juice in cold water and wipe all over your face. This acts as a great toner and keeps your face squeaky clean. Make a mask using strawberry, curd and honey. Apply all over your face for fresh and supple skin. Keep blotting papers on hand so that you can deal with the oily T zone.
For those blessed with normal skin, thank god! You sure need to keep your skin free from dirt and grime and all of that. Clean your face with non soapy anti bacterial cleanser.
Use a light SPF infused moisturiser. Try out an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) peel. Use rose water and glycerine to keep your face toned. Keep yourself hydrated, have lots of water. Also stock up on vitamin C to keep you immunity in place.