Monsoon may come as a relief from the scorching heat and non-stop sweat, but this season is certainly not a welcome change for your body. The moist, damp weather that the monsoon brings with it tends to lower your immunity levels. With different systems being prone to infections or illnesses, you will be predisposed to problems like indigestion, dysentery, common cold and asthma, along with some irksome skin-related issues including eczema, rashes, and pimples.
Dr (Capt.) Deepti Dhillon, a celebrity dermatologist from Appleskin Clinic, says, “Fluctuating humidity during this season tends to make your skin oilier than it originally is, even if you have dry skin! And while excess oil can cause breakouts, dry skin can cause invisible pores, patchy, scaly skin and more.”
While the skin tends to attract microbes and fungi in the humid rainy weather, with the right prevention methods, you can stave off problems like dullness, acne, and breakouts. Here are a few skincare tips that will help you get naturally toned and cleansed skin.
Cleansing your face twice a day during monsoon is very important. This will help you avoid turning your skin into a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes acne and clogged pores. Using mild cosmeceutical cleansers is advised, as their cleansing and toning properties help fight the acne-causing bacteria. These cleansers also balance the pH factor of your skin, which is essential for maintaining healthy skin.
Moisturise every day
Just because it’s humid, it doesn’t mean you can skip the moisturiser. Humidity can dehydrate your skin and make it look dull through the day. To avoid this, use a lightweight moisturiser with a matte finish. Since fluctuating humidity affects the body’s ability to retain moisture, using a lightweight lotion helps your skin retain its natural moisture and nourishes it from deep within.
Exfoliate your skin
Scrubbing your face two times a week will help you get rid of dead cells and clogged pores. However, make sure you use a mild scrub that doesn’t contain thick granules, as they can damage your skin. If you have normal or combination skin, you can use an exfoliating face wash with glycolic or salicylic acid instead.
Pay attention to ingredients
Use antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, and products with antimicrobial properties to avoid any infections. On the label of your weekly face mask product, look for ingredients like tea tree oil, aloe vera, and neem to clear oily skin. If you don’t get what you need, go for a homemade concoction of honey, lemon, and yoghurt.
Drink plenty of water
This is perhaps one of the best and easiest ways to get that glowing skin. Drinking enough water everyday keeps your skin hydrated and supple throughout the year. You should ideally drink at least eight glasses of water daily to keep skin problems at bay. Water boosts essential oils in your skin and flushes out the toxins, leaving it fresh.
Don’t skimp on the sunscreen
Cloudy weather may hide the sun, but its UV rays are still present in the atmosphere. These rays can still cause harm to your skin. While it is advised to use sunscreen regularly, you also need to ensure that your sunscreen is waterproof with an SPF factor between 25-50.
Avoid heavy makeup
Avoid applying heavy makeup, as it can clog your pores. To steer clear of any acne problems, give your skin some time to breathe, rejuvenate, and clear your pores.
Visit your dermatologist.
Invest in carbon peels and microdermabrasion sessions to exfoliate your skin and get rid of any impurities and bacteria. These treatments not only exfoliate deeper but also help your skin to regenerate healthier cells. They also eliminate the dullness caused by this weather.
with inputs from Dr (Capt.) Deepti Dhillon
Celebrity Dermatologist, Appleskin Clinic