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Monsoon Skincare Routine for Glowing Indian Skin

The arrival of the monsoon presents a different vibe: the picturesque rains and cozy times! However, the joy of pitter-patter can be dampened by the challenges it throws at your skin. So, start tailoring your skincare arsenal as the monsoon demands.

Sarbani Bhattacharjee
Get clear skin in the rainy season; here's how (Photo Source: Freepik.com)
Get clear skin in the rainy season; here's how (Photo Source: Freepik.com)

Monsoon season comes with increased humidity and fluctuating temperatures, so your regular skincare routine might not be enough. You need to adjust your approach and the key steps and ingredients to keep your skin radiant during rainy days. Unlike summers, where the focus is on oil control, and winters, where intense hydration reigns supreme, monsoon skincare needs to strike a balance. The high humidity traps sweat and dirt, making your skin prone to breakouts.  The occasional downpour can also strip away natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and irritated. This contrasting environment necessitates a different routine altogether.

Steps to Monsoon-Proof Your Skincare Routine:

Double Cleansing: Wash your face twice a day with a gentle- first with a cleansing balm/oil followed by a pH-balanced cleanser. You must go for a gel or foam-based formula that removes dirt and pollutants without stripping your skin's natural moisture barrier.

Toning for Balance: A toner helps minimize pores and restore the skin's pH balance after cleansing. Choose an alcohol-free toner with ingredients like witch hazel or rose water for a refreshing and tightening effect.

Exfoliate, But Gently: Exfoliation is crucial to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to breakouts. However, during monsoons, harsh scrubs can irritate your skin.

Use a chemical exfoliant with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) like lactic acid or glycolic acid one to two times a week for gentle yet effective exfoliation.

Moisturizing: Do not skip the moisturizer just because of the humidity. Choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer with humectants like hyaluronic acid to attract and retain moisture without feeling greasy.

Sunscreen is a Must: Rain or shine, UV rays can damage your skin. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every single day, even on cloudy days. Look for lightweight, non-comedogenic formulas that won't clog your pores.

Monsoon-Friendly Ingredients for Glowing Skin:

Hyaluronic Acid: This humectant attracts and retains moisture, keeping your skin hydrated without feeling heavy.

Niacinamide: This powerhouse ingredient helps control excess oil production, minimize pores, and improve skin texture.

Vitamin C: This antioxidant brightens your skin, reduces hyperpigmentation, and protects it from free radical damage. Look for a gentle vitamin C serum for daytime use.

Tea Tree Oil: This natural antiseptic has anti-inflammatory properties that help combat acne and prevent breakouts.

With just a little tweaking and the right products, you can keep your skin happy and glowing throughout the monsoon.

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