From long drives to adventure treks, the onset of rains is when all the planning begins. And while you jump over the puddles, DR VARUN KATYAL tells you how to keep your skin healthy and glowing throughout the damp and humid season.
Rainy day radiance
Cloudy skies. The beautiful smell of wet earth. Pitter patter rain drops. Masala chai. Onion pakodas. Who doesn’t love the monsoon? Well, our skin maybe… it’s moist, oily, sticky and lifeless. Fret not, girl. Here is a skincare regime that will keep your skin feeling fresh and radiant, no matter what the weather.
During monsoons, the skin can either become very dry or very oily and it’s important to cleanse it properly. Avoid harsh cleansers and perfumed soaps. For normal to dry skin, you can use a soap free cleanser and for acne prone or oily skin, you can use a salicylic acid based cleanser in the morning and a soap free cleanser at night. Follow this up with a PH-balanced toner.
Beware! The humid weather can play havoc by dehydrating dry skin and overhydrating oily skin. If you happen to get wet often, tuck in a water resistant moisturiser in your vanity kit. Otherwise, a water-based moisturiser will do just fine. If the skin feels too dry, use a hyaluronic acid skin serum with the moisturiser to keep the skin soft and hydrated. For dry skin, blend wheat bran or ground almonds with milk or yogurt and apply it on your skin.
Block out the sun
Just because the skies are cloudy doesn’t mean that the harmful rays of the sun won’t reach you. Always use a broad-spectrum water resistant sunscreen, with an SPF of 30 or more, in an appropriate manner. Slather it on all the exposed parts of your skin at least 20 minutes before you step out and carry umbrella and protective sunglasses with you if you are planning to walk in the sun.
The capacity to digest food is at its lowest during the monsoons, so avoid binging on street food. Gorge on foods such as brown rice, stir fries, soups and curries. Eating green leafy veggies is good, but wash them properly as they could carry the risk of contamination. Drink plenty of water every day so as to maintain the glow of your skin.