RAINY DAY RADIANCE
High humidity can absolutely wreck our skin, making even the driest of complexions look oily. Fret not! ARUNA MUKERJEE shares plenty of ways that’ll help you find your way around it.
Moisturisers are God’s gift to every dry-skinned individual, but it’s essential you read the label at the back before you decide using any of it. Humidity can often cause excess sebum production and clogged pores. To prevent this from happening, it’s advisable to use a water-based moisturiser that hydrates your skin, leaving zero residue behind. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid and are gel-based. Sebamed Visio Active Hydro Gel is an excellent option. If you are looking for something more affordable, then Cetaphil is bound to have something in its lineup. The same formula applies to the make-up you use. Ditch those high-coverage foundations, oily BB creams and cream blushes. Instead, reach for lighter, powder-based products.
Just because it’s cloudy doesn’t mean that you skip the SPF. Sunscreens are just as important during the monsoons and protect your skin from those pesky UV rays. Water-based sunscreens that aren’t heavy on the skin are perfect. And, if your skin is on the sensitive side, you should definitely stay away from products that contain alcohol or fragrance.
Skin texture and quality change over the seasons, which means that your skincare regime needs to adapt to the same. Adopt a gel-based cleanser this season as it’s gentler on the skin. Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion ticks all the right boxes in this category. Make sure you cleanse your face thoroughly at least thrice a day to get rid of the excess sebum. The next step should be hydration and that is where facial sprays step in. A simple rosewater spray devoid of glycerin such as the Kama Ayurveda Rosewater should do the trick. If you have the budget, Avène Thermal Spring Water is immensely popular amongst skincare experts. Face masks aren’t a necessity, but it’s always advisable to put one on at least once a week. Getting hold of a good face mask with minimal parabens, alcohol or fragrance can be quite a task in the Indian market. Thankfully, there are several affordable Korean brands available online that can be purchased at the click of a button! Sheet masks in particular are soothing and immensely effective. The Face Shop and Innisfree make some spectacular sheet masks. The Face Shop’s hydrating sheet mask is a personal favourite as it is filled to the brim with hyaluronic acid and leaves the skin supple within minutes. To get the best out of your sheet mask, pop it in the fridge for a couple of minutes for a completely soothing experience.
We all have days when one just can’t find time for skincare and hitting the sack is all that you can think of! The skincare industry has found a way around the stressful lives that we lead. The overnight face mask trend is quickly catching on and, if you’re willing to break your wallet, you will surely find something suitable. Clinique’s Overnight Moisture Surge Face mask is known to work wonders on dry, dull skin. If you suffer from extremely dry skin, then Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Hydrating Masque is a must-try.
When it comes to taking care of dehydrated skin, it’s best to apply lighter products during the daytime and reaching for the nourishing ones at night. Stay away from products that contain oil, alcohol, parabens, and fragrance, and you should be good to face the monsoon onslaught.
Face masks aren’t a necessity, but it’s always advisable to put one on at least once a week.