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.

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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.

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