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Don’T let the gloomy weather out­doors steal your glow this mon­soon! Your skin may have re­ceived some respite now that the scorch­ing heat of sum­mer is be­hind us, but the mon­soon brings along its own unique set of beauty chal­lenges. You may have bid a glad farewell to the sear­ing heat of sum­mer, but the thing about mon­soons in In­dia is that when the sun is shin­ing and the clouds have taken a break from all that down­pour, the hu­mid­ity creeps in. This can take a di­rect toll on your skin as it tends to get sticky and dull dur­ing the rains. Fret not though, for help is at hand. Here are some top skin­care and make-up tips that ac­tu­ally work for keep­ing the mon­soon blues well, well away from your face and skin.

fIve skIn­care tIps for tHe sea­son

Switch to light­weight prod­ucts that won’t weigh your skin down and make it greasy when you step out­doors in the hu­mid­ity. When shopping for mois­turis­ers, walk in with an acute un­der­stand­ing of your skin type (dry, oily or com­bi­na­tion) and ac­cord­ingly look for liq­uid or gel-based mois­turis­ers that suit your skin’s needs. The cloudy skies do not war­rant a rea­son to skip the sun­block. Lather up well, re­gard­less of what time of the day you’re step­ping out at. If you get caught in the rains, al­ways make sure to wash your face in­stantly af­ter re­turn­ing home to rinse out any bac­te­ria or ir­ri­tants that may have latched on to your skin. Skin tends to act up dur­ing this sea­son and one can of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence in­creased itch­i­ness. A cool­ing mask with rose ex­tracts, aloe vera or turmeric should do the trick and soothe your skin.

tHree make-up tIps for tHe sea­son

The most im­por­tant thing is to keep in mind is that the change in sea­son need not nec­es­sar­ily serve as a rea­son to rush out and buy a com­pletely new horde of beauty prod­ucts. You will find that you can work with what’s al­ready avail­able just as well When wear­ing smudge-proof makeup, keep the fin­ish light so that it’ll last longer once you step out­doors. Matte lip­sticks are a no-brainer as they are easy to main­tain, and wa­ter­proof mas­cara should be top­ping your pri­or­ity lists as well. Pakkhi Pahuja, make-up artist and founder, Team Van­ity

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