If you have acne-prone skin, you must take good care during monsoon season as humidity can trigger breakouts. Here are some tips.
Refreshing monsoon showers are certainly blissful but they can take a toll on your skin’s health. When it is not raining, humidity takes over and that is not something your skin would like. People who have acne-prone skin tend to experience breakouts in the humid climate. This is because the germs and bacteria lingering in the air get stick to your skin, clog the pores and trigger pimples. Therefore, cleansing the skin properly is a must. No matter you have gone out or not, you must wash your face twice a day with a medicated or herbal cleanser. Stay away from chemical-based cleansers as much as possible because they can aggravate the condition. Cheeks, forehead, jawline, neck are acne-prone areas and so, you must clean them properly. For best results, use water-based facial cleansers as they don’t clog the pores and like light on the skin.
Using a toner is not a beauty regime(as many people think) but it is an important step of skincare. Sometimes, dirt is left on the skin which needs to be eliminated for healthy skin. Not cleaning the face for a long time may result in acne. Toning the skin helps in removing excess dirt and makeup residues. Besides, a good toner also helps in preventing oil clogging by closing the pores. There are many brands selling good-quality toners. You can pick anyone that your budget allows. However, if you wish to save more money and create a natural toner all by yourself, you can use rose water, cucumber water, cool green tea, cooled chamomile tea, etc. as toners. These are equally great and also safe for all skin types.
Scrubbing the skin or exfoliating the skin is one step that you should not miss irrespective of the season or climate. Exfoliation helps in getting rid of dead skin cells that can clog the pores, allow bacteria buildup and cause acne. Every day, dead skin cells are produced and they get accumulated on the dermal layer. Use a scrub to shave off the dead skin and allow natural skin to glow. When there are no dead cells, dirt or clogged pores, breakouts won’t happen. But you must remember to not over-exfoliate your face. Over-exfoliation may also trigger acne as your skin’s pH balance gets disrupted which triggers acne. Exfoliate your face only once or twice a week. If you happen to go out in pollution daily, you can choose a mild scrub that can be used every day and won’t cause harm to your skin.
The next important step is moisturising the skin. This is very crucial for skincare but many people have this disbelief that you shouldn’t use a moisturiser or face cream in monsoon season as it is very humid and moisturising the skin can result in oily. Firstly, let us tell you that using a moisturiser won’t harm your skin unless you are using a good one. Don’t invest in anything that you have just heard of or someone you know uses it. Always understand your skin first and then get a moisturiser that is made specifically for that skin-type. Using a light moisturiser is always the best idea. Also, if you think that your skin is feeling oily, you can skip this step in daytime but always moisturise your face at night before sleep. Your skin repairs and rejuvenates itself through the night and so, giving it enough moisture helps.
If you think sunscreen is only meant to be used in summers, you are wrong. This is a common perception about sunscreen that many people believe to be true and therefore, they stop using sun protection as the sunny season goes. If you want to prevent acne in monsoon, you must apply sunscreen to your face. The benefits of sunscreen aren’t restricted to summer use but UV rays can penetrate into the skin in monsoon season too. You might not be seeing the harsh sun rays but they keep coming and damaging your skin. Apart from acne, you can also experience tanning, irritated skin and many other skin problems in monsoon. Thus, you should not miss out on applying sun protection on your face. This is a damage control weapon that guards your skin against damaging factors.
Diet plays an important role in keeping the skin healthy and glowing. Your skin not only requires topical products like the ones mentioned above but inner health is also imperative. Using cosmetics can heal the topmost layer of the skin but it cannot treat the root cause of skin problems. For that, you need to have nutrients that build the skin’s strength from within. Eating a lot of green vegetables and fresh fruits(preferable the ones with high water and vitamin C content). These provide antioxidants that promote skin health and reduce oxidative damage that apart from triggering acne also cause premature aging. You can see wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles if you don’t consume a good diet. As soon as you improve your diet and regulate your eating pattern, you would see a remarkable difference in your skin. Over time, the acne problem would also resolve.
The best way to clear your skin and get a radiant glow is by boosting hydration in the body. When your body is well-hydrated, it will reflect on your skin as your face would start to glow like a bulb. Why drinking water can acne-proof your skin in monsoon? We drink more water in summers to replenish the loss of water through sweat. On the contrary monsoon season being humid, your body doesn’t demand water and you don’t feel thirsty often. Many people, thus, make the mistake of not drinking adequate water which makes the skin dry and prone to acne. So, you should look for ways to drink more and more water throughout the day even if you don’t feel thirsty.