Dense makeup has the risk of being smudged and washed out during monsoons, light and sheer makeup is advised. Use waterproof mascara, transfer-resistant lipsticks and waterproof liners.
Avoid foundation and prepare the base of your makeup using powder slightly. Use sheer film of light brown, beige, pastel or pink powdered eye shadow and use a coat or two of waterproof mascara. Soft matte lipsticks are preferred by most ladies during monsoons but you may use a soft brown or pink shade with sheer gloss. Use water-based moisturizers to keep away the oily skin, acne and water loss due to perspiration and sweating.
During this weather the skin tends to be erratic and at times you will find it to be oily and at others dry depending on the humidity in the air. Cleanse and tone your skin regularly. Dead cells can be got rid of by using an exfoliating scrub on the face at least twice a week.
Choose a product that suits your skin type and follow simple steps of cleansing, toning and moisturizing.
Cleaning: Use a non-soapy cleanser that ensures deep pore cleansing to wash away impurities from your skin.
Toning: It is very important to choose a good quality anti-bacterial toner for your skin. Also keep a fine quality anti-bacterial face wash.
Moisturizing: Monsoons cause de-moisturizing effect on skin. It is very important to moisturize regularly.
Also, it is very important not to rub your skin harshly while drying it.
Sickly, dull, oily-looking skin is common during the rainy season. Nondescript itching also occurs occasionally. Following the tips below will ensure a glowing complexion:
o Use a face scrub twice a week to exfoliate.
o Avoid heavy moisturizing creams or oily foundations and cream-based colour makeup. Use a light mousse or a matte compact or simply a few drops of calamine lotion as a makeup base.
o Face wash helps to freshen the skin, but do not use it more than once a day.
o Use a toner each time you wash your face to close the pores and restore your skin's pH balance.
It is very important to apply a sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure to ensure greatest sun protection. It must be reapplied every two hours. It is preferred to use at least an SPF 15 or greater sunscreen or a sun block as studies show that most people apply half as much sunscreen as they need.
—Shilpa Ajwani, Oriflame