While most of us love the monsoon, we may not particularly love what it does to our skin. One of the main drawbacks of the increased humidity during the rainy season is the increased activity of the sebaceous glands in your skin. This means higher than usual sebum production and since your face tends to have the highest concentration of these glands, this means oilier skin than usual.Read also – Is vitamin E good for your hair and skin? The expert explains
So what can you do to keep your face and skin from looking and feeling greasy during the monsoon? Deepti Alapatico-founder of Pulp, shares 7 easy-to-follow tips to help you navigate whatever the weather. Also Read – What is Fox Eye Lift Trend? Is it safe? all you need to know
- Cleanse the right way: The instinct for increased oiliness is to increase how often you wash your face. But it can do more harm than good. You don’t want to increase the number of times you wash your face, but rather focus on getting a cleanser that counteracts oil production or at least minimizes it. Consider washing your face no more than twice a day with a cleanser containing active ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil, neem, etc. to help you. For the rest of the day, you can use face mists to refresh your face and eliminate oiliness.
You also want to avoid harsh chemicals like sulfates and soap, as these will completely strip your skin of natural oils and send your sebaceous glands into overdrive, causing them to produce even more sebum. Also read – What is double cleansing, its benefits and how to do it correctly? all you need to know
- Go easy on exfoliation: Exfoliation like cleansing, if overdone, can lead to more oil production in the skin. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exfoliate at all. Ideally, you want to focus on this once or twice a week to slough off dead skin cells and allow your skin to breathe and more easily absorb active ingredients from other products.
- Get the right moisturizer: The change of seasons means you need to change your moisturizer to meet the increased humidity. Look for products that hydrate your skin but also don’t increase oil production. Lightweight moisturizers and gels are best for this season. You want to avoid emollient bases and products that attract a lot of moisture. Again, moisturizers containing salicylic acid, tea tree oil, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid work best.
- Don’t forget the SPF but make sure it is light: even if the sun is not visible, it does not mean that your skin is protected from UV rays even during the monsoon. This is why you want to stick to applying your sunscreen after your moisturizer, but you want to choose one that comes in a gel form and is easily absorbed into the skin. Matte finish items can be a bonus to keep your face from getting greasy for a bit longer. You also want to make sure to use mineral sunscreens instead of the typical chemical-based ones. These are long lasting and natural therefore non-toxic to the skin.
- Compose your beauty routine: the more products you use on your face, the more your skin gets irritated and the more it tends to become oily. Stick to the minimum number of products you can and use those with fewer ingredients. Additionally, you also want to keep your makeup to a minimum. Avoid covering your face with too much foundation and concealer. Opt for lighter BB and CC creams instead and make sure they are waterproof to avoid reapplication.
- Stay hydrated: With the rise in heat and humidity during the monsoon, you tend to lose water throughout the day. And it shows on your skin because if it is dehydrated, it will produce more sebum to fight against dehydration. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to fight fat. Be sure to drink enough water, at least 2-3 liters a day, and more if you sweat, and eat moisture-rich foods such as green foods and vegetables.
- Sponge off the oil: Despite all the measures, there will always be a time when you will have that shiny nose or forehead. Instead of freaking out and trying different products, just use blotting paper to blot excess oil and maybe use some translucent powder to keep the shine on if you’re outdoors.
During the monsoon, it’s best to keep your skin care light and easy and keep your body and skin hydrated. These should take care of the oiliness on their own, but if the problem persists, see a dermatologist to get to the root cause.