The monsoon has both pros and cons. While we love to enjoy the drizzles and the pleasant weather, the monsoon is not a welcoming guest for our skin. Due to changes in climate and the abundance of humidity in the air, skin is highly blocked during this season. Expert says that clogged pores build up a layer on the skin full of dirt and grime and lead to acne. “Skin rashes or fungal infections can also occur due to congested pores.
Hence cleaning your face to keep the pores open and clean is a very crucial step in your monsoon skincare routine,” says Arthi Raguram, Founder, Deyga Organics who feels altering your skincare programme according to the season is necessary if you want to keep all your skin concerns at bay.
“A few easy actions in your skincare game will fetch you great results, and you will get healthy and beautiful skin,” adds Arthi who explains how to prevent blockage of pores during monsoon
Cleansing Is Important
Cleansing is crucial when you do not want clogged pores. Make sure to wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser. This will keep your face clean and smooth. Follow the 60-second rule, which is to wash your face for 60 seconds to get rid of all sorts of dirt, impurities, and bacteria. Always choose a mild cleanser so that your face is not ripped off its natural oils. Your t-zone is more prone to clogged pores, so make sure to give yourself a nice massage while cleansing these parts.
Scrub Off Those Dead Cells
If you wish to keep acne and pimples at bay, you need to exfoliate your skin. Ideally, exfoliating two times a week works great for the skin. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells that lead to clogged pores. It deeply cleanses the pores, allowing your skincare products to be absorbed better. Both chemical and physical exfoliation works great; choose one according to your skin type.
Use Face Masks
Applying face masks regularly will deep clean your pores and unclog them. Face masks that include the properties of green tea, sandalwood, and neem work beautifully during the monsoon. All of them have antibacterial properties and are enriched with antioxidants; they prevent excess sebum production and keep your skin clean and fresh.
Use A Toner
Your CTM routine will be incomplete if you skip the toner. Toners are meant to clean your pores and prevent the accumulation of oil and dirt. Toners with salicylic acid, green tea, or cucumber extracts are perfect to use during the monsoon. Alternatively, you can also use rose water as a toner for your skin.
Get your facial steam done once a week. Warm water works better during the monsoon as it can thoroughly cleanse the pores. Also, during the monsoon, your face tends to sweat more and produce more sebum. The steam gently unclogs all the pores, giving you a healthy, smooth look.
Keep Your Skin Moisturised
Skipping a moisturiser during the monsoon is bad for your skin as it can lead to dryness and clog the pores. So, choose a water-based or gel-based light moisturiser to nourish your skin. It also works as a barrier for your skin, preventing dirt and grime from getting accumulated on your skin. Opt for moisturisers or lotions that are non-comedogenic and non-greasy.
Wear Light Makeup
Makeup leads to clogged pores and unwanted acne. Due to the rainy weather, try to keep your makeup minimal. Stick to power-based products and avoid heavy creams or foundations. Always use a makeup remover at the end of the day, followed by a cleanser to remove all makeup particles for a squeaky, clean face.