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Skin care in the rain

Roanna Silveira

Rain and humidity wreak havoc on the skin, making it look dull and congested. The skin is also more prone to bacterial and fungal infections which can lead to unsightly acne or rashes. You will need to increase your regular skincare routine to better take care of your skin. Here are a few tips for both, young men and women.

Cleansing: Use a dollop of non-soap cleanser and wash your face twice a day. This will remove oil and grime from the skin and thus reduce breakouts. Using a gentle cleanser is important, as it does not strip protective oils from the skin while cleansing.

Toning: Toner is very essential for healthy skin. High humidity opens up pores, so toner helps reduce the openings. It also helps maintain the pH balance of the skin. Make sure to use an alcohol-free toner. Soak a cotton ball in the toner and apply it generously all over the face and neck.

Serum: Serum helps brighten the skin and rehydrates it, besides conveying essential nutrients to the skin. Opt for a lotion-based serum during the monsoon. A few drops are enough to treat the entire face and neck.

Moisturiser: The weather may be humid outside, but your skin still requires moisture. Serum is great for hydrating the skin, while moisturiser locks it in. Use a lightweight moisturiser as a heavy moisturiser can make one sweat. Use a coin-sized amount of moisturiser and apply gently without rubbing. Eye cream provides extra care to the delicate eye area. Pat a tiny drop of this on with your ring finger under the eyes.

Sunscreen: It may be cloudy outside, but remember that 80 per cent of the sun’s rays still pass through, so you can still get UV damage during the monsoon. Use a lightweight sunscreen with SPF of at least 30. Apply a healthy dollop to all exposed skin.

Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliating twice a week is essential to remove dead skin cells. They dislodge bacteria from the skin surface and prevent them from establishing themselves on the mantle and causing acne and other skin conditions. Use a gentle exfoliant and do not overdo it. Over-exfoliation will irritate the skin and exacerbate breakouts.

Drink plenty of water: Humidity makes one sweat a lot throughout the day, making the body lose moisture quickly. Skin without moisture looks dull. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day to flush out toxins and hydrate yourself.

Wash hair more frequently: Sweating more due to humidity can attract grime and make it stick. This leads to bad odour and can attract acne-causing bacteria. Use an SLS-free shampoo for best results. Sweat can also lead to an itchy scalp due to dandruff or other reasons. Apply neem oil to reduce dandruff. Invest in a microfiber towel to dry hair faster, and avoid hair dryers as they strip the hair of its essential oil barrier and overdry it.

Avoid closed footwear: Closed footwear leads to sweat which can invite bacterial and fungal infections. Opt for open sandals during the monsoons.

Wear light loose cotton clothes: This will reduce and absorb sweat more easily, so you will be more comfortable and less likely to acquire rashes or other skin infections.

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