Rainy Radiance

Step out in the rain and enjoy, carefree! HAIR tells you how to keep every type of skin healthy and glowing all through the season.

Cloudy skies and cool showers make for my favourite type of weather—it’s a much needed break from the blistering summer heat— but I must admit, it comes with a host of problems, especially when it comes to skincare. The changes that the humid, dewy weather brings are unavoidable, with each skin type reacting to the weather in its own way. With the right products, it is possible to keep your skin protected, hydrated and clean, to achieve that healthy glow! Let’s find out how you can do that, no matter what your skin type…

Oily skin

Monsoon aggravates problems for those with oily skin the humid weather makes the sebaceous glands more active, thereby increasing the secretion of oil. This oil, combined with sweat, dirt and other impurities gets trapped in your pores, leading to painful breakouts. To control this, follow a thorough CTM routine— cleanse your face with an oil-controlling face wash two-three times a day, tone your face with an alcohol-free toner and use a water-based moisturiser at night to keep your skin well hydrated. Also, exfoliate regularly to get rid of the grime that collects in the pores due to the excess secretion of oil.

Tip: Switch to matte sunscreens or BB creams to keep shine and greasiness at bay.

Dry skin

Those of you with this skin type will agree when we say that you experience itchy, tight and irritated skin. Your dehydrated skin needs special care. To soothe your skin, use soap-free and alcohol-free products as these don’t strip away any moisture from your skin. Cream-based products are best suited to this skin type. Invest in a good quality moisturiser and use it twice a day. Keep yourself well-hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids.

Tip: You can try making a face pack of milk and honey as a home remedy for dry skin. This not only moisturises your skin but tones it as well.

Combination skin

In this type of skin, it’s very common for the cheeks to be drier than the rest of the face, whereas the T-zone gets extremely oily. It’s fairly obvious that the dry areas need thorough moisturising whereas the oily regions need regular cleansing. Use a hydrating face wash as this will retain the moisture in your skin while cleansing the excess oil. Use water-based moisturisers and sunscreens that will benefit both your issues.

Tip: Keep facial blotting papers handy to help deal with the greasiness without ruining your carefully applied make-up on an excessively humid day.

Normal skin

This is the easiest skin type to care for—all you need are a few precautionary measures to keep your skin in great shape. Be vary of greasiness, dirt and grime that collects very easily during the season. Use a good anti-bacterial face wash to keep skin infections at bay. Indulge in hydrating and cleansing facials to give your skin some extra pampering.

Tip: Try a gel-based sunscreen for the season. These are lighter than lotions and will not clog your pores.

About the author

Hena Desai

Assistant editor/ pop culture junkie with an obsessive need to keep up with the Kardashians. Keeping my nails painted and eyeliner even is all that I care about. And world peace, obviously.