How Not to Let the Monsoon Dampen Your Skin’s Mojo

By Argha Kashyap

Humidity + heat + urban pollution = skin nightmare. Follow these time-tested facial care regimes to stay fresh and glowing.

HONEY, LEMON AND YOGURT FACE PACK: Mix equal amounts of all three for an anti-tanning, deep-cleansing and moisturizing pack. Keep it for 15-20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

REPLACE NORMAL WATER WITH ROSE WATER: Especially if you have oily, sticky skin. Cleaning your face with rose water will hydrate your skin, relieve irritation caused by pimples and reduce breakouts. You can also spray your face with refrigerated rose water at regular intervals to stay fresh and cool.

USE ALCOHOL-FREE TONERS: Your oily skin will thank you for this. Alcohol strips the moisture off your skin, which then starts secreting more oil as a counter-reaction. Use rose water or homemade toners instead.

GO FOR AYURVEDIC SOAPS: Gentle and chemical-free soaps help in retaining the skin’s natural moisture. You can also use natural scrubs or charcoal soap instead of face wash.

USE SUNSCREEN: UV rays are responsible for skin damage, pigmentation, freckles and yes, they DO penetrate through clouds, so don’t skip sunscreen just because it’s cloudy. A sunscreen lotion with SPF 15 is ideal for Indian skin.

First published in the August 2017 issue of eShe magazine