The monsoon season is just around the corner, and it’s time to take special care while preparing your beauty regime. The rainy season, with its humidity, can be awful for your hair and skin. Heavy rains can leave you with frizzy hair, makeup dripping down your face, and oily skin.
Here are ten tips for maintaining a fresh and pretty look, even when the weather is working against you.
It is super important to moisturize. The rain can have a demoisturizing effect on dry skin (yes, really) and an over-hydrating effect can take place too. Use a non-water or semi-water based moisturizer depending on your skin type.
Your skin requires regular cleansing to look healthy and fresh. It is important to cleanse for 2-3 minutes, even if you’re not using a cleanser with exfoliating beads. Using a warm towel is a good way to cleanse one’s skin. If you wear makeup daily, always remember to remove your makeup and cleanse. It is essential to get rid of dead skin cells, which can otherwise clog your pores and damage your skin.
As a lot of airborne and waterborne microbes are let loose in the monsoon season, a good anti-bacterial toner will go a long way in protecting your skin. You can also mildly tone your skin using lavender oil mixed with a single tablespoon of water. Skin toning should be done at night.
Wash your hair more often. Tea and lemon juice combine to make a wonderful hair rinse which adds shine to your locks. In addition, lemon juice and half a cup of rose water can be added to a mug of water to make a fragrant, lasting rinse. Applying henna is advisable because of its cooling and cleansing properties.
5. Foot Treatment and Massage
Soaking your feet in warm water after a long day can be very relaxing and reviving. For a more luxurious treatment, add a tablespoon of coarse salt and half a cup of lemon juice to a bucket filled to its one-fourth level with warm water. You can also add a few drops of tree oil to the water; it will keep your feet free of skin problems.
6. Wear Waterproof Makeup
You can ditch your smudgy kohl and liquid gloss this rainy season. Keep it fresh with waterproof mascara and dry lipstick. Try lining your eyes with just a little bit of a dark eyeshade, smoked out with a brush just below the lash line. Do not use dark lipstick shades because heavy makeup is a huge turn off in the monsoon.
7. Drink and Bathe (a lot)
A cooling bath is a good reviver when it’s hot and humid outside. Add rose water, lemon juice, and a splash of cologne in cold water and dip yourself in it. During the monsoons, the body loses fluids through sweat. Drink plenty of water, lemonade, and fresh fruit juices.
8. Use a Primer
Using a primer will help to prep your skin, keep your makeup in place, and smoothen it. Once you’ve found the ideal primer for you, hold on to it. It will make you monsoon-ready. You want your face to glow but you do not want any unnecessary shine, especially in the rainy season, and that is what your primer will help you achieve.
9. Face Packs
Face packs provide much-needed relaxation to the skin and ensure that you look fresh. Using fruit face masks or making use of rose water and egg whites will get you good results.
- For a monsoon face mask, mix 3 teaspoons of oatmeal with one egg white and one teaspoon each of honey and curd. If you don’t want to use egg white, substitute it with rose water or orange juice. Apply it on your face and wash it off after about thirty minutes.
- Fruit masks are very refreshing when it is humid outside. Ripe papaya pulp can be mixed with grated apple, watermelon, pineapple, and mango to make a revitalizing face mask. You can add cucumber pulp to the fruit mask as it has an astringent effect and closes the pores. Papaya and cucumber also help to remove tan marks, while mangoes are nourishing for dry skin.
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10. Avoid Excessive Bleaching
Never forget to rain-proof your look when going out in the monsoon; make sure you’re ‘on point’ all year round.