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Here are 7 tips to protect your skin from the harmful effects of waterproof makeup

Published on:11 July 2021, 09:30am IST
Waterproof makeup is perfect for the monsoon season, but is it really right for your skin? Protect your skin from the side-effects of makeup with these handy tips.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Skin care during the monsoon season is a must! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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No one wants their mascara or concealer to smudge in the rain. That’s why opting for waterproof makeup is the first and foremost choice during the monsoon season. But did you know that making waterproof makeup requires a lot of chemicals and preservatives? The problem is that these chemicals are not good for your skin, and they make it dry and lifeless. That’s why monsoon skin care is of utmost importance. We have for you a dermatologist-recommended guide that will protect your skin from the harsh side-effects of waterproof makeup.

7 skin care tips to keep your skin healthy during the monsoon season
  • Wash and cleanse the face regularly during this season. This helps to remove the dirt and grime from the skin. Ideally, use a mild face cleanser and wash your face thrice a day.

  • Using a toner is essential during the monsoon season, because of the humidity during this season. It helps the clogged skin pores to breathe. For this, use a simple toner that can even out the pH balance of the skin. This also helps give the skin a radiant glow. Apply it at least twice a week.

    Keep a toner handy for an even tone skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  • Moisturise your skin: For some skin types, the humidity in the climate can dry out the skin, and get rid of protective natural oils produced by the skin, besides the dead skin cells. It is important to replenish the skin with moisture, since it needs to function properly.

    To avoid the appearance of flaky skin, use a light gel-based moisturiser. This will keep the skin healthy and supple. Use a moisturising product that contains ultra-hydrating oils and humectants like glycerine, as they are extra efficient in moisturising during this season.

  • Exfoliate your skin: Get rid of germs and dead skin cells that clog the skin pores by exfoliating the skin, once a week. Use a mild exfoliator without thick granules that can damage the skin. Avoid exfoliating multiple times a week, as this can strip away the natural essential oils of the skin and make it dull and lifeless.

    It helps the moisturisers to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. It also reduces blackheads and whiteheads, softens skin texture, enhances skin clarity, lightens hyperpigmentation, improves overall skin tone,  fine lines and wrinkles and controls excess oil during monsoon season.

    Exfoliate your skin twice a week. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  • Protect skin with sunscreen: Apply sunscreen at all times, rain or sunshine, because our skin also gets exposed to UV rays, even during the monsoon season. Applying sunscreen becomes all the more important, especially after exfoliation, because of the highly sensitive state of the skin. Use a moisturising sunscreen that is light and comfortable for your skin. Avoid using chemical protectants, as they can be very harsh on the skin.

  • Drinking water is a must, no matter what the season. During the monsoon season, humidity increases sweating, which leads to pale and dull skin. Drinking water keeps the skin glowing and hydrated. It can also help to flush the toxins away and make your skin glow. 

    Chug down that glass of water if you want great skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  • Apply skin actives: Apply skin actives like vitamins A, C and E in the evening or underneath the sunscreen during the day. It could be in the form of serums or gels during the monsoon season. Make sure they are water or silicone based, so that they do not add to the oiliness. 

“Never compromise on the quality of waterproof makeup products. Wear a primer beneath the makeup, as it will impart a subtle glow to the face,” suggests ace dermatologist Dr Ajay Rana.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.