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We all look forward to the rainy season. The pleasant weather gives us a much-needed break from the scorching heat of the summers. But, the season also causes one of the most dreaded skin troubles: acne!
With an increase in humidity and excessive sweating, the pores on the skin often get clogged with oil and dirt. This raises the risk of an acne breakout which can not only take time to clear up but also cause redness and discomfort. So, you have to take active steps to ensure that you’re minimising your risk of breaking out this monsoon season.
These three tips will help you nourish your skin and keep it fresh during the monsoon season:
1. Wash your face twice a day
Although monsoons bring much respite from hot summers, it also means that the air around you will be humid and full of bacterias that can clog the skin pores, causing acne and breakouts. Washing your face at least twice a day will help you clean the sweat, and remove dirt and oil from the skin pores. It is important to wash the face as it will open up your pores that help loosen any build-up of dirt and softens blackheads and whiteheads, making them easier to remove, hence preventing breakouts from developing.
Using face washes based on natural ingredients will help fight those breakouts. Consider using an orange peel and rosewater face wash, as its high vitamin C content helps clean and treat oily skin, and the antibacterial properties ward off acne and remove scars.
2. Use the double cleansing method to keep your pores unclogged
Double cleansing is the method of thoroughly cleaning your face with two cleansers. Usually, the first cleanser is oil-based and the second one is water-based, to unclog the pores and provide a cleansing effect. The oil-based cleanser will help remove impurities caused by makeup, sunscreen, and pollution. The water-based cleanser will help remove sweat and revitalize dull skin.
Start by applying the oil-based cleanser to your palm, and gently massage it using your fingers in circular motions. Using lukewarm water, wash the cleanser off your face and then apply the water-based cleanser in the same way as before.
3. Use natural face masks with antibacterial properties
Face masks made from natural ingredients and having antibacterial properties are also a great way to avoid breakouts during monsoons. They keep your skin fresh and fight common problems like acne, oiliness and scars. Face masks can help remove dead skin cells, cleanse and unclog your skin pores, thereby removing dirt and excess oil.
Neem based face masks are a good choice to avoid breakouts as neem is rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, calcium and antibacterial properties that enhance skin health. Neem can help hydrate the skin, boost collagen production and its cleansing properties can help treat acne and reduce scars. You could mix powdered coffee with neem oil, and apply it all over your face. Let it sit for fifteen minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Ladies, this monsoon, take care of your skin using these tips and avoid acne!