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Swapping your skincare and makeup products as a new season begins is a must

Ainee Nizami AhmediUpdated: Saturday, July 09, 2022, 09:08 PM IST
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Swapping your skincare and makeup products as a new season begins is a must. Because change in seasons initiates change in our skin tone and hence the need to switch products.

Explaining the reason, Niloni Shah, the founder of The Pink Foundry, says, “We are moving from dry and hot summers that required a lot of hydration for the skin to humid weather conditions that may require us to balance the oil in the skin. Using the same products might cause your skin to suffocate. So, switching your skincare products or at least the skincare regime is essential.” 

A rise in the level of humidity leads to skin problems like acne and eczema. Nikhil Khanna and Nishtha Kalia, founders of Gwang Bio Care, add, “During monsoons, high levels of heat and humidity lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts, especially for people with oily skin. The high humidity levels can also cause eczema in people having dry skin.”

Similarly, your makeup products need a monsoon edit too. Sneha Singh, Head of New Product Development at Faces Canada, tells you why. “Whilst summers call for more matte finish products and bright colours, monsoon call for more dewy finish products and darker colours. This matrix needs to change to match your skin’s changing needs. Wearing a super dry lipstick in the monsoon, for example, can take away all the precious hydration off your lips and leave them cracked.”

So, what are some of the essential beauty swaps for monsoon? We sat down with experts to bring you skincare and makeup swaps that will leave you with good skin and makeup that lasts all day long, even if you get caught in a downpour.

Remember, it’s vital to consult a dermatologist before making changes.

Change your cleanser: During monsoon, your skin builds up oil and sweat due to excessive humidity in the air. You want to ensure you’re removing all of that from your skin, so you don’t get clogged pores. Opt for a cleanser that removes all the dirt without stripping away the skin’s natural oils, recommends Niloni.

Add a toner to your routine: Follow your cleansing routine with a toner, advise Nikhil and Nishtha. Make sure you invest in a lightweight non-alcoholic toner that will help balance your skin’s pH and aid in preventing acne.

Swap your moisturiser: The moisturisers used during the monsoon need to be light and not as emollient and thick. Niloni recommends switching heavy-duty moisturiser for a lighter, water-based lotion. Opt for one that protects you from blue light protection — we’re all exposed to blue light throughout the day either via our laptops at work or phones and even harsh indoor lighting. 

Change your makeup: Ditch cream-based foundation and opt for a super lightweight serum foundation that will help you combat the humidity. Carry a makeup fixer that will help battle oil and pollutants while hydrating your skin and keeping your makeup intact all day. Use long-lasting matte finish lipstick to ensure that the colour stays on even if you are caught in a downpour. Playful colours like muted pinks, wines and light browns will enhance your look this season. Lastly, waterproof kajal and mascara act like armour against the downpour that could wash away your makeup, suggests Sneha.

Don’t forget sunscreen

Even during the monsoon, your skin needs adequate protection from UV rays. Invest in a gel-based water-resistant sunscreen to avoid it getting washed away in a downpour. A single application may not last an entire day so remember to reapply the sunscreen at regular intervals, especially if you are outside.

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