The rains arrive at the same time each year; so why do we always greet that first trifecta of heat, humidity and rains, feeling and looking totally unprepared? And even though you might have your beauty routine down pat, there’s nothing like nature’s tantrums to wreak havoc on your skin, hair and makeup—rendering all your best performers useless. Sigh. Well, not anymore!
As we trade our trusty sneakers for colourful gumboots, it’s time to bypass the makeup meltdowns, skin breakouts and frizzy hair with these genius beauty switch-ups, that have lighter and higher endurance formulas. With these monsoon beauty tips in your pocket, you’ll save a lot of time.
Must-Have Monsoon Makeup Products
Shelve: Cream Face Wash
Swap with: Foaming Cleansers
Foaming cleansers are much better than their creamy counterparts at removing sweat, oil, and stubborn waterproof products. However, if you have dry skin, opt for one that is formulated with oil or emollients for a moisturizing experience.
Shelve: Heavy Face Creams
Swap with: Gel-based Creams
The monsoons call for light-weight creams that won’t weigh your skin down or make it appear uber greasy. Choose gel-based creams and lotions that offer oil-free hydration and works well for the humid months. If you have dry and flaky skin, products enriched with Hyaluronic Acid serves as a big drink of water, smoothing out the roughest dry patches.
Shelve: Body Butters
Swap with: Gel-Based Lotions And Body Yogurts
While we all enjoy creamy body butters, it’s best to steer clear away from them during the monsoon period since these can clog your pores and feel uber heavy on the skin. Instead opt for hydrating formulations and body yogurts which are enriched with Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamins that are non-sticky, absorbs instantly on the skin and lets your skin breathe. Love.
Shelve: Regular Shampoos
Swap with: SLS-free Shampoos
Rain water strips tresses of moisture, making them dry and frizzy. Add a regular shampoo (containing chemicals such as sulphates) to the mix, and you have got a sure shot recipe for disaster. Solution? Switch to a sulphate-free shampoo that gently cleanses and smoothens your strands, without being harsh on your scalp.
Shelve: Face Oils/Heavy Serums
Swap with: Hydrating Face Mists
Heavy serums and thick face oils can often feel too tacky on your skin during the hot and humid monsoons. We recommend swapping them with some light-weight facial waters or hydrating mists that will quench thirsty, dehydrated skin, stimulate skin vitality—without causing ‘em pesky breakouts. Result: bouncy, fresh and radiant skin all day, every day!
Swap with: BB Creams/Tinted Moisturizers
Reserve liquid foundations for non-humid days and opt for lighter, breathable formulations that won’t melt into your creases or clog your pores. BB creams or tinted moisturizers are a good pick if you want a light dewy coverage; brownie points if they come with an SPF coverage. If you still lean towards liquid foundations, then try cushion foundations that have hydrating properties.
Shelve: Regular Mascaras/Eye Makeup
Swap with: Waterproof Everything
In a heavy downpour, the only thing that will keep you from flaunting racoon eyes is budge-proof makeup. Little wonder that waterproof mascaras, eyeliners and eyeshadows are a no-brainer in this weather. Don’t forget to use a primer beforehand that will keep your makeup in place for longer.
Swap with: Cheek Tints
Smudgy blushes can be a nightmare in this balmy weather. The beauty of the multi-tasking cheek tint? They glide on the skin like velvet and get absorbed giving your cheeks a sense of natural flush—one that will last through humid and sweaty days; no touch-ups necessary.
Shelve: Lip Gloss
Swap with: Matte Lip Colours
Notice how easily hair sticks to lip gloss on windy days? Simply bypass sticky lip glosses this season for gorgeous matte tints that don’t feather and stay put all day. Don’t forget to exfoliate all the dead cells with a lip scrub beforehand for a statement pout.