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Monsoon Skincare Tips to Beat the Humidity

Deccan Chronicle.| Bindu Gopal Rao

Published on: September 6, 2023 | Updated on: September 6, 2023

As the monsoon season rolls in, so does the challenge of maintaining healthy and glowing skin in the face of relentless humidity

Gel-based moisturisers are an excellent choice for this season. (Image: DC)

Gel-based moisturisers are an excellent choice for this season. (Image: DC)

The increased moisture in the air can wreak havoc on your skin, leading to various issues like acne, fungal infections, and excessive oiliness. However, with the right monsoon skincare regimen, you can keep your skin looking radiant all season long.

Blemish Free Skin

The first step in your monsoon skincare routine should always be gentle cleansing. With the increase in humidity, your skin can become a magnet for dirt, sweat, and excess oil. Avoid harsh, drying cleansers as they can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to over production of oil to compensate. Follow your cleansing routine with an alcohol-free toner. "Look for toners with ingredients like witch hazel or rose water, which can soothe your skin and provide additional hydration.

Dr Deepak Jakhar

Dr Deepak JakharRemember, use of a toner is an optional step in any skincare regimen. Opt for a lightweight, water-based moisturiser to keep your skin well-hydrated without making it feel greasy. Gel-based moisturisers are an excellent choice for this season, as they provide hydration without clogging pores," says Dr Deepak Jakhar, director, and co-founder, Dermosphere clinic.

Skin Matters

Go for a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. This will shield your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause premature aging and damage, regardless of the overcast skies.

Samhitha G Inturi

Samhitha G InturiSamhitha G Inturi, CEO & founder, 3AM India says, "Adjust your skincare a bit according to the weather so that your skin feels breezy. Do not let the weather fool you. Keep your skin and body well-hydrated throughout the day."

"Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of liquids and greens so that your skin and body feel nourished. A hydrating serum will maximise the skin hydration levels and help you achieve a fresh look without feeling sticky. Say no to heavy makeup. In the monsoon season, pores get easily clogged, which can lead to unwanted acne breakouts," she adds.


Dr. Kashish KalraDr. Kashish Kalra, Dermatologist, head of department, Max Smart Hospital, New Delhi says, "As the monsoon season descends, bringing relief from the scorching heat and replenishing the earth with life-giving rain, it also ushers in a unique set of challenges for your skin.

Avoid harsh cleansing products that can strip your skin. Do not neglect night-time skincare; it is crucial for skin repair and hydration. Avoid staying in wet clothes or shoes for extended periods to prevent skin issues. Shower twice a day and use antifungal powder in areas prone to sweating."

Tips: by Shweta Desai Ghadge, training manager skin at Truefitt & Hill


Shweta Desai GhadgeApply sunscreen during the monsoon to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, even on cloudy days, as they can still penetrate, potentially harming your skin

Instead of vigorously rubbing your scalp after washing your hair, opt for gentle pat-drying to maintain its health during the monsoon

Avoid heavy styling products and, instead, choose serums or leave-in conditioners such as Athenian Water, Freshman Friction, and Limnol to keep your hair manageable and stylish

Use shampoos and conditioners designed for your specific hair and scalp needs. Consider products like Frequent Use shampoo and Vitamin E shampoo & conditioner, which are ideal for this season

Combat stickiness and greasiness caused by humidity with a well-rounded skincare routine. Wash your face at least three times daily with a refreshing Daily Facial cleanser and apply an appropriate moisturiser to maintain the ideal moisture balance

Prevent scalp-related fungal infections by practicing good personal hygiene, including refraining from sharing combs and hairbrushes to reduce infection risks.

Do it Right

You can give your skin the tools it needs to overcome problems brought on by the monsoon and retain its health by developing a custom and consistent regimen. "Given the elevated humidity levels during the monsoon, which can lead to a sticky and greasy feel, consider incorporating antifungal powders or lotions in areas prone to fungal infections to counteract the effects of increased moisture.


Hemangi DhirPrioritise regular exfoliation, aiming for at least once a week, to effectively remove dirt and debris from your pores. Furthermore, to prevent pimples and skin issues, refrain from touching your face with unwashed hands. Your skins resilience is further enhanced by maintaining a healthy weight and ensuring proper hydration. Lastly, as a precaution against rain, which may carry pollutants, carry an umbrella, or wear a hat to shield yourself," says Hemangi Dhir, founder & CEO of Botnal.

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