The monsoon season is in full swing which means high humidity levels and dampness—a nightmare for our skin. While the rain does save us from the scorching summer heat, it also brings about a variety of skin issues. There is a constant change in temperature as well as an increase in sweat, grime, and moisture in the atmosphere—all these factors put together can create a recipe for skin problems, with the most common being oiliness and acne. So, during these couple of months, you need to pay close attention to your skin and shower it with TLC, regardless of your skin type.
While this humid weather is inescapable, you can, however, take certain precautionary measures to protect your skin. What's best is you don’t need to spend on a whole new skincare range. The ingredients you need for healthy skin can be found right in your kitchen!
Homemade face masks have been around for generations and have proven to be quite effective. Don’t believe us? Just ask your grandmother. These face masks contain natural goodness and can effectively treat any skin-related problem. There's no denying that every ingredient in your kitchen has some skin benefits, so we’re listing down five of the best homemade face masks that will help keep your skin glowing and healthy, even during monsoon.
Note: Before applying any homemade face mask or pack directly on your skin, be sure to do a patch test on your arm.
When it comes to dealing with skin issues, sandalwood is one of the most loved ingredients from the Ayurveda books. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that help remove tan and even treat sunburn. It also helps tighten pores and protect the skin from breakouts, allergies, and abrasions during the monsoon season. Mixing it with turmeric can help remove blackheads and acne too.
To create a homemade sandalwood face pack, you’ll need:
-1 tbsp crushed sandalwood
-1/4 cup of rose water
-1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Make a thick paste by mixing these ingredients in a bowl. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off with water.
Oatmeal is a total saviour when it comes to tackling skin issues during the monsoon season. This ingredient has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help treat dry skin, soak up excess sebum and control acne. It also makes a great natural exfoliator which helps get rid of dead skin cells and other impurities while keeping the skin hydrated. Egg whites, on the other hand, can shrink open pores, prevent pimples, cysts, and promote the repair and growth of skin tissues.
To create a homemade oatmeal and egg face pack, you’ll need:
-3 tsp oatmeal
-1 egg white
-1 tsp honey
-1 tsp curd
Mix the ingredients together until they turn into a smooth paste. Cleanse your face thoroughly with a good face wash, pat dry and then apply the paste. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and rinse with water.
If your skin is extra oily during monsoon, then we suggest you try this face pack. Banana is rich in potassium, vitamins A, B and C, and also possesses rich minerals that help tighten the skin. Not just this, it also exfoliates, unclogs pores, and removes dead skin cells from deep within. Team it with lemon, thanks to its citrus properties that deeply cleanse the skin and reduce oil secretion, this face mask will be a boon for oily skin types.
To create a homemade banana face mask, you’ll need:
-1 ripe banana
-1 tbsp honey
-1 tbsp lemon juice
Mash the ripe banana and add honey along with lemon juice. Mix this concoction well and apply the mixture to your face and neck. Once it’s completely dried, wash it off with lukewarm water.
The skin tends to get extra dull during the monsoon season--here’s where the dry fruit comes to the rescue. An almond face pack, suitable for normal, oily, and dull skin, is extremely beneficial as it's rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids--all of which are known for their nourishing, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties.
To create a homemade almond face pack, you’ll need:
-A few almonds soaked in milk
-1 tbsp honey
Blend the soaked almonds to make a paste, adding honey. Apply the smooth mixture to your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.
Fuller’s earth, also known as multani mitti, is packed with magnesium, sodium, and calcium. This earthy substance can absorb impurities like oil, dirt, and other pollutants, making it a great addition to your beauty routine. It’s an effective skin cleanser for people with clogged pores and also improves complexion while softening the skin. Not to mention it's tried, tested and trusted by generations of Indian households.
To create a homemade fuller’s earth face mask, you’ll need:
-2 tbsp fuller’s earth
-Rosewater as needed
Mix fuller's earth with rosewater until it turns into a smooth paste. Apply this mask for until it completely dries. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Apart from using these DIY face masks and packs once or twice a week, here are additional measures you can take to keep your skin healthy:
- Don’t forget to cleanse your face twice a day to get rid of dirt and impurities that settle on the skin.
- Always follow up with a toner to balance out the skin’s pH levels. The GLOW Iridescent Brightening Toner by MyGlamm is powered with rosehip oil, a multivitamin brightening and moisturising elixir, and hyaluronic acid--both of which help balance the skin's pH levels and enhance natural radiance.
- If you have oily skin, use a lightweight moisturiser during the monsoon season.
- Don’t forget to use sunblock!
- Keep tea tree oil handy as it is a great anti-bacterial and helps deal with various monsoon skin-related problems.
There you have it! Five DIY face mask and packs that will help brighten dull skin and keep other skin issues at bay this monsoon. You can now thank us!
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