The monsoon season means high humidity levels and dampness which is 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. During the monsoon season, 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 oily skin and acne. So, during these couple of months, you need to pay close attention to your skin and give it the utmost care, regardless of your skin type. While this humid weather is inescapable, you can, however, take precautionary measures to protect your skin and best of all, 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 5 of the best monsoon homemade face masks that will help keep your skin glowing and healthy.
Note: Before applying any homemade face pack on your skin, be sure to first do a patch test on your hand.
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 or abrasions during the monsoon season. Mixing it with turmeric can help remove blackheads and acne.
To create a home-made sandalwood face pack, you’ll need:
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 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 gets rid of dead skin cells and other impurities while keeping the skin hydrated. Egg whites, on the other hand, can shrink large pores, prevent pimples, cysts, and promote the repair and growth of tissues.
To create a home-made oatmeal and egg face pack, you’ll need:
Mix the ingredients together until it turns into a smooth paste. Cleanse your face thoroughly with a good face wash, pat it dry and then apply the paste. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with water.
If your skin is extra oily during the monsoon, then we suggest you try this face pack. Banana is rich in potassium, vitamins A, B, C and also possesses rich minerals that help tighten the skin. This face mask is beneficial for those who have oily skin as it exfoliates, unclogs pores and removes dead skin cells from deep within the skin. Lemon, on the other hand, has citrus properties that deeply cleanse the skin and reduces oil secretion.
To create a home-made banana face pack, you’ll need:
Mash the ripe banana and add 1tbsp honey along with 1tbsp lemon juice. Mix this concoction well and apply the mixture to your face and neck. Once it’s completely dried, wash it off with warm water.
The skin tends to get a bit dull during the monsoon season--- here’s where almonds come to the rescue. An almond face mask is extremely beneficial for normal, oily and dull skin as it's rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are known for their skin-nourishing, anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
To create a home-made almond face mask, you’ll need:
Blend the almonds to make a paste and add the honey. Mix well until you get a smooth consistency and apply this mixture to your face. Leave it on for 20 min and wash it off with cold water.
Fuller’s earth, also known as Multani Mitti, is packed with components like 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 it also improves complexion and softens the skin.
To create a home-made Fuller’s earth face mask, you’ll need:
Mix Fuller's earth with rosewater until it turns into a smooth paste. Apply this mask and leave it on till it's completely dry. Wash it off with warm water.
Tips to achieve happy skin during the monsoon season:
Aside from using the homemade face masks 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 settled on the skin.
- Always follow up with a toner to balance out the skin’s pH levels. The GLOW Iridescent Brightening Toner 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 your skin’s 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.