Monsoons can be tough on your skin, but you didn’t need us to tell you that. You’ve probably already seen your skin break out, develop a dullness, turn excessively oily, or in some cases, even become inflamed, and that can certainly drive the best of us crazy! Apart from regular cleansing, it’s important to  switch up your skincare routine to suit the weather, especially during this season.

That’s why we brought in the expert to tell us how to do just that. Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty (@drrashmishettyra on Instagram) gives us all the deets on taking care of your skin during this sticky, humid season. From suggesting the best skincare products to addressing every skin type, Dr. Rashmi spills the monsoon skincare secrets you’ve been waiting for with BeBeautiful. Stick on to find out what they are.

BB: What’s the best way to care for your feet in the monsoon months?
 

BB: What’s the best way to care for your feet in the monsoon months?

RS: The basic rule of caring for your feet during the monsoons is to keep them dry. Although it looks like a simple piece of advice, most of us sit through the day in wet shoes and socks, or at times forget to dry our shoes before wearing them again. Doing so can lead to fungal foot infections. Secondly, it’s also important that when you go for services such as pedicure, you make sure that the equipment used to trim your cuticles and scrub your feet are sterile and in good condition. And lastly, always use a body wash to cleanse your feet at the end of the day. It’s best to clean up well before you hit the sack.

BB: How can you protect your skin from rainwater?
 

BB: How can you protect your skin from rainwater?

RS: The two best ways to prevent your skin from getting damaged in the rains is to take a bath as soon as you reach home and keep yourself dry. A nice, warm shower will ensure that you don’t catch any kind of infection, be it skin or scalp.

In order to boost your immunity, I suggest you take supplements like Curcumin and RA Defence. Supplements like these build back your skin and hair, especially during the monsoons. You could also look for zinc supplements that help in immunity-building.

BB: What skin treatments are safe during the monsoon?
 

BB: What skin treatments are safe during the monsoon?

RS: Any skin treatment that your skin might require could be safe during the monsoon. In fact, it is the best season to get a skin treatment done because you are mostly staying indoors, and the harsh sun is not upon us. However, make sure you go to a reputed clinic, which uses the best of equipment for your skin treatments and ensure you don’t get any rain water or dirty water on your face after that.

BB: Suggest one skincare practice essential for every skin type in the monsoons—dry, oily, combination and sensitive.
 

BB: Suggest one skincare practice essential for every skin type in the monsoons—dry, oily, combination and sensitive.

RS: Dry skin: Make sure you never forget to apply moisturiser.

Oily skin: Make sure you use a good face wash to control the oiliness because you could be more acne-prone in this season.

Combination skin: Make sure your dry patches are well-hydrated and you wash your face regularly because you could be tilting towards more oiliness in this season.

Sensitive skin: Make sure you don’t get drenched in the rain and if you do, immediately wash off. Avoid washing your face too frequently and use a lightweight moisturiser such as the Pond’s Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel.

BB: Suggest a moisturiser and facial cleanser that is best for monsoons.
 

BB: Suggest a moisturiser and facial cleanser that is best for monsoons.

RS: The Pond’s Gold Radiance Youthful Glow Day Cream is best suited for moisturising your skin in the monsoon because it gives you the nourishment you need for healthy, glowing skin. It is light and non-sticky and enriched with real gold particles, which provides a hint of glitter to the skin. This is great because, otherwise, your skin tends to look dull and a shade darker during the monsoon.

In the rainy season, it’s ideal to opt for a gentle yet effective, oil-free face wash that not only removes impurities but also refreshes and rejuvenates the skin. You could use the Lakmé Blush & Glow Kiwi Crush Gel Face Wash, which refreshes your skin and leaves it looking healthy and glowing.

BB: What can stress do to your skin?
 

BB: What can stress do to your skin?

RS: There is a link between your brain, skin and gut. So, whether there is stress on your gut (which usually happens during the monsoon) or it is the stress in your brain, which happens round the year, both tend to affect the skin in the form of acne, premature ageing, sensitivity and redness. Apart from that, you could also end up with hair fall.

Physical stress that we go through every day can be slightly negated with antioxidants. Therefore, use beauty or skincare products that are infused with a lot of antioxidants. And lastly, as an everyday at-home practice, it’s best to start doing yoga. After all, exercise is the key to reducing stress.

BB: What are the most essential parts of a skincare routine?
 

BB: What are the most essential parts of a skincare routine?

RS: There are three essential parts of any skincare routine—cleanse, nourish and protect.

BB: What role does diet play in the managing common skin conditions?
 

BB: What role does diet play in the managing common skin conditions?

RS: Eating healthy has a direct impact on your skin. I suggest you eat your fruits, don’t drink them. Cut down sugar from your diet and also whatever you are intolerant to, as doing so will help reduce skin irritation. Have a clean diet. Make sure you eat your meals on time, do not skip your breakfast, have wholesome meals, don’t skip any one food group—basically have your carbs, proteins and fats from time to time. A no-fat diet is a strict no-no as that hampers tissue repair and vitamin absorption.

Image courtesy: Skin expert’s Instagram account