5 common monsoon skincare mistakes to avoid at all costs

Written by Nishtha BhallaJul 07, 2021

Seasons change, but we'd love for our skincare routine to stay the same. However, with the increase in humidity during the monsoon, it becomes hard to maintain a fixed skincare routine that you can follow all year round. And that's completely okay! Making minor adjustments to one's skincare routine is NBD, and let's be real — we'd do practically anything to stop our pores from being clogged.

And whether your skin is dry or oily, sensitive or normal, there are a few ways you can keep your skincare game on fleek, which involves avoiding a few simple mistakes. Ready to adapt your skincare routine to the season? Read on for the skincare mistakes you should absolutely avoid during the monsoon.

Mistake #1: Over-cleansing

Yes, we know — your skin feels sticky and oily during the monsoon. The rise in humidity levels will do that to you. And while your natural reaction may be to wash your face over and over again, that ain't the solution. Washing your face too often strips the skin of its natural oils. To compensate for this dryness, your skin will produce excess oil and make matters worse. Instead, limit yourself to two washes a day with a light, gel-based cleanser like the Lakmé Blush & Glow Lemon Freshness Gel Face Wash. It'll wash away all the dirt and impurities since it's got lemon extracts and antioxidants, along with gentle scrubbing beads that will give you an instant burst of freshness all day.

Mistake #2: Skipping sunscreen

Been there heard that, but we still need to reiterate it. Come rain or shine, sunscreen is a staple that needs to be by your side. Even on a cloudy day, the sun's rays can damage your skin, so hop onto the sunscreen train if you haven't already. Use the Lakmé Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Lotion Sunscreen, which blocks up to 97% of harmful sun rays while still managing to be lightweight and non-greasy.

Mistake #3: Not hydrating enough

ICYMI, water is your best friend when it comes to skincare! “Just because it's raining outside” is no excuse to skimp out on H2O since the slight dip in temperature can make you confuse thirst for hunger. Eat well, and stay hydrated all day — your skin's going to thank you for it in the long run.

Mistake #4: Not exfoliating

Annoying bumps and breakouts are common during the monsoon, and we're blaming our clogged pores for it. Thanks to the excessive oil secretion during the season, acne, pimples, and all the horrors you can think of pop up. But you can avoid them simply by exfoliating. Exfoliate twice a week using the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub without fail. The refreshing scrub deep cleanses the skin with apricot and walnut extracts, ensuring your skin stays smooth and supple all monsoon long.

Mistake #5: Skipping moisturising

It may feel like moisturising is your enemy, but trust us, it's here for you. There's a common beauty myth that if your skin is oily, you don't need to moisturise — but that's completely wrong. In fact, not moisturising your skin in the monsoon can dry it out and cause it to become even more oily, and no one wants that. Use a lightweight moisturiser like the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. Its lightweight and fast-absorbing formula won’t clog your pores or leave behind a sticky residue. Plus, the moisturiser is chock full of skin-loving ingredients like pro-vitamin B5, vitamin E, glycerine and borage seed oil that keep your skin hydrated for up to 12 hours. What’s more, it’s free from baddies like parabens, alcohols, artificial colours and dyes, making it suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.