Come monsoon and your skin starts to act up — one day it might feel oily and greasy and the next day it may appear dry and dehydrated. These changes leave your skin looking dull and lifeless, and in desperate need for a pick-me-up — amirite?

Wondering what brings on these changes in the texture and appearance of your skin? We’ve got the answers. Here are five reasons why your skin looks dull in the monsoon. Psst… we’re also taking you through how to tackle them effectively. So, read on and thank us later!

 

Accumulation of dead skin cells

Accumulation of dead skin cells

Did you know, your skin cell turnover is higher in the summer leading to accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin? Hence, if you didn’t follow a thorough skincare routine in the summer — we’re talking exfoliating your face 2-3 times a week — then girl, you know who to blame for your dull skin woes. To make up for this blunder, we recommend giving yourself a clean-up and exfoliating the skin regularly using a mild exfoliant such as the Dermalogica Daily Super Exfoliant — it’s gentle on your skin and can be used every day.

 

Rise in humidity

Rise in humidity

The peak in humidity levels make your skin appear dull, especially if you have oily or acne prone skin. The excess sweat and oil build-up attracts more dirt and bacteria causing your skin to act up. Thus, it’s essential to deep cleanse your skin twice a day to get rid of all the dirt and oil build-up and to keep it looking glowy and fresh, all day long.

 

Dehydration

Dehydration

The rise in humidity levels causes you to sweat like a pig leading to a great deal of water loss from the body. Add to that the fact that you rarely feel thirsty in the monsoon and colder months and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster. Thus, it’s essential to drink at least 8 tall glasses of water everyday to flush out toxins from the body and keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated.

 

Sun damage

Sun damage

Say it with us: sunscreen should be applied all year round — come summer, winter or monsoon. Even if the sun doesn’t shine in all its glory during the rainy season, the UV rays from the sun are still very much present and have the ability to damage the skin. Hence, it’s imperative to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF value of 30 to keep your skin protected from sun damage. The Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 30 is perfect for all skin types and seasons.

 

Toxins in rain water

Toxins in rain water

Rain water contains harmful chemicals that can cause infections and make your skin look dull and can even cause nasty infections. So, if you get drenched in the rain, wash your face as soon as you get home to get rid of all the dirt and chemicals that may be sitting on your skin.