Monsoon Guide 101: Tips To Take Care Of Your Skin, Wearing Masks Right
The Next Normal
Across the globe, people have been advised to maintain social distancing and wear face masks to protect themselves from the onslaught of the virus. Masks have become the new normal, and in fact, will continue to be the next normal as most of India, (and the world) carries on in restricted lockdowns.
And while we adjust and adapt to wearing masks, it is also important to follow some crucial skincare tips, particularly during the monsoon. We spoke to an expert who listed some easy ways to take care of your face, skin and the new accessory: masks.
Sunny Side Covered
Pooja Malhotra, Makeup Expert at Kiko Milano, strongly recommends using a sunscreen before stepping out of the house. Apply a layer of sunscreen, and wait a while before donning a mask when you have to step out.
M's The Word
In this wet season, the pores of the skin get clogged due to dirt and pollution which leads to pimples. And moisturising helps.
But before you moisturise at night, Malhotra recommends cleansing the face as this will help minimise the pores and prepare the skin to absorb the moisturiser. Once cleansing is done, it should be followed up with a toner, and then a moisturiser, according to the skin type. Moisturiser will retain the glow and keep the skin healthy. And no matter how busy or sleepy, she says that skipping this routine can hurt as the skin repairs during the night and needs extra nourishment to boost the repair process.
The Scrub Trick
Even if you don't have to step out as much as pre-Covid days, Malhotra's advice is that a weekly scrub must not be skipped. And now with masks and gloves becoming a part of daily wear while going out, it becomes imperative to take good care of the skin.
"Exfoliate your skin at least once a week to remove the dead skin cells from the skin.Wash your face well and apply a good hypoallergenic moisturiser. Wash and moisturise your hands as soon as you remove the gloves," she says.
Mask It Right!
That also means that the right mask should be worn, in the right manner. Malhotra urges everyone to check if the mask fits comfortably, and make sure it is not too tight as that will lead to lines on the face.
Also, if you're using a cotton mask, do ensure that you wash it, dry it and air it well before the next use. This season often leads to a feeling of dampness in clothes, so check that the mask has dried right before you wear it back on.