Six common skincare mistakes during the rains

1.Skipping the sunscreen: Sure it’s overcast outside and the sun hasn’t shown its face for hours – you still need to cover up with sunscreen. The sun’s UV rays penetrate the atmosphere no matter the cloud cover, so make sure you put on sunscreen every day, and reapply every four hours.

2.Slathering on heavy duty cold creams or moisturisers: These weigh down your skin, clog pores and increase the chances of break-outs on a skin that's already battling with humidity. Try including lightweight mousses, water-based moisturisers and light hydrating masques into your skincare regime.

3.Not washing face towels: Damp conditions during the monsoons are the harbingers of fungal infections and break-outs. Wash all face cloths, sponges, and hand and face towels in hot water to keep away possible infections and allergies.

4.Touching the skin excessively: This is one habit that needs to be rectified no matter what the weather. Touching your face transfers harmful bacteria, dust and oils from your hands onto your face. It’s an open invitation for pimples, clogged pores, not to mention a greasy smear or two.

5.Using very hot water: Hot water seems tempting to drive away the early morning chills, but it’s not a very good idea. Lukewarm water is the best bet to start the day as well as wash away grit and grime at the end of it. Avoid using very hot water to wash and bathe as it harms the skin more than it cleans.

6.Not drinking enough water: Sure the cool weather kills thirst and frequent bathroom breaks are annoying, but you need to drink plenty of water. That's how you keep your skin looking good and your health in shipshape during the monsoons. Experts recommend 8 glasses of water per day, so drink up as part of your skincare routine!

Tips to keep your skin looking fresh all through the downpour months.

1.Spritz with rose water or diluted witch hazel for tight, closed pores and glow.

2.Wipe away moisture with unscented wet wipes.

3.Keep a gel based sanitizer handy so that dirt is not transferred onto your face.

4.Pay attention to all of your skin, not just your face. Exfoliating showers, antibacterial dusting powders and light body lotions will help keep your body glowing and healthy.