The monsoons are back, and it’s that time of year when the skies get overcast and the weather gets cool, albeit for a short while. Of course, different seasons bring varying humidity and temperature levels, and we see this all year round in India. We’re used to the ups and downs when it comes to summer and winter, and well, the monsoon season can be a respite between the extremes.
While the Indian monsoon brings to mind hot pakoras, steaming cups of tea, and endless lazy afternoons with loved ones (as the rain showers down outdoors), it also brings various skin woes. Humidity leads to sweat, and when your skin gets sweaty, your pores tend to collect dirt and grime easily. This leads to infections and acne, and often, you’ll feel your skin getting dehydrated, too.
3 Simple Night-Time Skincare Rituals
We’re all about combating any sort of infection, and keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and happy. No matter what the temperature and humidity levels are like, it’s super important to keep your skin refreshed and soothed all throughout.
Here are three super simple rituals we recommend, which work perfectly as night-time practises, for the monsoon season.
1. Cleanse, Cleanse, CleanseIt’s important to cleanse the dirt, pollutants, sweat, and grime during this sticky season. Wash your face a few times during the day - even a splash of clean water does the trick at keeping your skin refreshed. At night, just before getting into bed, we recommend cleansing your face with a gentle, chemical-free face wash. Our mild plant-based cleanser works super effectively when it comes to keeping your pores clean, your skin radiant, and warding off that annoying occasional zit. All the ingredients in our Face Wash are plant-powered extracts, including peppermint, lemon oil, organic flaxseed, and apricot seed powder.
2. Hydrate Gently
Humidity leads to dehydration, and well, dry and itchy skin. So your next step before bedtime should be hydration. We recommend applying a light, hydrating formula to your face, so that your skin doesn’t get sticky. The lighter the formula, the better it is for your skin. Our Face Serum-Cream is a gentle vegan formula designed to nurture and soothe your skin. The consistency is non-greasy, which means that your pores don’t get clogged, and the blend is absorbed instantly into your skin.
The goal behind hydrating your skin at night is to keep your skin free of that mugginess you feel all day, while simultaneously moisturising your face. It’s important to keep your skin tight and boost circulation in the most natural way possible. Our hydrating formula does exactly that - it decreases inflammation, boosts circulation, and tightens pores with an aromatic mixture of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and nature-derived ingredients.
3. Moisturize Generously
While it’s essential to use a mild, gentle formula on your face, we recommend applying a thick moisturizer for your body. Look for a body lotion or cream that isn’t packed with harmful toxins and atrocious chemicals. Find something plant-based with organic ingredients, and massage your body with the blend generously. We recommend applying our nourishing Body Lotion, formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil, along with fragrant eucalyptus and spearmint extracts.
The great thing about a night-time ritual is that you cleanse, hydrate, and moisturize, and then you let your products do their magic while you sleep peacefully. The benefits of sleep are innumerous, and we all know that when we sleep well, we wake up in a better mood all around. Our body relaxes on multiple levels, our neurotransmitters calm down, and any sort of inflammation is eased over time. Our body utilizes and absorbs products better than during the day, and so by practising these simple rituals before catching sleep, we’re practising self-care.
Ultimately, you want to get through the stickiness and mugginess of this season with better skin than before! While nothing beats great skin from the inside-out (usually a result of eating lots of green vegetables, exercising, and keeping stress at bay), it’s important that we do the best that we can from the outside-in, too.
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