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10 Quick Summer and Monsoon Skincare Tips

Sunshine has once again knocked the doors and temperature is at its pinnacle leaving us with no other option than to fret, fret, and only fret. I would suggest you to keep calm and rejuvenate and refresh your skin, as this is the best time to slough off dead-dull skin and have glowing skin all over. All you need to have is an inner cool and no qualms at all and you are just sorted throughout the season.


Here are some quickies and tips from the experts that will transform you from inside out.

#1- Stay Hydrated


When I say hydrated I mean it by all means whether hydrating your body or your skin. The weather is meant to squeeze the water content out of your body and you need replenishing and restoring means to quench your skin’s and body’s thirst. Drink as many liters of water as you can and apply hydrating lotions at least twice a day. I recommend a minimum of 3 liters for females in summers and 4 liters for males. Besides, eat fruits that are high in water content like watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, sweet lemon, etc.


#2- Exfoliate


Besides hydrating yourself, exfoliation is the key to have blissful skin throughout the season. In such a season, skin tends to become greasy with oil accumulated all over the face along with sweat leading to breakouts. Hence, it is suggested to exfoliate your skin thrice a week in summers to slough off dead skin cells and other impurities and have your glow and spotless skin maintained. If you have an acne-prone or sensitive skin, go for mild exfoliators so that they do not act harsh on your skin.


#3- SPF


Now, this tip works throughout the year regardless of the season. SPF or Sun Protection Formula is essentially a needed supply for your skin as water. It not only protects your skin from tanning and photo ageing but also prevent hazardous ailments like sin cancer etc. it is recommended to wear a minimum of SPF 30 with broad spectrum reapplying it every 3 hours religiously for benefiting results. Always wait for at least 20 minutes after you apply your sunscreen for it to form a protective barrier on your skin. It is also recommended that you wear a protective clothing and wide brimmed hat.

#4- Cleansing


Most of you skip evening or night cleansing due to cold weather but do not take such risks with skin during any time as skin goes through a terrible phase as it bears oils and sweat and on top of it, if you will head to bed without cleansing your face, results can be shocking and unbearable. It is advised to cleanse your face 3 times a day during summers and monsoons even if you are sitting indoors. Cleansing takes off unwanted oil and grime from your face making it spotlessly clean and clear. Choose cleansers according to your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin, opt for cream based cleansers while choose gel based if you have oily or acne-prone skin.


#5- Feet


While taking care of your face, do not overlook rest of your body especially your feet that need a little extra attention in summers. Since it’s summery weather again, and you will be wearing gladiators and flip-flops, make your feet look smooth and soft, as you cannot afford to have dried and chapped feet. Scrub off your feet twice or thrice a week and massage it with a night cream leaving it to work overnight and next morning you will be glad to see a newly born and rejuvenated feet altogether.


#6- Face Packs

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Soaring temperature certainly affects the body temperature and you can easily feel warmth and heat all over your body including face. Heat is the key to having bumps and no one wants to have it, so hit for cooling and soothing face packs that will control the warmth on your face cooling it from within. You can buy face packs or masques containing Aloe Vera or Cucumber or you can simple make one at home.


#7- Lips


Sunrays act pretty harsh on lips making them dull, dry, and dehydrated. The best way to beat the sun’s heat is to always carry a lip balm, preferably a one that comes with SPF. Reapply it every one to one and half hours or at your own ease whenever your lips feel thirsty. You can also opt for colored ones available in the market.


#8- Face Mist or Tissues


While working in the office and being overcooked by the workload, you are absolutely in no mood to go to the washroom cleansing and freshening yourself up. In such a case, you should carry a face mist or wet wipes in your bag so that you can refresh your senses and awake them whenever you feel tired and drowsy. Trust me, you will have a sense of invigoration after spraying your favorite mist be it lemongrass or lavender.


#9- Protection

it is amazing that you wear SPF, hydrate your body with lotion, but other protections are needed as well such as covering your face and whole body. If you feel suffocated in covering up your face, you can buy a hat with a wide brim that will add to your sun protection.


#10- Treatment


Although you try to stay protected and safe in the weather, sill you develop a few dark spots and pigmentation here and there making your overall appearance to look dull. In such a case, hit the doors of your dermatologists or buy spot correcting crèmes and serums preferably of trustworthy brands such as Clinique, Estee Lauder etc.


I am sure that you can never go wrong and would suffer with these tried and proven skincare tips. Beat the heat and enjoy the weather being yourself- happy and glowing.

Happy Blooming!!


DIY: Refreshing Strawberry Mask for Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Strawberries contain plethora of salicylic acid, which is one of the most potent agents in treating even the severe forms of acne. Besides, they are one of the best and effective antioxidants that protect your skin from free radical damage.

Here is the recipe of a facemask that uses minimal of ingredients- just two, but is potent enough in treating acne and refreshes your skin after a tiring day.

strawberry yogurt mask


  • ½ cup Fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup sour cream or non-flavored yogurt


Put both the ingredients in a blender and blend until they form a smooth paste. Apply the paste to your entire face, leaving for about 30 minutes, before you rinse it off with warm water followed by a splash of cold water.



Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Review

I know summers have been playing real cruel and taking a toll on everyone’s skin. As being the victim of this sometimes humid while sometimes-dry climate, we are unable to come to a conclusion so as which product to pick so as to satisfy our changing skin’s needs. We look out for everything perfect and what if we get exactly the same that soothes and quenches our thirst skin in summers.

Today, our experts are reviewing the much popular moisturizer from one of the leading international brands in dermatology and cosmetology- Clinique.

What does the company claim about the product?

Dermatologist-developed formula combined oil-free hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients.

Your daily moisturizer helps skin look younger, longer.

Quantity- 125 ml with pump

Price- $26


Experience with the product:

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this one too after getting disappointed by almost all other moisturizers from major brands, but to my own surprise, this has certainly done wonders to my oily and lifeless skin.

The texture of this one is some what a mix of a gel and crème; it does not feel oily or greasy on skin at all. It blends like a dream and smoothens the texture of skin as soon as applied.

The biggest advantage is that it doesn’t cause acne breakouts on face and keeps oiliness under control for a long time if applied correctly (after cleansing and toning). It is absolutely fragrance free.


Performance: 4/5

Quality: 4.5/5

Aroma: 5/5 (no aroma)

Price: 3.6/5


Overall Score: 4.15/5



Review: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter

It would be completely erroneous to say that skin doesn’t get dry in summers, as skin tends to become duller and more dehydrated in summers than winters. Moreover, you are at risk of getting small zits and boils due to soaring temperature. While on my shopping spree last month, I came across this product called gentle foaming cleanser with Shea butter by Clarins.

I have always been a person who gets fascinated by Clarins products for the quality and performance they deliver. With no exception, I picked up this cleanser with same hopes and expectations and it is time when I can review it, as it’s been almost a month since I have been using it.

clarins foaming cleanser


What does the company claim about the product?

As gentle as cleansing milk, and as effective as soap, this creamy mousse floats away makeup, pollutants and pore clogging debris- without disturbing skins natural moisture balance. Softens, smoothens and soothes with nourishing Shea Butter and Pro-Vitamin B5. Clean-rinse formula neutralizes the drying effects of hard water.

Quantity: 125 ml

Price: $23


My experience with the product:

This cleansing foam comes in a tube, which is the best part about it as there is no spilling and wastage. Secondly, its texture is creamy and is off-white in color and blends like a charm over wet face.


Despite of being so creamy, it is not at all heavy or greasy on skin and smoothens onto skin cleansing it thoroughly. All you need to do is to wet your face- apply the appropriate amount- massage gently for a minute- wash with water and pat your face dry followed by a moisturizer, if needed.

It is actually very gentle and takes care of sensitive skin including dry patches. Overall, it fulfills what it claims.


Score Card:


Quality: 5/5

Performance: 4.7/5

Price: 4/5

Aroma: 5/5

Overall score: 4.65/5

Would I recommend it?

Of course, big YES.


DIY Lemon and Sugar Tan Removing Scrub

Summers and downpour of rains call for rejuvenation and revitalization of you and the best way is to hit a waterpark or a breezy beach and have fun with your friends and acquaintances. Very rarely people do realize that in enjoying and beating the heat, they are causing harm to their skin but they overlook it owing it to tanned, dull, and dehydrated skin. Hence, you need something that can slough off impurities and tan. Nothing can beat lemon and sugar when it comes to tan removal.

Here is the easiest and the most effective recipe for lemon and sugar tan removing scrub:

lemon sugar scrub


  • 1 fresh lemon
  • I cup granulated sugar
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. organic honey
  • 1 bowl

Why these ingredients are used:

Lemon- it is the chief source of vitamin C which is responsible for squeezing out grime out of skin making skin complexion lighter and brighter. Besides, it removes existing sunspots and hyperpigmentation marks.

Granulated Sugar- it is the natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and impurities. Sugar is a natural resource of glycolic acid meaning that it clears pores, sloughs off dead cells and keeps skin glowing forever.

Olive Oil- it is a rich source of vitamin E, which is much essential for nourishing and hydrating our skin. Besides, it also acts as a skin soother for it acts too gentle on skin without irritating it.

Honey- it is the natural antioxidant that locks skin’s hydration and moisture levels while replenishing skin gently. It also has anti-bacterial properties for it helps to reduce breakouts making skin smoother and more even toned.


  1. Add lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl with lid o without lid. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add honey and whisk all the three ingredients together so that the mix attains an overall medium consistency.
  3. Finally, add sugar and mix it all well so that you get a smooth and even consistency.
  4. Your DIY lemon and sugar tan removal scrub is ready to be used. However, if you find the scrubbing granules to be too mild for your body, you can add more sugar.lemon-sugar-scrub-mason-jar


Review: Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion

Undoubtedly, the temperature is soaring and scorching heat is fretting the minds and bodies. Gone are those days when skin used to get dry and flaky in winters as skin gets equally dry and flaky in summers as well. Thus, it becomes quite essential to restore skin’s hydration and vitality in summers as well.


Honestly, I have tried almost all types of moisturizers available in the market and I was quite disappointed by almost all of them unless I switched to Cetaphil. Using Cetaphil thoroughly quenched my skin’s everlasting thirst and provided it the nourishment my skin was craving for.

cetaphil DAM

Let’s find out how it actually worked and satisfied my needs:


What does the company claim about the product?

Designed with a unique combination of five ingredients, Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion is clinically proven to hydrate for 24 hours. The moisturizing formula is fast acting, long lasting, and helps moisturize dry skin. Non-irritating, non-greasy, non-comedogenic, and fragrance free. Contains epidermal replenishing complex 5, a unique combination of 5 ingredients that protects dry skin and enhances hydration.

Quantity: 100 g

Price: INR 280

My experience with the product:

 Honestly, at first, I wasn’t expecting much from this lotion as I really have very dry skin and had tried so many emollients already and none worked much efficaciously. Cetaphil has been quite thick in consistency yet it blends like a charm on the face. Though it feels greasy, it doesn’t get greasy while applying it on skin. Just a pea size or little more is enough for the entire face. It moisturizes as well as hydrates skin quite well without irritating it or causing any acne zits.

Upon applying the lotion, my skin feels smooth, supple, and soft. Trust me, it didn’t break me out and I was quite astonished and happy about the fact, as my skin is really sensitive and acne prone.

Let’s look for the Pros and Cons:



  • Does exactly what it claims
  • Skin feels softer, smoother, and suppler
  • Doesn’t break out
  • Non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores or cause blackheads)
  • Paraben-free.


  • No cons at all.

Overall Ratings:

 Quality: 5/5

 Performance: 5/5

 Price: 5/5

 Aroma: 5/5 (no aroma)