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I have oily sensitive skin, which behaves erratically in summer. Come summers, and oily-normal skin turns into a grease factory, bizarre breakouts occur and makeup becomes mess! To help you tackle summer woes and that too without burning a hole in your pocket, I have compiled the perfect list of basic products you can use. Not only will it help you plan your summer beauty regime, but also look fresh and radiant on those hot and humid days.
1. An oil control cleanser
A no-brainer, I guess. To control excessive sebum production, using a good cleanser is a must. Choose a face wash which gets rid of the dirt and grime, mattifies skin and control oil production. A clean skin means half the battle is won. Try Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash which costs just 60 bucks and is a refreshing, cleansing, acne fighting face wash. Another top pick would be Pond’s Pure White Facial Foam with Activated Charcoal which retails at Rs. 175 for 100gm and is an effective cleanser which gives you bright and oil-free look.
2. An alcohol free toner
Toning is an essential step, which many people skip. But toners tighten skin and close open pores, making skin less vulnerable to pimples and blackheads. Opt for an alcohol free toner which doesn’t irritate delicate facial skin. I would wholeheartedly recommend Aroma Magic Aromatic Skin Toner which contains extracts of rose, lavender, peppermint, sandalwood, and pure essential oils of juniper, tea tree, basil and witch hazel and is soothing and mild. Price pinch – around INR 170 for 200 ml. Another good option to try is Himalaya Refreshing and Clarifying Toner which costs INR 80 for 100 ml.
3. A lightweight moisturizer
It’s a myth that in summers you can skip moisturizers for oily skin. Skin needs nourishment, without feeling greasy or heavy. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15 costs around Rs. 349 and is the perfect bet on those sultry summer mornings. Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxyl Skin Renewal Moisturizer is a great option to try to replenish moisture and softness, and best thing it makes your pocket lighter by Rs. 265 only for 80ml.
4. A protective sunscreen
Sunscreens or sunblocks serve as a protective barrier and safeguard against harmful UV rays. Opt for gel sunscreens since they tend to be non-greasy or sunscreens that give a matte look. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sunscreen Gel with SPF 20 is a non-oily yet powerful sunscreen to combat UV rays, priced at Rs. 245 for 100gm. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50 is another option you can consider and costs Rs. 499 for 88ml.
5. A soothing face pack
To take care of damaged and tortured skin (summer does that to your skin), try applying a cooling or soothing mask once a week. It will heal sunburns, pigmentation and acne, and give your skin much needed love. Fab India Aloe and Cucumber Gel Face Pack works great as an after-sun mask and costs Rs. 350 for 100 ml. Expect a healthy glow and refreshed feeling after using this. Lotus Herbals Claywhite Face Pack and Lotus Herbals Tea tree Clear Clarifying Face Pack are good picks if you want to even out skin tone, reduce tan & acne and control excessive oil. They are priced at Rs. 295 each for 120 gms.
6. Aloe Vera Gel
A summer skincare list needs Aloe vera gel. From curing inflammations and bumps, to soothing sunburned skin this multi-duty product is a summer (rather an all season) staple on our dressing tables. Patanjali Aloe Vera Gel costs just Rs. 80 for 145 ml and is easily the most effective and natural gel to add in your routine. Another boon for oily-combination skin in summers is Khadi Aloe Vera, Neem & Basil Massage Gel which makes skin look clear and even prevents pimples. The price is just 180 rupees for 100 gms of the product.
I hope this list helps many of you, and I will soon be sharing a list of makeup products which can work great on hot humid summer days. Stay tuned!
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