We love to experiment with our makeup, don’t we? But do we really think about our skincare? This thought has been bothering me for a while now & what better way to commence my posts on beauty than writing about a skincare routine!
For the longest time I thought that I knew my skin well and had it all under control. It was not until I took help from a skin care specialist that I realized how important it is to first read your skin and then try experiments. I’ve realized this the hard way – over the counter products without any professional consultation will only worsen the condition of your face.
So in today’s post I am going to share a few things I’ve been doing for a while now to improve the condition of my skin.
DISCLAIMER: This routine may or may not work for you, thus it’s always advisable to get an expert opinion for any concerns you may have.
Start the Day with a Face Wash
We all invest in face washes depending on skin type and/or concerns. I won’t go in detail of the types of face washes, but I can tell you that when using one, be sure you’re not applying too much and scrubbing it into your face. Use a dime size drop on your palms and lather it up before applying it onto your skin, follow a clockwise motion while applying the foaming face wash and then rinse. This step should take a minute max.
The purpose of using a face wash is to clear all the dirt and oil off the surface and to start with a fresh and clean canvas.
For my skin, which is – ‘combination skin’ (The T -zone forehead, nose and cheeks are oily as compared to rest of the face), I have been using The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Wash for a while now and it is a skin clearing, foaming face which contains tea tree oil. I use very little product and has lasted me very long. Priced at Rs 800/- for 250 ml bottle, it’s not at all bad.
You can also opt for other brands like the Neem Face wash of Himalaya ( 50 ml @ INR 60/-) or Clean and Clear( 150 ml @INR130/-) depending on what suits your skin type.
NOTE: Many people are confused whether a Face wash & Cleanser are the same thing! Well, the properties of both are very similar, yet the face wash is a foaming cleanser while a cleanser is non-foaming in nature and doesn’t have to be washed off, instead, needs to be wiped off. For Oily skin a Cleanser helps clean excess oils from your open pores and is used more when on the move, at work and outdoors
Moisturize your skin
Moisturizers are used to prevent the skin from becoming too dry or oily, such as with light, non-greasy water-based moisturizers. Moisturizing your face will help you to look and feel younger, you will have softer skin, and it will keep your skin hydrated. All of these things are important if you want to make sure to look as young as you can in the years to come.
There are many kinds of moisturizers available in the market. You will first have to understand what moisturizer suits your skin type, but using a moisturizer that contains SPF is a blessing as it works like a sunscreen and a moisturizer in one. Most moisturizers contain sunscreen properties, so if you do have a moisturizer that offer sun protection, then you can skip using a sunscreen lotion / sunblock.
I am currently using a Vit C moisturizer as my skin tends to get oily. The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser keeps your skin hydrated and the Vit C also helps in brightening your complexion and nourishes the skin. Works well on Dull and tired skin and revitalizes it. This is priced at Rs 2295/- for 50 ml, but I’ve also used the Nivea Moisturizing Sun Lotion SPF 50 @Rs 360/- and Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15 @Rs 400/-
Sunscreen is now become a part and parcel of our routine. Most creams, make up products and lipsticks contain SPF 15 and above to protect skin from the sun and other impurities. I still would suggest when going out, do wear a SPF 20 + sunscreen / foundation that will keep your skin protected from the sun (even when without any make up)
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+ is my choice for a matte texture and is priced at Rs 200/-. Apply the sunscreen 15 – 20 minutes before going out of your home so that the product is absorbed and stays on your skin, lasting through the day.
After a long day at work and once you are back home, do remove all the make up with your makeup remover and then move to using your face wash to get rid of any product on your face. Note that there are many pore cleansing face washes which basically open up your pores with the washing, do not overuse them, especially if you have dry skin or sensitive skin. I use my Body Shop Face wash followed by the toner.
Once done washing your face with the face wash, then what will help close the pores is a Toner
Toning your skin
A toner is a product that is used to restore pH balance, tighten pores, and remove anything left behind after cleansing. It is not always necessary but advisable. This step can be skipped if you have dry skin, but if you have combination to oily skin, I would strongly suggest you apply the toner on the affected T- zone or where you feel the skin is still oily.
I have tried the Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner @INR 275/- which works well on all skin types. For my routine I am currently hooked onto Body Shop’s Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner @ INR 795/- which works beautifully on my skin. Body Shop contains tea tree extracts suitable for blemished skin which is why I chose to try their product range.
Finally, the last thing I do before sleeping, is apply a little moisturizer as one should not sleep without hydrating their skin ( mild moisturizer with no cream formula is apt for oily skin ).
Additional Pointers :
Drink a lot of water
Our body oils can be controlled with the apt amount of water intake per day. An average of 6 to 8 glasses a day can help keep your skin hydrated and oil free. Water works well to wash your face during the day when you’re not wearing any make up.
Do not touch your face
We all have the habit of analyzing our skin by touching our existing marks & pimples. Don’t do that. It’s unhygienic and will only increase skin issues.
Let your skin breathe
It’s very nice to wear makeup, cover blemishes etc. but what is also important is letting your skin have the time to breathe. Thus try and leave your skin make up free at least 2 times a week.
So this was my 6 step daily routine which helps reduce possible developments of acne and oily skin, and if followed regularly, will help maintain skin care.
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