Following a skin care routine is generally assumed to be rigorous and time consuming. With the availability of countless different types of crèmes, serums, oils, masks and various other skin care products in the market, what to use and what not to use can put anybody in a dilemma. No matter how busy your schedule is, taking due care of your skin and giving it the love and care it deserves is extremely essential. So we tell you how to begin taking care of your skin the right way and flaunting a flawless and healthy looking skin.
1. Know Your Skin Type
It is very important to know your skin type in order to use products according to your skin. Our skin type depends on factors such as genetic makeup, the environment we live and the kind of lifestyle we lead. If you have a dry skin that flakes off then you need to know that you should replace your moisturiser with oil for extra hydration. Knowing your skin type always helps as it puts forward a specific group of products to choose from.
2. Make It An Everyday Routine
To ensure that you follow your skin care regime regularly, place all the essential product in the area next to your wash basin so that there is no reason for you to miss your routine. Also, you need to follow the following steps in your routine.
- Begin With Cleansing
Cleansing is one of the most essential part of a skincare routine. This is because your skin is laced with oil, dust, sweat and a lot of bacteria, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Using a gentle cleanser twice a day is a must, as it cleanses and neutralises the skin without stripping it off its natural oil. Harsh chemicals can be drying and hence the choice of cleanser is crucial
Recommendation : Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
MRP : ₹250 ; 125 ml
- Use A Toner
A toner usually follows the cleanser and is an important part of your everyday skincare routine as it helps balance the pH levels of the skin, as well as help control oil secretion by the skin. It also cleanses the pores thoroughly, making sure to pick up scraps that were not cleaned by the cleanser. A careful eye needs to be kept on the ingredients, making sure that the toner is alcohol free, as alcohol tends to try out the skin. People with skin on the drier side of the spectrum can skip this step, as even a mild toner can suck out the moisture present in your skin.
Recommendation : Plum Calming Antioxidant Toner – White Tea and Chamomile
MRP : ₹380 ; 200 ml
- Complete The Process By Moisturising Your Skin
Moisturising is one of the most underrated aspect of a skincare routine. It is very often ignored by people with combination and oily skin since the fear of looking too shiny overpowers the skin’s need for hydration. Thick and luscious moisturisers are loved by people with dry and dehydrated skin. On the other hand, oil free and matte gel based moisturisers are a boon for the oily skinned people as it provides hydration without the oily slick texture! Using a moisturiser with SPF in it means one less layer of product on the skin. Hence your skin care regimen is complete only when you apply a moisturiser.
Recommendation : Himalaya Gel Free Radiance Creme
MRP : ₹250 ; 50g
3. Setting Up A Weekly Routine
After you follow a daily skincare routine mentioned above, your next aim should be to set up a weekly routine where you need to do the following things.
- Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliation is an integral part of the weekly routine, as it removed the barrier of dead skin cells, exposing fresh skin cells and allowing moisturisers and other products to penetrate deep into the skin, increasing their effectiveness. Gentle exfoliators also make the skin new dewy and fresh.
Recommendation : Khadi Apricot and Walnut Cream Scrub with Rose
MRP : ₹200 ; 50 gms
- Hydrate Your Skin With Face Masks
Masks, while being a key component to every slumber party are also very beneficial when used bi-weekly for a prolonged period of time. Different masks targeting different skin concerns can also be used together, which is popularly known as “Multi-Masking”. Hydrating masks, clay masks, peel off masks, sheet masks are just a few examples of various types of masks available in the market.
Recommendation : Innisfree – It’s Real Squeeze Mask
MRP : ₹100 ; 20 ml