Hello world, I hope anyone who is reading this is doing well in life.
Writing on a Beauty topic is challenging for me at the moment. As an engineering graduate I’m good in writing technical reports which is completely opposite in terms of composition, structure, wording and style. To make a blog post interesting or engaging for a reader various elements are taken into consideration for example informal language, casual style, emotive punctuation and colloquial phrases accompanied with information based on one’s experience and various daily life expeditions. Anyhow, let’s get to the point & learn together a few skincare steps which are the holy grail for a flawless skin. Woohoo!
Defying a Myth. Oops!
It’s commonly believed that those who are naturally blessed with healthy looking skin don’t really need to do much, which is not quite right. Some people are lucky enough to carry good genes, which gleams through their faces. However, it is not possible to have a glowing skin throughout one’s life without taking care of it. You shall probably be thinking that how I’m making such a statement with full conviction? It’s simply due to the fact that since childhood I’ve received a lot of compliments on my good skin too, till teens didn’t catch any skin related issues or had to use anything more than a good quality moisturiser. Daily stress and exposure to environmental pollution takes a toll on one’s skin too. Hence, with passage of time we all need to incorporate additional products in our daily routine to tackle skin related problems, usually caused by stress, pollution, lifestyle or aging. Therefore, jump to your feet and take an action early on to prevent any immediate or lasting skin damage.
A blunt tip: It’s never a good idea to apply whatever product comes in one’s hands on face because you can neither cover nor hide your face so a great caution must be taken to prevent leaving any permanent marks. No.1 tip – Use good quality products.
1. Face Wash/Cleanser
Set up a routine to wash your face with a cleanser in the morning and before going to bed. Cleanser lifts off any dirt or oil that may build up on skin during the day or overnight. This skin care step prevents clogging of pores, pimples’ outbreak and getting rough/bumpy skin texture. If you’re running late in the morning, use cleansing facial wipes but don’t skip this step at all to maintain youthful skin.
A few months ago I tried Simple Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser. It dried my skin even more so would not recommended for a dry or very sensitive skin. Generally speaking, foaming and gel cleansing wash is best for oily skin or acne prone skin and cream cleansers are considered best for dry skin.
Recently, I finished using Nivea gentle cleansing wash. Its mild moisturising formula contains almond oil, which makes it ideal for dry and sensitive skin.
L’Oreal pure clay detox washis very effective and instantly brightens the skin. Main ingredients of the formula comprise 3 pure clays and charcoal in a cleansing gel wash. Another plus point is that its gel formula is non-drying & can be used for almost all skin types. Combination of clay and charcoal makes it perfect for detoxifying skin by lifting away oil, dirt and impurities to make skin clearer, fresher and cleansed.
Another good product that I highly recommend is Pink Grapefruit face wash by Neutrogena. Its refreshing and uplifting smell will make you pick it up first thing in the morning! It works wonders by waking up the senses with energizing freshness. This gel formula is designed to eliminate blackheads and spots without over drying the skin.
Clean & Clear’s exfoliating face wash is a gentle exfoliator. Micro-beads in this scrub/wash helps to unclog pores, brightens the complexion and face feels lighter & fresher afterwards. I don’t think this product is particularly for blackheads but its good for oily skin, whiteheads or dirty pores.
It’s has not been very long since I started using toner as a part of my daily routine. Don’t miss out on taking the benefits of this step! Our skin starts losing elasticity with age and causes pores to enlarge in size. Daily use of toner helps to tighten pores and unclogs them by removing excess oils and dead skin cells.
This step can be skipped in the morning if you’re running late or just not in the mood. Implement this step in the evening to remove any traces of make up at the end of the day. These days I’m using Clean & Clears cleansing lotion as a toner. The formula is designed to tighten pores and prevents excessive oil build-up. If you have an oily skin then it’s best to use it as a single-step cleanser and may leave skin feeling tingly, though worth it for the end results. Another tonner that lately I tried is Body shop’s vitamin E hydrating tonner. It has a very gentle formula and perfect for a sensitive and dry skin.
Tip: Exfoliation should be a done on a weekly basis at-least. (Will cover this in a separate post soon.)
The most forsaken step due to lack of awareness about the range of problems that can be tackled by the use of serum. Serums are used to target specific skin concerns like wrinkles, freckles blemishes or dryness due to the presence of potent active ingredients. It’s composed of smaller size molecules, which can penetrate deeper into the skin and deliver a high concentration of active ingredients.
Some information that can give you an idea about how to choose a right product for your skin is given below.
“Acne-prone: Look for vitamin C (increases collagen production, enhances skin’s repair process, and reduces inflammation), retinol (also an antioxidant, reduces inflammation), zinc (soothes irritation, regulates oil production), and salicylic acid (unclogs pores).
Dry: Look for vitamin E (an antioxidant, protects cells from oxidative damage), niacinamide (improves skin elasticity, increases ceramide levels in skin), glycolic acid (gently exfoliates and lightens discoloration), and hyaluronic acid (retains moisture).
Feeling dull: Look for antioxidants like green tea extract, resveratrol, ferulic acid (these combat free radicals, increase effectiveness of sunscreen by day, and promote cellular repair and healing by night).”
Serums are quite powerful so don’t apply more than the amount described on the product. Always do a patch test before trying a new product.
I have been using body shop’s overnight serum in oil because it combats dryness by replenishing and recharging skin with moisture overnight.
Determine whether your skin type is oily, dry, combination or normal. Choose a moisturiser according to your skin type. Currently, I am using No.7’s moisturiser, which is light in weight and suits my skin. If you have a dry skin then don’t fall for something heavier than you need because it will lead to other problems like Milia. Before that I was using body shops’ vitamin E intense cream. As its name suggests, its super hydrating formula is best for dry skin. Anyhow, it just did not work well for me and tiny white bumps begin to appear under my eyes. The moment I noticed that I stopped using it. Still use their vitamin E night cream and probably their vitamin E cream for normal skin is perfect for the one who can’t use heavier products due to its lighter formula as compared to vitamin e intense. Can’t comment further on that without trying.
Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion is for dry and dry combination skin. For oily skin they have Dramatically different gel. It’s a luxurious skincare product but a little goes a long way. A good moisturiser that makes skin look hydrated, smooth and radiant.
No 7’s early defence day cream has SPF-15, suitable for even the most sensitive skin due to its hypo-allergic formula and aimed at age band 25-35. Ticked all of my boxes! Hurrah.
Aveeno skin care products are best for the skin that is dry, sensitive and susceptible to eczema. I used their colloidal oatmeal cream to treat white patches caused by over-dryness. Would highly recommend it to anyone whose skin is dry and sensitive due to its non-greasy, quickly absorbing and highly effective results. Making Clinique Dramatically Different or Aveeno daily moisturising lotion a part of one’s night time skincare routine can prove extremely beneficial. Superbly hydrates the skin which in return results in an easier & smoother makeup application.
Secondly, don’t skip applying sunscreen to protect your skin and make it look healthy and glowing in long run. Yes! You got it right. It has long run benefits as it protects from sunburn and reverses the ageing signs on skin. Even if the sun is not out we are still not saved from UV lights, due to being surrounded by indoor lights. Indoor lights are not as hazardous as a direct exposure to sun. The rays emitted from a bulb are not very strong but their constant exposure can definitely add up. Therefore, it’s good to wear sunscreen all the time.
These days mostly daily moisturizers offer UV protection. However, if your moisturiser does not have an SPF then use a sunscreen after applying a moisturizer. It can be of any good quality brands. Two very affordable and easily available sunscreens from any drug store are from Nivea and Garnier. I prefer grainer Solaire because it’s very light to wear on top of a moisturiser and not sticky at all.
Body shop’s skin defence multi protection essence could be a little pricey although it’s worth it due to its feather light formula, skin loving vitamin C and marvellous smell.
For anyone who is confused about selecting the level of spf, I have found a following piece of information;
“SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays.
SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays.
SPF 60 blocks 98% of UVB rays.“
Darker skin type can use a lower level such as 15 because their skin has more melanin. Nonetheless, it is recommended that everyone should wear at least spf 30 for maximum protection. Darker skin is not as prone to sunburn as fair skin but they are still at risk of sun damage from sun exposure.
Following a healthy skincare routine is necessary and changing products appropriately according to the requirement of skin is a must. Should an issue arise, don’t hesitate to consult a dermatologist. Receiving a treatment on time can prevent long-term acne scars, hyperpigmentation or dark spots formation.