Skincare is subjective; having a skin-care routine could mean different things for different people. For me, skincare could be applying an acne-fighting mask but for someone else, it could be lining up all their glowing serums or moisturiser for dry skin. We choose products based on our friend’s recommendation, mom’s experience or a company’s marketing executive’s selling skills. The real question is “Have we ever read and understood the textbook of an ingredients list on every product?” The truth is that we haven’t. We look at the fancy advertising of before and after & choose our miracle product.
There isn’t a RIGHT way to choose a product, of course, and each skin-care routine is necessarily as exclusive and individual as the person following it. But as skincare has become trendier and its definition has become broader in scope, it’s also gotten a little more intimidating and confusing for a beginner to get started. Don’t you agree?
First of all, what is the Skin “care” hype about?
Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it plays an important role in protecting it from any outside pathogens. We eat every day, take baths on time, brush our teeth and go to the office/school/college on time, right? In the same way, we have got to pay some amount of attention to our skin, keep it healthy and let it function properly.
One step at a time
We all have to age someday but we can surely reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots. All this is achievable by starting a simple skincare routine. Your skin will love EXTRA pampering which always has cosmetic and therapeutic benefits.
Dry Skin, oily T Zone, blackheads, whiteheads are minor skin concerns that can be taken care of easily with a skincare habit. Some major concerns like Eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancers, hyper-pigmentation obviously demand more attention & treatments.
Even if you do not have any skin concern, having a routine definitely relieves stress and keeps the skin healthy & glowing in the long run. It can be as simple as cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin every day or as extensive as sitting in a bath-tub with a face mask on and a glass of wine in one hand, humming your favourite songs while there are aromatic candles helping you relax. Just the thought of this made me forget all my worries. What if we make it a routine to do it every 15 days? Ok, replace the bath-tub (if you do not have one, like me :D) with your bed, couch, balcony chair, your cute tidy corner or your favourite me-time space. All we are saying is, take out a 10 minute ME TIME everyday day & night for your skin.
I understand making a routine but what exactly do I need to know before I begin?
What is my SKIN TYPE? Every skin concern is related to this one question.
To figure out your skin type, see how your skin behaves without any makeup or products on it a few hours after taking a shower
- Does it get a little greasy or shiny, you probably have oily skin.
- Or do you feel dry or flaky, you have dry skin.
- If you have dry skin in some places and oily skin in others (usually on the T-zone), you have combination skin.
- If you have none of those things, you’re considered to have- “normal” skin.
- If your skin gets irritated when you use certain products, if you’ve ever had an experience of an allergic reaction to a product, or if you have certain skin conditions like eczema etc., you may then have what is known as sensitive skin.
Skin-care steps which you have probably read 1000 times but never really followed. Below is a repetition of it
Of course, this routine depends on your skin type. Do not follow a random AM PM routine. We have made it easier for you to understand. Go through AM PM routine per your skin type:
Don’t like using too many products? Just look for the ingredients that suit you and use minimal products
Products that contain specific active ingredients—known as just “actives” by people who have knowledge of skincare. Active ingredients are chemicals or compounds in a product that are actually treating your skin for the concern the product is supposed to treat it for. For example, if you buy a product to help treat your acne, the active ingredient is the main ingredient that is doing most of the work to clear up your acne.