This is perhaps the most requested post from my readers.
I've been thinking of writing about it for months but kept delaying.
Getting the skin care that suits you is very crucial and it may take months to years.
Requires trying out a lot of new products and experimenting to find the products that meet all your skin care needs.
A lot of us don't mind spending thousands on cosmetics but when it comes to skin care we're like "BLEH". Isn't it better to have beautiful skin?
Of course, cosmetics should be used to enhance that.
My main skin concerns is that i have combination skin.
So while in summer i have face that looks like a drop of oil, in winter i end up dry and flaky.
This is my daily skin care steps.
Though the products may vary from time to time depending on the climate.
The steps basically remains the same.
Step 1 cleansing- my HG was Just Herbs silk splash (Reviewed HERE)but after it got over i am trying my hands on Loreal go 360 clean deep cleansers for Sensitive SKin.
I have read a lot of bad reviews on this face wash but so far i'm pleased with it.
Plus i love the tiny scrublet.
Makes cleansing so much fun :p
HOW TO USE- Take a pea size amount on the srublet and gently exfoliate.
Do not over do it.
Step 2 double cleansing- This method is followed by the Koreans.
Sometimes just washing your face does not remove all the dirts so you need to double cleanse it with cleansing water.Its eeky how i find dirts on the cotton swabs even after face wash.
This step is crucial for me since i have 1-2 breakouts once a month and i like to keep my pores free from clogging.
I use Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner (Reviewed HERE)
HOW TO USE-Pour the cleansing water on cotton swab and wipe your face from inside to outside.
(Not outside to inside.Remember you are trying to get the dirts away from your face)
Do this for your neck and ears too.
Step 3 Serum- Usually toner is followed after double cleansing but Innisfree Serum is Unique and we have to use that before the toner. (As demonstrated by Innisfree consultant from Korea).
Choose a serum that meets your skin care needs. This one is esp to moisturize the skin and it is perfect for winter.Plus Green tea has anti oxidants.
I use Pore control serum(Reviewed HERE) or Vit C brightening serum is summer(Reviewed HERE)
HOW TO USE-Take 2 pumps and lightly dab it all over the face,neck and ears like you are playing PIANO
Step 4 Toner- Though most people think toner is only for oily skin people, it is equally essential for dry skin too.
As the name suggests,it tones the skin, adds elasticity ,reduces pore and makes the skin firm.
I use Etude House AC clinic toner (Reviewed HERE)esp formulated for those with acne prone skin.
HOW TO USE-Pour it on cotton swab and lightly wipe the face from inside to outside +neck+ears.
Step 5 Eye cream- The skin around the eye is the most delicate part of the face and is the first to show signs of ageing.
I don't have dark circles but have slight puffiness from time to time.
Hence i chose an eye cream to reduce the puffiness at the same time provide hydration.
HOW TO USE- take a pea size and dab it lightly around the eyes-both upper and lower lids.
Start from the inner corner and lightly pat it.
Use eye creams that are dermatologically tested.
They can be applied on the waterline as well.
Step 6 Moisturizer- I use water based moisturizer in summer.
But lately i've shifted to Etude House ac clinic lotion (Reviewed HERE) to prevent acne outbreaks.
HOW TO USE- Take a dime size and massage it thoroughly in upward motion on the face+neck+ears.
Step 7 Intense Moisturizer/Sunscreen- Moisturizing is followed by sunscreen.
But in my case i want to prevent flaky skin so i've added an extra moisturizer from Innisfree Green tea seed cream.
I find this cream to be a bit too oily for summer use.
But for winter it is perfect.
HOW TO USE IT- Take a dime size and massage it thoroughly in upward motion on the face+neck+ears.
Step 8 Lip Care- This step is very crucial for me as i have dry lips both in summer and winter.
SO come what may i always carry 2-3 lipbalms in my bag.
Currently loving EOS spherical lip balms.(Reviewed HERE)
Its not ultra moisturising but i don't mind re-application.
Step 9 Hand creams-After everything is done, i take a generous amount of Marks and Spencer Magnolia hand and nail cream.
Moderately moisturizing and i re-apply everytime i wash my hands.
Of course if i have to go out i apply the usual BB creams,blush etc after this skin care regime.
OCCASIONAL BREAKOUTS- I use ENCA pinky powder (will review soon) to reduce the swelling and Tretinion+clindamycin gel to prevent scarring of zits.
Yes, there are 9 Steps but it is not as tedious as it sounds.
Maximum the whole process takes about 10-15 minutes.wait for 15-30 seconds after each product application.The first few days maybe exhausting but treat this like a ritual for "me" time and you ll eventually love it.
I do this morning and evening.
20 minutes is all it takes to have beautiful skin.
I've been following this routine for more than a year now.
(with different products)
Lately i've been receiving a lot of compliments for my skin.
It feels so soft and smooth- basically like a baby's bottom.
CARE FOR YOUR SKIN AND IT WILL LOVE YOU BACK