What’s the one thing that needs your CONSTANT care and protection be it summer or winter? That’s right, your SKIN! Indian skin is prone to acne and all that jazz, thanks to the extreme weather conditions and pollution here. Summer is rather harsh on my skin, which is why I have a general dislike for the season. I was never a fan of wearing makeup everyday, I rather invest in products that help improve the quality of my skin. According to me, it’s more important to cleanse and treat the skin than to hide it under layers of makeup!
The products that I’m going to write about in the following series of posts are the ones I swear by and most of them are in fact easily available in any drug store. Some of the products were recommended by my dermatologist, and others I picked up from The Body Shop. I love that store!
First of, it’s important to KNOW YOUR SKIN :
Before buying any product, or getting on with a routine, it’s crucial to know your skin type and also how/if it changes with the season. One can either consult a dermatologist for it, or just figure it out by noticing the texture of the skin. It’s not that difficult, unless your skin is sensitive! Let’s have a look at the four major skin types that will help you identify yours.
Normal – Radiant complexion, no severe sensitivity, barely visible pores. (basically, the dream skin!)
Dry – Dull/rough complexion, less elasticity, red patches, invisible pores.
Oily – Shiny/thick complexion, blackheads/blemishes, enlarged pores.
Combination – Dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, T-zone. (Yup, that’s me!)
In my case, I have a combination skin in summer and normal skin in winter (strange but true!), so I change my routine depending on the season.
I’m going for a normal to oily skin care routine in this post as it’s my skin type (in summers). My skin has a tendency to produce mild to moderate acne (especially during that time of the month!). I have a slightly oily T-zone as well, so that’s also a bit of a concern. Apart from that, I have extremely sensitive skin so consulting a dermatologist was a must in my case!
Once you know your skin type well, you can safely get on with a routine using the essential ingredients (products) that will help protecting and improving the quality of your skin.
Here’s a preview of my personal routine :
I start my day with a gentle cleanse using the Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion which is basically a very mild yet effective face-wash. About 4-5 drops covers my entire face. I gently massage it onto my skin, washing it off with normal temperature water. After I’m done with cleansing, I like to let my face dry on its own or I just dab it with a soft and clean towel. Rubbing and wiping is a complete no-no as it rips off essential oils and damages the skin.
After cleansing, I tone my skin using the Tea Tree Cleansing Toner by The Body Shop. I take few drops of the toner on a cotton pad and dab it gently all over my face. I make sure I don’t rub the product onto my skin as that does no good but only spreads any present acne. Also, I sometimes skip this whole step and just move onto moisturizing as I personally feel that toning plus moisturizing makes my skin look a little oily, which I definitely don’t like. So I either tone or moisturize, avoiding doing both together (in summers), as this suits my combination skin.
I personally love to moisturize my skin. It’s my favorite step, and for my skin, I use the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream by The Body Shop. The texture of this product is a sort of a mixture of cream and gel, and it’s extremely light and spreads evenly on the skin. Having a combination skin is a bit of a hassle, but it is super super important to moisturize the skin be it normal, oily, dry or combination. Although, I make sure I use only a little bit of the product because I don’t like to over moisturize my skin. I feel that this step of moisturizing really improves the quality of my skin and makes it glow.
TOPICAL ACNE TREATMENT
Note: This step is only dermatologist recommended.
I have always had combination skin and my T-zone has always been a bit of a concern for me. So about six months back, I visited my dermatologist here in Delhi for consultation. The doctor prescribed two topical treatments –
1. Faceclin A : This ointment contains Adapalene and Clindamycin Phosphate gel. After moisturizing my skin, I take a pea-size amount of the product on my finger and gently apply it wherever the acne is present. The texture is gel like and transparent, hence invisible after application. I repeat the same at night before going to bed.This product is to treat the acne and visibly reduce the post-pimple blemishes.
2. Retino A Micro 0.04% : This ointment contains Tretinoin Microsphere gel. One has to be extremely careful when applying this product. Application is the same as above but a full review of this would be important to read before considering Retino A.
3. Acnemoist : This product is a essentially a moisturizer that my dermatologist recommended to me especially because of the topical treatment that was prescribed by her. However, this is one of my personal favorite moisturizers. Ever since I’ve used it, I’ve noticed a visible change in my skin texture. It looks more glowy and feels softer.
For sunscreen I use my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock. I personally don’t like to wear sunscreen on my face as it makes my skin look dull and greasy, but it’s actually very important to protect your skin from the sun. So I literally force myself to apply sunscreen before I step out of the house. This product is for the face and body as well, so I use it for both.
At night I follow the above same steps, minus the sunblock of course!
Note : I make sure I drink plenty of water (about 8-10 glasses) everyday as it’s equally important to cleanse your system on the inside for even better results!
A detailed review of all the products are coming right up. Stay tuned!