Well, with us giving you some hard-hitting advice and beauty tips for face which hopefully has brought about results, it’s time to get to know us editors a little better. No, we are not some glass-skin, perfect-faced models but your regular desi editors with an acne here and a blemish there. So, here are some tried-and-tested skincare routines by yours truly.
Creating a skincare routine and following beauty tips for skin isn’t that hard if you know your basics. You’ve got your cleansing and hydrating actions and everything in between is just a personalised accessory to flaunt your face better. So, if any of our skin issues have you saying ‘same, girl’, well, then maybe you can get inspired and tweak your routine.
Editor #1: Kinnari Ashar
Miss Ashar out here is truly a beauty junkie with a comprehensive skincare routine, so listen up to her beauty tips for face. She has oily and acne-prone skin with a few bumps here and there. Her goal is to have smooth, bump-free, even-toned skin. Sigh, don’t we all? Well, here is what her skincare routine looks like:
Morning skincare routine:
Cleanser - She swears by Simple Vitamin C Glow Facial Wash as it is pretty much the best oil-control face wash out there. It also has vitamin C which can pretty much deal with any skin issue you may have from acne to blemishes and wrinkles. But it’s also gentle as it doesn’t have your usual harsh chemicals like sulphates or parabens, something to remember if you have sensitive and acne-prone skin.
Serum - After patting her face dry, she follows it up with a few drops of a vitamin C serum.
Moisturiser - Then we have an oil-control moisturiser. Hmm, we are sensing a pattern here.
Sunscreen - Next, we have a mattifying sunscreen that at least has SPF 50.
Lip balm - She ends her morning regimen with a quick twist of a lip balm. Oh, here are some fun little beauty tips – if you like wearing matte lipstick but have chapped lips, don’t forego lip balm. Do your usual prep like drinking water and scrubbing to rub off the flakey and chapped skin. Once you’re ready, put on your lip balm and let your lips absorb it momentarily. Next, take a tissue and blot so the excess waxiness is lifted away. That’s it! Now, go ahead and smear on your matte liquid lipsticks without worry.
Evening skincare routine:
Oil-based cleanser - After a busy day, if a little double cleansing can’t help you out, no one can. So, she starts off with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and any leftover sunscreen residue. Sis is an influencer who needs to wear makeup almost daily and look the best, so if you’re in her situation, you cannot afford to forget this step. It basically will make or break your routine.
Gel/foam cleanser - Now to get the oiliness out as well as any leftover traces, really get in with a gel or foam cleanser.
Scrub - Get exfoliating at least twice or thrice a week if you have oily skin like Ashar. She uses the Simple Vitamin C Glow Clay Scrub to get it all whether it is dead skin cells or clogged pores.
Serum - To bring back life to her face, she follows up with the Simple 10% Niacinamide Booster Serum. It also has vitamin B which helps her keep her face hydrated without worrying about exacerbating her oily skin. Oh and the best part, the serum has zero parabens, dyes and artificial fragrances.
Moisturiser - For the night, any gel-based moisturiser will do as long as it's lightweight.
Lip balm - And we are finally ready for bed with our handy little lip balm. Honestly being human is so tough, like you give us oily skin paired with lips that dry out if we even go a minute without lip balm? Pick a struggle! But at least some of us don't put on lip balm by moving our whole head (ahem, men).
Editor #2: Lopa K
Hey there, well it’s my turn to spill some beauty tips for face! Your girl has such sensitive acne-prone skin, one dab of makeup on a blackhead and boom it's a pimple the next day. So, the fewer the chemicals the better, in my case. My face is still peppered with blemishes and acne scars, but as long as I don’t break out, I am happy.
Face wash - I mix it with a little bit of damp oats, multani mitti or sandalwood (depending on my mood) for a little exfoliating action so I can get 2-in-1 benefits without having to add another step.
Serum - When I have pimples, I use Acne Squad Breakout Terminator Serum which is high-powered with salicylic acid and thymol-T (derived from acne-killing thyme). I have yet to see an effective acne serum as this, even the most painful and stubbornest of cystic pimples start subsiding by the third day. Sure, it has fragrance but the pros outweigh the cons, I'm literally on my second bottle since its launch and have gone from a pubescent-looking young adult to no pimples. This comes off as an endorsement but it honestly isn't, in fact, sponsor me, I'll sing its praises to whoever will listen, but hopefully, by then they see my review and take out the artificial fragrance in their next batch.
Moisturiser with SPF – The Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser with SPF15 works best as it has none of those pesky chemicals my skin hates. Instead, it is super light with a natural finish which keeps my face moisturised and protected. I rarely go out in the sun but I am in front of one electronic screen or the other 24x7. And no, blue light photodamage is not a conspiracy, so better to be safe than sorry.
Nighttime skincare routine:
I am more in the lazy girl category and skip my nighttime routine a little too frequently for my skin’s liking, but I make sure to wash my face before I go to sleep no matter what. Even if you run out of face wash, get that water on your face without fail, that’s one of the most important beauty tips for skin ever. But when I am feeling motivated or my skin’s having a bad week, here is my nighttime routine:
Face wash - I like the Simple Daily Skin Detox Purifying Facial Wash as it gives a mattifying feel without drying out my face. And you know I love my 2-in-1 products and this is yet again one of them as the cleanser unclogs pores as well with the help of thyme and witch hazel. Hardcore natural ingredients? Check. No harsh chemicals? Check. Does what it boasts? Check!
Toner - I use a toner with apple cider vinegar and glycolic acid as it not only dissolves the toughest of whiteheads and waterproof makeup but also helps balance out the pH levels.
Night cream - I have no idea why my skin is so weird, despite such oily glands, it stretches and flakes if the air is dry or I am road-tripping through Manali. That’s when a night cream comes in handy, it is like chugging a bottle of water after being parched all day.
Editor #3: Sania Dhirwani
And finally, we have our dear Sania with a pretty easy-going skincare routine and simple beauty tips for skin. She has a combination skin type and focuses mostly on cleansing. Wow, what’s it like having almost no skin woes? Colour us green with envy as she is also lucky enough to not need a nighttime skincare routine. But that’s where a lot of normal-skinned girls make a mistake, forgetting to take care of their skin and then regretting it years later. But not our editor here as she makes sure to cover all of her bases.
Face cleanser - She uses the sulphate-free cleanser Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash which is loaded with multivitamins and purified water. She has gone through her fair share of cleansers and most of them have left her face feeling tight and not in a good way, Picture someone asking her to enact the confession scene from ‘Pride And Prejudice’ after getting botox. Yeah, not flattering. Well, thankfully, she now has a loyal ally in her journey to maintain her flawless skin.
Serum - She uses a hyaluronic serum to make sure her skin stays firm and tight (in a good way, here). Don't look at us like that, premature ageing is real, if you invest now you won't have to worry about jowls in your 50s. There's no such thing as too soon, gotta look young, gotta look hot as said by one wise man from the swooniest movie of all time (what routine did those ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ boys have like spill it already, along with the deleted footage, thanks)!
Sunscreen - Next, she makes do with a silicone-based, dermat-recommended sunscreen. Pond's Serum Boost Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 is perfect as it has silicone which makes sure the sunscreen is waterproof and sweatproof. We don’t want our defences to melt just because the sun has decided to punish us with its harsh rays. It also fades blemishes while giving a natural finish. But do remember to reapply every 3-4 hours to deter the side effects of UV rays.
Lightweight moisturiser - Finally, she ends her routine with a lightweight moisturiser. For this final step, the Pond’s Gel Moisturiser comes out to play. It is honestly the best moisturiser out there as it works for all skin types whether you have oily skin, dry skin or combination skin. It is a lightweight gel which ensures that it doesn’t feel sticky when you apply it. Along with its fast-absorbing formula, it also has the nourishing vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, a water-friendly ingredient that retains much-needed moisture to keep your skin healthy.
FAQs about Skincare Routine
Q1. What should a basic skincare routine have?
A basic skincare routine is made up of three steps. Face wash cleanses off the day’s grime and dead skin cells. Next comes toner which balances your pH levels so your skin is not too oily or dry. It also clears and manages your pores. Finally, moisturiser keeps your skin hydrated, soft, smooth and youthful.
Q2. What are the different skin types?
There are 5 universal skin types – normal, oily, dry, sensitive and combination. While the first 3 are self-explanatory, sensitive skin means you are more prone to allergies, rashes and breakouts. Combination skin is a mix of dry patches with an oily T-zone.
Q3. How to customise a skincare routine?
For the CTM (cleanser, toner, moisturiser) steps, opt for products that work best for your skin type. Next, identify if you have any skin concerns like acne, dark spots, wrinkles, blackheads, etc. Then you can add additional steps like a specific serum or face mask to counteract them.