Your 20s is when you need to start focusing on skincare. Not only is it exciting, but you’re also ensuring your skin looks healthy and youthful for longer. But, with so many options and practices, it’s tough to understand what is good for your skin. If you’ve been rummaging through influencer routines and are still confused about how to build your skincare regimen, here are easy steps to take care of your skin.
For the daytime, you want to keep it light. It’s all about staying fresh and protecting your skin from radicals.
The skin repairs itself during the night. This can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells and sebum on your face. Make sure to wash it off with a mild cleanser each morning. Start your day with a face wash that works for your skin. The Pond’s Gold Beauty Gold Cleansing Face Wash is a crowd-favourite as it instantly adds a glow after rinsing. This will also help you feel more awake and refreshed.
Step #2: Tone
South Koreans consider toner the first step of hydration in your skincare routine. A toner is a water-based liquid that performs as a primer for your skincare. Toners balance the pH levels of your skin and calm irritated skin. If you’re unsure of which toner would work the best for you, our personal favourite is the Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner. It’s alcohol-free and infused with a bunch of amazing ingredients that keep the skin hydrated.
Step #3: Vitamin C serum
Vitamin C is something we slept on for way too long! But, whether you’re in your 20s or 60s, vitamin C serum is a product you need in your regimen. It fades dark spots, hyperpigmentation and corrects uneven skin texture, helping your skin look even-toned and bright. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties improve the texture of the skin. Vitamin C also promotes collagen production which helps slow down ageing and makes skin plumper. The Lakmé 9 to 5 Vitamin C+ Facial Serum is the perfect vitamin C serum to include in your routine. Infused with Kakadu Plum extracts, which has 100x more Vitamin C than oranges, this one is a powerhouse serum that will help you achieve your best skin yet. Right after toner, apply a few drops of the vitamin C serum to your skin.
Step #4: Moisturiser
Seal it all in with a light, daytime moisturiser. Look for a gentle moisturiser that doesn’t feel too heavy or thick. If you have oily skin, look for mattifying moisturisers that will keep you looking fresh throughout the day. If you’re on the hunt for a daytime moisturiser with a lightweight feel, Lakmé Absolute Fresh Life Day Cream is an amazing daytime moisturiser to try. Enriched with peridot stone extract, a rare gem, rich in minerals, it energises the skin and protects it from external aggressors. Just a few dots will make your skin feel refreshed and plump.
Step #5: Eye cream
Eye cream is an absolute must. It keeps your under eyes well-nourished, prevents premature wrinkles and reduces dark circles. Make sure to apply a pea-sized amount under and around your eyes every morning.
Step #6: SPF
The last and most important step - is sunscreen. All your skincare hard work is pointless if UVA and UVB rays cause skin damage. It doesn’t matter which season we’re in, we’re always in contact with these harmful rays and you need to protect your skin. It’s more than fighting tan lines and hyperpigmentation in the hotter months, sunscreen is more than a summer essential. Moreover, vitamin C is sensitive to sunlight and needs to be topped off with SPF. The Lakmé Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Lotion Sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection with SPF 50 and leaves the skin feeling velvet matte.
Nighttime is for your heavy-duty, thick moisturisers and treatments. It’s the time to pamper your skin once you’re done with the day. This is all about repairing and nourishing.
Step #1: Cleanse
Once again, skincare begins with clean skin. Wash your face and get rid of impurities or makeup with a mild micellar water cleanser like the Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water. Its gentle formula is free of alcohol, artificial perfume, colour and dyes. Infused with skin-loving ingredients like glycol (nourishes), hexylene (eliminates impurities), vitamin B3 (soothes), vitamin B (purifies), vitamin C (prevents dryness) and triple purified water (hydrates), this one is perfect for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.
Step #2: Serum
Serums seep deeper into your skin and repair damage from deep within. Depending on your skin concerns, look for a serum to target your troubles. If you have dull skin, you can go for reviving or brightening serums. Similarly, oily skin and acne-prone can benefit from oil-controlling or acne-fighting serums. The Simple Booster Serum - 10% Hemp Seed Oil + B3 For Strong Skin Barrier is a splendid serum to include in nighttime skincare as it strengthens the barrier of your skin and helps it absorb nutrients from your skincare products. It works for all skin types, too.
Step #3: Moisturiser
Use a nice moisturiser and massage it well into the skin. The Lakmé Absolute Fresh Life Night Cream. Using corresponding skincare products from the same range can benefit your skin a lot, as they are formulated to work incredibly together. Apply it all over your face and bring it down to your neck. Remember, always include your neck in your skincare routine. You can also try a few face massages to get rid of water retention while helping the product sink into your skin.
Step #4: Eye cream
Once again, apply a pea-sized amount of the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Night Revival Eye Cream around your eyes. Infused with liquid gold aka argan oil, this one gets rid of dark circles, brightens the under-eye area and refreshes tired-looking eyes. Make sure you don’t drag the cream around. Just gently pat it in and you’re done!