When it comes to skincare, we are constantly bombarded with products, opinions and advice galore. From your dermal asking you to include more antioxidants to your mother asking you to ditch all the chemicals and going the natural way, we won’t blame you if your skin care routine is all over the place.

If you think great skin is simply a result of great genes, then we have some good news in store for you. While your DNA does have some role to play in how your skin looks, there are several other factors that are at play too. Simple lifestyle changes, a little exercise, healthy, nutrition-rich diet and not to forget, a proper skincare routine and there you are, your arsenal to achieve great skin is ready.

But what is a proper skin care routine, you ask. What are the products that should be a part of that routine? How do you layer all the products to maximise the benefits of each product? Well, you are not alone in your quest to find a skincare routine that’s effective, quick and easy to follow. The dizzying number of opinions on everything; from the correct way to UV protect your skin to the downside of skipping a serum, it can be quite difficult to sort through the noise.

Thus, we present to you a foolproof step by step guide to a daily skin care routine that’s going to help take away the guesswork from this simple task. Read on to find out what it is...

Skin Care Routine: Cleanse
 

Cleanse

For the love of God, never skip this step, no matter how tired you are. It is very important to get rid of all the dirt, makeup, grime and other impurities before you move further with the rest of your skincare routine. For all the ingredients to absorb into your skin and work properly, your skin needs to be clean. Opt for micellar water such as the Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water that removes makeup and hydrates the skin. The best part about this cleanser is that it does not leave any residue behind. But it is still important to double cleanse for a thorough cleansing experience. For this, you can use a foaming face wash such as the Dove Deep Pure Oil Control Facial Cleanser. It gently cleanses dirt and excess sebum from deep within pores and gives your skin the moisture needs.

Skin Care Routine: Exfoliate
 

Exfoliate

If you want clear, glowing skin, then it is imperative that you exfoliate your face at least two or three times a week. This step helps get rid of built-up dirt, oil and dead skin. This reveals a smoother, cleaner and brighter looking complexion. Exfoliating your skin also deep cleanses your pores and keeps your skin looking young and healthy. The Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant has a non-abrasive formula that stimulates cell renewal for smoother skin. The natural fruit enzymes detach dead skin cells for a hard-to-miss glow. While scrubbing your face, focus on the areas that are prone to blackheads and flakiness such as the nose, cheeks and chin.

Skin Care Routine: Use a toner
 

Use a toner

How often are you tempted to skip the toner directly jump to the next step of your skin care routine? But toning your face is super important as it is that skin care hero which helps get rid of any grime that your cleanser failed to budge. A toner also helps eliminate any minerals or chlorine from your water that might have settled on the skin. Additionally, a toner is also very important to tighten your pores and help restore your skin’s pH levels for an evener skin tone. The Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner prevents excess sebum production and prevents future breakouts. The refreshing extracts in the toner help cool and revive tired skin.

Skin Care Routine: Skin serums are everything
 

Skin serums are everything

Post cleansing and toning, your skin is finally squeaky clean and ready for the skincare products to follow. It is now time for serums. Serums are necessary to step in your skin care routine as they help address specific concerns such as acne, dryness, wrinkles and pigmentation to name a few. Serums are brimming with powerful hero ingredients like antioxidants, retinol, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid, and it is important that you apply them right after a toner so that your skin is completely able to absorb the good stuff. The Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Serum important accentuates your skin's natural shine to give you a stunning glossy look. It's formulated with an aqueous veil with mineral-laden glacial water which makes your skin feel radiant and nourished. Remember to always pat the serums into the skin as this will ensure that it is completely absorbed into your skin.

Skin Care Routine: Eye Cream
 

Eye Cream

If there is one tell-tale sign of all the stress in your life, then it is the dark and puffy under eye area. This is why it is important to include an eye cream in your daily skincare routine. If you are looking to reduce under eye inflammation, puffiness, dark circles or simply add a bit of moisture, you need to invest in an eye cream today. Using it right after your serum reduces the number of barriers and helps it get absorbed right into the skin. The Dermalogica Total Eye Care is enriched with skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids and plant extracts to help reduce the appearance of puffiness and fine lines. The area around your eyes extremely delicate and that is why it is important to apply your eye cream with your fourth finger in a tapping motion. This will prevent any tugging or pulling.

Skin Care Routine: Moisturiser
 

Moisturiser

An over moisturised skin is a myth, and no matter what you do, never skip out on using a moisturiser at least twice a day. Your moisturisers (or night creams) provide your skin with a lot of nourishment and hydration. You need to include a moisturiser in your daily skin care routine, no matter what your skin type may be. The Lakmé Peach Milk Soft Creme Moisturizer is enriched with rich peaches and milk and helps nourish your skin from deep within. The whipped cream formula locks in moisture for 24 hours keeps it healthy.

Skin Care Routine: Sunscreen
 

Sunscreen

We can’t stress enough the importance of this step in your skin care routine. You need to protect your skin from the sun every single day, all year round. Wearing sunscreen while heading out is a mandate, but it is highly recommended that you slather on sunscreen even if you only plan to stay indoors all day as UV rays can damage your skin even through the windows and the light from your screens. Using a sunscreen daily helps reduce the probable signs of ageing for about 24%, hence it is the best anti-ageing treatment for your skin. The Lakmé Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 50 PA+++ shields skin against UVA and UVB rays, prevents sunburns, dark spots and premature ageing.

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