Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Summer Skincare Favourites

Hello pretty lady!How have you been doing?Are the summers getting the better of your skin?
Excess oiliness. Pimples. Pigmentation. Dullness. Sunburn. What does the sun not do to our beloved skin and how easily we fall prey to these problems!Not that each of you would have to face all of these problems but for most of us,especially the ones who have to step out of their homes everyday for college (or maybe the coolest hangouts in the city that got the name “college” for  parents),office or just a day out, know exactly what I am talking about.Covering your face and hair is essential when exposing yourself to the sun but you just cannot be under the wraps through the entire day.Well,who is going to click selfies of the makeup you spent an hour doing?!Selfies are important.Damn important man!And hence,considering my story from last year when I started with my college and had no idea of how essential skin care is,the continuous exposure to heat and pollution ruined my skin.I  had a new pimple showing up everyday on my cheeks,on my chin,my forehead all tanned and dull,oily skin as ever.Even when the pimples decided to fade,they left unpleasant blemishes on my face.It was kind of heartbreaking for me because who would ever like their face blemished and pigmented?
A lot of trial and error with numerous products finally landed me onto adopting a weekly routine of skin-care that has resulted in a beautiful,bouncy skin,free of blemishes and acne (touchwood!) which I possess now and am soo happy with.If you know me personally then you would have seen the difference yourself!Talking of my skin type,my face has a combination skin.The T-zone of my face that is the nose,chin and my forehead teands to get oily alongwith the apples of my cheeks sometimes and then there are are days when they get all dry and I need to heavily moisturize them.

With the summers here,I have been following this skin care routine that helps me keep my face looking fresh and glowing.Read on to find out the products that I have been using and maybe,it might help you solve your skin problems as well!

  • Facewash

Facewash plays a very important role in maintaining the PH balance of your skin and hence,you need to invest in a facewash that would exactly serve your skin type without being too much loaded with heavy chemicals that will dry-out your skin.

I came across this ‘Deep Clean Facial Cleanser’by Neutrogena and this facewash is something I can sware by.Since the day I began using it,I have noticed a significant difference in my skin.This facewash is really mild and won’t dry out your skin after washing.This effective face wash contains a hydroxyl acid which penetrates deep into the pores,dissolving dirt,oil and makeup and cleans soo deeply that your skin is left clean with no pore-clogging residue.This is suitable for all types of skin,though if you have extremely oily skin,then you might want to look for options that are a little on the dry side.It retails for INR 350 for 200ml of the product.
I use it twice a day.Once in the morning and once at night before going to sleep.

  • Moisturiser ( for day)

On most of the days,I don’t require a heavy moisturiser and so,I got this product which works as magic because it  does moisturize but does not at all appear greasy or anything.

The Za True White Day Protector cream is worth every penny spent on it.It retails for INR 800 for one tube of the product and a little of the product goes a long way.It gives a glowing finish to your face,while moisturizing it through the day.It also has spf so sun protection is an added benefit.Every morning after I wash my face,I immediately massage this cream onto my skin in circular motions.

  • Sunscreen

Choosing a sunscreen can be quite tricky because the market is flooded with all types of brands making promises of giving sun protection alongwith matte effect,glowing effect and what not!I had been baffled with the types and spf of sunscreens that were available and after a good long research,I bought a few of them and the one that has found a permanent place on my dressing table is the VLCC Sweat Free Sunblock Lotion with SPF40.

Owing to the sun rays that have been growing harsh with every summers,SPF 40 is the minimum that your sunscreen should have.This sunscreen,enriched with Comfrey plant extract which has anti-irritant properties protects the skin against irritation and redness while the non-greasy formula lends a satin-smooth feel to the skin.Though,it might not be suitable for the dusky Indian skin tone as this product has white undertones that show up after application and take their own time to blend into the skin.The product retails for INR 340 for 100g.
I make sure that I apply it everyday in the morning after my facewash and moisturiser.Not just on my face but neck and hands as well.Also,2-3 hours into the sun and another touch up of sunscreen ensures unfaultered sun protection so make sure to keep it  handy in your bag!

  • Scrub

Dead cells form up quickly on the skin with the continuous exposure to the pollution and heat,making our skin look dull,dry and lifeless.It is very important to scrub your face to scrub off the dead cells and let the fresh,inner skin breathe.While choosing your scrub,you should make sure that it is not too harsh on your skin and also,scrubbing should be done very gently so as to ensure that you don’t scrape off too much skin.

My current favourite srub is the Lotus Herbals Whiteglow Oatmeal and Yoghurt scrub which is a really mild scrub with very small beads that don’t feel harsh against your skin.This scrub exfoliates the skin gently,removs dirt,dead cells,blackheads and whiteheads leaving the skin brighter and healthier with a smooth glow.It retails for INR 195 for 100g.
I exfoliate my skin using this scrub at a gap of every 2-3 days.Scrubbing actually works wonders on your skin so make sure you make it a regular habit!

  • Facepack

Your skin needs a boost of certain nurtrients that it gets deprived of over the weekly hustle-bustle and a good facepack is the solution to your skin’s craving!There are quite a many cosmetic brands that do offer really good facepacks but on my last trip to ooty,I got this Chandan (Sandalwood) Facepack from there which I have been using on every Sunday and this facepack is just wonderful.

Once I wash it off,my skin is all glowing and clean,looking fresh and healthier.
(I know it’s not possible for each of you to make a trip to ooty to get your hands on this face pack so I have added a few links from where you can get some really good organic sandalwood packs)

  • Tea Tree Gel

Nothing fights acne like tea tree oil and my secret to cleaning off all the little,dirty bubbles that popped up on my face was Lotus Herbals Tea Tree Acne Gel.This is a fantastic product that actually shows up results.

When my pimples were on an ever-growing spree,I switched to this product for a continued 2 weeks and yes!They did fade away.And for good.This acne gel,made with tea tree oil provides broad spectrum antimicrobial activity to control pimples,acne and blemishes.This light,easily absorbed gel regulates oil producing glands in acne prone skin,thereby retarding the process of formation of pimples and acne.This product retails for INR 270 for 100g.
I make sure to apply it every night after I wash my face for the night,before going to sleep.It’s super-effective and I highly recommend it.

And that is all that I am currently using and loving as well!If there is any other product or routine that you follow and have found useful, let me know through my social media handle so that we can together share it with everyone!
Till then,
Keep smiling.Keep styling.