There are so many skin care products we own- toner, face mist, cleanser, cleansing oil, micellar water, moisturizer, acne treatment creams, facial oils, sunscreen, anti-aging creams and what not. How exactly are you supposed to use all these together? I am sure you might have had this question in the mind since long. I too always thought how on this earth am I supposed to use my skin care products because you have so many products targeted for the same area- might be confusing of course. Well, here is a complete guide on how and when to use these skin care products that too in proper order:
A foam cleanser is the first step of any skincare routine. It cleanses your skin, removes all the dirt, grime and oil and prepares your skin for the next step. Always choose a good quality cleanser, preferably the ones that belong to high end ayurvedic brands like Kama Ayurveda or Forest Essentials since they are low/nil in sulphates and parabens.
Product suggestions: Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser- INR 375 and Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron Neem Cleanser- INR 1075
Toner is always used after using a cleanser in order to thoroughly clean the pores. If you use a lot of makeup, using a toner regularly is essential for unclogging your pores and keeping it clean. To use a toner, simply take some amount on a cotton pad and wipe your face with it. Do not rinse it off.
Product suggestions: Plum Green Tea Alcohol-Free Toner- INR 380 and Kaya Purifying Toner- INR 325
After toner comes a moisturizer or a day cream if you use any. It provides your skin with hydration and moisturizing properties and keeps it soft and supple. Choose the ones that have natural ingredients in them, that do more than just moisturization.
Product Suggestions: Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer- INR 3690 and La Roche- Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Mexor- INR 3306
Sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from harmful effects of sunrays- UVA and UVB. I not only prevents tanning but also forms a protective layer on the skin. More on how to choose a better sunscreen>>
Product suggestions: Clinique Supercity Block SPF 40– INR 2150 and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+- INR 499
Foam cleanser cleanses your face and removes all the dirt you carry from around the day. It also removes any makeup residues (left after using a makeup remover) and prepares your skin for the next step.
As mentioned earlier, toners remove all the remaining traces of dirt and thoroughly cleanses the pores and also tightens it. If you have acne prone skin, use the toners specifically made for it. There are toners for different skin concerns that are best used at night time to let it work throughout your sleeping period.
Serums help maintain skin texture and give it extra nourishment. There are serums for specific skin concerns that target dry ski8n, oily skin and also acne prone skin. Normal skin can use a basic serum that helps maintain skin texture and keep it soft and supple. After your toner has dried, take few drops of the serum and smoothen it on the face.
Product Suggestions: Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Ayurvedic Night Serum– INR 1890 and Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum- INR 1753 approx.
If you have acne prone skin, spot treatments work the best during night. Apply the product only on the concerned area or acne without applying it on the non-problematic skin. Acne spot treatments work the best only on acne and if you use it on normal skin it can cause drying and peeling.
Product Suggestions: Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment- INR 1600, Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment- INR 500 approx.
Eye creams are used for maintaining the elasticity of the delicate area around the eyes. It prevents wrinkles, dark circles and keeps the area moisturized.
Product Suggestions: Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Firm- INR 4000 and Clinique All About Eyes Rich- INR 2200 approx.
Facial oils usually contain natural ingredients like plant extracts, essentials, dairy extracts etc. They keep skin soft, supple, glowy and also help control acne.
Product Suggestions: Just Herbs Rejuvenating Beauty Elixir Facial Serum- INR 985 and Clarins Lotus Facial Oil- INR 3000 approx.
Applying a moisturizer or night cream is very important before sleeping. It seals the serums and facial oils and makes a moisturizing and hydrating layer on it. If you sleep under AC, using a moisturizer or a night cream is very important.
Product Suggestions: Kama Ayurveda Rejuvenating and Brightening Night Cream– INR 1650 and Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Jasmine and Patchouli- INR 2250