The texture of skin had changed completely after I gave birth to my baby in January. I had grown up with completely oily skin, but after delivery, it had become dry. As if the dry patches weren’t fun enough, I developed cystic acne as well. I’d never really paid attention to skin care all these years, and it showed because I had no clue what to do (apart from being depressed). I did a bit of research and concluded that I needed a routine – something that wasn’t very complicated, and at the same time, ensured that my skin got the care that was required.
I’m happy to say that my skin is now clear! Here is my routine, and the products that I use (that were well worth the money that I spent on them). I do this both during the day (when I shower), and before I go to sleep.
Step 1 – Wash Your Face
I use a gentle face wash in the mornings and a slightly stronger one in the nights. The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Face Wash (Rs.795/-) is very soothing and gentle on my sensitive skin and leaves it feeling clean and fresh too. The reason I use a gentle face wash in the morning is that there’s really nothing on your face that requires ‘cleaning’. Stronger face washes can strip your skin and end up making it even drier.
At night, I quite like the Lotus Tea Tree Face Wash. It’s really effective on acne and has managed to prevent breakouts for me. It’s definitely more powerful than the Aloe wash and it’s a bit scrubby, so it’s great for really getting the grime out of your face at the end of the day.
Step 2 – Tone Your Skin
I’m incredibly lazy when it comes to this step, which is why I use a spray toner. No messing around with cotton wool when you’re in a rush to go somewhere in the morning. I really like the Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist in the mornings because well, it wakes you up! If you can’t get the Pixi one, I also recommend the Kama Ayurveda Rose Water Mist.
At night, I like to use the Pixi Glow Tonic, because it has glycolic acid, which is a chemical exfoliant. I know chemical exfoliation sounds scary, but it has a fantastic effect on the skin, and really clears it up, without having to be abrasive.
Step 3 – Moisturize
I swear by the Lotus Herbals Whiteglow moisturizer – not because it makes me whiter (it doesn’t), but because it has the perfect texture. It’s thick, but not so thick that it makes you sweat, it makes my skin feel softer instantly, it clears marks up over time and most importantly, it has SPF. I am all about shortcuts, so this cream makes it okay if I forget to put on sunscreen.
At night, I use the Lotus Herbals YouthRX (are you seeing a trend here? I love Lotus Herbals because it’s locally made, affordable and cruelty-free). It makes my skin feel soft in the morning and while I can’t really talk about its wrinkle reducing properties, I have been seeing fewer spots and less redness. I finish it all up with The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate, which has really made a difference with my under eye wrinkling. You’d think that a sleep-deprived new mom would have droopy eye bags, but I don’t. I have to thank this cream for that.
Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!
Sun damage is real! So use sunscreen even if you are just staying indoors. I use it on top of my moisturizer because I’m paranoid like that. I use the Biotique Bio Sandalwood sunscreen because it was the only sunscreen that was available in the supermarket that I went to. Thankfully, it’s pretty good as well.
Some Extras For Your Skin Care Routine
I like to use a face mask once or twice a week. Currently, I’m using The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Face Mask, which is fantastic for dry skin. It really leaves my skin feeling super soft. I also use more powerful chemical exfoliants once a week, like The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid. This stuff is super potent and can make your skin really sensitive, so make sure you follow up with moisturizer and use sunscreen the next day.
I also got the Retinoid serum from The Ordinary but I’m not using it right now because I’m still nursing my baby, and retinoids aren’t recommended when you are breastfeeding.
So that’s my roundup of skin care products that are worth spending money on! Do let me know what else you’d like to see reviewed on the blog.