We all want glowing skin, right? But nobody wants to go through the trouble of following elaborate skin care regimes. Well, there’s no pain without gain. You will have to put in a little bit of effort to keep your skin soft, radiant and healthy. But the good news is that it’s just that - only a little bit of effort! With these 10 skincare essentials by your side, you’ll get dreamy skin in no time! Not only this we have also recommended some of the essential skin care products.
Remember that you must never ever sleep with your makeup on. Just one night of sleeping with your makeup on can clog your pores, cause eye irritation and do a lot of damage to your skin, so always have a makeup remover by your bedside. You can even use coconut oil to remove your skin and lip makeup - it works like a charm. And don’t forget to use a gentle eye makeup remover to wipe off that eyeliner!
POPxo Recommends: L'Oreal Paris Makeup Removing Towelettes (Rs 415) The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover (Rs 825)
Instead of using a bar soap (which can upset the pH balance of your skin), use a good cleanser that is formulated specially for your face. Depending upon your skin type, choose a cleanser that you can use every day. People with oily skin should go for an active cleanser that prevents breakouts, while those with dry skin should opt for a creamy cleanser.
DIY: Homemade cleanser using lemon juice and honey
You can make a honey and lemon cleanser at home which is super easy to make. These two ingredients are a natural moisturizer and have antiseptic qualities too. Both of them are rich in antioxidants which help to prevent ageing. Mix 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to make this cleanser. Apply it on your face and neck and wash it later when it becomes dry.
Using a toner is the one part of a skincare regime that many people ignore. However, using a toner is extremely important as it has more than one benefit. It shrinks pores, restores your skin’s pH balance, adds a layer of protection and refreshes your skin. However, make sure that you choose an alcohol-free toner as alcohol dehydrates your skin. Rose water acts as an excellent natural toner and leaves your skin rosy and moisturized.
DIY: Natural toners for skin
You can prepare a toner at home by mixing 4 tablespoons of rosewater with 4 tablespoons of vinegar. You can also freeze rose water and apply it on your face. Otherwise, even simple ice will work great as a toner as it provides the required elasticity to the skin. All these things are easily available at home which can save all the lazy girls out there!
POPxo Recommends: Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water (Rs 275)
A face serum may be on the more expensive side, but your skin will thank you for investing in one. Full of active ingredients that have a host of beauty benefits and are better absorbed by your skin, a serum is all you need to give your skin a boost. The high concentration of active ingredients in serums guarantees quick results!
POPxo Recommends: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (Rs 3,650)
The skin right underneath your eyes requires some extra special care, especially once you hit your mid-twenties since the skin there is very thin. We suggest you use a good under eye cream every night to keep the area moisturized and to keep dark circles away. Puffy eyes and dark circles can take away from your entire look, so invest in a good eye cream!
POPxo Recommends: St.Botanica Under Eye Gel (Rs 699)
We already know that a moisturizing day cream is a must for supple, hydrated skin, but give your complexion a glow-inducing boost with some extra love. Pamper yourself before bedtime with a rich night cream and wake up to soft, supple and moisturized skin.
POPxo Recommends: Fabindia Vitamin E Night Cream (Rs 450)
Don’t let dead and dry skin take away your glow. Use a gentle exfoliator to scrub away dead skin cells. An exfoliator will unclog your pores, remove excess oil and prevent the appearance of blackheads. Use one at least once or twice a week and see the results!
DIY: Homemade scrub
If your bottle of a scrub is empty and you are looking for some instant help then rosewater and sugar can rescue you from your problem. Mix these two and use them as a scrub. You will see instant results as after using it your skin will become too soft.
POPxo Recommends: Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub (Rs 140)
You should not make the mistake of thinking that a night cream is all you need to keep your skin moisturized. Use a day and night cream for best results. A day cream not only hydrates but also creates a barrier between environmental pollutants and your skin to keep it soft and protected. If you have oily skin, opt for a water-based one, while dry skinned people can choose a heavier day cream.
POPxo Recommends: Kama Ayurveda Eladi Hydrating Ayurvedic Face Cream (Rs 1395)
Don’t make the mistake of stepping out without one! Not only does your sunscreen prevent tanning, it also protects your skin from damage from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Choose a non-greasy one with at least SPF 30 that you can easily wear every morning and your skin will love you for it!
POPxo Recommends: Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel Pa+++ Spf - 50 (Rs 315)
And finally, don’t forget to use a face pack every once in a while to get your skin glowing, once a week will be great. It’ll brighten your skin up instantly and keep it healthy and glowing - just what you need! And all it takes is 15 minutes!
DIY: Homemade face pack
Mixing 2 tablespoons of gram flour and 1 tablespoon of curd can make a healthy face pack for your skin. It works best for dry skin. If you are looking for a face pack for acne or pimples then mix Multani Mitti, lemon juice and a dash of turmeric together.
POPxo Recommends: Vedic Line Choco Cherry Mud Pack (Rs 250)
Just incorporate these 10 essentials in your skincare routine and you’ll see the difference - we promise!