Some call it a waste of time, some a waste of money and some just aren’t interested. But I hate to break to you, the older you get the more important it gets to have a skincare routine in place. It could be a basic skincare routine or could be the signature 10-step, but the older you get, the more help your skin is going to need. I am not saying that go crazy and buy everything, I am saying start slow, start basic, understand your skin and build your way up.
I’m going to level with you, let’s put together a super basic skincare routine under Rs 1,000. No, I don’t mean skincare products under the amount, but a whole routine. C’mon, you can do this one with me.
After a long day or even in the morning, you definitely need to take the dust, residual makeup, and natural oils off your skin.
Product name: Make-Up Removal Wipes With Seaweed And Lavender
Price: Rs 175. Buy it here
The wipes take off the top layer, but you still need to give your skin a deeper cleanse. In the morning, this will wake you up; in the evening, it will make sure you don’t sleep with ANY makeup or grime on your face.
Product name: Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser
Price: Rs 107. Buy it here
I know the hogwash about this restoring the pH balance of your skin doesn’t really make sense. Well, let's just see this step as the cooldown you give your skin after the intensity of the cleanse. This one is alcohol-free, which is an added bonus for your skin!
Brand: Himalaya Herbals
Product name: Refreshing & Clarifying Toner
Price: Rs 83. Buy it here
This is a given. After you’ve stripped the skin hydration is of utmost importance. Now here you can branch out and try moisturisers made for your skin type. Here’s the one that I started out with though.
Product name: Peach Milk Soft Creme Moisturizer
Price: Rs 100. Buy it here
The area around your eye bears the brunt of every irregularity you have. It has the thinnest skin and starts ageing much sooner than the rest of your face. Trust me when I say, you under eye area NEEDS the TLC.
Brand: Vaadi Herbals
Product name: Value Pack Of 3 Under Eye Cream - Almond Oil & Cucumber Extract
Price: Rs 190. Buy it here
The final step. Your lips are around the same as your under eye area. Thin skin getting dehydrated a little faster than the rest of your skin. In a pinch, you can use your lip balm as an under eye cream. Here’s one oldie but a goodie!
Product name: Lip Care
Price: Rs 45. Buy it here
This step is imperative even if you’re not leaving the house. Sun damage is one of the reasons for your skin’s rapid deterioration and sun protection is no joke! Apply your sunscreen 15 minutes after applying your moisturiser and eye cream. Let them soak into the skin before you add sunscreen to the mix.
Brand: Aroma Magic
Product name: Carrot Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15
Price: Rs 95. Buy it here
Here's a little extra something to keep you going!
Your basic skincare routine ended in the last step and we were WAY under budget weren’t we? Well, if you’re feeling a little fancy or feel like your skin needs a little something extra or you’re looking at wanting to expand your routine, here are a few things that would help. A sheet mask is the ideal tool to give your skin a boost of instant hydration. Apply it on your skin for 10-15 mins, take it off and massage the remainder of the product into your skin. Follow this up with your moisturiser.
Brand: The Face Shop
Product name: Real Nature Green Tea Face Mask
Price: Rs 100. Buy it here
This is when your skin is feeling flaky or if you’re planning on shaving your face. Scrubbing once a week actually ensures your skin’s timely regeneration. It brings the blood flowing to your face and keeps things taut.
Brand: Lotus Herbal
Product name: Apriscrub Fresh Apricot Scrub
Price: Rs 90. Buy it here
A serum is a buzzword in the beauty industry today. It is basically a more concentrated version of the ingredients found in your skincare routine. I suggest using a serum before your moisturiser at night. It gives your skin a boost of power when it replenishes itself at night.
Product name: Skin Logix Redefine Advance Night Repair Serum
Price: Rs 269. Buy it here