Oh! The elusive world of skincare. We understand if you feel overwhelmed by skincare terms, products, and ingredients, especially if you are a beginner. However, one thing is for sure, looking after your skin, health and body isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. So if you are a newbie and you’re venturing into the world of skincare, we’ve got some experts in the field to help you out.
We asked Dr Varshini Reddy M.D.Dermatology, Aesthetic Medicine from iS Clinical India to share some insights into how to transform a skincare regimen that will elevate you from the level of a beginner to that of a pro.
“Your basic routine must contain an effective cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser, and sunscreen”, says Dr Reddy. To amp it up, here are some of the things you can do.
Dr Reddy talks about how important double cleansing is. She says, “Always double cleanse your skin. Use micellar water or oil-based cleanser first followed by your regular cleanser. This will ensure that your skin is squeaky clean and it’s the easiest way to keep your skin healthy.”
Acid-based toners help in re-texturizing your face and getting rid of all the dead skin cells. So, all the grime and dirt that has been collected in your pores can be thoroughly cleaned and clogging won’t be a problem anymore.
“Adding a mist to your skincare routine especially if it has antioxidants helps defend free radical damage”, explains Dr Reddy.
Antioxidants basically protect the skin by stopping free radical production which damages the skin. These help in reducing sun spots, combat early signs of aging, and calm skin inflammations. Antioxidants also hydrate the skin and keep it moisturised and radiant. So, it should be a must-add to your beauty routine.
We all know that with masking you can address your specific skin concerns and Dr Reddy advises us to use them at least twice or thrice a week. You can use a charcoal mask for detoxifying your skin, an aloe vera enriched masking for soothing your skin, and a mask with hyaluronic acid to moisturise dry skin.
Dr Reddy emphasizes on using active serums that are targeted to your skin concerns. She says, “A Vitamin C serum is always a good addition in your morning routine and a peptide acid-based serum is great to use at night. Make sure you have at least one hydrating serum in your routine no matter what your skin concerns are.”
The iS Clinical Polyvitamin Serum is one of Dr Reddy’s personal holy grails. It has a high concentration of hyaluronic acid along with niacinamide, sugarcane extract, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B3 that nourishes the skin and improves skin texture, It also reverses early signs of aging and gives the complexion a more radiant and youthful appearance.
Retinol is basically a version of Vitamin A that helps in cell rejuvenation, skin turnover, more collagen production, and less acne. It really is a benchmark in terms of skincare effects in the beauty world and most ingredients are compared to this in terms of effectiveness even today. Dr Reddy does give a cautionary warning to start off slowly with the ingredient and use it twice a week at night for optimum results.
Applying sunscreen is a necessity to save your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays which can even penetrate even while you’re indoors. UVA rays are actually the primary cause of skincare concerns such as dark spots, pigmentation, wrinkles, and photo-aging. They’re even linked to skin cancer. Not just this, sunscreen even protects you from blue light or high-energy light that is emitted from gadgets. Continuous exposure to these can cause pigmentation, free radical damage, and breakdown of collagen, resulting in accelerated skin aging.
Ladies, healthy skin is totally in!
PS: Looking to get your hands on Dr Reddy’s skincare faves? iS Clinical products can be purchased at dermatologists’ clinics or by DMing them on Instagram!
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