Lets discuss from where we left off my last post, which was to bust certain myths about skin care. So, lets see what the big deal about skin care is.
Traditionally, a good skin care regime meant a step wise procedure of Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing (CTM) your skin at the end of the day. However, these days our skin needs a little more than the traditional CTM because of excess stress (internal and external). To counter the effects of stress, age, pollution etc on the skin we introduce a new step into CTM and make it CTTM i.e.
Cleaning, Toning, Treatment and then Moisturizing. Let us discuss each step.
1. Cleansing- it means to remove makeup, dirt, oil, pollution etc from the skin. Cleansing products come in different forms for all skin types. A cleansing face wash can be useful for oily and oily combination skins and a cleansing milk can be used by people with dry and dry combination skins. I advise against using any kind of soap bars on the face as soaps are the way to harsh for the face except moisturizing soaps and glycerine based ones.
2. Toning- as the name suggests toning is done to refine the pores and to tighten them. After you cleanse your face nicely, the pores of the skin open and need to be tightened to give the skin a youthful and flawless appearance. A toner should be dabbed on the skin with a damp cotton.
3. Treatment- this new step has been recently introduced by skin care product manufacturers and experts because our skin needs personal care to tackle our individual skin problems that only moisturizing cannot give. Treatment means the use of serums to tackle skin issues like dark circles, pigmentation, acne, uneven skin tone etc. Based on your skin type and problem you must INVEST in a good serum and apply it just after toning. A serum is a concentrate and therefore more effective in treating the problem.
4. Moisturizing- After applying a serum we must apply a skin specific moisturizer. Lotions meant for oily skin types will be much lighter in texture as compared to the ones meant for drier skins. Make sure you buy a day cream with SPF and a separate night cream as well.
So don’t wait for too long and get started on your skin care ASAP because nothing look more beautiful than fresh, dewy, flawless skin.. 🙂
Through this post I would like to draw people’s attention to skin care, it’s importance and to provide accurate information about it. I would like to tackle a few myths regarding this topic.
1. Skin care is only for ladies– you could not be more far away from the truth if you are one of those who think skin care is only meant for ladies. Men’s skin is far more tougher and stronger than women’s skin but one must keep in mind that men tend to be more outdoors as compared to most of us. So in my opinion, it is more important for men to take care of their skins because of much more exposure to sun, pollution, oil and dirt etc
2. Skin care is time-consuming– Actually what seems like a lengthy process in written takes just about 5 mins in practice.
3. Skin care is expensive– Skin car products can be as expensive or as reasonable as you want them to. Yes, i will agree that some of the expensive products are much more effective than other slightly cheap ones but that doesn’t mean that the lesser priced products have nothing to offer.
4. Skin care should be started when you start aging– this is like saying that one should eat good food only when you start getting sick. A good skin care routine ensures that your skin is hydrated and moisturized at all times which leads to delayed aging process. Skin care should be started as early in life as possible, the only difference would be the kind of products one uses as a kid, as an adolescent or as an adult.
5. Skin care should be followed if you want a fair complexion (typical Indian thought)– As i have mentioned earlier, skin care routine is a step-wise process of cleaning, toning and treating your skin with moisturizers and serums that tackle all types skin problems. So, everyone must follow a skin care routine meant for their skin type. A thorough skin analysis should be done to determine your skin type and then a personalized routine is designed that will benefit your skin and tackle whatever problem you face like wrinkles, dark circles, uneven comp lesion, dullness etc.
6. Skin care is for people who do not have good skin– Following a skin care routine even when you have good skin is like exercising even when you are fit. Your genetics has a significant role to play in the quality of your skin, however, there is no reason not to follow a skin care routine. To make your skin look and feel healthy, it needs water, nutrients, proper sleep and pollution free environment, chemical free food etc. A skin care routine could be as quick or as elaborate as your skin demands.
7. I don’t need moisturisers because my skin is oily– You need an oil-free moisturiser if you have an oily skin. Some moisturisers are gel and water-based that provide hydration to the skin and they should definitely be used because they act as a barrier from the dirt and pollution in the environment and at the same time giving the necessary hydration to the skin that the sebum (oil secreted by the body) does not.
8. Using too many products harm the skin– Using the wrong products definitely harm the skin.
Skin care is as important for us as a good diet and exercise is for healthy living. If you spend 5-10 minutes daily in taking care of your skin, it goes a long way. Secondly, the money you end up spending on cosmetologists and dermatologists gets significantly reduced. Secondly, a regular skin care routine reduces your visits to the salon for treatments and facials. If you get a facial once in a month till you are 30, by following a skin care routine that can be reduced to once in 2 months max and that is also money saved right ?
In my next post, I will be discussing a good skin care routine.
hope this information bursts a few bubbles 🙂