Hope all of you are reading and enjoying skin care posts from our IMBB team You can read Rati’s, Monika’s, and Shikha’s routine by clicking on the respective links and Saloni’s and Rashmita’s shower and hair care routine here and here. All of us have different skin and hair types, so hope these posts are helpful to you Talking about myself, my skin’s status is “it’s complicated!” I have oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin with acne breakouts that show up quite often. Only certain products suit my skin, so I have to be really careful while picking up the products. I would like to share with you my skin care regimen that I am following currently
Cleansers: Starting with cleansers, I have found the perfect cleanser for my skin type in Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for sensitive skin. It’s PERFECT! No stinging, no harsh chemicals! Recently, I stumbled upon Olay 7-in-1 Foaming Face Wash and it’s the best that I have used – cleans without drying out the face!
Scrubs and Exfoliators: Coming to my favorite skin care product, Lotus Herbals Apriscrub is a staple, I never let that run out, ever! MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is a second favorite – it makes skin instantly smooth! I have recently picked VLCC Diamond Polishing Face Scrub which has gritty granules, good for frequent exfoliation, but I don’t like the oily residue on my face.
Face Washes: I like foaming face washes and that’s why Pond’s Activated Charcoal Deep Cleansing Facial Foam scores high with me. Dreamlite Face Wash was prescribed to me by my dermatologist. This face wash is not foaming but it has AHA granules which helps even out skin tone.
Facial oil/Face Serum: I haven’t had much luck with facial oils or serums. Most of the face serums break out my skin, so I am a little wary about trying them.
However, I will tell you about stuff that works for oily and acne-prone skin – Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum, Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus, Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil (Neetu gifted this to me :*), and SK-II Whitening Spot Specialist (it does not whiten the skin, but brightens up a bit, but is a very good facial serum).
Face Masks: I have not tried any face masks recently, the only ones that I have currently is the Biotique Bio Pistachio Face Pack. I have also this red sandalwood billet which helps clear up acne marks and add a glow to the skin. It takes quite a bit of effort to get a paste out of it, but ahem, I always do find someone do that job for me
For the eyes: You can always find I-Kul bottles in my bag, I can’t do without it! My eyes turn red whenever I drive, so I need this thing to clear the redness. Also, this SK-II signs eye mask is something I use to moisturize my under eye area.
Makeup Removers: I usually use Olay foaming cleanser to take down regular makeup, but if my makeup is waterproof, TBS Camomile Cleansing Butter does the trick for me. MAC Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser is another favorite of mine, it has no alcohol content and does not dry out the skin.
For the lips: I have one of the best healing lip balms out there – Amilab lip balm – it’s a soothing, moisturizing, and repairing lip balm.
Rati gifted me these three lippies, love ya Ms. Singh :* Also, I am addicted to this Sugar Cosmetics “The Big Bang Berry.”
To clear dry patches: Sometimes, when I use acne clearing ointments, I develop these dry patches, and to clear those away, these two help me – Nivea After Shave Balm! Did you know, you can use this as a primer! Yeah, you heard me right, it’s all over the youtube. I tried using it as a primer, but the glycerin content in the balm greases up my oily skin; however, if you have dry or normal skin, you could try! Then, there’s this lotion Eubos something, it’s a German drugstore brand usually for baby’s skin, and this particular one for extremely dry skin, but I stole it from my son for my acne-related dryness.
Toners: I am not happy with toners (again because of glycerin content in most toners), but when I have to use toners, these are the ones that I have currently with me – L’Occitane Angelica Face Toner and L’Occitane’s Brightening Mist.
That’s it, my simple skin care routine, I have a bevy of anti-acne ointments, but that should be strictly taken under the advice of a dermatologist, so skipping that section
I also keep Patanjali Aloe vera gel handy to soothe irritated skin,
Special mention to Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – it’s the best for regular wear. I have tried and tested so many foundations, but truly this one has become my absolute favorite.
Please do share your skin care favorites, help me out by adding more stuff to my routine