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My 5-Step Morning Skin Care Routine for Glowing Skin

My 5-Step Morning Skin Care Routine for Glowing Skin

My skin care regimen, and more specifically my morning skin care routine, tends to change based on the seasons and state of my skin. As we move into spring, I’m exfoliating more to get rid of my dry winter skin, and using moisture-building bases (think oils and moisturizing serums) that are less heavy (or fatty) than those I was using in winter.

But it’s not just about the products I’m using, but the order I use them. By applying skin care products in the most effective way, you’re making sure they’re working properly and that you’re not wasting your money on expensive skin care.

Step 1: Cleanse with water only

In the morning, I only cleanse with water. Because I do a full nighttime cleanse, in which I remove makeup and dirt, I often still feel the product the next morning. To be honest, my skin has never looked better than it does when I cleanse with water in the mornings.

If you’re skeptical, try using a konjac sponge, which is a gentle exfoliating sponge that’s made from the konjac root. The natural clays help to naturally cleanse the skin without, again, stripping oil.

Step 2: Hydrosol (toner)

Following cleansing, I use a hydrosol to add a water barrier to my skin. This helps to act as a good foundation for all that is to come next. My favorite hydrosols have small amounts of essential oils such as lavender or rose, which are great for helping the actives penetrate into the skin (next step).

Step 3: Serum and actives

Now it’s time for what I call “the do’ers.” Products that contain an ingredient — think salicylic acid — intended to achieve a certain effect are considered “actives.” They tend to be the “brightening” products or “correctors.” These products, plus serums, work on certain issues, concerns, or benefits for your skin.

A serum is applied first, so that it seeps right into the skin. I then like to apply my actives and let them sit for a few minutes before the next steps. Doing this will help will seal in the other products.

Step 4: Moisturize

I’ll then move onto moisturizer. I tend to opt for heavy moisturizing in the form of a face balm or heavy facial oil. I rarely use creams as I feel my skin reacts better to whole plant oil.

I’ll add the oil by patting it on my face and then massaging in to the skin with upward strokes. I tend to take a few minutes on this process. This helps to work the product into my skin and I feel pampered with a mini-facial massage.

If I’m using a balm, I’ll warm it up in my hands first, by rubbing it in between my hands, in order to get it into a more oily consistency, and then continue as mentioned above.

Step 5: Sun protection

You should always apply sunscreen. For me, living in Norway, if I’m going out for a cross-country ski session, or going to be exposed to the sun for big chunks of the day, I’ll use a non-nano mineral sunscreen. This is both environmentally friendly and helps to protect me from hyperpigmentation and other sun damage.

I’ll pat this product into the skin lightly, as if I am sealing everything in with it.

The bottom line

While skin care products vary from person to person, the order you use them in can mean the difference between an effective routine and throwing money down the drain. This spring, why not give this order a try and see how your skin responds?v

Easy Best Routine Tips For Glowing Skin

Easy Best Routine Tips For Glowing Skin

It will be a desire for life for a woman to have tips for glowing skin. No matter where you are, how old you are, and what you do, you always yearn for that natural glow on your skin, which lends a certain ethereal radiance. We have tips for you, which if followed well, will lead to a natural, glowing skin. You know that late night is going to lead to dark circles. What can you do? Exposure to the sun may lead to blemishes. Is there a way out? Is there a way to get maximum results with little time at hand? Yes, there is! It is not an overnight process, but it is achievable. From having a regular skincare routine to exfoliation and natural remedies to refreshing your face, we cover it all.

You have heard it a hundred times, and perhaps ignored it each of the hundred times—the routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising. Whether you like it or not, that’s the bare minimum you can do for your skin on a regular basis. Wash your face at least twice a day with a cleanser that is most suited to your skin. Gently massage the cleanser in a circular motion on your face making sure you cover the entire face. Rinse off the product completely, and try to use warm water for best results. Pat dry your face once one, with a soft napkin.

Avoid napkins or face towels that have roughened over a period of time due to use. After that, apply a toner which will lower the skin’s pH level, calm the skin and prepare it for what comes next. Choose a gentle toner containing natural agents. In the end, apply a nourishing and hydrating face cream which is most suitable for your skin. If you wear glasses or sunglasses regularly, clean them on a daily basis to avoid the clogging of the pores around your eyes and nose.

This is a golden rule you can never break. Never. Make a pact with yourself—apply makeup only if you are going to be religious about removing it at the appropriate time and in the best manner. No matter how tired or sleepy you are, you have to take off your make up. The skin needs to breathe and it can do so only when the makeup is off.

Leaving your makeup overnight will cause the pores to clog up which will result in blemishes and blackheads. If you do not want to use a makeup remover, use a natural oil like olive oil or coconut oil on a cotton pad to remove the makeup. It works well. Don’t forget to follow your cleansing, toning and moisturising routine after removing your makeup.

Here’s How To Get Beautiful Glowing Skin Overnight

Here’s How To Get Beautiful Glowing Skin Overnight

There’s no better feeling than going to put on makeup in the morning, looking in the mirror and thinking, “my skin is looking pretty clear today, I think I’ll skip the foundation.” Since no makeup-makeup is still so in (and there are no signs that it is going out of style anytime soon), having naturally glowing skin is more important than ever and anyone can achieve it! “It is absolutely a myth that only those blessed with beautiful skin can have [glowing skin],” says board-certified dermatologist and founder of SKINFIVE, Dr. Ava Shamban. “Anyone with a solid skin care program can achieve the holy grail of glowing dewy skin no matter whether it’s dry or oily.” All you need is to perfect your skin care routine, and stick to it, applying the products every night, “like brushing your teeth,” Dr. Shamban says. On top of that, drink lots of water, eat fruits and veggies, and prioritize sleep over staying up until 2 A.M. scrolling through Instagram (I know, it’s hard). Want to learn more about how to achieve well-hydrated, naturally glowing skin, as well as the products that will help? Read on to get the 15 tips that will help you put the rad in radiant.

How to Tweak Your Skin-Care Routine Now That You’re Spending More Time at Home

How to Tweak Your Skin-Care Routine Now That You’re Spending More Time at Home

On the first day of social distancing, I tried to find the silver lining in the situation. “At least my skin will be amazing since I won’t be going outside to battle the sun and pollution, and I’ll have hours every day to dedicate to my routine!” I told myself optimistically. But 10 days and four new pimples later, I’ve realized that was wishful thinking. I need a daily skin-care routine at home that’s able to deal with the upped amount of stress and the hours spent indoors.

“While staying indoors can help with ample sun protection, it can also have a negative impact on our skin health,” explains Y. Claire Chang, MD, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York. “Spending more time indoors comes with changes in our diets, activity levels, the air quality, and mental health.” Below, she lays out exactly what might be causing your skin to be looking and reacting differently than usual.

5 things that could cause skin issues during social distancing

1. Changes in your diet

If you’ve been snacking on processed food, dairy, or carbohydrates during quarantine time, it may explain some of your sudden breakouts. Research has shown that diets rich in sugar, processed carbohydrates, and dairy can all make acne worse, and to combat this, Dr. Chang recommends trying to eat as many whole grains, vegetables, fruit and protein as possible (if you need some ideas, there are about a million things you can do with chickpeas that cover all of the above). In addition to what you’re eating, what you’re drinking may have an effect on your skin, too. Alcohol consumption, says Dr. Chang, changes the hormonal balance in skin, making it more prone to redness and inflammation. “Alcohol is known to flare acne and rosacea, and excess alcohol also causes dehydration of the body and skin, which can cause dull complexion and worsened fine lines,” she explains.

2. Changes in activity level

Considering you’re stuck inside, you’re likely not getting as much exercise as you were pre-quarantine, simply because you aren’t moving around as much. “Decreases in routine activity level and exercise while staying indoors can lead to lower circulation to the skin,” says Dr. Chang, which can lead to skin swelling as well as a dull complexion. To keep yourself active, try one of these streaming workouts that you can do in your living room.

3. Air quality

Whether you’re sitting in all-day heat or AC, the low humidity of the air inside your bunker can significantly dry out your skin. “Constantly being exposed to air conditioning or the heater lowers the humidity in the air, which can lead to dry, irritated skin,” says Dr. Chang. Because of this, it’s extra important to layer on hydrating and moisturizing ingredients when spending a lot of time indoors. It is important to keep our skin hydrated and moisturized when spending a lot of time indoors, so remember to layer on a hyaluronic acid-packed serum, and consider investing in a humidifier, like the Pure Enrichment MistAire ($40). Because we also know that the air indoors can be more polluted than the air outdoors, an air purifier may help the situation, too.

4. Stress

The stress-skin connection is real, and is particularly heightened at a time when the nation’s collective anxiety is seriously spiked. “Stress leads to excess cortisol levels and overproduction of inflammatory cytokines, which increases inflammation in the skin and worsens inflammatory skin conditions, like acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis,” says Dr. Chang. Stress has also been linked to an increase of oil production in your skin, which can cause acne to flare up. Consider integrating stress-fighting activities into your day, like journaling, sanity walks, and meditation, to help keep you calm combat these issues.

Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for Glowing Skin | Simple & Effective

Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for Glowing Skin | Simple & Effective

Following a simple skin care routine can give a huge difference in the way your skin looks and behaves . But perfecting a skin care routine may be a tedious task, especially with the availability a huge number of products evolving every other day. We have got lots and lots of choices and the promise each and every brand makes confuses even more. In this post, firstly I will be covering a simple Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for every skin type using minimal natural ingredients (mostly available in the kitchen). Secondly, for those who prefer ready made store bought products, I will putting down few budget friendly products and skin care routine recommendations as well.

To begin with any skin care routine, you should first know what is your skin type so that you could follow any routine.

How To Find Your Skin Type?

  • Oily: Your skin is oily, greasy and shiny most of the times. Still doubtful, after washing your face, wait for an hour, if your skin becomes oily, then you have oily skin. You will have to look for products that are oil-free and mattifying. Gels and water based products work well for oily skin.
  • Dry: Your skin is dry, rough and flaky most of the times. After an hour of washing your face, if your skin is taut, stretchy and dry, then you have dry skin. You will have to look for products that are highly moisturizing. Oils and Butters work well for dry skin.
  • Combination: You have a combination of both oily and dry skin. Usually your T-zones (forehead & nose bridge) becomes oilier and your cheeks and jawlines become drier. In this case, you have combination skin. Finding products for combination skin is tricky. Mix and match with gels and oils and find which suits best for your skin.
  • Normal: Your skin remains comfortable and balanced without being oily or dry. Most products will suit your skin.
  • Sensitive: Your skin becomes red, itchy, irritated and burnt with most products or ingredients, then you are said to have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin can be oily, dry or combination. You should avoid potential triggers, allergic ingredients and fragranced products.

13 Easy DIY Skincare Treatments for Glowing, Healthy Skin

13 Easy DIY Skincare Treatments for Glowing, Healthy Skin

Looking to solve your skincare woes with ingredients you have at home? Look no further — we’ve got the ultimate (and easiest) routine with homemade beauty remedies straight from the pros. These DIY fixes “help produce feelings of relaxation and tranquility, similar to that of a spa treatment but in the comfort of your own home,” says Arelli Soriano, spa manager at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun.

From homemade skincare masks to anti-aging skincare including scrubs, soaks and more, your face, body, lips, and even feet will look and feel better than ever with these at-home beauty fixes.

1Anti-Aging Cocoa Face Mask
anti aging cocoa face mask

A decadent, antioxidant-packed cocoa mask replenishes moisture and gives skin a restored, youthful appearance. “As skin ages, the moisture barrier begins to break down leading to dryness and the immunity layer of the skin weakens,” says skincare expert Jasmina Aganovic. “Hydration is the most important skin saver at this stage!”

Recipe: Combine 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon honey, and one egg white. Apply to face and let dry before rinsing. The powerful ingredients make this a multi-tasking wonder-cream: Sour cream is a form of lactic acid that hydrates as it gently exfoliates; honey is a humectant that also boosts hydration while the protein in the egg white tightens and firms skin.

2Nourishing Milk Hand Soak
nourishing milk hand soak

Debra Jaliman, M.D., New York City dermatologist, recommends a warm milk soak to soften hard-working hands.

Recipe: Heat 2 to 3 cups whole milk (enough to completely submerge both hands) in the microwave until it’s warm. Pour into a bowl and let hands soak for five to 10 minutes, allowing the fat from the milk to hydrate, and vitamins A and E to nourish dry skin.

3Clarifying Oat Face Mask
clarifying oat face mask

Regulate skin’s pH with apple cider’s high levels of alpha-hydroxy acids and remove excess oil and buildup with ground oats. The oats contain saponins, a naturally powerful cleanser, Aganovic says.

Recipe: Combine 3 teaspoons ground oats and ¼ teaspoon apple cider in a bowl until a smooth paste forms. Then add ¼ tablespoon lemon juice and ½ tablespoon brown sugar; stir until the mixture is even. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let sit for five to 10 minutes, allowing ingredients to penetrate top layers of the skin. Then rub in circular motions to exfoliate and increase blood-flow. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

How to Begin a Natural Skin Care Regime

How to Begin a Natural Skin Care Regime

You can create your own skin care treatments using common items found right in your own kitchen or garden. At-home remedies can be just as or more effective as the ones you can buy in a store, and making them yourself can also save money. It is important to test and experiment different recipes to find the best regimen for you.

Daily Skin Care Routine: 5 Home Remedies To Get Healthy Skin At Home

Daily Skin Care Routine: 5 Home Remedies To Get Healthy Skin At Home

In times of celebrity selfies and social media, skin standards can seem unrealistically high. Especially if it is based on something you’ve viewed on the internet, it’s probably a filter responsible for it. However, that’s not to say skin shouldn’t be maintained. If there’s anything you should wish for your skin, it shouldn’t be for it to be without visible pores or stubborn stains that won’t fade. Wish for healthy skin because when skin is at its optimal health, it glows from within and has a naturally plump and dewy look.

Healthy skin unfortunately isn’t the stuff Instagram filter and overnight detox drinks are made of, however. If you’re truly on the quest to find skin that’s luminous and bouncy, it is a complex blend of what you put inside and what you apply outside. Sticking to the right diet, exercising regularly and hydrating enough are important and so is a strict skincare routine with occasional homemade concoctions. Home remedies can play a very important part in a skincare routine as they are easily accessible, inexpensive and simple enough to whip up in minutes. The next time you’ve got time on your hands and skincare on your mind, head straight to the kitchen and whip up these 5 home remedies to get healthy skin at home.

5 Home Remedies To Add To Your Daily Skin Care Routine

We’ve got 5 home remedies for you which are effective but never harsh and easy enough to add to your skincare routine every other day.


1. Turmeric, Besan And Rose Water Face Pack

Combine 2 tablespoons of besan flour powder with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and cold rose water in proportion to form a paste of thin-consistency. Apply to your face and neck, allow it to dry for 1 hour and wash off with warm water. While turmeric is naturally anti-bacterial, it works in tandem with besan which reduces excess oil and rose water that calms skin.

2. Almond Oil Face Massage

Apply 4 – 5 drops of almond oil over your face enough for it to form a film. Now using a stone roller, motion it from inwards to outwards and bottom to top on different areas of the face. Use short motions without moving in the opposite direction and do so with a gentle hand that’s light on pressure. Continue for 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water and cleanser. Almond oil is a deeply nourishing agent for the face which is further enhanced by the massage which promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage.

3. Raw Milk, Saffron And Sandalwood Face Mask

To 3 tablespoons of sandalwood powder, add 2 strands of saffron and 4 tablespoons of cold raw milk enough to form a liquidised paste. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then apply over face and neck and allow it to dry naturally for another hour and a half. Milk works on banishing dullness while saffron and sandalwood are brightening agents.

4. Aloe Vera And Honey Face Mask

Mix 2 tablespoons of cold aloe vera pulp or gel with 2 teaspoons of honey. Blend well and apply over the face and neck. Let it sit for 30 minutes and wash off with cold water. Aloe vera calms inflammation and irritation while honey improves its hydration.

5. Cucumber And Yogurt Face Mask

Blend 2 tablespoons of finely ground cold cucumber pulp with 1 tablespoon of cold yogurt. Whip to combine and apply over the face. After 30 minutes, wash with cold water and cleanser. This supremely cooling combination works well on over-heated, sunburned skin.

Daily Skin Care Routine – 5 Simple Steps For Every Skin Type

Daily Skin Care Routine – 5 Simple Steps For Every Skin Type

Wouldn’t it be great if your skin takes care of itself? No need to worry about wrinkles or any other skin issues! Just turn up looking flawless all the time! Well, sadly, there isn’t anyone in the world who has that luxury. Each skin type has unique requirements, and you need to build a daily skincare routine based on your skin type.

There are plenty of instructions and suggestions to guide you on how to care for your skin. However, it is not as complex as it seems. All you need to do is keep a few things in mind, and everything will fall in place. Scroll down to find the daily skincare routine for your skin type.

How To Determine Your Skin Type

Before you start following a skincare routine, it is critical to determine your skin type. If you are confused about your skin type, here is a simple way to determine it:

  • Normal Skin: This skin type feels balanced. It is neither too oily nor too dry. Also, it is not excessively sensitive and does not react to anything applied to it.
  • Oily Skin: If your T-zone is shiny and greasy, you may have oily skin. Oily skin tends to have larger sebaceous glands that produce excess oil. It is also acne-prone.
  • Dry Skin: If your skin feels tight and itchy, especially after washing, you have dry skin. This type of skin feels patchy and itchy. It is also prone to premature aging.
  • Combination Skin: If your T-zone is oily and the cheeks and rest of the face are dry, you have combination skin.
  • Sensitive Skin: If your skin reacts to any product and gets irritated easily (especially after sun exposure), you have sensitive skin.

Daily Skin Care Routine: Step By Step Guide

Note: Whatever the skin type, you cannot skip the three main steps – Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturizing (the CTM routine). For the rest, you can experiment with any skincare product that suits your skin.

Skin Care Routine For Normal Skin

Normal skin is balanced and doesn’t have issues like other skin types. The aim of your skincare routine should be not to upset the balance.

1. Cleansing

Cleanse your skin with a gentle sulfate-free cleanser. Sulfate-free cleansers do not dry out your skin and do a good job of getting rid of any excess oil or grime that may have settled into your skin pores.

2. Toning

Avoid toners that contain alcohol. These products are not only extremely harsh on your skin, but they also dehydrate it and lead to dryness. Instead, use toners with natural ingredients, such as rosewater and any other hydrating ingredient, such as hyaluronic acid.

3. Moisturizing

Using a moisturizer with SPF will help hydrate your skin while protecting it from the sun. Look for one that has an SPF value of 30 or more. Also, choose products that are non-comedogenic and specially formulated for the face.

4. Sunscreen

Though your moisturizer contains SPF, do not forget to apply sunscreen. Go for a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 and PA + rating. This ensures your skin is protected from both UVA and UVB rays.

For Night

1. Cleansing

Use the same cleanser that you use in the morning. However, it is better if you double cleanse. In other words, remove all the dirt, makeup, and dust from your face using cleansing oil and then use the other cleanser to wash your face.

2. Toning

Tone your face with the same toner that you use for your morning routine.

3. Serum

Use an antioxidant-rich serum to provide additional nourishment to your skin. Check for ingredients like algae extracts, resveratrol, and vitamin C.

4. Eye Cream

Apply an eye cream that is formulated for specific issues, such as dark circles or puffy eyes. Choose one that can address your issue.

5. Moisturizing

Go for a moisturizer with a creamy formula to provide deep nourishment to your skin.

Additional Treatments

You may exfoliate your skin with a glycolic acid serum. Glycolic acid is gentle on your skin and can deeply penetrate it. It dissolves and sloughs off dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking brighter and feeling smoother.

Home Remedies To Try

You may also apply yogurt to your skin. Both oral consumption and the topical application of yogurt is beneficial for the skin and helps to keep it healthy (1).

Skin Care Routine For Oily Skin

Oily skin has overactive glands that produce excess sebum. The aim of the skincare routine should be to minimize oil while maintaining hydration levels.

For Morning

1. Cleansing

It is important to invest in a cleansing face wash if you have oily skin. You can also look for oil-free cleansing gels or foams. Prefer sulfate-free products as these will control oiliness while cutting the risk of drying out your skin.

2. Scrubbing

You may use a very mild scrub to cleanse the skin pores occasionally. Oily skin is prone to whiteheads, blackheads, and clogged skin pores, and scrubbing ensures that your skin is cleaned properly. However, avoid using a harsh scrubber. You may use gentle exfoliants thrice a week.

3. Toning

Alcohol-Free toner with ingredients like sodium PCA, witch hazel, or geranium is the way to go when dealing with oily skin. These astringent ingredients help clean your skin and refine skin pores without damaging or dehydrating your skin.

4. Moisturizing

Contrary to popular belief, moisturizing is crucial even for oily skin types. Dehydrated skin can kick your sebaceous glands into overdrive, leaving your skin in a worse condition than before.

Look for oil-free moisturizers. Water-based, non-comedogenic lotions are usually a good option for oily skin. These products feel light on your skin, keep it hydrated, and leave it with a matte finish. If you have extremely oily skin, you can choose to invest in a good hydrating gel.

5. Sunscreen

Slathering on sunscreen may not seem appealing if you have oily skin. However, this is because you probably have not been using the right products. Sunscreens with zinc oxide can make a world of difference to your skincare routine. These products leave your skin with a matte finish while also preventing breakouts.



Your Skincare Routine Order Explained: How TF to Apply Your Products

Your Skincare Routine Order Explained: How TF to Apply Your Products

According to a recent study I just made up, 100 percent of you have no freaking idea what to do with the massive number of skincare products sitting in your bathroom (hey, the data. doesn’t. lie.). At least once a week, I get a late-night text from a friend frantically asking about the correct order to apply skincare products. Like, what comes first, serum or toner? Or, wait, face oil? Is that before or after moisturizer? What about face masks? OH, and RETINOL. WHAT ABOUT THE RETINOL.

Listen, I get it. It’s not like we’re born with an innate knowledge of what order to apply skincare products. And though it may seem like a “whatever works! You do you, boo!” situation, it’s…not. At all. Because if you don’t layer your products in the right way, or if you use the wrong moisturizer with, say, the wrong toner, you could either render them totally ineffective or, worse: hard-core irritate your face.

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But don’t freak—I spend my life reciting the skincare product steps like the commandments, and now I shall impart my ~holy~ wisdom onto you. Below, I broke down the correct order to apply your skincare, the steps you can definitely skip, and the best products for your exact skin type. Wow, we better be best friends after all this.

Let’s begin.

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