Instagram is full of K-beauty hashtags and viral tutorials, but buzzwords aside, how effective is your go-to skincare regimen? Your daily routine may be 10 minutes or a 14-step ordeal, but it should be tailored to your needs. Identifying the right products is essential, but determining the right order of application is just as important. Designing a diet that fits your schedule is also crucial.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution and there are simply too many opinions on social media! So we enlisted professional help and chatted with four makeup artists and skin care experts from Kolkata about the most effective skin care rules.
First of all…
Your face may appear clean, but it needs special attention. Always start by cleaning your skin with a mild cleanser.
“No matter how tired you are after a hard day’s work, facial cleansing should never be ignored. Nothing else does more damage to the skin than falling asleep with dirt, dust, makeup, and sebum-covered skin, ”says Sne Aribam Sharma, freelance makeup artist.
Follow the CTM method, to start, i.e. cleanse, tone, moisturize.
“Always remember to cleanse, moisturize and wear sunscreen (while getting out in the sun),” recalls Danielle Jones, director of the Bridgette Jones Fashion Salon.
Danielle and Sne both believe that it is extremely important to remove any buildup from your skin so that your skin does not break out of pimples and acne. Clean skin also helps absorb all the products to make your skin healthier.
Skin care is as effective as the routine you follow. Sticking to one diet is very important because like all good things, skin care takes time and effort too!
Freelance makeup artist, Saba Ali Firoz shares, “An effective routine can help prevent acne, treat wrinkles and help keep your skin looking its best. Daily moisturizer is necessary to maintain your skin’s moisture barrier and to prevent environmental damage to your skin.
However, if you’ve religiously followed a specific skincare routine and haven’t seen a difference, it’s probably because you are using the products in a sequence that negates their effects. Make sure to cleanse, scrub, tone, then use serums, finishing with your moisturizer and sunscreen.
“Even though skin care is bio-individual, it is important to follow a method because improper use of the products can render the products useless or cause skin irritation,” Danielle points out.
Tools for the job!
There are ways to help your skin absorb products more easily, whether it’s tools like gua sha or even face rollers. If you identify the most functional tools and use them correctly, there is a good chance that it will significantly improve your skin.
“Use upward strokes and you can use face rollers and gua sha stones which help lymphatic drainage and reduce fine lines,” shares Caroline Lee, owner of Carol’s Hair and Care on Southern Avenue.
However, if you are new to skin care, it is best to use your hands for facial yoga and massages which help in the absorption of the product.
“Clean, bare hands are the best. The heat in your hands guarantees easy emulsion of the products, ”confirms Sne.
We asked the beauty pros to share a golden rule they swear by and it turns out these tips are useful for everyone:
To do. Not. To jump. Solar cream!
“One step I recommend for people of all ages (even men who claim to hate makeup or skin care) is to apply sunscreen every day. It protects our skin from sun damage which is very gradual but very obvious, ”Sne shares.
Eat well for better skin
“The skin has so much to do with what you put in your body. The products add extra oomph, but what you eat and drink has a huge role to play in the health of your skin. Eat your fruits and vegetables instead of putting them on your skin, it will make a difference even in the long run! Danielle remarks.
Limit your shower time
“Limit your bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin and make it dry. Also avoid using strong soaps which can remove oil from your skin, ”Saba reveals.
“Stay hydrated as much as possible and lead a healthy lifestyle, it will definitely help your skin,” says Caroline.
PS Also, be sure to see a dermatologist to learn about your skin type and determine the right products for your skin.