Have you ever seen those 5 minute makeup tutorials and wondered how on earth those ladies manage that in five minutes? We can barely get a winged eyeliner done in 5 minutes – on one eye! Well, 5 minute makeup tutorials will definitely take more than 5 minutes for a complete newbie, but with practice, it takes less time. But you know what doesn’t take too long – even for a complete beginner? A good skin care routine! What if we told you can achieve this 20 minute skincare routine for flawless skin?
Why you need a Skin Care Routine for Flawless Skin?
You might wonder why you need a ‘routine’ for skin care; isn’t it enough if you just slather on the product and call it a day? According to skin care experts, that isn’t enough if you want flawless skin.
Every skin care product has a specific purpose, and has been formulated with ingredients keeping that purpose in mind. For your skin to receive the maximum benefits from that product, it needs to be applied in the way it was intended, in the order it was intended. Products for daytime shouldn’t be applied at night, and vice versa.
Here’s another reason you need a routine – consistency. If you spend 3 days a week pampering your skin and the remaining days ignoring it, the products you apply won’t be as effective and you are not going to see the results you want.
Now that we know that it is possible to achieve a skincare routine for flawless skin, it’s time to create a customized skin care routine.
Before you start building a Skin Care Routine
Before starting out, it’s crucial to identify your skin type first – whether it’s oily, dry, normal or combination skin. Your skin type will determine what kind of products you should apply. You should also identify specific skin issues you may want to tackle, such as acne, fine lines or an excessive tan.
You will obviously need more than one product for a complete skin care routine. When applying them, do so in the order of thinnest to thickest. For example, apply a thin serum before a thick cream – this ensures that every product gets a chance to penetrate into the skin properly.
Your 20 Minute Skincare Routine for Flawless Skin
Once you’ve found out your skin type and got the right products, it’s time to build a skincare routine for flawless skin
Step 1: Face Wash
You need to start with a clean, blank canvas, so the first step is obviously cleansing. Your skin tends to accumulate dirt, oils and other residues during the night, so a good cleanse in the morning sets your base for the day.
Several cleansers contain sulfates which create a lot of lather, but aren’t good for your skin in the long run. Choose a cleanser that is made of natural ingredients and that targets your specific skin condition. For instance, the Mamaearth Ubtan Face Wash is made from turmeric and saffron – ingredients that are traditionally known to get rid of an excessive tan and restore your complexion.
If oily skin is your problem, go for the Mamaearth Charcoal Face Wash; the activated charcoal in it helps in removing excess oil by penetrating the pores. If you’re struggling with acne, the Mamaearth Tea Tree Face Wash is your friend. Tea Tree Oil is known for its inflammatory and healing effects on skin.
Step 2: Toner
Toners are always a grey area for most people, since there’s a question about whether it’s really needed. Toners can restore the skin’s pH, shrink pores and act as an overall refresher.
Since most cleansers today don’t really change the skin’s pH, a toner might be absolutely essential, but they can still help. Rose water makes for a good, natural toner without any side effects.
Put a little toner on a cotton ball or pad and pat all over the face, paying special attention to the T-zone – the forehead, the nose and chin. Avoid toners with alcohol as they can be too harsh.
Step 3: Serum
Serums are concentrated skin treatments, designed to tackle specific skin issues. You’ll find a serum to make skin plump, a serum to treat acne or another one to delay ageing. Serums pack in a lot of nutrients in a small amount and is meant to be used as a spot treatment.
Serums are thin in consistency, and should be applied on a freshly cleansed face before applying anything else so that the ingredients can directly penetrate skin. Wait for at least 5 minutes after applying a serum so that it has time to get absorbed into the skin.
Choose a serum based on the exact problem you are facing. The Mamaearth Skin Plump Serum for Face Glow is the perfect serum for plumpy and soft skin, giving it a youthful appearance. If your skin feels dull, try the Mamaearth Skin Illuminate Face Serum that contains Vitamin C to bring out that inner glow.
Step 4: Moisturizer
Once your serum has been absorbed into the skin, it’s time to apply moisturizer. Don’t wait too long for the skin to dry out, since moisturizer is best absorbed while the skin is still a little damp.
Moisturizer is an important part of any skin care routine since it’s what nourishes your skin and also acts as a barrier from external elements. Moisturized skin stays healthier and is less prone to premature ageing.
However, in order to get all the benefits of moisturizer, it’s important to choose the right face cream for women. For normal skin, the Mamaearth Natural Radiance Day cream is a light organic face cream, easily blending into the skin and offering day long protection.
If you’re worried about the impact of polluted city air on your skin, the Mamaearth Anti-pollution Face Cream is a good face cream for pimples and black spots. Yes, even oily skin needs moisturization! Depriving oily skin of moisturizer triggers it to create more oil. Instead, use the Mamaearth Oil Free Face Moisturizer to keep the oiliness in check.
Step 5: Sunscreen
You’ve heard the song – you can’t do without sunscreen! Sunscreen is an absolute essential, even if it isn’t sunny and even if you’re staying indoors. Once the moisturizer has been absorbed apply a sunscreen with natural ingredients, like the Mamaearth Ultra-light Indian Sunscreen. This sunscreen has an SPF of 50 and offers both UVA and UVB protection.
It’s best not to skip this step, even if you’re going to wear makeup that contains SPF – it still won’t provide the protection a proper sunscreen can. Apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before stepping outside, and reapply throughout the day. And don’t forget the sunscreen! Its is one of the most important products in your skin care routine for flawless skin.
Twice a Week: Face Mask
The steps described above are good enough for your skin care routine for flawless skin, but it’s a good idea to take it a little further with a face mask a couple of times a week. A face mask can offer more powerful benefits than other skin care products since it contains more active ingredients and it is left on the skin for longer.
Take time to choose the right face mask for your needs to get the flawless skin you desire. The Mamaearth Ubtan Face Mask is based on the age-old face mask that everyone relied on – ubtan. With saffron, turmeric and cucumber, this face mask is soothing and rejuvenating.
The Mamaearth C3 face mask contains 3 ingredients that fight oiliness and exfoliates – charcoal, clay and coffee. If you have skin that’s prone to problems like acne, the Mamaearth Neem and Tea Tree Face Mask is the perfect solution.
Before trying out any new product, always remember to do a patch test and wait for 24 hours to see if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients. Look for products that don’t contain toxic chemicals like parabens, sulfates and fragrance. With the right products and a consistent routine, you’re well on your way with skin care routine for flawless skin!
This post was originally written for Mamaearth’s blog.