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5-Step Morning Routine for Naturally Glowing Skin ( For All Skin Types)

Your morning routine is just as important as your evening routine. It's your last chance to pamper yourself before starting your day's activities. Follow these steps for a natural, healthy, and radiant glow.

Skincare can be a very confusing topic for newbies. There are so many products and brands out there and it can be tough to know what works best for your body. So, we have decided to put together a morning routine that you can follow to naturally glow. This routine is designed to increase the elasticity of your skin and prevent any signs of ageing.


Before we start with the steps, know your skin type:

  • Oily Skin: Oily T-zone? You may have oily skin. Oily skin is prone to acne.

  • Dry Skin: If your skin feels tight after washing your face. You have dry skin. Dry skin may feel patchy and is prone to premature ageing.

  • Combination Skin: This is complicated!! T-zone is oily but the rest of the face is dry. You have combination skin.

  • Sensitive Skin: No product is good enough for your skin. Your skin gets irritated easily with a new product or after sun exposure, you have sensitive skin.


Skincare Routine for oily skin

Aim- To minimize oil while retaining hydration.


Morning

1. Cleansing

Use sulphate-free face wash or foams.


2. Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliators are generally considered better than physical ones but to each their own. You can use AHA-based exfoliators twice or thrice a week but adjust the usage as per your skin's tolerance. And a big no to walnut scrub if you are going for physical exfoliation. CHEMICAL VS. PHYSICAL EXFOLIATION: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE


3. Toning

Best product for oily skin will be alcohol-free with ingredients like sodium PCA, witch hazel, or geranium in it. These ingredients help clean skin pores without dehydrating your skin.


4. Moisturising

You might think that moisturising oily skin is not a good idea!! But hear us out, moisturising is very crucial, as dehydrated skin can be worse. Go for oil-free moisturisers and if your skin is too oily, a hydrating gel is also a good option as it's light on the skin.


5. Sunscreen

For all skin types- Never miss this!!! For oily skin, gel-based, matte-finish sunscreens are the best.


Additional Steps for Night

1. Cleansing- follow the same routine as in the morning.


2. Toning - follow the same routine as in the morning.


3. Serum- AHA/BHA serums to minimise the appearance of pores. And if you have acne-prone skin, salicylic acid will work like magic.


4. Serum (Retinol)- a serum with Retinol is beneficial for oily skin as it helps minimise the appearance of the pores.

Word of caution- if you are using AHA-BHA, wait for another 30 minutes before applying retinol. Also, it is always best to use it on alternate days to make your skin accustomed to Retinol slowly and gradually.


5. Night Cream- opt for water-based, oil-free, and non-comedogenic night cream in the end to seal all the goodness.

DIY- Face masks

Take any clay-like Multani mitti or bentonite clay, and apply once a week. Make a paste using water or rosewater and apply it to your skin.



Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin

Aim- Glowing hydrated skin.


Morning

1. Cleansing

A mild cleanser is your friend as it will clean your skin without stripping it of necessary moisture.


2. Toning

Go with hydrating toners containing hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, chamomile extract, and glycerin.


3. Serum

Focus on ingredients like vitamin A, C & E. These will keep your skin protected and stop any collagen breakdown.


4. Moisturising

Finally, the angel you need in your skincare routine. Go for a moisturiser that's thick and has ingredients such as dimethicone, ceramides, and glycerin.


5. Sunscreen

Pick a serum-like formulation with SPF 30 and PA PA+++ rating.


Additional steps for Night

1. Cleansing- follow the same routine as in the morning.


2. Toning- follow the same routine as in the morning.


3. Serum- an ideal serum for you would consist of peptides, ceramides, AHAs, and BHAs. This will nourish your skin and clear the dead skin cells. And if you are in your late 20s, consult with your dermatologist and add retinol to your routine to prevent premature ageing.


4. Eye Cream- scary but manageable problem, dry skin is prone to ageing and fine lines. Therefore, it is best to include an eye cream that contains peptides. Peptides will help boost collagen activity.


5. Moisturising- a good night cream for you would contain jojoba oil, primrose oil, sweet almond oil, cranberry oil, or rosehip seed oil.


DIY- Face masks

A simple and inexpensive face mask for you is aloe vera gel. It will keep your skin hydrated and boost collagen development for healthy and youthful skin.



Skincare routine for Combination Skin

Aim- As it's a combination of oily and dry skin, you need to strike a balance to maximise the goodness of each skincare routine.


Morning

1. Cleansing

Go with the products mentioned for oily skin. But if it's too drying for your skin opt for cleansing lotion.


2. Toning

Look for products with ingredients such as salicylic acid, witch hazel, green tea, and lactic acid. Choose alcohol-free and fragrance-free products.


3. Serum

A serum that provides hydration and does not feel heavy should be used. Look out for products with hyaluronic acid. A skincare routine that includes Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid is ideal for combination skin.


4. Moisturising

You need to find a moisturiser that is light and mattifying so that your skin doesn't look oily and is hydrated at the same time. Perfect balance.


5. Sunscreen

This is a must for all skin types. Go with sunscreen that has SPF 30 and gives a matte finish.


Additional steps for Night

1. Cleansing- use the same cleanser that you use in the morning.


2. Toning- tone your face with the same toner that you use for your morning routine.


3. Serum- AHA is gentle and BHA-like salicylic acid gently exfoliates and prevents acne.


4. Eye Cream- keep your under-eye area hydrated to avoid puffy eyes and dark circles.


5. Moisturizing- use the same moisturiser that you used in the morning.


DIY Face Masks

Soothing ingredients like cucumber and yoghurt can help keep your skin healthy, less oily and hydrated.



Skincare routine for Sensitive Skin

Aim- keeping the skin healthy and glowing with the help of products that are gentle and non-irritating and specially formulated for sensitive skin.


Morning

1. Cleansing- buy sulphate-free cleansing lotion that does not foam or lather.


2. Toning- using toner for sensitive skin is up to you. But if you want to use it, go for the products that do not have alcohol, fragrances, artificial dye, or essential oils. Instead, products that contain green and white tea extracts, chamomile, and beta-glucan, are good for you as they are anti-inflammatory.


3. Facial Mist- a gentle hydrating mist is good for sensitive skin as it will soothe and calm it.


4. Moisturising- a fragrance-free and hypoallergenic moisturiser is the ideal choice for sensitive skin.


5. Sunscreen- sunscreen with zinc oxide is less likely to irritate your skin.


Additional steps for Night

1. Cleansing- use the cleanser from your morning routine.


2. Toning- use the toner from your morning routine.


3. Serum- pick a product with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, chamomile and calendula oils.


4. Eye Cream- paraben and fragrance-free eye creams are a good choice. Along with that look for calming and hydrating ingredients, such as vitamin E, chamomile, and hyaluronic acid.


5. Night Gel Or Lotion- the fragrance-free and hypoallergenic gel will help lock all the hydration without irritating the skin.


DIY Face Masks

Yoghurt may work for sensitive skin but always do a patch test. Oatmeal is another good option.



We hope you liked this routine. This is one of the many posts we have on our blog where we talk about various skin care routines. If you would like to know more about skincare routines and other skincare-related topics, please do tell us in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!




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