Now, you don’t want your skin breaking out into allergies because the festive season is just beginning and not to forget the upcoming weddings! Makeup artist and blogger Deepak Matthews shares the best skin care routine to battle pollution.
First, the trick lies in working from the inside out. Drink plenty of water — at least 3-4 litres a day depending on how active you are and how dry your environment is. Eat plenty of greens (spinach especially) and try to cut down on bread, pasta and processed food. Also avoid processed sugar and switch to honey. The next important factor is sleep so get at least 6-7 hours of sleep a night and change your pillowcases often.
Now, from at least a week before Deepavali to ten days after, here’s the ideal skincare routine:
Wash your face twice a day: For the day use a ph balancing, mild cleanser that’s preferably organic. For the night, use a cleanser for any specific skin-related problems like sensitivity, acne, oil-control and so on.
Toner: Don’t skip on toner as it restores your ph levels after cleansing. I personally prefer to use rose water as it isn’t filled with chemicals. You can also choose to use a mild toner for acne-prone skin with glycolic acid in it, as it helps with the scarring.
Serum: I recommend using a vitamin C serum as it helps brighten your complexion. Use this day and night if possible; if you think it’s too much, use it at night as it will work better when you’re asleep and skin cells will begin to renew and regenerate.
Moisturise: Your day cream should be light but hydrating with absolutely no fragrance in it. Look for ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter and cucumber. If you have access to natural aloe vera that works best! For night, use a thicker hydrating moisturiser that has collagen repair properties.
Sunscreen: Using an SPF 30 for the Indian Sun is ideal; 15 is too less and anything about 30 is unnecessary. Avoid thick and oily/greasy formulas. Remember to always wash off sunscreen at night.