Wednesday, May 02, 2012

My Summer Skincare Routine

The scorching summer makes my skin dull, dehydrated and dark, even with little sun exposure. I invest most of my time looking after my skin, especially during summer. I follow a simple routine on weekdays and try to stay indoors as much as possible.

I am currently using Cetaphil cleanser for my morning routine.
I am also using a home-made cleanser thrice a week post cleansing.

Home-made cleanser: A cup of Oats flakes (powdered) and a half cup of Milk powder.
It is to be stored in airtight jar and avoid contact with water.

It cleans, exfoliates and nourishes. Lactic acid present in milk powder lightens and helps soothe sun damaged skin. Skin is squeaky clean without the stretchy feeling. Sometimes I drop few drops of Rose essential oil or fresh rose crushed petals.

Himalaya Refreshing Skin Toner.

I love Johnson and Johnson’s baby lotion (the pink version), all year long. I let it absorb on my damp skin, locking the moisture. It hydrates without the greasy feeling.

Sun block/Sunscreen:

I currently have 5 Sun blocks.
1) Lotus Sun block SPF 30 Indian Summer Formula
2) Neutrogena Dry Touch Sun block SPF 50
3) VLCC Surya Sandal Sun block
4) Photoban
5) Lakme Sun expert SPF 34 lotion.

I often use Lotus Sun block SPF 30 Indian Summer Formula; it does not get absorb but leaves a transparent veil on face. It creates a barrier between skin and sun.
Neutrogena Dry Touch Sun block SPF 50 - If I am out during afternoon or carry it for touch up that I hardly do. I am lazy like that.

VLCC Surya Sandal Sun block - I did not like much, its oily so I use it on my body.

Photoban - Recommended by the Derma, I did not like it much; it is runny and very oily.

Lakme Sun expert
- I use it indoors as a moisturiser; It sinks in the skin which I find is weird trait for Sun block.

Tinted Moisturizer:
Biotique Red Sandalwood Tinted moisturiser SPF 30.
A few minutes after Sun block settles.

Neutrogena Lip balm SPF 15, the best so far in terms of SPF.

My Skin care routine in the evening

 I cleanse off my face and follow with a calamine to soothe sun burn, if any.

At Night:

I cleanse and tone my skin with the same products, I use in the morning except for the moisturizer. I apply Evion on the pigmented areas and leave it overnight.
I prefer slathering my lips with Biotique Morning nectar balm.

I scrub twice a week and use de-tan face mask post scrubbing.
I like using fresh Aloe vera gel sometimes as soothing gel post sun exposure.
Clay based facemask and post mask, I use cucumber or cider as toner.

Apart from the mentioned routine, I make sure I keep myself hydrated.
To beat the weather I love spritzing my face with Dabur Gulabari Rose water.

That’s much work, I like keeping my routine clean and simple.

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