The lazy woman’s guide to great skin
Breeze through this beautiful skin-without-the-fuss regime.
If you’re the girl who smirks at the sight of countless skincare products on your BFF’s dressing table and often forgets to take off your makeup at night, then this is for you. Thorough skincare doesn’t have to be a tedious many-steps routine. Now thanks to a host of skin loving multi-taskers you can look—and stay—gorgeous in a flash. Read on for the uncomplicated beautiful skin guide for the woman who just can’t be bothered.
Actually most women don’t have the time to go through the whole cleanser-toner-serum-treatment-moisturizer-mask routine day after day. After all, our naanis had dewy soft skin well into their 80s even though they made do with a bar of soap and a tub of cold cream. Besides, paring down your skin routine is actually beneficial, according to Ambika Bhavnani, Nykaa skincare expert. “The less you put on your skin, the lower your exposure to chemicals and the risk of a reaction or skin irritation,” she points out. Read on for the simplified seven-step approach to perfect skin.
Wash your face
That may sound ridiculously simple advice but beautiful skin starts with a good mild cleanser; nothing fanciful or very expensive because the treatment ingredients in a cleanser don’t stay long enough on your skin to make much of a difference. If you have dry skin, pick a non-lathering formula like Bioderma Sensibio H2O. Oily skins would benefit from a gentle foaming cleanser, such as Vichy Normaderm 3 In1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser. Meanwhile combination skin gals should try Olay Total Effects Foaming Cleanser. Remember this skin cleansing thumb rule: if you have dry skin, cleanse only in the evenings to while oily skins need a morning-evening cleaning routine to keep blemishes at bay. Use a light moisturizer afterwards if skin feels tight. Try Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum.
Too tired to remove makeup?
Like your face, your hands bear the brunt of the elements; sun, hot or cold air, moisture, wind and dust. Prophylaxis is the key here. While you should maintain hand hygiene by washing with a hand wash like Lifebuoy Active Fresh Hand Wash, it’s also important to regularly use a moisturizer to restore lost nutrients. Use a product that contains aloe vera, lanolin, glycerin, calendula, and oatmeal. Nykaa recommends Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream and H2O+ Unscented Hand And Nail Cream.
Nykaa can’t stress enough the importance of using sunscreen, indoors and outdoors. Nykaa skin expert, dermatologist Dr. Abhijit Desai emphasizes, “I tell all my patients, ‘Wear sunscreen, every day. No exceptions.’” He says sunscreen is the single most important defense against darkening and pigmentation, real concerns for most Indians.
“Stay-at-home moms and housewives with little sun exposure can use a sunscreen with SPF 25-30+, upping that to one with SPF 50 +++ on weekends and vacations.” Apply it on the neck and all exposed skin on arms, legs and feet as well. “Depending on your skin type—and not a friend’s recommendation—look for an oil-free or moisturizing sunscreen formulation that works for you,” he adds. Nykaa recommends Vichy Capital Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch, Avene Very High Protection Spray Spf 50+, Vichy UV Pro Secure (Normal To Dry Skin) and VLCC Anti Spot UV Sunscreen Cream with SPF 35.
Keep face wipes handy
For girls who want beautiful skin minus the bother, facial wipes are the next best option. What you need is a hardworking, multi-use product that you can pop into your handbag or keep by your bedside to wipe off the day’s grime and makeup. Nykaa suggests H2O+ Aqualibrium Cleansing Face Wipes to eliminate skin impurities, cleanse and gently exfoliate skin, leaving it squeaky clean. It’s also a good idea to keep a pack of facial blotting paper like Basicare Natural Facial Oil Blotting Paper handy to keep shine, grime and sweat at bay.
The one skincare product you should use
If you have to choose just one skincare formula, opt for a retinol cream. There’s ample dermatologically certified proof that retinoids—vitamin A derivatives—actually work, offering multiple skin benefits from boosting cell turnover and acne control to fading fine lines and improving elasticity.
For long a darling of celebrities, retinoid creams have progressed to become the gold standard age defying ingredient in a host skin care creams and serums. Take your pick from Vichy LiftActiv Retinol Ha Eyes, Vichy LiftActiv Retinol Ha Total Wrinkle Renovating Procedure Care – SPF18 and Lakme Youth Infinity Skin Firming Day Crème.
Kill two birds with one stone
Find products that are as multi-tasking as you are! De-clutter by investing in products that multitask. For instance look for formulas that simultaneously cleanse and exfoliate or offer sunscreen and anti-ageing protection in one neat formula. For a cleanser-exfoliant, check out Lakme Strawberry Cleanup Scrub. Looking for an anti-tan-face wash rolled into one? Try Lakme Sun Expert Skin Lightening+De Tan After Sun Face Wash. And there are the ultimate multi-taskers, BB and CC creams. Get yours today and enjoy multiple skin benefits—from skin lightening, acne protection and sunscreen—packaged in one neat tube.
Check out Ponds White Beauty Blemish Balm Fairness Cream, Deborah BB Cream 5In1 Foundation and Revlon PhotoReady BB cream
Overhyped products you can give a miss
A surefire way of simplifying your beauty routine is binning products you don’t really need. Topping the list are toners (unless you have very oily skin), primers and separate eye creams (unless your under-eye woes are ruining your beauty sleep). If your regular moisturizer doesn’t irritate your eye area, use it under your eyes too.