It’s a bright new year and we need to leave some skincare baggage back in 2016. Pick out your resolutions from our list, and revisit old Luxe Letters to learn more - By Parizaad Khan Sethi
This is the bare minimum you need to do for great skin. Cleanse, moisturize and use sun protection in the morning, and double cleanse, exfoliate, use serums to treat problems such as pigmentation or ageing, and moisturize at night. Promise to cleanse your face as soon as you get home in the evenings instead of waiting till bedtime. And remember, a skincare product takes six weeks to show results, so stick to your program, unless you’re allergic or start breaking out. We’ve laid it all out really simply here.
We know we advocate sunscreen with the fervor of religious zealots, but research proves that many signs of ageing in south Asian skin tones—pigmentation, dullness, age spots and acne marks—can be reduced by using it regularly. But to supersize your sunscreen, wear an antioxidant serum under it. That way, some of the damage caused by free radicals will be neutralized before any harm is done. Try Estée Lauder Perfectionist CP+R Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum. Read here about when you should never be without sunscreen.
Do your pores get clogged if an oil so much as looks at them the wrong way? Then resolve to tackle them this year. Fair warning: this is a hefty resolution to take on. Start by eliminating all pore-clogging products (bar soap, stick foundations, cocoa, shea and coconut butters). Cleanse makeup and sunscreen off properly, get regular extractions or clean-ups and use salicylic-acid or retinols. Learn more about some bad acne offenders.
People with sensitive skins are like a kid with a gluten allergy—the one whose mom calls birthday party hosts with a thousand instructions and checks nutrition labels with magnifying glasses. Well, you’re going to have to be that mom, if you want your skin to stay calm. Avoid products where alcohol is listed as the first few ingredients. Fragrances in skincare—whether natural or synthetic—often cause irritation and redness, with the biggest offenders being citrus oils like lemon, grapefruit etc, menthol or peppermint, and even lavender. Check out fragrance-free skincare, such as products from the Clinique line. Figure how you can better care for sensitive skin here.
Start planning an anti-ageing routine early. The first and biggest anti-ager is sunscreen; nothing else even comes close. Second is retinol, to resurface skin and pump up collagen. The third thing skin needs is a cocktail of anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and E, green tea and resveratrol. Make sure to look for airtight bottles—jar packaging will deteriorate their potency. Try Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II.
Alcohol in skincare, bar soaps, foaming cleansers and acne facewashes can be unnecessarily harsh and drying for most skin types, whether oily or dry. Also resolve to try and avoid sulfates as much as possible. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are detergent ingredients that are harsh for all skin types. Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo is a good option for a sulfate-free hair sudsing routine, while Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash is a great cleanser for the those not allergic to fragrance. Here’s how to manage dry or oily skin.
is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.
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