While it’s been years since I’ve significantly developed my makeup or hair routines, my skincare regimen changes a few times a year. New products are released. Old products are discontinued. I decide I don’t want to keep paying ₹500 for a night cream.
In winter, I need more moisture. In summer, I need less. Finding the right products can feel like finding treasure (and it is!) but you also need to know when to use them! You get the picture.
Here is my one-stop guide for AM and PM skincare routine...
AM skincare routine for Summer
Step 01: Cleanse
Start by cleansing your skin with a gentle cleanser. This helps clear your skin of dirt, oil, and sweat without stripping it further of its natural hydration. This is extremely vital for people with dry skin.
Step 02: Tone
Toners help add that extra bit of hydration and prepare your skin for the skincare products to follow. Hence, you should never skip this step. Use the Toner, which should have the alcohol-free formula to safely refresh your skin.
Step 03: Moisturize
Dry skin can get even drier in the summer. Sun exposure, heat, and chlorine can dry out your skin in the warmer months as you spend more time outside. You may also become more dehydrated as the temperature rises which can affect your skin’s tone. Moisturizer is a savior for dry skin and it is that hero product that helps to seal in the benefits of your toner and serum. This is one step that you shouldn’t skip, especially if you have dry skin.
Step 04: Sunscreen
The last step in your AM skincare routine is always sunscreen. Most of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer months to avoid sunburn and damage, but it really should be a year-round preventive health measure. Always wear sunscreen, no matter your skin color or tone. So, Whether or not your moisturizer has SPF, sunscreen is a must.
PM skincare routine for Summer
Your night skincare routine is extremely necessary because while you sleep is when maximum skin repair happens. Hence, applying the right products to your skin at bedtime will help your skin heal quicker and stay healthier.
Step 01: Makeup removal
It is very important to remove makeup before going to bed - it can cause extensive damage to your skin during the night. The skin renews itself while you sleep, and when you leave makeup on, you are preventing that from happening. The skin breaks off to breathe and fatigue signs appear soon enough. As most makeup is made of oily substances, when it stays on for the next day, it clogs your pores and leads to more acne and blackhead breakouts. That’s why it is important to use a makeup remover before going to bed and then moisturizing your face to help your skin breathe right.
Step 02: Cleanse
Cleaning your face does not end with just makeup removal, you need to follow it up with a foaming face wash. Research shows cleansing before bed is essential to looking younger, longer.
Step 03: Tone
It is now time for a toner. Always stick to choose a well-formulated, alcohol-free toner to balance your skin and keep it hydrated. It shrinks pores and restores your skin's pH balance.
Step 04: Face Oil/Serum
Serums have become a skincare buzzword in recent years. If you think of your nightly skincare routine as a three-course meal, the serum is kind of like the main course.
Much like the main course, serums can contain useful nutrients — for your skin.
Most often, serums are clear, gel-based, or liquid, and they tend to be less thick than a moisturizer. They’re typically applied before moisturizers to help lock in moisture.
Step 05: Eye cream
The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Eye cream should be a part of every girl’s skincare routine as it provides the thin skin around your eyes with targeted treatment, but it’s especially needed for those with dry skin. The eye cream will help hydrate the eye area, as well as prevent dark circles and wrinkles.
Step 06: Moisturize
The night is an essential time to renew your mind—and your skin. Adding a Moisturizer before bed creates softer, more hydrated, and better-looking skin the next day. It also helps seal in moisture and repairs the skin barrier that’s compromised by dry air and harsh cleansers.
So what skincare routine you use in the summertime?
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