Skin Care Routine // Melange of Musings

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Hey guys!

In today’s post I want to share with you my step by step skin care routine. Before starting with the routine, I do want to clarify a couple of things:

1. I don’t use ALL these products everyday since that would be impossible. By showing you multiple product pictures of cleansers’ or makeup removers, I simply want to share with you options that you can go ahead and try out! All the products are fairly affordable so this post should give you a wide range of products to try out!

2. The products that I have talked about are a part of my routine, which means that they work for me! I am not a skin care expert so in no way can I promise that they will work for you too!

3. There are times that I don’t want to use any of these products and simply take a NATURAL SKINCARE ROUTE: That is, I use DIY face masks, toner, moisterizer- etc. If you want to read a post on an all natural skin care routine, please let me know and Ill be happy to share it with you :)

STEP ONE : REMOVING MAKEUP

Often taken not too seriously, removing make up should be one of the most important step of anyones’s makeup routine. I must admit that I get really lazy too and simply choose not to remove my makeup after a long night, but that is a complete NO-NO. It’s really important to let one’s skin breathe and not removing makeup is one of the reaosons that could let to acne breakouts! So, when it comes to removing makeup, I can be very picky since most products sting by eye and that is absolutely unbearable. Other than natural oils which are perfect, these three are products are my go to for makeup removal. The Oil free eye makeup remover by Neutregena is a makeup remover that I have been using for a couple of years now, before I discovered Maybelline’s Clean express total clean. Both these makeup removers do the job really well, but gently! I must say that Maybelline’s makeup remover is curently my favorite and it can remove- ANYTHING in seconds! The Biotique bio almond oil makeup remover is what I use for my face and lips. As it’s an oil, I prefer using it on days when I have some more time on me since after using this makeup remover, one does need to go over the skin once with with cotton dipped in rose water to remove the excess oil.

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STEP TWO: CLEANSING/WASHING FACE

The next step is of course cleansing my face. As it’s pretty evident, I am a die heart Neutrogena fan! Haha. I usually have three types of products for washing my face 1) An exfoliating face scrub : I use this  about 2 times a week to really deep clean my skin. I was sent this Pure Active Apricot Face Scrub by Garnier and it really works for me! Best part is that it doesnt completely strip your skin off any moisture  2) The classic face wash: This product keeps changing from tine to time and I have been using Just Herbs SilkSplash Re-hydrant Face Wash. This is my second bottle now and I am absolutely obsessed with it. It’s a no fuss face wash, that really makes my skin feel hydrated- as the name suggests. 3) Deep clean cleansers: When I don’t want to just use a face wash and neither do I want to go ahead with a scrub, I use my trust worth Neutrogena cleansers. The foaming cleanser really works in breaking down any dirt and also removes excess makeup on the skin. However, this cleanser strips off your face from any moisture. So if you have oily skin, this is your baby! It would control the oil in your skin really well! The Non-foaming cleanser is my go to face cleanser and the empty bottle shows how obsessed I am with it. This is the perfect everyday face wash/cleanser and you need to get your hands on it.

A little tip: Splash your face with warm water. It will open up your pores. Then apply the face wash/cleanser etc. Rub in to your skin using circular motions. Wash it off with cool water! This will close your pores.
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STEP THREE: TONING

Toning is a fairly new step for me and I started doing so only a couple of months ago. Yet again, I use theNeutrogena  deep clean cooling toner. The whole point of toning is to restore the PH balance of your skin and removing any dirt that is settled in the pores of the skin. Trust me when I say this- IT WORKS! If possible, I really urge you to add this step into you skin care routine. It doesn’t take any time at all. After washing my face with a cleanser, I pat my skin dry. I then take some toner and pour it on a cotton pad. After which I simply massage it all over my face- especially on my nose since thats where I have my blackheads. That’s it! You don’t need to wash it off and it will simply dry off on its own.

When I am in the mood and have a lot of time in my hands, I do use green tea to get grid of someone of under eye puffiness! I take a green tea bag and immerse it into hot water (like how you would make normal green tea). After the tea is brewed, keep the cup aside or drink it :P Take out the tea bag and keep it in the fridge! I do this overnight so that I can use the tea bag the next morning. When I wake up in the morning, after going ahead with the skin care routine- till toning- I take out the green tea bag from the fridge and just place it under my eyes. This has got to be one of the best tricks to get rid of any puffiness!

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STEP FOUR: MOISTURIZING 

The last step is to moisturize. My moisturizer keeps changing from time to time and I am currently using Loreal’s White Perfect Laser (I DO NOT SUPPORT THE NAME WHATSOEVER.). I was on the look out for new products and the sales person at NewU recommended this cream so I decided to try it out! I was considering not buying it for its racist undertones but the product in itself is actually really good! I mix this cream with a little bit of sunscreen too since this doesn’t have any SPF in it! Another product I added into my skin care routine is an eye cream. To be very honest, I am the kind of person who tugs on my eyes to apply eyeliner/kajal and had started noticing fine lines which wasn’t a very pleasant feeling. So I decided to try out this eye cream ( no surprises here) and it’s so nice! It’s really light and blends really well into the skin. I apply it only once a day and I already see an improvement.
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So there you have it guys! That is my complete skin care routine. As I wrote earlier, I am really into DIY’s and do feel that at least half of these products can be avoided by simply using house hold stables such as coconut oil or apple cider vinegar! I would love to do a natural skin care routine so do let me know if you all are interested in the same!

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