Hey Top Cats, this week’s post is a tribute to all the fabulous skincare products out there that make us look the finest version of ourselves.
A bunch of burning questions
1)When was the last time you followed (or even bothered having) a skincare routine?
2) Are you someone who doesn’t believe in using too many products on skin or hair?
3)Are you someone who doesn’t bother checking what skin type you’re blessed with?
4)Are you someone who scoffs at people (men/women) who get facials done?
5)Are you someone who steps out without using sunblock?
If yes then, consider this as your wake-up call!
Well because sooner or later your skin is going to give up on you for not being there when it needed you the most.
What’s this fuss about?
Skin is the largest organ of your body and something that people notice about you, instantly! If not cared for, it (your skin) will break out, pigment, make your look tired just like a grumpy old mule!
So… work towards it and trust me, once you start taking care of yourself well, it becomes therapeutic and an expression of love for self.
5 Best Practices
Cleansing- Toning- (Face Mask 3x per week)- Moisturising.
This is the most important part of your skincare schedule that most people out of sheer laziness, ignore. Please know that after putting your skin through a long, tiring day, peppered with multiple layers of pollution, and dehydration, this step should be done religiously. For the longest time I thought doing it once a day or once in two days would suffice and I was highly mistaken. This needs to be done every morning and night!
-This process results in removal of excess sebum (oil) on the skin, consequent spot & acne reduction and clear complexion.
-Regular cleansing, toning and moisturising keeps skin’s pH in balance which means very slim chances of a breakout!
-Moisturising after proper cleansing & toning results in a healthy & happy skin. If your skin is well moisturised at all times, it will be in a position to procrastinate ageing.
Last but not the least, you need to practice this for a month to know why I am going on and on about how good it is for your skin.
Just as much as you need your Vitamin D, you also need to protect your skin from the harmful UV and Infra rays of the sun. If you miss or fail to do this step, your skin will not just age faster but astronomically increase your chances of being diagnosed with skin cancer. I’m sorry to put that out abruptly but the changing climate (thanks to global warming) is only weakening the various layers of our atmosphere (that used to filter harmful rays of the sun once upon a time) so we gotta be our own hero and protect our own skin by regularly applying sunscreen each time we step out in the sun.
Now, some people go around saying that sunscreen doesn’t “suit them”.
First of all, that’s not true because there’s a process of applying the same and if & only if you don’t follow that process, will your skin act out!
Secondly, sunscreen only protects your skin… ever wondered why all the foundations come with an SPF?
Also, have you noticed all the sportsmen in their natural habitat? Word has it that they apply a (3cm) thick layer of sunscreen to protect their skin from sun damage.
-Prevents sunburns and tanning.
-Reduces risk of skin cancer.
-Prevents premature ageing.
If your skin isn’t reacting well to a sunscreen (just like mine), then apply a layer of (light) moisturiser and then top it up with a sun screen.
All the dust that your poor skin gathers throughout the day can not be catered to by just a mild cleanser (that is if you are an outdoorsy person) and that’s when Exfoliators come to your rescue. They not just do away with the accumulated dust but also remove the dead skin sitting on top of your face. This is an absolute must-have in your skincare routine. This can be done every alternate day depending on how coarse the exfoliating particles are. I would suggest you to go for a mild exfoliator, always!
-Removes dry/dead skin and dust from the top layer of your skin.
-Helps improve blood circulation since it’s application demands a proper massage.
-Exfoliation minimises pores by un-clogging them. Pores are openings in the skin in which hair follicles grow. Once these pores are cleansed, exfoliated and toned- they get minimised.
Please note that exfoliation must be done with care and ease. You just cannot be harsh while doing this step.
Using a body conditioner means welcoming smooth supple skin with open arms! This step is best paired with body scrubbing!!! There are some really fascinating body conditioners out there that you might want to indulge in. Whack on some body butter post this regimen for oodles of moisture. Just listen to your skin and act accordingly.
-Our busy lifestyle and quick showers leave our skin dry and flaky which results in pigmentation. Regular body conditioning (done post using a shower gel or a body scrub) will reduce premature ageing (dryness causes wrinkles… you know that right?).
-You’d be surprised to know that acts of kindness to the skin actually brings us closer to ourself. The beautiful Louis Hay used to say 99% of the problems go away if we fall in love with ourselves- inside out. Caring for our body and showing it love tells our mind (and in turn our hormones) that we are happy and content.
I used to be crazy about hair spas (twice a month cycle) once upon a time … and then I was recommended to use … HAIR MASKS! They moisturised my tresses and scalp as well unlike a typical conditioner. An absolute treat for hair, I must say. Oh, and since then I probably haven’t been for a hair spa!!! Hair masks are fabulous for people with dry hair, colour treated hair, a head with too many fly-always, etc.
-If your hair lacks volume and moisture, hair masks will quite literally help pump life in your hair!
-A Hair Mask deeply conditions and nourishes your tresses, something that a normal conditioner is not meant to do.
-For people who loathe oil, this is a fabulous replacement product provided you are investing in a good one!
Please note that hair masks should be applied either before shampoo-conditioning (on dry hair and left for 20 minutes) or after shampoo-conditioning. This depends on consistency (creaminess) of the Mask. If it’s too creamy, then before shampooing is a better idea so that you don’t have any left over product sitting on your scalp clogging your pores.
As a side note, you may know this but I would still highlight that the good ol’ conditioning (after shampooing) must be done only from mid length of your hair till the end- the product should be NOWHERE NEAR YOUR SCALP!
All this said and done, I would like to state the obvious – no amount of good skincare practices can beat a healthy diet. We must care for our bodies on the outside as well as on the inside. Nutrition is key! Make sure your plate is colourful and body super hydrated. Also, don’t forget to work out at least 5 days a week!
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