10 Beauty Routine Essentials
Is your bathroom countertop overflowing with your daily skincare products? Not sure what to ditch? Here's our list of 10 must-keep, skin-loving beauty essentials that you must incorporate in your daily routine.
1. Mild Cleanser
Cleansing is a non-negotiable, flawless skin golden rule. Cleanse twice a day - in the morning to remove toxins that have built up overnight and in the evening to get rid of makeup, pollution, sebum, and grime. Opt for a texture that suits your skin - milk, micellar water, oil or cleansing cream.
2. Shower Gels
Tap water dries out the skin, so it is important to not use a harsh soap or body wash that will further strip off your skin of its moisture and natural oils. Use a gentle shower gel to protect the hydrolipidic film, the outermost film on your skin that protects your skin from bacteria and other external factors. Emollient shower gels will not only clean and but also moisturise your skin at bath time.
3. Frequent Use Shampoo
To keep your fragile scalp in check, use a frequent use shampoo. These shampoos contain moisturising ingredients that do not dry out your hair and are suitable for everyday use. These shampoos clean your scalp and add a healthy shine to your hair.
Fact: well-nourished, moisturised skin stays younger for longer! So keep or treat yourself to a moisturiser suited to your skin's needs. The new L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence penetrates up to 10 skin layers to reveal bright, radiant, and youthful skin. The Salicylic Acid in the Micro-Essence accelerates skin renewal & mildly exfoliates to refine pores & skin texture.
5. Body Lotion
Apply a rich and nourishing lotion after your bath or shower to counteract the harmful effects of harsh tap water. Go for a body lotion that suits your skin type - balms for dry skin, dry oils for normal skin, soothing lotions for sensitive skin.
Overexposure to the sun over a prolonged period is a recipe for disaster, you’re left with tanned skin, premature ageing, and the harmful sun rays can also cause skin cancer. Do not step outdoors without slathering on some sunscreen. The L’Oréal Paris UV Perfect Matte & Fresh is a lightweight SPF that protects you from the sun rays without feeling heavy and greasy on your skin. It contains mattified kaolin clay that absorbs excess sweat and can be used even in extremely humid places, making it the perfect sunscreen for Indian summers.
7. Hand Cream
Your hands have fewer sebaceous glands - they easily dry out and itch or become red and chapped. Unlike your faces, your hands have a hard time hydrating themselves, meaning they quickly dehydrate and age. So offer them softening, comforting care by applying a nourishing hand cream before bed and after washing your hands. Even better, keep a travel-size tube along with an antibacterial gel in your bag!
8. Lip Balm
Your lips are one of the most sensitive, fragile parts of the body, and just like our hands, we often neglect your lips. To protect and repair your lips, apply a nourishing balm as and when your lips feel dry and before going to bed.
9. Under Eye Cream
From our mid-twenties onwards, the ultra-fragile under-eye zone begins to age, even if it only means a handful of fine lines. The solution? Moisturising! Once a day - preferably at night - apply an eye contour treatment to hydrate your skin. By massaging it on, you'll also prevent unsightly bags from forming overnight.
10. Night Cream
We need to up the moisturising ante at night. Your skin regenerates at night, making it the perfect time to gorge it with goodness: anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle, plumping, whatever your needs may be. The hydrating formula of the water-based L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence deeply repairs and plumps your skin by locking in all the moisture. You'll help your epidermis to repair itself and wake with smoother and younger-looking skin.
With hundreds of skincare and beauty essentials available in the market today, it might become overwhelming to pick out the products you absolutely need. Here’s a guide of 10 essential products that should be a part of your beauty routine.