My SKINCARE Menu - bring back the youthful skin!

Updated: Sep 15, 2021




I am often asked what skincare routine I follow or what products do I use on my skin. So today I thought of sharing with you my daily skincare menu & all the products I use throughout the day. Right from the moment, I wake up, till I go to bed. I have mentioned all the products and have linked them as well so you can buy them easily!


Before getting into the routine, here are some tips that everyone can use irrespective of their skin type-

1. Always pat dry your face; do not rub it.

2. Use a soft towel to pat dry & not a harsh one.

3. Always wash your face with warm or cold water; never use hot water.

4. If you wear any makeup make sure you take it off before sleeping.

5. Always be gentle while applying any products on the skin; do not rub harshly.

6. Always use face wash/cleanser on the face; NEVER USE SOAP.

7. Use a face wash only twice daily – Morning & Night.


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So now let us get in My Skin Care Menu.

First, let me start with my Skin type – I have a Combination Skin.

This skin type changes as per the season, at least mine does. Sometimes normal on the cheeks & sometimes an oily T zone (forehead & nose)


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MORNING

STEP 1

  • I wash my face with cold water as soon as I am out of bed. Splashing cold water on the face & eyes awakens the skin & gets it ready for the day.

STEP 2

  • Following the next step is Cleanser. I use the Minimalist 2% Salicylic Acid Face Wash.

  1. MULTILEVEL CLEANSING: Formulated with Capryloyl Salicylic Acid (LHA), which stays on the outer layer of skin and provides gentle exfoliation, revealing soft skin, while Salicylic Acid penetrates deep into pores and reduces sebum and oil production. This Salicylic acid and LHA combination provides multi-level cleansing, unlike other Salicylic Acid face wash.

  2. SULPHATE-FREE, NON-DRYING]: Compared to traditional face wash this is formulated with very mild sulfate-free surfactants (cleansers) that provide optimum cleaning along with several hydrating & soothing ingredients like Panthenol (Vitamin B5) for hydrating overall after-feel.

  3. ANTI ACNE: Boosted with anti-bacterial Zinc and Salicylic Acid that effectively controls oil production and acts as potent anti-acne (or pimple) active. Reduces acne and prevents future breakout for clear-looking skin.

  4. CLEAN & TRANSPARENT BEAUTY: This face wash is (i) Fragrance-free (ii) Silicones-free (iii) Sulfates-free (iv) Parabens-free (v) Essential Oils-free and (vi) Dyes-free (vii) Mild Cleanser. Also, it is non-comedogenic, anti-bacterial, and hypoallergenic. Formulated at pH 4.5 - 5.5 with high purity grade Salicylic Acid by Merck, Germany a leading global supplier.

  5. FOR COMBINATION TO OILY SKIN TYPE: Unlike traditional facewash, BHA exfoliants are best for combination to oily skin types especially acne-prone or sensitive skin. Also, LHA offers a gentle, cell-by-cell exfoliation without any irritation. Formulated for both Men and Women.

STEP 3

Following the Face cleanser is the toner. I always recommend using toner every time you wash your face with a cleanser. Toner helps to close the pores & balance the skin while prepping it up for the next product.

I use the Minimalist PHA 3% Alcohol-Free Biotic Face Toner.

  1. AlCOHOL-FREE MILDLY EXFOLIATING PHA TONER: PHAs are next-generation AHAs. Because of its larger molecule size compared to Glycolic acid (molecular weight 178 vs. 76 for Glycolic acid), it penetrates the skin slowly, hence offering gentle exfoliation without causing any skin irritation

  2. PORE TIGHTENING: This toner is very lightweight and glides on the skin effortlessly before absorbing quickly & completely. Reduces pore size by removing congestion and balancing oil.

  3. SKIN RENEWAL & RESURFACING WITH PRE & PROBIOTICS: Formulated with Prebiotics and Probiotics to balance skin microbiome and enhance natural defense barriers of the skin

  4. CLEAN & TRANSPARENT BEAUTY: This toner is (i) Fragrance-free (ii) Silicones-free (iii) Sulfates-free (iv) Parabens-free (v) Essential Oils-free and (vi) Dyes-free. Also, it is non-comedogenic and alcohol-free. Formulated at pH 3.8 - 4.8 with high-quality ingredients including Gluconolactone sourced from Jungbunzlauer, Switzerland, and Prorenew Complex CLR from CLR Chemisches, Germany

  5. FOR NORMAL TO OILY SKIN TYPES: Alcohol free mildly exfoliating toner with biotics (pre and pro) for skin balancing and hydration (Hyaluronic Acid, Polyglutamic Acid & more) for intense hydration.

STEP 4 (optional – but I recommend it)

5 minutes after the toner I dab some serum on the face. I am using Minimalist 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

  1. MULTILEVEL HYDRATION: Hydration is key to healthy glowing skin. This serum with multi molecular hyaluronic acid provides hydration at depth and surface. Surface hydration results in the instant glow and long-lasting hydration delivers anti-aging effects. Apply in day for oil free skin hydration.

  2. REDUCES VISIBLE FINE LINES: Small molecular size Hyaluronic molecules penetrate deep and provide hydration from inside resulting in reduced signs of aging such as fine lines and age spots. With age, skin's hydration decreases, and thus it is a must to have daily hydrating serum when you reach your 30s. Hydrated skin stays younger & plump!

  3. PLUMP & GLOWING SKIN: With the power of Vitamin B5 it hydrates and seals it inside skin layers, making skin bouncy. A dull skin with dry patches or excessive oil can be dehydrated skin. This serum is formulated to provide maximum hydration at a high concentration of humectants.

  4. CLEAN & TRANSPARENT BEAUTY: This serum is (i) Fragrance-free (ii) Silicones-free (iii) Sulfates-free (iv) Parabens-free (v) Essential Oils-free and (vi) Dyes-free. Also, it is non-comedogenic, oil-free, and hypoallergenic. Formulated at pH 6.0 to 7.0 with Hyaluronic acid sourced from Royal DSM, Netherlands; a global science-based company.

  5. FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: Hyaluronic Acid is scientifically proven safe for all skin types. Since this serum is packed with humectants follow it up with a good lightweight moisturizer. For dry skin or during winters a moisturizer over humectants is a must!


STEP 5

Now comes one of the most important steps – MOISTURISER!

Never skip this, Whatever your skin type may be – oily or combination never skip moisturizer. Dry skin cannot skip moisturizing that’s obvious!

So for my combination skin, I use Minimalist 3% Sepicalm + Oats Moisturizer.

  1. LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER WITH SHEA BUTTER: Formulated for Normal to Oily Skin in mind, this moisturizer is super lightweight, absorbs quickly and does not feel sticky or oily on the face. It has a perfect blend of Humectant, Emollient and Occlusive. It contains Shea Butter which is an excellent occlusive and locks the moisture inside our skin.

  2. ULTRA HYDRATING: Made with Polyglutamic Acid for skin hydration. It's a new generation hydration molecule that can hold 4 times more water than Hyaluronic Acid and reduces transepidermal water loss as well at the same time.

  3. SOOTHING & CALMING: Boosted with Sepicalm which combines Amino Acids with Minerals to soothe irritations and calms redness caused by UVA / UVB and comforts skin. Also contains Oat extract, Colloidal Oat, Squalane, Vitamin B5, and Amino acid to further nourish & calm skin.

  4. CLEAN & TRANSPARENT BEAUTY: This moisturizer is (i) Fragrance-free (ii) Silicones-free (iii) Sulfates-free (iv) Parabens-free (v) Essential Oils-free and (vi) Dyes-free. Also, it is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. Formulated at pH 5.0 - 6.0 with high-quality ingredients including Sepicalm sourced from Seppic, France and Squalane sourced from Sophim, France

  5. FOR NORMAL to OILY SKIN TYPES: A Non-comedogenic ultra-light moisturizer with soothing & calming ingredients that makes it perfect for oily acne-prone or sensitive skin as well.


STEP 6 – THE MOST IMPORTANT step for Daytime.: SUNSCREEN


No matter if you are going to be home the whole day you should apply Sunscreen.

I use the RE' EQUIL Ultra Matte Dry-Touch Sunscreen Gel SPF 50.

  1. Ultra Matte Dry-Touch Velvety Feel: Easily blends into skin and leaves no white cast.

  2. Highest UVA Protection PA++++ with IR protection: PA++++ with encircled UVA protection ensures that you are safe from the harshest UVA, UVB and Infrared rays.

  3. Water and Sweat Resistant: Makes it perfect.

  4. Oil-Free Formulation: Being Oil free and Water free formulation, this gel sunscreen acts as perfect under make-up primer.

  5. Oxybenzone Free sunscreen filters with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide physical filters: A unique combination of organic hybrid and mineral sunscreen filters that do not enter the deep layers of skin and provides safe protection.

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NIGHT

Step 1 | 2 | 3 remain same : Wash | Cleanse | Tone


STEP 4 :

For night time I like to use skin repairing serum with actives. I am currently using Minimalist 3% Tranexamic Acid Face Serum for my acne scars.

  1. PROVEN TO REDUCE MELASMA: Made with 3% Tranexamic Acid, which is a derivative of the amino acid lysine. It reduces the activity of melanocyte tyrosinase thereby treating melasma.

  2. REDUCES PIH & PIE: Contains 1% HPA (Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid), which is proven to prevent melanogenesis better than ascorbyl glucoside, kojic acid, and arbutin. It also has equivalent efficacy to hydroquinone without cytotoxicity.

  3. REMOVES ACNE SCARS: The formula further contains 3% Mandelic Acid which gently exfoliates & further reduces post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (like acne scars).

  4. CLEAN & TRANSPARENT BEAUTY: This serum is (i) Fragrance-free (ii) Silicones-free (iii) Sulfates-free (iv) Parabens-free (v) Essential Oils-free and (vi) Dyes-free. Also, it is non-comedogenic & oil-free. Formulated at pH 3.8 - 4.8 with high quality ingredients including HPA is Radianskin, which is a high performance active developed by BASF, Germany

  5. FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: This serum is suitable for all skin types: Dry, Oily, Normal, Combination, Sensitive & Acne Prone.

STEP 5 – Moisturiser remains the same.


And you are DONE !

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