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Having flawless skin doesn’t entail spending hours in a spa or spending money on expensive products. Understanding your skin and having a simple skincare routine with quality products can result in naturally flawless skin. While skin has its own protective measures for staying healthy by producing a protective chemical coat called the Natural Moisturising Factor that maintains hydration; the appearance, texture and overall skin health is strongly impacted by the environment.

Several environmental and lifestyle factors affect your skin health and may accelerate ageing. Therefore, it is important to develop good skincare habits. Follow a simple routine that helps maintain basic skin health and add on bits that are unique to you and your skin type. This simple commitment can help ensure long-term healthy skin.

We know time is of the essence and most of us don’t have the time for an elaborate skincare routine every day. Apparently, even some dermatologists don’t have the patience for it! So here we share some basic tips for a bare minimum skincare routine that you may follow for healthy skin. For days when you need some extra pampering or have specific skin concerns you want to address, we’ve shared in this blog some tips of what to include into your routine.

Morning rituals to protect and nourish

Your morning skincare routine is essential to not only make your skin feel fresh and nurtured, but also to protect your skin from the harsh environment through the day. The right set of products with ingredients that work in synergy are your best defense against elements that can potentially affect the skin - UV rays, extreme temperatures, pollution and humidity.

Skincare routines do follow a pattern. The order of application of each product matters and pursuing them in a sequence ensures that you gain maximum benefit from each one. Take a couple of minutes between each product to ensure complete absorption into the skin to yield the best results. 

Cleanse – Wash your face with a gentle face wash to remove any dirt, sweat and oil. Rinse with lukewarm water to clear away any debris. This step ensures that your facial skin is primed to absorb the products that will follow in your routine.

Exfoliate (optional) – Gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and clean your pores, which promotes skin cell regeneration, improves skin texture and skin tone – leaving your skin healthy, fresh and glowing. Choose an exfoliator that best suits your skin type. However, do remember that over-exfoliating may cause skin damage. It may strip skin off its natural oils and compromise the skin’s function as a barrier, so we recommend you exfoliate once or twice a week.   

Tone (optional) – Toners help restore pH balance and moisture levels, both of which are essential for healthy skin. It also helps minimise pores, detoxify skin and reduce oil buildup, thereby preventing breakouts. This step is optional, if you already use a gentle facial cleanser and your skin isn’t oily.

Treat (optional) – If you have blemishes or acne breakouts, apply a spot treatment before you continue with your skincare routine. Creams or Hydrogels may interfere with acne/blemish treatments, making them less effective.

Moisturise – A moisturiser is a must for everyone, whether your skin is dry or oily. You may choose a water-based gel or an oil-based cream depending on your skin type. While the skin secretes its own natural lubricant for hydration, a moisturiser locks in the moisture and nourishes the skin for a youthful glow. For best results and maximum absorption, apply moisturiser on damp skin.

Sun Protection Applying sunscreen is an important last step of your daytime skincare routine to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Use natural sun protection just before applying makeup.

Evening essentials to purify and repair

The evening skincare routine focuses on clearing away dirt and toxins accumulated throughout the day, restoring the skin from any environmental stressors including UV and pollution, and applying intense overnight treatments to correct any skin concerns. Evening routines may include an extra boost of hydration to nourish the skin and special treatments to fade away the visible signs of ageing and dark circles, etc.

Remove Makeup and Cleanse – At the end of the day, allow your skin to breathe, remove your makeup and cleanse dirt and oil off your face to avoid clogged pores that may lead to breakouts. Start with a dedicated makeup remover and then use your facial cleanser or try the double cleansing method - apply a cleansing oil to remove makeup followed by your regular cleanser.

Tone (optional) – As an optional step, follow the same routine as in the morning. Avoid using alcohol-based toners, as they dry out your skin.

Apply Under Eye Oil – The delicate, thin skin around your eyes starts ageing in your 20s, so using an under eye oil at night will help hydrate the skin, smoothen fine lines and wrinkles, reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles.

Treat (optional) – Treat your skin to a face mask or your favourite serums or face oils to give your skin an extra boost of hydration. Add an intensive treatment to reduce dark circles or smooth over fine lines. You may include retinol creams, serums or peels. However, don’t overdo night treatments as you may risk irritating your skin.

Moisturise – Skin dehydrates rapidly at night and the moisture balance is severely tipped, so end your evening routine by applying moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated all night long.

Recommendation for various skin types

At Iryasa, we believe everyone is unique and a skincare routine can never be one-size-fits-all! Different skin types benefit from different products that are designed to treat specific concerns and bring back the much-needed balance for healthy skin. It is important to understand your skin and know your skin type before choosing products to incorporate into your skincare routine.

For Oily skin

  • Use gentle facial cleansers to remove dirt, sweat and excess sebum without stripping the skin of its natural oils
  • Look for products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” – meaning they don’t clog pores and use a lightweight water based moisturiser to help hydrate your skin without leaving behind a greasy feel
  • Reduce fatty, salty and sugary foods in your diet, all of which can contribute to oily skin

 For Dry, Irritated skin

  • Use an oil-based moisturiser with natural ingredients that help with intense hydration for radiant skin
  • Avoid products with chemical fragrances & alcohols, as these can dry the skin and cause allergic reactions
  • For irritated skin, avoid using physical exfoliators which may be too harsh and can further damage the skin

For Ageing skin

  • Apply targeted products such as under eye oil and moisturiser rich in vitamin C, E & anti-oxidants to firm up skin, smooth over wrinkles and fine lines
  • Exfoliate weekly using products containing natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) which may be gentle on the skin
  • Use a fast-absorbing facial oil rich in potent botanical extracts to smooth over wrinkles, fine lines and nourish dull, tired skin

Build your own unique natural skincare routine

Having a nourishing skincare routine is essential for healthy skin. Even if you’re short on time, complete a basic, simple routine which will provide the basis for radiant, glowing skin. It is mandatory to cleanse, moisturize and protect your skin. Anything extra is a bonus on busy days, but address skin concerns regularly with specific treatments to avoid damaging your skin.

It is important to understand your skin, its type and what it needs. Find suitable natural products enriched with botanical extracts and oils to build a personalised routine for yourself. Remember to tweak your skincare routine to accommodate any changes in your skin. Make time for your skincare…healthy skin requires commitment, not a miracle!