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The Consistent Glow-Up: A Beginner's Handbook to Healthy Skin

skincare guide for beginners

In today's era of Instagram filters and photo-editing apps, achieving flawless, glowing skin seems like an attainable dream with just a swipe and a tap. We're bombarded with images of influencers flaunting their "glass skin," leaving us wondering if such perfection is within our grasp. But here's the truth: achieving and maintaining healthy skin requires more than just digital wizardry. It demands dedication, consistency, and a basic understanding of skincare principles.

The harsh truth is the journey to radiant skin isn't always glamorous. Behind those picture-perfect selfies lies a regimen of treatments, dermatologist visits, and a commitment to daily care. It's time to demystify the illusion of filter-perfect skin and embrace the reality: there are no shortcuts to genuine skincare success.

skincare variety

So, why should you bother with a consistent skincare routine? Well, let me count the ways:

1. Boosted Confidence: There is something very empowering about knowing you're taking care of your skin. A consistent routine not only improves your skin's appearance but also your self-assurance.

2. Prevention is Key: Think of skincare as an investment in your future self. By addressing concerns today, you can prevent issues from escalating into major skin woes down the road.

3. Self-Care for Mental Health: Your skincare routine isn't just about the surface – it's an act of self-care that nurtures your mental well-being. Taking a few moments each day to pamper yourself can work wonders for your overall mood and outlook.

4. Your Skin, Your Shield: Your skin serves as the first line of defence for your body against the environment. A consistent routine helps strengthen this barrier.

5. Daily Nourishment and Renewal: Just like your body, your skin craves nourishment and attention. A consistent routine ensures that you're providing your skin with the care it needs to thrive, day in and day out.

beauty and skincare tips for beginners

Feeling overwhelmed by the vast world of skincare with information overload from social media is only natural.

Here's a beginner's roadmap to kickstart your journey towards healthy, glowing skin:

1. Know Your Skin: Understanding your skin type is the first step towards crafting an effective routine. Whether you're oily, dry, or somewhere in between, tailor your products to suit your skin's unique needs.

2. Identify your Age: Consider your age when selecting skincare products. While it's tempting to dive headfirst into the world of anti-ageing actives and retinol, remember that the wrong product for your age can actually do more harm than good! (Queue: 20-year-olds using peptides and retinol and 18-year-olds lathering their face with Vitamin C)

3. Start simple with CTM: CTM stands for Cleanse, tone, moisturise – these three steps form the cornerstone of any skincare routine. Start with a gentle cleanser, followed by a lightweight moisturiser to lock in hydration.

My favourite cleansers

For Dry to Normal Skin

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

This is the gentlest, most non-irritating cleanser I have come across and I’m yet to find a brand that does it better.

cetaphil gentle cleanser

For Oily, Acne Prone Skin:

Cetaphil Cleanser for Oily Skin

Cetaphil happens to fit the bill for the perfect cleanser for oily skin without over-stripping your face of moisture.

cetaphil gentle cleanser

Saslic DS Foaming Cleanser

If there was a cleanser that I had to recommend with my eyes closed for oily and acne-prone skin, it would be this. With salicylic acid as the main exfoliator, this foaming face wash is perfect for your nighttime cleansing.

saslic ds foaming facewash

Toners that I love

Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water

The rose water from Kama is the simplest addition that your skin will love you for.

kama ayurveda rose water toner

Laneige Water Bank Clue Hyaluronic Essence Toner

It’s a cult favourite updo of the perfect toner to exist in the Indian market today.

laneige toner

Moisturisers for every budget & skin type

Acnemoist Moisturiser

For oily and acne-prone skin, this is the perfect moisturiser which doesn’t turn your skin greasy, even in summer.

acnemoise moisturiser

D’you In My Defense Moisturiser

Loaded with ceramides, this cult favourite moisturiser is worth the price tag and suitable for every skin type and weather.

d'you in my defence ceramide moisturiser

4. Skip the Frills: While actives and serums can certainly enhance your routine, they're not essential for beginners. Focus on mastering the basics before delving into additional steps of the Vitamin C and Niacinamides of the world

5. Choose Wisely: When it comes to skincare products, quality trumps quantity. Opt for gentle, nourishing formulations free from harsh chemicals and unnecessary additives.

6. Sunscreen, Always: Never underestimate the power of sunscreen. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by incorporating a broad-spectrum SPF into your daily routine.

The most non-greasy, Indian Skin friendly sunscreens that are a no-brainer:

D’You Unkissed

This new serum-textured sunscreen on the block will leave your skin feeling light while giving you a beautiful glow and protection from the harsh sun.

d'you unkissed sunscreen

Epilight Sunscreen

This one is a Dermat’s favourite and the most versatile, pill-free matte sunscreen I have ever come across.

epilight sunscreen

And remember, consistency is key. While the allure of overnight transformations may be tempting, real progress takes time and dedication. So, embrace the journey, celebrate your skin's victories, and above all, be kind to yourself. After all, beauty begins with a simple, consistent skincare routine – no filters required.


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