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15 Feb

AM to PM skincare routines every bride must follow

From dawn to dusk, the requirements of your skin vary and as a bride-to-be, it is vital for you to understand your skin’s need of the hour

WHEN THE SUN RISES

Your skin needs protection during the day from exposure to the sun, air pollutants and other harmful elements. Day-time cleansers not only wash away any impurities without disrupting your skin’s moisture balance, but also work wonders for your skin. Invest in a toning solution with a rose-based tonic, which helps prevent dryness. Sunscreens and moisturisers play a protective role and prevent moisture loss thereby keeping the skin hydrated. A cover cream mixed with a moisturiser is ideal for brides-to-be and women alike.

 

FOCUS ON THIS:

  • Dehydrated-looking skin not only needs intensive moisturisation, but also emollients and a sunblock with a high SPF. Washing your face with soap should be avoided.
  • Dry skin, on the other hand, has small pores and a fine texture. A cleanser containing ingredients like aloe vera should be used to prevent loss of moisture.
  • If you have combination skin, which is a mix of dry, sensitive and oily skin, you require a specialised cleanser with ingredients like sandalwood, tulsi and neem. An astringent/toner or skin tonic should be used after cleansing to close any open pores. Clay-based packs containing Fuller’s Earth (multani mitti) and rose water help soothe the skin and reduce oiliness and also helps keep the skin clear of any breakouts—perfect for a bride-to-be.

 

THE AM OF YOUR BIG DAY:

The morning of your big day, apply a face mask to leave your skin soft and glowing. Mix half a teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of rose water and one teaspoon of dried milk powder and blend them into a paste and apply that to your face. Wash off after 20 minutes. For oily skin, apply multani mitti instead of milk powder. After applying the face mask, take two cotton wool pads soaked in rose water and use them as eye pads. Doing this helps reduce fatigued-looking eyes and brightens the under-eye area. After removing the pack, apply a compress on the face with chilled rose water to add a glow.

— Inputs by Shahnaz Husain, beauty and skincare expert

WHEN THE SUN SETS

Did you know your skin repairs itself at night? Night-time triggers natural responses in the body that include sleep and natural repair of your skin. During the day, your skin’s natural circadian rhythm optimises your skin’s cellular functions by using cellular energy to protect the skin. At night, the same cellular energy is used to restore, repair, recharge and regenerate skin cells. Many factors like travel, insufficient darkness at night, and age can impair your skin cells’ natural ability to repair, resulting in an accumulation of damage. A calming ritual before bed can help prepare for a restful sleep that is vital for the skin’s natural repair.

 

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The eye area is the first region to show visible signs of ageing as the skin here is 40 per cent thinner and five times more porous than facial skin. It’s best to apply eye products from the outer corner and work your way towards the inner corner because that’s where the first lines start to appear and need the most repair. The ring finger naturally tends to apply less pressure than other fingers, which makes it the ideal finger to apply eye cream with.

 

PM BEFORE THE BIG AM

After cleansing your skin, use a night cream or a midnight oil/serum—one that suits your skin type—to ensure deep purification and retain good balance of the skin. If dark circles and puffy eyes are a problem, be sure to invest in a good under-eye skin protectant. While you may be asleep, your skin is still working and so, it is very important for brides-to-be to take their night-time skincare regimen seriously and pay close attention to it.

 — Inputs by Leila Marx, National Education and Special Events Manager for Estée Lauder

ALL DAY, EVERY DAY

Uneven skin tone and dullness is a growing concern, and many women—irrespective of their age—are looking for solutions to remedy this. Pigmentation, unevenness of the skin tone and dark spots can be caused due to various factors such as sun exposure, pollution and hormonal fluctuations, inflammatory reactions caused by allergies, eczema, acne or burns, especially on darker skin tones.

 

For radiant-looking skin with a healthy glow, it is vital to chart the following steps:

  • CLEANSE: Start by removing your makeup every night before going to bed! A bride-to-be should never sleep with her makeup on! Select a face wash suited to your skin type. Then, complete your cleansing with a suitable toning lotion.
  • EXFOLIATE: To remove any excess oil, effects of pollution and stress, and roughness, it’s vital to scrub your skin and exfoliate it on a weekly basis. After exfoliation, use a face mask for about 15 to 20 minutes, which will leave your skin looking smooth, supple and hydrated!
  • MOISTURISE: Massage your skin with a moisturiser that works towards strengthening, soothing, hydrating and brightening your skin without leaving it greasy.
  • PROTECT: Be sure to use a multi-protection sunscreen that is lightweight and offers 10 hours of continuous protection from the sun, pollution and ageing!

— Inputs by Meeta Awatrami, Training Manager—Clarins India

Photos: Getty Images

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