I get quite a few mails/messages on what I do to take care of my skin. So, even though I think it’s a bit audacious of me (I say this because I don’t consider myself a skin care expert), I still decided to write about it. I have always had extremely dry skin but I didn’t care much till a couple of years back. I’m also outdoors a lot and have been told to reduce my activities as it will take a toll on my skin and hair but since that’s not an option, I thought that I will make a bit of an effort and create a routine to manage my skin instead. Again, I would urge you to see what works for your skin by trying different things, it took me many years to finally arrive at a routine that didn’t react and worked well with my skin.
Oil mouthwash – Or oil pulling is an age old Ayurvedic practice which involves swishing a tablespoon of edible oil (coconut/olive/almond/canola/sunflower) around the mouth, using it like a mouthwash. You simply swish it around for 15-20 minutes, spit it out and then brush. This helps in removing a large number of bad bacteria in your mouth. Also, working the facial muscles at the same time. I have been doing it religiously for more than 4 years and believe it has contributed greatly in making my skin less dry and acne free. I haven’t felt the need to use a lip balm for years now. You can read more about it here.
Morning routine –
I wash my face twice a day with a Soul Tree facewash (the one which is specifically for dry skin) and dab my face with Pure Rose toner after drying.
Rose water is a natural toner and helps in tightening pores. I use Kama and it’s really good but if you find it too expensive then a great alternate is Soul Tree which seems equally good.
Post that, I apply Cocoa butter oil which works as a great moisturizer. I massage the oil for a minute or so and no it doesn’t leave the skin looking oily at all.
Night routine –
After washing my face and dabbing it with rose water, I apply this night serum (kumkumadi) I bought from Kama. I can’t deny the drastic change I have seen on my face since I started using it. Priced at 2200 plus, it’s supposed to last at least 3 months or so. I might even do a review of it soon as I really find it effective.
Fish oil – I take one tab of Omega 3 from Nordic Naturals which I requested my cousin to pick up from the U.S. Even though I started taking it for my joint health, I suspect it helps in keeping the skin and hair healthy.
Apart from this, I do get my daily dose of nuts, good food and enough water. I can never be very strict about what I eat as I love eating everything but yes, I never go overboard with portion size. I haven’t gotten any facials done for the last 5 years now. But I sometimes use the Diamond facial kit by VLCC at home.
I really hope this would be of help in some form and would love to know what you do to take care of your skin. If I get enough responses I might to a series or a follow up article, with due credit to each of the contributors.
PS – This article hasn’t been sponsored by any of the brand mentioned.