By Josh Sim, Aesthetic and Better Ageing Specialist
Normal skin is balanced and doesn’t have issues like other skin types. The aim of your skincare routine should be not to upset the balance.
Cleanse your skin with a non-foamy or gentle sulfate-free cleanser. Sulfate-free cleansers do not dry out your skin and do a good job of getting rid of any excess oil or grime that may have settled into your skin pores.
Avoid toners that contain alcohol. These products are not only extremely harsh on your skin, but they also dehydrate it and lead to dryness. Instead, use toners with natural ingredients like rosewater and other nourishing and hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and peptides. They help balance your skin’s pH levels.
You use a vitamin C serum, it helps in revitalising and refreshing the skin. Combining vitamin C with sunscreen (the last step of the routine) can double the protection and neutralise the harmful free radicals.
Using a moisturiser will help hydrate your skin. Look for products that contain ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and peptides. Also, choose products that are non-comedogenic and specially formulated for the face.
Though your moisturiser contains SPF, do not forget to apply sunscreen. Go for a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 and PA +++ rating. This helps protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Use the same cleanser that you use in the morning. If you have to remove makeup, use micellar water for sensitive and oily skin to remove makeup thoroughly before cleansing.
Tone your skin with a gentle and hydrating toner containing chamomile, green tea extracts, and ingredients like allantoin and niacinamide.
Use an antioxidant-rich serum to provide additional nourishment to your skin. Check for ingredients like algae extracts, resveratrol, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate (a stable form of vitamin C).
4. Eye Cream
Apply an eye cream to rejuvenate the delicate skin around your eyes. Pick an eye cream that can address any current skin issues you are facing, such as dark circles or puffy eyes.
Go for a moisturiser with a creamy formula to provide deep nourishment to your skin.
You may exfoliate your skin with a glycolic acid serum. Glycolic acid is gentle on your skin and can deeply penetrate it. It dissolves and sloughs off dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking brighter and feeling smoother. However, avoid using AHA-based exfoliants every day. Limit the usage to once or twice a week, depending on your skin’s tolerance levels.