The necessity of a good skincare routine have always appealed to my aesthetics ever since I was a child. Perhaps it might have been the mother whose uncountable bottles of potions and lotions and makeup which I wasn’t allowed to touch seemed like Pandora’s box of secrets. Or it could have been the grandmother whose skin though crinkled with age is yet luminescent all thanks to the single handed contribution of good old Boroline. So when it came to skincare I was anything but shy and always experimenting. Mind you it was skincare not makeup that interested me. I have clear memories of the first time I tried Veet in the eighth standard or the time I got my eyebrows done and felt only but a slight tinge and even my first proper waxing sessions. My mother would make me wear a sunscreen powder from a brand that was and is still a popular sunscreen choice in Bengal everyday before school. So when it came to caring for my skin, I was made to be aware. I still remember sitting around with my classmates at school breaks and off periods and answering their inquiries regarding skin. Everything was well until I started college.
When I turned eighteen my skin seemed to have entered a new phase which I term as the “WRATH OF THE ACNE”. It was precisely so. Breakouts became a regular thing even before I realized it. It was like a problem with no solution. I would hardly finish taking care of the pimple on my cheek with the Clindamycin gel that the skin doctor had prescribed when my chin would be break out with angry red pimples. It was a vicious cycle that seemed to have no end, well at least for the last four years. I cannot still point to what might have been the culprit that caused it. I keep blaming the sunscreen that I had been using then. But it could have been a variety of factors including wearing makeup everyday, eating out almost daily and neglecting my skin. Though the factors remained unknown, this much was true that my once smooth skin were dotted with acne scars and everything that I had at hand failed miserably in healing it.
The past four years were therefore spent in looking out for products that would help my cause. From the dermatologist’s prescription to the drugstore recommendations, I hoarded the products that promised me an escape from this unwelcoming dilemma. Some products would work for a while and when I would begin to settle down thinking it could help, I would be breaking out and bad. It did take me quite long to figure out a few things about my skin. What I discovered was that my skin is very sensitive and it changes with seasons. It used to be oily combination but these days it feels dry with an oily t-zone. I also found myself being allergic to even some natural ingredients as well as consuming dairy. These small realizations later, I was on the lookout for anything that might work. I did not know at once that switching to products that had more naturally derived ingredients would help. It gradually dawned upon me that I should disposed off all my chemical laden products for natural alternatives and I did. I cut down my product usage to just the essentials. And in the past year I also stopped wearing makeup after cleaning out everything that I owned. Occasionally I did wear foundation, eyeliners, and lipstick. Everything else was gone and for good.
The first product that I came across was the Just Herbs Silksplash Rehydrant Face Wash that had a hint of oranges and left my skin smooth to touch. Within a month I could feel this gentle face wash doing much more than just cleaning my skin as it never stripped the moisture out of my skin and hence I stuck with it. I chanced upon the Juicy Chemistry Grapeseed Oil only when Nykaa introduced the brand. I had used Soulflower’s Grapeseed Oil in the past and had loved it. So I decide to give this variant a try and boy was I right! I cannot begin to tell the immense difference I feel this has made to my skin. From gradually lightening the stubborn acne scars to balancing my skin’s moisture level, this one has done what most other moisturizers failed to have done for my skin. I use it in a host of different ways- from a makeup remover and double cleansing agent to hair serums for my dry ends and of course as a moisturizer. The Kama Ayurveda Vetiver Water on the other hand wasn’t something that I fell for instantly. The earthy smell wasn’t quite appealing to my olfactory senses at first but then it grew into me or perhaps I grew into it, I know not. But these days I cannot do without it and find myself reaching for it often as the mercury soars higher.
This aptly sums up the products that have worked in tandem to make my skin feel and look good once again. The above picture is the just representation of the current condition of my skin. My skin now being in a much satisfactory state than it has ever been these past years,I have also begun to incorporate makeup into my routine. But I like it best when my skin all ‘bare and natural’. A minimal routine and potent products are my secret to good skin. I would love to know your skincare secrets and tips in the comments below.