After a successful week 1 skincare routine, we definitely recommend a holistic approach to caring for your body in the form of serums, hair & foot care as well as bath & body care. We believe in the fact that 21 days is a short enough time to develop a new routine, as well as a substantial period of time to adhere to the said routine and stick to it in the long run. Our aim is to help you incorporate more elements into your 3-week self-care challenge and leave you feeling nurtured and content.
Follow this easy routine to get glowing skin in 21 days:
Week 2 Schedule
Skincare through serums
Serums are the new addition to skincare routines across the world. However, without thorough research and information about the different serums, it can seem challenging to incorporate them into your routine. Let’s discuss the different serums in the market and which serum serves which purpose, allowing you to conclude which might be the best requirement and fit for your skin.
What is a serum?
A serum is a product that features large proportions of active ingredients such as acids, vitamins, and peptides, to name a few. Unlike a moisturiser or a cleanser, it is not abundant in other ingredients but focuses on a single ingredient to address a specific problem. Serums are either liquid or oil-based and often have a clear, translucent, and smooth consistency. The chronology of your routine should be a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser, then sunscreen.
Find out about the most commonly used serums and how they can benefit your skin:
1. Hydrating Serum
The key active of hydrating serums is hyaluronic acid, which is also naturally produced in our bodies, especially in the eyes, skin and joints. It keeps our skin naturally hydrated. However, with age, the content of hyaluronic acid reduces in your skin, thereby causing dryness. Including an HLA serum thus becomes inevitable, especially in hot and dry regions. If you are looking for a serum to start off with, the Neemli Naturals 2% Hyaluronic Acid is a potential candidate. This botanically charged product improves your skin’s moisture barrier and makes your skin plump and glowing.
2. Anti-ageing Serum
Once wrinkles and fine lines set in, it can be difficult to eliminate them. It is thus advisable to incorporate anti-aging serums from a young age to remove the possible onset of those unwanted features. Retinol (vitamin A) is the star ingredient of this category of serums. The Deconstruct Retinol and Peptide Serum works wonders to help fight the symptoms of ageing skin, and the peptide boosts collagen production, making your skin firmer.
3. Anti-acne Serum
Ingredients like salicylic acid and niacinamide help combat and reduce acne and acne scars. They possess anti-inflammatory properties that help with skin redness, breakouts and inflammation. Niacinamide helps reduce sebum production, keeping your pores unclogged and reducing the chances of acne. The WishCare 2% Salicylic Acid helps reduce active acne, unclogs pores, controls sebum production and clears skin overall. However, it should be kept in mind that acne is not always a superficial phenomenon; underlying health issues often cause it. In that case, topical treatments alone would not be able to help you get rid of your acne.
4. Brightening Serum
This serum category aims to overcome hyperpigmentation and restore the lustre to your face. The antioxidant, Vitamin C, is the primary constituent of these serums. It protects the skin against damage by free radicals and removes discolouration. The Over Dermis Skin Alphabet Vitamin C Serum possesses all the properties of a good vitamin C serum; it removes acne scars by reducing peroxide formation and offers your skin an even-looking tone and a glow.
5. Exfoliating Serum
Chemical exfoliation is much milder than physical exfoliation, which comes in the form of grainy face scrub that can often disturb sensitive skin. The main ingredients of such serums are alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), and poly-hydroxy acids (PHAs). Plum 10% AHA+ 5% PHA + 0.5% BHA Exfoliating Peel with Green Tea is a great chemical exfoliator. Its glycolic acid (AHA) dissolves superficial dead skin cells, allowing the salicylic acid (BHA) to act on the deeper layers of the skin to help with acne. Finally, gluconolactone (PHA) gently exfoliates the remaining dead cells, giving your skin a clean, luminous look.
Nourish your body with these bath and body combos
A good bath and body combo is the perfect solution to a stressful and tiring day. Using body products should give you an almost detoxifying experience while you take a shower or a bath, whichever you prefer. Products like the Petal Fresh Refreshing + Soothing Bath and Shower Gel leave your body feeling soft, fresh and loved after every wash. It has lavender as well as citrus tones which mesmerise your olfactory senses. Combos like the Soulflower Bath & Body Gift set of 11 are the perfect gift for your friend, mother or sister. The combo consists of soaps, loofah, oils, neck roller, potpourri, and candles, offering wholesome and overall nourishment to your body, hair and soul.
Remember, your hands and feet require attention too
In the grind of skincare surrounding the face, we often forget about our hands and feet, the two parts of our body that are overworked the most and deserve our care.
Here are a few tips on how to cater to your limbs:1. Wash your hands and feet every day with soap to keep them clean
2. Trim your nails often
3. Keep a check on the underside of your nails to ensure there is no dirt build-up
4. Soak your feet in warm water from time to time to keep them smooth and prevent cracks
5. Go for a mani-pedi once a month to keep your hands and feet prim and proper
Additionally, using products like the Juicy Chemistry Kokum, Myrrh and Hazelnut Hand and Foot Cream can provide deep hydration. It offers protection against harsh environmental pollutants and dryness.
The moral of this article was to focus on self-care. Your face is not the only part of your body that deserves your love and care; the rest of your body needs it just as much. It is thus crucial to develop a comprehensive body-care routine, tending to each and every part of your body and keeping it beautiful. Stay tuned to know about the skincare routine for week 3 of the skincare challenge!
- Srishti Chakraborty