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An Offbeat Journey Towards Skincare & Makeup

Skincare entails several aspects, most of which have been listed in article 1 and 2 of the 3-week skincare challenge articles. The third article of this series brings to you some out-of-the-box elements which you can incorporate into your skincare routine and transform your skincare journey.

With time, there is an evolution in consumers’ tastes; it is very rare for people to stick to age-old traditions in a world where there is constant change and radicalisation in all aspects of life. One such dynamic domain is that of makeup. For decades, consumers have tended to be more inclined towards heavy makeup such as using a vibrant shade of lipstick, an eye-catching blush and an impactful liner. However, over the last couple of years, and mainly as a result of the pandemic, there has been a substantial shift in the focus of consumers towards skincare. People focus more on trying to get their natural skin to look as impeccable as possible with a myriad of products available at their disposal, rather than investing a lump sum in makeup.

This has led leading brands to produce a new range of products under the category of skin care-infused makeup which not only imparts a sense of jazz to your look, but also nourishes and boosts your skin to achieve its best self.  

Here are some of the most commonly used skin care-based makeup products that have taken the markets by storm recently:

1. Ruby's Organic Foundation

This product contains Rosehip oil that is rich in vitamin A and C, that brightens skin and also promotes collagen promotion. Coco caprylate aids in skin hydration and Shorea Robusta resin helps fight bacteria. 

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2. Ilana Beet Tint

This lip and cheek tint is enriched with real beetroot extracts, vitamin E and antioxidants, all of which cater to different aspects of your skin health such as hydration and protection against acne and dullness. 

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3. Daughter Earth Lip and Cheek Tint

Looking for a natural blush that will not only give you a vibrant look, but also nourish your skin in the process? The tint from Daughter Earth is your answer! The vitamin E and vanilla components protect your skin against free radical damage and, shea butter, moringa and almond oil provide intense hydration by preventing transepidermal water loss from your skin. 

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4. Blushbee Organic Beauty Eye Kajal

This kajal not only gives you a smouldering look, but its components ensure that your eyes receive the necessary nourishment. It contains components such as camphor that relaxes the eyes, avocado oil which lightens dark circles, triphala oil that strengthens eye muscles, activated organic bamboo charcoal that aims to remove impurities, and vitamin E which is a proven antioxidant. 

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5. Deconstruct Soothing Cleansing balm

This oil-based cleanser ensures that your skin gets rid of all makeup, sunscreen and skin care products, all the while aiming to nourish your skin. Bisabolol soothes inflamed skin and avena sativa oil moisturises and protects the skin.    

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Facial tools have become an indispensable addition to people’s skincare routine as the desire to get firmer and smoother skin has become the primary aim of beauty and skincare enthusiasts. The combination of facial tools with minimal makeup products is an excellent way of achieving good skin by means of lymphatic drainage and reducing tension. These are some of the facial tools that you cannot miss out on if you wish to get glowing and healthier looking skin in a matter of weeks:

1. Jade roller

This is the perfect tool to destress your face. It possesses a large bead that is meant to be circled in an upward and outward motion, as well as a small bead for crucial areas such as the under-eye area. This tool primarily aims to drain toxins from your skin and reduce puffiness as well as impart a sculpting effect to your face. The  best way to use this tool is in combination with a serum on a cleansed face. The House of Beauty Jade roller would be a great one to start off your face massage journey with.

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2. Gua sha

Looking to flaunt that jawline? Get our hands on a gua sha right away! This tool made out of stone promotes blood circulation, aids in lymphatic drainage and also, relieves muscle tension. At the end of the day,it’s not just your body that craves relaxation; your face does too. Use the Dromen and Co Jade Gua Sha to target the pressure points of your face and relieve the stress of the day. 

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3. Derma roller

This is quite the futuristic facial tool; it does not only superficially help your skin, but it goes beneath the dermis by creating minute pores in it and promotes cellular regeneration and collagen production. This is a completely painless procedure and once you start it, you will fall in love with the process and the results it yields; namely, lesser wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. Investing in the House of Beauty derma roller could be a good choice for beginners, given its low price yet admirable functionality.

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4. Konjac sponge

This unique sponge, which is hard when dry and soft when wet, is an excellent cleansing tool. It can even be used to replace traditional cleansers. It miraculously removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple.

To end your skincare routine on a more calm and peaceful note, indulge in aromatherapy. It is the practice of using essential oils to promote the wellbeing of your mind as well as body. Aromatherapy can be practised using a plethora of products such as bath salts, clay masks, diffusers, and body oils. Using an oil like the Secret Alchemist Sleep Inducing Oil at the end of the day, after finishing your day’s work and performing your skincare routine, is a great way to unwind and call it a day. 

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1. Can I replace my makeup with skincare products?

If you are someone who is aiming to sport a natural and bareface look this new year, then we would advise you to invest more in skincare products and less in makeup, as the former will not ensure good skin health, but also guarantee flawless-looking skin without makeup.

2. Are essential oils harmful for you?

Essential oils have been studied thoroughly by scientists and there have not been any predominant factors to be concerned about. So, you can safely resort to them for your wellness journey. 

3. Does using facial tools guarantee a 100% facial transformation?

No. Facial tools are only meant to tone your face and enhance your features. They do not have the capacity to radically alter your facial structure.

Srishti Chakraborty

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