So, a couple of weeks or so have passed since I told you folks how uncool I am (or was) when it comes to skincare. (Read here)
Knowing all too well that they are no miracle cures or magical potions that medically/ scientifically make any sense, I still decided to go ahead and make an effort.
Honestly, this is what I think my skin looked like- all thanks to my skin physiology/ type, my negligence and the harsh climate.
For the longest time, my acne- prone skin was tortured by dermatologists and their weapons of mass destruction- salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinoic acid.
And the only “skincare” worth mentioning consisted of prescription items such as this-
But I have been slowly making some changes over the years. As the end of Decade Three draws ever so close, I frantically try to get to know my skin, and what works for it.
Lack of time is a serious impediment to any and all projects that I embark on nowadays. So, whatever I buy or choose to try should be quick and easy.
Have been using this for ages now. I do not feel the need for an industrial strength, hard- core, fancy (read “pricey”) cleanser first thing in the morning.
I used a medicated sunscreen made by Ranbaxy for almost ten years. My dermatologist did not let me use anything else! But it made me look like I slept with the frying pan (unwashed of course) on me the previous night.
I ditched it, and found a sunscreen that worked great for my skin- La Roche- Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 Extreme Fluid. The only problem was it’s limited availability and price (and it’s annoyingly long, tongue- twister of a name!). So, now I’m branching out.
I like both the above products, but not enough to rave about either. I might go back to the La Roche- Posay blu bla blee. Oops sorry, my tongue slipped 🙂
I use the Clean Express, to get the kohl and stubborn mascara off. The Himalaya face- wash gets my skin squeaky clean, without drying it too much.
Then we get into the hard- core stuff!
Not sure if they deliver on their tall- claims, but they do leave my skin soft and supple by morning. And that is all I ask for at the moment.
And for my horribly dry extremities…
I still have some of this from my pregnancy days, I use it whenever and wherever I fancy!
Occasionally (okay, rarely) when I feel like my visage needs a through scrubbing, I go the “apricot- scrub” route. There is something strangely calming and invigorating about scrubbing your face…
Yes. That’s about it. Probably still not cool enough to harp about. But it’s a start alright. I mean, I can actually call it a routine now. And I can see the difference.
I have a whole bunch of samples lying around which I intend to religiously try out. And yes, the whole “routine” (morning and evening) takes up a total of 12 minutes of my day! Not bad eh?
Till next time…
Products mentioned/ info-
1. Cetaphil Ceansing Lotion (for sensitive skin) 125 ml- INR 149 (available in Qatar as well)
2. Cetaphil Moisturing Cream 80 gm- INR 270
3. La Roche- Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 Extreme Fluid 50 ml- INR 1250 (Amazon)
4. ZA True White Day Protector 35 g- INR 799
5. Maybelline Clean Express Total Clean make-up remover – INR 275 (over- priced in Qatar!)
6. Himalaya Purifying Neem Foaming Face- Wash 150 ml – INR 195 (About 25- 28 QAR in Qatar if I remember right)
7. Blistex Relief Cream- About 20 QAR (I think…Don’t shoot me if I’m wrong!)
8. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream- INR 599
9. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Night Cream- Dry Skin- INR 3450 (old price)
10. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate- Rs 3200
11. Nivea Hand Cream- 28 QAR
12. Nivea Creme- Don’t remember.
13. Bio- Oil- INR 450 (costs double that in Qatar)
14. St Ives Apricot Scrub- Don’t remember. (Sadly there are no MRP stickers in Qatar!)