Bare-Minimum Anti-Aging Skincare Routine for South Asian Skin

There are soooooo many personal care products and here’s what worked for me. Background: I have oily/combination skin, I get acne once in a while (especially when it’s close to my time of the month) mostly on the sides of my cheeks and chin. I also have dark circles under my eyes and hyperpigmentation around my mouth. It’s been reduced significantly! I wish I took before-and-after pictures.

If you have similar concerns try the below for at least two months, twice daily, to notice a difference. I’m not a skin professional however, I found a lot of tips for those with lighter skin tones and I hope this helps out anyone with my skin type.

Side note: I also don’t like buying too much products or spending on products that I never end up finishing! But I also do believe in investing in things that work for me. You can find most of these products at Sephora and Wal-Mart.

My routine is mainly three steps on a daily basis (CTM for short):

  • Cleansing & Exfoliating – Washing your face without stripping essential, healthy oils
  • Toning – Balancing your skin
  • Moisturizing – Hydrating your skin   

TIP: With any skincare routine, apply your products in order of consistency – from thinnest to thickest. For example, cleanser, toner, serum and then moisturizer.

STEP 1: CLEANSING & EXFOLIATING

Why bother? Because in the morning, you have oil and dust on your face from sleeping, and in the evening, you gotta wash off make-up, dirt and pollen (although you may not see it, it’s there!)

  • Neutrogena: Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
    • How to use: Splash some water on your beautiful face, pump the Cleanser into your hands and count to 30 while you massage your face gently. Rinse!
  • Neutrogena: Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleaner
    • How to use: Squeeze the cleanser into your hands and massage gently onto your wet face. I like to do small circles and count to 30 once again. Please avoid going close to your eyes and rinse thoroughly!

STEP 2: TONING (Don’t skip this step!)

  • Olehenriksen: Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner
    • How to use: Everyone I know uses a cotton pad to apply Toner and to me that seems crazy because the pad saturates a lot of the product! Pour a few drops into and swipe over your clean dry face in a circular motion.

STEP 3: MOISTURIZE

1, 2, 3 and you’re done! Let me know if you notice a difference with your skin. Take a before picture and make sure to do the steps above twice a day for two months.

It doesn’t have to be these products, whatever works best for your skin! You’ll learn what works best for your skin overtime – trust me! Don’t give up on your skin, it’ll let you know when something works. Tweak your routine slowly, try adding or removing something from your routine one-by-one. Be kind and be patient, give your skin a lot of love. It protects you and it will THANK YOU.

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