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.


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.


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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