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It isn’t easy creating a routine for skincare and all the systematic to-do lists that come with it. While the standard Cleanse-Tone-Moisturise routine works wonders, 2019 has brought about its own rules and newer additions to stay in line with the latest discoveries that create result-oriented habits. Here’s how to start your journey to get the glowing skin you want. 

Double cleansing

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

It was easily the biggest trend in skincare last year and will continue to be on top this year too. Double-cleansing is about two things: Using a cleansing oil for removing all the grime, followed by the usual face wash routine. A good makeup remover like micellar water or makeup remover will no longer do the job given the pollution. So this is where cleansing oils or balms come in – they break down makeup, SPF, and sebum. This is followed by washing the face with a water-based cleaner to get clearer, more nourished skin. The second cleanse goes into the pores and clears out the remaining gunk and you can rinse everything out with warm water to see radiant skin.

What you need: A cleansing oil like Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil. And a mild water-based cleanser like Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

Essences

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

While the world is moving towards toners and moisturisers, Korean skincare changed the game by adding this new skincare step: Essences. What are essences and what do they do? They come in between a toner (when the skin is primed) and a moisturiser. This lightweight, hydrating liquid preps the skin to make sure it absorbs the serums and creams better. Essences are definitely an extra step but they help skincare ingredients penetrate into the skin better. The easiest and most effective way to use essences is to not use a cotton pad, but rather throw in a few drops into the palm and press it into the skin 2-3 times. The best essences hydrate, firm, and brighten, so pick wisely.

What you need: Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence suits all skin types and is a power player in the Korean skincare game.

Acid toning

Exfoliating with acids has to be the most complicated step in skincare these days. Acids do have an immediate and result-oriented effect on our skin. They help in creation of essential elastin and collagen to keep your skin healthy and supple, and also restore radiance and battle pigmentation. Lactic acid, one of the gentler acids,  is known to remove dull skin cells to bring out healthy new skin. Glycolic acid helps create collagen, so it’s all about the anti-ageing benefits. Malic acid from the AHA family fortifies skin while making sure that fine lines and pores are less apparent. Salicylic acid is a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid), and penetrates and purifies while adding moisture. Always remember to use a sunscreen after you acid-tone to keep the skin protected and radiant.

What you need: Pixi Glow Tonic and The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution give your skin that much-needed glow so use them on alternate days for best results.

Dry brushing

This step is so simple but it makes all the difference. All you need a long wooden brush that can be used face to toe. Use it dry or simply apply oil on your skin and brush it in circular motions. This helps exfoliate dead cells from the skin surface and also helps with blood flow. This is an ancient healing practice and is said to be beneficial in the drainage of lymphatic fluids and flushing out toxins from the body. All you need to do is to exfoliate or dry brush gently and in circular motions to reap its benefits.

What you need for this step: Use the Kama Vetiver and Sisal Loofah for a simple exfoliation and the Rustic Rituals 2-in-1 Dry Skin Body Brush for buffing the body

Overnight masks

laneige sleeping mask

Sleeping masks are a relatively new phenomena but they work wonders for the on-the-go woman. Use these masks after removing makeup and cleansing the skin, and massage onto the skin, so that you look rejuvenated and soothed overnight. Sleeping masks also seal in facial serums, creams, and oils, and maintain the skin’s barrier while letting all those beautiful ingredients penetrate beautifully. Choose between those that have hyaluronic acid (which hydrates while you sleep) but the most popular ones are those that contain retinol and vitamin A derivatives that help with ageing and wrinkles. Use a sleeping mask every alternate day and your skincare routine is amplified.

What you need: The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is known to work wonders on tired skin while the Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack improves skin tone and brightens.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.