FAB BAG Magazine

Published on June 6th, 2015 | by Rima J Pundir

GET PREACHY: The ‘abc’ of CTM

The importance of a good skin care routine and which all products fall under the CTM umbrella…

Skin is the largest, and the most often ignored organ of our body. What it does is be the outer covering (gross though it may sound) protecting our internal organs and inner machine from the outside environment. So while all of us do have skin, having good skin becomes the road to El Dorado, for most women at least. While genetics, environment and lifestyle play a big role in determining your kin type and tone, making the best of what you have comes with routine and maintenance.

A good skin routine is like any other basic routine we follow to keep us functioning at the optimum – from regular exercise to moderate eating, from bedtime to wake-up hour, from the right eating times to the right plated amount!

Step One: Cleansing

Basic cleansing comes from keeping the skin, for want of a better word, clean! A good facewash, suited to your skin type and tone is the number one purchase you need to make to get that glowy skin you yearn for. Soap, while great for the body, unfortunately over-cleanses delicate facial skin, often leading to an excess of sebum (oil) production that may give birth to acne, skin irritation and a general sticky, shiny feel. But is facewash the only cleansing product? No, insist experts.

1. You do have to get scrubbing too! A loofah or scrub gloves work well for the body, but facial skin often needs scrubs suited to skin types – be it for blackheads, pigmentation, dryness, oiliness or acne-prone skin. The gentle abrasiveness of scrubs sloughs off the dead skin, revealing younger and relatively problem-free skin beneath that’s also more captive to moisturizing. A must use every week.

2. Off with that make up: Facewashes fail to remove oil- or mineral-based make up so cleaning that make up off is an essential part of your nighttime skin care routine. A dual make up remover – one that works both on oil-based and water-based make up id ideally the best – though nowadays you also get make up removing facial foams that lather up (like facewash) and give you a clean, make up free face.

Step Two: Toning

The jury is still out on this one! Toners, clarifiers, softeners – call them by any name – they all play a somewhat ambiguous role in skin care. Products with alcohol further clean and ‘dry’ out skin a bit (thus the sting) and work well for oily or acne-prone skin. Softeners proclaim to make the skin more receptive to the next step, moisturizing, by letting the moisturizer seep into the layers of the skin. Clarifiers, mostly non-alcoholic in nature, provide a level of antiseptic action and clean out any residue oil or dirt the cleanser (aka face wash) may have left out. Vellvette’s recommendation – try a toner (according to your skin type) for a couple of months – if you see a positive difference, great! If you don’t, drop it off your beauty list.

Step Three: Moisturisation

Every skin type, be it oily or dry needs moisture – opt for a water or gel based one if you have oily and acne prone skin and get the creamiest you can find to fix that dry skin. Also important to follow is to get two types of moisturizers:

1. Day-Time moisturizers come equipped with SPF and UV protections amongst the usual promises of making your skin soft and supple. This way even if you forget your sun block, there is still a level of protection your skin has.

2. Night-Time moisturizers have retinol and vitamin A derivatives that work on your skin while you are resting to rejuvenate it, fill in the first wrinkles and lines and provide you with anti-ageing benefits on the whole.

FAB BAG’s Step Four

Last but not the least, masks have multiple roles – from moisturizing masks to skin purifying ones, from anti-tan ones to pore-closing, from oil-soaking to anti-ageing. What most masks do is get deep into the layers of the skin and provide it with nourishment that your ordinary CTM may have missed. Just be sure to get masks suited to your skin type: dry skins should avoid ‘purifying’ masks while oily skins need to steer clear of moisturizing ones!


Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser With Cottonseed: Refreshing cleansing mousse eliminates impurities, make-up and excess oil while respecting skin’s natural moisture balance. Comforting Coconut extract nourishes, softens and boosts skin’s radiance. Soothing formula neutralises the drying effects of hard water. Rinses easily with cool water. CLICK HERE to view product.

BioBloom Natural Skin Toner:  It nourishes dull skin as a natural mild astringent and helps in removing excess Oil & nourishes and hydrates the skin. Lastly, it lightens age spots and acne marks & rejuvenates and refreshes your skin. CLICK HERE to view product.

SkinYoga Green Tea Face Mask: This is a 100 percent natural acne control formula that removes toxins from your skin and gives you a more youthful appearance. Organic Green Tea works as a very effective sun guard and acne control agent. Rice flour acts as a natural whitening agent and adds glow to the skin. CLICK HERE to view product.

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