Published on May 1st, 2016 | by Rima J Pundir
10-minute Skin Routine
My favourite time in the whole week – comes on a Sunday – around 3 in the afternoon. The chores are done, the kids asleep and sometimes so is hubby… And the day I don’t also fall in bed for a much-needed nap, I can focus on my sometimes bedraggled beauty routine. New mothers, or frankly mothers in general are often sore pressed for time. I felt the pressure when I had my first son and now with another one, “free” time is more or less a fantasy. But when I do get those 10 minutes or that 1 hour or anything in between, here’s what I do, once every week…
I stick to Neutrogena for this. I like the brand, but I love their nifty products. I start with the Neutrogena Wave Cleanser – a handy little battery operated product that not only deep cleanses the face but also gives it a gentle massage. At Rs 799 for the product itself and Rs 399 (30) for the refill pads, its cheap for the glowing face it gives you… A dab of my favourite moisturizer and I am glowing, thoroughly.
Start with a good rub of my own wonder face oil – to every 2tbsp virgin olive oil (any brand) I mix in 1 capsule of vit E (Evion 400) – just cut open the capsule and pour. I take just a bit of this oil on my palms and give my face a good 2-3 massage. Then I follow up with my Neutrogena Wave Cleanser. Post this; I put on a quick-work mask, like the new Nivea Pure Effect Total Face Cleanup. Again some serum or moisturizer in the end and I am ready to face the rest of the day with my best face forward…
Massage face and neck with oil and then give myself some steam for 3-4 minutes to the pores to open and the goodness of the oil to really seep in. Then it’s back to the wave cleanser for a 5-minute face wash and massage. After this, I use a toner or softener to prepare my skin better to receive the mask. Then its mask time – it could be a quick homemade concoction of coffee grounds, chocolate/cocoa powder and some milk or it could straight out of a tube – Everyuth Orange Peel-Off or the The Body Shop Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask is what I usually go for. The VLCC Insta Glow Face Pack is another choice. Wash off the mask and lotion up for a face that can launch a thousand ships, et al…
To really add to the overall glow, the new Garnier BB cream and a little lip gloss come in handy… Till tomorrow!
Fab Skincare picks:
- TVAM FACE MASK – GOLD PEEL-OFF: This mask helps to lift the impurities effectively, leaving the skin tight and refreshed giving a radiant, firmed and toned appearance. CLICK HERE to view this product
- NYASSA FACE WASH – HONEY & SAFFRON: Nyassa’s face wash is all you need to return that fresh look all day long. Two key natural ingredient makes sure that your skin not only gets refreshed with every wash but also keeps it germ free and healthy, the natural way. CLICK HERE to view this product
- BIO BLOOM NATURAL FACE SCRUB: This scrub has Sugar, Primrose & Nutmeg essential oils that act as great exfoliating agents. Grapeseed oil provides the necessary anti bacterial action. CLICK HERE to view this product