My recent skincare routine: Basics + hormonal acne + simple stuff

Skincare-To-Go: At the fag end of 2020, I was in Alibaug for a short break. Fed up of being at home, we just took the RoRo and spent three days without a worry, just eating, sleeping and doing nothing. We just did not get out of the room, it was room service, Terminator on loop and long baths in the tub as we missed pool time. Usually, I carry mini or travel-size skincare with me and I love deciding what to pick, which ingredients to carry depending on the weather, try on more versatile, double-duty products etc. But this time, I had hormonal acne y’all so I had to carry full size products, more dermat-based products and definitely went safe without my usual facial oils and masks and extra stuff. 

Hormonal acne, what can I really say? Never had it, but something tells me it’s a rite of passage for most women in their late 30s and early 40s. I need to rethink my diet apparently because no siree, no amount of ‘skin-changing’ products will give me the results, at least not everything topical. Yeah, dairy and sugar need to be out among many other things and god knows how I will survive like this, but I do know it’s just the beginning. 

Anyways, here’s my recent skincare routine because it’s a tad different from the usual ( am looking at you hormonal acne!). But remember, skincare is personal and definitely works according to skin type, weather, skin issues at the time etc. This is mine and though I have a long way to go – am healing and taking it one step at a time. 

Sapphire Strip Cleansing Balm

I don’t double-cleanse often these days because I’m not wearing makeup, but this one is now a staple in my kit. It took me a while to understand how it works, it was this oil-based remover – you just need to rub it on your skin and once it emulsifies, place a warm cloth on your face and remove the oil-balm residue with the warm cloth. I’ll be honest, the first time just ok, but I did notice it removed all the makeup. The second time, I noticed that my skin glowed and went super soft. It also contains some powerhouse ingredients Avocado, Olive, Argan, Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Flaxseed, Sal Butter and Lavender – and am impressed, yougaiz. Now, I’m loving it honestly and can’t recco it enough. 

Filorga Anti-Aging Foam Cleanser

OMG, best face wash for those looking for a cleanser that works on sensitive, flared up skin. I have not used mousse, foam-y washes in a while and this one just surprised me because it didn’t dry out my skin. 

Noreva Aquareva Rich Moisturizing Cream

This is recco-ed by my dermat and I have never heard of this company before I met her. Though, this moisturiser is as basic as they come – contains hyaluronic acid and sesame seed oil to give you that hydration and moisture. It reminded me of two other medicated moisturizers I used in the past: Emolene and Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. It’s as effortless and basic as they come. Am I impressed? Not yet. It soothes your skin, keeps dryness at bay, but nothing more. It’s comforting, let’s just say that. 

Heliocare 360 Water Gel Sunscreen Spf 50+

Game-changer in all of this. I have heard everyone and their granny speak about Heliocare sunscreens and have never ever used them. I didn’t even know they were available in India until I got this. To be honest, I am blown away by the way it sinks into the skin without any white cast and feels so lightweight. It absorbs fast and is very hydrating – something I never expected from a sunscreen. 

Noreva Trio White XP AntiDark Spot Serum: This one is just the only change I make at night.

Between the face wash and the moisturiser, I apply this serum. Well, as I said, Noreva is new to me, this brand of French skincare. Though, this serum is a surprise, I won’t say it changed my love for it overnight, but over the weeks, it is working on my scars and my pigmentation – there is a visible difference but it’s not as effective because I’m still picking on my acne and it’s leaving new scars.I’ll report on this soon. 

From a person who used to use a serum, sometimes a pre-serum or even a mask and exfoliating toners and all kinds of mists, this is as minimal a skincare regime can get. 

Over and above my skincare for the face, there are others I carried with me. 

Kama Cold Pressed Almond Oil

Because my body lotions were too big to carry and the almond oil gave my dry skin some respite without being sticky like coconut oil. Kama has some great oils – their moringa option is another gem. 

Juicy Chemistry Rosehip & Blood Orange Lip Balm

Biggest lip balm discovery of 2020. It really did tackle the pigmentation on my lips – they got a tad bit lighter and it just hydrated them beautifully. 

Vilvah Rose & Vanilla Deo Shot

Just a great smell and easy application – it really is perfect for travel. I liked the rose smell, it’s a bit strong, but so long-lasting on your skin. 

That’s it, that’s how the end of 2020 fared for me and I’m almost done with the products, some of them at least, and they were all good. 2021 will bring in new regimes and products, but this is where I am now. 

I am not sure how to work with hormonal acne / adult acne though, because I am still learning. So, this regime is not your one-stop-shop for those looking at solutions. It’s just my regime and you should find yourself a dermat who can help you with products for your own skin type and issues. 

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