It’s our favourite time of the year – the festive season! This is the season where we dress up, meet people and flaunt our best selves. Now, that includes our skin, too. With hectic schedules and unhealthy eating habits and just stressful lives, skincare often takes a backseat. So treat yourself to curated skincare for Diwali that actually works and follow a skincare regimen consistently to see some real difference in your skin. To make that easier for you, we’ve curated a glow-up skincare routine that’ll keep your skin soft, supple, healthy and glowing all throughout the festive season! Ready for it?
Follow this AM routine in the day, for at least 2-4 weeks to see a visible difference. Hey, it’s skincare, not magic! (But it’s pretty close!)
Start with a clean face
Well, this one is a no-brainer, really. The first step of any good skincare routine always begins with cleansing. Now, to get rid of grime, dirt, oil and sweat, use a good cleanser that suits your skin type. If you have dry, sensitive skin, your best bet is a cleansing balm that gently nourishes the skin while breaking down dirt and oil. Honestly, a cleansing balm works for all skin types, but if you want something lighter, try a gel-based cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin stripped of moisture. Cleanse and pat dry.
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The secret to glowing skin is exfoliating. How, you ask? Well, over time, the skin accumulates a layer of dead skin cells which hamper your glow and prevent your skin from breathing. To remove this, we exfoliate. While mechanical exfoliators like scrubs work in a pinch, for a long-term sustainable skincare routine, try a chemical exfoliator. We recommend the Mama Cica Instabright Peel Pads for a gentle yet effective exfoliation routine. It contains glycolic acid that breaks down the bonds between dead skin cells to help it shed faster. It also contains papaya extracts that boost skin cell turnover, resulting in glowing, healthy skin. Plus, you’ll see a difference almost instantly with this – pretty cool, right?
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Nourish your skin
A crucial part of Korean skincare, an essence restores the skin’s lost moisture and supplies it with nutrients that help keep it soft, healthy and supple. A good essence will have a lightweight formula that gets absorbed by the skin in an instant. It has a watery consistency that’s lighter than a serum but heavier than a toner, as you know, skincare products are to be layered from lightest to heaviest! For a dewy glow, try the Mon Cherry Intense Brightening Essence, which contains refreshing cherry blossom, pearl and licorice extracts and vitamin-C rich grapefruit, giving you brighter skin.
Treat your skin with a serum
Now, who doesn’t want acne-free, spotless skin? We sure do! If you suffer from cystic acne, we recommend you see a dermat, but for a pimple here and there, try the Chialeader Zit Fix Serum. While your skin is still slightly damp from the essence, you can gently pat in the serum all over your face and neck. Unlike most zit treatments, this serum is hydrating instead of drying and leaves your skin refreshed and smooth. It contains omega-rich chia seed and hydrating bamboo that keeps the skin soft and supple. Apply it daily for at least 4 weeks to see a difference.
Seal it all in with a moisturizer
This is the most important step as this seals it all in. If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer that just sinks into your skin with no greasy residue, try the Mon Cherry Ultra Light Moisturizer. Powered by cherry blossom and infused with 2% niacinamide, it leaves the skin soft and intensely nourished. Take a pea-sized amount and dot it all over your face. Apply it in gently upward motions, and massage until completely absorbed.
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Protect yourself from harsh UV rays
After moisturizing, it is essential that you protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. If you plan to step out, make sure you incorporate a high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen. Take a generous amount and apply it on your face, neck and arms. Massage it in and wait for 20 minutes before stepping out. Sunscreen protects us from innumerable skin conditions, including skin cancer, so it’s definitely worth it to take 5 minutes to put this baby on!
So the day is over and you want to just hit the sack – right? Well, not yet! If you’ve been wearing sunscreen (please say yes), and/or makeup, then your skin needs some good cleansing. Even if you’re a skincare novice, you would know that you should never go to bed with makeup on.
Wipe off the day
This is where you should double cleanse. Start with a cleansing balm or an oil based cleanser to break down your makeup and sunscreen. Try the dreamy Mon Cherry Dirt Dissolving Balm for a boost of nourishment while it effortlessly cleans your skin. Take a dime-sized amount and massage it onto dry skin. Continue massaging for a minute and rinse to emulsify the product. You will be left with soft, clean skin. Follow up with a gel-based cleanser to complete your double cleanse routine.
After a long day of festivities, your skin needs a little extra something. Apply the refreshing clay mask like the Bravocado Deep Cleansing Clay Mask and curl up with a book or watch your favourite sitcom while it works its magic. This ultra-creamy mask sucks out impurities from deep within the pores and leaves you with luminous skin.
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Refresh your skin
Give your skin a boost of freshness with your trusted essence. Just pat on a few drops until absorbed. For an extra boost of glow, you can layer on your essence, too! Find out how, here. You can follow this up with your serum or move on to the next step.
Treat yourself to overnight hydration
An overnight mask is usually filled with hydrating and nourishing ingredients so that you wake up with plump, soft, clear skin. The Mama Cica Oil Fix Exfoliating Gel Mask is packed with skin-loving cica, lotus root and Korean ginseng that leaves the skin soothed, refreshed and rebalanced. It prevents breakouts and leaves your skin shine-free yet radiant. Just spread a thin layer of the mask and head to bed. You can follow it up with an eye cream for an extra dose of moisture for the under eye area.
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So that was your glow-getter routine for skincare for Diwali! Try it out (diligently) and let us know how it worked for you.