Ever wondered why your skin lost the sheen it had in your 20's? Are you worried about those fine lines and dark circles? Do you still spend a lot of time in front of the mirror searching for your 'young face'? This weekend Onmanorama tells you the most important and perhaps the most missed secret to beautiful skin – cleansing, toning and moisturizing aka the CTM.
What: Cleansing is the process of removing all makeup from your face. It includes removing all traces of makeup from your face, right from the kohl in your eyes to lipstick.
Why: Cleansing is essential to prevent breakouts and popping of white and black heads, around the nose. Its is essential to let the skin breathe for which removing all traces of makeup is essential.
How: The easiest way to cleanse your face is by the use of a mild cleanser from a reputed beauty brand. Cleansing your face with cotton balls soaked in cleansing milk or lotion is all that you need if you are on regular makeup. Those peculiar about using only natural products on their face can opt for cold milk to remove dirt and clean pores on the face.
Note: Remember to use a mild scrub once in a week for proper exfoliation
What: Toning is the process of soothing your skin by tightening the open pores and removing dead cells from the face.
Why: Toning cleans the skin from the inside and helps prevent further breakout of acne and white/black heads.
How: Rose water is an ideal toner that suits normal to dry skin people. Dip cotton balls in rose water and rub your face to gently open up facial pores to flush out dirt. You can also try steaming your face once in a while to open up the pores.
What: Just like we take care of our hands and feet, it is equally important to keep our face moisturized. Often people are hesitant to keep their face moisturized unless its a harsh winter and your skin has started to peel off.
Why: Effectively moisturizing your skin will make it soft and supple. In summers, use a light weight moisturizer. Applying moisturizing will keep the facial pores tight. Once you have applied a toner to your face, make sure to follow it up with a good quality moisturizer, else which your skin pores will remain open inviting new breakouts
How: Take a small quantity of moisturizer and dab on to your face and neck. Massage gently into the skin in upward circular motion.
Follow the CTM routine once or twice a day at least to foster your skin's well being. After all, who doesn't love to look young and pretty. Go ahead, stay beautiful.