How To Build The Best Skincare Routine In Pakistan!
Are you someone who is a little intimidated by the vast world of skincare? Well, You’re not alone! With so many complicated names of ingredients and multiple factors affecting your skin and a long list of dos and don’ts for your skin, things are bound to get technical and somewhat intimidating. For instance, you may wonder what is a pyridine 3-carboxylic acid and why does it claim to be my skin savior? Even after you figure out the ingredient, do you worry about its use? Well, this article, right here is going to be your guide on how to build a skincare routine!
In this digital era, where every influencer or celebrities have a long (by long, I mean really long and extensive! Say 9 steps, or even 13 step skincare) routine that they go on and on about, in their guide to a beauty routine. You may want to go after their products or products that have a cult following but it is important to remember that every skin is different and your needs, your lifestyle, are all very different to someone who is on the other side of the screen telling you about something that works for them. Yes, things that work for your favorite celebrity or even your family or friend, may or may not work for you so it is important to do your research and diagnosis of skin correctly before you venture down the path of spending your money on skincare products.
TIP: It is always a good idea to try out a sample-size product before buying the full-sized product to check if it works for your skin or not. Moreover, before applying it all over the skin, it is ALWAYS ADVISED to go for a patch test on your arm or neck to see if your skin reacts to it or not since we may have any unknown allergic reaction.
Now that we’ve established how important skincare routine steps are, let us address the elephant in the room, “How to start a skincare routine?” For someone fairly new to the world of skincare, it may look daunting so this is our beginner's guide to a happy skincare routine that will not overwhelm you or your pockets!
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF SKINCARE!
Let's start with the basic face care routine. Depending on your skin type and skin concerns, you need a different set of ingredients to help you. Generally speaking, there are three skin types, Oily, Dry, and combination/normal skin type. Moreover, every skin is unique in its genetic makeup so the concerns are different for every skin. Weather and climate is also a factor of consideration before you invest in skincare products.
For instance, Moisturizers in summers/spring should be lightweight but in winter/fall they should be rich to ensure your skin stays hydrated despite the harsh environment. But what remains constant throughout every skin type is the fact that everyone should use a good cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen! These are the three top-tier essentials for every skin. Let's get into the details of these skincare routine steps.
Cleanser, by definition, is something that nixes off any dirt, grime, or residue from your skin. A good cleanser should effectively clean your skin but it shouldn’t leave it dry or dehydrated upon use. The squeaky clean feeling of skin that we so often desire is damaging for your skin because it strips your skin off its essential oils or it causes your skin to send signals of more oil production to your brain when it senses the scarcity of oil. Jenpharm offers 2 excellent facial cleansers for everyday use.
1) Maxdif Skin Brightening Face wash; Formulated without any harmful ingredients, this face wash cleanses your skin and imparts a lovely glow to it!
2) MandelAC Face wash; With 3% mandelic acid and a blend of Vitamin E, this face wash tackles the acne most effectively!
The second most important step is a moisturizer. If applied to slightly damp skin, it proves to be most effective! A moisturizer should have good humectants. A humectant is something that retains or preserves moisture in the skin. Ideally, your moisturizer should have Hyaluronic acid, ceramide, and glycerin (PLEASE AVOID IN CASE YOU’RE ALLERGIC TO ANY OF THESE INGREDIENTS).
Jenpharm’s DermiVe moisturizers contain a perfect blend of these ingredients to make your skin supple, plump, and beautifully hydrated! Oily skin people should look for a water-based moisturizer that doesn’t choke their skin, such as Dermive Oil-Free Moisturizer, whereas, Dry skin people should look for a nice, rich, oil-based moisturizer such as Dermive Oily Moisturizer that provides the solution to excessive dryness on their skin.
A sunscreen, as the name implies, is used to screen out or block the harmful UV rays you get from the sun. As per Anna Chien; a renowned dermatologist, “wearing sunscreen is one of the best and easiest ways to protect your skin’s appearance and health at any age. Used regularly, sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging”. SPF is a common term used for sun protection factors. Dermatologists recommend using SPF 30 and above for daily use! Jenpharm offers a meticulous range of Spectra Sunblocks; SPF 40, 60, 100 that allow your skin to stay young and healthy. Slather a generous amount on your exposed area for maximum protection 15 minutes before you head outdoors and reapply throughout the day!
(Even if you’re staying at home, it is advised to wear sunscreen religiously to ensure your skin is not getting affected by the UV rays that enter through the window or lights.)
Our skin gets worn out after some time if proper care isn’t ensured. But despite proper care, some things just happen to our skin because of its genetic predisposition, environment, stress, diet, or any other factor that can influence it. Some of the common skincare concerns in Pakistani skin are;
There are many treatment options for every single concern mentioned above!
Jenpharm’s Maxdif Skin Brightening cream is a bestseller and all for the right reasons! Formulated perfectly with a magical blend of Kojic acid, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, licorice root extract, this cream works like a charm against hyperpigmentation and brightens up your complexion so your skin looks radiant and beautiful just like you!
Acne is a skin condition in which your skin’s pores get blocked and manifest themselves as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or nodules. There can be many causes of acne and the treatment depends on what is the underlying cause of acne. Sometimes, oral medication such as antibiotics is required to treat acne, other times, only topical treatment can save your skin! We always recommend a visit to your dermatologist in this case.
Jenpharm offers an anti-acne bundle that treats your acne and acne scars with products that are based on Mandelic Acid; an AHA that works well to treat acne and scars!
There are many other things that you can gradually incorporate into your skincare routine if you can afford to do so, but this simple routine for a beginner is extremely easy to follow and so on point. You don’t ‘need’ to overwhelm your skin and pockets to have good skin. Always remember, investing in good skincare is investing in your self-confidence, and you deserve to feel better about yourself!