Beauty Guru's Skincare Routine: Nitya
If you haven’t met our tester, Nitya, before, we’d love to introduce you! Nitya is a dentist specializing in Periodontics who is also passionate about skincare and the beauty world. Her skincare routine is #goals and she is sharing it with us today.
Thanks to the latest memes on Instagram telling me that “if I owned a Furby I should also be wearing eye cream” for making me take a hard look at my skincare routine. As we all know, prevention is much easier (and cheaper!) than waiting for problems to arise.
I’d like to start off by saying I am *not* a dermatologist and you should definitely consult one if you’re entering your 30s to develop a routine that works for you. However, as a dentist I’ve had training in looking at things from a scientific perspective so I’m here to share my personal thoughts.
With so many products out there it can be overwhelming to decide which products to use. Mixing too many active ingredients can lead to redness and irritation. I think the best way to begin creating your routine is to first determine your skincare concerns. Are you more concerned about wrinkles? Hyperpigmentation and sunspots? Acne? Oily skin? Blackheads? Identifying your concerns will help you determine which active ingredients to choose.
My Basic (but effective!) AM Routine:
2. Tone/chemically acid exfoliate with a mild AHA or BHA
3. Wait 15-20 mins and use an active ingredient such as Vitamin C or Niacinamide.
[During this waiting time, I usually get dressed, pack my lunch for the day, make my morning matcha latte]
4. Eye cream (OPTIONAL, and I personally do not use)
6. Moisturizer or Facial Oil if needed (I find my SPF to be sufficient)
In the evening, I will use a different active ingredient for Step 3 (typically a form of retinol) and will apply a heavier moisturizing cream/ facial oil/ hyaluronic acid for increased hydration since I don’t have to worry about putting on makeup. Additionally, you don’t always need to wait between steps 2 and 3 depending on the pH of the products. But we will dive into the details of layering products in a future blog post. Also, if you have sensitive skin, I would chemically exfoliate once a day or once every other day.
In general, you should apply products thinnest to thickest in texture (see more here). I personally do not use an eye cream. I feel that the products I use on the rest of my face are gentle and effective and I don’t need to spend extra money and an extra step on this. I know plenty of people may disagree with me, which is why skincare is such a difficult field to make recommendations. The skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate, so I am careful to not use anything harsh in that area and just apply a moisturizer. Additionally, my main concern with my under-eyes is hyperpigmentation, which for me is genetic and no amount of cream will ever erase the dark circles.
Finally, the most important step in taking care of your skin is consistency. Just like going to the gym once a week isn’t going to cut it, the same can be said for your skin. As tempting as using a trendy sheet mask that promises 24k glowing skin, the best improvements are ones that you see with daily use over a long period of time. My regiment is now a part of my morning and evening routine that I look forward to and view as a form of self-care.
We will explore these steps and basic products more in depth in the future. What skincare products can you not live without?