Help with Skin Care Routine: Ask IMBB


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Aarthi asks:

Dear IMBB,

I have been following this blog for the past three months.  This is one useful and wonderful blog I have ever come across.  I can stay even without accessing social networking sites but not a single day without www.makeupandbeauty.com.  I love this blog because of Rati ma’am who has got unbelievable knowledge about cosmetics, fashion, health etc., and all the blog readers who are so honest in their reviews and helpful to each other.

I am Aarthi , 24 year old, housewife, and mother of a two-year-old boy.  I live in Mumbai.  I have oily and pimple-prone skin. I am medium to fair complexion. Hair type: I have oily scalp.  So, I shampoo my hair once in two days.  My pimples and red marks on my cheeks have been reduced by following a few home tips given by IMBB writers, but I still have few pinkish marks on my chin and one side of my cheeks. I would request you to suggest me products which are affordable (Maybelline, Revlonn, TBS, etc.)


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I kindly request you to suggest me shampoo, conditioner, serum, CTM, sunscreen, face primer, concealer, matte foundation and matte blushes, bronzers and highlighters and lip balms.

My routine:

Face: I start in the morning by applying raw milk on my face. Wash off after it is dry.
I exfoliate three days once using rice flour with buttermilk.
I apply rose water thrice in a day.
Day time fully am at home so I either apply lacto calamine or LOTUS PAPAYABLEM.
For face pack I use Biotique fruit pack.

Hair: For the past four years I am using sun silk yellow shampoo and conditioner.besides this I apply one whole beaten egg or aloe vera weekly once. I oil my hair for an hour before shampooing by mixing olive,badam,coconut and sesame oil. I use loreal smooth intense instant smoothing serum.

Cosmetics:
I use Maybelline dream matte mousse foundation.
Garnier BB cream.
I own only one blush. Just to get used how to use a blush I purchased color essence powder blush in amber peach.
Maybelline falsies mascara.
Maybelline colossal kajal & lotus kajal.

Please do suggest me products that would suit my skin type and would buy everything the very next day :)) I am eagerly waiting.

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13 thoughts on “Help with Skin Care Routine: Ask IMBB

  1. Hi, Aarthi… to start with CTM is extremely extremely important for maintaining your skin.

    Cleanser i would suggest: Option 1: Saslic by cipla you can start with saslic (it has 1% salicylic acid) and gradually move on to Saslic DS (2%). Salicylic acid is good for acne prone skin.
    You shall get the cleanser in medical stores
    Option 2: AHA Glow it has o1% glycolic acid-good for acne scars – you will find it in Medical stores

    Toner: Option 1: Neutrogena blackhead is good for oily-acne prone skin – though it has alcohol content
    Option 2: Non-alcoholic toner you can go for apple cider vinegar mixed with water

    Moisturiser: You can use aloevera gel mixed with cucumber gel
    OR
    Clinique Dramatically different gel (It is on an expensive side but it’s awesome)

    FOR MARKS:
    Use ambi haldi powder mixed with curd and honey it’;; take time but will work 🙂

    Hope it was helpful 🙂

  2. Ahh!! Thank u so much for posting my query 🙂 I thought it might take some days for u to post this. I am waiting for all ur suggestions 🙂 kindly help 🙂

  3. Thank u so much for posting my query. :)) I thought it might take few days for u to post. I understand that all of you would have answered to the same kind of problems to many readers so many times. But please do not ignore this. I honestly believe this Is the right place to get correct suggestions. Kindly help.

  4. I hav d same skin type..so u cn go for cetaphil cleansing lotion for sensitive skin..it has been my HG cleanser for years..u cn try neutrogena oil free moisturiser n fab india rose water as ur toner.
    U cn try neutrogena n lotus sunscreens..for priner go for inglot and foubdations and concealer from MAC..i use avocado shampoo and aloe protein conditioner frm fabindia, dy r indeed good for regular use…
    Hope dz products help u..

  5. Hi Aarthi,

    Have same skin type and hair.

    1) Face Wash – Currently using Aroma Magic and Himalya Neem Face Wash.
    2) Moisturizer should be oil-free for oily-acne prone skin : Clean and Clear oil free moisturizer is best for this. If u have combination skin go for Vicky product they are good.
    3) Toner – Neutrogena has alcohol free tonner too , can try that…rose water is also good option.

    Cleanser – TBS sea weed cleanser will suit you well.
    Facial – always go for Oxy , Ozone facials… or mint gel based version.
    Shampoo- change often so not fixed currently …conditioner depends on your hair density and volume …matrix ones are good.

    Take Care

    Will try AHA glow face wash .thanks for the tip vidhi

  6. Also steaming your face weekly will be very beneficial for your skin… That will clean your pores well. So once a week I would suggest this routine:
    Steam-Scrub-Massage-Face pack (You can skip massage every week and do it alternate week)
    Scrubbing with Baking soda mixed with water will also help reduce acne scars 🙂 But please do a patch test before. Also DO NOT keep baking soda on your skin for more than 5 mins.. and DO NOT scrub for more than 30 secs 🙂

    Drink lots and lots of water atleast 10-12 big glasses, to flush out toxins from your body.

  7. Hi Aarthi,

    Welcome to IMBB, I too have oily to combi skin which is very much acne prone
    I highly suggest the below products since I swear by them, most of them have been reviewed on IMBB so you can definitely check it out
    I know some of them are from higher end brands but they are worth investment!

    Face Wash -Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam/Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Gel/Avene Cleansing Gel

    Toner:- Fab India Tea tree oil toner / TBS Seaweed Toner / Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3

    Moisturizer – Vichy normaderm range moisturizer/Sebamed clear face gel/clinique dramatically different

    Primer – MAC Prep n prime SPF50, Inglot Primer

    Sunscreen – Lotus SPF40 matte – its the best!

    Foundation matte – MAC Studio fix fluid, Revlon colorstay, Lotus foundation the new released one is also good, Inglot, Maxfactor, Bourjois, colorbar

    Concealer – Colorbar Stick concealer and Revlon Photo ready concealer

    Compact – Maybelline dream matte powder, revlon touch n glow compact, MAC studio fix powder

    Matte blushes – Inglot refills priced at 350 or MAC Gingerly, Fleur power, Melba, Blushbaby, Breath of plum etc

    Highlighter – Lakme Moonlight, Inglot has pretty highlighter or else go with MAC’s Soft n Gentle..you can even use inglot eyeshadow refills priced at 300 as highlight..just get lighter satin finish shade 🙂

    Bronzer – MAC/ Inglot

    Lip products – Revlon makes the best lip products!

    Hope this helps 🙂

  8. Thank u so much @vidhi for ur suggestions. :)I steam once or twice in a week by adding tea tree oil. Can u suggest a good bronzer and tell if I should use cream or powder blushes.

  9. Thank u veronica and ng 🙂 I shall give a try on neutrogena sunscreen and clean and clear oil free moistutisers 🙂 thank you again .
    Me awaiting few more suggestions 🙂

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