My Skincare Routine

I take very, very, very good care of my skin. My skin type is combination. This means that my forehead, nose and chin are very oily while my cheeks are dry/normal. Also, my skin is sensitive. If I rest my face on my hand while reading a book I'm greeted by acne there the next day.

Even though my skin can be annoying at times, it's what I have and I've learnt to manage it. So can you. Just remember the 3 main steps of skin care- CTM- Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing. And no, your soap is NOT a face cleanser, and your body lotion is NOT a moisturiser for your face. The face on your skin isn't the same as the rest of your body.

My skincare routine is explained below. If you have dry/normal/oily skin, just find products that suit your skin type- its usually mentioned on them.

Products I use

Step 0: I remove my mascara with Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover. It's perfect for removing waterproof mascara. Very gentle and the mascara comes out easily.

Step 1: Cleansing.
 I wash my face with Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser at night before I go to bed. This removes dirt and remaining make-up.

Step 2: Toning.
I use Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner. I pour a few drops onto a cotton pad and swipe across my face and neck in upward sweeping motions. You need a toner to close the pores and remove the last traces of make-up and dirt.

Step 3: Moisturising:
For eyes:  The skin around your eye is very delicate. Put a tiny dab of the cream on the tip of your left ring finger, transfer it onto the right by pressing both fingertips together, then dab, don't rub, along the undereye and on your eyelid in a circular motion. I use Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream.
For the face: I love Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream. I use the same moisturizer in the morning and before sleeping, but if you prefer a day and night cream, it's upto you. Always warm up the product by putting some in your palm and rubbing them together. It spreads much easier and you won't use too much.
My moisturizer is always followed by my sun screen during the day. For knowing about which sun screen I use and recommend, read this post here.
For lips: I use Lucas Papaw Ointment. This product is 100% fermented papaya and available only in Australia.Vaseline works too.

Step 4: Tea Tree Oil
I apply Body Shop Tea Tree Oil on my face and neck after moisturizing. I do it only once before sleeping. It helps keeps acne at bay.

That was my skincare routine. If you have any questions you can ask me by posting on my facebook page. I'll be following up this post with what I do in addition to this routine to keep my skin looking healthy.
Shabana Feroze

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