Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for Glowing Skin | Simple & Effective

Following a simple skin care routine can give a huge difference in the way your skin looks and behaves . But perfecting a skin care routine may be a tedious task, especially with the availability a huge number of products evolving every other day. We have got lots and lots of choices and the promise each and every brand makes confuses even more. In this post, firstly I will be covering a simple Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for every skin type using minimal natural ingredients (mostly available in the kitchen). Secondly, for those who prefer ready made store bought products, I will putting down few budget friendly products and skin care routine recommendations as well.

To begin with any skin care routine, you should first know what is your skin type so that you could follow any routine.

How To Find Your Skin Type?

  • Oily: Your skin is oily, greasy and shiny most of the times. Still doubtful, after washing your face, wait for an hour, if your skin becomes oily, then you have oily skin. You will have to look for products that are oil-free and mattifying. Gels and water based products work well for oily skin.
  • Dry: Your skin is dry, rough and flaky most of the times. After an hour of washing your face, if your skin is taut, stretchy and dry, then you have dry skin. You will have to look for products that are highly moisturizing. Oils and Butters work well for dry skin.
  • Combination: You have a combination of both oily and dry skin. Usually your T-zones (forehead & nose bridge) becomes oilier and your cheeks and jawlines become drier. In this case, you have combination skin. Finding products for combination skin is tricky. Mix and match with gels and oils and find which suits best for your skin.
  • Normal: Your skin remains comfortable and balanced without being oily or dry. Most products will suit your skin.
  • Sensitive: Your skin becomes red, itchy, irritated and burnt with most products or ingredients, then you are said to have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin can be oily, dry or combination. You should avoid potential triggers, allergic ingredients and fragranced products.

Types Of Skin Types

Other common skin types that needs to be considered while choosing your routine:

  • Acne Prone: You skin is prone to pimples and breaks out with most products, then you are said to have acne prone skin. Acne Prone Skin can be oily, dry or combination as well. You should avoid ingredients and/or products that are comedogenic and are likely to break you out.
  • Aging: You start seeing fine lines and wrinkles on your facial skin. Although aging skin can be dry, oily or combination, dry skin is more prone to premature aging due to lack of moisture in the skin. You should include skin nourishing and anti-aging ingredients and/or products in your routine.

After determining what is your skin type, you will need to know what are the steps to follow and uses of following these set of steps in your routine.

Essential Steps for the Perfect Daily Skin Care Routine at Home.

  • Cleanse: Ideally cleaning your skin from dirt, dust and impurities is mandatory. Cleaning your skin properly will solve half of your skin problems. It also gives you a refreshed and awakening effect.
  • Balance: In order to balance your skin’s pH after cleansing, it is essential to use a toner. Toners can be used to wipe off dirt that is not effectively removed by your cleanser, by using a cotton ball soaked in a toner or it can also be used as a mist, imparting quick hydration.
  • Hydrate: Hydrating the skin is often overlooked. No matter what is your skin type, you will need to use something to put the hydration/moisture back to your skin that was lost by cleansing your skin. You can use creams, gels or oils, whatever that suits your skin. But you need to use one!
  • Protect: Lastly, protecting your skin from sun damage and premature aging. You will have to use a sunscreen. There are a couple of natural ingredients that provide sun protection, but technically those aren’t enough as studies haven’t been done to prove their effectiveness. I will always recommend going for a store bought sunscreen, rather than picking something from the kitchen, if at all there may be anything! Sunscreens are available as physical and chemical sunscreens and I have talked about them many times in our blog.

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Moving on to simple sample skin care routines for every skin type using natural/kitchen ingredients

Cleanser:

Oatmeal! There isn’t anything as soothing, as gentle, as effective, as mild to be found in your kitchen. Oatmeal is such an underrated skin beneficial ingredient. Due to its saponin content (a natural foaming agent), Oatmeal is a great natural cleanser. It is also rich in anti-oxidants and proteins. Oatmeal is an anti-bacterial (helps to keep acne at bay) and is an anti-inflammatory (helps to soothe itchy and irritated skin). Oatmeal would universally suit all skin types including ultra sensitive skin. Be sure to get organic rolled oats, instead of instant oats which lacks all the nutrients due to too much processing. Grind and powder the oatmeal and store it in an airtight container. So whenever you need to use it, take a teaspoon of the powdered oatmeal and add three teaspoons of warm water and let the oatmeal soak in it for atleast 15 mins, until it becomes soft, mushy and fluffy. This plain soaked oatmeal is perfect for Normal and Oily Skin types. Combination Skin Types can add a dash of honey for a little boost of hydration. Dry Skin Types can add 3 to 4 drops of olive for intense nourishment.

Cleanser - Oatmeal
Toner:

There are many easy toning recipes that can be easily made at home. But I am going to put up two of my most favourite ones. One is with Rose Water and the other is Apple Cidar Vinegar.

Rose water is amazing for all skin types. It is an excellent acne fighter, pore cleanser, anti-inflammatory and maintains skin’s pH balance. To make rose water at home, you can either use fresh or dried rose petals. Place the rose petals in distilled hot water and let it soak for 30 to 60 minutes and strain off the rose petal residue to get pure rose water. This rose water toner is best for those who prefer hydrating toners and can be used both by swiping with a cotton pad or spraying directly on the skin as a mist.

The other toner I trust is the Apple Cidar Vinegar Toner. Apple Cidar Vinegar is anti-bacterial and antiseptic and is highly beneficial for people suffering from skin infections like eczema and acne. ACV is rich in malic acid, a mild exfoliant, which removes dead cells and keeping pores clean. ACV is also loaded with Potassium, Calcium and Pectin which has other notable skin benefits. ACV being acidic, is to be used by diluting 1 tbsp in 100 ml of distilled water. This toner is best used with a cotton pad and swiping across the face as it has exfoliating properties.

Lazy to prepare these? Do you eat Rice everyday? Then while rinsing it, take the second rinse and use it as a toner. This water is great for brightening the skin over time.

Toner - Rose Water & ACVMoisturizer:

Picking up a moisturizer that suits your skin is perfectly is kind of hard. So use your conscience before choosing one. I’ve zeroed in on a couple of facial oils as they are the ones that are usually available in our homes. Don’t be alarmed that oils may not suit oily skin. There are fast drying oils that suit oily skin types too. The key is to use just one or two drops and not more, for the entire face.

For oily skin, Grapeseed Oil works best. If you have acne, then Tamanu Oil is great and for acne scars, you could go with Rosehip Seed Oil. Grapeseed and Rosehip are excellent dry oils. For dry skin, you can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Virgin Coconut Oil if your skin is not acne prone. Both the oils tackle dryness and nourishes the skin beautifully. Normal and Combination Skin Types can use two drops of Jojoba Oil. Still skeptical of using oils, them cut a fresh Aloe Vera Leaf and extract the gel and use it. But preserving it is difficult. You can store it in the refrigerator and can use the gel for maximum 2 or 3 days or until it smells bad. You may also add one Capsule of Vitamin E in it for added benefits.

Moisturizers - OilsSunscreen:

Like I said earlier, I would always recommend using a store bought sunscreen rather than ingredients from the kitchen. You can find sunscreen suggestions for every skin types down below in Routines for each skin type.

Face Mask cum Scrub:

This is an optional step but is really effective and result oriented if you follow. It is also a great step for pampering yourself in the weekends. There are a variety of masks that you can make with your kitchen ingredients. I’m going to stick to the traditional age old grandma recipe with Besan (Chickpea Flour) and A pinch of Wild Tumeric. For oily, normal skin –  Add in yogurt, make a smooth paste, apply it and leave it on until dry and then rinse it off to reveal glowing skin. Alternate Yogurt with Malai(the yellowish layer that comes when boiled milk is cooled down or get some fresh cream) for combination and dry skin. You can also add a little honey to this mixture. Yogurt and Malai has lactic acid hence this face pack gives you not only glowing skin but also brighter skin. It also helps with detanning. Continuous usage may help with retarding facial hair growth due to the properties of Turmeric and Besan.

Summarizing Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for each skin type. I’ve divided into parts in which the first part will contain with at-home ingredients and then the second part is for lazy and busy folks who don’t have the time and wants affordable skin care products to go into their routines.

Daily Skin Care Routine Naturally

Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for Oily Skin:

  • Cleanse: Powdered Oatmeal + Warm Water soaked in for 15 minutes.
  • Balance: 1 tbsp Apple Cidar Vinegar diluted in 100 ml water. Swiped using cotton ball.
  • Hydrate: 2 drops of Grapeseed Oil or Rosehip Seed Oil or Freshly Cut Aloe Vera Leaf Extract mixed with one Capsule of Vitamin E (optional)
  • Protect: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50

Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for Dry Skin

  • Cleanse: Powdered Oatmeal + Olive Oil + Warm Water soaked in for 15 minutes.
  • Balance: Rose Petals Soaked in Warm Distilled Water for 30-60 minutes.
  • Hydrate: 2 drops of Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Protect: VLCC De-Pigmentation Sunscreen Gel Crème SPF 30

Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for Combination Skin

  • Cleanse: Powdered Oatmeal + Honey + Warm Water soaked in for 15 minutes.
  • Balance: 1 tbsp Apple Cidar Vinegar diluted in 100 ml water. Swiped using cotton ball.
  • Hydrate: 2 drops of Jojoba Oil or Freshly Cut Aloe Vera Leaf Extract.
  • Protect: Aroma Magic Sunblock Lotion SPF 30

Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for Normal Skin

  • Cleanse: Powdered Oatmeal + Olive Oil + Warm Water soaked in for 15 minutes.
  • Balance: Cotton Pad soaked in Rice water (Second rinse)
  • Hydrate: 2 drops of Rosehip Seed Oil.
  • Protect: Lotus 3 in 1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock SPF 40

Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for Sensitive Skin

  • Cleanse: Powdered Oatmeal + Warm Water soaked in for 15 minutes.
  • Balance: Rose Petals Soaked in Warm Distilled Water for 30-60 minutes.
  • Hydrate: 2 drops of Jojoba Oil
  • Protect: Sunscros 50 Aqualotion for Senstive Skin

Moving on to ready made store bought product options – the budget friendly ones, mostly available in India.

Daily Skin Care Routine for Indian Skin

Oily Skin:

Dry Skin:

Combination Skin:

Normal Skin:

Sensitive Skin:

These are just sample routines. Depending upon your skin concern, you can alternate products according to your choice. So that wraps up this post. I hope you find this detailed post on Daily Skin Care Routine at Home useful. DO drop us your comments, suggestions, queries in the comments section below. And share it with your friends and families if you find it useful. Thanks for reading until the end <3

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One Reply to “Daily Skin Care Routine at Home for Glowing Skin | Simple & Effective”

  1. Such a detailed and useful post on skin care routines for all skin types. Oats is an excellent daily cleanser and it helps to remove tan too and brighten skin…

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