Skincare for Dummies

I did not take care of my skin till about 2-3 years back and I’m horrified by that fact. Essentially you should be taking care of your skin always especially if you want to delay the signs of ageing or avoid issues like acne. Having said that I don’t recommend that teens and pre-teens use any strong skin care (cleanser, moisturizer and SPF is good enough). But having been a dummy about skincare for the major part of my life, here are some pieces of advice that I have learnt the hard way –

Do not buy skincare on the recommendation of an influencer/YouTuber/friend/acquaintance

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The amount of tik-tok videos made on this peeling solution

Boy, did I get a lot of advice from people about the skincare I should use especially since I suffer from acne. With the onset of social media – there are so many influencers that try passing off products as life savers because they are paid to do that. Please don’t fall for fads. Do your own research, read reviews extensively, research products, compare products, research ingredients and only when you are a 100% convinced then buy the product.

There are some legit dermatologists on Youtube that do give general advice that you can take into consideration. I follow doctorly just to be informed about the different products and ingredients that are out there. I also follow Hyram but cross check the information I get from his channel since he isn’t a licensed dermatologist.

If you suffer from any dermatological issues always refer to a dermatologist

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I know we all love to self diagnose our problems and treat ourselves but just like if you hurt your leg – you would refer to a professional for help, please refer to a dermat instead of self treating yourself based on what you read online. Use the amount of money that you’d waste on useless products to make an appointment with a dermat.

Always wear sunscreen

How to choose the best sunscreen, according to these dermatologists

This one is for everyone – ALWAYS wear sunscreen, even if you are at home. Pick a good sunscreen with SPF 50+ and make sure to lather on a good amount of it. Sun damage is irreversible. I haven’t always been on top of the sunscreen game but ever since I’ve started diligently using sunscreen – my skin has improved so much!

Have a skin care routine

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I don’t think you need to have a very intensive skin care routine until you are in your late 20s. It could be as basic as cleansing, moisturizer and SPF in the morning and cleansing, night cream at night. But make sure to do it every single day. If you use a lot of make-up then you need to have a more intensive skin care routine and ensure you remove your all make up every night before sleeping. Once you are in your late 20s, it’s time to start using anti-ageing ingredients like retinols in your skincare.

Drink a lot of water

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No, water isn’t some magical potion that will just make your skin radiate but it will make sure that your organs function properly to avoid any dermatological issues. So always stay hydrated.

Work out

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My skin was at its best when I’d gym every day (pre COVID days). Working out gives you a natural glow from within and helps with keeping your hormones in balance.

Eat Right

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I’m not going to preach about what to eat but controlling your consumption of sugar, dairy and oil helps your skin a lot.

Skincare isn’t only for women

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Most men use only soap and cream on their face and are happy with the outcome of it. But skincare isn’t just for women. If you want to have better, firmer, younger looking skin in the long run then as a man you need to look after your skin too! From example I’ve seen that as they started ageing, my dad started looking way older than my mom. My mom doesn’t follow a very elaborate skincare but she does take a lot of care of it and it shows.

Apply all your facial skincare on your neck too

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Your neck and hands are the first places to start showing signs of ageing after your face. So make sure you use all your skincare on your neck and hands as well! Thank me later! πŸ™‚

Find ways to use products that don’t work for you

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As someone who is trying to be more sustainable, waste is one place where I feel like we can all do better. We often buy products that don’t work for us and end up throwing them but instead we should find ways to use them up. Eg: Clay masks that don’t suit my face – I use on my underarms and they do a great job of cleaning it up. Similarly serums or facial oils that didn’t suit your face use on your body at night as pampering for it. If something absolutely didn’t work for your face – use on your feet! But use up all the products that you buy to reduce wastage!

Those were my 10 rules of skincare. I don’t believe in doing a very crazy skincare regime mostly because I think skincare should be easy to do so that we do it every day. What is your skincare regime like?

PS: If you are in India, show my sustainable brand Moksha some love. Follow us on IG here.

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Great tips, Moksha! Our skin will definitely thank us if we don’t kept experimenting left and right with questionable products. I loved your sustainable brand πŸ™‚

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Agreed! As Indians we are so experimental with home DIYs which are so scary. I used to apply lemon juice directly on my face. πŸ™ˆ

      Thank you so much for checking it out. 😊❀️

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      1. Omg! I hope that the lemon didn’t do any damage. We have all sorts of DIYs πŸ˜‚
        I don’t really experiment a lot when it comes to my skin. I’m too scared. So I stick to the tested and tried DIY masks by my mother.
        It’s a pleasure to read your post, Moksha ❀️

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  2. vaniheart says:

    Haha πŸ˜„ I like the title πŸ˜„ πŸ˜† 🀣
    Well I am a skincare enthusiasts, I don’t have any specific products but I love to know about my options πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ I enjoy watching doctorly and hyram but the thing is the products they mention are all US-UK based on availability….. so I love to know more about Indian skincare….

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      So I usually get ingredient advice from doctorly and then try to find similar formulations in India. I avoid the more commercial brands like L’oreal and Lakme – because most of their reviews online are paid!
      I’d love to recommend the products I’m using but it scares me to recommend skincare since my knowledge is limited and that it is subjective – what suits me may not suit a lot of other people.

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  3. I think that the sunscreen one is really important. Some darker-skinned people believe that they don’t have to wear sunscreen because of the melanin in their skin – but everyone still needs to. I’d never considered wearing it also in the Winter though – interesting. I never knew it was just good for your skin in general. Water is also really important. I started only drinking water a few years back and almost all of my skin issues have cleared up since.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Same! Growing up – my mum would tell me to wear sunscreen only to avoid tanning! So I grew up believing that sunscreen is only needed for that. But every single dermat out there recommends wearing sunscreen through the day every day even when indoors.

      Water is love! ❀️

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  4. I get acne even though I’m an adult. I’ve noticed that the way I eat has a huge impact on it. As soon as I eat too much junk food I’m breaking out.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Same. I always thought I’d be rid of acne when I was older – but I still have breakouts. And I totally agree with you, I breakout when I have too much sugar or dairy.

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  5. Thank you for this wonderful post I absolute agree. Taking care of our ski. Starts on the inside what we put in is what we get outπŸŒΌπŸ’›. I do change up my routine now again like if the need arises if it’s winter vs summer but mostly I stick to products that I have found work for me. Enjoyed this post πŸŒΌπŸ’›

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  6. Good tips mokshaπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’– well i would agree to points on drinking plenty water and gymming… Even my skin used to be great when i used to gym, same pre lockdown days!!! Hope to get back to gym days soon…and i am so glad to know you have your own shop!!! Keep going dearπŸ’–

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  7. I love this. I have a problem with not doing my skincare routine everyday. One product (the only I have found that helps me) is one that an influencer said not to use. Love all of your content as always. πŸ’—

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  8. Oh I love that idea of using products on my body if they don’t work on my face!!! πŸ™ 😊

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  9. Wonani says:

    Yaaassss

    With my skin, I’ve come to learn and accept that less is more πŸ˜‚
    Because you asked,
    My daily skin care routine is simply, cleanser >> Niacinamide by The Ordinary >> Moisturiser >> Sunscreen.

    I use a scrub once or twice a week. That’s it.

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  10. You’re absolutely right.. I’ve been following these tips from quite some time now and the results are amazing!! Also i love how you emphasize upon sustainable living.πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ

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  11. Simon says:

    Lovely Tips! I must admit i take care of my skin a bit too much especially my hands and feet, always moisturized and I need to feel it fresh, and a bit of care for face and hair, no, not much of products except serum and frequent face wash. Workout is a magic and water too, they both will make our face glow😍 it’s always nice when young people comment you look young ☺️☺️.. and the moksha product, I’m proud that I’m the only one that preaches products that supports nature, including moksha, very soon I’ll implement them all πŸ™‚ one day….

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  12. thefiftyedit says:

    I like to watch Susan Yara’s (Mixed Makeup) and James Welsh on YouTube for skincare advice. Whenever I buy a face cream and don’t like it for whatever reason, I use it up on my hands, feet, arms and legs, so I’m not wasteful.

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  13. These are great tips, have definitely been sucked into trends and Instagram recommendations a few too many times. Now just trying to scale it back and keep my acne under control

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  14. Great post! As a teen I agree that younger people don’t need as much skincare as someone who is a bit older. As a person who has struggled with acne for a while I have certainly made some bad decisions when it came to skincare.

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  15. Sonali says:

    Great tips! I never paid too much attention to my skin but lately, I’ve been trying to be more attentive to my needs. Drinking lots of water is VERY important, and a healthy diet too. It really helps.

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  16. angelica says:

    I’ve been struggling with my skin especially after being diagnosed with PCOS. Thankyou for the tips! Love your content.

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