A proper daily beauty routine is quite essential to getting your skin ready for a busy day. So in this blog post I will be talking about some of the products that I include in my daily skin care routine.
Having problematic skin, I have to be really careful with what I actually put on my face. It can’t be too oily and cannot have intense chemicals. Suns screen HAS to be part of your skin care routine, especially as you get older. A lot of pigmentation is caused by sun damage and sun can also accelerate skin ageing. My skin is super sensitive so I tried to opt for something that has more of a “herbal” basis rather than lots and lots of harmful chemicals. I came across an Indian brand which was stocked up at my local beauty salon “Sisters”. The brand is called “VLCC Natural Sciences”. As the name suggests, this brand claims to use natural and herbal remedies in their skin care products therefore with less side effects. At first it was very hard to believe, so I only went with their eye care- now I have their whole collection of skin care products and I will talk you through each product below <3
A lot of us forget about looking after our under eye area or the corners of our eyes, but these areas are the areas that normally get the most affected due to stress and age. Try to include an under eye cream in your skin routine daily to reduce the chances of getting wrinkles around your eyes or dark circles under your eyes. There are lots of options out there from serums to creams and prices range equivalently. If you are still young and don’t have bad dark circles or wrinkles then you can get away with using an average priced under eye cream but if the dark circles are quite prominent then professional advice could be useful.
I use “Almond Under eye cream” from VLCC. I don’t really have dark under eye circles but when I started to notice signs of it about a year ago, I got this cream to try it out and so far it has worked wonders. The mixture isn’t oily and gets absorbed into the skin quite instantly. I like to put it around my eyes, nose and lips ( to help reduce the signs of wrinkles).
Almond contains fatty acids that helps nourish skin and hydrate it which gets rids of puffiness around the area. Almond also has a natural bleaching agent which helps get rid of pigmentation. The mixture also contains Wheat Germ. Wheat Germ is heavy in Vitamin E, has antioxidant properties, has polyunsaturated fatty acids which help with the signs of ageing. You will start to see the difference within two months of using the product. I would recommend using the product morning and night for best results.
After using the VLCC eye cream and being heavily satisfied with it, I decided to try out the face cream range from VLCC. They have two ranges ; “De-pigmentation” and “Skin Whitening”. Having a lot of pigmentation due to acne scars, I decided to go for the “De-pigmentation” range. A good thing about this day cream is that it comes with SPH 25, so you are getting protection from the sun within your normal day cream.
The texture of this cream is quite similar to the eye cream- non greasy and fast absorbent. I can usually put my foundation on straight after putting the cream on. Main ingredients in the day cream is Mulberry and Turmeric. Mulberry extract contains potent antioxidants that fight signs of skin ageing as it repairs skin radicals. I have talked about the benefits of turmeric with acne in my earlier posts, it contains anti bacterial and antiseptic properties which are quite beneficial for skin health.
Since I have started using this, within one year my scars have definitely lightened and I haven’t had any further acne problems (and I am off my acne pills YAY!). The only thing with this cream being of a herbal base is that as time goes, the cream will get a yellow hue but that is only due to the natural extracts used. Depending on how dark the pigmentation is, or how dark your acne scars are, it would take a while for the results to show; I saw proper results after continuous use for one year.
Our skin repairs it self the most during night time while we are asleep. So it is the best time to give our skin the ingredients it needs to boost it’s process of repairing. From the VLCC “De-Pigmentation” range, the night cream with Sandalwood and Aloe Vera works a charm. Sandalwood (along with turmeric) is an old Indian remedy favourite for skin care, ask any Indian lady for home remedies and these two will be the staple ingredients. Sandalwood has amazing properties such as anti-inflammatory agent which boosts the circulation of blood in the skin (helping skin repair it self over night). Aloe Vera contains beta carotene, Vitamin C and E that help skin start hydrated and firm.
The cream texture is nice and cooling. Once applied your skin feels supple and hydrated. Like its sister products, this is non-greasy and fast absorbing.
It is quite difficult to find a range that really works well with sensitive and oily skin. But VLCC is definitely a brand that I have tried, tested and it has given me some really good results. In terms of finding this brand, I only know of “Sisters” beauty parlour in New Lynn Mall that stocks this, though I am sure you can order these online as well 🙂
Hope my little routine gives you ladies some ideas on skin care or what to use next <3