CTMP: A Basic Skincare Routine for Beginners
But more on that later! For now, let’s dive into CTMP–a simple and basic skincare routine that is easy to build, follow, and most importantly, stick to.
What is CTM... P?
The first step is to cleanse your skin, preferably with a gentle face wash to get rid of dirt, impurities, remnants of makeup and excess sebum (oil). Cleansing your skin thoroughly will help prepare it for the next steps of the routine.
A toner is just a water-based liquid that is used to help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores as well as hydrate and prep the skin for the next steps. Another important function of a toner is to balance the skin’s pH level which tends to get thrown off a little after cleansing. Depending on the toner you choose, you can either pour some on a cotton pad and dab it across your face or spray it directly onto your skin.
The next step is to moisturize which helps strengthen your skin’s barrier, protects it from dryness and seals in moisture to keep your skin looking supple and healthy. When it comes to moisturizers, it is important to pick one based on your skin type
The last step is to protect your skin with sunscreen during the day. And we mean every single day, irrespective of whether you are staying indoors or stepping out. Sunscreen is THE most crucial step in a morning skincare routine because it protects the skin from harmful UV rays that cause signs of premature ageing, tanning and burns. One of the biggest misconceptions about sunscreen is that it is to be used only in the summer. However, UV rays are present throughout the year, even if there are clouds or rain blocking the sunshine. These rays can also penetrate glass windows, which is why we recommend using sunscreen even if you are spending the day at home, especially if you’re near a window.
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