CTM Routine – The Basics of Skin Care

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At the end of the day, what’s natural is what counts! Makeup can only enhance your beauty not make it for you. So let’s accept the fact that keeping that skin young and healthy is a key to looking beautiful for longer! Cleansing, toning and moisturizing (CTM) routine should become a part of your life. Let me give a description on how to go about this skin cleansing, toning and moisturizing. .

Basic Skin Care: CTM  Routine- Skin Cleansing, Toning & Moisturizing

Skin Cleansing Tips:

The first and the foremost, clean religiously. Soap is not advisable as it tends to dry out the skin but do use a good face wash on a daily basis. And all you make up lovers need to use an additional product like cleansing milk or oil to ensure that the products you have used on your face and neck come off preventing the clogging of the pores. This is called double cleansing.

Quick Tip: Any vegetable oil or baby oil are great makeup removers so use them instead as they nourish your skin too. Massage your face and eyes with a generous amount of your favourite oil and leave it for 3-5 minutes to help oil loosen off the entire residue of all the products on your face. Wipe off all the extra oil with cotton or wash cloth. And, follow with a face wash or cleanser. This is an easier way to remove the eye makeup too which is pretty stubborn as compared to the other products.

Toning for Skin:

Skin toning tips
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Sometime back, toning was thought to be an entirely useless regimen of the skin care but it has some subtle benefits for the skin which is visible in the longer run. There are a lot of toners available in the market and the main function of these is thought to be the removal of the residual makeup or products. But, once you double cleanse your face, your face is clean and no product remains to be removed.

So, what is the use of the toner now? Well, first of all, toners are supposed to add hydration to the skin to make it supple. So,avoid toners which have alcohol in them and buy only hydrating toners. These days, you are also getting face mists. You can use them like toners too as their function is to add water to the skin and perk it up. So, either spray them directly on the face or take a little amount of the toner/mist in your palm and pat your face with it.

Quick Tip: If you want to use natural products, you can also go for green tea or rose water as your regular toner. They make your skin supple, tighten your skin and brighten your face. Splash green tea or rose water on your face after cleansing it. And, let it dry. Follow immediately with a moisturizer.

[ Read: Homemade Toners For Oily Skin ]

Moisturizing for Skin:

Skin moisturizing tips
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And we come to the last step of our skin care routine. No skin care routine is complete without this step. Moisturizing you face means using a product which will prevent the moisture loss from your skin by creating a layer between your skin and the outside atmosphere so that your skin doesn’t feel dry and looks dull. Always apply moisturizer on damp skin to keep water inside the skin. And, choose a moisturizer according to your skin type. If your skin is dry or mature, you need a heavy moisturizer whereas for oily and combination skin, a light oil-free moisturizer would do.

Quick Tip: No matter what your skin type is, never skip on moisturizer!!! This is a message for the oily skin beauties who tend to skip the moisturizer. There are a lot of products available in the market now and some or the other would definitely suit you. So find out a product which is suitable for your skin type and stick diligently to it. You would see difference in your own skin in a couple of days.

So, these are the three steps of this basic skin care routine which must be done every day – once in the morning and once before you go to bed. Do this and feel the difference!

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Jyotsana RaoBeauty & Lifestyle Writer

Jyotsana Rao is an engineering graduate from NIT, Nagpur, who discovered her love for writing during her undergraduate days. She is passionate about writing about everything related to beauty - makeup, fashion, hairstyles, skin care, or hair care and has 4 years of experience on writing in these genres. When this social media junkie isn't stalking the world of fashion...read full bio

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