deccan chronicle| Gokul M G
Skincare procedures for that natural glow are trumping painted-on lustre
Dr Monisha Aravind, Ananthi Ravee, Dr Sasikumar Muthu
As work-from-home is on its way out and so are masks, many are preferring the no-makeup look. The emphasis is more on skincare. We talk to experts and professionals on this post-Covid trend.
Before the pandemic, Gayathri, an IT professional, devoted a solid 30 minutes each morning to do her makeup. "My routine was well-honed. First, there was skincare: cleanser, serums, moisturizer. Then foundation, concealer, powder, eyeliner, mascara, and a hint of highlighter, to add a lustrous look to the skin. But the pandemic made me think, and after the Omicron threat, I found makeup pointless. I am now confident about the no-makeup look, like many others. Some people are going for good skincare treatments rather than spending time in front of a mirror, which is understandable," she shares.
"To use makeup or not is a personal choice. But cleansing thoroughly after every use is very important. A simple skincare routine with a customised face wash, sunscreen and hydration cream are the pillars of skincare. Serums of Vitamin C & A can be added on a need-basis," says Dr. Sasikumar Muthu MCh Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon, Pearl Health.
According to him, in-clinic procedures to exfoliate, brighten and hydrate are most preferred as they are very safe and call for no major downtime.
Ananthi Ravee, an entrepreneur, feels taking care of the skin is more important than covering it up. "I always go for home remedies and make them using soothing and healing ingredients available in the kitchen. Curd, avocado, banana and honey are a few of my favourites." She says, for good skincare, effort and focus are needed. "Understand that there is no magical remedy. For many, skincare is only about their faces. But it is important to give attention to the entire skin. Taking rich food, fresh fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants can help in a big way. I can vouch for the fact that focusing on skincare boosts one’s confidence," she adds.
Awareness of the importance of healthy, clear skin has increased over the past few years, according to Dr. Monisha Aravind, an aesthetic dermatologist. She says, "people are opting for a good skin regimen along with procedures like laser toning which help reduce pigmentation and clear uneven skin tone. Medifacials rejuvenate and hydrate skin and maintain skin health. Vampire facials aim to reduce fine lines and wrinkles."