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Our hearts skipped a beat when we saw Alia Bhatt as a bride! The most awaited wedding of Ranbir and Alia finally happened and the pictures are making the rounds and buzz everywhere. Dressed in their all-ivory attires, the couple looked much in love. Another thing that caught our eyes was Alia’s fresh as daisy look. We can’t stop crushing over her minimal makeup and glossy skin. If you’re looking for a similar look for your summer wedding, we have a skincare routine to prep your oily skin before your big day.
To get an insight on what can give us an effortlessly flawless skin, HealthShots spoke to skincare expert Karan Bhaskar.
Do not increase the frequency with which you wash your face. Even though it appears to be a natural thing to do, frequently washing your face dehydrates your skin. This stimulates the sebaceous glands, causing them to produce more oil. It is sufficient to cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle face wash. For the rest of the day, use a face mist like or a mild toner to refresh your skin.
Similarly, avoid over-exfoliation. Excess exfoliation can result in redness, flaking, erosions, and discoloration. “In extreme cases, scarring may occur. The same is true for sonicating facial brushes; do not overuse them as they may increase acne and oil production in some people. Once a day is plenty. A gentle chemical exfoliator or toner is an excellent way to remove dull layers of skin,” says Bhaskar, a consultant at Clinique India.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but keeping your skin glowing and hydrated is critical for combating oiliness. When you don’t moisturize your skin, your sebaceous glands are forced to produce more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. So, to keep your skin hydrated, use an oil-free moisturizer. Alternatively, use a moisturizer with SPF.
Use lighter serums and sunscreens instead of doing a 10-step skincare routine. Cleanse your face in the morning with a face wash containing sulfur or alpha hydroxy acid. “Alpha hydroxy acid washes are gentle chemical exfoliants that brighten the skin’s tone. They also help to prevent pigmentation caused by UV exposure during the summer. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, a sulphur face wash is recommended,” says Bhaskar.
Apply an antioxidant-rich serum next, followed by a zinc oxide-based sunscreen. An antioxidant-rich serum protects skin cells from UV, infrared, visible light, heat, and even environmental factors that can cause harmful free radical production.
Meanwhile, a zinc oxide-based sunblock is advised because it provides broad-spectrum sun protection and is naturally anti-inflammatory. Furthermore, Bhaskar suggests replacing your night cream with a hydrating serum. And pamper your skin with summer-friendly masks and peels.
Sulfur masks are excellent for lowering sebum production. Charcoal masks, on the other hand, can effectively remove impurities from the skin. For oil control, use salicylic acid peels if you have acne-prone skin.
Blotting papers can quickly absorb excess oil from the skin. They’re also inexpensive and small enough to fit in a purse. Blotting paper is basically your best friend when it comes to summer skincare. A plain tissue paper can also be used.
The best suited makeup for brides with oily skin is sweat-proof makeup. The idea is to use water-proof products, such as water-proof eyeliner, mascara, or makeup that is long-lasting.
“Alia Bhatt uses makeup products that allow the skin to breathe. This reduces the possibility of sweat, oil, and dirt becoming trapped. Choose lightweight primers. Similarly, replace your regular foundation with an oil-free lighter to medium coverage alternative,” says Bhaskar.
Avoid applying emollients during the summer because they are more likely to cause excess oil production and breakouts. Also, don’t experiment with too many skincare products right before your wedding. Take it one step at a time when it comes to caring for oily skin. Try to stick to your usual skincare regime rather than trying and experimenting with new products to avoid irritation or reaction.
These steps will help you achieve the subtle peachy glow of Alia Bhatt without looking ‘fried’! Get started on this skincare routine almost 2 months prior to your wedding. Don’t forget to eat a balanced diet and invest your time in working out at least 3 times a week.