What is meant by CTM in skin care?
What are the benefits of using CTM for your skin?
Why do I recommend CTM to all of you lovely moms?
Lets see in today’s post.
If some one asks me how did my life change post baby, I will give her an endless list… starting from my sleep to my bath (which well some days is a luxury) and my skin care.
It could be because well my priorities have changed or I think I have just gotten so lazy that most days I roam around hairy scary.
And now that my daughter Sara is 1, I have decided its time to be my old self again, starting from losing weight to taking care of my skin.
You see I was one of the unlucky few where pregnancy wreaked havoc on my skin. I have acne, pigmentation and acne scars.
It’s been one month that I am doing CTM and well trust me the difference is huge 🙂
So mummies lets talk CTM- the basic skin care routine!!
A brief note on various skin types:
Before we go into CTM, lets quickly discuss various skin types.
Knowing what type of skin you have is essential to choose the right skin care routine.
- Normal – If you have a normal skin, well you lucky thing that means your skin isn’t oily nor dry its just perfect.
- Dry – If you have dry skin can see dry patches especially around your nose. Your skin tends to be dull and rough.
- Oily – If it is oily like mine well that means you will have enlarged pores, and because of the excess oil the pores tends to be clogged so you will have acne, black heads and white heads.
- Combination – Your skin tends to be oily around the t zone and dry in other areas.
What is CTM in skin care routine?
CTM is nothing but Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing your skin.
Cleansing your skin, toning it and at the end moisturizing it are considered as the three basic things that you must do to ensure a healthy glowing beautiful skin.
Lets have a detailed look at this basic skin care routine.
Step 1: Cleansing
It is essential to clean your skin, in order to remove the dirt and grime. Cleansing ensures your pores aren’t clogged.
However using soap isn’t advisable, as soap tends to dry your skin out and can be quiet harsh. You need to find a suitable face wash or a cleanser. Make sure it’s meant for your skin such as Neutrogena deep cleanser for oily skin or Biotique Bio Berry Hydrating cleanser for all skin types. You can use a make up remover or a cream cleanser such as Nivea cleansing milk.
Now the next step,
Step 2: Toning
This is a step which most of us tend to ignore or skip.
What does the toner do?
A toner restores your skins ph (after cleansing) and moisturizers your skin to some extent.
I will advise not to use alcohol-based toners. If you have normal skin you can use a mild toner or even rose water will work fab.
If you have combination skin well you need to be careful because using the wrong ones will make your skin dry and exaggerate the dry patches, so use an alcohol free one.
Well if your skin is oily you can opt for products such as tea tree toner by fab India.
Toners also help in keeping pimples at bay and clearing blemishes. And if you are lazy like me, then you can use toners that are available in the form of facial mists. The Nature’s Co facial mist is a fabulous facial mist.
Now to the last step.
Step 3: Moisturizing
This is perhaps the most important step. Using the correct moisturizer not just keeps your skin moisturized but it will also help in dealing with your skin concerns, pimple scars and dryness or anti ageing.
Choose a moisturizer that is meant for your skin type. Some of the best moisturizers are Lakme skin gloss winter mositurizer creme, Neutrogena oil free moisture, Nivea smooth milk body lotion for dry skin etc.
CTM products available in the market according to your skin type:
For dry skin you need something a bit more heavy Kumkumadi thailam works fab. But if you find it too thick you can look out for creams such as Bodyshop Vitamin E, which is particularly meant for dry skin.
If your skin is oily, you need a moisturizer that is light as thick heavy ones will clog your pores and cause break out. If you have concerns such as acne or scars you can look out for creams with salicylic acid and AHAS, brands such as Vichy.
Neutrogena has some amazing products for oily skin. For combination skin look out for moisturizers especially for your skin and if you find it not moisturizing enough, you can try heavier ones.
Along with this make sure to exfoliate your skin at least once a week with a mild scrub and don’t forget to use a sunscreen during the day.
Follow CTM in your skin care routine and trust me you will feel the difference in a week 🙂
Do you do CTM as part of your daily skin care? How has it benefited you? What skin care products worked best for your skin type?
Do share your experience with me in comments please.