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The Perfect Regimen for Your Skin Type

We present to you our guide to a daily skincare routine for every skin type. With the expertise of Skin Specialist, we’ve put together the exact types of products (plus our best product picks, of course!) you should be looking for based on your particular skin type.
Most people should be using a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer day (with SPF) and night (a creamier, richer one). For some of you, you'll be sprinkling some serums in there, too—antioxidants for day and retinol while you sleep.
We’re hoping to help you take the guesswork out of your a.m. and p.m. skin routines and explain WHY those with dry skin should use a good moisturizer or why anyone with sensitive skin should try a gel-based face wash (serious game changer, by the way).

Curious? Keep scrolling for the best skincare routine for every skin type.

Balanced Skin:

You might find the word "normal" as a skin type classifier on product packaging, but no one actually has perfectly normal skin. However, if your skin isn’t particularly oily or dry, and if anti-aging, acne, and sensitivity aren’t concerns on your radar, then you have what we consider to be "balanced skin."

Your Menu

Cleanser (Morning/Night):
A sulphate-free cleanser with a gentle lather, Wisdom Pharma Acne plus Face Wash (Rs.545) or Acne Plus Bar (Rs.245), promises to help keep your skin blemish-free.

Moisturizer with SPF (Morning):
“When you moisturize, do two applications, one on the face and one on the neck," Specialist says. She adds, "Sun protection isn’t just about the number—it’s about how generously you apply it.” A light moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 will protect your skin from the sun and hydrate without clogging your pores. She suggests looking for ingredients like dimethicone, panthenol, and sodium hyaluronate (also known as hyaluronic acid). Wisdom Pharma Rayban SPF 60 goes best with this. Serum (Night): Our specialist suggests looking for an antioxidant serum with brightening ingredients like vitamin C and Salicylic Acid, as well as naturally revitalizing ingredients like Tea tree oil and Aloe Vera oil. We’re fans of Wisdom Pharma’s Actin Serum (Rs.1990).

Moisturizer (Night):
At night, you can go with a creamier moisturizer, sans SPF, meant to nourish your skin while you sleep. Try Wisdom Pharma D-Care Lotion (Rs.470).

When it comes to keeping your normal skin normal, our doctors suggest incorporating glycolic acid into your routine a few times a week. “This is an [alpha-hydroxyl acid] that is favoured because it has the smallest molecular structure and can absorb deeper within the skin,” She explains. “This helps to dissolve surface dry skin cells to encourage brighter, more even-toned, smoother skin.”

Oily Skin:

“Oily skin has larger oil glands and a high sebum content,” Our doctors say. “This is genetic. Oily skinned women have built-in oil, so the goal is to lessen the oil activity by keeping your skin cells lightly hydrated.” The skincare routine for oily skin contains ingredients that help control excess oil production.”

Your Menu

Cleansing Face Wash (Morning/Night):

“In the case of oily skin, oil breeds bacteria, and bacteria leads to breakouts,” Specialist says. “Wash your skin three times a day if possible. The more oil, the more breeding ground for blemishes.” She recommends using a gel or foam cleanser that’s free of sulphates. “You want agents that will cut the oil but you don’t want to dry your skin out with too many detergents,” she says. We love Wisdom Pharma Acne plus Face wash (Rs.545).

AHA/BHA Serum (Morning):

Any serum with alpha-hydroxyl acids or beta-hydroxyl acids will help reduce the appearance of large pores as well as brighten dull spots. If you have acne-prone, look for ingredients like salicylic acid and tea tree oil to keep your skin clear. Try our Actin serum (Rs.1990).

Oil-Free Moisturizer (Morning/Night):

Lest you think your skin’s oil production warrants skipping moisturizer, know this: Your skin might actually get oilier when it’s dehydrated, by overcompensating. With this in mind, choose a light, oil-free moisturizer with sodium PCA and Glycerin in the ingredient list—they’re humectants that are meant to help your skin retain moisture. Our oily-skinned editor reaches for Reborn Cream (Rs.875).

Zinc Oxide Sunscreen (Morning):

“Oily skinned ladies are the least likely to use sunscreen because they can’t find one compatible to their skin type,” Specialist says. “Definitely look for zinc oxide sunscreens because those will leave a more matte finish to your skin. Plus, it’s a natural antibacterial and ideal for people prone to breakouts.” Try Wisdom Pharma’s Rayban Ultra SPF 100 (Rs.825).

Skin specialist recommends indulging in a gentle clay mask once a week. “Make sure your clay mask doesn’t dry too much before rinsing it off,” she warns. “If you smile and it cracks into 10,000 pieces, you’ve waited too long and it’s gotten too dry—this can actually dehydrate your skin.”

Face oil and oily skin might seem a strange pair, but our specialist says it’s a good product to have on hand in super-dry environments like airplanes. “Use one drop of Blow serum over moisturizer every hour you’re flying to prevent dryness and extra oil production, but I wouldn’t recommend using it as part of your daily routine,” She says.

Combination Skin:

The skincare routine for combination skin contains ingredients that treat a wide range of skin concerns. “The concept of combination skin is that you’re oily in some places and dry in others,” Our doctor says. “You don’t necessarily want to use two different routines, but instead find one in the middle of the road.”

Your Menu

Cleansing Bar (Morning/Night):
Start with a cleansing gel like our Curaderm bar (Rs.245). If your skin starts getting too dry, you can switch to a cleansing lotion like D-Care or C-Cream.

AHA/BHA Serum (Morning):
AHAs and BHAs minimize the appearance of pores and brighten up dull skin. If you’re acne-prone, look for ingredients like salicylic acid and tea-tree oil to keep your skin clear. Wisdom Pharma Actin Serum (Rs.1990) is fine like wine.

Lightweight Moisturizer (Morning/Night):
“Combination skin doesn’t need an oil-free moisturizer, but it does need a lightweight one,” Our doctor says. Try C- Cream Moisture Face Cream (Rs.595) for a silky texture and a dose of hyaluronic acid.

Zinc Oxide Sunscreen (Morning):
Just like with oily skin, zinc oxide sunscreens are great for combo skin, thanks to the matte finish. Use Rayban SPF 60 (Rs.490).

Serum (Night):
A Glow serum is pretty much a friend to all skin types, and combination skin is no exception. This serum is super affordable, yet potent. You'll wake up with practically brand new skin.

Face oils can do wonders for combination skin—save them for night-time, however, to avoid an overly dewy face in the a.m.

Dry Skin:

The best skincare routine for dry skin typically contains products that keep skin hydrated. “Dry skin has a damaged moisture barrier,” specialist say. “Your skin has invisible cracks in it and it allows moisture to escape and irritants to get in more easily.”

Your Menu

Cleansing Bar (Morning/Night):

“A no-foam, no-lather, super-mild cleansing bar is best for those with dry skin,” Doctors say. Try Wisdom Pharma line’s Sizon Bar (Rs.245) or Wisdom Pharma’s Cleansing Face wash With Alpine Herbs.

Serum (Morning):

Specialist recommends using a highly potent antioxidant serum (look for vitamins E, A, and C) during the daytime to help prevent collagen breakdown—just make sure to follow with SPF. We love Wisdom Pharma C-Glow Serum (Rs.1990).

Moisturizer with SPF (Morning):

A hydrating moisturizer with SPF is the final step in your a.m. skin routine. Try our Daily Moisturizer Rayban-SPF 60 (Rs.490), which contains hydrating ingredients meant to help your skin retain moisture while guarding against UVA/UVB rays.

Serum (Night):

Doctors recommend incorporating an over-the-counter retinol serum into your regimen five nights a week. “I prefer serums over creams because they have smaller molecules and can better penetrate the skin,” she says. Some of our favourite retinol serums for dry skin include Wisdom Pharma Actin Serum (Rs.1990) and Blow Serum (Rs.1990).

Eye Cream (Night):

“Look for an eye cream with peptides because they’re good for boosting collagen activity,” We recommend. Try our Rinkle Cream (Rs.990).

Hydrating Moisturizer (Night):

“Some ingredients I recommend to look for in moisturizers are rose hip seed oil, evening Petrolatum, Lanolin, Mineral Oil and Dimethicone,” We recommend. “All of these ingredients mimic the natural lipids in your skin and do a better job of repairing your skin’s moisture barrier.” Try D-Care Ultra Moisturizer (Rs.475) or C-Cream (Rs.595) for a big dose of moisture that doesn’t feel greasy.

“Dry skin responds well to [gentle] exfoliation,” Our Specialist says. “If your skin is dry, it means you have dead skin cell build up—if you try to hydrate dried skin cells that are expired, it makes no sense.” She says that dry skin has invisible “cracks,” so you should avoid using a facial scrub with sharp edges. “Chemical exfoliants do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without tearing at your skin,” she says.

Sensitive Skin

The skincare routine for sensitive skin needs to be no irritating. “A lot of people think of sensitive skin as acne-prone, but we think of it as skin that gets red and irritated easily,” Our skin specialist says. “It’s more delicate skin that you can’t be aggressive with.”

Your Menu

Cleansing Face Wash (Morning/Night):
A gentle, sulphate-free cleanser like Wisdom Pharma’s Acne plus Face wash (Rs.575) will get rid of your makeup and any impurities without disrupting your skin’s natural barrier.

Fragrance-Free Moisturizer (Morning/Night):
When it comes to choosing a moisturizer, make sure to find one that doesn’t contain synthetic fragrances, which can cause irritation and allergic reactions. Avoid alcohol and synthetic dyes as well if your skin gets irritated easily. Wisdom Pharma D-care Lotion (Rs.470) goes best with your skin.

Zinc Oxide SPF (Morning):
“Zinc oxide sunscreens are the least likely to irritate sensitive skin,” Doctors say. “Titanium dioxide sunscreens are good, but not as compatible with medium and darker skin tones because they can leave a white cast.” Try Sunscreen Rayban SPF 60 (Rs.490) or Sunscreen Rayban Ultra SPF 100 (Rs.495).

Just because you have sensitive skin doesn’t mean you should skip exfoliating. If glycolic acid is too harsh, try a lactic acid serum like blow serum or actin serum instead—it’s milder and better for sensitive skin. We suggests using a lactic acid–based serum twice a week.

Aging Skin:

Finally, for a skincare routine for older skin, your main goal is to plump up wrinkles, banish dark spots, and lift sagging. Our specialist says that your skin regimen will be similar to that of those with dry skin, with a few small differences.”

Your Menu

Cleansing Bar (Morning/Night):
For aging skin specifically, she says to remember your neck when it comes to cleansing, treating, and sunscreen—it’s a secret spot that often shows the first sign of aging. Try Acne Plus Bar (Rs.245).

Antioxidant Serum (Morning):
Doctors suggest looking for an antioxidant serum with brightening ingredients like liquorice and vitamin C, to fade dark spots and discoloration. Wisdom Pharma’s Actin Face Serum (Rs.1990) will brighten as well as plump fine lines and wrinkles with peptides, hyaluronic acid, and resveratrol.

Moisturizer with SPF (Morning):
For moisture and sun protection with an antioxidant kick, Use Rayban SPF 60 (Rs.490).

Physical Exfoliator (Night):
Skin gets more delicate as it ages, which is why she says a gentle physical exfoliator with round beads works best on aging skin—especially on your neck. And for this our Glutox Cream (Rs.1175) will be must use for your skin.

Retinol Serum (Night):
Depending on the severity of your wrinkles, you may want to visit a dermatologist for a prescription retina. Confused about the difference? Check out our Blow Serum (Rs.1990).

Eye Cream (Night):
Look for an eye cream with peptides meant to absorb easily, like Wisdom Pharma Rinkle Eye Cream (Rs.990).

Hydrating Moisturizer (Night):
A moisturizer with retinol, like D-Care cream (Rs.470), is meant to smooth fine lines and prevent future ones from forming.

Your skin may get drier as it ages, so consider incorporating a nourishing face cream with anti-aging ingredients, like Glutox Cream (Rs.1125), into your p.m. skin regimen a few times a week.