My Summer Skin Care Routine

You're not going to believe this but the surprise is that it features LRP's sunscreen. Also, don't ever think I will ever be able to stop preaching about castor oil. I've been using it for so long it's absorbed into my bloodstream. I need to preach about it. Since Indian Girl requested my summer skin care routine, here it is.


  • Garnier Detoxifying Gel Cleanser. For some reason my skin loves this.
  • Clinique All About Eyes. See the castor oil part for explanation. You didn't think I was going to stop preaching about it, now did you?
  • La Roche Posay Dermo Pediatrics SPF 50+ sunscreen. This is my staple sunscreen that I've been using for about 2 years without break.
  • Carmex. If i don't have this my lips are a bleeding mess.

  • La Roche Posay Dermo Nettoyant and/or Jojoba Oil as make-up removers.
  • Garnier Detoxifying Gel Cleanser.
  • Castor Oil. I pat this on my under eyes, lashes, and brows. It makes my brows grow in so fast, my lashes much thicker and stronger, and my under-eyes moisturized. In fact, this moisturizes my under-eyes so well that I can get away with using pretty much any eye cream during the day. I had a sample jar of the Clinique eye cream which I loved anyway so I've been using it. I have been preaching the benefits of castor oil since I was 14. There has literally not been a single night that I haven't used it.
  • Alpha Hydrox AHA Souffle. I was mistaken, this has 12% glycolic acid. That just makes it all the more amazing. I use it once every two days or every other day depending on the clog-level of my pores.
  • Cetaphil Lotion. It's my holy grail. I will never not use this.

Spot Treatments
  • Bio Oil. I will have a review of this out soon. It is a surprisingly good spot treatment.
  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Mask. A staple for me.
  • DDF Sulfur Mask. Pimple-killing, rotten egg-smelling goodness. On a side note, I used to put raw eggs in my hair and shampoo it. The water used to be so hot that I could have sworn it cooked some of the egg in my hair. Why am I indulging in this charming little tit-bit? Because the egg smell could always be worse. The mask is awesome.


Anonymous said...

Hi Anu,
Thanks a lot for giving me help on my blackheads problem...but could you please tell me how many times per week that I should exfoliate. Is steaming good for this?

I use Shiseido Perfect Liquid as my daily cleanser.

3:04 AM
Hijabi Apprentice said...

Ooh another castor oil lover! This stuff is awesome. I use it in quite the same way you do but I also use it as a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment.

I may have to look into your sunscreen as I am not too happy with mine.

7:32 AM
An Indian's makeup musings said...

Wow!Super fast response! Thanks Girl!
Where can I buy the AHA thingy?
I use Garnier too! Except I use the cream cleanser and not the gel one!! I love the smell of it!!
Again, thanks a are such
a sweetheart!

Indian Girl

2:02 PM
Anu said...

hey anonymous:
i exfoliate every 3 days. see how your skin reacts to exfoliating every 3 days and if your skin is red or irritated space the exfoliation out a bit more. if not, you can see if you can exfoliate every other day.

personally, i'm not a huge fan of steaming because i get broken cappilaries but i do like putting on a mask like the DDF sulfur mask (see how the queen helene one works first) and then 'steaming' my face with it in the shower after which i wash it off. i find this very effective.

is the shiseido perfect liquid a cream cleanser?

hey hijabi apprentice:
i use castor oil for all that too. t makes an amazing night moisturizer for my hands too. i load up on the castor oil, put on a pair of cotton gloves and i get soft hands in the morning. it is such an essential to me.

hey indian girl:
the rite aid and cvs near me carries them but i find that most cvs and rite aids arent consistent with what they carry. you can also order it from

12:21 AM

Rezia said...

Hi Anu,
I absolutely looove your blog. I like how you have breakdowns of things, and recomendations for indian people. :)

I have a question for you about sunscreen and how to wear it under makeup. I have kind of dry combination skin and I also use LRP sunsreen but I'm thinking of getting biotherm or shiseido this summer.
In winter I just mix a little sunscreen into my moisturizer and apply that under makeup.
But I think that that doesn't give enough sun protection for summer.
If I use just sunscreen under makeup, it feels a bit drying, and if I put on moisturizer under the suncreen, I feel like I have too much stuff on my face once i put makeup on.
Can you suggest some way of wearing sunscreen under makeup so that it is effective and not-breaky-outy? Thanks soooooo much!!!!

1:07 PM
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Nimesh Shah said...

We all have different types of skin and it essential that we know it before buying skin care products. Not knowing what your skin needs is bad enough but applying products that will harm it even worse. I have mentioned few tips for Indian skin for summer.

Some tips on skin care:

• Exfoliate your skin regularly to remove dead and dry skin cells. You can do this through peels

• Use a liquid or a cream moisturizer to hydrate your skin. Do this after you exfoliate, but make sure your moisturizer does not clog up your pores.

• Ensure that your diet contains Vitamin A (carrots, papaya, black grapes, green leafy vegetables) and Vitamin C (citrus fruits, lime juice, gooseberries, mangoes).

• Drink at least 3 liters of water every day; remember your skin is always thirstier than you are.

You can also join this group

11:07 PM
EinsteinsSmellySock said...

Hi Anu,

I see you use both AHA and cetaphil? Is not AHA a substitute for a moisturizer?

Is it all right to combine using different masks like the Umbrian, DDF and use the AHA souffle? How do you use them on a weekly basis, and how far apart?


3:39 PM
Anonymous said...

Hi Anu,

I read that AHA can cause pigmentation in darker skin people. Did you experience this at all?

10:29 AM
Andrea @ Mineral Cosmetics said...

Great skin care product. I also use La Roche Posay spf 50. My skin loves it. At night, I use Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream.

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Very nice. What’s the temperature in summer at your place?

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