Anybody who is remotely into skincare would know what a CTM routine is. It is that universal routine that everyone should follow, irrespective of their gender, age, or skin type! It is best if you follow your CTM routine twice every day, in the morning as well as at night before you sleep.
CTM simply stands for cleansing, toning, and moisturising. First you cleanse, that is clean your face and neck with a cleanser to get rid of dirt, dust, and oil that could have accumulated. If you skip this step often, the resultant buildup would clog your pores and cause breakouts. The T in CTM stands for toning. Once you are done cleansing, applying a toner would help you close up any gaps in your skin. It also helps to balance out your skin’s pH. The next and the final step is moisturising, wherein you apply your preferred moisturising lotion or cream to lock in some much needed hydration so that your skin doesn’t dry out. Here are some of our favourite products from our own CTM routine to help you navigate your way around the world of skincare.
Jeju Pomegranate Revitalising Foam Cleanser – This beauty of a product from Innisfree is a godsend for those who feel that their current cleanser rips their skin of all moisture. It contains freshly squeezed pomegranate and its seed oil which not only cleanses your skin, but also hydrates it thanks to the texture which is like fine lather. It is one of the best cleanser for dry skin that we could recommend!
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap – This dermatologist-developed, quick rinsing formula removes dirt, dead skin, and sebum leaving your skin clean and revitalised.
It hits the spot by helping your skin achieve that perfect moisture balance where it isn’t dry nor oily. Incorporate this one into your CTM routine today!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner – Are you constantly on the lookout for the best toner for combination skin? This is liquid magic in a bottle for those of us with combination skin! It helps you get rid of all oil from your oily areas, especially the t-zone without drying out your non-oily areas.
It leaves the skin feeling tingly and refreshed with a matte finish. The tea tree extracts work wonders in preventing breakouts from happening, leaving your skin looking smooth and blemish-free.
Belif Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner – If your skin is prone to drying out, this herbal toner formulated with the goodness of witch hazel would be the right choice for you.
It hydrates dry, flaky skin leaving it looking supple and healthy thanks to the many herbs that go into its making.
Laneige Water Bank Hydro Cream EX – People with combination skin should use a moisturiser that is light and non-greasy. Preferably a non-comedogenic, cream-based formula. The Water Bank Hydro Cream EX from Laneige is exactly that, so much that we deem it to be the best moisturiser for combination skin! It contains Green Mineral Water which effectively retains moisture in your skin for upto 24 hours, and the lightweight formula ensures that your pores aren’t clogged!
Estee Lauder Daywear Sorbet – Not many moisturisers out there in the market deliver the intense hydration that most of them claim they deliver. However, the Estee Lauder Daywear Sorbet is an exception to that. It does exactly what it claims it does! It is a sorbet cream, surprisingly-light, and upon application the skin just absorbs all of it just like how the parched ground soaks up the first rain after a long summer. Do your skin a favour, invest in this moisturiser, and say goodbye to your dry skin woos forever.
One doesn’t necessarily have to use CTM products from the same brand. Experiment and see what suits your skin the best.