Throw Out Expired Products
When it comes to both your skincare and makeup, it’s best to do a deep clean of all your products and toss out all of the old and expired ones-- even if it seems to still be “Okay”. It doesn’t matter if it’s your favorite lipstick or moisturizer, if it’s way past the best before date, then it is time to toss it in the trash. New year, new products.
Know Your Skin Type
Remember, different people have different skin types—and for this reason, need different products. Yes, there are the general basics that people should follow—protect, cleanse, moisturize. However, to really get to your best skin ever, you need to get down to the specifics. An easy start would be to determine whether have normal, oil, dry, or combination skin and then go even deeper and address your personal skin concern. Acne? Wrinkles? Uneven tone?
Customize Your Routine
Once you have a better understanding of the problem, you can then go ahead and customize your routine to what you really need. If you are quite happy with your skin already, there are tons of online resources that can help you figure out what needs to go, and what needs to stay, and what you need to add. But if you still feel a bit lost, here is resolution number four.
Go to a Professional
There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking professional help. I actually even encourage it. Going to a dermatologist is probably the best way to really know your skin type and get a tailor-made routine just for you.
Make Reading a Habit
Before you grab the next hyped up product that you see on your social media accounts, make reading a habit and go through the ingredient list thoroughly. There could be some ingredients that may cause an irritation to your specific skin type or are just down right bad for you.
Now, this may not be a resolution for some of you, but for those who save sunscreen just for trips to the beach. STOP. Please note that you need to protect your skin every day. Even if you’re just at home, even if it is gloomy outside, be sure to slather on the good stuff. Remember those nasty UV rays are always around just ready to cause some damage.
Keep The Basics
So aside from wearing sunscreen EVERY DAY, it is also good to always stick to the basics. Cleanse, Protect, and Moisturize. And then you can expand from there. Add a good toner and a good exfoliator.
Speaking of exfoliating, it is very important that you do it properly. Let’s face it, your scrub may not be cutting it—or even worse, could be damaging to your facial skin, which, by the way, is very sensitive. Now, I know this may sound scary, but it probably is time to introduce a chemical exfoliator to your routine. Now, unlike the scrubs that you used to use, chemical exfoliators need to be applied only once a week and should be left on for a specific amount of time (usually only 10-15 minutes). Also, this should be part of your nighttime routine as you don’t want to expose your skin to the sun right after using it. Again—use sunscreen the next day—and every day for that matter.
While adding a good chemical exfoliator to the mix, another product that you should also include in your routine is retinol. Don’t be deceived that only older skin needs it. You can start it adding it in your mid-20s. There are so, so many benefits that retinol has to offer: brightens skin, ploughs off dead skin cells, reduces acne, boosts collagen production, and acts like an antioxidant and fights against those nasty free radicals. Retinol is one definitely a skincare superhero.
Skincare Even When You Sleep
One of the best times to really take care of your skin is actually while you sleep. As your body rests, this is also the time that your skin cells start to regenerate. So to make it even better, a good sleeping mask is required. Look for one that is moisturizing, has AHAs, and hyaluronic acid.