A new decade is the perfect excuse to roll out that new skincare routine you’ve been meaning to get a roll on. Kick your year off with new beginnings starting with the ways in which you care for and manage your skin. Whether stress from your job has taken a toll on your motivation levels way or you’ve recently committed yourself to sticking to a regimented routine, starting your new routine with a creative set of tips and tricks is a foolproof way to set you up for consistent success.
Use these tried and true tips and tricks to rejuvenate that youthful, healthy glow your skin deserves.
- Cut down on caffeine
Have you been trying to figure out the cause of your relentlessly dry skin? Caffeine may be the culprit. Can dry skin cause acne? Unfortunately, yes! But by replacing your regular dose of caffeine with water enhanced with fruit slices (i.e. orange, lemon, strawberry), you replenish your skin with the hydration it needs while doing your body well, too.
- Take your sunscreen on the go
One of the biggest skincare mistakes women make is slathering your skin in sunscreen just once per day. Rain or shine, sun or clouds, sunscreen should always be a part of your skincare regimen. It’s no secret that exposure to UVB and UVA rays damages the skin, so having that protective layer of sunscreen fights those inevitable signs of aging caused by sun damage is a smart and cost-effective investment. Keep a bottle of sunscreen on your person and re-apply throughout the day if you’re spending the majority of your day outdoors.
According to Annet King, director of Global Education at the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, when you exfoliate, you’re effectively “evening out the skin’s surface by revealing fresh cells underneath.” King also states that regular exfoliation allows you to remove dead complexion-dulling skin cells, leaving your skin looking plump, youthful, and cleansed.
- Don’t forget your lip care
Sometimes lip balm isn’t enough to cure your dry, chapped lips. Instead of hoping and wishing that your tiny tube of balm will solve your problems, invest in a high-quality lip scrub. Much like exfoliating your skin, exfoliating your lips helps remove the lingering dead skin cells and lets the new, soft skin shine.
- Swap out your pillowcase
Tired of waking up with frizzy, unmanageable hair? Swap out your cotton pillowcase for a satin one and see the difference right before your eyes. The silky satin material is the far better alternative that eliminates any static friction that leads to frizzy hair.
- Find the right serums
While you may view serums as strictly anti-aging products, there are plenty out there that serve so many other purposes! Though opinions vary within the dermatology community, the vast majority of skincare experts agree that antioxidant serums offer an added layer of skin protection against air pollution and sun damage.
Check out our favorite antioxidant serums:
- Herbivore’s Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum
- CeraVe’s Skin Renewing Vitamin C Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid
- Farsali’s Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Primer Serum
- Resist the temptation of touching your skin
As tempting as it may be to pop that sneaky pimpled that arrived overnight, resisting all urges will best ensure you’re not left with an even-worse scar. Picking at your skin will only further irritate it and push nasty dirt and bacteria further into your pores, resulting in more breakouts. Take different preventative measures by reacting with medication rather than giving into temptation.
- Clean your makeup brushes
Take a trip to your bathroom right now, and rifle through your makeup brushes. How do they look? Are they clean or are they dirtied up with your trusty foundation and favorite eyeshadow colors? Either way, if they’re not looking next to new, odds are that they’re pretty clogged up with dirty bacteria and could be causing those pesky breakouts. Take the time to clean each individual brush by using some mild baby shampoo and warm water. Let them air dry and they’re restored back to fighting shape.
Skincare is different for everyone, and it’s up to you to define what works best for your ideal routine and schedule. With these 8 tips guiding your decision making, you’ll be in great condition for setting your skin up for brilliant success.