New year, new you! And that means bringing in new good habits while kicking out the old ones. Now, you may already have your skincare routine set in stone - and if it's working for you, power to you! However, if you're either interested in being a little healthier or are even looking for ideas to replace habits you know aren't working, we've got a few suggestions: here are 11 healthy changes you should make to your skincare routine (should you feel so inclined).
Use a face mask of your choosing once every week.
Depending on what your skin needs, a mask can make all the difference for your skin. If you want something to prevent aging, try something like the Eminence Eight Greens Phyto Masque. If you need a little detoxification and brightening, the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque a great option for you. If you are really hesitant to put anything on your skin due to sensitivities, a Manuka Honey mask (yep, the kind you buy at the grocery store) is a natural, 100% safe, and purifying option that has a ton of healing properties.
Rinse your face using filtered water.
If you live in an area that has hard water, rinsing your face in the sink can potentially cause some issues. The reason water is classified as "hard" or "soft" depends on the amount of minerals. Hard water has a lot of calcium, which makes it difficult to dissolve soap, shampoo, or any other product or residue from your skin. This can lead to clogged pores or sensitive, flaky skin. A shower filter might be the answer you're looking for that you didn't even know existed.
Eat cleaner and drink more water.
Yes, what you put into your body constitutes as part of your skincare routine. Skin is the body's largest organ. Naturally, the more healthy vitamins and nutrients you get, the more it will show on your skin (so will it show on the rest of your body). Your body also can't function at its best without lots of water. It lubricates and replenishes everything so that your organs are able to run smoothly and at their best.
Layer your products from thinnest to thickest.
It makes sense if you think about it: you're less likely to absorb the benefits from a thinner serum you're applying if it's separated by a heavy cream you just applied. Don't be afraid to take some time between each application so that your skin has time to reap the benefits from all the nutrients.
Protect your skin during the day, and restore it at night.
The body regenerates itself the most at night - which is why it's most important to put your most nourishing, nutrient-rich skincare products on before you go to bed. During the day, it's more important that you protect your skin from environmental barriers such as the sun or dry air. If you layer on too many protective AND nourishing products, it's likely that your skin won't be able to absorb everything the way it needs to. Give it a little breathing room and space the two types of products out!
Give Microneedling a try.
Are you familiar with this innovative treatment? While it might sound a little scary, this treatment is actually one of the safer and effective options out there for those attempting to combat skin woes ranging from aging to acne scars. If you have overly sensitive skin or still have active outbreaks on your skin, we recommend talking to the technician to see if it's a good fit for you. If your skin is otherwise recovered and you'd just like to see it more plump and healed, it might be a game changer for you.
Beware of products that are too aggressive.
Your skin is intended to protect you. If you're constantly using aggressive product to break down your skin's barrier, it may get rid of some of the bacteria - but ultimately, you're damaging your natural microbiome, which is intended to protect you. Use harsher products sparingly and try to nourish, if you can.
Infuse Vitamins C, E, and A into your skincare routine.
Vitamin A encourages healthy skin production, as it thickens and stimulates the dermis. Vitamin C helps prevent and treat damage from ultraviolet rays, as well as increases collagen production. Vitamin E is pertinent for healing, and aids in the reduction of scars.
Stop using lib scrub.
As you've probably guessed, the skin on your lips is actually much thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. When you scrub your lips too harshly, you're causing damage that actually takes even longer to heal (perma-chapped lips, anyone?).
This ties in with the lip scrub and harsh ingredients - but if you break down your skin's natural barrier, you're actually going to create more sensitization. This makes you more susceptible to sunburns, acne, and other types of infections, since you don't have the protection that your skin needs.
Incorporate coconut oil into your life.
There are two individuals who ought to be careful when using: those with acne-prone skin and those with oily skin. Coconut oil can be a bit comedogenic, so use sparingly if you fall into one of these categories (or try using an oil that won't clog your pores, like hemp seed oil, argan oil, or shea butter).
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.