Every new year, many of us choose to accomplish some goals. However, very few decide to improve their skincare routine amongst their New Year’s resolutions. And that is crucial, especially at midlife when all the poor choices we made as young people start to show up, very often in our faces.
As we age, skipping a deep cleansing, forgetting to wear a night cream or the SPF, as well as taking our makeup off every night, might leave us with a very dull skin. Consistency is everything and while seeing a skincare specialist will always help set you on a path for success (especially if you want to minimize signs of ageing), by sticking to the following resolutions your skin can bet on a radiant 2022 for sure.
Remove makeup every night
There’s a reason why removing our makeup before bed is so important. Overnight our skin repairs itself, and makeup left on it doesn’t help the process. A cleansing balm or oil would do wonders on ageing skin, but if you are often tired at night time or in a rush and double-cleansing is not your cup of tea, make things easy on yourself by keeping a bottle of no-rinse micellar water next to your bed. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with it and wipe the pad across your face.
Be consistent with cleansing
Cleansing should be a crucial, non-negotiable step in any skincare routine. While makeup remover is an all-purpose tool for removing foundations, blushes, concealers and other cosmetics. cleansers are designed to remove grime, sweat and all other impurities that can react with bacteria and cause your skin to break out. You should cleanse every morning before applying your makeup for the day and also every evening before heading to bed.
Moisturize both morning and night
Regardless of your skin type (oily, combination or dry), it’s important to stay moisturized as that not only encourages healthy cell turnover but helps fight the signs of ageing. The key to maintaining hydration is applying moisturizer in the morning to rehydrate and plump the skin and at night to restore the moisture your skin has lost throughout the day so it can repair itself overnight. This is not the only thing that’s crucial to maintaining the glow of your face, though. Don’t forget your neck and décolleté, too.
Wear sunscreen every day
No matter the time of year or the weather, we should always take the time to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF to our face, neck and décoletté every two hours. According to one ground breaking study published in the influential Annals of Internal Medicine, people who use broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis experience 24 per cent less skin ageing than those who use sunscreen only intermittently. To make things easier, use a foundation, tinted moisturizer or primer with SPF.
Don’t skip the serum
A serum is the most potent skincare product you can use on ageing skin. It’s a very light, highly concentrated liquid, made up of fast-absorbing, small molecules designed to go where lotions and creams cannot. Great for reducing the appearance of various effects of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and sunspots. Never forget to apply a few drops every morning and evening, after you use your facial cleanser and toner but before you moisturize.
Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion looking dull. By exfoliating three times a week, you will help your skincare products absorb better and your makeup blend seamlessly. Apply your face scrub to dry skin, then add water and gently massage it all over before rinsing off thoroughly.
Have A Facial Mask one to three times every week
A radiant-looking complexion can be achieved by adding a facial mask to your skincare routine – one to three times a week. It can draw out the build up of dirt, oils, and impurities from the surface of your skin while also immediately reducing the appearance of dull skin. While waiting for the facial mask to work its magic, put up your feet and relax.
Toss your beauty products and clean brushes regularly
Every six months, go through your skincare products: keep your favourites and must-haves and pass on those ones that don’t work for you. Examine how they look and smell. If there’s a noticeable change in the texture or colour, or if it begins to smell a bit off, it’s time to get rid of them.
According to Jessica Wu, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California and a dermatologist in private practice in Los Angeles: “Most beauty products are designed to stay fresh and stable only for a limited period of time. After that, they start to break down, so your cream might not work as well, your makeup may streak or change colour, or worst-case scenario, you could develop a terrible infection.”
Also, clean your makeup brushes regularly (at least once a week) with lukewarm water and baby shampoo to remove dirt and bacteria. Your skin will thank you.