What are your resolutions for 2023? Does your list include getting fit, engaging in a new hobby, saving money, or enhancing relationships? For us, one of our top priorities is to have better, healthier skin. We’ve had our fair share of skincare blunders over the past years, and there’s no shame in admitting it – we are still learning about our skin and what it needs.
Now that we know better, it’s time to give our skin the treatment it deserves. Let’s go on this journey to smooth, glowing skin all year round, starting with our simple guide ahead.
Know your skin type.
The first step to better skin is to know your skin type. It’s easy to fall into skincare fads (especially on TikTok!) that only do more harm than good to your skin. While these “hacks” seem interesting, you need to know if they would work for your skin first. Each skin is unique, meaning it has different needs. Knowing whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin will help you choose the right ingredients and approach. Skincare requires trial and error, but understanding your skin type can reduce potential mistakes and speed up achieving your skin goals!
At this point, we all know how important cleansing is in our regimen. It removes dirt, makeup, and grime on your face, providing a clean canvas to layer other products on. However, not all cleansers are made equal – not everything can reach deep into your pores to clean them. Double-cleansing clears out everything, so you can rest assured that your skin is makeup-free all the way. Start with an oil-based cleanser to strip off makeup and dirt on the surface of your skin. Rinse it off, then follow up with a lighter formula, like a foaming cleanser. This second cleanse will penetrate your pores and remove residual dirt and grime.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.
Moisturising is another vital step towards getting great skin. The hydration it delivers to your skin prevents dryness and helps soothe irritation. An extremely nourishing moisturiser can also prevent acne breakouts since your skin produces more oil or sebum when it’s dry. Remember to use a deeply-hydrating product in the morning before sunscreen and as the last step of your nighttime skincare routine.
Hydrate from the inside, too.
Topical moisturisers are great and all, but ensuring that your body is hydrated from within is just as important. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to replenish your body and skin. This does not only prevent dryness; it also improves your complexion because it keeps your skin healthy from within.
Don’t forget to exfoliate.
The topmost layer of your skin is filled with dead skin cells that can make your skin look dull and dry. Exfoliating your skin at least twice a week can slough off that layer and resurface younger, newer skin. And since you remove that problematic layer, you can also say goodbye to blemishes, dark spots, and deep-seated dirt. Exfoliating also helps with ageing since it tricks the skin into producing younger cells.
SPF is non-negotiable.
Believe it or not, your skin’s arch nemesis is the sun’s UV rays. These harmful rays penetrate deep enough to damage your cells, leading to premature ageing, darkening, and even skin cancer. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen containing SPF 30 or higher. Remember: It’s also worth noting that you still need to wear sunscreen, no matter if it’s not hot or sunny. Even during rainy or cold days, UV rays can damage your skin as they can seep through the thickest clouds. So yes, SPF is just non-negotiable!
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