Whether or not we’re willing to admit it, we’re all guilty of taking our skin for granted at one point or another. Every year, people make skincare new year resolutions, promising that this year will be different and that they’re going to change their careless ways and take better care of their skin.
The truth is that most people tend to let go of their new year resolution ideas within the first month of the new year. But, if we start off by taking baby steps with our new year resolutions, they might not seem so daunting and hard to follow.
Here are some easy-to-follow skin care ideas to add to your new year’s resolution list:
#1 Create a Personalized Skincare Routine
Nobody knows your skin better than you do. The best thing you can do to obtain and maintain a healthy glow for yourself is to adhere to some helpful skincare tips that you think will be effective for your skin and try them out.
It usually takes up to six weeks to be able to tell if a skincare routine is working for you. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, and what works for other people might not necessarily work for you. If you do not notice any significant improvements in your skin after six weeks, it is time to try something else. But, if whatever you are doing is working, then stick with it!
#2 Moisturize Often and Regularly
Too many people either forget to moisturize their skin or forgo the process altogether because they don’t think it is important. The skin needs to moisture to prevent it from drying out, cracking, and aging prematurely. The best thing to do is to find a moisturizer that contains at least SPF 30 so that it can also protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
This is even important in the winter because, believe it or not, the prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be very harmful to the skin. The best skincare tip for dry skin in the winter is to wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold, which can dry them out very quickly.
#3 Do Not Forget Your Hands and Neck
Most people tend to focus solely on the face when it comes to taking care of their skin, but they do not realize that the hands and neck are equally important. In fact, if left uncared for, the hands and neck are the biggest indicators of age. That is why it is important to cleanse and moisturize them just as often as you would your face.
Also, try as much as possible not to touch your face and hair too much as the oils and dirt from your hands can block the pores on your face, causing blemishes.
#4 Always Remove Makeup and Clean Brushes
This cannot be stressed enough. Makeup is one of the worst culprits when it comes to spreading dirt and oil all over your face. No matter how long or tiring of a day you have had, it is absolutely crucial to remove any and all makeup at the end of the day before you go to sleep. Also, always thoroughly clean your makeup brushes to remove residue and old makeup.
#5 Get That Beauty Sleep
Anywhere between seven to eight hours of sleep at night is enough to help your skin replenish itself and maintain its elasticity, which helps keep it looking young and vibrant. Bags under your eyes are a cry for help from your skin and a sure sign that you are not getting enough sleep at night.
#6 Always Shower After the Gym
This should be a given, but oddly enough, a lot of women tend to either prolong showering after an intense workout or they simply skip it altogether. This is detrimental to your skincare routine. One important tip for oily skin is to shower at least once every other day on a regular basis, and always shower after an intense sweat session at the gym. Or, at the very least, use moisturizing cleansing wipes to clean off the sweat before it dries.
#7 Treat Yourself to a Facial
Bimonthly facials are an excellent way to ascertain the cleanliness of your face. Dermatologists are, after all, skin experts and they are the only ones who can clean your face as thoroughly as possible because they have the know-how and the tools to do so.
#8 Leave Your Pimples Alone!
There is nothing more tempting than picking at a pimple that looks like it is just about ready to pop. As gross as it is, we have all done it at one point or another. You may think that this will make it heal faster, but actually, it has the opposite effect.
Picking at your pimples will only make things worse because it can cause scarring that can sometimes be permanent. Covering it with makeup will only further clog your pores, so that is not a good idea either. The best thing to do is to just leave it alone and let your body heal it naturally over time.
You can facilitate the healing process by using a light cleanser, but that is all you should do. Try not to touch it as much as possible because they oils and dirt from your hands will only cause the free radicals to spread on your face and result in more inflammation.
#9 Read All Labels on Cosmetics
Make sure to carefully read through all of the labels on any cosmetics you buy, including facial cleansers and makeup. There may be some ingredients that can cause allergic reactions such as hives. Even though they may be a little more expensive, organic beauty products are usually a safer bet than those that are chemical-based.
#10 Throw Out Old Cosmetics
Unfortunately, cosmetics do not have a very long shelf life—even the expensive ones—so you need to check the labels for recommended best-before or expiry dates. Anything that is well past its recommended freshness date must go.
You can usually tell if a product is a little too ripe by its scent. Yes, even unscented products still have a faint smell to them. When you first purchase them, give them a little sniff and you will notice that over time the freshness will slowly fade.
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