New Year, New You with Better Skin
The start of a new year is the best time for new beginnings, and it brings all of its new year’s resolutions, promises and more, but with all of the different options out there, it can be difficult to pick a resolution that suits you, and that you’ll stick to. The thing is, it’s easy to get demotivated with many of these new routines and habits because they don’t have a big enough incentive. However, everyone can start to take care of their skin, even if there aren’t any visible concerns, and it’s something you’ll benefit from in the future.
Why should I start taking care of my skin?
Firstly, it can be easy for some people to decide that they need to start taking care of their skin, as there may be a visible skin concern that bothers them. On the other hand, for people who seem to have perfect, smooth skin, there may be question as to whether a skincare regime is actually needed, and there is a common misconception that you’re better off just leaving your skin to repair itself. While this is true to an extent, it’s always good to have a solid skincare routine for yourself, even if most of the products you use are simple, preventative measures.
If you’re interested in how you can start the year off (and finish it!) with clear skin, here are some considerations you can take into account for your daily skincare routine, as well as some simple adjustments you can make to your lifestyle.
1. Drink more water
If you’ve ever done some research about how you can get your dream glowy skin, you’ve probably heard this tip many times, but it’s something that many people overlook, or don’t really believe in. So, here’s the science. When you drink water, it firstly helps to hydrate your body, which can make your skin glowier to begin with. In addition, drinking plenty of water helps to flush out your colon of any toxins, and this can reflect on your skin, purifying it dramatically and improving the appearance of your complexion.
2. Practice good hygiene
Of course, practicing good hygiene in general is important anyway, and it can prevent you from developing many diseases, especially with everything going on at the moment. However, there are a few things that can be easy to ignore, but you should be paying attention to for the sake of your skin:
- Use a (very) clean pillowcase: you should be washing your pillowcase at least once or twice a week to prevent any bacteria transferring from it onto your skin.
- Wash your face before you go to sleep: your skin repairs itself during the night-time, so it’s important that you’ve cleaned it beforehand in order to give it the best chances of reparation as possible.
- Wash your makeup brushes: if you wear makeup, your brushes can be full of bacteria that collects from your products, so washing them will be very beneficial.
3. Be patient and consistent
No matter what ingredients, processes or regimes you choose to follow, there’s one key thing that you need to remember at all times throughout your skincare journey. And that’s to be consistent. It doesn’t matter if you did an extravagant routine one day, if you followed it with a total lack of any skincare for the next few days. Instead, it’s much more effective to remain consistent and simple with your skin, and only use what you need. Using too many products, especially if they’re too harsh for your skin type, or don’t suit the reason they’re being used for, can actually be worse for your skin.
4. Do your research
If you’re ever worried about what products you should or shouldn’t be using, and you’d like some extra advice, you can always check out professional advice from a dermatologist or other health specialist, if that’s available to you. If not, there are plenty of resources online published by world-famous figures in the skincare industry, so you can always find out what’s suitable for your skin in particular by doing a bit of your own research. You don’t have to become a skincare expert overnight, but just being a little more educated about the basics for your skin can pay off tremendously on the long run.
- Use a sunscreen
In the media and on various platforms, sunscreen is completely underrated and overlooked as one of the most crucial components to your skincare routine. No matter whether you have oily skin, dry skin, young skin or older skin, sunscreen is for everyone, and you can always find a specific product for your concerns. One of the biggest misconceptions about this product is that you only need to use a sunscreen in the hot summer months, when the Sun is strong outside, but this isn’t actually the case. In fact, you need to be wearing a sunscreen all year round as, even though the Sun may not be shining bright in the sky, it’s still emitting its UV rays, which cause detrimental damage to your skin when it’s unprotected.
There are so many skin concerns, and even health concerns, that can stem from not wearing a protective sunscreen, and they affect everyone. Even just getting sunburn once can increase your chance of developing melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) significantly. And, if you’re more interested in the aesthetics side of things, sun damage due to UVA rays is the leading cause of premature skin aging, and it enhances any aging that has already occurred, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and hyper-pigmentation.
In other words, you can feel free to look further into the world of SPFs and sun protection, but the main thing you need to take away from this is that you should be wearing a sunscreen every single day.
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