A new year means a new you, and one of the quickest ways to improve your mental health and overall appearance is with a new skin care routine. With a few simple steps, you can banish blackheads, infuse your skin with glowing softness and set aside time for self-care. Start 2021 off right with these skin care tips.
Even in winter, you need to wear sunscreen every day to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. According to SkinCancer.org, up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate cloud cover, meaning your skin can burn, wrinkle or discolor without proper protection. If you’re trying to put together a morning skin care routine for 2021, the most important step is including a quality sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. You can choose between regular sunscreen, moisturizer with sunscreen or make-up products like tinted moisturizer or foundation with added sunscreen. Make sure to apply your product at least fifteen minutes before leaving so your skin will have time to absorb it. You should use at least a tablespoon of sunscreen for your face and neck.
Keep your skin supple by applying moisturizer every day. During the harsh winter months, it’s especially important to keep your skin moisturized to prevent chapped or rough patches. If possible, avoid scented moisturizers that might irritate your skin; instead, stick with simple, time-tested formulas. For a super-simple skin-care routine for the new year, use a tinted moisturiser with sunscreen. Many high-quality skincare brands like BEAUTY OF JOSEON have SPF+ moisturisers to make it easy to use every day. If you use a good combo product every morning, you’ll be able to apply make-up, moisturizer and sunscreen in just a few seconds. Skin care doesn’t get much easier than that!
Drop Harsh Cleansers
Scrubbing your skin smooth at the end of the day is a luxurious feeling, especially if you wear foundation or concealer. However, if you choose the wrong cleanser, you could end up damaging your skin. The end of the year is the perfect time to assess your bathroom cabinet and get rid of any low-quality products. Throw away any cleansers that contain walnut shells, microplastic beads or other ingredients that physically scrape your skin clean. According to reporting from Bustle.com, most dermatologists recommend chemical-based scrubbing power. Unlike physical cleansers that can damage sensitive skin, chemical-driven cleaners promote a healthy turnover of dead skin cells without harming your face’s delicate cells. Look for products with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) or beta hydroxy/salilyic acids (BHA), both of which help your skin remove old, dead cells and regenerate newer, smoother skin.
Create a Self-Care Spa Day
For a self-indulgent addition to your new skin care ritual, set aside a few hours each week for a detailed spa experience. Pamper yourself with an at-home chemical appeal or mask, deep condition your hair, paint your nails or give yourself a pedicure. You can create a customized routine with as many or as few steps as you want. Just make sure to include an intensive moisturizing option, like a sheet mask or facial oil. A once-a-week fix is a great plan for resetting your skin care ritual in 2021; if you miss a few days of moisturizer, you can make it up with an intensive skin care session on the weekend.
You don’t need expensive new products to reset your skincare routine, but if a high-end eye cream improves your mood, no one’s going to judge you. 2020 was a tough year for everyone. Whether you want to start with a $5 bottle of grocery-store moisturizer or a $500 shopping cart of diamond-infused products, it’s your intention that matters. Use the new year to reset your mental health, and beautiful, glowing skin will follow.