New Year, New Skin

2018 has come to an end, it’s the time of the year we start creating our New Year’s resolution. My number one resolution, is being consistent with my skin care routine. But first I need to create the best routine for my skin care needs.

Back to Basics

I fall victim to following a lot buying 101 items for my skin due to its popularity online or someone recommending an item. I just tend to forget that what works for others won’t work for me, so I am taking it back to basics. So, if you are looking for a new routine or want to adjust yours as you aren’t getting what you want from it. These are the basic types of items you need in your routine to be most out of your routine.

  1. A wash

  2. Exfoliant/Scrub

  3. Daily defence

  4. Repair

  5. Sunscreen

Wash

Your wash should be specific to your skin type whether its oily, dry or combination skin. Having a facial wash has several benefits, it helps remove dirt, oil and any impurities from our day to day lifestyles. Its critical that if you’re wearing makeup daily that you wash your face before bed. Using a facial wash helps with keeping the skin hydrated. This is due to the layer of dead skin being removed making it easier for your face to take in moisture better.

Exfoliant

Exfoliants come in two forms, physical or chemical. At the end of the day, they both do the same thing which is buff away dead skin leading to the face to become more even textured. The two types of exfoliants, physical and chemical, tend to give different results to each person.

Physical exfoliants can be a couple things, it could be an exfoliating facial brush or a manual exfoliant these are granules of different sizes that are used to scrub off dead skin cells. Another benefit from physical exfoliants, the continuous massaging of the face in circular motions, helps to boost the flow of blood which also gives the face a slight glow.

Chemical exfoliants tend to be acids such as salicylic glycolic or lactic acid. If you see the abbreviations AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) or BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid) on your exfoliant then you’re are going in the right direction. I myself, I prefer chemical exfoliants as physical exfoliants tend to be too harsh for my skin.

Daily Defence

Protection such as antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals, free radicals are energised electrons, that can cause damage. The type of damage they cause for the skin is redness, rosacea pigmentation and dulling of the skin. So, introducing an antioxidant helps protect your skin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps boost collagen production and is also great for neutralising free radicals.

Repair

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This is where you should make sure you are really targeting your skin concerns, whether its acne, ageing or pigmentation.

My issue is pigmentation so I’m introducing a product that will balance my pigment and avoid discolouration, so I will be using a Tyrosinase Inhibitor. These are marketed as products that contain liquorice root extract or niacinamide/Vitamin B3 or Retinol.

Sunscreen

Just like exfoliants, there are physical and chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens, such as oxybenzone, need a chemical reaction in order to work. These work by changing UV rays into heat. Physical sunscreens do not tend to react too much with your skin or products. These react as a physical barrier from pollution and of course the sun. Zinc oxide and Titanium oxide are just a few physical sunscreens.

We are all guilty of not follow our new year resolution. Do not give up hope if you feel your new routine is not working for you. It takes 6-12 weeks to see any noticeable changes. Also, do not get disheartened if you reap some negative results sometimes, we have to allow our skin to get used to the new products, we must stick with it until around 6/8 weeks before we can give up the routine. I am talking about the odd day of oily skin or an odd spot, if you find yourself have a reaction to a product cease using it! But I believe that if you have these five basic products for your routine and are being consistent, you’ll be happy with your new skin in the new year.