Then, let’s make some resolutions. Not the usual, “let’s wear sunscreen daily, remove makeup before going to bed, and not pick at that spot, doesn’t matter how much it’s bothering us.” I’m assuming we’re all already doing all that.
Good. Then, let’s see what new worthy habits we should adopt in 2016 to finally get the clear, bright, flawless skin we’ve always wanted:
1. Feed skin from the inside out
I have a very sweet tooth. I find it so hard to resist sugar and chips. And, lately, I’ve become quite fond of cheese too. Veggies and fruits, not so much. Like most people, I don’t eat enough. And I can see that my skin (and my health too) is paying the price.
It complains by breaking out and becoming dull. So, this year, I plan to eat a big portion of veggies with every meal, and substitute my mid-afternoon sugary snack with an apple or a smoothie. Because eating healthy makes us feel AND look healthy (and amazing).
2. Start double cleansing
I know, I know. Taking makeup off at the end of a long, hard day is an annoying chore. You want to do it as quickly as possible. But, if you don’t remove everything, including waterproof mascara and stubborn sunscreen well, you’re just harming your skin.
And throwing money in the bin, because the grime left on your skin will prevent those expensive lotions and serums you apply next to penetrate as effectively as they have to to work their best.
That’s why I started double cleansing. I highly recommend you do too. First, I use an oil-based makeup remover to take off waterproof and longlasting products, like foundations and sunscreens. My favourite is Banila Co. Clean It Zero. An oil in sherbet form, it removes everything super quickly without making a mess.
Then, I follow up with a water-based makeup remover to remove the oil and make sure my skin is thoroughly clean. Now, I can apply my night-time treatments knowing they’ll work as they should.
3. Use a serum containing CEF
That stands for vitamins C and E, and Ferulic Acid. It’s the super powerful anti-aging combination made famous by Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. Studies have shown it “ provides meaningful synergistic protection against oxidative stress in skin and should be useful for protection against photoaging and skin cancer.” In other words, it helps fight the free radicals and treat the sun damage that cause premature aging.
A lot of people don’t use this combination because they assume it’s insanely expensive (after all, Skinceuticals was the first one to come up with it). But, there are affordable alternatives.
One of my favourites is Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster. It costs only $48.00. Even cheaper alternatives include Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum ($19.70) and Skin Actives Vitamin C Serum ($15.50). Now you have no more excuses not to try it. You’ll soon regret not having done it sooner.
What new skincare habits are you going to adopt in 2016?