I’m talking about new habits that are harder to adopt but will get you the clear, bright, flawless skin you’ve always wanted. Interested?
1. Feed skin from the inside out
I have a VERY sweet tooth. Mr BWB always complains I finish ice cream and baklava before he evens has the chance to taste them (but, seriously, how can he think the Magnum Tub we bought on Monday will last till Sunday?! Hello, do you even know me?!).
It’s not just ice cream. I devour chips and cheese, too. Veggies and fruits, not so much. I struggle to eat my five portions a day. I call it a success if I eat three.
I can see that my skin (and my health) 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 a smoothie or a handful of berries. Because eating healthy makes us feel AND look fabulous.
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 take every last trace of it off, you’re setting yourself up for a bad breakout..
And throwing your money in the bin, too. All that 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. 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 get rid of the oily residue and make sure my skin is thoroughly clean. Everything I apply next is guaranteed to work its best!
3. Use a serum containing CEF
Science is clear. CEF “ provides meaningful synergistic protection against oxidative stress in skin and should be useful for protection against photoaging and skin cancer.” Put simply, it helps fight the free radicals and treat the sun damage that cause premature aging.
A lot of women don’t use this combo because they assume it’s insanely expensive (thanks for that, Skinceuticals!). But, these days that are many affordable dupes around. My fave is Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster (it’s only $49.00!).
Now you have no more excuses. Go try it!
What new skincare habits are you going to adopt in 2016? Leave a comment and let me know.