4+ New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Your Skin Care Routine in 2021 to Better Know Your Skin Needs
As January rolls on and people continue with the ‘new me’ mantra, should we also be applying this to our skincare routines?
Changing up your skincare routine can be tricky, and many people (including myself) have an overload of questions and panic at the idea of changing the routine that we have been perfecting for months, if not years.
But, stop the panic. The first thing to know is that everyone’s skin is different. Because of this, Courtney Smith-Farnum, Skin Technician at Skinsmiths, explains: “It’s really important to change it up depending on what your skin needs.”
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But, how do we know what our skin needs?
For this, Smith-Farnum suggests seeing a professional, who will be able to give educated advice on what to do to help your skin. However, if you haven’t got the time (or the spare cash) to make an appointment with a dermatologist, there are also steps we can all take at home.
Smith-Farnum explained that the simple things are often the most important. “By doing the obvious things like drinking more water and eating healthily, if you do have breakouts you know that there could be different things that are triggering it.”
She also flags the importance of exfoliation: “Some people notice that they might get flaky skin, and so that means you need to exfoliate, so when you have dryness it’s not just about hydrating, you also need to exfoliate twice a week to remove the build-up on the surface.”
However, exfoliation can cause issues for some, so like with most things, take it with a pinch of salt. According to The Skin Edit, a blog run by skincare brand La Roche Posay, harsh exfoliants are not recommended for acne prone skin. It states: “If you remove too much natural oil during the process, your skin will react and produce more, which can cause more breakouts as the follicles become blocked with keratin and oil all over again.”
Instead, it suggests using a gel-free cleanser that contains exfoliating properties in order to balance the PH of the skin, preventing further breakouts.
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Beauty editor at BeautyBay.com, Grace Day, also gives advice for those with problem skin. “Keep it simple – if you’re having flare-ups, strip your routine back to a gentle cleansing milk, hydrating serum, calming face mist, and a really basic moisturiser. Look for ingredients like Aloe Vera and cucumber (which will help to soothe and calm irritation) and avoid anything with alcohol in it.”
One moisturiser that Day recommends is the Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre, which “has a light, lotion-like texture so it feels weightless and absorbs quickly,” perfect, she says, if you want soft and glowy skin.
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Although switching up a skincare routine can be great for revitalising skin, Smith-Farnum advises against completely overhauling your routine: “You don’t want to change it too much all at once, so maybe change one product at a time.”
She also recommends that when testing any new products, to try them out for at least a month to see how they work with any changes your skin undergoes during the month.
Having said that, changing a skincare routine isn’t for everyone, and if you don’t like the idea of changing your routine, then simply put – don’t! Day says: “If you’ve found a product that works for your skin, don’t feel the need to replace it with something new for the sake of it.”
Smith-Farnum finished with one piece of vital advice: “To see the results, you always need consistency.”
So, whether you change up your skincare routine or not, dedicating a few minutes every day to your routine could leave you with overall happier and healthier skin.