2021 is almost behind us. And as we look back at those stressful months, we can all say with certainty, 'Thank God it's Over!'
But, all that stress, anxiety and tension have not just taken a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing but also greatly affected our appearance and our skin, making us look at ourselves in the mirror only to say, 'I need a break.'
So, fill your resolutions list with simple, easy and good-for-you changes to make your beauty regime welcome the 2022 stress and help your skin glow.
#1 - Establish a basic skincare routine and stick to it
We all have different skin types, and every skin type comes with its own set of challenges and needs. But the first step to ensuring your skin stays well-nourished and youthful is to develop a simple skincare routine that suits you. So, this new year, establish a basic skincare regime customised to your skincare needs. Here is what you need to get started:
· A gentle cleanser that is suitable for your skin type
· An exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells
· A moisturiser with sunscreen (SPF) to protect against harmful UV rays
#2 - Use a cleanser designed to suit your skin type
It is time to bid farewell to your ordinary soaps. Laden with harmful chemicals, these harsh products strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and dull. Choose gentle, dermatologist-tested, sulphate-free facial cleansers instead. If you have dry skin, then products with Aloe vera and chamomile will help moisturise your skin. If you have oily skin, pick products with orange and grapefruit to help ensure your skin feels refreshed.
#3 – Keep your skin well-hydrated daily
Just like your body, your skin needs its daily dose of hydration. A daytime moisturiser with a broad-spectrum sunscreen is perfect for everyday use to keep your skin well hydrated and nourished. If you need extra moisture, include a multifunctional daily serum underneath your daytime moisturiser to help improve your skin’s softness, smoothness, radiance and glow.
#4 – Never forget to wear your SPF
Remember, SPF is a must irrespective of whether it is bright and sunny or cloudy and grey. Continued exposure to UVA rays can cause skin ageing, and UVB rays can cause sunburn. If adequate sun protection is not adopted, one could get a sunburn, experience the signs of premature ageing, and of course, there is the risk of developing severe skin conditions. In 2022, be sure to add a broad-spectrum sunscreen at the end of your morning skincare routine.
#5 - Exfoliate weekly to remove dead skin
Exfoliating your face can reveal healthier, brighter-looking skin in minutes. It is vital to scrub at least once a week because it helps remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Look for gentle products with powerful exfoliating agents like blueberry, pomegranate and bamboo seeds. These ingredients can help you achieve soft, smooth skin without causing it any harm.
#6 - Add clay and sheet masks into your skincare routine
A go-to skincare resolution for 2022 would be to include clay and sheet masks into your routine. Bentonite clay is highly beneficial when it comes to combating oily skin. Known for its absorbing and toning properties, it removes oil, dirt, dead skin and helps prevent pore-clogging, which ultimately can prevent breakouts. On the other hand, sheet masks with moisturising, brightening and firming benefits packs quite a punch.
#7 - Drink enough water
We all know the importance of drinking water for the healthy maintenance of the body, but it is also vital for your skin health. When the skin is adequately hydrated, it looks smooth and has a radiant glow. Get into a routine where you set up proper reminders to fill up on the daily water intake and drink enough fluids to keep your skin hydrated from inside out.
#8 – Include protein-rich foods in your diet
Protein is the primary material used to replace worn-out or dead cells. A diet low in protein, over many months, can cause a loss in skin tone, thinning of hair and wrinkles beyond what would be reasonable for chronological age. Including protein in your diet from sources like chicken, meat, fish, soy or tofu may help you solve that concern. Protein shakes are also great options to balance and maintain your daily protein consumption.
#9 - Try collagen-rich foods & supplements
In your mid-20s, the skin progressively loses moisture and becomes increasingly dry, making the connective tissue lose its firmness and elasticity. This new year try including collagen-rich foods such as leafy greens, citrus fruits, fish, chicken, soy and beans in your daily diet as a part of your skincare resolution. Hydrolysed collagen supplements can increase skin elasticity, skin density, reduce wrinkles and support smooth skin.
#10 - Antioxidants in and out
Antioxidants are potent in protecting the skin from oxidative damage. Apply antioxidant-rich skincare products regularly, especially at the start of the day. Also, a diet rich in antioxidants vitamins A, C and E helps to fend off free radical damage to our cells. Taking a daily multivitamin is an excellent way to ensure you are providing your skin with the micronutrients it needs.
Remember, skin cell renewal takes place every 28-30 days. So, get started and plan your skincare resolutions now to discover healthy, youthful and well-nourished skin this new year.