January marks the beginning of a brand new year – a fresh start, a new chapter, however you look at it! People start setting goals that they would like to achieve, or continue to improve on goals made in the past. One common resolution is to be healthy. People start working out more, eating better, and taking care of their overall mental and physical health. The main objective of these goals is to look and feel your best. Proper skin care is also a goal for many. Skin care not only helps the look of your skin now, but it sets you up for youthful, radiant skin for years to come.
There are some easy ways to maintain good skin. The key is to be consistent with your skincare routine. Make sure you wash off all makeup and dirt from your face before bed. Also, do not forget to moisturize after washing your face. For people with oily skin, use a toner before you moisturize. For everyone, no matter what skin type, make sure to use SPF lotion or sunscreen before going outside. Constantly reapply sunblock if you know you will be outdoors for an extended period of time. Sun damage comes in all forms, from sunspots, to premature wrinkles, and worse, cancerous moles. So make sure you are constantly protecting your skin!
There are some common skincare mistakes that people make. For people with oily skin, do not wash your face with a cleanser in the morning. Simply wash your face with warm water. Washing your face with a cleanser in the morning throws off the pH balance in your face and strips away natural oils, which causes your face to produce excess oil. So sometimes using less products is better than using more! Also, it is important to read the ingredients of skincare products, especially if you have specific allergies.
Along with mistakes, people have habits they know are wrong, but do them anyways. One common bad habit is not washing off one’s makeup before bed, and even before the gym. Sweating causes pores to open up, so dirt and oil will build up if there is makeup on top of your skin. It is better to work out with a clean face – the makeup will be ruined anyways if you’re working out hard enough! A final common bad habit to rid yourself of this New Year is picking or touching your face. Even resting your hand on your cheek can be transferring bacteria and dirt onto your skin! A lot of us do it out of habit and without even thinking about it, but it is something to be conscious of in order to prevent future breakouts.
A new year brings lots of excitement and the possibility to redefine yourself, however you may see fit. If skin care is one of your biggest concerns, we invite you to continue following our weekly skin care tip articles and try Clear Essence skin care products. Clear Essence is a leader in ethnic skin care and has delivered effective and results driven skin care products for over 20 years. We hope our weekly advice columns help you learn more about our products and how to best achieve your skin care goals!