Do you feel that the gray and cold winter months leave your skin itching, red, and irritated? With some simple tips, you can update your skincare routine, regain the glow on your face, and feel ready for the upcoming spring season.
Tip 1 - Identify Your Skin Type: Knowing your skin type is the first and most important step, according to me. This way, you can customize your skincare routine with products that suit your skin and avoid products that your skin doesn't like. There are different ways to do this. For example, you can book a skincare analysis with a skincare expert. Although this is a worthwhile investment, you may not feel like doing it or have the budget for it right now. There are also numerous free and quick skin tests available online. These provide a good indication of where to start and can guide you in the right direction. So get to know your skin and find out your skin type - you won't regret it.
Tip 2 - Cleanse Your Hands Before Washing Your Face: It may sound obvious, but many people actually forget that their hands are the dirtiest part of their body as they constantly touch various surfaces and are exposed to bacteria. To avoid spreading bacteria all over your face, which can trigger acne, wash your hands before touching your face. It's a quick, simple, and free way to help your skin stay healthy. Use an organic soap for your hands to be more gentle.
Tip 3 - Wash Your Face with Lukewarm Water: Washing your face is, of course, the first step in a skincare routine. But many people use either too hot or too cold water. Using the wrong temperature can increase skin irritation. Moreover, hot water can dry out your skin. Lukewarm water is the perfect compromise.
Tip 4 - Use SPF All Year Round: If you're interested in skincare, you probably already know that sunscreen is an incredibly important part of your skincare routine. In the summer, this is probably obvious to many. However, harmful UVA rays that your skin needs protection from are much longer and can penetrate the skin even in winter. Every skincare therapist I've talked to recommends using sunscreen all year round because it helps with premature aging, acne, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. It's also an absolute must if you use retinol, vitamin C, or AHA and BHA acids. Spring and sunny days are around the corner now, but don't wait, start using sunscreen today.
Tip 5 - Consistency and Patience: Your skin won't change overnight. The products that provide the best long-term results are also the ones that take the longest time to show results. It can take anywhere from four weeks to three months up to a year to see any difference. Patience is the key, and consistency is a must. Skipping a night won't ruin your skin, but if you want results, you also have to work for it.