June 14, 2021News
Beauty trends have all shifted their focus to skincare. After a year of working from home, without a inch of makeup in sight, we’ve come to appreciate being able to give our skin a break. The new ‘beauty standard’ is the idea of a dewy glow. The secret to glass-like skin and obtaining a brighter complexion, is to be consistent with your skincare routine. It’s about more than just using a cleanser and moisturizer. There’s so much more to your skincare than that.
Every so often, you want to refresh your skincare routine to make sure it’s working for you. Whether you’re a newbie to the world of skincare or a seasoned professional, our guide includes tips and tricks for curating a skincare routine that will help you create a dewy glow. With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get on top of your skincare routine.
We’ve broken our guide down in sections, covering everything you need to know about the products you should use every day, the ingredients to look out for, and what else you should be doing for your skin.
Before you can jump into buying products, you have to consider your skin type. While we often think of terms like ‘oily’, ‘dry’, and ‘combination’ skin, we sometimes overlook the realities of problematic skin. This term is more ambiguous, but it’s essentially a skin type where you suffer from problems or inconveniences like dry patches, excess oil production, and breakouts. You could fall into any of the mainstream categories, while also having problematic skin.
Whatever your skin type is, you want to consider the reality of dead skin cells. The main cause for dull-looking skin is dead skin cells and impurities that clog up your pores and create an uneven texture. Your skin sheds thousands of dead skin cells every day. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to pay extra attention to the cleansers that you use.
Wherever possible, it’s best to look for natural ingredients that will nourish you skin and avoid irritants like parabens and chemicals that might irritate your skin. One thing you want to avoid in general is artificial fragrance, including essential oils.
You want to develop a consistent skincare routine that you can follow both morning and night. Your routines should be fairly similar for both parts of the day, but you can swap out specific products, like your moisturizer, to better target your skin overnight. The night-time is when your skin is working overtime to repair and renew your skin cells, so you can use more potent products then to boost your complexion/
You don’t have to use a ten or twelve-part skincare routine (like a Korean skincare routine). Carefully choosing five or six products that work for your skin can be just as effective. Your skincare routine should be four steps. Cleanse, tone, treat and moisturise. Your cleanser and toner remove the dead skin cells and impurities from your skin, while tightening your pores and evening your skin surface. By cleaning your skin, these products make it easier for you to absorb the active ingredients in your products.
The ‘treating’ stage of your skincare routine is where you can personalise it to meet your specific skincare concerns with serums and oils. It’s worth researching what ingredients work best for your skin type. You can incorporate products like caffeine, which can help reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles. Vitamin E is another ingredient worth looking out, as it works for all skin types. This ingredient will reduce sun damage and help diminish the appearance of scars and imperfections on your skin, while giving you a boost of hydration.
A moisturizer is the final step of your skincare routine. It serves to hydrate your skin and lock-in the active ingredients in your other products. You can swap your moisturizer out at night-time for a thicker formula to help repair your skin on cellular level overnight. Moisturizer is the one product you can’t afford to skip. It’s the secret to a dewy glow as it leaves your skin plump and hydrated, while preventing signs of premature aging.
When it comes to your morning routine, you want to finish off your routine with an SPF. Sun damage and oxidative stress can damage your skin’s protective barrier, leading to premature aging and causing your skin to look dull. You want to make sure to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day, as it typically only offers a few hours of protection. It’s also worth considering the impact of blue light damage on our skin. Siting in front of your laptop for six hours can cause as much damage as being in the mid-day sun for 25 minutes.
Along with maintaining a regular skincare routine to keep your skin hydrated, you want to add in extras like face masks. These treatments can help your overall self-care, as well as your skin. They’re easy to add in as an occasional treatment, whether it’s once a week or every few days. High-quality sheet masks will help the serum absorb into your skin for optimum results and can create a glass-like effect for your skin.
If you want to brighten your complexion and create a radiant glow, you need vitamin C in your routine. This ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties. It brightens your complexion by diminishing the appearance of redness in your skin, while smoothing its texture to create a dewy glow. Vitamin C also helps with whitening your skin by treating hyperpigmentation as it’s been proven to impede melanin production, which can cause dark spots and melasma on your skin.
To keep your skin youthful and glowing, you want to incorporate hyaluronic acid. You can find this ingredient in serums or incorporated into moisturizers and facial creams. Hyaluronic acid is something you naturally find in your body, inside your connective tissue. It plays a role in your skin’s structure and is just as essential as collagen for keeping your skin looking youthful. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to thousand times its weight in water, helping to maintain your skin’s moisture [levels and boost your protective barrier.
We’re highlighting these two ingredients because they can be used in partnership to create a dewy complexion. These two ingredients complement each other by hydrating and protecting your skin. Using vitamin C and hyaluronic acid together will reduce the risk of any irritation that might be triggered from the vitamin C by keeping your skin moisturised and aiding the healing process.
While your skincare routine helps to care for your skin on a day-to-day basis, it sometimes needs a helping hand. Just like your skincare routine, the secret to experimenting with skincare treatments is to be consistent. Dermatologists typically recommend having a facial at least once a month. If you decide to choose a specialist treatment like plasma injections, your dermatologist will be able to recommend a course of sessions for you.
You don’t have to go to a spa or salon to indulge in a skin treatment. Investing in a jade roller and gua sha means you can add massages into your regular skincare routine. These two tools are an affordable way of improving the overall condition of your skin. They work by promoting lymphatic drainage and stimulating your circulation to relax your muscles and detoxify your skin. Both a gua sha and jade roller will tone and lift your skin.
Sometimes it happens. Maybe you’ve gotten in from work late and fallen asleep on the sofa. Whatever the reason, you don’t want to let it become a habit. Falling asleep with your makeup on can cause chaos for your skin by clogging your pores. It’s usually best to use an oil-based makeup remover if you use more pigmented beauty products, such as intense eyeshadow shades. While makeup wipes can stripe your skin of its moisture, it’s better to use makeup wipes if you’re in a rush than to let yourself fall asleep with your makeup on. If you wake up and remember you’ve got a face full of makeup on, you can double cleanse with a cleansing balm and a face wash.
The concept of ‘beauty sleep’ isn’t just an empty phrase. Getting eight hours of sleep can help reduce puffiness around your eyes and rejuvenate dull-looking skin. When you’re asleep, your skin has the chance to repair and renew itself on a cellular level. Sleeping better will improve your energy levels and boost your blood flow and circulation. When you’re dealing with sleep deprivation or insomnia, you start to suffer from blood flow issues that can give your skin a dull-looking appearance. When you have an increased blood flow to your face, you get the natural flush to your cheeks that accentuates your inner radiance.
What are your skincare goals? Are there specific products and ingredients that you swear by? Let us know in the comments below.
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