Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so just like your body, it needs looking after.
It faces challenges such as harsh abrasion, pollution, sunlight and detergents, so it would seem silly to do anything other than care for it with a consistent skincare routine.
We’ve been chatting in The Barn and have come up with a list of New Year’s skin resolutions which will be easy to keep, and will get you the healthy, glowing skin you’ve always wanted!
1. Keep things clean!
Makeup bags, brushes, cloths and sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria, and this bacteria then gets transferred to our skin, leading to breakouts and clogged pores.
Whenever you use your makeup brushes, they collect oil, dead skin cells, dust, and debris. Clean you makeup brushes at least once a month, replace sponges and cloths regularly and give that makeup bag a wipe out every now and again.
2. Make sure you’re using the right products and have the right skincare routine for your skin
You don't know what’s best for your skin until you become better acquainted with it.
There is a huge range of products available to you, and yes, it can be overwhelming, but that’s why having a prescribed regime is so helpful! Knowing what your skin needs and can benefit from is what will lead to healthy, glowing skin!
Discover how to achieve your best skin ever with a complimentary skin fitness plan, which includes expert analysis and Dermalogica Face Mapping prescription.
3. Start double cleansing
Everyone knows to cleanse their skin twice daily, but most people don’t realise that a single cleanse still leaves behind a layer of oil-based debris, such as sunscreen, long-lasting make-up, pollution and your skin’s own sebum (oil).
This is because your usual cleanser simply cannot fully penetrate the barrier this oil-based debris creates, resulting in dull, congested skin.
Double-cleansing is simply the act of removing your make-up and SPF, excess sebum and dead skin until all grime and build-up are removed - then you can get down to actually cleaning your skin.
There’s no question on how important sunscreen is. Being in the sun without the right protection increases the risks of skin diseases and guarantees early skin ageing.
Even if the chances of burning on a cloudy day seem pretty slim to none, it’s still important to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen products regardless of the weather.
Choose a moisturiser that contains SPF as UV is present even on a cloudy day.
5. Start exfoliating
When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil, clogged pores, blemishes and acne. A regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy!
Book a free skin consultation to find out which exfoliator is best for your skin.
6. Drink more water!
In the summer, we really focus on keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of water, however in winter bad habits creep back in.
The truth is you need to maintain your water intake no matter the season. Water accounts for 70% of the body, so as well as hydration it’s also essential for keeping our skin’s elasticity and is the key to healthy, glowing skin!
Dehydration in the skin weakens its defence and creates skin sensitivity, irritation, and premature ageing.
We’ve been trying out some new flavours at The Barn; try infusing your water with winter flavours such as cranberry and orange - delicious! Eating fresh fruit is also an excellent source of water!
7. Change your bedding more regularly
Skin cells go into makeover mode while we sleep, shedding dead, dry cells onto the surface of your face. This, alongside oil from your scalp and hair, ends up on your pillow and then your face. Yep, sounds gross doesn’t it?
Change your bedding at least once a week for healthy, glowing skin!
8. Stick with it
You have to be patient. Dramatic improvements don’t happen overnight. With a tailored routine you will start to notice small changes quickly, but it’s your commitment to your skincare regime that will really pay off.