The start of a new year can be very overwhelming and with everyone setting up their resolutions, it takes some time to adjust to change. Your skin works the same, so we’re here to assist!
Here are some easy intentions you can follow to keep you and your skin in tip-top shape.
1. Always remove makeup and SPF before heading to bed.
As we sleep, blood flow increases which makes our body temperature rise and our skin barrier’s permeability increases. When you double cleanse with an oil based cleanser like Makeup Re-Wined
, you remove all the dirt and grime that collects on your skin throughout the day. This in turn makes it easier for your skincare products to work their magic and for your skin to breathe while you catch some Z’s!
2. Integrate a chemical or physical exfoliant into your routine.
Chemical exfoliants like Kale-Lalu-yAHA
help eliminate bacteria and decrease oil production through the power of acids and enzymes. It can gently loosen dead skin cells and unclog pores to help prevent breakouts and improve your skin’s texture over time. And since Kale-Lalu-yAHA
is formulated with hyaluronic acid, it’ll leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated!
On the other hand, physical exfoliation refers to the manual removal of dead skin cells using a washcloth and other beauty tools! This method of exfoliation works to physically slough away the outermost layer of your skin and immediately reveals smoother looking skin after rinsing.
Both methods can be interchangeably used or even paired together. But do make sure to listen to your skin as combining these methods or only focusing on one method can be too much for your skin to handle! You can use this chart to help you figure out which type of exfoliation you might need and its benefits:
| Chemical Exfoliant
- Utilizing the power of acids and enzymes to loosen the bonds between skin cells and help with skin cell turnover
- Use 1-2x a week
- May take awhile but produces long term results
- Skin types that can benefit from this method: Dry/Normal/Oily/Acne-Prone
- Skin types that might want to stay clear of this method: Sensitive/Very Dry
- Utilizing small grains or beauty tools to manually scrub away dead skin cells to help with skin cell turnover
- Use 1-3x a week
- Produces immediate results revealing brighter and smoother skin after rinsing
- Skin types that can benefit from this method: Dry/Normal/Oily
- Skin types that might want to stay clear of this method: Acne-Prone/ Very Sensitive Skin
3. Moisturize daily.
As some of you may have heard, certain skin types may not need a moisturizer in their routine. However, moisturizers like our Oat So Simple Water Cream
can help counteract transepidermal water loss (or TEWL for short). TEWL can contribute to a collection of unwanted skin conditions like dryness, acne, or irritation, so to keep your skin in check, follow up with a moisturizer and keep your skin hydrated when necessary!
4. Remember to apply sunscreen - even if it’s cloudy and raining.
UV rays are a lot sneakier than you think! For instance, UVA rays can easily penetrate through our windows and our skin. They can cause premature skin aging and have a hand in skin cancer formation just like UVB rays. That is why it’s important to apply and reapply sunscreen even if you don’t see the sun itself. Stay tuned to see what we have in store to help protect your skin from those pesky UV rays!
5. Consume what you have.
Now we always preach about how essential it is to use what you have and know works for you! Not only can it save you money in the long run, but your skin will thank you too. Introducing a new product in your routine can mess up the magic that’s already happening and can cause unwanted sensitivity or irritation. Every product on the market has a different time frame for when you’ll see results, so be patient and listen to what your skin is craving.
The new year can bring a lot of changes - good and bad. That’s why we wanted to share these skin intentions with you so you can take on the new year with your best skin forward! Keep up the good work and know that we’re always rooting for you and your skin barrier. 😉