1. Get on a monthly facial programme
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. We at SKINDAYS like to think of facials as a workout for your skin – if you’re willing to head to the gym 3 times a week, the idea of a regular facial programme shouldn’t be too far-fetched. So why exactly are facials a must? First, they’re executed by aestheticians who can identify your skin concerns at a glance and create a regimen tailored to your specific skin needs (just like a personal trainer would!) and since everyone’s skin is unique, this is vital. Regular facials also increase the efficacy of your (probably very expensive) products. By creating a cleansed, exfoliated and properly hydrated base, your products and makeup can penetrate your skin much more efficiently. Finally, the post-glow facial is unmistakable – it’s like supercharging your skin with 3 months of your religious skincare routine within a 45-minute timeframe. That’s basically time travel at this point!
2. Make hydration a monthly routine
From a purely aesthetic viewpoint, hydrated skin is synonymous with plump, healthy and youthful skin – who doesn’t want that? Every skin type requires hydration and despite being counterintuitive, oily skin is often THE most dehydrated! Oily skin is a common skin type in South East Asia due to its humid climate and is often treated incorrectly. This skin type is usually desperately in need of moisture, hence why sebum production goes overboard to compensate for the lack of moisture which results in…. you guessed it – ever increasingly oily skin! From a dermatological standpoint, the outermost layer of skin needs moisture to flush away toxins and carry nutrients to the skin cells. If your skin is dehydrated, these cells will not be able to function and will be unable to carry out this important process! Hydrated skin also means healthier skin as its barrier is stronger qne is also more resilient to environmental triggers such as pollution and bacteria. Basically, your skin needs moisture like how our body needs water. You can get maximum skin hydration from the combination of a suitable & nourishing skincare routine, drinking at least 8 cups of water a day and eating foods rich in fatty acids and with high water content i.e. apples, cucumbers, berries, fish… you know the list!
(We recommend: Skindays Super Dew Serum)
3. Do a sheet mask weekly
Not only do they feel cool and are a fun way to practice #selfcare, sheet masks are more than a gimmick and actually do have benefits! A mask that’s infused with a cocktail elixir of skincare goodness is the next best thing to do if you have to miss a facial appointment! When you usually apply skincare products, there is a chance of them evaporating and not penetrating to their maximum potential. The sheet mask solves this issue with its physical barrier which prevents evaporation of good-for-your-skin ingredients. The result is instantly hydrated, juicy and plump-looking skin perfectly primed for makeup application or just for you to feel yourself on any regular Sunday night! Think of it as a step you can take to further your skincare regime.
4. Use a chemical exfoliant regularly
Environmental and genetic factors can contribute to slower skin cell regeneration – in layman’s terms, this explains why babies are blessed with glowy soft skin (WHY?) and as we age, skin can tend to look a bit dull. Slower cell turnover rates can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin which can leave skin looking dull, dry and may even clog pores which can lead to a whole set of other problems. Although mechanical exfoliation is an option, modern day skincare favors chemical exfoliation as it is more sophisticated and gentle on the skin. Acids such as BHAs and AHAs are all superstars for removing dead skin cells to reveal fresh cells underneath. Just like how every great masterpiece is built on a clean, blank canvas, your products and makeup will perform better on exfoliated skin. However, there is a thing as too much exfoliation so be sure to check the strength of your exfoliant and limit it to 2-3x a week!
(We recommend: Skindays Gentle Peel Serum)
5. Prioritize sleep over netflix
Not only is snoozing away seriously good for your general health and wellbeing, it’s also a bonus for your skin and the key to a glowing complexion! This is because skin goes into repair mode while you’re busy being Sleeping Beauty, especially between 11pm to 1am! During this time, your skin is actively repairing itself from UV exposure, rebuilding collagen and replenishing itself which is why you can always tell when someone is sleep-deprived (we’re talking dullness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles) …or when someone’s been sleeping too much! So how do you make the most of this advantage? Be sure to clock at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep daily, get in bed by 11pm (it’s tough we know), get on a great skincare night routine that includes plenty of skin nourishing ingredients that aids skin recovery and even consider investing in a 100% pure silk pillowcase that improves beauty sleep! So go ahead, light a candle and set your alarm later for tomorrow without feeling guilty, your skin deserves it!
(We recommend: SkinSleep Silk Pillow)
And there you have it. While it will not always be easy peasy sticking to a routine, we can't emphasize anymore on the importance of kickstarting the new year with healthy skincare habits. It sort of sets the pace for the whole year ahead, doesn't it? Whatever it is, we know your skin will thank you and we're positive you'll get there!