Christmas can be a time that is not only tough on the bank balance and the waist band but also our skin. January is a perfect time to ditch all those bad habits and start on a new health and skincare routine. One that involves saying goodbye to the lack of sun cream, dead skin and old make up. All the tips below are for our skincare resolution and if you don’t already adopt them- now is the time to do so! They are all relatively simple, inexpensive solutions to the majority of skincare problems. They do not include lifestyle choices such as eating better, stopping smoking, and getting plenty of sleep. Although all three of these have an integral and crucial impact on your skin and need to be implemented as much as possible.
Wear Sunscreen Frequently
The biggest mistake many people make is only thinking of sunscreen when the weather hits 25 plus degrees. Sunscreen should be worn throughout the year as there is ultraviolet radiation when you are exposed to any sunlight. Dermatologist Robert Anolik says you are missing the boat if you aren’t wearing sunscreen, “whether on vacation or in your Uber car headed to the office”. For those of us that partake in outdoor sports it is especially important to remember to sunscreen throughout the year. The only difference in applying sunscreen in winter is that we will use less due to the amount of skin that is covered by clothes. Sunscreen should always be worn on exposed skin. Another mistake many make when wearing sunscreen is to not consider it until later in their life. This is a disastrous idea as the majority of skincare damage is done when we are at a younger age and don’t see these concerns as serious. If applicable, it is also extremely important to check what acne treatment you use as many acne products are oily and actually make you more susceptible to sunburn. If you discover you use these products, face moisturiser with SPF is definitely required to counteract those negative side effects. When choosing sunscreen, it is important to choose one that protects against UVA but also UVB and is at least an SPF 30. Depending on your skin type and preferences you can choose between oily, creamy transparent and waterproof sun cream. Lesley says, “the best sun cream to go for is the thicker white sun cream,” as it is the most durable and effective. By following these tips, you are helping to prevent premature aging and the development of skin cancer.
Take Off Your Makeup Before Bed
We’ve all been there. Fallen asleep on the sofa, assuming our makeup had “come off” throughout the day or got back from a late night and fallen straight to sleep. However, it is time we take control and get cleansing before bed. Leaving makeup on overnight means we are trapping the dirty particles that we have collected throughout the day and adding them to the used makeup and allowing them to stay on our skin for a prolonged period of time. If this makeup overstays its welcome, it can lead to a series of bad skin situations like clogged pores, acne, skin irritation and rashes. Washing your face is still a matter of high importance if you do not wear makeup or if you have just finished a workout. Allowing sweat to stay and dry on our skin after a workout leads to thriving bacteria and high possibilities of acne breakouts. It is not necessary to always complete a 10-minute facial routine every night but a simple face wash is highly recommended. An oil or balm-based cleanser is a quick and effective way to remove all makeup and bacteria traces. Alternatively, just a simple warm washcloth or makeup wipe is better than nothing and the simplest way to protect from breakouts.
Get Your Moles Checked
Moles are tricky things to judge. Has it changed in size? Does the colour look different to normal? Is it slightly inflamed? On top of this, getting your moles checked has never been so important. Cancerous moles are now the second most common form of cancer for those aged between 25-49 in the UK. This information means that we are advised to get our moles checked around 2-3 times a year dependent on your mole history. If you’ve had mole problems in the past, it is important to get any suspicious looking moles checked monthly. But what is a suspicious looking mole? Well, there are the ABCDE’s of moles; the signs you should look for in your moles.
One half of the mole does not match the other half
The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or smudgy
The mole has different colours such as black, blue, white or red
The diameter of the mole is larger than the diameter of a pencil
The mole looks different from others and/or is changing in size, colour or shape
Following these signs and knowing what increases the risks are the most important things you can do. Things that increase the risks are factors such as having pale skin that is susceptible to sunburn, large exposure to the sun, using a sun bed, naturally have lots of moles and taking medicines that affect your immune system. If you are concerned about a substantial number of moles on your body, it is recommended that you get them to checked by a doctor. You can also get a map of your moles, allowing you to see new additions or even ones that have disappeared. The underlining message is regardless of whether you are worried about a mole or not, go to the doctors and get them checked out.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Cleaning your makeup brushes is the one thing that everyone needs to do more. We’ve heard it in all the beauty and health sites and we know that makeup bags and brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, so why don’t we do it? And why should we start now? Well, dirty makeup brushes are a lot more of a problem than we make it out to be. If you think about it, you are wiping your face daily (if not more) with tools that are ridden with grease, dirt and stacks of bacteria. Constantly letting this build-up of junk touch your face can lead to a host of skin ailments including acne and skin irritation. On top of this, most if not all makeup products have an expiry date which many of us fail to stick to. This is normally displayed on the side of products under PAO and will detail something similar to 12M etc. So, if you think about this logically- if you haven’t washed your brushes in a year, you are not only using dirty bacteria ridden brushes but putting out of date makeup on your face. Convinced yet? Well if you are already sorting out your brushes for their own makeover here is a little bit of advice about how to go about it…
Tip 1 –
Time: The question many ask is how often do we need to wash our brushes? Well, makeup artists recommend that you wash your dry brushes (the ones you use for blusher, eyeshadow, any powder) around once a week. However, if you are using anything that is of liquid consistency then you should wash them after every use. The product accumulation makes it harder to apply products and liquid products hold more bacteria.
Tip 2 –
Product: There is a lot of brush cleaning products out there that vary in efficiency and price range. I have come across quite a few brush cleansers formulated with different ingredients to make your brushes feel as good as new. But if you don’t want to increase your already sizable makeup budget a standard bar of soap is absolutely fine. Just get your brush wet and swirl your brush along the bar of soap for a while ensuring that all the pigment is removed. Wash all the soap out afterwards.
Tip 3 –
Dry: Drying is relatively simple. Just pat them dry after using them and then lie them down on a towel and let them dry naturally. Do not put them back upright to dry as the water will drip into the handle and loosen the bristles.
This simple and quick clean can make all the difference to your skin and your makeup quality.
Exfoliating should be a crucial part to everyone’s skin care routine. We moisturise when we have dry skin but most of the time we are in need of a bit of exfoliation first to remove the dead skin cells. Our older skin cells do naturally shed and build new cells but the older we get the slower our body takes to shed those cells so exfoliating makes that process faster. Exfoliating, although crucially important, is something a lot of people do wrong. Too many people either don’t exfoliate enough or too often and when they do eventually do it they are too violent and hard on their skin. How often and how you should exfoliate depends entirely on your skin type. Those with oily skin are able to exfoliate more compared to those with dry or sensitive skin. It is recommended that you exfoliate between once to twice a week for the best results. When choosing an exfoliator, it is best to choose one with round and smoother granules as the harder granules can be too harsh on your skin. However, especially if you have sensitive skin, it is useful to consult a dermatologist and ask for their advice. This means that your exfoliator will completely fit your skin type. There are so many benefits to exfoliating but here are a few;
- Helps counteract signs of aging
- Can get rid of breakouts and darker marks on your skin
- Good for your skin tone
- Makes applying makeup easier and more flawless
- Good at removing ingrown hairs and dry skin
- Effective in unclogging pores
- Useful to do after sun tanning and fake tanning for best results
So there we have it!
Our favourite new skin resolutions that we think everyone needs to adopt. They are all inexpensive simple solutions with products you can pick up from your local store but they will make such a difference to the quality of your skin. Have you got your own skin resolutions? Send us a message! We would love to hear about it.