For most of us, the lockdown has been wreaking havoc with our skin, so seeing the ins and outs of other peoples’ skincare routines is all we are doing at the moment. The good news is that we have considerably more time on our hands to amp up our skincare regimen. Many of us have been busy hunting for easy-to-do and effective at-home skincare hacks. However, much like with fashion, there are trends that come and go in the world of beauty, and in 2021, thankfully, a focus on skin health is very much at the forefront. From triple cleanse to facial massages, keep scrolling to find out some pro tips and the game-changing products to get healthy skin while staying at home.
Thorough nighttime cleansing seems like a no-brainer, but it’s actually a step that is either skipped or not done properly. Removing the SPF, makeup, dirt, and oil that builds upon the skin is imperative to having a healthy complexion. By falling asleep with the grime on our skin, we are disrupting our skin’s ability to rejuvenate itself overnight. Designed for makeup wearers, The triple cleanse is a makeup-removing cleansing step using cleansing oil or balm, followed by a double cleanse to deep-clean the skin.
For the first cleanse, our top pick is this silky-balm formula by clinique that will truly emulsify and remove makeup. For your second cleanse, reach for something gentle like Cetaphil cleansers, which will sweep away any leftover traces of makeup and oil by deeply cleansing the skin without stripping. For the third step, you can either repeat with your second cleanser (remember a triple cleanse is really just a double cleanse with an added makeup-removing step) or you can grab an exfoliating cleanser.
Do your full p.m. routine every night. Outside of cleansing the skin, the application of your nighttime routine is imperative for healthy, beautiful skin. Because the p.m. routine can be easily skipped if you drift off to sleep on the couch. So don’t wait until you’re already tired to do your routine. Get it done when you are done with chores so it’s done and out of the way.
Exfoliation is truly the key to keeping the skin youthful. Give yourself a professional-grade peel at home two to three times a week and will keep your skin glowing and clear. The goal as we age is to keep a very thin, compact outermost layer of skin and a thick dermis. Having a thin stratum corneum allows for our skin to glow and also ensures our serums and creams are able to penetrate well. When you constantly hydrate skin that needs exfoliation, you actually build up the dead layer of cells, the products added to the dead cells create a glue-like layer that thickens and gets harder, and over time it makes the skin extremely rough and unable to retain moisture. Exfoliating the skin will keep it happy, healthy, and functioning at its best.
Give your skin a little extra lovin’! Take some extra time once a week (or more) to do a facial massage. Facial massage not only is a great way to energize and stimulate the skin but also feels incredible. When we massage, we encourage oxygen-rich blood cells to flow to the area of stimulation, which makes us glow from within. Massage will also help depuff our face and allow for our natural contours to be more prominent. Different sculpting techniques can be done to lift and tone the skin. Or you can use your fingers, but gua sha and electrical devices are a great way to give your skin a little extra TLC.
Drinking water is obviously recommended for all aspects of health, but we are huge advocates of eating water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumbers, lettuce, oranges, celery, zucchini. Because these foods are packed with minerals and vitamins that help in retaining more water for the body instead of drinking tons of water, which will really just flush the body. We need minerals to hold water in the cells, so when you’re truly dehydrated and seeing its effects on your skin, eat fresh water-rich food. This is a great best practice for daily health, and the skin will benefit as well because the state of our gut and internal health is directly linked to our skin, how it presents, and how it ages.
This has been a buzz in the industry for a long time and is great for the skin and the body. Outside of its healing and collagen-stimulating effects, LED therapy is an incredible mood elevator. It helps all recovery processes of the body and even helps you achieve better sleep. Ten minutes a day will greatly impact the appearance of your skin and also your overall health and well-being. You’ll feel better and have more energy. We can’t stress this practice enough—it’s truly life-changing.
It’s time to inject a fresh dose of enthusiasm into your beauty regimen!
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