Start Your Year Right With These Simple Skincare Tips

This 2019, make skincare a priority. You don’t have to splurge on the most expensive skincare products or endure a 10-step routine to achieve clear, radiant, and all-around healthier skin. Often, a simple method brings the most positive effect. Below are no-fuss skincare tips that are easy to follow to help boost your complexion.

Start with a simple routine

Before you splurge on a gazillion new products, do your research first. And as much as possible, start with a simple regimen. Treat your skin as delicate as you can when introducing new products so as not to shock its natural barriers. 

Start with the basics: a good cleanser, toner, and serum or facial oil. Once your skin gets comfortable with the positive results of your three-step routine, you may gradually shift to treating specific skin problems and introduce new products such as AHAs, BHAs, exfoliators, and more. 

Wear sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY

Sunscreen is the most important product you should apply on your skin. Should you wear SPF when it’s hot and sunny outside? Definitely. How about when it’s almost sundown or you’re indoors? Still, yes. When it’s winter? Yes, you even have to reapply every two hours for better protection. 

In short, sunscreen is a year-round necessity. It prevents dark spots from forming, slows down the development of wrinkles and fine lines, and most importantly, it prevents skin cancer. Any exposure to harsh UV rays (even through tinted windows) can cause skin damage, so it’s best to put sunscreen every day, indoors or out.  

Switch to organic skin care

Treat your skin right and switch to natural, organic skin care. If you’re making a conscious effort about what you eat, then do the same for your skin, since it absorbs the chemicals from your soaps, lotions, and other skin care products. Putting too much chemical products can be toxic and unhealthy for your skin. 

Organic products, on the other hand, carry pure ingredients that are safe for your overall health. Reduce your exposure to toxins this year and start looking for hypoallergenic, natural, and organic products for plumper skin and a healthier you. 

NEVER sleep with your makeup on

The least you can do to maintain or achieve a clear complexion is to remove your makeup or cleanse before you go to bed. Makeup clogs your pores, so imagine what that could do if you leave it on until morning. Also, cleansing helps to get rid of impurities that accumulated on the surface of your skin like dirt, sebum, and sweat. 

To help you get into the habit, you can keep a pack of cleansing wipes in your bag and bedside table, so you won’t have an excuse to skip it. After a while, you can start double-cleansing—applying an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser—to remove everything from makeup to sunscreen.  

Get to know your skin

Finally, understand your skin’s needs before everything else. It’s important to note your skin type, color, condition, and how your skin reacts to certain ingredients to know what you should look for when shopping for skin care. Just because a product or routine worked for your friend, doesn’t mean it can work the same for you. As skincare enthusiasts put it, “your mileage may vary”. 

Hopefully, these simple tips will help kick-start your skin journey, and that by the end of 2019, you’re feeling wonderful inside and out. With discipline and commitment, you’ll soon wake up with clear, flawless, and glowing skin!

Dr. Vanessa Rodriguez is a board-certified general practitioner with more than 15 years of patient care experience. She takes an integrative approach to patient care that considers the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and is deeply committed to assisting her patients in achieving and sustaining optimal health. Dr. Vanessa is also a skilled writer and medical reviewer, specializing in preventive care and health promotion. Her articles are written in an approachable manner that is simple to comprehend and implement in one’s own life. Dr. Vanessa’s mission is to equip her patients and readers with the knowledge and resources necessary to live their greatest lives.

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