5 Ways To Revamp Your Skincare Routine
Is your skincare routine just not cutting it? Maybe it’s time to switch it up! Even the most seasoned beauticians and stylish beauty bloggers are surprised to learn that skin can build a tolerance or immunity to the ingredients in daily cosmetics. Even if your skin seems to be taking in your products well, the needs of your complexion tend to vary by season, and that moisturizer you loved all summer likely won’t fit the bill come fall.
If you’re feeling reluctant to try out a new product in your skincare routine, first of all we understand; we’re not telling you to toss out your treasured toner, but rather give it an intermittent rest so that it can perform its miracle work! Second of all, we can help. Here we’re listing five (noncommittal!) ways you can easily revamp your skincare routine to rejuvenate your complexion and rediscover that radiant glow. Let’s take a look.
#1. Experiment with Exfoliators
Not all exfoliators are created equal. They come in many shapes and sizes, including manual, chemical and electronic exfoliants, with active ingredients ranging from alpha-hydroxy acids to willow bark extracts. If your exfoliating acne treatment seems to be going nowhere, consider trying a new product with a different active ingredient.
Always be gentle when applying though, because scrubbing too hard will do more harm than good, and be sure to keep an eye out for granules with rough edges; these particles can damage skin, so prevent any potential harm by using exfoliants with round beads instead.
#2. Find a Fresh Facewash
If you’re using a super-sudsy facewash to schlep off that summertime dirt and grime, consider taking it down a notch as the season changes. Over-soaping habits can lead to a pesky winter itch or eczema on account of excessive dryness.
Give your skin a break and switch to a gentler, creamy cleanser instead, such as the ones offered by Dove. No matter which brand you settle on, gentle cleansers should be both dye- and fragrance-free
#3. Mix up Your Moisturizers
If your skin appears beautifully hydrated, soft to the touch and free of any rough spots, fantastic—you’re among the lucky few. If you’re like most of us, however, it may be time to try out a new moisturizer. They come in creams, lotions, serums and even mists; each different texture has a corresponding weight and thickness which, depending on your skin type, can make or break your complexional woes.
Summertime skin and oily skin types, for example, stand to benefit from a non-clogging lightweight formula, while excessively dry types or winter dehydration might demand an overnight cream.
#4. Stock up on Sunscreen
If there’s one thing you’re not doing but should be, it’s wearing sunscreen. It’s the single biggest necessity for the health of your skin, and especially imperative during the summer months with increased sun exposure and intensified UV rays
If you’re revamping your skincare routine for winter, sunscreen is nonetheless necessary, as the UV rays will continue to penetrate a cloudy atmosphere and damage your skin even in cold weather. Add SPF 30 to your regimen and never walk out the door without it.
#5. Invest in Your Eyes
Aging women in particular should begin caring for the skin around your eyes if you’re not doing so already. The corners of the eyes are particularly thin-skinned and therefore contain fewer sebaceous glands.
Without as much oil production, the skin is more likely to become dry and brittle, prone to showing those wrinkles we know as “crow’s feet”. You don’t need to go all out with the effective (but typically expensive) Retinol creams, however you should start using an eye care product by age 25.
Your new skincare regimen needn’t be permanent; in fact, we recommend that you switch it up at least seasonally, if not pampering yourself bi-weekly with a facial and some spa-like decadence.
But if your skin is feeling a bit drab, or like you’re not getting the most out of your cosmetic products, it could be well worth your while to revamp your routine to better understand your skin needs. You might be surprised by how your complexion thanks you.