Let’s face it. Healthy, glowing skin is always in. Thanks to technology and social media, its easy to hide behind filters and photo editing software to blur imperfections.
In 2016, I made a very conscious effort to take better care of my skin by gradually implementing relatively simple changes. I noticed the a huge change in my skin’s tone and texture by doing the following things. I am a firm believer in taking care of the canvas. When your skin is on fleek, you need less product when you do apply your makeup, not to mention it does wonders for your confidence when you can step out without worrying about being caught without your face on. Sounds like a win-win to me.
1. Drink insane amounts of water
You’ve heard it time and time again and there is a reason! We have all heard about the countless benefits H2O has for your health but I underestimated the wonders it does for your skin!
I know, you’re thinking, “I know I’m supposed to drink water. Tell me something I don’t know.” But GIRL, I guarantee, you are NOT drinking enough. I aim to have just under 2 litres every day.
TIP: As a general rule of thumb, you should be drinking half of your weight in ounces of water daily. For example, if you are 140 pounds, you should be having 70 ounces of water daily.
2. I did masks and exfoliated regularly
If you have oily skin and large pores like I do, this is key. Masks are awesome and there are so many kinds – mud masks, sheet masks, DIY (using fresh, natural ingredients), hydrating masks and more! I aim to do some sort of mask at least once a week, and no more than three times.
TIP: Mud masks are my fave because they are so cleansing. My favourite is the Lumiere de Vie Volcanic Exfoliating Mask since its doubles as a mud mask and exfoliator. Score!
3. I started using oils and/or serums
And yes I have oily skin. Adding this extra step to my otherwise very basic skin care regimen (cleanse, tone, moisturize) made is huge difference in the feel and look of my skin. Incorporating an oil and/or sreum in the morning and night after toning and before moisturizing, I found also made a huge difference in the way my makeup applied – alot more even and smooth.
TIP: Try the Khiel’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Apply this just before bed and you will notice a difference in the morning ! Again, this is safe for those oily and sensitive skin.
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4.Creating a routine
Speaking of adding oils and/or serums brings me to my next point, which is creating a skincare routine that really worked for me. Prior, I knew there were things I should have done but until last year when I began applying what I had learned CONSISTENTLY, did I notice a huge difference. To be honest, it did take a while for me to get used to remembering and actually doing all the steps, but its definitely been worth it!
5. Removing my makeup – ALL OF IT – before bed
I know its hard after a long day (or night) to walk over to your sink and spend an extra 10-15 minutes on a full skin care regime – removing makeup with a wipe plus a full cleanse, tone, treat and moisturising regime. Unfortunately, many of us think that using a makeup wipe is enough to get a fair amount of product off our face. Its simply not enough – although yes, its better than nothing. If you absolutely can’t muster up the energy to do a full cleanse, at the very least, use a micellar cleanser to get MOST of the product off after using a wet wipe. Your skin will thank you in the long run.
6. Eye Cream
Now I really REALLY overlooked eye creams for most of my life and thought it was something for a more “mature” crowd, if you get what I mean. If you have not used an eye cream before, you need to start NOW. As a matter of fact, you need to have started YESTERDAY. Now that you are doing all of these great things for the rest of the skin on your face, it is important to not neglect the skin around the eyes as the skin around the eyes as it is very different from the skin from the rest of the face. It is thinner and has fewer oil and water glands so it needs more moisture. While you may be tempted to use your regular moisturizer from the rest of your face, it may not be rich enough. Our eyes can be one of the first things to show age (lines, wrinkles, dryness) so its important to pay attention now rather than later. Prevention is better than a cure.
7. Cleaning my makeup brushes
Again, seems obvious but when I did this REGULARLY, I noticed a difference. Makeup brushes essentially pick up everything that is on your skin – oil, dead skin cells, dust and anything else that would be sitting on top of your skin. Not only is this gross but its a recipe for disaster, clogging pores and causing breakouts.
I like to use this Sephora spray to quickly cleanse my brushes in between applications. It does a pretty good job of getting product off the brush and dries quickly.
For a deep cleanse (once a week), I use an All Purpose Natural Concentrate that I get online. All I need is a cap full with some water and it gets my brushes super clean, keeps them soft and smells amazing.
I’d love to hear what worked for you, what didn’t in 2016 and any tips you have to share for a flawless face in 2017.