What’s so great about a skincare routine is that you can personalise it to your own skin’s needs. We often like to explore and try new products, finding familiarity in what works for us, and through creating an everyday skincare regime, we often find our holy grails, making skincare such an exciting process!
Whether you are a meticulous and precise skincare user who knows what works and likes to stick to that, or a more relaxed routine kind of person, there is something we can all agree on: we are looking to have healthy, glowing skin in 2022.
We want you to be making the right choices when it comes to forming those all-important skincare habits, so we have put together a compilation of our top 5 good skincare habits you need to be doing. Just in time for the new year to set in!
Wearing SPF Everyday
We are starting off strong with SPF, better known as sunscreen.. Remembering to put on sunscreen isn’t just for those days where we can see the sun; it should be worn all year round come rain or shine. UVA rays are commonly known to be harmful to the skin and is recognised as one of the biggest factors contributing to ageing the skin. Unfortunately for us those pesky UVA rays that are emitted from the sun are always around, even if we don’t see them. We recommend applying your SPF of at least 50 as part of your morning skincare after moisturising for maximum protection.
Applying Skincare to Your Neck and Décolletage
Although it may seem strange to be applying face products to your neck or décolletage, these areas of the skin are pretty similar to our face and deserve the same levels of care. These areas are just as susceptible to the signs of ageing and skin pollution as our faces. By treating them accordingly and as frequently as your face, it’s an excellent habit to form if you are looking to add something new to your mundane skincare routine, as it does not require separate products. When applying your usual serums and moisturisers, simply carry this down to the neck and décolletage area and you’re done!
Using a Hydrating Ingredient
A hero for any and everything hydration, ingredients like Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid and even biometric peptides work to incorporate an added boost of hydration to the skin in such a simple and easy step. Acting just like a glass of water to the face when using a rich hydrating cream that is formulated to lock in moisture and soothe the skin as it goes. All skin types can benefit from hydrating ingredients in their skincare which makes it a great skincare habit!
Exfoliate On a Regular Basis
Despite its abrasive nature, exploration to the skin is an excellent way to promote healthy skin cell reproduction and maintaining a good glow. Often, we like to think that exfoliating regularly could lead to irritation. This can be the case if done too much or with the wrong products. However, using something like a chemical exfoliant is going to be less of a risk than a physical exfoliant. Luckily for us, there are plenty Obagi Medical skin targeted exfoliators that cater for different skin types, so if you are unsure, always start little by little and slowly increase from there. Always remember to follow up some hydration and SPF to maintain skin happiness.
Drink Plenty of Water
One of the easiest and well-known skincare habits is to drink plenty of water. Down to the fact that 60% of our body is made up of water, it plays a critical role in maintaining our physiological balance. Not only keeping your skin hydrated, water is great to optimise your physical health too and your overall well being should be just as important as your skin health. Often easier said than done, there are several ways to digest more water like reminder apps, drinks bottles and putting it on your to do list.
All these habits are great ways to keep not only your skin but your body happy too and even if you pick up one or all five, now is the best time to try out a habit and see what happens!