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It’s a new year and a new decade, which means a new set of resolutions. You may or may not have checked off everything on your 2019 list, but that’s okay – this is where I come in. Here are five totally achievable skin care resolutions for better and healthier skin in 2020 and beyond!
Know Your Skin Type
Right off the bat, knowing your skin type is one of the most important things you need to check off your list if you haven’t already! Different kinds of skin need different kinds of attention and ingredients. The main skin types are oily, dry, combination, sensitive and normal. Read Chapter 13 of the Beauty Book to find out what your skin type is, so you can find a routine that works best for you.
Feed Your Skin
Something else you can do to achieve clear and healthy skin is to start eating well. To get that youthful glow, you can opt for Korean food full of nutritious vegetables or fruit-infused water. Feeding your skin is one way to slowly and surely get healthy skin, and it’s a habit that the rest of your organs will thank you for as well. This is especially important for those of us who love fried food! We need to cleanse our systems of the gunk that causes acne and dull skin.
Protect Your Skin
You may be doing all the right things in your routine, but it’s all for naught if you don’t protect your skin. With global warming, the ozone layer is becoming thinner and UV rays are becoming stronger. Learn more about why you need SPF even when the sun isn’t out and how to shield your skin from the damage UV rays can cause.
There are also a lot of pollutants in the air that can irritate skin and slow down your progress towards achieving your #skingoals. Keep an eye out for products that have anti-pollution effects, as they give an extra layer of protection while nourishing and healing your skin.
Change with the Season
You might know what your skin type is right now, but it can change with the season and with age. Skin types fluctuate during the year, especially in winter and summer. Even those with incredibly oily skin might find themselves with combination skin during the dry winter months, so it’s important to adjust your skin care routine and cater to the needs of your ever-changing skin type.
Some changes in skin type can also be attributed to hormones! Period skin is not just a myth and the menstrual cycle can affect your skin drastically. Oil levels in skin tend to spike during the first few days of the cycle, which can cause inflamed skin as well as acne. Similarly, teens and young adults usually have acne because of irregular hormone levels. Teens usually have oilier skin but may switch to normal or dry skin type once their skin matures.
As you make changes in your routine, always opt for gentle formulas free of alcohol, and try not to aggravate your skin with an ever-changing list of ingredients!
Already checked off all of the above? Then it’s time to be patient! Keep a notebook to track your progress as you let a product work its wonders on your skin. Products don’t work immediately; they can take two weeks to two months to see effects, especially with mature skin.
Aside from your skin care routine, you also need to be patient with yourself! It usually takes an average of two months to form a habit. Sure, you might forget to complete your entire 10-step skin care routine once in a while, but if you’re persistent, it’ll pay off in the long run!