We all have different types of skin. It seems like an obvious statement but it’s an important factor when choosing new skincare products. You know your own skin better than anyone. You know whether it flares up with fragrances, acids or excess exfoliation. So my first piece of New Year’s skincare advice would be to stick to your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t and you should stop using it immediately. Even the most sensitive of skin can still handle changes. You just need to be more patient and introduce one new product at a time. Here are a few of the most common skincare issues and how to approach them in the New Year.
Typically genetic and typically incredibly sensitive and inflammatory. Rosacea is a skin condition that takes a lot of patience and self-research to calm. I won’t go into a list of the types or the symptoms because if you’ve got it, you know it and have probably Googled it incessantly. For me, the redness has always been the most annoying symptom. It gets worse if I drink alcohol or certain foundations so I generally steer clear both. Figure out your specific triggers and attempt to avoid them. Keep your skincare simple and only add one new product at a time. This gives your skin some time to let you know if it’s okay or not. Once I started using more naturally derived skincare products and a Vitamin C serum, I really noticed a large improvement in my overall symptoms. The Skin Brightening Moisturising Cream is really gentle and soothing on my skin. But find what works for you and take the time to really care for your skin each day.
Dry Skin –
Dry or dehydrated skin can make it nearly impossible to apply foundation. Not to mention the flakiness and potentially tight feeling on your face. It may sound obvious to some but over-exfoliation can make dry skin so much worse. Again, you’ll need to do some self-research and experiment with which types of exfoliation create a good balance for you. Start out with a flannel and introduce a light exfoliator like our Manuka Honey Exfoliating Cleanser. Starting with just once a week keep notes on any inflammation or adverse reactions. Then slowly increase over time. Stick to a non-drying cleanser, one that doesn’t strip your skin of natural sebum. And religiously apply your moisturiser night and day. If you think your dry skin may be eczema (often itchy) then you’ll need to see a dermatologist.
We don’t often hear people speaking about acne unless related to teenage skin. But acne can and does affect many adults throughout their lives. The key to managing acne breakouts is to make sure you’re not moving the bacteria on your face to other parts of your face. It’s about cleaning your makeup brushes often. Pick up a large pack of organic flannels that you only use once and wash in the washing machine afterwards. I bought myself 7 really soft face flannels and I use them every single day. It might feel a bit excessive but it can really help your skin and your mental health to concentrate on soothing self-care routines. If you have acne, you should definitely see a dermatologist for professional help. But you can make those few important changes in the meantime.