We don’t know about you, but our skincare habits came from magazines, word of mouth or products that we could get our hands on.
When we waved goodbye to our youthful skin and the reality of managing adult skin became all too real, a frantic search of the right products ensued. The rise of social media has led to more confusion over what products to use for which skin.
Consequentially, our skincare habits may vary depending on the bits and pieces we have read, heard or picked up on over the years. Cleanse, toning and moisturing are the corner stones of most people’s skincare habits. However, your schedule for exfoliating, throwing on a face mask, using a different serum or product you swear by may radically vary from your friends.
Every skincare habit you instill will show in your skin, if you feel that you need to build better rituals, give these five skincare habits to build as an adult a go.
Five Skincare Habits
#1 Double Cleansing at Night
During the day a lot can build up on our skin without us even realising. All of our morning skincare and SPF is there, as well as any sweat and oils that have naturally gathered on our skin throughout the day, not to mention the build up wearing face masks can cause.
The first cleanse removes all of this build up. The second cleanse then cleans the skin and pores to prevent any potential buildup and breakouts. The same cleanser can be used for both cleanses but of course, you can change for the second cleanse if you like.
#2 Don’t Forget SPF
You’re never too young to start using SPF, it can help the skin both in the short and long term. SPF helps to protect your skin from potentially damaging UVA and UVB rays. Sunburn and sun exposure can lead to cancers, sun spots and premature aging.
Getting into the habit of wearing SPF every day can mean slowing the aging process (which we definitely want). It will also help to protect you from potential skin damage and harmful sunrays. Even on cloudy winter days, we should wear our SPF as although it may be cold there is still sunrays coming through.
#3 Choose a Serum
A serum is a high concentration of ingredients for your skin. It can be oil based or water based, this choice depends on your own personal preference. The list of benefits of serum are endless but notable positives are helping to target dryness, scarring and oiliness. Do your research before you make a purchase, as you can buy serums that are formulated for different skin problems.
#4 Moisturising After a Shower
Although there is nothing like a hot shower to wash away the day, bathing in hot water can leave the skin dried out. Especially during winter time, we are guilty of hopping out of a hot shower into the cold and getting dressed as quickly as physically possible. However, skipping that important moisturing step can lead to irritated or even cracked or flaky skin.
The best way to avoid this is to get into the skincare habit of moisturising after bathing. Moisturing damp skin has been shown to be most effective as the hydration gets locked in. Perhaps keep your body cream or lotion beside the shower as a reminder to make this routine a habit. If that isn’t enough, breakout the sticky notes or phone reminders.
#5 Exfoliating and Masking
Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells from the skin. You should exfoliate the skin once or twice a week, depending on your individual skin’s needs. Don’t over-exfoliate as this can damage the skin’s hydration barrier. Exfoliate the body too, this can help prevent ingrown hairs and it also serves at skin prep for fake tanning.
Masking can do a variety of things depending on the ingredients: chemically exfoliate, reduce oils and hydrate the skin. Masking habits should follow a similar pattern as exfoliating. It’s tempting to do it more than twice a week, but once is plenty. If you feel your skin really needs a second, try using a different type of mask.
Do you have these skincare habits in your routine? If not, which one are you going to try? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and let us know!