Serious about your ‘skintellectual’ status? Kick-start 2019 in the best way by adding one of these New Year must-haves to your skin care routine.
A make-up removing cleansing oil
Whether you wear make-up on a daily basis or not, double cleansing is important if you want to get the best out of your serums and treatments. Most cleansers can be used to double cleanse the skin – the act of washing the face twice, in the evening – but make-up wearers need something a little tougher and more effective at dissolving pigments, oils and waxes for their first cleanse, and a cleansing oil is perfect for this. They not only remove heavy and waterproof make-up but they balance the skin and keep it supple, ensuring it can handle a double cleanse without becoming dry and dehydrated. Get started with the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil, which effortlessly melts away all traces of make-up, leaving your skin prepped for its second, more treatment-focused cleanse.
Products to support your skin’s microbiome
2019 is all about getting to know your skin better and one area that is starting to get some attention is the community of bacteria living on the surface of your face, known as skin’s microbiome. Keeping it balanced and functioning at its best is important to prevent irritation, sensitivity and even acne, so look out for products that contain pre-and-probiotics this year. Although not its primary function, the Medik8 Liquid Peptides contains Prebiotics to improve microbiome health while plumping and smoothing wrinkles, while the Exuviance Probiotic Lysate Anti-Pollution Essence uses a yoghurt derivative to feed and support healthy bacteria, keeping skin happy day after day.
A non-scary Retinol
With more people dipping a toe in the Vitamin A pond last year, it looks like the anti-aging ingredient is going to (hopefully!) become a permanent part of your routine in 2019. Those brand new to the ingredient should start off with a super-low concentration – think 0.2% or 0.3% tops – or maybe give one of the more modern and less aggressive derivatives a shot. Try the VERSO Night Cream if you are new to Retinol and, if you have dabbled in the ingredient before, try the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 but remember, apply sparingly every few days until your skin acclimatises to the Vitamin A content.
Skin-healing formulas to combat strong AHA and Retinol use
Including AHAs and Retinol is your routine is great but one thing people forget with strong cell turnover-stimulating ingredients is that they can leave your skin feeling a little depleted. The over-use of acids is common, so it’s important to pace yourself when it comes to any product that exfoliates the skin. On days when your skin feels a little delicate, make sure you have a cabinet of comforting skin healers ready to tame an angry complexion. Look for formulas that repair skin’s barrier, tone down redness and combat flaky skin, such as the By Wishtrend TECA 1% Barrier Cream and the Cosmedix Rescue+ Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask.
A neck firming serum
After all that hard work spent improving and maintaining your complexion, don’t let 2019 be the year your neck lets you down. If slackness, wrinkles and dark spots are starting to catch your eye, invest in one of the new targeted innovations that work to improve the strength and appearance of the skin below your jawline. The Hydropeptide Firm-A-Fix Nectar uses a revolutionary epigenetic blend of anti-gravity, anti-wrinkle and collagen-boosting Peptides, to noticeably lift, firm and tighten ageing skin like nothing else.
Something to upgrade your at-home facial
If last year was the year you finally took Self-Care Sunday seriously, 2019 is the year to take things up a notch. A long soak in the bath and an intensive sheet mask are great, but this year it’s time to make friends with your dermaroller. Used weekly or whenever you can spare 20 minutes, roll this needle-packed wheel over cleansed skin to help improve the penetration and effectiveness of your favourite serum. One of the best is from Genuine Dermaroller – try their Home Roller Kit, which is ideal for beginners.
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