The start of a new year always feels like the right time to start new habits, and hopefully make them last! As we think about some resolutions we might want to make for our health, don’t forget to include your skin too – it’s our body’s largest organ after all!
Review your skin goals
Reflect on the year that has been for your skin. Did you experience any changes or new conditions? Did you find a product that you really loved? How does it feel post-party season and what does it need to renew and repair? Perhaps there’s also some habits you want to give up – do you pick your breakouts for example?
Do not fear - a skin fitness plan doesn’t mean you need to overhaul your skincare routine. In fact, a few small adjustments can make a big difference and help renew your skin. It may be that your skin will benefit from changing your moisturiser or cleansing twice a day instead of once. Lifestyle changes can also help to improve your skin.
Having this conversation with a qualified skin professional will help you to pinpoint your skin goals for the year and map out a skin program tailored for your individual needs. We offer Complimentary Skin Consultations, conducted by our expert team – the new year is the perfect time get in touch and plan for your healthiest skin.
Here’s our top skin hacks to renew your skin in the new year
1. Exfoliate regularly
Surprisingly, this is a step that not everyone prioritises in their skincare routine.
Exfoliation removes the outer layers of damaged, dead skin, revealing smooth, refined and brighter skin underneath.
Regular exfoliation also helps clear pores of congestion and improves the penetration of actives in our serums.
Our skin is pre-programmed to continuously shed and renew itself, yet this process is often slowed down or hindered by factors such as stress, the environment, dehydration and a lack of sleep. Skin renewal also slows down with age. Exfoliation mimics this process, to keep our skin healthy and looking its best.
Some people are nervous to exfoliate, as they worry it will damage their skin – the likelihood is, if you’ve experienced negative effects from exfoliating products, they were not the right type of formula for your skin, or it was used incorrectly.
The gentle and regular removal of dead skin cells helps renew skin’s protective barrier and improves skin resilience and hydration. Dermalogica’s Daily Milkfoliant is the peaceful way to exfoliate. This creamy, vegan Oat-based powder exfoliant polishes skin to reveal smoother, more vibrant skin, replenishes and supports skin’s barrier, and relieves skin with calming ingredients. As a result of the calming ingredient blend, Daily Milkfoliant can be safely used daily (once a day) for soft, smooth skin every day.
2. Invest in a targeted treatment
Think serums, boosters, complexes - targeted treatments can make a world of difference to the health of your skin. They’re your fast acting, hard hitting, skin problem solvers. From breakouts, to signs of premature skin ageing and pigmentation patches, or dehydration and sensitivity, there’s a targeted treatment for every skin condition.
You may find that you need to continually manage a specific skin condition, or you experience yourself a new challenge every month. Our skin acts as a barometer for the multiple external and internal changes we experience every day. For example, more time outdoors in the summer can cause uneven skin tone; air pollution will speed up the ageing process, and high stress levels can cause an eruption of breakouts on the lower half of the face. Containing potent blends of advanced ingredients, targeted treatments work hard and they work fast to address existing or new skin challenges.
Dehydration is a very common skin condition, especially post party season, leading to dull, lifeless, and often oily, congested skin. It can be easily controlled by incorporating a hydrating serum such as Dermalogica’s Circular Hydration Serum into your daily regimen. This lightweight, yet incredibly hydrating serum keeps moisture levels topped up deep from within, leaving skin softer and more radiant.
Fine lines and wrinkles are another key concern. Dermalogica’s NEW Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum combines a 3.5% Retinoid Complex with skin-strengthening ingredients, delivering results without compromise. Retinol not only stimulates collagen production to firm the skin, but it provides powerful skin renewal, helping exfoliate whilst firming the skin.
3. Protect with SPF
The single best thing you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen everyday!
We all know UV rays can cause skin cancer. They’re also the biggest cause of premature skin ageing, and we’re exposed to them every single day, whenever there is daylight. Always look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen - this means it’s designed to protect from both UVB and UVA rays. All Dermalogica face sunscreens are broad spectrum, giving your skin the best protection against UV damage.
It's important to find a sunscreen that you love so that it’s easy for you to apply every day. Dermalogica’s Prisma Protect SPF30 is both a sunscreen and moisturiser in one. This lightweight, light activated moisturiser has been designed to supercharge the skin’s daytime defence, whilst boosting skin’s luminosity and hydration. It’s formulated with Intelligent Drone Technology capsules that convert daylight into skin radiance by energising the skin, along with Japanese Matcha Tea and Sage to fight against pollution induced skin damage.
Start the year bright by first getting clear about your skin goals and then creating a routine to achieve them. Remember you can always partner with our team of qualified skin therapists to bring about your healthiest skin this year. Book a Complimentary Skin Consultation now and find the best skincare routine for your skin!