The new year is the perfect time to refresh your skincare routine. Here, Margo Marrone from organic beauty brand The Organic Pharmacy shares her tips for resetting your skin in 2021.
With all the extra free time we’ve had over the last year, more and more people have been busying themselves with their skincare regime. Your skin is constantly changing, and anything from the weather to your diet can affect it, which means a little review of your products now and again can do you some good.
As we enter a brand-new year, the weather is particularly cold and you’ve no doubt been eating a little more over the Christmas period, which makes right now the perfect time to review and change up your skincare. Below, I’ll be going through my top tips for refreshing your beauty routine in 2021.
Expert skincare tips – Assess your current regime
To take the very best care of your skin, you should be following a cleansing, toning, and moisturising routine at least twice a day — once in the morning and once at night — as well as applying a sun screen each morning. The products you use should match your skin type, whether you’ve got oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin. Using a serum underneath your daily moisturiser can also help to address any extra skin concerns.
Switching all of your products out at once can do more harm than good, so you’ll want to work through your skincare routine step by step to figure out what is working for you and what isn’t. You’ll often find that some of the products you’re currently using are already effective and it’s just a case of changing to a new moisturiser or cleanser.
You might find it helpful to take a note of how your skin looks and feels each day over the period of a month. If you’ve noticed any changes in your skin, such as more blemishes, dry skin, or oiliness, then it might be time to switch things up and try something new.
Expert skincare tips – Target your skin concerns
If you notice any problem areas while you’re tracking your skin, then you might want to think about trying out a new product to deal with it. Different ingredients can help with different problems, so it’s important to research products before buying them to make sure they’re designed for what you’re going to be using them for. Most retailers will have the option to filter by concern if you’re shopping online.
Expert skincare tips – Dry skin
During the winter, the most common skin complaint is dehydration. Over-cleansing your skin can cause it to become dry, so it might be worth only practicing your usual regime once a day instead of twice. Applying products at night is usually the best time, as you can wash away any dirt and make-up left over from the daytime. You’ll also be giving your products time to work undisrupted while you’re sleeping.
If you’ve tried this and your skin still feels dry, it could be that your products are no longer doing the job. A moisturiser containing hyaluronic acid or ceramides can help.
You might find that this moisturiser will be too potent come the spring or summer. In this case, you should swap back to your original product or try a brand-new lighter moisturiser. You might need to keep swapping between the two as the seasons change.
Expert skincare tips – Oily skin
If your skin is oily, it can be tempting to avoid moisturising products altogether, but this can actually make the issue worse. If your skin isn’t getting enough moisture from your skincare, it’ll work overtime to add the moisture itself, which can lead to a shiny T-zone. To combat this, look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, retinol, or salicylic acid, but avoid alcohol-based products.
Expert skincare tips – Blemishes
If you’ve noticed you’re starting to get more blemishes, look for products that contain salicylic acid or zinc. You might also want to try an exfoliating cleanser that will buff away dead skin and oils, as well as clean out your pores.
Expert skincare tips – Dark spots
Dark spots and pigmentation can occur for a number of reasons, including sun exposure and age, but a number of ingredients can be used to treat these areas. Look for products containing antioxidants, vitamin C, or retinol.
Expert skincare tips – Put your new regime into practice
The main aim of refreshing your skincare regime is to look after your body, so it’s important to be patient and kind to yourself. Remember that it can take weeks or months to start noticing results, so don’t worry if you’ve been using a new product for a while without noticing a difference.
When you’re adding something new to your regime, it’s best to introduce it to your skin gradually. This is especially important for very potent products, such as those containing retinol, salicylic acid, or vitamin C.
You might want to try a patch test on an inconspicuous area of your skin before you apply it to the whole face. If you notice any immediate drying, stinging, or redness, it could be a sign of an allergic reaction and you should stop using the product immediately.
If your skin reacts fine to your patch test, introduce your new product every couple of days over the course of a month to give your skin time to get used to it. If you notice good results, you can start to use it more regularly.
Try to avoid using multiple new products in one go, as this can quickly overwhelm your skin and you won’t get the full benefit. You might need to introduce a new one each month to give your skin time to get used to each product.
A new year means it’s time for a refresh. Follow these tips to update your skincare regime and tackle those problem areas for bright and beautiful skin in 2021.