Skincare Habits to Start in 2021
Every new year, I like to create some resolutions for myself to nurture my good habits and leave any bad habits behind. As you know, I quit smoking, which was a huge habit for me that I had to kick to the curb. Today I wanted to highlight my skincare habits and the resolutions I am setting for 2021. Any time I need to refresh my skincare routine, I repeat the #28DaysofSkin Challenge. Encourage your customers to do the same! We all deserve it. It’s important to remember that we all have different skin types and sensitivities. It’s important to listen to your skin and choose the right products for you. My skin wakes up different every day and I treat my skin by how it feels at the moment. In this case, you may want to have a few options in your skincare cabinet depending on the fluctuations of your skin. Here are some habits we can start this year together!
Use the correct cleanser for your skin
Your cleanser is the first product you are using on your skin every day, TWICE a day. Your cleanser sets the tone for the rest of your skincare routine. Don’t be hesitant to get to know your customers. Ask them what their usual skin type is or how their skin fluctuates throughout the day. There are products I love that are all-skin-types friendly, which are the Lumière de Vie Facial Cleanser and the Lumière de Vie Hommes Cleansing Gel. The Hommes Cleansing Gel is also great to use as a shaving gel! Now if you are dealing with more normal-to-dry, mature skin, or dealing with an uneven complexion, the Cellular Laboratories De-Aging Facial Cleanser is great for you. For acne-prone skin, you want to be very careful with the products you use. You want to cleanse all that dirt and bacteria, but you don’t want to over irritate the skin. If you do, it will cause more redness and inflammation. That’s why I love the Skintelligence Hydra Derm Deep Cleansing Emulsion because it is formulated with gentle, natural ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile extract and lavender extract, calming the skin while deeply cleansing.
Remove your makeup
If you leave your makeup on while sleeping, you're damaging your skin. While you sleep, your skin regenerates. And if you have makeup on, it prevents your skin from regenerating which causes signs of aging. An easy way to make sure you remove your makeup well is using makeup remover towelettes or micellar water. The Motives Makeup Remover Towelettes removes surface impurities to leave you feeling fresh without any sticky residue left behind, so there is no need to rinse. Lumière de Vie's Micellar Cleanser gently removes makeup and purifies skin with no need to rinse or scrub and is great for all skin types. Do this extra step before using your favorite cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.
Hydrate inside and out
Speaking of moisturizer, it’s important to moisturize twice a day in addition to drinking lots of water. Staying hydrated helps all of our organs function efficiently. Knowing that our skin is our largest organ, moisturizers are a great way to hydrate our skin topically. My favorite all-skin-types friendly moisturizers are the Timeless Prescription Face Firming Moisturizer with MDI Complex, Lumière de Vie's Intense Rejuvenation Crème, and for your body, the Lumière de Vie Intensive Hand & Body Crème. For those of you who have more sensitive skin or fall into the normal to oily skin type category, the Skintelligence Daily Moisture Enhancer ideal for you.
Don’t touch your face
This is a huge habit we all have. We tend to touch and pick at our skin, which can cause breakouts and scarring. It may be very satisfying to pop and pick your acne, but it is very damaging to your skin. If you are an anxious person, I suggest you hide your mirror or replace that habit with a better one, like journaling!
Disinfect all items that touch your skin
Not only do we tend to touch our faces throughout the day, we are constantly on our phones and reusing makeup application tools. I try to set a day, every week, to clean my makeup brushes and sponges. You can find a selection of makeup brush cleansers on shop.com. In regards to my phone, I try to always have calls on speaker or use headphones so that I don’t transfer any bacteria onto my face. Disinfecting your phone daily can help prevent breakouts. You can use the Shopping Annuity Necessities’ Disinfectant to disinfect your phone and any of your handheld devices. I am obsessed with the Vie Oli Uvc Sanitizer Wireless Phone Charging Kit. I can leave my phone to charge while the LED lights sanitize my phone for me!
Exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
Another important part of your skincare routine for achieving healthy, glowing skin. Exfoliating helps remove the barrier of dead skin cells so that moisturizing products can penetrate deeply into the skin, which makes all the other products in your routine more effective. An easy way to gently exfoliate daily is using a loofah in the shower. For my face I love alternating between the Timeless Prescription Facial Exfoliating Cleanser and the new Lumière de Vie Hommes Exfoliating Face Scrub. When I need to exfoliate my body, I go in with Royal Spa's Foaming Brown Sugar Body Scrub. Pair these with your favorite moisturizer and your skin is going to feel baby smooth.
Vitamins should go on your skin too
Taking enough vitamins can promote healthy looking, youthful skin. Topically I use Vitamin C, E, and A (Retinol) in my skincare routine and it has changed my skin immensely. My favorites are the Lumière de Vie Brightening C-Serum, VitaShield Vitamin C & E Intensive Moisturizer, and the Lumière de Vie Retinol Crème. All great for brightening your complexion and reducing signs of aging.
Masks are my favorite part of my skincare routine and I want to make it a habit to use a mask once a week. When my skin needs a little detox I like to use either the Lumière de Vie® Volcanic Exfoliating Mask or Skintelligence Facial Firming Masque. It’s great for all skin types, but I like to use it when my skin is feeling dull. My favorite types of masks are sheet masks. They are so easy to use and very powerful. Makes me feel like I am having a mini-facial. If you have normal to dry, mature and uneven skin, the Cellular Laboratories De-Aging Lifting Facial Masque is for you. I am obsessed with the Lumière de Vie Moisture Intense Facial Masque. The Moisture Intense Facial Masque is such a powerful masque that it only needs to be used two times a month, so I alternate it with the other masks I have in my skincare cabinet.
Wear SPF always
The sun is so important for our overall health, but it is damaging to the skin. Not only can it burn the skin, it can accelerate signs of aging. You must use sunscreen daily, even if you are indoors. I wear sunscreen with and without my makeup. The Cellular Laboratories De-Aging Day Creme SPF 20 is a great makeup base. The Motives Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation with SPF 15 has several shades from light to tan and has an exclusive multi-mineral complex that helps protect skin. For stronger protection, I am obsessed with the Lumière de Vie Daily Brightening Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It not only protects the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but it helps brighten your complexion. This is great for those who are dealing with hyperpigmentation, whether hormonal or because of sun damage.
Use a silk or satin pillowcase
A little thing we can change to help improve the complexion of our skin is to reduce friction on our face. Friction causes wrinkles and frizz. I make sure to use a silk pillowcase in bed. I recommend Slip, it has a variety of colors and sizes. Silk is not as absorbent as cotton, so your nightly skincare routine won’t go to waste. If you are looking for a more affordable option, satin is the way to go. Morning Glamour also has a variety of colors and sizes. Another easy, little change that can make a huge difference on your skin.