With the end of 2011 rapidly approaching this would be a good time to take stock of both your skincare products and routine and see if either are in need of a change. Now a while back I wrote a post that basically said if your skincare regime is working for you there is no need to change it up. I still stand by that post and everything I wrote in it. So what I am proposing here isn’t a total change of your skincare products but a reevaluation of your skincare products and routine for the new year just to make sure everything is working for you.
To begin ask yourself a few questions:
- What are your top skincare concerns and are both the products you are using and your daily routine addressing those concerns? For instance if sun damage is bothering you are you using a lightening or brightening serum daily and applying enough sunscreen in order to prevent more damage?
- Are you making sure that you are preventing future skin damage on a daily basis? If you aren’t using an antioxidant serum every morning now is the time to start. And once again sunscreen is a must daily.
- Have you updated your skincare regime to reflect the weather? For instance in the winter most people need a moisturizer if they live in a colder climate. In the summer you might need to add a shine blocker to your routine.
- Are you protecting all your skin? A lot of people neglect their hands and chests. Invest in a hand cream with spf in it so that protecting your hands from sun damage becomes super easy. Be sure to remember to bring all your skincare products down your neck and chest when applying them morning and night.
Also be sure to look at expiration dates on all skincare products (if they have them) especially your sunscreen. Throw out all products that are passed their expiration date, that have changed color, or separated. This includes make-up as well. Make sure you clean your make-up brushes often; I recommend once a week, especially if you have acne. Make-up brushes can harbor lots of bacteria.
Resist the urge to buy the newest skincare products on the market or the products featured in the most ads. Make a New Year’s resolution to research before purchasing products.