Updated: Jun 30
Face the new year with the glowing skin you deserve
It’s that time of the year where we start to unwind and reflect on what we’ve achieved the past 12 months. And while you’re jotting down new year resolutions for better relationships, health, and career—don’t forget to add a few improvements to your skincare routine! We promise they’re a lot easier to stick to than goals like going to the gym every day or eating a salad for lunch three times a week.
Here are 6 ways you can effortlessly work your way to youthful skin in the coming year.
1. Wear sunscreen every day and keep dull skin away
It’s almost 2018 and we’re still preaching this...because of just how many women still don’t abide by it, yet wonder why they have aging skin. Always remember that wearing sunscreen of at least SPF 30 (and reapplying often) is not an option—it’s a must. Liken it to brushing your teeth or taking a shower every day. Plus, with Singapore being reported to have one of the highest UV indexes in the world at a whopping 11.5 (anything beyond 11 means extreme UV exposure), using adequate sunscreen protection is crucial.
Try: The Moisturizers Co. Cell Regenerate Cream Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane. It contains Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10, also known as Collagen) and helps protect the skin from damaging UV rays.
2. Change your pillowcase weekly to minimise breakouts
This may come as a shocker to most, but did you know that you are supposed to change your pillowcase every week? Whether it’s residue from hair products, skincare products, or natural oils from your face and hair—they end up on your pillow when you’re deep in slumber. What happens next is a no brainer: the bacteria on your pillowcase ends up contributing to blemishes, breakouts, or even acne on your face. In the coming year, make it a point to be more diligent about changing your pillowcase, and try to stick to those made of natural fibers like cotton or silk so your skin can breathe.
3. Clean your makeup brushes to prevent pimples
Another simple yet often overlooked tip to keep breakouts at bay. If you wax lyrical about the simple wonders like drinking enough water and removing all traces of makeup at the end of the day, there’s no reason you should be using a dirty brush to put your makeup on in the morning—you’re starting the day off with bacteria on your face! Celebrity makeup artist Larry Yeo recommends washing your brushes every week, or every 2–3 days for those with oily skin. If you’re not one for fancy cleaners, using a gentle shampoo will do the same job without drying out the bristles on your brush.
4. Introduce acid exfoliants into your life
And we don’t mean the scary, bubbling kind—we’re talking acids for your skin! For starters, get acquainted with glycolic and lactic acid. The pair are popular alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in skincare because not only do they work fabulously together, but they make a noticeable difference on your skin in a short amount of time. While both acids penetrate the skin to unclog pores, eliminate impurities, and remove fine lines, lactic acid also strengthens and hydrates your skin’s natural lipid barrier. AHAs are also water-soluble and suitable for all skin types.
Try: The Moisturizers Co. Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream with Niacinamide and AHA. It contains both glycolic acid (0.5%) and lactic acid (0.5%) to clear out clogged/congested pores for beautiful skin while reducing the appearance of large pores.
5. Give your phone screen the cleansing it deserves
How does your phone correlate to skincare? Plenty. Whether it’s scrolling through your social media feed or constantly texting a friend, you’re constantly on your phone—which makes your phone screen one of the surfaces you touch the most often. Now imagine putting a device teeming with bacteria against your face when you answer a phone call. That could very well be the answer to your constant breakouts or recurring acne problems.
6. Moisturise after a shower
In an article with Refinery29, Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD shared that upon emerging from a shower, your skin has a higher concentration of moisture compared to the air. This results in water evaporating quickly, leaving you with dry skin, extremely evident on your face. The next time you step out of a hot shower (not too hot, as it destroys your skin’s lipid barrier), make sure you slather on a moisturizer to lock in hydration.
Try: The bestselling Brightening Moisturizing Cream with Arbutin and Vitamins from The Moisturizers Co. It contains multi-layered liposome-encapsulated vitamins and nourishing lipid-rich oils—a powerful combination that intensely moisturises and purifies skin to reveal clear, radiant, and supple skin.
2017 has been a great year for the team at Skintelligence, and we’re excited to bring you guys even more exciting skincare tips and news in the coming year. Let’s sail into 2018 together with soft, supple skin. Have a Happy New Year!
About us: We are Skintelligence, a team focused on a 'skin-first' approach to beauty through artificial intelligence. We match products to you based on your unique skin type and needs. Results are highly accurate and personalized with AI and machine learning. It's fun, convenient, and it works. Try it here.
As featured in Her World, CLEO, FEMALE, Shape, Nuyou, Singapore Women’s Weekly, Daily Vanity, Layers of Skins.