January is always filled with self-sacrificing mantras and promises of lifestyle transformations. However, if we’re being honest, no – I’m not likely to stick to a punitive strength and conditioning regimen of getting up at three in the morning, and no, I have no intention of learning. what a “vegan” is. Resolutions should be small and achievable enough that we feel better, not worse. What we need now as a nation is not ripped abs and a kale enema, but a nice cup of tea and the feeling that the wheels haven’t completely fallen off.
One achievable improvement is to declutter your skin care routine. As long as you have a few of the four product categories below, there’s a good chance you’ll be taking good care of your skin. If a product is over two years old, throw it out. If you’re struggling with that, imagine the two-year-old product being a food – even a food that’s designed to last, like jam – and imagine that rubbing it on your skin. Skin care expires like everything else.
For your morning cleanse, you want something effective and decongestant, but not stripper. The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser (€ 12.70 at cultbeauty.com ) is sweet, simple, and affordable. Salicylic acid is an oil soluble ingredient that has the ability to penetrate congested pores. Leave it on congested areas for about a minute to get to work before rinsing off thoroughly.
An anti-shatter serum for adult skin is increasingly essential due to the friction and bacteria of the masks, as well as the generally increased stress levels. SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF (€ 158 at skinceuticals.com) is an expensive yet powerful anti-blemish day serum. With powerful vitamin C, this serum acts on the signs of aging – wrinkles and pigmentation – but also on inflammation and sebum, preventing bad breakouts rather than treating them after they appear. Your serum should always be the product you invest the most in because it contains the highest concentration of absorbable active ingredients compared to other products – better to have one investment serum than several less effective ones.
A moisturizer, on the other hand, is an inverted raincoat. Its main objective is to prevent the loss of transepidermal water; in other words, to keep moisture in your skin. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense (€ 45 at Clinique counters across the country) is simply delicious. I really can’t resist the urge to spoon this moisturizer and eat it (I manage to abstain, and you should too). A richer version of the iconic moisturizer, which retains the lovely light texture but is gloriously rich in comforting emollients. It will not congest the skin, but soothes it deeply and gives a radiant appearance under makeup.
Finally, you should have a mask in your rotation for those times when the skin needs a boost. Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial (79 € at Space NK) is recognized as one of the bestsellers of the American brand and has so far only been available for purchase in its country of origin. However, in some good New Years news, now we can buy and enjoy this rightly famous resurfacing acid mask. It gives the soft skin that its nickname suggests.