We know, we know: even the most beauty-wise among us are guilty of occasionally committing skin sins, like falling asleep with our makeup on or walking outdoors sans a drop of sunscreen. But you know what they say: it’s never too late to change our ways and do better, even if we do fall off the wagon sometimes. The key to success, be it in life or in something as trivial (to some!) as a skincare routine, is commitment. You have to willing to do whatever it takes to get to your goal—a feat that also requires great patience and perseverance. After all, healthy, beautiful skin isn’t exactly achieved overnight; it’s the result of many days, weeks, and months of practicing good skin habits.
So are you ready for the best skin ever? Read on for 13 totally doable tips on how to better care for your complexion—starting right now.
1. Practice good hand hygiene.
Think of all the dirty things you touch every day: cash, your phone, doorknobs, your bag, you name it. It doesn’t take a scientist to know that the germs in these things can easily transfer to your face when you use your hands to put on your makeup on or apply your products. Eew, right? Keep clean by regularly washing your hands with soap and running water, and resist the urge to pick on your face unnecessarily.
2. Say no to "squeaky clean."
You may be addicted to that super clean feeling after cleansing, but be warned: anything that leaves your skin feeling tight is a no-no. (It’s actually a sign of overdrying!). Trade in your too harsh soaps or too grainy scrubs for a more gentle, moisturizing cleanser instead.
3. Massage your face.
Your shoulders aren’t the only part of your bod in need of a rubdown. When washing, use your fingertips to gently massage your cleanser on your skin in small circular motions for 30 seconds to a minute. Aside from improving blood circulation (hello, rosy glow!), the pressure helps release tension on the facial muscles, which, ICYDK, ages you.
4. Try the double-cleanse.
Guess what? Washing your face twice in a row is a thing now, and we have to admit, it does have its merits. How it works: First, you use an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and other oil-based impurities like sebum, then you follow-up with a water-based wash to get rid of other debris like dirt and sweat. Makes sense, right? Or, you can just always remember to remove your makeup before going to bed. Simple as that.
5. Rinse really well.
Do you often get zits near your hairline or around your nose? You’re probably guilty of just rinsing just the middle section of the face and forgetting to pay attention to the edges or the nooks and crannies, thereby causing dirt and product buildup. Yikes! It pays to be thorough, so take your time and mind those often-overlooked corners.
6. Do the "damp" thing.
You’ve probably heard this before, and we’re reminding you again. Applying your moisturizer—on your face or body—while skin is still damp is crucial to getting soft, supple, well-hydrated skin. Why? If you wait till your skin’s already dry, you miss your chance of really sealing in the moisture.
7. Pencil in a face mask night.
Koreans are crazy about masks, and look at just how gorge their skin is? There’s one for every skin need: brightening, acne clearing, anti-aging, moisturizing. Ready-to-use sheet masks are perfect for girls on the go, and can take as little as 10 minutes.
8. Find a sunscreen you can bear to wear every day.
Studies show that more than 70 percent of sun exposure in one’s lifetime is a result of incidental exposure—like when you’re walking to your car or sitting by a window. Make this the year you really wear a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher every single day. Good news: there are now so many lightweight options out there that don’t leave you looking ultra greasy. (Try Daylong Gel SPF 50+, P620, Watsons.)
9. Invest in a super serum.
There are so many wonders skin serums can do: boost skin radiance, target fine lines, minimize dark spots—shall we go on? They also have a high concentration of active ingredients and can penetrate skin deeper than creamy moisturizers. If you must add one product to your existing regimen, this is it.
10. Oh, and eye cream, too!
That is, if you haven’t been using one already, which is just plain wrong. Any girl in her 20s and up can definitely use the help of a lightweight eye cream to alleviate the damage from makeup application, late nights, and UV exposure. Tip: Put yours on the fridge for a relaxing cooling sensation when you apply it at night.
11. Try a peel.
Sure, chemical peels are scary as they can irritate or even burn your skin if not used properly, but “peeling” is a fast way to do away with dullness and roughness, helping you unveil fresher-looking skin. To be on the safe side, choose an organic formula that use natural exfoliators such as lactic acid instead. (Try Juice Beauty Green Apple Full Strength Peel, P2,450, Beauty Bar.)
12. Only use products for your skin type.
It may be easier to just swipe products from your sister’s bathroom counter, but what works for her may not necessarily work for you—even if you’ve got healthy, normal skin to begin with. (For example, using anti-acne products on normal skin can give you unnecessary dryness!) Always read labels, and only use what your skin needs.
13. Befriend a derma.
This is probably the best thing you can do for your skin, especially if you’ve never set foot inside a derma’s office. Having an expert assess your skin will give you a better idea of what products you need to use (or ditch!) as well as help you identify the problems you need to address now, in order for you to finally get that flawless, pang-artista skin you’ve always dreamt of. Tipid tip: Take advantage of free consultations offered at skin care clinics prior to availing of a facial or any service, and ask all your questions while you have the chance!